Book review: Bossypants by Tina Fey

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I think Tina Fey is hilarious. Mean Girls. Saturday Night Live. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The couple of 30 Rock episodes I’ve actually seen. (It’s on my list, okay?) Other things I’ve seen her in that I currently can’t remember the names of. As a comedy writer and actress, she’s amazing. But this book? It had its highlights, but overall, I was disappointed.

There are a number of legitimately, laugh-out-loud hilarious sections. The part about how you can tell how much New Yorkers like things based on how disgusted they are is absolutely true and very funny. I live in New Jersey, and it’s the same here. But there are other sections that are flat-out racist. Or mean-spirited. And large chunks are just… boring.

Celebrity memoirs are hit or miss. I still love Tina Fey, even if I didn’t love her book. On to the next.

#mm18: one word

Final rating: ★★☆☆☆

Top Ten Tuesday: Things that instantly make me want to read a book

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is actually “top ten books I could re-read forever,” but since we all know I don’t do re-reads, I decided to go with one from the archive instead: top ten things that instantly make me want to read a book.  Prepare yourself.  This could get fangirly.

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1. Any kind of romance with the brother’s best friend or the best friend’s brother.  It’s kind of taboo but not really and it usually has some searing sexual tension. Bonus points if there’s been a crush for literally forever.

Examples: Boomerang Boyfriend // The Boy I Hate // Personal Escort

2. Emails or texts in the blurb. Give me some insight into the personalities of your characters right in the blurb and I’ll probably drop everything to read your book.

Examples: I Hate Everyone But You // Over Us, Over You

3. OH MY GOD, THEY WERE ROOMMATES. It just adds another layer of tension to a relationship. I love it when they’re dancing around each other and they’re both feeling the attraction but neither of them wants to be the first to admit it.

Examples: Cocky Roomie // Famous // Roomie Wars

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4. A setting in Wisconsin. Nobody sets their books in Wisconsin.  It’s my homeland.  If your book is set there, I’ll probably pre-order it.

Examples: Arrows // Little House // American Gods

5. Or a setting in the New York / New Jersey area. This is where I live now, and I love reading about places that are familiar.

Examples: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares // Remember When // The Diviners

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6. Anything having to do with music. Is one of the characters in a band?  Do the characters talk about their mutual love of a certain genre? Does it take place at a music festival or concert?  Just take my money.

Examples: More Than Music // Blow // Eleanor & Park

7. Road trips. I honestly love road trips… when they’re with the right people. Driving across the country with your parents isn’t ideal, but a group of friends going somewhere fun, with snacks and music and random stops along the way? Yes, please!

Examples: Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart // Lovers Like Us // The Temptation of Adam

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8. Epistolary novels. I don’t know what it is about them, but I love reading correspondence between characters. It gives a whole different vibe to the book!

Examples: The Perks of Being a Wallflower // Attachments // Where’d You Go, Bernadette

9. Written by one of my favorite authors.  This is probably cheating, but I don’t even care. My favorite authors could write about grass growing or paint drying, and I’d still buy their books.

Examples: Turtles All the Way Down // We Were Liars // Heartless

10. A really good cover. I know, I know, don’t judge a book by its cover. But sometimes I can’t resist and end up reading a book just because the cover was so perfect.

Examples: The Big F // A Million Junes // Seven Days of You

Book review: Breaking Him by Sherilee Gray

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Every day, Abigail Smith does her best to keep her family’s ranch afloat.  She’s having some trouble what with the drought and the skyrocketing costs, but her lone employee, Elijah Hays, is a horse whisperer.  The townspeople might think of Elijah as something of a monster, but Abigail knows that he would never hurt a fly. He’s her gentle giant, and regardless of what people might say, she longs to be his.

Well, this is the most erotic erotica I’ve read in a long time.  Possibly ever.  At the beginning, as the sexual tension builds, this was fine.  Even for the first few chapters, as Abigail and Eli had their first sexual encounters, it was fine. As the book dragged on, though, it got to be kind of repetitive and boring.  (And, let me just say, a book that’s less than 200 pages should never drag or be repetitive.)  I mean, in how many different positions and locales can one couple have sex?  That said, I truly feel that I’m in the minority here!  70% of readers gave this book either four or five stars, so take my opinions (as always) with a grain of salt.

As for the characters, I liked how open-minded and level-headed Abigail was.  That’s really all I can say about her, though, because when we’re inside her head, we just get a constant mantra of sex sex sex sex sex sex sex.  Eli was the real winner here.  He’s sweet, he’s gentle, and he’s never been with a woman before. This was my first virgin hero book and I actually loved that aspect of it. The only thing I wished for Eli was a little bit of time in his head. We were intimately acquainted with every thought of Abigail’s, but we never learned very much about Eli.  What a shame, since he was a great character.

All in all, the book was fine, but I wish there would have been a better plot-to-sex ratio. As it stands, at least two-thirds of the book is made up of either Abigail and Eli actually having sex, or at least Abigail thinking about it. While some of the scenes were admittedly pretty sexy, others were just so far from my comfort zone that I found myself reading with a weird expression on my face. I’ve never been a big fan of BDSM anyway, and the hero jumping straight from virginity to Dom left me a bit puzzled.

My rating is really more of a 2.5, but I can’t bring myself to round up to 3, so it’ll stay at 2 stars.

Final rating: ★★☆☆☆

Monthly Motif: February update

Monthly Motif: February update

If I would’ve been thinking clearly, I would have picked three one-word titles for this month’s Killing the TBR. Obviously, I was not thinking clearly, because the three books that I chose were all multi-word titles, which meant no consolidation here! Just a lot of stress.

I read twenty books in January and almost a third of them counted toward January’s prompt. But February? This month kicked my butt and I struggled just to stay on top of my TBR pile. I’m not sure if I would have finished even one book toward this prompt if my hold on Tina Fey’s Bossypants hadn’t come in.

Now, to be fair, there are a couple days left in the month. If I’m being totally honest, though, no more one-word titles are coming.

Books read:

  • Bossypants by Tina Fey (review coming February 28)

Books not read:

  • Any of the approximately 800 one-word titles that have been hanging out on my TBR forever

Book review: Trophy Husband by Lauren Blakely

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After being dumped for a much younger woman the day before her wedding, McKenna’s ready to get her revenge. No, she’s not going to get violent. There will be no stalking or retaliation against the new bride. No, McKenna’s plan is to get herself a trophy husband to prove that it’s not just men who can play that game. To find her candidates, McKenna solicits the help of her friends and her blog’s followers – but she never planned on actually falling for someone mid-crusade.

I have a bunch of Lauren Blakely on my TBR. This was actually one of four of her books that I bought and then just… didn’t read for some reason. I know she’s a big name in romance and I’m not really sure why I’ve never picked up any of her books, but I’m glad that I finally did. This book was a lot of fun! There’s relatively little drama (just enough to keep things interesting) plus a lot of bonus factors like good dogs and a fictionalized version of Ellen.

There were, of course, a couple things I would have changed (when are there not, though, I know I’m picky) but overall this was a really cute book and I liked both McKenna and Chris. I actually have a couple of the other books in this series, so keep an eye out for those reviews too once my life slows down a bit.

Final rating: ★★★★☆

#killingthetbr: 5 months on shelf