As you know, last week I spent time camping with my family. It was a time to relax and a time to do fun stuff with the kids. My kids being who they are, I didn't have a ton of time to relax and unwind, but I did manage to squeeze in a little reading. That is my version of relaxing, 9 times out of 10.
Now, I am a fast reader. I can read a book in a day, depending on the size and how into the story I am. From the Monday to the Friday, these are the books that I read:
The Sisters Brothers- this was the July selection from my virtual book club at work. I really enjoyed it. It was more of a "boy" book than I normally read, but I liked the writing style and the relationship between the brothers.
Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang- I have a bunch of Chelsea Handler books on my Kindle, but had never read any of them. I don't even really know who she is. I have never seen her show or her stand up. But I have heard good things about the books and how funny they are. So I checked this one out first, because I liked the title. So funny and engaging- I loved the pictures through the book, backing up stories that you constantly think are too farfetched to be true. Until you see the photo.
Are you there, Vodka? It's me, Chelsea- So, I read the first Chelsea Handler book and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I quickly moved onto this one. It didn't disappoint either.
My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands- yep, another Chelsea Handler book. Not quite as funny as the other 2 (I think it is her first book, so she was still catching her groove) but still a good read.
If I Did It- Yeah, I know, I know. I read the stupid OJ Simpson book. I had it for free. No, it's not worth it. Yes, he describes the crime (and he claims to have blacked out during the actual commission of the murders- but remember, it's only hypothetical!). Yes, he blames most everything on Nicole and her crazy, drug induced sluttiness. NO, don't bother to read it.
The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee- Since I enjoyed Chelsea Handler's books so much, I thought I would check out Sarah Silverman's book. Again, I don't know much about her (I have never even seen "I'm f*cking Matt Damon"), but thought it might be good for a laugh. Her's has more serious parts to it, than the Chelsea books, and she focuses alot on being Jewish (I guess I don't understand or have a frame of reference for why it is such a hardship, or why it's a big deal. But then, I'm not Jewish, so what do I know?). It was ok, and I would have probably enjoyed it more if I had read it first.
So, all in all, not bad for a week's worth of vacation. Found some hidden jems, read some trash, and basically wasted a little time in a good way.
Rosie N. Grey
The N stands for "new books".