Double Review Ahead!

Double Review: Between Here and the Horizons by Callie Hart & Yes Please by Amy Poehler

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For some reason I got a little behind on writing reviews for my last two books. Both books  enjoyable, but neither of them really blew me away…it’s the only reason I can come up with for the delayed reviews.

First up:

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I listened to this selection as an audiobook because I enjoyed Tina Fey’s BossyPants so much. Similarly to Bossypants, Yes Please is a compilation of different stories from Poehler’s life growing up, starting in theatre, working on SNL and beyond. We get personal stories about friendship, relationships, love & sex. We also get Poehler’s experience with motherhood and balancing that role along with her career. Most of these parts, I found incredibly funny and heartwarming. There was also quite a bit in this book about her beginning days in theater working with the Upright Citizens Brigade. It was this section of the book where I felt sort of bored after a while. There seemed to be too much name dropping and mentioning of specific details and scenarios that might have been hysterically funny to her and to others who were there to experience it…but not so much for someone from the outside. Kind of like telling an inside-joke to people who aren’t part of the “inside”.

Overall, the book was funny and enjoyable…and I definitely suggest the audiobook version because, like BossyPants, Poehler narrates this herself and it definitely adds to the humor.

My Rating: 3/5 Stars

Next up:

Between Here and the Horizons by Callie Hart

img_5174  Ophelia Lang is recently divorced and in desperate need of money. She has just lost her position as a third grade teacher, her parent’s business is quickly losing money and they are on the brink of losing their home.  So, when Ophelia is offered a very well paying private tutoring position by a wealthy man for his two small children, she can’t really justify saying no.

Ronan Fletcher is a recent widower…and he’s young, handsome and very wealthy. He’s also incredibly cold, rude and has a very large mean streak. Ophelia immediately begins to regret taking the tutoring position but decides that the large salary is more than worth dealing with Ronan’s moods and distant personality. But Ophelia soon learns that Ronan is hiding some very dark and deep secrets…and some of those secrets will come to impact Ophelia in more ways than she could have imagined before taking the job.

This particular book came as a recommendation to me from a fellow reader who is trying to get me to love romance novels as much as she does 🙂 This particular book is a strong case of “It’s not you, it’s me”. Between Here and the Horizons has a storyline that had a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. I really enjoyed 75% of the book. But at the end of the day, I’m not a huge fan of romance books….especially contemporary romance books.  I don’t mind a romance element if there’s another main theme to the story, but this one had too many cheesy and eyeroll worthy parts for me to give it any higher of a rating. I guess I’m just too much of a cynic. Lol

It was a nice change of pace after a gripping thriller I read previously and that’s usually when I decide to pick up a romance and give one another go. So, it was a good & entertaining read, overall….just not my cup of tea. If you really enjoy a steamy romance with an intense, dark, and brooding male lead…this will be right up your alley. I’m just personally not a big fan of contemporary romance novels….but again, that’s just my personal preference.

***NOTE*** – Between Here and the Horizon does contain some scenes of violence and sexual content, and so is directed at audience 18+

My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Between Here and the Horizons – Amazon

Yes Please – Amazon

Review: Bossypants by Tina Fey

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Genre: Humor, Non-Fiction, Biography/Memoir

img_4741 Bossypants is Tina Fey’s personal story of growing up as a self-proclaimed theatre nerd, to her days working with Second City in Chicago, to working on SNL, to producing her first sitcom, 30 Rock. She has a very insightful and thoughtful take on a large variety of topics and situations she encountered in her life including, but not limited to; friendships, growing into womanhood, careers, discrimination, workplace relationships, and motherhood.

Tina Fey definitely has a fierce feminist streak in her that I absolutely adore. She is funny, smart and possibly brilliant. She’s also not afraid to be bluntly honest and forward….especially when it comes to her own imperfections and mistakes.

“My ability to turn good news into anxiety is rivaled only by my ability to turn anxiety into chin acne.”

I absolutely loved listening to this audiobook! Tina Fey narrates the entire thing herself and I believe that simple fact adds so very much to the experience of listening to her story. Much like World War Z, I have a feeling that this book is likely a much better experience to listen to rather than to actually read…simply because of Ms Fey’s narration.

“Some people say, “Never let them see you cry.” I say, if you’re so mad you could just cry, then cry. It terrifies everyone.”

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There really wasn’t any part of this audiobook that I did not enjoy. So many times, I found myself laughing out loud….likely looking like a lunatic to my family while I folded laundry or vacuumed with my headphones in 😉 I loved her descriptions of growing up as a young girl in the late 70’s/early 80’s. The chapters about her dad, Don Fey, were hysterically funny and completely endearing. Some of my favorite parts of this book were where she talked about her days writing for and working on SNL. I’ve been a huge fan of the show and getting a small glimpse of the behind the scenes workings as well as her personal experiences with some of the actors and hosts was awesome! Another bonus of the audiobook is that you get a sound clip of a few of Tina’s scenes playing Sarah Palin, opposite Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton on SNL….hysterical!

At the very end of this book, Tina writes a section called, “A Mother’s Prayer for Her Daughter”. In it are some real gems that are both funny and endearingly honest: “When the Crystal Meth is offered, May she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half And stick with Beer.”  and “Lead her away from Acting but not all the way to Finance. Something where she can make her own hours but still feel intellectually fulfilled and get outside sometimes And not have to wear high heels.” 

Bossypants is a definite recommendation from me! If you haven’t yet taken the plunge into audiobooks, this would be a fantastic one to start with….just be prepared for weird glances from those around you as you laugh out loud 🙂

My rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Bossypants Kindle Edition – Amazon

Bossypants Audiobook Edition – Amazon – **My personal recommended format**