Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham

About (From Goodreads)

In her first work of nonfiction, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood recounts her experiences on Gilmore Girls – the first and second times – and shares stories about life, love, and working in Hollywood. This collection of essays is written in the intimate, hilarious, and down-to-earth voice that made her novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe, a New York Times best seller.
“This book contains some stories from my life: the awkward growing up years, the confusing dating years, the fulfilling working years, and what it was like to be asked to play one of my favorite characters again. You probably think I’m talking about my incredible achievement as Dolly in Hello, Dolly! as a Langley High School junior, a performance my dad called ‘you’re so much taller than the other kids.’ But no! I’m talking about Lorelai Gilmore, who, back in 2008, I wasn’t sure I’d ever see again. Also included: tales of living on a houseboat, meeting guys at awards shows, and that time I was asked to be a butt model. A hint: all three made me seasick.” Lauren Graham

My Thoughts

I chose to read this book because, 1) I love the Gilmore Girls, 2) I love Lauren Graham.

I don’t normally read nonfiction, most especially biographies and autobiographies. But I chose to start reading some just to learn more about the celebrities I love and adore.

Enter Lauren Graham’s book…

It was good. It was a good book. Mediocre. I mean, she wrote the book like she talks in Gilmore Girls- fast, all over the place, and jumping from one thing to the next without a breathe.

Was it informative? Yes. Funny? Absolutely. But I couldn’t keep up with her train of thoughts…which you know..as a reader you have the control of how fast or slow you go. But reading this book S L O W was not an option because of the flow of the way it’s written.

I would recommend this book to someone who thinks fast. Writes fast. Reads F A S T. And also a Gilmore Girls fan.

3 out of 5 stars.

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

About

Three holiday romances that intertwine but are separate.

My Thoughts  (each story, and overall)

The Jubilee Express, Maureen Johnson

I found this story to be my favorite. Jubilee’s sense of humor is pretty close to mine and I just thought her dramatic-ness was much like mine as well. Granted,  I didn’t have a douche bag bf on high school like hers.

Which brings me to my first point, the thing I disliked was her boyfriend. He was described as perfect. And if I’ve learned anything in life, it’s no one is perfect. Especially in a relationship. When Stuart tells Julie her bfis going go ingot dump her, I was like, thank you. Thank you for saying what I’m screaming in my head. It’s like, finally a character that says what a reader is thinking.

It’s an endearing story of high school love. And who doesn’t love endearing. The mom in the story is a whack a doodle but I liked her. And Julie ‘ s parents were in jail over a Christmas village piece. Can’t make that up right? Only in a book.

A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle, John Green

I think tomboy ‘ s of all ages can appreciate this love story. Clueless boy, pretty girl who’s considered one of the guys. They think, I wonder what it would be like if, but never actually consider doing anything.

Then cheerleaders, twister, and a race to waffle house presents itself. Who can win?  JP, Duke, and Tobin; college dudes with a keg; or the twins??

Blizzard weather, snow covered roads, an unhealthy craving for all things hashbrowns make this story so cute it hurts. It’s probably the one that could 100% happen in real life, (good job on that, Mr Green).

I liked everything about Angie, aka The Duke. I even liked Tobin, if for nothing else but his name. JP was a needed character I think. Annoying, but needed to make the story run smoothly.

I honestly didn’t think they’d be the ones to make it to Waffle house. Just because of the beat down they almost got from the tweedledee twins. (Not their names but you get the idea right? Dumb dumbs).

Well, this trio make it to WH, with twister for the cheerleaders. Angie gets her hashbrowns, JP gets whatever he’s after (haha) and Tobin finally gets IT.

Young love is always sweet when the clueless finally get a clue.

The Patron Saint of Pigs, Lauren Myracle

The only reason I liked this one is because teacup pigs are adorable. If you havent seen one, Google it.

Addie is a self absorbed teen. I mean, most teens are. But this girl, brings it to a new level. Could not stand her. I was glad her friends and coworkers gave a her a little reality check on life.

The pig, Christmas gift for Addie’s friend. I would love a teacup piggie. I would love it. Well, I mean, if I didn’t have other adulting to do…but..back to the story…

The cute piggie is a gift. And Addie is supposed to topic up piggie. Well, I bet you can guess..she doesn’t!  Gasp!! She’s a bit too wrapped up in her ‘broken heart’. And. I put it that way because she did it to herself. She kissed another dude while drunk. She had a great guy who adored her, and that wasn’t enough. So her self pity= her own doing. She deserved a lesson in life she got.

