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#AtoZChallenge – N – Vladimir Nabokov Quote

Vladimir Nabokov quotation A to Z Blogging Challenge

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#FridayBookShare – Amy Poehler’s ‘Yes Please’
January 20, 2017, 1:00 pm
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Welcome to another edition of Friday Book Share.

#fridaybookshare readers books recommendation

The Book: Yes Please by (the great) Amy Poehler

I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve been reading this book for over a year, and I’m still not finished. It’s one of those books I keep on the sidelines when I want to read something lighthearted or that will make me laugh. Don’t judge me for taking so long.

First line of the book

I like hard work and I don’t like pretending things are perfect.

My kind of gal.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb

Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central’s Upright Citizens Brigade? Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live, and in movies like Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, and They Came Together? Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation? Did you wish you were in the audience at the last two Golden Globes ceremonies, so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy’s one-liners?

If your answer to these questions is “Yes Please!” then you are in luck. In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy, Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice. With chapters like “Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend,” “Plain Girl Versus the Demon” and “The Robots Will Kill Us All” Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Honest, personal, real, and righteous, Yes Please is full of words to live by.

Introduce the main character using only three words

  • Hilarious
  • Kindhearted
  • Open (as in, about her experiences)

Delightful Design (the book’s cover image)

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Audience appeal (who would enjoy this book?)

Amy Poehler fans.

Your favorite line/scene

My favorite part of Yes Please is all the info Poehler gives about Saturday Night Live. I’ve been watching since I was a child. You need proof? Here is my favorite sketch OF ALL TIME:

I seriously cried while watching this again, I was laughing so hard.

I couldn’t find a video of my second favorite sketch (Gilda Radner as Baba Waba), so here’s a nice compilation where you’ll get a snippet of Baba Waba:

Since we’re here to talk about Amy Poehler, here’s one of my favorites featuring her:

And if you want to see some early Amy Poehler (from the days she worked on Conan), watch on:

Anyone else an Amy Poehler fan? Raise your hands. Don’t be shy.

*Heads up: if you click on the links to purchase any of the mentioned books from Amazon, know that I’m an affiliate. Your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*


#FridayBookShare – Lauren Holmes’s ‘Barbara the Slut and Other People’

Welcome to another edition of Friday Book Share.

#fridaybookshare readers books recommendation

The Book: Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes

This was the last book I completed, and it was a blast to read. It’s a collection of ten stories, each focused on one primary character. “Desert Hearts,” “My Humans,” and “Barbara the Slut” were my favorites.

First line of the book

From the story “How Am I Supposed to Talk to You?”

In Mexico City the customs light lit up green, which was lucky because I had fifty pairs of underwear with tags on them in my suitcase.

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They called Barbara other names – ho, whore, skank, Barbara Lewinsky, sticky-fingers Murphy – but mostly they called her slut. But Barbara does not let these words define her. Instead she defines herself. She is a teenager with an autistic brother, a Princeton acceptance letter and a love of sex, navigating her high school’s toxic, slut-shaming culture with open eyes.

Lauren Holmes introduces us to a parade of people (and one dog), so familiar we might know them, might even be them. A woman who prefers the company of her pit bull to the neurotic foreign fling who won’t decamp from her flat. A law school grad who takes a job selling sex toys rather than embarking on the career she pursued for her father’s sake. A daughter who hauls a suitcase of lingerie to Mexico for her estranged mother to resell, wondering whether her personal mission – to come out – is worth the same effort.

Fearless, candid and incredibly funny, Barbara the Slut tackles sex, family and relationships with a keen awareness for how their nervous systems tangle and sometimes short-circuit. With a genius – and a deceptively light touch – for revealing our most vulnerable, spirited, flawed selves, Lauren Holmes is a newcomer who writes like a master.

Introduce the main character using only three words

Since there are ten, I’ll focus on the title character: Barbara.

  • Vulnerable
  • Fearless
  • Loner

Delightful Design (the book’s cover image)

friday book share recommendations lauren holmes

friday book share recommendations

Audience appeal (who would enjoy this book?)

Readers who have a raunchy sense of humor and an appreciation for the raw, gritty side of life.

Your favorite line/scene

My favorite scene is from “Barbara the Slut” and involves Barbara and her autistic brother, George.

friday book share recommendations lauren holmes

Have any of you read this kickass book? If so, share your thoughts below.

*Heads up: if you click on the links to purchase any of the mentioned books from Amazon, know that I’m an affiliate. Your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*


-Reblogged Content- My Secret Love Affair
February 17, 2016, 1:00 pm
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My Secret Love Affair .... with books

You don’t get many options in life, but with books, the options are nearly endless and the pleasures never get old.

No matter what demons or challenges I’m facing in my own life I can choose out of millions of characters with whom I want to share my cares and woes. And to celebrate with! Even when I’m at my lowest of lows, I can share in the victories of my fictitious or historical friends.

Because most days, their victories are my highlights.

Even if I’m reading about a character undergoing tremendous suffering, I are reminded that I am not alone.

From a beautiful article, “My Secret Love Affair,” by Andrew Toy.




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