This book follows Tina Fey throughout her career in comedy and showbusiness. From elementary school to drama (like stage drama) in high school, to her beginning in stand-up, to Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. She narrates the audiobook herself.
What I Liked
It is quite humorous. She includes a lot of interesting anecdotes from her younger years, and she includes a lot of sarcasm.
It kept me very engaged, especially on a long, otherwise boring, road trip. You know how if you’re driving by yourself it’s boring and a bit hard to stay awake? But you don’t have the same problem when you’re talking to someone? This book was engaging like that.
What I Didn’t Like
To be honest, I’m sort of ambivalent towards this book. I enjoyed listening to it, but I’m not sure it added much to my life. I’m neither happier nor sad at having read it.
Once my road trip was over, it took me a good week or so to pick this back up and finish listening to it. It wasn’t compelling enough for me to listen to it when I wasn’t trapped in a car with nowhere to go.
If you’re a big fan of Tina Fey, or if you’re on a roadtrip and need something engaging to listen to, pick up this audiobook. If not, maybe go watch something she worked on.
I’ve finally broken my book slump (ish) by reading one book in May. So this month I’ll aim for four or five. Here are the ones on my list.
(Clicking on a picture will take you to Amazon through an affiliate link. Links are affiliate links as well.)
Colorado by Jennifer Zeiger
I want to learn about Colorado! Also, it’s a children’s book, to slowly ease myself out of my reading slump.
Colorado by Kathleen Thompson
Another book about Colorado. The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris
This is probably the book I’m most excited about. It’s a chapter book (for kids). but looks super exciting. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
I love Brigid Kemmerer’s books so I’m looking forward to this one. I preordered it on Amazon and then sort of forgot about it once it arrived. So hopefully I’ll pick it up this month. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
A friend of mine highly recommends this. I’ve put the ebook on hold at my local library, so hopefully I’ll get it this month.
What are you planning on reading this month? Anything I need to add to my list for next month?
I got a library card at my (new) local library, so I actually have a couple of “new on the stack” books for this month! Here goes.
Next to each book I give a short explanation why I chose to pick up that particular book. (Clicking on the picture of each book will take you to the book’s Amazon page, through an affiliate link.)
Borrowed Physical Book from Library
Colorado by Kathleen Thompson
I just moved to Colorado (hence the lack of blog posts). Growing up in Arizona, we learned a lot about the state throughout the years, especially in fourth grade. I loved having that knowledge – but I didn’t go to school in Colorado. So it’s time to hit the books! They don’t have books about states for adults (that I could find) so I got this from the kids section. Colorado by Jennifer Zeiger
Another book about Colorado.
Wires and Nerve Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer
I picked this up because it’s a graphic novel I’ve wanted to read for a while. However, I didn’t realize it was an extension of the Cinder universe. And since I haven’t read Cinder yet, I’ll probably hold off on reading this one. The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris
It’s by Neil Patrick Harris. I really don’t need to know anymore. 😛 This one caught my eye while I was leaving the children’s section after picking up the Colorado books. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
This has been on my TBR for a while, so I picked this one up as well.
I haven’t cross-stitched in a while, but after wandering around Etsy and Pinterest, I’m certainly motivated to pick it up again!
As of writing this post, I have pinned 70 different cross stitch patterns. If you want to see the board, pictures and all, you can check it out by clicking on the screenshot below. Otherwise, I will list each cross stitch by the book (or series) it comes from, and link them. All of the links worked when I pinned them, but unfortunately some may just be inspiration at this point.
This post is similar to one I did last year, called Ten Book Recommendations for Those in a Reading Slump. That list is comprised of awesome, edge-of-your-seat books to get you hooked again. Today I’m going to take a slightly different approach – here are some quick reads to give you that feeling of accomplishment you get when you finish a book. Hopefully these will help you ease your way out of a reading slump! I’ve linked reviews I’ve written, if applicable.
So, I’ve been bitten by the Pokemon Go bug! I haven’t been posting here as much because I’ve been out and about catching various Pokemon. 🙂 So every month the Silph League holds a themed tournament and this month’s tournament is inspired by Game of Thrones. I don’t plan on participating, but it got me thinking – what if Hogwarts houses were represented in Pokemon?
The only Pokemon knowledge I have is through Pokemon Go, so I’m really only using the first four generations of Pokemon. Hopefully the information I have is accurate. 🙂 Also, this is just for fun!
I’m not sure why, but I associate fire with courage and bravery. Maybe it’s firefighters, or walking across a hot coals, or just the fact that lions looks like they have a mane of fire. Also, according to Wikipedia, Gryffindor more closely matches the element of fire. (I definitely didn’t see this fact until after I’d chosen fire, but it makes so much sense!)
This is a fire-type Pokemon that seems to be a cross between a lion and a dog. The lion is a nod to Gryffindor’s actual mascot. But I also think this Pokemon is a good fit because it’s pretty kick-butt.
Although “normal” seems like a pretty plain type, I think they represent a lot of what Hufflepuff stands for – hard work, patience, and loyalty.
I picked this one mostly because it looks closest to Hufflepuff’s original mascot. Also, Hufflepuff somewhat represents the element of Earth, which fits pretty well with this Pokemon
In most lores, dragons are known for being highly intelligent creatures. This fits very well with Ravenclaw’s value on intelligence, learning, and wit. (Unfortunately dragons aren’t super-intelligent in the Harry Potter series, so it isn’t a perfect fit.) Also, Ravenclaw fits the element of air, and Dragons spend a lot of time in the air. Flying type would be a second contender for their type.
According to pokemongo.gishan.net, “It understands human speech and is highly intelligent.” It’s also a dragon type, and it’s blue!
Poison/venom is often associated with snakes. (And yes, I know the difference between poison and venom, but Pokemon only has a poison typing and not a venom typing.) Additionally, the use of poison seems to be associated with ambition, cunning, and resourcefulness.
A pretty sweet snake. Fits with the different personality types associated with Slytherin.
Anyways, I had a lot of fun putting this together. What typings/Pokemon would you chose for each Hogwarts house?