She does pull through though. Which surprised the heck out of me. She also wakes up and realizes life is about more than her and her and her.

As a whole

I liked the book and how each author weaved the stories together, but made them separate. I would definitely recommend this book for teens and young adults. It gives your heart that Christmas joy you want and desire this holiday season.

 

 

Currently Reading

My list of books I’m reading…

1. Death of a Dreamer by M.C. Beaton, part of Hamish Macbeth series

2. Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle, 3 stories one book

3. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

4. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, book 2 in A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Keep a look out for updates on these! 😍📚

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

I’ve always been a fan of, Fixer Upper. Ever since it came on, I just can’t get enough of Chip and Joanna. When I saw they wrote a book, I didn’t even have to think, I put that book on hold- I was #10 on hold, and the library only had 1 book. Lifetime. Eternity. I waited what seemed like forever but really it’s more like maybe 2 months or so. Why didn’t I buy it? Well, we’re in the process of moving and buying MORE books probably would have given my husband a stroke. I have so many books. Boxes and boxes of books, plus books shoved in corners and nooks and crannies, that buying another book, well, I just didn’t my husband to lose his mind. I’m such a thoughtful wife.

So anyways…I get the book.

And I read this book, this beautiful, lovely book, in 2 days. I probably could’ve read it in one sitting but, you know, life and kids.

Joanna mostly tells their story, with Chip putting his two cents in, every now and then. She tells you their story. And it’s such a good one. You just can’t make that kind of life up. Their beginnings, make you love them and respect them even more. It surprised me to learn that Joanna had no background at all in any sort of decorating. It just came natural to her. Yes, she reworked things and learned along the way- but have you seen their show?- it’s not really something just anyone can do. Decorating a house, making it someone’s home takes talent and love and just, that something, that not every person has.

And Chip. What can you say about that man lol He’s so great. Hearing his story, how he’s a good mix of cowboy and good ole boy- just makes you ‘see’ him. And his faith, makes you truly respect and adore him.

Chip and Joanna are some of the best people. The good people. We need more people like them in this world, especially nowadays. I honestly can’t tell you just how amazing this book is. I cried and laughed every chapter. Every. Chapter. Let that sink in for a moment. I cried AND laughed. They just touch you so much with their story. You fall in love with them. Their story of being in so much debt they didn’t know if they would be able to feed their kids or pay bills, is one that many can relate to. But they made it. Their faith in God helped them. Their faith is strong and you can FEEL it in their book. But, it’s not like they’re shoving it down your throat. It’s just there, in those sentences and words.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, you should READ THIS BOOK! I’m not one to read a lot of nonfiction. But, this one, is a GREAT one.

5 out of 5 stars! Go now! and watch their show too!

The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Let me be honest for a moment, I knew who Amy Schumer was before reading her book, most people do now. But, I was indifferent towards her. I saw her movie, but don’t remember much of it. I’m sure it was funny because I do recall parts.

I decided to read her book based off a recommendation from a friend who said it was funny and good.

She under sold this book. It’s way better than good. And it’s hilarious,not just ‘funny’.

Amy Schumer presents her life in an open, honest, somewhat vulgar but appreciated vulgar, relatable way. Her honesty mixed her humor makes this book absolutely perfect. Her engaging stories from her past, her retellings of her hookups make you laugh out loud and five into her world.

What I learned from this book is that you cannot judge Amy at face value. She’s so much more than a funny person.She’s real. She has family issues,drama, and what makes her so damn relatable is her introvert status. Surprised the hell out of me, that this funny, energetic, talented person is an introvert. She likes being alone. Does her best work alone. And surrounds herself with like India individuals.

Let’s be friends, Amy. Cause I related so much to her in that moment. In that moment of reading, my eyes opened and I just liked her. I got it. I 100% understood her.

When she’s on, she’s on. But, when she’s not having to be Amy Schumer Hollywood, she’s just Amy. Who loves food,wine, and her sister.

You should read this book. I promise you’ll love it and her. And anyone who opens their book writing to their vagina, you know it’s gonna be interesting if nothing else.

