24. March 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Angie, Autobiographies, Humor, NonFiction

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris, David Javerbaum, Antony Hare (Illustrator), 304 pages, read by Angie, on 03/23/2015

Neil Patrick Harris is at this point unstoppable. His newest venture is his Choose Your Own Autobiography and it is HILARIOUS! It is set up just like the old choose your own adventure books from my childhood and it works. It also works really well just as a book to read straight through (which is what I did). Neil chronicles his life from childhood to present day in an honest, insightful and funny way. He pulls no punches about himself or those around him. I was especially touched by his personal journey to discover his sexual identity. He is honest about how he dated girls but wasn’t that into it, about his first gay experiences and about finding love with his husband David. I laughed out loud when he was talking about his escapades with LA nightlife in his youth and how outrageous it is to be friends with Elton John. The Choose Your Own Autobiography set up allows you to make terrible choices with Neil’s life which ended up with him as a sandwich maker at Schlotzky’s Deli or in a horrible death scene. I also really enjoyed the letters from his friends like Sarah Silverman, Nathan Fillion, Penn Jillette, Seth MacFarlane and many others. They were sometimes touching, sometimes funny, often bizarre, but always perfect. I started my journey with NPH during his Doogie Howser days when he was one of my favorite teen heartthrobs. I rediscovered him as Dr. Horrible and have loved him ever since. He is very talented and funny, but above all seems to be a genuine good guy who deserves all the accolades he gets. His autobiography is definitely worth the read for fans and nonfans, plus it has magic tricks!

23. March 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Humor, Tammy · Tags: , , ,

Off the Leash: The Secret Life of Dogs by Rupert Fawcett , 158 pages, read by Tammy, on 03/10/2015

off the leash  Collection of cartoons originally published on Facebook. Rupert Fawcett’s cartoons have developed into a daily online comic.This collection features the secret thoughts and conversations of dogs of every size, shape and breed. This collection will appeal to pet owners and those who just wish they owned a pet.

23. March 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Adult Books, Humor, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Texts from Dog by October Jones, 100 pages, read by Tammy, on 03/08/2015

texts from dog  Author October Jones shares the text between him and his pet bulldog. His endearing Dog and his alter-ego Batdog were born. Texts from Dog features his attempts to keep the neighborhood safe from the enemy otherwise known as the Postman. Stories about his arch-enemy Cat-Cat are also included. Some stories are laugh out loud funny. However, keep in mind that these texts are between two young adult males (one human, one dog) about whatever it is they are thinking. Not child friendly humor.

19. March 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Humor, NonFiction

A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Nonfiction by Terry Pratchett, 307 pages, read by Angie, on 03/17/2015

A Slip of the Keyboard is all the nonfiction Sir Terry has written in his long career. Some of it dates back to the 60s when he was a journalist and SF fan while most of it consists of speeches and articles by Pratchett while he was a writer. There is a lot of discussion on what exactly SF/Fantasy is, fans, discworld, author visits, cons and later Alzheimer’s and the right to die movement. All of it is filled with the typical humor and whit you would expect from the creator of the Discworld. My only complaint is one that only comes with reading all of these articles one after another and that is the repetition. Pratchett is very consistent with his message on a bunch of topics and repeats them on a lot of occasions. They are good messages and worthy of being repeated, but it got so I could guess what was going to be said. But really that is a knitpicking. I really enjoyed this collection and recommend it to all fans.

17. March 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Humor, Katy, NonFiction

I am neurotic : (and so are you) by Lianna Kong, 228 pages, read by Katy, on 03/16/2015

6567437You can′t get through the day without checking to see if your front door is locked three times. You take exactly two tablespoons of cream in your coffee which must be swirling while you pour or else it just doesn′t take right. The worst part is that you have to do all your neurotic habits discretely because you don′t want people to know. You′re not alone though. iamneurotic.com is a collection of anonymously submitted neuroses revealing the habits that we take care to hide from others.

While sitting in the bathroom stall waiting for everyone to leave, Lianna Kong realized her own neurosis: she can′t use the bathroom when other people are around. I am neurotic was born. What started as a blog where Lianna and her friends could share and joke about their own neuroses turned into a form of confessional therapy for others. People eager to unburden themselves of their hidden habits began to anonymously confess their neuroses and in turn learned they were not the only ones to sniff their floss or avoid the cracks in the sidewalk. I am neurotic congregates the best neuroses from the website and unseen submissions accompanied by photographs. The result is a book that will demonstrate how neurotic behavior is highly amusing, shocking at times, and ultimately a great human equalizer.

