I have always enjoyed reading books. I remember spending summers just reading all day and taking reading for pleasure in school. However since going to college, getting married, and having a full time job I haven’t been making the time to read as much. One of my goals this year is to read at least one book a month and so far so good! I actually read two books this month (well kind of) and I am including one from December as well because why not?

Yes Please by Amy Poehler ⋆⋆⋆⋆
I loved this book! Amy is witty and captivating throughout the entire book which I really appreciate. I love that she included photos and talked about her relationships and challenges while pursing her passions. I wish she would have gone into more detail about her personal self and her family though. I wasn’t expecting it to be completely about her career but it was very insightful! I laughed the entire time and this will be a book I reread.

iJustine by Justine Ezarik ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆
What caught my attention with this book was that I had never heard of iJustine before but she is best known for three things; 1) Being on Steve Jobs “no” list 2) Her huge phone bill video and 3) Live streaming her life for months. I was excited to branch out and read this book and I was so glad I did. Justine has a great voice and her attention to detail really makes you feel like you are experiencing her ridiculousness with her. Justine talks about her ambitions and love for computers and shares every emotion of her journey to stardom in-between. So much humor and honesty in this book! It was also great to see how far technology has come in such a short amount of time. She took a somewhat boring topic (computers and html coding) and made it into a funny captivating journey.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling ⋆
I was so unbelievably disappointed in this book. You’re probably all thinking “WHAT?! Are you crazy! Everyone raves about it!” Yeah I know. That’s why I originally bought the book. But I couldn’t even finish it! I felt like the whole time Mindy was trying to hard to be funny while also humbly bragging about herself. I also didn’t understand at least half of the references she makes (which is partially my fault for lacking in the pop culture department) which pushed me away even more. I don’t want to have to look up a bunch of people just to understand your metaphor or story. I heard that it was such a great book so I kept telling myself to keep reading but I stopped about half way. I did enjoy the photos she included and there were some parts I found hilarious but overall I felt like she was talking about the same thing over and over and trying too hard. Sorry Mindy! I still like you as an actress.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think about them?

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  1. I can totally see where you're coming from on Mindy's book, even though I don't agree. 🙂 Her style of humor can totally come off as humble bragging and I felt the same way when I first started it (and even stopped reading it for a whole month before I decided to try again). But then I realized that I think that's just the way she writes jokes and kind of makes fun of herself/appreciates herself at the same time. But like I said, totally get it! I know a lot of people that didn't like it. I'll have to check out iJustine cause that sounds super interesting!

  2. I can totally see that too but I just didn't like that style of writing. I think it would be different if I was talking to her in person or had an audio book though but I'm very much that person where if you don't capture my attention in the first few chapters I won't finish. So maybe I'm too much of a critic haha Yes check out iJustine I loved it!

  3. I have heard Yes Please, is a really good book to read. I have never heard of iJustine before. It seems fairly interesting, a book that I would not really read myself but I may still look into it. I just started reading Why Not Me. So far I am liking it but I have not made it far into the book yet. I really loved The Husbands Secret. Thanks for these reviews!

  4. Yes Please has been on my to-read list for a while now, so hopefully I will actually get to it soon! I'm in college though, so there usually isn't much extra time for leisure reading (as you know) 🙁 I am sorry you were disappointed with Mindy's book! I can see where you're coming from, though I personally enjoyed the book and her first book. I guess I just love her and hearing about her life so much!


  5. I am not a fan of Mindy's books. I bought the first one after everyone raved about how hilarious it was but I just couldn't get into it. I honestly have no desire to read her newest book. I'd rather just watch her show.

  6. Well if you ever want to branch out and try a new book iJustine was great. You will have to let me know how you like Why Not Me because I wasn't that impressed. I will look into The Husbands Secret! Sounds like a book I might enjoy

  7. You should try to read it when you can because I really enjoyed it. I can totally understand being busy with school and everything though. Maybe just try to take a few hours on the weekend and read. You might be surprised how far you get!

  8. I, too, am surprised at the review of Why Not Me? I read her first book, Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? and found it hilarious! I was interested in reading this book because another blog I was reading gave it a good review! Maybe I'll just read the first 20 or so pages and see how i feel about it! Appreciate your honesty!

    I haven't read either of the other books. One of my new year resolutions was also to read at least one book a month!

  9. I think not liking the book so much is what really motivated me to write the reviews this month. I also read it because another blogger did a review about it and loved it but I just couldn't finish it. While I was reading it I really tried to ask myself if I genuinely didn't like it or if I was just trying to be rebellious; which is why I read half of it. I think if it was written differently I would enjoy it better but who knows!