Tuesday, November 8, 2016

What I Read Vol. 3

Over the last few years I've realized that reading burnout is a very real thing. I've also realized that it happens to me at least twice a year. In the last month I finally got some reading time in and feel pretty accomplished. I went to my go-to when I'm in a lull - audiobooks - and then started listening to everything! The only physical book I read was S.E.C.R.E.T. It matters not though because I was able to listen to a lot of books that have been on my radar. Here's what I've been "reading":


S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared (Secret, #2)S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared by L. Marie Adeline
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read the first book in the 3-part series a few months ago and really enjoyed it. This book was no different and didn't disappoint. 







Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own PersonYear of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I first started this I was a bit unsure but I kept on. I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed this, and I always like when it's the author reading the script. This book was less memoir and more 'live your life' to me. After her sister mutters "you never say yes to anything" Shonda challenges herself to start saying yes to experiences and opportunities that she ordinarily would say no to without a thought. I think this book is a reminder that you HAVE to say yes to life. The alternative isn't any fun. 




Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible ThingsFuriously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had been eyeing this since it came out but refused to buy it. Hello... library. I don't follow her blog although I can appreciate some of the stories.

This book actually had me laughing out loud. It was read in a way that you would relay a a story to a friend when you were having off the wall thoughts about taxidermied raccoons riding bareback on a cat while your husband comes out yelling wondering what the hell you're doing at 2am and you casually sit there asking what he's talking about while you try to hide the camera showing the evidence of the glorious time you're having. In short, it's funny. Read it.



Let's Pretend This Never HappenedLet's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I tried reading this back when it first came out and just couldn't get through it. Right book, wrong time?

This time, I listened to the audio version and I found it quite funny. It's made better by the fact that the author herself is reading the book.



Dad Is FatDad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There were parts of this book that made me laugh out loud and other parts I kind of glazed over at. In a nutshell, Gaffigan is making light of parenting. Most likely in an effort to keep from crying.

Really though, I may not be a parent but I will concede that parenting isn't an easy gig. That's not to say I think it's difficult either. Still, it was amusing to listen to the parent/kid stories in this book.



Modern RomanceModern Romance by Aziz Ansari
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really thought this book was going to be more comedic memoir about his dating escapades. Instead I was met with a sort of research project about dating, romance, and breakups in the modern age.

Although it wasn't bad, it wasn't at all what I was expecting.



Fahrenheit 451Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Books are bad. The knowledge people can learn and pull from books is scary and terrifying. Burn them all! The concept is amazing.

Perhaps the audio version didn't allow me to truly sink into this book, but I wasn't "blown away" by it. I know it's one of the absolute classics, but I wasn't enamored with it.



A Knights Bridge Christmas (Swift River Valley, #5)A Knights Bridge Christmas by Carla Neggers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was acute romantic Christmas story. It's perfect as an in-between read and since that's exactly what it was - something to pass the time - I don't have much to say on it.





Here's to UsHere's to Us by Elin Hilderbrand
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As always, Elin Hilderbrand does not disappoint.

This story is about a world renowned chef who seems to be on a downward spiral. When Deacon unexpectedly passes away his two ex-wives, widow, best friend, and three children are left to figure out themselves, and in doing so, the true meaning of their connection.

Currently reading:

Party of One by Dave Holmes

Life According to Steph







15 comments :

  1. I really need to get on that Shonda Rhimes book sometime...it sounds very inspirational.

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  2. i totally get in book burnouts about twice a year as well. normally the start of the year and fall. so, right now. haha. loved the year of yes :) here's to us sounds interesting, i've never read an elin hilderbrand book.

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  3. After months on the library wait list, I just started Year of Yes! You can tell she's a writer - it's very poetic. Other than that I have no opinions yet because I'm still in the 2nd chapter. I definitely laughed out loud when I read Let's Pretend This Never Happened, but it was weird because afterwards I couldn't remember what made it funny. It's like nothing from the book really stuck with me. I think in general I prefer a little more substance, which is probably why I adored Modern Romance. I also wasn't expecting a book by Aziz to be so well-researched and while I didn't learn a staggering amount, it was fun to hear about his experiments and the input from various test subjects.

    I LOVED Fahrenheit 451. It was one of the first sci-fi/dystopian stories I ever read (I think we had a section on them in English class in high school) and it was so eye-opening to me. That and 1984, Harrison Bergeron, and Sound of Thunder. I love all of them.

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  4. I'm really picky about audiobooks because I have a hard time paying attention, but I've actually really enjoyed the humor/non-fiction genre! I haven't listened to any in a while, but might look for Furiously Happy at the library now.

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  5. I CANNOT WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON PARTY OF ONE!!!

    I don't generally do audiobooks because I feel like a bad narrator would ruin an otherwise great book. But the ones you mentioned, I believe several of them are narrated by the author who's also a comedian/comedian type person which makes a huge difference.

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  6. I loved Year of Yes and agree it's less memoir and more grab life with both hands and live it, which was exactly what I needed when I read it. I also could relate to her life (beyond the whole famous TV showrunner part) too. I read part of Furiously Happy but had to quit. Not because it was bad, it was hilarious in parts - like the raccoon bareback riding a cat - but it also hit a little too close to home at times. It's a book that I will have to read in small doses. I haven't read any Elin Hilderbrand but she is all over my TBR list. :)

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  7. If it weren't for audiobooks I wouldn't have read maybe half the books I did this year. At the end of the day I just don't have the energy to hold up a book most days--and it just is what it is. Audiobooks keep me company and I'm happy with them!

    Sorry you weren't properly warned about Aziz's book. I loved it though, and thought it was super interesting. It was actually a catalyst for me meeting David, so. There's that.

    I read Fahrenheit 451 back in high school and have been telling myself I would re-read it for years now. Definitely think that's one I'll have to pick up the physical book for.

    Here's to Us sounds interesting. Never read anything by that author but I'll check this out!

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  8. I think audiobooks, especially comedic ones, really need to be read by the author. All my favorites have fallen into that category. I'm on the other end- I loved Modern Romance because of the research factor...it was more belieable to me with some statistics =)

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  9. That last book sounds pretty interesting. I've been meaning to read Gaffigan and Lawson so I might have to pick those up soon since you enjoyed them!

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  10. I loved Shonda Rimes' Year of Yes! I thought Modern Romance was okay. While I like Jim Gaffigan, I recently read Dad is Fat and, while I could relate to the parenting stuff, I just didn't enjoy it as much as seeing him/hearing do his comedy. It might have translated better to audio. In general though, I've been disappointed with reading comedian's books.

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  11. I thought the same thing you did about Modern Romance. It was a little bit of a let down for me. Furiously Happy is on my TBR and I need to get to it! Love Jim Gaffigan! I haven't read any Elin Hilderbrand yet, but all her books are on my TBR.

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  12. I've read Jenny Lawson's first book, enjoyed it, but for some reason haven't rushed out to read the second one. I think I need to be in the mood for it.

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  13. I really get reader burn out too! It happened to me at the beginning of the month. I really need to read an Elin Hilderbrand book soon! They sound so good.

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  14. I just picked up Year of Yes at a book sale can't wait to read it. I had a hard time getting into Furiously Happy. Maybe I will try it again sometime...on audio?

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  15. I think 451 is definitely a book better read.

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