Monday, September 22, 2014

My October TBR

I don't always do TBR lists for the month but I've been thinking about the books that I would like to read next month and I have a kind of theme in mind.  At this point you're probably thinking that it would be horror novels as Halloween is at the end of October.  However, the month after October is November and so NaNoWriMo begins!  So I want to read some books that are in the same genre as what I am planning to write.  This year I am planning on writing a cosy mystery.
So this is what I would like to read to do a little bit of research/getting myself in the mood.  (All descriptions are taken from Goodreads.)

Hannah Swensen already has her hands full, between dodging her mother's attempts to marry her off, and running Lake Eden, Minnesota's most popular bakery, The Cookie Jar. But when the Cozy Cow Dairy's beloved deliveryman is found murdered behind Hannah's bakery with her famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, Hannah sets out to track down a killer. The more Hannah snoops, the more suspects turn up. This is one murder that's starting to leave a very bad taste in Hannah's mouth, and if she doesn't watch her back, her sweet life may get burned to a crisp.

Emerald O'Brien, single mother of two, owns Chintz 'N China Tea Room, where guests are served a blend of tea and tarot reading. She never set out to be a detective but once word gets out that she can communicate with the dead, there's no turning back....

It was a ghost. There, at the foot of Emerald's bed. A pen hovered above a piece of paper and scrawled these alarming words: I was murdered by my husband but nobody knows. Help me. True, Emerald was considered town witch but owned a teashop, not a detective agency. What did the spirit expect? After another darker entity emerges, bent on destroying her world and her family with it, Emerald's life takes a screeching detour onto a wild and dangerous road. As she careens into a web of lies and secrets woven around her ghostly visitor, death strikes again. Now, along with her friends - ex-supermodel, cop, and new love interest - Emerald must search for clues to put the killer behind bars and this tortured soul to rest.

It is 2000 BC in Egypt and Imhotep the Ka-Priest brings home his beautiful young concubine Nofret. But not all the members of his family welcome her. When she is found dead Imhotep’s daughter, Renisenb, suspects it might not have been an accident. The death unleashes the greed and hate that have been building up within the family and the horrific events that follow tear it apart.

Meet Inspector Jack Spratt, family man and head of the Nursery Crime Division. He’s investigating the murder of ovoid D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Dumpty, found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. Yes, the big egg is down, and all those brittle pieces sitting in the morgue point to foul play.

Kate Lowry didn't think dead best friends could send e-mails. But when she gets an e-mail from Grace, she’s not so sure.

Sent: Sun 9/14 11:59 PM
Subject: (no subject)

I'm here…
sort of. 
Find Cameron.
He knows.
I shouldn't be writing.
Don't tell.
They'll hurt you.

Now Kate has no choice but to prove once and for all...

So those are some of the books I am hoping to read in October so let's see 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian by Bob Saget

Title: Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian

Author: Bob Saget

Published: April 2014, IT Books

Pages: 272

Summary: Bob Saget, the decidedly irreverent stand-up comedian and beloved TV star, delivers uproarious, uncensored, and heartfelt stories from a life in entertainment and beyond.
Millions of viewers know and love Bob Saget from his role as the sweetly neurotic father on the smash hit Full House, and as the charming wisecracking host of America's Funniest Home Videos. And then there are the legions of fans who can't get enough of his scatological, out-of-his-mind stand-up routines, comedy specials, and outrageously profane performances in such shows as HBO's Entourage and the hit documentaryThe Aristocrats. In his bold and wildly entertaining publishing debut, Bob continues to embrace his dark side and gives readers the book they have long been waiting for—hilarious and often dirty yet warm and disarmingly sincere.
Bob talks about the connection between humor and pain, offering insights into his own life, including the deaths of his beloved sisters. He pays homage to the people who shaped and inspired him: his mom, Dolly; his father, Ben (the comedy influence who instilled his love of "sick silliness"); and the teacher who told him, "You need to make people laugh," as well as legendary comedians such as Richard Pryor, David Letterman, Billy Crystal, and Robin Williams.
Bob believes there's a time and a place for filth and immature humor—and for gentle family comedy. Dirty Daddy is packed with both, from his never-before-heard stories of what really went on behind the scenes of two of the most successful family shows of all times, with costars like John Stamos, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Ashley Olsen, to his liberating experience in The Aristocrats, his Comedy Central roast, and his role of playing an extreme version of himself on Entourage. Bob opens up about his career, his reputation for sick humor, his pride and love for Full House
, and how he's come to terms with the fame of being DT—"Danny Tanner." Throughout, he shares tales of close friends and colleagues like Rodney Dangerfield and Don Rickles, and recalls his experiences with show business legends, including Johnny Carson and George Carlin.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I have been reading a few darker reads lately and so when I saw this book in the library I jumped at the chance for something lighter and funnier.  Dirty Daddy is written by Bob Saget and the audiobook is narrated by him too.  It chronicles his life and his acting and stand-up careers.

The first thing to mention about this book is that it is full of dick jokes.  Yep, it is.  So if you’re not really a fan of crude humour then you may want to skip this one.  I however, laughed a lot.  I have to say though, it does settle down and there aren’t as many jokes like that when you get further on in the book.

The book has a few sad parts and Saget deals with them in an appropriate way, which sometimes for comedians can be difficult.  I do admire Bob Saget though, I like how he just seems really down to earth and so hilarious too.

I really loved the chapter about Full House, it made me remember the show and how much I loved it when I was younger.  It also made me want to watch the show again.  In fact, a lot of the chapters in which he talks about shows he’s done have made me want to sit down and watch those shows.  He recaps and talks about them in such a great way.

Really, I felt like this was a really enjoyable read, full of laughs and exactly what I had expected from a book by Bob Saget.  If you like reading books about comedians, written by comedians, then you should check this one out.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I'm slumping

Last month I had an amazing reading month.  I managed to read a total of 16 books, I still don't know how I managed that.  However, this month, I have read a total of 5 books so far and they have taken me a really long time to read.

Every time that I finish a book it takes me a day or two to figure out what book I'm going to read next.  I just finished Gone Girl and I don't really know what book I feel like reading next.  I'm doing the September is for Sequels challenge this month so I know that I need to read some more sequels.  I believe in order to win the challenge I need to read one more sequel.  That being said, it would be nice if I could read more than that.

I'm not entirely sure why I'm in a reading slump at the moment.  I want to read more books, but every time I look at my books I just don't know which one I want to read. 

The books I have been reading this month have been alright.  One of the books was awesome, but the others have just been alright.  I need to find something really amazing that will suck me into the story.

Basically, at the moment I think that all I can do is keep reading little bits of books here and there and hope that one will get me into the story.  One thing I like to do is pick a pile of books I'm thinking about reading and I read the first page to see what I think.  Usually, if I find a book that I'm really interested in then I will just keep reading past the first page.

How do you get yourself out of a reading slump?