Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What I'm Reading

I’ve read a lot of books lately but haven’t been keeping up with my “What I’m Reading” posts. Now that I’m starting the seventh book since my last review, I thought it was a good time to get back to it.

Right now, I’m reading The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING or Why I’m Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog. Before that, I read:

Bossypants by Tina Fey
Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar by Kelly Oxford
Cemetery Girl by David Bell
Instinct by T.D. Jakes
Defending Jacob by William Landay and
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I’m also working my way through Memoirs of a Geisha and re-reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Really, it depends on what I’m in the mood for when I have extra time to read. With the stress of my world lately, it’s nice to lose myself in someone else’s world for a few minutes or hours.

Thanks to Audible, I can listen on my commute (when I’ve finished listening to my favorite radio shows and podcasts on demand) and work my way through a book in a little over a week. Ah, sweet escapism.

Anyway, let’s get to it. Actually, first, let me say this. The “What I’m Reading” series is not meant as a showcase for newly released books. It is just what it says it is—what I’m reading at the time. Sometimes, what I’m reading will be hot off the presses and sometimes it will be several years old. Sorry. I just read things as I get to them and my list is super long. I will say, I also welcome suggestions if you want me to review something.

Ok, let’s move on with the review.  

Bossypants!! (Pause for applause)

I should start this review by saying I love Tina Fey (hence the applause pause), but who doesn’t?  Well, if you let her tell it, apparently quite a few people.  She includes these gems in Bossypants:

“In my opinion Tina Fey completely ruined SNL. The only reason she’s celebrated is because she’s a woman and an outspoken liberal. She has not a single funny bone in her body.”

“When is Tina going to do something about that hideous scar across her cheek??”

“Tina Fey is an ugly, pear-shaped, bitchy, overrated troll.”

And her responses to each make me love her all the more. 

Bossypants is not so much an autobiography as it is a set of life lessons presented through the humor that made me love Tina in the first place. Rather than an orderly account of her life (though it proceeds in chronological order), the chapters read more like a set of funny skits that highlight important moments (and a few not so important albeit outrageously funny moments) in her life.
Many say the book is written in Liz Lemon’s voice (Tina’s 30 Rock character) and I agree with that in some instances but I don’t mind it. For me the book offers great insight into her path to success whether through the growing pains of her adolescent years or through her journey to head writer at a male dominated SNL.  She doesn’t believe in her own hype but she knows how successful she is and as self deprecating as her humor is, I believe she owns it. 

In the book, you’ll read about her comedic rise through her time with Second City, SNL and 30 Rock. You’ll read about her dealing with the pressures of being the boss. You’ll read about her adventures in marriage and motherhood. And of course you’ll read about the ups and downs of being a woman in comedy. It wouldn’t be Tina without it and I was there for every moment of it. If you’re a fan, I definitely recommend you read Bossypants. If you’re not a fan, first of all, why not? Second, maybe you should pick up a copy too. You might just become one.  

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