Monday, July 23, 2012

Stacking the Shelves

Books from the library.

I won:
 From Wendy over at A Cupcake and a Latte Thanks!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Review: The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner

Title: The Next Best Thing

Author: Jennifer Weiner

Publisher: Atria Books

Pub Date: July 3, 2012

Source: NetGalley

Summary from Goodreads:
At twenty-three, Ruth Saunders headed west with her seventy-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to be hired as a television writer. Four years later, she’s hit the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Best Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie’s going to be the show-runner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on a boss, and her grandmother’s impending nuptials.

Set against the fascinating backdrop of Los Angeles show business culture, with an insider’s ear and eye for writer’s rooms, bad behavior backstage and set politics, Jennifer Weiner’s new novel is a rollicking ride on the Hollywood rollercoaster and a heartfelt story about what it’s like for a young woman to love, and lose, in the land where dreams come true.
My thoughts/review:
  Ruth Sanders is a twenty-something television writer who's face is scarred from a tragic car accident that took her parents when she was three. She lives with her grandmother who tells it like it is and is engaged to her boyfriend. Ruth gets her television show picked up and we get to see behind the scenes of what it is really like to be a show-runner. I had no idea what goes into my favorite scripted TV shows to get put on TV. It was very interesting. I loved her grandma she was sweet, sassy and stylish. In my head, I kept picturing Ellen Burstyn as the grandma. This was a fabulous read and I was sad it ended. It had drama, celebrities, love, rejection, heartbreak, redemption, and family.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday!

Question: Christmas in July! Someone gives you a gift card for two books (whatever that costs). What two books will you buy?

I would buy Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan and Yoga Cures by Tara Stiles.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Review: Getting Married and Other Mistakes by Babara Slate

Title: Getting Married and Other Mistakes

Author: Barbara Slate

Published: 6/12/2012

Publisher: Other Press

Source: NetGalley

Summary by Goodreads:
After having been a good girl and following her mother’s advice to snag a husband before she became a twenty-something spinster, Barbara Slate realized that her Mr. Right was actually Mr. Wrong and that she was living her life according to everyone’s rules but her own. After twelve years of an unblissful marriage, she made her escape.
   Now this accomplished comic artist lets it all out in a savagely funny and emotionally honest fictional narrative. Jo, her stand-in protagonist, is a successful wedding photographer (of all things) who has been dumped by her husband and desperately needs to get on with her life. She follows her friends’ advice to get laid, see a shrink, go out more, and live a little. Nothing works. Eventually she realizes that she must stop listening to what everybody else tells her and follow her own voice instead.
   Jo’s struggle with female guilt and her quest for self-awareness, told in a series of hilarious panels, is the perfect book for any woman needing to take back control of her life, or remembering when she did.
My review/thoughts:
Jo's husband leaves her for a younger woman and she takes to her bed. She talks with her friends and her mom to get advice on how to move on with her life. Jo sees a slew of therapists and tries to have fun. Eventually, Jo finds herself and what she's supposed to do with her life. This was my first graphic novel and I enjoyed it. This book was funny and insightful. It was a fast read. I recommend this book if you are going through a break up or want a good laugh.

Stacking the Shelves

I got these books from the library.