Bethany's Readers' Advisory

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Bossypants by Tina Fey January 25, 2012

Tina Fey started her life in show business at Summer Showtime, an acting camp that did double-duty as a refuge for gay teens.  With a short, less-than-glamorous stint at the front desk of the YMCA, she went on to do an improv show in Chicago.  After a nerve-wracking interview with Lorne Michaels, she became a writer for Saturday Night Live and later created her own comedy show, 30 Rock.  Sprinkled throughout the book are stories of her childhood, memories of her near-death experience on her honeymoon, tips for a successful fashion shoot, opinions of Photoshop, tales of motherhood, and her true feelings about Sarah Palin.

This book was hilarious yet poignant and had a nice balance of truth and sarcastic asides.  I really enjoyed it and found myself laughing out loud more than once.  I would definitely recommend this to any adult, especially those who have seen her on TV.  Her voice really shines throughout the book.


Make the Bread, Buy the Butter by Jennifer Reese

Filed under: adult non-fiction — Bethany @ 7:34 pm
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This book was awesome!  Each recipe has a story or background information, the level of “hassle” to make it at home, the cost of the homemade version versus the name brands, and the recipe itself.  Even the recipes I have no intention of making at home, I read and enjoyed the author’s comments and research.  I am now prepared to make homemade yogurt!


Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Filed under: adult memoir — Bethany @ 7:32 pm
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Mindy Kaling, best known for her work on The Office, has written a book of stories, lists, and random thoughts.  Learn how she got her start as a comedy writer and actress, the qualities a great friend must possess, how to tell if you’re dating a boy or a man, and the essential pieces to Mindy’s funeral, should you find yourself planning it one day.

It was fun to read about a celebrity who is so honest and self-aware.  Her writing style is reminiscent of conversations with my sister.  The book wasn’t quite as funny as I had hoped, but it was a quick, fun read.


Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw

Filed under: picture books — Bethany @ 7:28 pm

Short rhyming book about sheep driving a Jeep and all the problems they encounter along the way.

Fun illustrations and a short story for toddlers.


The Napping House by Audrey Wood January 6, 2012

Filed under: picture books — Bethany @ 3:59 pm
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A story about a cozy bed in the “napping house” in which a snoring granny is sleeping and is joined by a dreaming child and sleepy animals.  Each page repeats the original theme and adds a new character until the end when everyone is jarred awake.

A good repetitive book for toddlers.


Fast Food by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers

Filed under: picture books — Bethany @ 3:53 pm
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Book about movement.  All illustrations are vegetables cut and posed as people, bicycles, trucks, etc.

Very cool illustrations that make vegetables seem fun.


Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

Filed under: picture books — Bethany @ 3:48 pm
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Worm keeps a diary of what he does from day to day including trying to teach spider how to dig, scaring girls on the playground, and doing the hokey pokey at a school dance.

This was a really cute book with many funny observations such as “Three good things about being a worm: 1. I never have to go to the dentist.  2. I never get in trouble for tracking mud through the house. 3. I never have to take a bath.”


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