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Busy Monsters

by Emma on November 17, 2011

in Books

I knew very little about this book when I started reading it. I had a vague idea (due to the title) that monster just might feature prominently in the story, and if I were being honest I’d have to say that I generally enjoy books with: vampires, werewolves, magic or other surreal elements. I’m into it. For sure.

And I’m happy to report that indeed, there are some pretty awesome monsters in Busy Monsters, mainly a giant squid, big foot, ghosts and the loch ness monster. But what this book is actually about is… well… love. And how it can sometimes make us go a little crazy.

The main character in this novel is a writer, and he talks like a writer. If you know what I mean. He uses words like, scoundrel or lollygagger in his everyday vernacular. And his absurd analogies and observations of the human actions around him are both adapt and hilarious at times. You will laugh during this book. You will probably also feel very sorry for Charles while you watch his life sort of spiral out of his control, in the name of love, of course.

This was a very enjoyable read. It may be a tiny bit elitist, but the characters and circumstances are so, strange, at times that story is quite engaging very fun to read.

What have you been reading lately?

xo. Emma


This book had been on my radar for a while. I mean, it had been on the best seller list for, like, ever. They made a movie out of it and it’s already out of theaters. (That’s how slow I am to get around to books sometimes… it’s pretty bad.)

I wouldn’t necessarily say I had been waiting for the opportune time to read this book, but if I had it would have been totally worth the wait. This novel was awesome! It was one of my absolute favorite books I’ve read this year. It’s funny, endearing, and has you rooting for all the right people. That’s not to say the line of, ahem, good and evil are so clear. The story does a great job of showing both the good and bad sides of many of the characters in the book. You might met a lady who is terribly racists, but is a really great mother. And I think that’s one of the things that makes this book so compelling and realistic.

The only draw back is you might find yourself talking in a deep southern accent while your reading this book.

Did I say draw back, I meant bonus. Total bonus.

What about you-do you have any good book recommendations for me? I’d love to hear them.

xo. Emma


Getting a little bit country…

by Emma on October 13, 2011

in Books

It’s no secret that I am a HUGE fan of The Pioneer Woman. She’s funny, cooks delicious looking food, and post like a million times a week. (Okay, maybe not a million. But a lot.) Her website is HIGHLY addictive. I originally got hooked reading her website through her blog series on how she met her husband. I stayed up late and neglected the rest of my life for a few days while I was reading that one. Like Twilight.

Wait, did I just admit that?

… Nevermind.

So anyway, when I heard she was publishing that story plus more from her first year of marriage in a book I assumed a would check it out sooner or later. And that ‘sooner or later’ was last week. It was very much like reading her website but with a hint of professional editing behind it. I adore her sense of humor and ability to laugh at herself and the sometimes difficult and wonderful things that happen in life. I think it’s really quite inspiring. And although my favorite part of the book was the beginning, watching her fall in love with her cowboy, I enjoyed this entire book cover to cover.

xo. Emma


Laughing in my car like no one is watching…

by Emma on September 28, 2011

in Books

As you know, I like to ‘review’ books I’ve been reading here on my blog. That’s right. It’s a real thing. It’s happening. You can see my archives here, in case you are a non-believer.

I love reading. But every once in a while I will elect to listen to a specific book on CD. I listen to it while driving around in my car from work or doing errands. And I decided to listen to Bossypants (instead of read) because I saw that Tina Fey was the voice. So she wrote and read this book to me, talk about going the extra mile. Eh?

If you’ve been reading this blog long you probably know that I like to (try and) make jokes. I like to laugh, a lot. And I like to make others laugh, if possible. Not that I’m very good at it. But Fey is extremely good at it-I was laughing along to this book for a whole week while I listened to it. It made running errands across town totally fun. I particularly loved the first 1/3 of the book where she focuses on stories from her childhood and adolescence.

Awkward teenage years. Yeah, who doesn’t know a little about that?

So if you want to read something relaxing that will totally make you giggle you should check out Bossypants. It’s great. :)

xo. Emma