Title: The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby’s First Year
Author: Dawn Dais
Source: from publisher for review
Review Summary: This was often funny but also had sections that contained really useful advice and heart-warming empathy for new mothers.
“There comes a time in every new mother’s life when she finds herself staring at her screaming, smelly “bundle of joy” and wishing someone had told her that her house would reek of vomit, or that she shouldn’t buy the cute onesies with a thousand impossible buttons, or that she might cry more than the baby….Eschewing the adorableness that oozes out of other parenting books, Dais offers real advice from real moms—along with hilarious anecdotes, clever tips, and the genuine encouragement every mom needs in order to survive the first year of parenthood.” (Source) Continue reading
Title: Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave
Author: Patty Chang Anker
Source: from publisher for review
Review Summary: This enjoyable memoir was funny, relatable and incredibly inspiring.
What inspired Patty to try to become brave was the realization that her two daughters were inheriting her timid approach to life. Previously too afraid of failure to try new things, in this book Patty chronicles her adventures facing down her fears and those of others. With input from friends and experts, Patty shares her experience exploring everything from fears of public speaking to the fear of death.
Title: How To Be a Woman
Author: Caitlin Moran
Narrator: Caitlin Moran
Rating (Story): ★★★★★
For this review I’m mostly going to refer you to my review of the book in which I mostly rave about how much I loved it. It’s funny, it’s relatable, and it makes some points I think are just spot on. It’s so wonderful, I was laughing out loud or nodding my head in agreement almost the entire time I listened. And having the author narrate only enhanced the experience. A lot of the book feels like a friend talking to you, confiding in you, and occasionally ranting. As such, hearing it in the author’s own voice just felt right. I will definitely be looking for more author-narrated books and highly recommending this one to everyone.
Title: I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats
Author: Francesco Marciuliano
Fun Fact: Like comics, books of poetry are actually categorized as non-fiction!
Review Summary: Short and very sweet, these poems made me laugh but also made me stop and appreciate how much fun it is to have a cat.
You can probably tell this already from the title, but this book was both adorable and hilarious. Although these were definitely not your typical poems, they were still quite well written. The cadence imposed by the line breaks and the placement of the words on the page were used very effectively to guide you through each poem to the punch line. Each poem briefly takes you into the mind of a cat for one typical cat moment. Did moving confuse your cat? Well, now there’s a poem to help you understand their sense of lose and confusion. Does your cat desperately want through a door… until you open it? There’s a poem for that too. And familiar to even non-cat owners, thanks to youtube, there are also poems for the cat who destroys your toilet paper roll and for the cat who deliberately knocks things off the counter – just to watch them fall. And oh by the way, that was (obviously) a link to a hilarious cat video, so if you didn’t watch it the first time, here it is again 🙂
Title: The Eyre Affair
Author: Jasper Fforde
Review Summary: There aren’t many books out there which remind me of Catch-22 or Douglas Adam’s novels, but this is one of them and it’s hilarious. Witty, fun, a great plot, and a happy ending – I loved it.
In The Eyre Affair, in an alternate reality London, Thursday Next works for a special operatives group devoted to literary crimes. Theft, forgery, and violence related to great literary works is becoming more common in a world including a cult devoted to proving Francis Bacon wrote the works of Shakespeare and kids playing collectible card games based on obscure authors. And things are only going to get more exciting as the evil-for-evil’s-sake Acheron Hades begins kidnapping fictional characters from original works, threatening to re-write the classics if Thursday doesn’t stop him. Continue reading