101 in 1001: Read 5 Books: #2

Holy cow, two books in less than two months?!  Wow.  Go ahead and laugh.  Obviously I am not an avid reader.  But the whole idea of 101 in 1001 is to challenge myself, and I’m doing my best to do that.

Maybe my reading more books has to do with my limiting TV time.  Did you know that I did not watch one minute of American Idol last season?  I’ve been an avid American idol fan since the beginning, but this year I decided I wouldn’t watch. At first it was hard.  Everyone was talking about the new judges and new contestants, I had to really force myself not to turn on the TV at that time.  I usually ended up going to yoga or doing something out of the house while it was on TV so that I wouldn’t be tempted to watch. Throughout the season it got easier not to watch.  I wasn’t invested in the the contestants because I didn’t know who they were, I didn’t care about the guest musicians, somehow I had broken myself of this 2+ hour a week habit.  Honestly, I’m pretty happy I didn’t watch.  I feel like my time was used for better things.

Anyways.

The second book that I read this year was Bossypants by Tina Fey.

Tina Fey Bossypants

I have loved Tina Fey ever since she was on Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live.  Weekend Update has always seemed to be the part of SNL that seems to be funny no matter who the special guests are or what the rest of the cast is like, the WU anchors always seem to knock it out of the park.  Now that Tina is on (and created and writes for) 30 Rock, I’ve been watching that as well.  I will admit, it took me a while to get into it, but now I definitely look forward to watching it every week.  (Not only for her, but the other characters as well)

I started reading this book after a few of my friends had already finished it.  I had an idea that it would be a funny book – since Tina is a funny lady – but  I didn’t imagine it to be as laugh out loud (LITERALLY LOL) funny as it was.  Yes,  I was the girl reading this on a plane trying to hold back laughter.  In the book Tina describes various points in her life, from when she first started in comedy in Chicago to when she got the gig at SNL to 30 Rock.  I loved the mix of hilarity, but also interesting information.  Well, interesting I guess if you are interested in her life.

She talks about her life as an actor in the Second City improv troop while women were definitely the minority in comedy.  She talks about how she wasn’t sure if she wanted to do the Sarah Palin character for SNL, and what it was like to meet Sarah during one of the shows.  She talks about her family life, and balancing holidays with family in different states, having kids, and more.

Even though there were times that I put this book down for an extended period of time, when I picked it back up I wasn’t sure why I had put it down in the first place.  Definitely a good, funny, fast read.

101 in 1001 #50: Read 5 Books : #1

I bet when most of you read through my 101 in 1001 list, and saw this goal you laughed.  For most people, reading five books in over 2 years is no problem.  Some people read more than two books a month, or even maybe a week if you are a super speed reader. 😉 However, I’m not a book person.  I do occasionally read, but I’ve never really been into reading books – for school or otherwise.

Shortly after I set my goal to read 5 books, I started reading a book.  However, I only got about 50 pages in and my interest in reading got replaced with other activities and the book still sits on my shelf, with the bookmark in it waiting to be picked up again.

A few months later, our local Borders was closing and everything in the store was discounted.  I decided that this was a perfect opportunity for me to buy a book that I wanted to read and hopefully get back into reading.  But the same thing happened.  A week or so later the book was banished to the shelf where it still sits – not even half read.

A few months ago I was asked by Tina, and publishing company Sterling Epicure, if I would like a copy of her book to review.  I was absolutely thrilled!  Carrots N Cake was already on my list of books that I wanted to read so I gladly accepted a chance to have an early look at it.

When I got the book in the mail I was SO excited.  All that I wanted to do was sit down and read it.  I can’t remember the last time I was this excited to read a book. So I sat down and read.  And read.  And read.  The book drew me  in right away.

Olive Book

I assumed I would like this book right off the bat – just because I have so much love for Tina’s blog.  But I liked it even more than I thought I would.  Each chapter was like a new little life lesson – it is OK to indulge sometimes, sometimes you need to be comfortable – sometimes you need to wear those tight jeans to keep you from indulging TOO much. It is completely ok -and NORMAL – to fall off the bandwagon every once in a while.  Tina points out that the important part is that you realize what went wrong, and make some changes so that it doesn’t happen the next time you are in the situation.

I can personally relate to SO much of what Tina writes about in the book.  Everything from coupon scavenger hunts in grocery stores as a kid (and yes I still do love coupons now) to food being a focus for celebrations, to a little pug puppy testing relationships. 😉 I found myself nodding in agreement with her statements and memories from childhood many times.

Carrots N Cake Book

Another thing that I loved about the book – which I wasn’t really expecting – was the recipes!  After each chapter, Tina put in a few of her favorite recipes.  There are many, many of these recipes that I want to try!  I love that they are all simple, with generally common ingredients, and they all sound delicious!  I am generally not very experimental with my food choices ( overcoming the pickiness one bit at a time!) so I was surprised to find myself wanting to make so many of these recipes!

Since it was so hard for me to get into the previous two books that I tried to read, it might come as a surprise to you that I finished this book in less than a week.  It sure came as a surprise to me!  It was a quick, easy ready.  It was written very conversationally – in a very similar style to how Tina writes on her blog.

If you enjoy Tina’s blog, you will definitely enjoy this book!

One book down, four more to go! Maybe it is time to pick up one of those other two books again now that I am in reading mode…..