Today is the first Monday of the month, which means it’s time to review the first book of the No-Commitment Blogger Book Club!
January we read Bossypants together. Did you like the book? I actually listened to it while I ran my marathon last month, and for the most part it kept me very entertained for those hours of running, especially since Tina Fey narrated it.
What was the book about?
It’s a hilarious memoir written by Tina Fey about her life growing up, how she first started impromptu classes, her experience with 30 Rock and SNL, and the struggles she faces as a working mom.
Did you feel that the book fulfilled your expectations? Were you disappointed?
Let me start out by saying I have a slight girl crush on Tina: she’s smart, funny, and isn’t your typical Hollywood princess. So, I had high expectations. Were they met? Yes and no. I thought the book was a great blend of hilarious anecdotes and lessons from her experiences, in TV, impromptu classes, and growing up the not-so-popular girl. But not all of the stories I was interested in, or I wanted to hear different stories. I wanted to hear a little more about her personal life, her husband, what she does with her daughter while she is working those crazy 70-hour weeks she referenced.
Did you enjoy the book? Why? Why not?
Aside from being a little crass at times, yes I enjoyed it. The more I listened, the more I realized she was exactly like her character Liz Lemon on 30 Rock. My favorite chapters were when she was talking about her honeymoon (I too am not a fan of cruises), her tips on beauty, celebrating holidays with rural relatives, and lessons to her daughter.
Would you recommend this book?
I would. I don’t know if men would find it as humorous as women, though, since there are a lot of references or stories only females would intimately relate with, but she’s funny enough to keep anyone entertained. Also, if you don’t care for profanity, you may not enjoy the book.
What’s your favorite quote from the book?
Here are a few:
“Whitney Houston’s cover of “I Will Always Love You” was constantly on my FM Walkman radio around that time. I think that made me cry because I associated it with absolutely no one.”
“What Turning Forty Means to Me: I need to take my pants off as soon as I get home. I didn’t used to have to do that. But now I do.”
“In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.”
“If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?”
Have you read this book and want to participate? Write a review in your blog and post it back here, or comment below and tell me what you thought. The link-up will be open until March, so you have all month to participate. :)
February’s Book: What Alice Forgot – I will be reviewing this March 4th!