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.
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.