Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar – Kelly Oxford

Not as funny as I was lead to believe. But there were still a couple of laugh out loud moments.

Kelly’s stories of her life, begin in her youth. I felt like I was reading the diary of a young girl who was having the same awkward time in life. Then as her tales progressed into her teenage years, I became uninterested. Who doesn’t have a story at one point in high school of trying to impress their friends or getting black-out, puke all over a car drunk? (You don’t have to admit it, but I know Kelly and I aren’t the only ones) 

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It wasn’t until her adulthood that I was able to relate to her. Mother, wife and partyer. That is the Kelly I liked. She reminded me of a stretched out (she refers to herself as such because of giving birth to 3 kids), married version of Chelsea Handler.

I guess she is trying to reach all audiences, because depending on where you are in life, you will be able to connect on some level with at least one part of her book.

I might have high standards for comedic memoirs because I have read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy KalingBossypants by Tina Fey and I love the vulgarity in all of Chelsea Handler’s books.  

Overall, this was funny. There were at least 4 moments on the train where I was choking back audible laughter, it had to do with urine, David Copperfield, her husband and Disneyland (all 4 were different stories).  So I do recommend it, and I will just chalk this up to the book being over hyped for me.

But I hope you enjoy!

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The Love Song of Queenie Hennessey – Rachel Joyce

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I was so excited for this book to be released. So excited I borrowed an advance copy from a co-worker, before he even had a chance to read it.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is one of my favourite fictional tales. I laughed, I cried, I wrote a blog post.

In saying that, I probably had my hopes up a little too much for The Love Song of Queenie Hennessey.

I liked how we saw the tale of Harold Fry from Queenie’s side. I wish I reread The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry before I read this book. There was a lot of I have forgotten, like Harold sneaking into the brewery and smashing the clowns, for instance.  

My favourite part of the book was the ending. It was spectacular!! I was definitely thrown for a curve!! I loved it and hated it at the same time! (You’ll see why!)

I probably would have enjoyed the book a little more if I didn’t have David’s story (Harold’s son) happen in my life recently. It was very hard to read and had skewed my view on the book because it was very emotional for me.

Throughout the tale I was frustrated with Queenie and the way she chose to live her life. I wanted more for her. I couldn’t get beyond her spinster ways. I guess because she is so different from me and I couldn’t relate. I wanted to shake her and take her out and find her a man to love, other than Harold.

Overall, I do recommend this book and Harold Fry will always hold a place in my heart.

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Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl

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This was a hard review to write. I enjoyed the first part of the book. It was a great story of strength, perseverance and the acceptance of fate of a doctor who was a prisoner in Auschwitz. But in part II I wasn’t as entranced. I wasn’t expecting the book to be laid out this way. It was a psychological analysis of the meaning of life, using prisoner’s experiences in Auschwitz as the platform for his basis on how humans react to the extreme conditions such as the ones they had to overcome at the concentration camps in Germany.  It was interesting, don’t get me wrong. I guess I was just looking for something else. I was more interested in the life story of Viktor E. Frankl than anything else.

BUCHENWALDI did like the book overall. I had to keep stopping myself mid-paragraph to ingest what I was reading and to remind myself this is not a fictitious tale but this is the truth of the horrific conditions of what these people were subjected to. I forced myself to appreciate what I was reading and not just gloss over it like another horror novel that we are so desensitized to. I am so used to reminding myself while watching gory movies, this is just a movie. This isn’t real. But in this instance I was trying to do the opposite.

It was very humbling. I would definitely recommend this book if you are interested in psychology and how are psyche reacts to the most demeaning, horrendous and dreadful of situations.

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100th Post!!!

I was just notified that my last post was my 100th post!!! Yay!!

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The Whole-Brain Child – Tina Payne Bryson

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive

by Tina Payne Bryson
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I thought there was some great ideas that I will definitely implement once my son is older. This book is for parents with a child at least 2 years of age.

I found this to be really repetitive and I know it’s not completely their fault because the subject at hand is “the whole brain”. But if I had to read “upstairs brain” or “downstairs brain” one more time I was going to lose my mind! (Yes, the pun is intended)

Overall, I would recommend this book, but only the cheat sheets in the back are worth reading. The Refrigerator Guide and the Steps by Ages are all you need to know. It condenses the entire book into a couple of pages and you don’t have to deal with the monotonous task of getting through some of those chapters.

I don’t mean to be over critical of this book, because there are great strategies that I will definitely put into practice. But I definitely flip to the end of the book and save yourself some time.

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Where Has The Time Gone?

Yes! It is me!! And I am as shocked as you are!!

