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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

a handy-dandy guide to the books you should seriously be reading right now.

01. let's explore diabetes with owls, by david sedaris 
“Neighbors would pass, and when they honked I'd remember that I was in my Speedo. Then I'd wrap my towel like a skirt around my waist and remind my sisters that this was not girlish but Egyptian, thank you very much.” 

let me start by saying that the first time i saw this book at barnes & noble it was $27 (!!!!). who in the world would pay $27 for a book? i thought (outraged). i promptly stormed out of the store and tried to slam the door behind me (except i couldn't, because it was one of those revolving, slam-proof doors) i love david sedaris, after all (but not for $27, sorry dude). fortunately, i found it for $5.99 on my kindle and all was right in the world. if you've never read a book by david sedaris, this is a great place to start. here you will find a collection of short and hilarious stories. *i don't recommend reading this book in quiet places like libraries or nursing homes, because i guarantee that you will burst into fits of laughter without any warning.

02. bossypants, by tina fey
“I should have known he and I weren't going to make it when for my seventeenth birthday he gave me a box of microwave popcorn and a used battery tester. You know, to test batteries before I put them in my Walkman. Like you give someone when you're in love.” 

if you ask me, any book written by tina fey is worth reading. you really don't need me to tell you that, do you? (i hope not!) there are very few books in the world i would enjoy reading more than once, but bossypants is definitely in that select, VIB (very important book) category. another laugh-out-loud-er. i read the majority of this book in airports and on the plane during my recent ventures. i'm sure i warranted plenty of sideways glances and can you believe this weirdo? gestures from people around me, as i had no shame in giggling to myself (like a maniac) while reading. enjoy.

“You should know I disagree with a lot of traditional advice. For instance, they say the best revenge is living well. I say it’s acid in the face—who will love them now?” 

okay, apparently i've been in need of a good laugh lately because this book is also hilarious. (are you bored yet?) after i finished bossypants, my kindle recommended that i read this book. so really, i had no say in the matter. before reading it, i didn't know a lot about mindy kaling besides the fact that she was on the office and has an incredibly high-pitched voice. but like a good reader, i do what my kindle tells me to do. if book #1 and #2 had a lovechild, this book would be it (hence why it is listed as #3). a fabulous collection of hi-lar-ious short stories, this book will make you want to eat cookies, hang out with your parents, and be her best friend.

04. where'd you go, bernadette? by maria simple

i just started reading this book so i can't really give you any solid feedback yet. but seriously, am i the only one who has been seeing ads for this book everywhere? it's the front-runner in all the bookstore window displays, pasted to the walls of the subway, and even riding on those giant ads on the sides of buses! call me a sucker, but i've always been the type of book-buyer who shamelessly buys books based on their covers (which has proven to be both good and bad). since nothing gets me as excited as an advertisement-on-wheels, i finally bought bernadette to see what all the hype was about. i''ll keep you posted. 


  1. Yay! I loved Bossypants and Where'd You Go, Bernadette (stick with it -- it's excellent!). Now I'll have to add the other two to my list -- thanks for the recommendations!

  2. I'm also a sucker for pretty covers (also my strategy for choosing wines) so I picked up Where'd You Go, Bernadette right away. I agree with Diana, it's very good so stick with it!

    I've gotten my fair share of weird looks on the subway for outward giggling while reading, but nothing is more embarrassing than being a sobbing mess when your book is sad.

  3. So many funny books, just what I needed!

  4. heard too much about 'is everyone hanging out without me?' by mindy kaling , so it's in my soon to read list. everyone's talking about it and if you say it's good, then I trust you. :d

    imeowlife. ,Dixx

  5. Bossypants was so much fun! I have been meaning to read Mindy's book, since The Mindy Project is one of my favorite shows, and her twitter is hilarious. Great recommendations!

  6. I just finished Where'd You Go Bernadette & loved it! I laughed my way through it. Bossypants is one of my all-time favourite books. Love Tina Fey! The other two are on my to-read list. Hoping to get to them soon. I have to finish Dark Places by Gillian Flynn first!

  7. Where'd You Go Bernadette sounds right up my alley! Thank you for sharing your recommendations. :)

  8. ah, thanks for this! I totally want to read mindy's book and pretend it was written by kelly. ha!
    but truly, thomas and I talk all the time about how clever she and ryan were for being the silly, funny ones- yet they wrote a good amount of material for the show! excited for some reading :)

  9. I just ordered Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me off Amazon a couple days ago and it should be here tomorrow- I'm even more excited now that you recommended it!! If you like funny short stories, I highly suggest all the books written by Chelsea Handler. So funny! I always read them in one day because I couldn't put them down.

  10. I read Mindy's and Tina's books last year! They both kept me laughing!!

  11. I read Tina's book last year and really want to get to reading Mindy's book soon! I just gotta finish up the 2 books I'm reading now (yes, I'm juggling between 2 books lol). Thanks for these recs!


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