Tuesday, January 13, 2015

read this, not that.

When I get extended time off work, I tend to pick up books. It's as simple as that. I think Andrew was watching football or something so I just started to read.

Over Thanksgiving Break I read Defending Jacob. Andrew really liked it and wanted me to give it a try. I thought the narrative was told in an interesting way, but I thought the father (the narrator) was a naive idiot and I predicted the end about halfway through. When I find characters unlikeable, it pretty much ruins my enjoyment of the book so I complained about this one the whole time and only finished it to see if my prediction was right.

I've seen the book Me Before You all over blogland, but not wanting to be fooled again (like Flat Out Love) by what's popular, I was smart and downloaded a chapter first. I was intrigued, so I spent a whopping $2.99 (actually, I had swagbucks credit) and got the whole book. I think I read it in two days? It's an easy read with a mostly likable (though kind of dense) narrator and I cried. It would be a good plane book (minus the crying part) and it really did make me think about what I would do if I was in either of the main character's situations.

I love to know the behind-the-scenes info about most anything, so I was excited to see Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live at the library. I got the newly updated version and it was almost 800 pages, so it was full of info. It was told like you were watching an I Love the ___ on VH1- from the perspectives of writers, cast members, and hosts of SNL over the years, often just a paragraph at a time. Seeing how the show came together from then to now was interesting and so was learning about the dynamic of working on the show and the firsthand accounts of working with legendary actors, especially those who died. I found the end to drag, mostly because everyone speaking is still employed there so there wasn't much dirt. The chapter on Lorne Michaels was pretty much all covered in the rest of the book so I found it unnecessary. It was interesting but I'm glad it was free.

I love books of funny essays, so I was expecting to love I Was Told There'd Be Cake. I don't know what it was, but I never connected to the writer and her stories at all. Her stories didn't appeal to me really and I never found her relatable. I kept waiting for something hilarious or something that struck me and it never happened. Glad this one was a free ebook from the library.

On the other hand, Amy Poehler's Yes Please was one of those books I purposely put away for a week to stretch out my enjoyment (I caught up on Parks and Rec that week which made her chapter about the show that much more enjoyable). It was a memoir of course, but I felt like she tried really hard to talk to her fans about the lessons she learned. It wasn't just "this happened, isn't that funny?" and was more "here's how I got to where I am and the lessons I learned and why my experiences mattered to me." I just thought it was really well done and like most others who have read her book, I just want to be BFFs with Amy and Tina but to be fair, I've wanted that since before reading her book.

I'm in the middle of Jen Lancaster's My Fair Lazy and I find it boring and the stories irrelevant. I loved her other book I read, so what's happening with this one? Did all her good material go on her blog? I'm not sure if I'll make it through. Let's be friends on Goodreads so I can stalk what you're reading.

Life According to Steph


  1. I still can't believe you didn't like flat out love!! I didn't realize it was a blogland "hype" book but I really enjoyed it and the books that came after it! I read the first 20 pages or so of me before you and gave up. I just don't think it was my cup of tea.

  2. Yes, Please is on my to read list. It may get moved up a few spots now.

  3. You're now the second person who read a Jen Lancaster book and didn't like it ( a different book too). I have read a few of her older ones and liked them, so this makes me sad. I loved Yes Please! I didn't know there was a SNL book - I need to look into it! Also at 800 pages, could also be a coffee table book ;)

  4. I'm not a fan of Lancaster at all.

    I'm a huge fan of Poehler and have been forever. I liked that she didn't dish on her divorce and that she gave mad love to all of her people - friends, family, crew, cast, etc.

    I loved Me Before You and also ugly cried.

    Defending Jacob...I wanted to beat the dad over the head. Hello!

  5. I have Me Before You and Yes Please on my to read list.

    I am like you, if the character isn'y likeable, I have a really hard time following along.

  6. Okay now I am excited to read Me Before You, tissue at the ready. Lancaster has totally fizzled for me, probably won't read another of hers. Yes, Please is on my list.

  7. I've had Defending Jacob on my to-read list for a while now, but just never got around to it. I'm not sure I will, it sounds like the characters are annoying. Yes Please has been on my list for a while. I liked Tina Fey's book a lot.

  8. I read Me Before You and I was not gaga. I liked it, but not gaga. And now there will be a movie.
    I haven't read any of Jen Lancaster's fiction cause I gave up on her memoirs after the 3rd one? If you like funny memoirs, which you clearly do, read Laurie Notaro. Her older stuff is funnier of couse.
    lots of books for you!!!

  9. I loved Me Before You, great story that made you think.

    I've been reading a lot lately but nothing fabulous, I did read Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn and I've decided something is wrong in that ladies brain. I still don't know if I loved or hated the book.


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