Life is What Happens While You’re Busy Making Other Plans

Hi all,

I’ve been absent – and I apologize about that. I didn’t mean to completely fall off the face of the internet. I definitely miss writing about the books I’ve been reading and I miss reading your posts. Ok, enough mush.

What Have I Been Doing All This Time:
Since we last talked, I had worked two jobs, then three jobs, and now back to two jobs. I made a huge change in my career and am now focused on libraries, whereas before I worked full-time for an online company. I’ve started taking classes to get an LTA, which is like an Associate’s Degree for library science. I’ve moved out of my apartment with my roommate, spent some time at home, and now own my very own condo (which I’m still unpacking and generally trying to be an adult)!

So, yeah. A lot has been going on.

What Hasn’t Changed:
Reading. I’m still reading and currently have read more than 50 books (51, if you will). While, I haven’t really been following the challenge I’ve been doing, I definitely haven’t put down my best friends.

What’s To Come:
I’m not going to lie. I’m not going to tell you that I’m going to write twice a week and they’ll be brilliant; they’ll be worthy of awards. I’m not going to do that to you. Instead, I’m going to be real. I’ll try to catch up with book reviews for the rest of this year (all 2 and a little bit months of it). I won’t promise that I’ll review all of them; and I won’t promise that they’ll be earth-shattering. I’m getting back into the swing of things. I just miss it – and I’ll be carving out time to write these posts and actually take notes while I’m reading, which I haven’t been doing (womp womp).

But You Miss Me So Much:
Check out my goodreads! Be my friend. Follow me. Whatever you feel comfortable with.

Let’s do this!!

Until next time my fellow bibliophiles!

Lyfe

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A whole lot of life has been happening lately, which is why I haven’t been as attentive to my blog. Sorry readers! However, I have some book reviews planned and a March favorite. I just need to get to writing. Just wanted to touch base and let you know that I’m still alive!

2015 Reading Challenge: The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today by The Gang

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Title: The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today
Author: The Gang
Series: n/a
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Dey Street Books
Medium: Paperback
Fulfills: A book with a number in the title, A funny book, A book based on or turned into a TV show
Finished Reading: February 19, 2015

About: “The Gang may have finally found their golden ticket. Left alone to close down Paddy’s Pub one night, Charlie Kelly inadvertently scored himself, and his friends, the opportunity of a lifetime—a book deal with a real publishing company, real advance money, and a real(ly confused) editor. While his actual ability to read and write remains unclear, Charlie sealed the deal with some off-the-cuff commentary on bird law and the nuances of killing rats (and maybe with the help of some glue fumes in the basement with an unstable editor on a bender). While The Gang is stunned by the news, and the legally binding, irrevocable contract left on the bar, they are also ready to rise to the task and become millionaires—and of course, help Charlie actually write the book.
In their own inimitable voices, Charlie, Mac, Dennis, Sweet Dee, and Frank weigh in on important topics like Relationships, Financial Success and Career, Fashion and Personal Grooming, Health and Diet, and Survival Skills, providing insane advice, tips, tricks, and recipes (Rum Ham anyone?) as only they can.”

If you don’t watch the show, you’re going to be insanely lost.

If you don’t love the show, you’re not going to love this book.

All that being said, I love these horrible, horrible people. Starting out, I hated this show. I started watching in like season 4 or so, and just couldn’t get into it. Everyone was yelling over each other and my brain (and ears) couldn’t take the stupid or the noise. BUT! I was told to start watching at the beginning. Season one, episode one. It’s a slow build-up of just how horrible and crazy they are. So they’re pretty muted at the beginning and you grow and get accustomed to their antics. (It’s a great show if you haven’t seen it, and I recommend starting at the beginning (as I did).)

That out of the way – this book was amazing. It was everything that I wanted in a book written by the gang and so much more. Everything from the first all-black page with the white writing that says “The Gang Writes a Self-Help Book” to the interjections of the editor.