5 out of 5 stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Martian by Andy Weir

About
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

My Thoughts

So glad I picked up this book! It’s SO GREAT! I highly recommend it to everyone.

Not only is this book interesting, fast paced, informative about NASA and science, but it’s funny. Mark Watney is such a great character! He keeps the story moving with his humor. When most people would give up and just prepare for death, this man comes up with a genius plan and stays positive about his survival.

It’s crazy to think that someone could be left on Mars. But what’s crazier than that is the thought they could survive! I mean, we know some about the planet but no one’s lived there. Mark Watney did. And you get so invested in his life and survival that at times, when bad things happen to him (like a couple explosions) you hold your breath and think, omg, please no! he HAS to survive!. I mean really you’re that invested in Watney and the story that you just NEED him to live long enough to get home to Earth. What made me love him even more is the way he doesn’t give 2 craps about how he talks to NASA geniuses. I mean seriously, he has been surviving on Mars alone for over a year and they are second guessing him. Seriously, if you read this book, you’ll love him and his story.

5 out of 5 stars! GO get it now!

P.S. Sorry it’s short but I have a newborn now so my reviews may be shorter than normal!

The Cinderella Murder (Under Suspicion #1) by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke

About
In a first-time collaboration, “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark partners with bestselling author Alafair Burke to deliver a brand new suspense series about a television program featuring cold case murders

Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under Suspicion, is a success. Even more, the program—a cold case series that revisits unsolved crimes by recreating them with those affected—is off to a fantastic start when it helps solve an infamous murder in the very first episode.

Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next episode of Under Suspicion: the Cinderella Murder. When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder raised numerous questions. Why was her car parked miles from her body? Had she ever shown up for the acting audition she was due to attend at the home of an up-and-coming director? Why does Susan’s boyfriend want to avoid questions about their relationship? Why was Susan so concerned about her roommate’s infatuation with a new-age religious sect? Was she close to her computer science professor because of her technological brilliance, or something more? And why was Susan missing one of her shoes when her body was discovered?

With the help of lawyer and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley, Laurie knows the case will attract great ratings, especially when the former suspects include Hollywood’s elite and tech billionaires. The suspense and drama are perfect for the silver screen—but is Cinderella’s murderer ready for a close-up?

Together Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke deliver an exciting publishing event: the start of a thrilling new series guaranteed to keep you guessing until the last suspenseful page.

My Thoughts
I’m a huge mystery fiction fan and read a lot of mysteries. When I saw that Cinderella was part of this title I wanted to read it. Well, the only tie between Cinderella and this mystery is the girl who was killed lost her shoe running for her life…that’s it. But, that’s not to say this wasn’t a great read. Cause it was!

I’m not sure I’ve read a lot of MHC before but I will now, especially this series. I actually have the second in this series on hold at the library for me now (along wit ha few others). I really got sucked into this world of television and solving murders.

I found Laurie to be a great character- strong, good at her job, heartbroken over her husband’s death (which makes her great at her job), and a good mom. I mean a working mom is hard, a working single mother- can’t imagine. She makes it work. With the help of her dad, they have a great routine. Once she gets sucked into this Cinderella murder though, her life becomes even more hectic. They fly to CA for the show and for all the interviews. The one thing about Laurie is that her objectiveness gets a little clouded by the victims mother, Rosemary. Which is understandable but as a professional she lets her feelings get in the way and almost ruins the whole episode.

I found all the characters who were suspects annoying. The pre-Madonna who thinks she’s still a star; the pretty boy who wants more fame; the woman who changed her name out of fear but eventually grows a pair and fesses up to why; the genius who knows too much; the professor who isn’t such a nice guy. Then there’s the hit man and the crazy religious guy. Good Lord. What a cast of characters. I have never hated a character more than the crazy religious guy- he started his own religion and is a pedophile and siphons all the money from his ‘church’ for his gain. Disgusting can’t even begin to describe this man. Regular cult leader.

I figured out who did it, about half way into the book. I just got this creepy, ‘yeah right’ feeling about the murderer when he was first introduced. The lengths he goes to conceal this 20 yr murder is Crazy. The reason for the murder- ridiculous.

Susan was a bright, young, beautiful woman who was killed because she overheard a deal going down in the computer lab at her college. Ridiculous and senseless and stupid.

Great read though! Try it out!

4 out of 5 stars!