Recap of Books Read in January 2018 (29!!)

I'm not joking when I say I live vicariously through books.  I love pretending I'm in a place I've never been or once again visiting somewhere I have been.  I love pretending that I'm a better and brighter version of myself, which I can do by placing myself inside the story.  Of course, some characters … Continue reading Recap of Books Read in January 2018 (29!!)

“Hardcore Twenty-Four” by Janet Evanovich, #24 Stephanie Plum series ★★★1/2

"Zombies" take over Trenton, New Jersey and bodies are piling up sans their brains. I'm thinking this is a metaphor for the empty cranial cavity used to continue writing this series. This installment contains action with Morelli AND Ranger; Diesel also shows up in this one (for no real good reason). I think Morelli and … Continue reading “Hardcore Twenty-Four” by Janet Evanovich, #24 Stephanie Plum series ★★★1/2

“You Can’t Spell America Without ME: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (a So-Called Parody)” by Alec Baldwin, Kurt Anderson ★★★

Somewhat funny parody of a not-so-funny reality TV showman political figure. The "joke" gets tired very quickly, partly due to the fact that it seems legit, secondly due to the fact that humor like this should really be relegated to short sketches, not several hours of continuous listening. It does, however, give a decent overall rundown of … Continue reading “You Can’t Spell America Without ME: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (a So-Called Parody)” by Alec Baldwin, Kurt Anderson ★★★

“Up the Down Staircase” by Bel Kaufman ★★★

  In Bel Kaufman's Up the Down Staircase, we step into the shoes of a harried yet still idealistic teacher.  Despite the fact this takes place in a 1960s New York City public high school, teenagers will always be teenagers and bureaucracy is timeless, so I'm sure teachers are still fighting the same uphill battles. This … Continue reading “Up the Down Staircase” by Bel Kaufman ★★★

“War Dances” by Sherman Alexie ★★★★

A nice mix of short stories and poetry by an insightful writer. I sometimes wondered if some of his writings may be his personal truths or if he was telling others' stories or just making up stories.  It was all very honest; he understands the inner workings of people. What stood out for me was his story … Continue reading “War Dances” by Sherman Alexie ★★★★

“The Hating Game” by Sally Thorne ★★★★

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman are both assistants to the CEOs of rivaling publishing houses which have recently merged.  Neither of their bosses agree on anything, and despite the need for the merger in order to keep both companies afloat, there is a definite rivalry between the two "sides" of the business.  Lucy and Josh … Continue reading “The Hating Game” by Sally Thorne ★★★★

“Furiously Happy” A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson ★★★★

Jenny tells a surprisingly humorous version of her life dealing with multiple disorders, phobias and illnesses (both physical and mental).  She has been given the short end of the stick as far as being inundated with debilitating symptoms from depression, rheumatoid arthritis, anxiety disorder, etc.  She's been given more than her fair share of difficulties, but she also … Continue reading “Furiously Happy” A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson ★★★★

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams ★★★★

This is a fun, quirky, sci-fi comedy bit of silliness. It focuses on Arthur Dent, a 30yo also-ran kind of guy just plugging away day to day. His West Country home is going to be bulldozed in order to make room for an expressway. As he is lying in the mud in front of the … Continue reading “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams ★★★★

“Walking in Circles Before Lying Down” by Merrill Markoe ★★★★

Clever story about Dawn Tarnauer, a twice-divorced Californian who can't seem to catch a break, either in life or love. She has terrible instincts and judgment about people, stemming from being surrounded by narcissists her whole life. Her sister, Halley, is the same in that she has a strange history of picking the wrong men, … Continue reading “Walking in Circles Before Lying Down” by Merrill Markoe ★★★★