Each character writes their own chapters in the five-part book, and it’s so blatantly obvious who is whom. Their voice is ever-present. I was pretty much reading in my head with their voices. Charlie’s pictorial chapters just cracked me up.

I was laughing out loud too many times to count, but I’m sure I annoyed everyone around me. (Sorry to my knight in shining armor and my super-skinny-runs-for-fun-vegan-roommate.)

There’s so much I want to talk about. Little gems hidden throughout this whole book, but I want you to find them! Everything from the S.I.N.N.E.D. system to possibly finding things that happen in future episodes.

My rating and why: I gave this book four stars! I read it and I just loved it. Every thing about it was awesome and true to the show.

Your turn! What show do you watch where the characters should write a book? Have you read this book? Is it on your “to-read” list? Let me know in the comments below! Like. Comment. Follow.

Until next time my fellow bibliophiles!

What’s To Come For Uncommon Sense In 2015

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Happy first month of the year (When can we stop saying Happy New Year?)!

With a new year, comes new ideas for this blog…Here’s what I’ve got in the works.

Books

I’m kind of over seeing how many books I can shove in my face during the course of a year, but I still love challenges. This year is going to be a little different. I first found this challenge on Booklikes and then again on Bluchickenninja’s post about challenges..I’m so excited to do this challege set up by PopSugar. This challenge is all about reading books you wouldn’t necessarily have picked up and I’m super stoked to have a reason to branch out. For each book review I do (yes, my dear bibliophile beasties, I’m still going to be reviewing), I’ll tell you which categories (points?) I can check off! However, I know that not every book I read is going to fulfill any of these, and I’m totally ok with that too. I just want to READ ALL THE BOOKS. (Hoping you guys get that reference.)

Fitness

I’m not the most “in-shape” person in the world, but I definitely value being healthy and maintaining a regular fitness routine. I want to incorporate this more into my blog. Whether this means talking about what I eat on a daily basis or what fun new workouts I’ve been trying, I want to keep you guys in the loop and maybe start up a dialogue about what works and what doesn’t.

Beauty

Most of my life I’ve been the grungy, punky, alternative girl. Now that I’m working in an office (Dammit, I’m working for the man!), I need to reserve my ripped jeans and ratty band shirts for the weekends. So, this is going to be more about how I incorporate my personality, but still maintain “business casual”. I’ll also throw in some posts about products I use. (These are not meant to be braggy at all.)

Music

For someone who is so into music, I haven’t really done a whole lot of posts about it lately. I want to try and throw in some album reviews, concert reviews, and what I’ve been listening to posts.

Schedule

I’ll be going back to a two-day or three-day post a week. And mix up the subjects, so I won’t be throwing book reviews at you every day like in December and the beginning of January.

So, that’s what I’ve come up with. If there’s something that you want me to talk about more or want to make other suggestions, the floor is yours! Let me know in the comments below. Like. Comment. Follow.

Until next time my fellow beasties!

My Year In Books: Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris – Book #63

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Title: Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
Author: David Sedaris
Series: n/a
Release Date: September 28, 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Medium: Playaway
Voice Actor: Dylan Baker, Elaine Stritch, Sian Phillips
Finished Reading: December 24, 2014

About: “Featuring David Sedaris’s unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.
In ‘The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck,’ three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In ‘Hello Kitty,’ a cynical feline struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings. In ‘The Squirrel and the Chipmunk,’ a pair of star-crossed lovers is separated by prejudiced family members.
With original illustrations by Ian Falconer, author of the bestselling Olivia series of children’s books, these stories are David Sedaris at his most observant, poignant, and surprising.”

I got this book as a Playaway at the same time as getting You’re a Badass. Apparently I thought I had a ton of extra time – got dat young book lust. Initially, my idea for getting Playaways was so that I can use my time at work to read more books, but I think this might be a book that I should have read because I just didn’t get it.

