Saturday, November 28, 2015

Little Miss Basic


3 Stars

Ugh. This book was, like, totally the worst of the collection. Like, literally.

It hurt my brain just typing out that sentence.

It may be that I really don't like this type of person and therefore was unable to laugh at this character, or perhaps the book really wasn't that funny. 

I completely understand why, but the book was cynical and mocking-don't get me wrong I'm right there with him-though it left the book dry and me angry at the selfish and self entitled notions of these basic bitches.

Maybe some will find it funny, I found it kind of sad.

This book was given to me for review by blogging for books.


Friday, November 27, 2015

Season of Wonder

This year, no matter how many ways I looked at it, I just wasn't read for Christmas. Or Thanksgiving for that matter. 

My sons birthday is so close to the two big holidays and his big day fell dramatically flat and I just didn't have any motivation to try and make another day special after all my former efforts went to waste.

I was ready to give in and skip the holidays.

I was actually going through my unread books for my ebay store when I came across Season of Wonder. I almost, almost, put it up on ebay without a second thought, but as I started typing out the back cover description, I changed my mind.



4 Stars

I won this book two years ago and never touched it, never even knew what it wa about. It came in a pile of books, one of which was so riddled with typos that I swore off all that came with it, sure that they would be just as terribly edited as the first.

There are the occasional typos in Season of Wonder, but not enough to turn me away. I very much needed a new approach to Christmas, a fun and innovative idea to spark a childlike wonder in me and renew to magic of the holidays and somehow this book did it.

Forget the classics this year, I went straight of the weird and other worldly.

Season of Wonder is a collection of sci-fi/fantasy Christmas stories.

SCI-FI AND FANTASY CHRISTMAS STORIES!

I don't know why, but this was exactly what I needed. The stories were so interesting and so new and exciting that it put me straight into the spirit of Christmas.

It's such a fun idea-I love sci-fi, love fantasy-and needed a kick in the pants for Christmas. 

The classics are great, but they've lost their marvel for me lately. They're just not the same when you're the one working so hard to provide Christmas for the family. Think of this as the adult version of Christmas. It was a really fun way to get motivated and get going.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Little Miss Overshare


5 Stars

Absolutely on point in hilarity and the sad truth of those we all know to share just a bit too much info.

After reading Mr. Selfie and laughing in mockery of the self absorbed, overly photogenic society we live in, I really wanted to read another of Dan Zevin's books and Little Miss Overshare went above and beyond my expectations... And the expectations of everyone she speaks to.

Definitely a must read to shake off the stress of the day and laugh off all the crazy.

This book was given to me for review by Blogging for Books.

Photo of Dan Zevin

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

DAN ZEVIN is a Thurber Prize-winning humorist. Two of his books, Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad and The Day I Turned Uncool, were optioned by Adam Sandler, and the latter is now being developed as a sitcom by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith. Dan has been profiled in USA Today and has been on CBS This MorningFox and Friends, The Today Show,and NPR. He has also been an award-winning humor columnist for the New York Times, a comic commentator for NPR, and a contributor to the New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Details, Salon, the L.A. Times, Real Simple, and Parents, among others.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Mr. Selfie

In kindergarten I loved the Mr. Men characters posted around my classroom teaching me the alphabet, how to share, and how treat others with kindness.

Well, the jolly, helpful Mr. Men characters of my childhood grew up to be self absorbed, social media crazed dicks just like the rest of us. Dan Zevin has captured my childhood and twisted it into this amusing, yet sadly true, parody for our self absorbed society in his new book Mr. Selfie.


4 Stars

Mr. Selfie just can't stop admiring himself long enough to notice what's happening around him, or to him. He has to share his next brilliant adventure online for all to see, even if it means losing a date or possibly a limb...

He is so self absorbed in fact that Blogging for Books had to send him in a box big enough to hold himself, his-ahem-extra long, extra limb, his ego and his entire portfolio of awesome selfies.


No, the box isn't that big, Mr. Selfie is just that small... The book is a bit bigger than my hand and paperback, much smaller than I expected but honestly it's adorable and the perfect size for storing in a desk drawer to pull out for a quick chuckle at the ridiculousness of our fellow humans.

This would make a great gift, I chuckled and ultimately learned a valuable lesson; I am much better at taking selfies than Mr. Selfie.

Photo of Dan Zevin

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

DAN ZEVIN is a Thurber Prize-winning humorist. Two of his books, Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad and The Day I Turned Uncool, were optioned by Adam Sandler, and the latter is now being developed as a sitcom by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith. Dan has been profiled in USA Today and has been on CBS This MorningFox and Friends, The Today Show,and NPR. He has also been an award-winning humor columnist for the New York Times, a comic commentator for NPR, and a contributor to the New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Details, Salon, the L.A. Times, Real Simple, and Parents, among others.


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Career of Evil


4 Stars

The third book to the Cormoran Strike novels has been at the top of my TBR list since the moment I finished The Silk Worm. I preordered a copy over six months ago and couldn't believe it was finally in my hands last week. I pushed aside all my other books begging to be read and devoted all my free time to Cormoran Strike and his savvy side kick Robin and whatever whirlwind adventure they cooked up this time.

I'm sad to say, I was sorely disappointed this time around. I'm not sure if I had built the book up to unrealistic standards by my growing excitement, or if the book really did fall flat on its face. The relationship between Robin and Strike is stale, all the excitement between them gone in the wake of Robin's wedding. Strike is doing nothing to discourage Robin from marrying the prick she's saddled herself with and it irked me throughout the story.

Robin... poor, stupid Robin... really got on my nerves. I love how determined she is, how hard she works, how amazing she has become at her job. But I hate, with a passion, how she stays with Matthew. He's awful... I can't stand it and it's left this grudge between me and Robin and I can't forgive her for her actions.

Beyond Strike purging himself of all emotion as well as any opinion on pretty much anything, and looking past Robin's numerous mistakes, the story is very intriguing. I admit I had no idea who the perp was, whether it was even one of the men they were investigating on Strike's top list of suspects or someone completely off base. I found the perspective of the killer to be both repulsive and fascinating and overall the book was well put together and grippingly fast paced. 

I loved Robin up until this book, but I am hoping, with the mysterious cliff hanger at the end, she can redeem herself in the next book... I hope... I don't think I can live with her being married to Matthew, it bothers me that much. I'll give the next book a chance, but I don't have high hopes for continuing this series.