Read these books | August 2016

13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT A FAT GIRL by Mona Awad | fiction, memoir-ish

First heard about this book on NPR months ago so I knew that the author based the stories in the book on her own experiences, and I was really looking forward to reading it. It was mostly “meh”. Like, the stories are good and real and written fantastically, but everything read really negatively, and maybe that was the point, but I don’t know. The constant negative undertone got really old really fast. Also. I don’t mean for that to sound insensitive; I know the stories probably resonate with a lot of people. But for me, they weren’t relatable and seemed overly negative, like that friend who always complains about EVERY-FUCKING-THING, even when there’s nothing to complain about, yet somehow finds a way to whine about whatever it is.

But I mean, read the book. It’s written well and is pretty funny, in weird ways, at times. You might like it more than I did!

GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT by Alyson Foster | fiction

Enjoyable enough. Quick read. Not incredibly deep or anything but definitely identifiable. Love that it’s written through a series of emails between the narrator and another person, but only the narrator’s emails are included. So yeah, that means you’re left to infer what the other person wrote. Like that it dealt with the complexities of romantic and intimate relationships.

THE THROWBACK SPECIAL by Chris Bachelder | fiction, sports

Loved. But that could be because I like football and “my team” is the Washington Redskins, which is the team this books is about. Or, rather, an infamous play by the Skins, reenacted annually by a group of dudes, is what this book is about. On the surface, anyway. I liked reading a book about dudes, by a dude. Totally different perspectives in the storytelling. Quick read, too. You might even like this book even if you’re not into sports or football. The story of a group of male friends doing something super masculine (reenacting a football play), mixed with all the sub-plots that deal with taboo-for-dudes things, like feelings and shit – it’s pretty refreshingto read.

THIS BOOK IS FULL OF SPIDERS by David Wong | science fiction, apocalypse

If you like end-of-the-world zombie crap, you’ll like this. I do not like end-of-the-world zombie crap, and I did not like this book. Aside from the fact that its plot is totally ridiculous, I didn’t like the writing. I know it was supposed to be funny and, I don’t know, relaxed (?) but I thought it came off as trying way too hard to be “bro-y”. Clearly I’m in the minority, though, because this book is a bestseller. I honestly have no fucking clue why I even started reading it. Definitely didn’t finish it.

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Things making me happy this week | 75

Our scrappy “wildflower garden” in the backyard. Making hella progress on the sales page for my upcoming memory keeping e-course! Go here to sign-up and get allll the details as soon as the course is available for pre-reg! Our upcoming trip to Hershey Park this weekend for Emma’s birthday adventure. It’s going to be so…

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What time do you wake up?

What time do you wake up each morning? And then how long does it take you to get out of bed? We’re early risers. Like real early. Basically everyone is shocked, or maybe disgusted, by how early we’re up each weekday: Shannon is out of the house before 4:30 am, and the moment she turns her…

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Where are they now: guys I used to sleep with

Over the weekend I went to visit an ex who is in jail on charges of manufacturing a controlled substance. I wasn’t allowed in because my shirt was “inappropriate” (see photo above), so I obvs I never got to visit him, but I got to thinking: this is the second person with whom I used…

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Project Life® 2016: Week 31

Definitely NOT a fave week from a stylistic standpoint but whatever. It’s done and “in the book” and that’s all that matters. Better luck with the prettiness next time! (I’m a bit behind on getting layouts completed so no time to sit around and fuss with this one.) Let’s get to it… My mom and…

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