I can’t even remember the last time I viewed my blog. I thought about it all the time, wondering if people still visited—the answer is yes. Not many but there were a few people here and there. I am in absolute awe that my last post on here was from March of 2013. That is insane!!Infinity-Time1

I definitely have not read many books since that time. I can probably count on one hand the amount of endings I have seen. In July of 2013 I had a baby. My first. My baby boy! He has taken over my entire world. Actually he consumed my every thought before he was even here. I blame him for the distraction since the beginning of last year. *kidding* Getting everything ready for his arrival took a lot of my time. But he will be 1 tomorrow and I am back at work. Since my arrival last Thursday I have already completed 2 books!! 1. Superbaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years by: Jenn Berman and 2. Tenth of December by: George Saunders. Yes, one of the first books I read was a parenting book. Hehehe.

I have been debating if I should continue CrackABook or if I should switch the theme of my blog all together. Yes, I have become so enraptured by everything to do with my son that I was thinking of turning my blog into a Mommy Tip Guide. I know.. I know.. How original. Lol

the-leftoversBut I feel like I must write one more post if I do say goodbye for good. Mainly because I am so excited that Tom Perrotta’s book The Leftovers was turned into a television series and it is incredible! If you do not know about the book you can check out my post here. If you haven’t heard about the show it airs Sundays on HBO at 10pm.

I don’t want to overdo it. My writing skills probably aren’t as eloquent as they once were (if they ever were). I have been speaking “Motherese” for the past year so I am surprised I can still put a comprehension sentence together. So until next time fellow bibliophiles!!

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 8,100 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Game of Thrones!!!!

book1book2The countdown is on for the Game of Thrones season premiere this March the 31st!! And I know I couldn’t be more excited!! That Sunday will be a glorious day! Since the season finale of The Walking Dead will be on at the same time!! Thank goodness I have Easter Monday off because it is going to be a long night.

It’s been said that the third season is going to be the first half of A Storm of Sword (Book #3), so we’ll be waiting another year for the fourth season to conclude the entire third book. The suspense is going to kill me!!

book3Some of you might be thinking, “Why don’t you just read the books?” Well, I thought about it at first, when the show originally aired. But I was book4confused enough by all the characters in the show. I didn’t know how I would tell them apart without remembering their faces. I guess I could have kept the Game of Thrones family tree printout next to me as I read. But I also enjoy having my best friend come over on

Sundays and share in the experience of watching it together and discussing the episode once it’s over. If I read the books now, it would spoil what it to come.

book5But I might have to obtain the Game of Thrones Cookbook, so I can have an authentic medieval feast in celebration of the premiere.

cookbookYes, there is a cookbook! And it looks awesome!

To all of you G.O.T. fans – Winter is almost here!! 

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Bossypants – Tina Fey

In keeping with the feminine comedic non-fiction kick I have been on, I thought I would review Tina Fey’s Bossypants.

If you love 30 Rock, you will love Bossypants. It’s the story of Tina Fey and how she came to be the woman she is today. (Yes, I know. How cliché)

TinafeyAt the beginning of the story Tina embarks on the tale about how she received the scar on her left cheek. But she never truly reveals the whole story. I would even say she gives you half of the story. She says she’s sick of telling it and then it would lose all its mystery. I was sort of intrigued to find out what had happened myself, but I respect Tina’s privacy.

What can you really say about an autobiography? It’s funny. It’s the story of Tina Fey and her interesting chronicle of becoming one of the funniest women writers in the business. It’s not a hard sell. If you love Tina Fey. Even if you only like Tina Fey, you will definitely enjoy this book.

Her accounts of her nerdy existence are hilarious and heartwarming, while you still feel a little sad for high school Tina, with all the humiliation.

So what are you waiting for? Go read it! And Enjoy!

 

Synopsis

 

Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately half-hearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

(Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!)

 

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Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops – Jen Campbell

tbm_bookshop-cover-front-v1If you like to chuckle at the absurdity and imbecility of other human beings, this book will leave you howling. But there are some stories that will leave you scratching your head, wondering to yourself how someone could be so daft, but either way you will thoroughly enjoy this book, Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops.

“A John Cleese Twitter question [‘What is your pet peeve?’], first sparked the “Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops” blog, which grew over three years into one bookseller’s collection of ridiculous conversations on the shop floor.” Comparable to The Book of Awesome, but the majority of stories happened to her.

The only disappointing part of my reading experience was that it was over too quickly. I read the whole book in 45 minutes (my entire train ride home). I laughed out loud and didn’t care. By now the other commuters should be used to my roaring laughter, because I have been on a comedy kick for a couple of months now—Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And currently, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened to name a couple.

moreBut don’t fret! Jen announced on her blog that there is a sequel in the works!! More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops is said to be hitting bookstores April 2013!! And I can’t wait!!

If you are not persuaded by now, then the only other way to get you to believe how funny this book actually is, is to give you a quick glimpse into what you are in for:

‘Can books conduct electricity?’

‘My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that’s ok… isn’t it?’

There are tons more!

From ‘Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?’ to the hunt for a paperback which could forecast the next year’s weather; and from ‘I’ve forgotten my glasses, please read me the first chapter’ to ‘Excuse me… is this book edible?’

And this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg. I didn’t want to spoil too much so the best is yet to come! So enjoy and laugh a little!

(Source: Book jacket)

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