Thursday, October 4, 2012

50 things I thought while reading 50 Shades of Grey

I kicked off my summer of pop culture reads with E.L. James' 50 Shades of Grey trilogy.  It's been the talk of multiple talk shows and slowly become part of the current lingo.  Some are even predicting a 50 Shades baby boom some time next Spring.  For me, it was humorous, hot, and honestly sweet at times.

With all this in mind, I thought I'd compile a list of 50 things I thought while reading 50 Shades of Grey.

Now keep a couple things in mind.  First, this post may be considered R rated due to language and sexual content.  So if you're under 17, ask your parents first before reading.

Sunday, July 29, 2012


...which is why I haven't been writing....writing...writing.  But at least I'm reading, right?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

So glad I didn't pretend to read this book

Who could pass up a book with a mouse dressed in a collar and cape upon it?  I couldn't.  I had never been to Jenny Lawson's blog but couldn't help but stop every time I saw her book.  I hemmed and hawed and finally bit the bullet and bought it for my Kindle.

And my life has been forever changed.

Okay....maybe not changed....but a little more grateful that I didn't grow up with a father who was a taxidermist, although I appreciate that she did and was brave enough to, in literary fashion, stand naked in front of everyone and write this mostly true memoir.

In Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir), Jenny Lawson recounts the moments in her life that have made her who she is today.  Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, often horrifying, and almost always hilarious, Lawson weaves a tale that I can only describe as colorfully exotic beyond words.

Given the fact that I'm in the midst of the most stressful year of my life, I loved the levity she brought me over the days that it took me to read her book.  I purposely didn't read it all in one sitting (although I very well could have) so I could get a laugh when I really needed it.  And I've really needed it at times.

Some of my favorite chapter titles include the following:
  • Stanley, the Magical Talking Squirrel
  • The Dark and Disturbing Secrets HR Doesn't Want You to Know (LOVED THIS CHAPTER)
  • A Series of Helpful Post-It notes I Left Around the House for My Husband This Week
Sadly, I know a number of people that most of her chapter titles could apply to.  And for this and so much more, Jenny has earned a place in my heart.

Here are 7 things I've learned from Jenny Lawson and her book Let's Pretend This Never Happened:
  1. My HR encounters with former employees working at my last job were not just a figment of my imagination.
  2. My husband is no longer allowed to call me crazy for the massive amounts of yarn and books in my house, and instead should be grateful that I do not collect dead animals artistically dressed in funny ways (but again, I appreciate that Jenny does and Victor tolerates this for her amusement as well as ours).  And I am still appreciative as ever that my Uncle Moose did not find me that moose head for our wedding.
  3. While I do not use the word vagina in day to day conversation, it appears in Jenny's book 73 times.  That's a lot of vaginas.
  4. I am so happy to live where there are no scorpions.
  5. I have no doubt that Jenny will be the first person prepared for the zombie apocalypse and I should really send her a gray wristband for zombie awareness.
  6. The name Voldemort has taken on a whole new meaning.
  7. I now need to read her blog much more often.
I highly recommend this book as a funny read.  Be forewarned, there's language that would most likely give it at least a PG-13 rating if not an R for the many uses of the word vagina (73 times is really a lot of vagina references, but they're all really funny so deal with it).  I laughed out loud many times, highlighted quotes throughout, and just loved it.  Thank you Jenny Lawson!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I am declaring this the summer of pop culture reads

It's been quite some time since my last post, but I promise that I have a really good reason.  And no, I will not use the fact that I've read the 50 Shades of Grey series as an excuse, although I did read it.  A sick child, the appearance of a long lost relative, the end of the school year, the death of a family member, and....oh yeah.....I still have to work my day job so I can pay my mortgage.  All these things lead me not to post, but I'm posting now so it's better late than never, right?

To date, I'm up to 12 books read for the year.  At some point, I gave myself a goal of 25 books on Good Reads, but as always, I'm striving for as many as I can possibly read.

I finished The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow and shortly after (about a week or so later), Mr. Zaslow died tragicly in a car accident.  I was so shaken by his departure.  I had enjoyed The Girls from Ames so much and was looking forward to reading more by him. 