From www.goodreads.com

Too funny! I can relate to a few of these habits…

08. March 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Humor, Katy, NonFiction

Seriously...I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres, 241 pages, read by Katy, on 03/07/2015

11230081Stories and advice from Ellen DeGeneres. Pretty funny.

02. March 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Humor, Memoirs, NonFiction

It Looked Different on the Model: Epic Tales of Impending Shame and Infamy by Laurie Notaro, 240 pages, read by Angie, on 03/01/2015

I had never read anything by Laurie Notaro before picking up this book, but I just might have to read more. She is hilarious and the situations she finds herself in are laugh out loud funny. Highlights of the book include her feud with the local post office where she was banned for wanting too many two cent stamps, being banned from the neighborhood Christmas party because she dared to mouth the words to Jingle Bells, and the dog bark translator. Really all the chapters were hilarious so it is hard to pick favorites. Read it and I dare you not to laugh!

12. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Cats, Humor, Tammy · Tags: , , ,

The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations from Grumpy Cat by Grumpy Cat, 112 pages, read by Tammy, on 02/10/2015

grumpy cat Grumpy Cat lends her grumpiness to every situation… even rainbows. Her she presents her de-motivational guide to life, love and friendship. With new photos of her famous Grumpy face and a couple of her in normal cute cat poses (Shhh! don’t tell Grumpy Cat). For anyone with an inner grouch, dark humor or sarcastic streak.

If you are a Grumpy Cat fan you may also want to check out the library’s copy of the Christmas movie, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever on DVD. The movie is actually a little sweeter than I expected but still had some grumpy moments as well as holiday cuteness.

09. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Humor, NonFiction

My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places by Mary Roach, 160 pages, read by Angie, on 02/08/2015

My Planet is a collection of writings Mary Roach did for Reader’s Digest. They are short, humorous stories about her life and her experiences. While I found them funny and enjoyed listening to this book I don’t think it lives up to her other books. It is a worthwhile read (or listen) but if you are looking for the quality of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers or Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex you will be disappointed. The one thing I did enjoy was the husband Ed. He and Mary must be absolutely perfect for each other.

31. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Humor, Inspirational, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Lessons from a Dog by Patrick Moberg , 64 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/12/2015

lessons from a dogDogs may slobber and shed but they are loyal, sensitive and affectionate. Illustrator Patrick Moberg illustrates lessons we can learn from man’s best friend on how to be a better person. Sweet and fun.

26. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Humor, Kira · Tags:

Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art by Christopher Moore, 403 pages, read by Kira, on 01/23/2015

sacbindexsacre_bleu Does it really make sense that Vincent Van Goph shot himself in a wheatfield, then walked miles to see a doctor?  Christopher Moore takes this as the starting place for a mystery and a madcap romp with Impressionist  Great Master painters in Paris.  To accompany Henri Toulouse Lautrec, he creates the baker/painter Lucien Lessard who try to unravel the mystery of the Ultramarine paint supplied by the menacing “colorman”.   Beware woadfin5aHadrians_Wall_03there is a fair amo7330lascaux1unt of bawdy humor.  asacbindexVincent_van_Gogh_(1853-1890)_-_Wheat_Field_with_Crows_(1890)study___the_laundress_by_henri_de_toulouse_lautrec_by_iyasha-d6qjoal I was really impressed by Moore’s ability to tie disparate historical events like the disappearance of the 9th Roman Legion and the discovery of Lascaux-type caves.  A very enjoyable read, that gave me some exposure to famous impressionist painters and made me curious about how paints are/were made.

22. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, History, Humor, Informational Book, Tammy

Bed Manners: A Very British Guide to Boudoir Etiquette by Ralph Hopton , 151 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/15/2015

bed manners Ever wonder how to avoid offending your spouse with your evening sleeping habits? Or perhaps wonder what the challenges might be of sleeping with another person if you never have? This could be the guide book for you. Originally published in the 1930s the book addresses bedroom etiquette with a sense of humor. It is amazing how few of the basic problems have changed over the years. Husbands and wives still bicker over whose job it is to investigate noises in the middle of the night, who has to get up to get another blanket or close the window or do we even want the window open.

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Humor, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Kitty) by Jeremy Greenberg, 64 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/13/2015

Letters from the feline of the house with accompanying photo of the cat writing the letter. I had read the dog letter book by this author, and most of the dog letters are addressed to Dear Pack Leader. The cat letters vary greatly in how they are addressed. Some examples are food provider and fur-less mommy. Funny snap shots of life with an indoor cat.

