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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May readings: Bossypants & Chelsea, Chelsea Bang, Bang

My goal of reading 2 books a month on my 2011 To-Do List is proving to be really difficult, but I'm making it happen. It's really time consuming (and unfortunately takes some time away from reading your blogs), but I know the ultimate reward of being well read is worth it. So I'm pressing onward and making myself turn off the TV/computer/iPod and read.

This month, I fell right back into the same old trap of comedic autobiographies. I can't help it... I just really love learning about other people's lives, and I'm drawn towards more funny personalities. I read the 3rd of Chelsea Handler's book and the 1st of Tina Fey's. And although they're both ladies of comedy, they're completely different personalities with completely different stories, and completely different writing styles - both of which I loved.

So, first up, is Tina Fey's book debut "Bossypants"...

I pre-ordered this book and seriously looked in the mail everyday until its arrival. I'm an absolute Tina Fey addict. I love her and couldn't wait until I got to know her just a little bit more.

The book was full of hilarious anecdotes about everything from Tina's honeymoon, to her Saturday Night Live interviews, to her summers during high school at a local community theater. The title of the book, "Bossypants", is the result of many people's opinions of Tina as being super bossy. 

Throughout the whole book, Tina takes ownership of her shortcomings and tells them with a "just deal with it" attitude. The two back-to-back chapters "Remembrances of Being Very Very Skinny" and "Remembrances of Being a Little Bit Fat" perfectly contradict each other. 

My favorite bits of the entire book were the detailed looks into Saturday Night Live. (Side note: C & I have watched SNL every week for the past 5 years - so we're kinda fans of the show). I was reading along, having a lot of fun learning about one of my favorite TV shows... and then I got to an entire chapter dedicated to my favorite cold open of SNL ever (Sarah Palin/Hillary Clinton addressing sexism in the Presidential race) and one of my favorite "30 Rock" episodes ever (Oprah!)... I almost died of happiness. The chapter has a ridiculous title "Sarah, Oprah, and Captain Hook, or How to Succeed by Sort of Looking Like Someone". It's one of the longest chapters - but I had to read the whole thing twice because I loved it so much.

I was surprised how not-funny the book was. Of course I laughed super hard at parts - but Tina was surprisingly open & real & honest about her life. It was really endearing, and actually made the funny parts even funnier. 

My grade: A+

I will never stop talking about my love affair with Tina Fey & this book unless I stop myself. 

So {awkward transition}...


The second book I read was Chelsea Handler's "Chelsea, Chelsea Bang, Bang" - her 3rd autobiographical book after My Horizontal Life Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea. (I have her next book Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me to read next month).

Maybe it was because I've read too much Chelsea in too short a time... or because I read this book after Tina's (which has way more substance)... but I didn't fall in love with this book like I had the previous two. While I laughed/cried my way through "Vodka" and read "Horizontal" in one sitting because it was so good, I had to actually force myself to move onto the next chapter. I was almost disappointed in myself for not loving it as much as I wanted to.

Mostly because I don't have much to say about the book, here's Chelsea talking about the book and herself at a book signing for the popular novel in question...

My grade: C

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