June 10th, 2015

Book Review: The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion


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Goodreads summary:

THE ROSIE PROJECT WAS COMPLETE BUT I WAS UNPREPARED FOR THE ROSIE EFFECT.

GREETINGS. My name is Don Tillman. I am forty-one years old. I have been married to Rosie Jarman, world’s most perfect woman, for ten months and ten days.

Marriage added significant complexity to my life. When we relocated to New York City, Rosie brought three maximum-size suitcases. We abandoned the Standardised Meal System and agreed that sex should not be scheduled in advance.

Then Rosie told me we had ‘something to celebrate’, and I was faced with a challenge even greater than finding a partner.

I have attempted to follow traditional protocols and have sourced advice from all six of my friends, plus a therapist and the internet.

The result has been a web of deceit. I am now in danger of prosecution, deportation and professional disgrace.

And of losing Rosie forever.

My review:

Shit, that’s a long summary. Probably even longer than the review.

Man, am I striking out with books this year. My end of the year wrap up is going to be hard because while I’ve certainly read more good books than bad books, I haven’t read any outstanding books.

I read the Rosie Project back in February and it’s probably my favorite book of the year so far (not that that’s saying much with this lot.) So I was excited to pick up the sequel featuring Don and Rosie. And man, was I disappointed. So disappointed that I’m not even sure I like the first one as much as I did. That’s how much this book sucked.

It’s kind of sad to go from a charming little book with likeable characters to this mess. Don was socially awkward? Let’s ramp that up! Rosie was kind of stand-offish? Lets ramp that up! Just disappointing and the more I read, the worse it gets. I only stuck it out because I hate leaving books unfinished. But I probably won’t read any future Don Tillman books.

2 stars!

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  1. Runwright says:

    That’s so sad. I wonder why the first was great and the second not. I’d love to find out the back story. #Curious

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June 3rd, 2015

Book Review: Yes Please by Amy Poehler


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Goodreads summary:

In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book is full of words to live by.

My review:

This is a cute book. It’s not quite a memoir, not quite an essay book, not quite a woman. I won’t lie, it wasn’t what I was expecting but I got a decent laugh out of each chapter. I think my main problem is there’s a lot of filler. This is a long book, much longer than I expected. I also can’t help but think this is better as an audio book than a reading book.

That said, there are some stand out chapters. The one on saying sorry is great, though Amy wasn’t in the wrong and really didn’t have a need to say sorry, it still works. I also liked the chapters about her childhood and Saturday Night Live (though I was surprised there wasn’t more about SNL.) There’s a lot of name dropping, which I can take or leave, but may rub some people the wrong way.

I don’t know. There’s not a whole lot to say about this book. Read if you think Amy Poehler’s funny, skip it if you don’t.

3 stars!

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  1. Christine says:

    I just read this one and while I really enjoyed it at first, I started to not like it as much towards the end. Obviously, it’s an autobiography so meant to be about her, but I thought it very self-serving and vapid.

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May 29th, 2015

101 in 1001 Update


So I’ve been trucking along pretty passively at my 101 things in 1001 days project. I said I would blog about everything but some there just wasn’t much to say. So here’s five updates on things I’ve done.

45) Travel to 5 more states – Georgia was the first state I visited this year. I went to Atlanta for a work conference and I enjoyed it. It was there that I got to swim with the beluga whales at the Georgia Aquarium. Sidenote: my profile picture on OKCupid is me swimming with the beluga and some guy sent me a link to Blackfish. 1) I’ve seen it, 2) I wasn’t at SeaWorld and 3) piss off random condescending dude.

49) Visit a state I’ve never been to before – Georgia. Not only was it my first time swimming with beluga whales, it was the first time I visited Georgia!

58) Play trivia in a bar – So I went on a date to Bilbo Baggins’ where they have trivia cards on each table and we quizzed each other. (So I’m stretching a bit – it counts!)

75) Hold a committee position in DAR – DAR stands for Daughters of the American Revolution, a service organization dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. There’s a national level, a state level and a chapter level. I currently serve as my chapter’s budget chair. Small potatoes but small steps can add up to something great.

93) Leave a 100% tip – I did this at Copperwood Tavern when I visited a few weeks ago with my friend Courtney. I wasn’t going to do it but the service was great and I had such a fun time, that I was all “tonight’s the night!”