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Humor, Tammy · Tags: , , ,

Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Doggie) by Jeremy Greenberg, 64 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/11/2015

sorry i pooped This is a funny collection of 50 letters from man’s best friend, his dog. Each letter is accompanied by a photo of the dog “writing” the letter. Whether the letter is an apology, an explanation of what human’s think are weird habits of dogs or just a suggestion of dogs and people can cohabit better together, all are relate-able to anyone who has ever had a dog. The letters over insight into your dog’s point of view as well as human nature.

14. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Autobiographies, Humor, Memoirs, Noelle, NonFiction

Yes Please by Amy Poehler, 329 pages, read by Noelle, on 01/08/2015

In a perfect world . . .

We’d get to hang out with Amy Poehler, watching dumb movies, listening to music, and swapping tales about our coworkers and difficult childhoods. Because in a perfect world, we’d all be friends with Amy—someone who seems so fun, is full of interesting stories, tells great jokes, and offers plenty of advice and wisdom (the useful kind, not the annoying kind you didn’t ask for, anyway). Unfortunately, between her Golden Globe-winning role on Parks and Recreation, work as a producer and director, place as one of the most beloved SNL alumni and cofounder of the Upright Citizens’ Brigade, involvement with the website Smart Girls at the Party, frequent turns as acting double for Meryl Streep, and her other gig as the mom of two young sons, she’s not available for movie night.

Luckily we have the next best thing: Yes Please, Amy’s hilarious and candid book. A collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haikus from the mind of one of our most beloved entertainers, Yes Please offers Amy’s thoughts on everything from her “too safe” childhood outside of Boston to her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood and “the biz,” the demon that looks back at all of us in the mirror, and her joy at being told she has a “face for wigs.” Yes Please is chock-full of words and wisdom to live by.

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09. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Humor, Informational Book, NonFiction

I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks by Gina Sheridan, 157 pages, read by Angie, on 01/08/2015

Ahh, the joys of working in a public library. You just never know what kind of crazy, sweet, angry, beautiful people you are going to encounter day to day. Gina Sheridan has collected stories about her experiences working in the library in this little gem of a book. I really enjoyed the fact that she categorized the stories by the Dewey Decimal System. While my experiences are not the same as Sheridan’s I can definitely relate to them. Public libraries are open to the public and that just means anyone and everyone can be there. Some days are a delight when you find the right book for a patron or help them with a sticky problem. Other days are a chore when you get yelled at or sneezed on or have to deal with too many frustrating situations. Each day is different and makes coming to work interesting.

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Humor, Kristy, NonFiction

I work at a public library: a collection of crazy stories from the stacks by Gina Sheridan, 157 pages, read by Kristy, on 12/31/2014

From a patron’s missing wetsuit to the scent of crab cakes wafting through the stacks, Sheridan showcases the oddities that have come across her circulation desk: encounters with local eccentrics; bizarre reference requests; and heart-warming stories of patrons who roam the stacks every day.

(goodreads.com)

29. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Cats, Fiction, Humor, Kira · Tags:

The Devious Book for Cats: A Parody by Fluffy & Bonkers with the assistance of Joe Garden by Fluffy & Bonkers with the assistance of Joe Garden, 213 pages, read by Kira, on 12/14/2014

This parody of The Dangerous Book for Boys is another set of short essays or even just a few paragraphs, featuring humorous riffs on cat behavior.  I enjoyed it!index2 index

29. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Humor, Inspirational, Memoirs, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , ,

How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, Sophie Mas, 253 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/26/2014

how to be parisianFour successful and talented French women share their views on what it means to be French and a woman in 2014. Their careers span the worlds of music, film, fashion and publishing and they share their secrets to life and how their sense of style, fun and the meaning of life. The chapters are brief and give you each woman’s views on all sorts of topics including men, culture, beauty and attitude. The authors Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas are all unmarried but attached with children and have been friends for years. These ladies admit to be bossy and opinionated and sometimes snobs but also tender, romantic and reliable. This book was a fun read that may help you look at life in a lighter way and make you want to slip on your dancing shoes.

 

29. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Cats, Humor, Self Help, Tammy

Who Moved My Mouse?: A Self-Help Book for Cats (Who Don't Need Any Help) by Dena Harris, 136 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/28/2014

who moved my mouseDoes your kitty have emotional issues? Does kitty feel unfulfilled? This humorous guide, based on classic self-help texts is  filled with quizzes and tips to teach all cats how they came make small daily changes that will improve their lives and the lives of those around the. With chapters such as “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff . . . But Feel Free to Freak Out Over Anything That Moves Suddenly or Without Warning” this book was a great help to both my kitties. They were able to test out their newly learned skills and life philosophies this week when the four little nieces and nephews came to visit for Christmas. I can’t say that peace and harmony reigned but there was less hissing and tears. ; )