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Monday, July 27, 2015

10 Second Book Reviews

Geez, I'm so behind on this.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?: I listened to this one. I love listening to audiobooks written by comedians, because they normally are also read by the author. Mindy's was a good, funny one with a lot of thoughts about weight, as well as a lot of interesting tidbits of info about what it was like behind the scenes on The Office. Not as good as Bossypants, but still a good book by a female comedienne.

Prayer for Owen Meany: This seems like one that everyone had read except me. I chose to read it mostly because my son's name is Owen, and therefore I get comments occasionally about Owen Meany, so I wanted to read the book so I'd know what they were talking about. I loved it. It was funny and touching and heartbreaking all at the same time. I loved the character of Owen Meany so much, even if it was hard to get used to him speaking in all caps. The religion in the book is a little heavy-handed, but that was also something I could deal with while enjoying the rest of the story.

Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries: I do love Neil Degrasse Tyson. My only disappointment with this one was that I listened to it as an audiobook and it was not read by the author. Come on, NDT, I know you'd do a brilliant job reading your own book!

I learned a lot listening to this. The book included plenty of information about the formation of the universe, and what is out there beyond our planet, solar system and galaxy. I will say this though - the more I read of NDT, the more atheist I become.

Confessions of a Scary Mommy: I wanted to love this one more than I did. I think a lot of new moms (or even not so new moms) would really love how honest and true this book is. It is a lot of stories about motherhood, but also includes a lot of opinions about motherhood and how motherhood should be. I got tired of some of these very opinions. It's tough to read a book that preaches about not wanting to be judged by other mothers, which then turns around in the next chapter to judge other mothers. Right?

Orange Is the New Black: If you are a fan of the television series, this one may be a disappointment to you. The television series is loosely based off of the book. But, the TV show is over the top and outlandish, while the book is a bit more down to earth. That's because the book is true, the TV show is not. You will read about characters that you recognize, and you will find out a whole lot more information about what life is really like in a women's correctional facility.

I thought the book was a terrific companion piece to the TV show. It will make you rethink how we treat prisoners in this country.

12 Years a Slave: Oh gosh, as soon as I started reading this, I started thinking "why in the world am I reading this depressing book?" But, it was good. It's a real first person account of what it was like to be a slave in the south. The historical significance of this book just cannot be denied. The story is just plain heartbreaking and will make you angry.

Shortly after reading the book, I watched the movie. It did an excellent job of being true to the book. So, please either read the book or watch the movie so that you can understand what went on in the south in this country.

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