Are you doing 101 in 1001?

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  1. Christine says:

    You’re doing awesome! And how cool that you got to swim with the belugas. I love the GA Aquarium!

  2. Diana says:

    good job on completing five more items of the list! sounds like Georgia was fun, and how cool that you got to go there for work!

  3. Corinna says:

    Good for you in leaving a 100% tip. Even if it was only $5, I’m sure it brightened up someone’s day. I love to do small things like buy someone a coffee and the “pay it forward” stuff that puts a smile on someone’s face. I received a free cookie from an employee at the restaurant I was eating in while I was taking my lunch break and I was so excited about it. Small things matter :) And just think, it could’ve been so much worse on tindr! Wishing you future success with OKC.

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May 28th, 2015

Book Review: The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey


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Goodreads summary:

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

My review: (May contain spoilers.)

This was frustrating read. I’ve heard so many great things about this book and it came highly recommended, but it left me disappointed. I felt that it could have been better. I’ve also heard a lot about the strong, well defined women characters and….no? In my opinion anyway. And it has nothing to do with the characters being flawed – because they are flawed, which I appreciate but they’re also kind of dumb, which I don’t appreciate. I don’t know, I just don’t think it’s a great herald for feminism that some make it out to be when the most logical character is male and the women characters are stupid, hilariously so.

It’s not a spoiler to say this is a zombie book. The main character is a zombie child, an advance, smart zombie child, but needs to eat people nonetheless. Melanie is able to contain it a bit but still, the male character is right – she’s a ticking time bomb. So you kind of side with the male character when he says she needs to be put down or let go – either way, she’s needs to be away from the group. Yes, Melanie bails them but only because a female character does something really stupid.

There’s this running question of whether it’s ok to kill one to save millions and it’s fairly interesting and I didn’t know where the book was going to go with it. Unfortunately, it went the worst possible way. Apparently, it’s ok for one to kill millions because evolution and such and its toots sad and all but life will find a way. Up until that point, I was kind of on board with the book being ok but not the greatest thing ever. Then I got to the moral and I just wanted to toss it aside. Oh, so it’s ok to kill as long as you’re not the one dying. Good to know book, good to know.

It’s not an awful book. It just had more potential than it lived up to. Overall, I was just disappointed since I’ve heard all the hype.

3 stars!

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  1. Diana says:

    Sad that the book didn’t live up to all the hype.. I dislike when that happens!

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May 1st, 2015

Five things Friday


Hello world! I feel like I only consistantly blog on Fridays. Desperately trying to change that but you know how it goes. (Or do you?)

I’m actually working on renaming this here blog space. My current name just doesn’t feel like me nor is it original. I had an idea for a new name, but it apparently is the name of a radio station that focuses on paranormal activity. So, its not completely off the table but I probably need something better.

Anyway, enough of that boring stuff, lets move on (to the other boring stuff?)

1) Last Thursday I got sushi at Bonsai in Shirlington with Courtney, who is my little sister in the sorority. We joked about how we still use that to explain how we know each other to people when really we could just say friend from college. (Not like anyone truly cares anyway.) But old habits die hard.

2) Went to Topgolf last Friday with a friend. Originally we were going to do the range but decided to play a round of miniature golf where I didn’t completely embarrass myself. Afterwards, we went to Ruby Tuesdays nearby like a couple of high schoolers.

3) The next night I ate at Mai Thai with the same friend before introducing him to Bilbo Baggins. He was less than impressed but I still love you Bilbos! I just can’t recall what drink I actually like from you. I had the Pippin’s Punch and that was not it.

4) On Tuesday I went with Courtney and my friend Eric to Copperwood Tavern. Courtney and I had stopped there for drinks the previous Thursday and got to talking to the bartender, as you do. Courtney was going to help him find a job in his field and he promised her a free drink next time. Alas, he was not there this time – we had missed him by an hour. So we had to pay for all our own moonshine. I got apple pie flavor – yum!

5) Tonight I’m hitting it up in DuPont – hopefully stopping by the Mad Hatter. I used to go out in DC a lot more when I actually worked there. Now that I don’t, it’s such a pain to haul myself into the area. Got to deal with metroing and parking and it’s just awful. Anyway, I can’t stay out too late since tomorrow I’m going to Gold Cup.

What are your weekend plans?

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