I wish I had listened to you Littens earlier, because you were so right - this book is SO GOOD!! I loved every second of it! It was wonderful on audio, read by the author. It was such a great perspective (I wanna be Sam Irby‘s friend) written in such a funny, honest way.
Reader, if you know me at all...then you know I have very little interest in non-fiction 😆 (unless it‘s Tudor related) but this BOOK got all the stars!! Not only was it downright HILARIOUS, it was so down to earth and relatable (especially if you grew up poor, but even if you didn‘t) she also tackled some serious personal issues that I was not expecting in such an approachable way. Consider me on board for anything this lady writes!😃♥️🎉
This gets ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me for the humor. Irby is hilarious. However, I think she and I are about as different as two people can possibly be, so there wasn‘t a lot of room for me to relate to her life experience. I had a hard time building that bridge. But she‘s funny and I love her cat, so I‘m glad I read it.
In case anyone is curious as to what I‘m doing all day. Tagged book is what I‘m currently reading on my kindle.
"What's not to love about being expertly lit and drunk at two in the afternoon?
But I'm going to need you to love me on the bus, dude. And first thing in the morning. Also, when I'm drunk and refuse to shut up about getting McNuggets from the drive-thru."
What a perfect quote and essay for Bachelorette Monday!
I feel like the author and Lizzo should get drinks at a dive bar in Reno. Personal essays are personal! Some people will love them and others not so much. But I ❤️ her raw humor and self effacing commentary. It‘s relatable and honest and comes across as genuine and underneath it all - kind. 👏🏻 hats off to SAM!
Got my nails done (toes too, not pictured), this stack of books ready, and basically nothing else finished before vacation. I guess I have weird priorities?! To do list is so long I want to kind of hide out and ignore it but I‘m going to be a grownup and start packing and cleaning. Tomorrow. 😉
Still working on this paint by number while listening to the tagged book again. So much to still do.
#30JuneBooks - Laughter: When searching for a book for this prompt, I realized that I have far more books that made me cry than made me laugh. I really need to hang out in the humor section of the bookstore more often or search out authors who know it‘s okay to laugh at yourself.
This book made me laugh before even opening... the cover is hilarious 🤣 and perfect for the content.
#audiopainting this “easy” paint by number while introducing my friends to Samantha Irby on audio. I may have bitten off more than I can chew on this project-so many little sections!
This is for sure one of my most favorite books and a #meaningfulmemoir Irby shares the funny and sad from her experiences in essays. I laughed and cried. It certainly won‘t be everyone‘s cup of tea but it was perfect for me. Highly recommend the audiobook read by the author.
So funny. I loved the essays in this collection. I found them to be very relatable and I laughed out loud so many times while reading this book. Great writing and very entertaining! (Bonus - I was trying to get my cat to match the cover lol)
So far I've laughed until I've cried because she's hilarious and then within five minutes I've cried until I've sobbed because of her descriptions of her childhood.
Samantha Irby is one funny lady! I found her writing hilarious and heartbreaking and unflinchingly honest. Towards the end I did get a bit of memoir fatigue (generally speaking, memoirs aren‘t my thing, so there‘s some inherent bias there), but overall I liked this one.
I liked some bits of this and didn‘t like others. I know from the title it wasn‘t going to be all sweetness and light, but I suppose I thought it would be more light-hearted. It took a long time to read too, which shows that maybe I struggled with it. Oh well, onto the next book!
1. Nay. I like the idea of it but I am a Kindle kind of girl.
2. A few years ago I transferred to a new school. My new team and I went out for lunch. As we were leaving the restaurant I thought someone was holding the glass door for me. Nope! Smacked right into it with my face and glasses.
3. Tagged. Love Samantha Irby 💗
4. Unfortunately with all the home selling and buying we have no travels plans in the foreseeable future.
6/10 Good read overall, written like the author is having a conversation with you. There are a lot of abrupt topic changes which don't follow any discernible timeline, which made it a tough read for me. If you can keep track of everything, pretty good read. If you get distracted easily this book will be very difficult to read.