I get that this is Sedaris’ thing – writing non-fiction through the guise of animals a la Art Spiegelman. I’m not sure if it was because I was at work and not 100% focused on every single word, but I’m pretty positive this book wasn’t for me. Maybe I’m just not artsy enough to “get” the intricacies Sedaris uses.

I don’t have a problem with talking animals, hello Animal Farm. In fact, I like satire or non-fiction handed to me with animals as the main characters. But this one just completely missed the mark for me. I loved the concept, but not so much the outcome. Sorry, Sedaris.

Unfortunately I don’t really have a lot to say about this. It was  a really short read being only three hours long (I don’t know how many pages that equates to), so I tried to have a go at it a second time, but wasn’t feeling it and gave up. Maybe it would have been better if I’d read the book and saw the illustrations. I could go back and pick up a physical copy to find out, but I probably won’t.

My rating and why: I gave this book 2.5/3 stars. I could see why people like this book and why people think Sedaris is hilarious, but this just wasn’t for me. I couldn’t force it and I couldn’t like it. I usually comment on the voice acting early on, but for some reason didn’t this time. It was ok – fitting for this book. The actors finagled their voices to fit different characters and it worked out for them.

Your turn! Have you read this book? Do you like any other Sedaris book? What’s your favorite book/movie with talking animals? Let me know in the comments below! Like. Comment. Follow. New book review to come tomorrow. (AND it’s the last book review for 2014!)

Until next time my fellow bibliophiles!

My Year In Books: You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero – Book #60

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Title: You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
Author: Jen Sincero
Series: n/a
Release Date: September 16, 2013
Publisher: Tantor Media
Medium: Playaway
Voice Actor: Jen Sincero
Finished Reading: December 11, 2014

About: “Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.
Via chapters such as ‘Your Brain Is Your Bitch,’ ‘Fear Is for Suckers’ and ‘My Subconscious Made Me Do It,’ Sincero takes you on a wild joy ride to your own transformation, helping you create the money, relationships, career, and general all-around awesomeness you so desire. And should you be one of those people who dreads getting busted with a self-help book in your hands, fear not. Sincero, a former skeptic herself, delivers the goods minus the New Age cheese, giving even the snarkiest of poo-pooers exactly what they need to get out of their ruts and start kicking some ass.
By the end of You Are a Badass, you will understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to start living the kind of life you used to be jealous of.”

I was perusing the library shelves, as I often do, and decided that I was going to start listening to Playaways while at work. That’s 8 hours of time that I could be doing something worth-while (sorry, work). So I was just browsing, not intending to grab anything, and then I came across this book. I read the title as far as “You’re A Badass”, thought <em>Yes, I am</em>, grabbed it and left. I had no idea i just picked up my first Playaway and my first self-help book.

When I hooked up my headphones and opened a spreadsheet to start working, I still had no idea I was about to dive into the self-help world. As my realization slowly adjusted and became known that that is exactly what I was listening to, I almost laughed out loud. Aren’t these the types of books for people who are down in the dumps and have little, to no, self worth? This outta be good.

Sincero (pronounced like Sin Chair o) did a pretty good job of not talking down to me. There weren’t really moments of <em>holy crap, this knowledge will change how I do everything from now on</em>, but she wasn’t off-base in how she was presenting her information. I loved that she talked to you like you’re a person, because that’s exactly what I am. A person. I’m not an ambiguous reader on the other end of a boring book. I’m a person.

There was a moment when she started talking about religion and I got a little worried that she was going to get preachy at this point, but she didn’t. For that, I thank you, Sincero.

<strong>My rating and why:</strong> I gave this book three stars! It’s a good book if this is what you’re looking for. This book just isn’t for me. I’m not “into” the self-help life, but I can see where this book could be beneficial to someone who is down on their luck.

Your turn! Have you read any books you thought were something completely different? Have you done the self-help thing? How do you feel about Playaways? Let me know in the comments below! Like. Comment. Follow. New book review to come tomorrow!

Until next time my fellow bibliophile!