What I Read: November 2014

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YES PLEASE

About- Amy Poehler’s (of Parks and Recreation, SNL, and The Upright Citizen’s Brigade fame) memoir.

Why I picked it– Hello? Amy Poehler’s book? That’s all you had to say!

Grade A I listened to the audiobook version and it was fantastic. I’m not normally an audiobook person, but it’s narrated by Amy herself and that convinced me. The whole book felt very honest and relatable. Amy’s writing just makes you feel like the two of you are old pals. If you like Amy Poehler, I’d say you should definitely pick up this book. If you liked Bossypants or Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, I’d say you should buy this book. Basically, anyone with a sense of humor should buy this book! I’m glad I listened to the audiobook, but I also ordered the physical copy because I want to own it and flip through all of the pictures.

THE MAZE RUNNER

About- A teenager named Thomas wakes up in a strange location with no memory of his past and must fight to make his way back home.

Why I picked it– I know this book is pretty popular and the movie adaptation came out earlier this year.

Grade C- I was rather disappointed by this one. This is one of those books that did not live up to the hype for me. I thought it was pretty repetitive in the beginning and I didn’t find the main character compelling. I never really felt a connection with the characters, so I wasn’t invested in the story. Maybe I’m getting a little tired of dystopian YA fiction?

A LITTLE PRINCESS

About- A rich, young girl whose father dies and leaves her penniless.

Why I picked it– Last month was Children’s Literature Month and I wanted to fit at least one kids book in.

Grade B+ I absolutely loved this movie as a kid and the book is just as charming. I really like the message of making the most out of a bad situation. I also enjoyed the main character’s big imagination. Those were my favorite scenes in the movie- when the things she imagined came to life. If you’ve seen the movie and liked it, I think you would also enjoy the book as well.

Tell me: Have you read anything good lately?

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  • oh your reading posts are so so good. i have been terrible! i started the year off well but then i think tv happened and also knitting! :) hopefully next year i can start again to be consistent at reading :)

    • Aww, thank you! Yes, sometimes I choose TV or Youtube instead too. I hope next year you are able to meet your reading goals :)

  • I definitely want to read that book from Amy Poehler!

    I’m so behind on my reading right now, it’s not even funny!

    xo,
    nancy

    San
    Rafael – Montecito Plaza

    • Definitely read Amy’s book- it’s fantastic!

  • A little princess is one of my childhood favorites, and I will definitely check out Yes Please! I love a good funny read.

    Chic on the Cheap

    • I thought Yes Please was fun, light, and relatively quick read :) I hope you enjoy it!

  • I need to read Yes Please! Amy Poehler is the best!
    ~Sara

  • I think I should have listened to the audiobook. Everyone liked it better than physically reading it. Mindy Kaling’s book is also on my list.

    • I don’t know if I liked it better because I haven’t physically read the book yet (but I did buy a copy!), but the audiobook was surprisingly good. Surprising because usually I just do not like audiobooks.