And this book ticked off two squares...written by person of color and something that made me laugh.
I loved this book of essays. They alternate between being hysterically funny and absolutely heartbreaking. And yes, they can be quite graphic. I‘ve enjoyed spending these hours in Samantha‘s head and will now be a regular reader of her blog bitchesgottaeat.com. #blackhistorymonth #nonfiction2019 #readharder2019
#LMPBC #groupL #round 4 book headed out to you today @Kayla.Adriena My “Helen” cat ,Palo, decided she was going to hop up in my bed before I could make it and then tried to bite me when I went to get the envelope 🤣
Fair warning: SO vulgar and raunchy. If you‘re down for that, this book is absolutely hilarious and deeply sad. Sam Irby copes with her abusive childhood, loss of two parents, chronic depression, physical disability, dysfunctional relationships, loneliness and love with biting, inappropriate (occasionally uncomfortable) humor.
#readBlackwomen #readBlackauthors #Blackhistorymonth
My inter library loan came in earlier this week, just in time for my snow-afternoon. I was choosing which book of my library haul to start with and then I read this: “sometimes you just have to laugh, even when your life is a dumpster fire.” Since I used these exact words earlier to describe me week thus far, I think it‘s meant to be! 🔥😂
I have mixed feelings. Some parts were super funny, and I appreciated Irby‘s candor in sharing some of the more challenging parts of her life. She discusses the realities of poverty and racism, and living with depression and chronic illness. Like many funny people, the humor comes with a certain amount of darkness. But it‘s just a bit too raunchy for my taste. LOTS of sex and language to wade through.
According to the 84% pick on Litsy I‘m going to have a super unpopular opinion on this book.
Irby‘s brand of humor isn‘t for me. I didn‘t find much funny in this book at all, I may have laughed twice. It turned into a bit of an anger/rage read toward the end.
Her humor just isn‘t what I find funny. So this is a pan for me. Everyone likes different things.
I think this will be an #unpopularopinion ...
Almost hilarious. There was lots here that I thought was super relatable and funny, but some that was just slightly off for me. I listened to the #audiobook, perhaps print would have hit differently.
While it wasn‘t a perfect hit for me, I know I can be picky/ “judgey” with my #audiobooks I can see it being a pick be for others.
Your Aunt Rachel here (probably how the author would describe me) may not be the target audience for these essays — and sure enough I found some of them too crude, snarky or ill humored — but somewhere around the ‘Happy Birthday‘ essay, Irby and her unflinching, brutally honest style grew on me and truly, I love her now. #BlackHistoryMonth
“‘You look like you‘re one hot dog away from a heart attack.‘ I don‘t know how you say something like that to a person you‘ve never met....My heart is enlarged and in the early to middle stages of failure because for a long time I couldn‘t afford this medicine I was supposed to take. Now that I can, the damage is irreversible....”
A good reminder to be kind. You can‘t tell by looking what someone‘s struggles are.
This is a reread, but a worthy one. Her description of working in a vet clinic was dead on! (I have had both of the above experiences in my 15 years of working with vets and being one.) The rest of the book is funny a heck, too! 4⭐️
I just needed something fun because I have a much hated medical procedure tomorrow! 👎🏻
Started this one last night as part of my #blackhistorymonth personal reading goals.
I‘m not sure I like it. I‘m only 30 pages in so I‘m not giving up yet. There were a couple of laughing moments, but mostly I‘ve been underwhelmed by her writing and the stories. I‘ve heard great things about this book so I really want to give it a fair go.
At the dealership getting my car looked at. School was canceled today because of road conditions, so I have the oldest with me. I'll be reading while he watches a movie. On to my (probably) last #NewYearWhoDis book. I've got high hopes, since the others were so enjoyable! @CareBear @monalyisha
Blerg. Let me just say, first and foremost, essays and memoirs are not my thing. I rarely enjoy them. Humor is also very subjective. There were one or two moments that I found truly laugh-out-loud funny, but most of it was sad and depressing. It may even have been more sad and depressing because of how much I related to. I also found her use of profanity to be excessive and distracting. #lmpbc