Other books I've read to date that I will try my best to write more about at a later date:

-  Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
-  Matchless: A Christmas Story by Gregory Maguire
-  The Sigh by Marjane Satrapi
-  Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
-  Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
-  Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
-  Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
-  The Happy Hooker by Xaviera Hollander (there's a story behind this one)
-  Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson

I've decide that this is the summer of pop culture reads, hence the addition of the Fifty Shades series to my list.  I'm currently reading The Hunger Games trilogy and afterwards, I will read the Twilight series.

I've gotten really good at keeping at least one book going on my Kindle and then a real book as well.  The Fifty Shades series I read off my Kindle while Persepolis I had in real book form.  Other real books I'm going to try and read this summer is The Invention of Hugo Cabret (the pictures inside look so pretty) and Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer (because I heart Jodi Picoult).

The next year will be filled with a lot of not leaving the house, so I'm hoping that I'm able to get all this reading completed, but we'll see.  And maybe....just maybe....I'll actually keep this blog better updated.  If E.L. James can get published, there's hope for us all :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

So close yet so far away

One month down...eleven more to go, and I'm not off to the best start on my books read total.

One of these days, I'll be able to read for hours at a time and maybe chip away at my collection much faster.  But for now, I will take the reading opportunities as I find them and do what I can.

I did, however, come up with an idea for celebrating leap year day.

Monday, January 16, 2012

I'm keeping up as fast as I can!

Two weeks into the new year and how many posts have I put up?  NONE.  It's not been for a lack of trying.  I have a recap of what I read in 2011 in draft and hoping that I can get that done sometimes this week, but you never know.  Between work, two kids, house work, and my other addiction (crochet), I barely have enough hours in the day to shower (don't worry - I still manage somehow to get that in; that and brushing my teeth).

As far as my book and reading addiction goes, here's what I've been up to.

What I'm Reading

I'm still chipping away at The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship by Jeffrey Zaslow.  I'm about half way through it.  If I could get one good afternoon with it and a cup of tea, I know I could finish it (not sure I'll find that time this week).

What I've Read
Right out of the gate, I picked up the Kindle single Rules for Virgins by Amy Tan.  I so enjoy Amy Tan and was excited to see this.  I see that there is an audio book coming out this summer, so I don't know if this is just a snippet of the larger volume or what.

Either way....WHAT A READ!  Who knew that being a courtesan in 1912 Shanghai was so complicated.  It talks about the profession so casually that you almost forget that they're talking about sex.  At times, what Tan writes can be taken as advice for anyone ("How you behave next week can set the course of your career").  Other times, it's just plain funny ("I will accompany you on the zither until your warbled notes don't sound like two cats screeching over the same dead mouse").

It's a quick read (just 43 pages).  Whether you have a Kindle, Kindle App or read it from your computer, I highly recommend it.

What I've Added to My Collection
Yes, I understand that I'm acquiring books much faster than I an possibly read them.  Hellllllooooo?  What part of book addict did you not get?

Of the 19 books I've added to my collection, only 2 are physical books.  The rest are on my Kindle, I only spent money on 8 of them and I don't even think I spent $15, so all in all, not so bad.

Here are just a few of the 19 books.

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin - Recommended by a friend.  I'd like to read it this month after I read my current book.

Heroes for My Son by Brad Meltzer - I heard an interview with Mr. Meltzer on the radio and thought it sounded good. Looks like a quick read.  And I have sons, so why not read about heroes for them.


Chicago by the Pint: A Craft Beer History of the Windy City (IL) (The History Press) by Denese Neu - A book that combines my favorite city and my husband's favorite beverage?  Sounds like a winner to me! 


The Bridge by Kay Bratt - Maybe I'm still enthralled with all that is stories set in China, but this short story sounded too good to pass up.  And I got it for free.  Can't beat that!

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I've never read it.  It's on my to read bucket list.  I got it for my Kindle for a great price.  Glad to finally have it.

I Want it Now! A Memoir of Life on the Set of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Julie Dawn Cole - Anytime Willy Wonka and the Chocolage Factory is on TV (cable or network), I can't bring myself to turn away.  Therefore, when this book came up, I couldn't pass it up either.

Here's hoping I can find more time in my week to read!