personal challenge memoir #5: not buying it

i gave this book four stars on goodreads, but i definitely think it’s worth checking out some of the one-star reviews over on that website. they made a lot of excellent points & offered critiques so that i didn’t have to in this review. i doled out four stars not so much because the conceptContinue reading “personal challenge memoir #5: not buying it”

personal challenge memoir #4: a year without made in china

i have determined that the folks who write reviews at goodreads are an amazingly charitable group, so the fact that this book has more one-star reviews that five-star reviews really speak volumes. personally, i wish there was some sort of dark limbo available between “it was awful” & “it was okay”. because i don’t thinkContinue reading “personal challenge memoir #4: a year without made in china”

whose sixth birthday was worse? mine or claudia’s?

i have been in the process of learning how to drive for the last month or so. at first, this took the form of driving while jared & i ran errands, like getting groceries, going to the laundromat, or seeing a movie. then we realized that if we just counted on those driving excursions forContinue reading “whose sixth birthday was worse? mine or claudia’s?”

feminism is for everybody, but this book sucks

i kind of live-blogged this book on facebook while i was re-reading it. yes, i originally read it shortly after it was released, because i loved bell hooks back then & felt she could do no wrong as a feminist theorist. this book was my first hint that she can do some pretty serious wrong.Continue reading “feminism is for everybody, but this book sucks”

the best/worst babysitters club mystery EVER?

stacey & the mystery at the mall is TERRIBLE. but it’s so terrible that it became amazing. that seems to be the case with a lot of the mystery books. picture it, lawrence, kansas, 2011: i have a cold, i feel like crap, i’m laying in bed & reading this book to pass the timeContinue reading “the best/worst babysitters club mystery EVER?”

personal challenge memoir review #3: farewell, my subaru

i am sick, yet again. this is my second cold in less than a month. & there’s a blizzard raging outside. we’ve probably gotten about a foot of snow so far & it’s not slowing down much. so i have tucked myself into bed with a stack of cheesy madeline wickham novels & some genericContinue reading “personal challenge memoir review #3: farewell, my subaru”

personal challenge memoir review #2: chastened

guys. what the fuck. this book SUCKS. i am not sure why i picked it up. i think i read a review of it somewhere that made it sound potentially intriguing. it’s a memoir kind of deal by a woman who made a personal vow with herself to not have sex (which she defines asContinue reading “personal challenge memoir review #2: chastened”

dawn & the surfer ghost: now with 100% fewer surfer ghosts

it’s not really okay with me that we still have to read dawn books even though dawn lives in california now. dawn kind of sucks, & i don’t care about her california friends, the we ❤ kids club, or her california sitting charges, who run the gamut from bratty (the dewitts) to hippie (sunflower &Continue reading “dawn & the surfer ghost: now with 100% fewer surfer ghosts”

personal challenge memoir review #1: sleeping naked is green

i am really tired today, so instead of a normal post full of rambling nonsense, i am posting the first in a i-don’t-know-how-many-parts series of reviews focusing on personal challenge memoirs. this would be the kind of book in which the author basically tries to conduct an experiment for, say, a year, starring themselves asContinue reading “personal challenge memoir review #1: sleeping naked is green”

this got darker than i expected

i feel like i am losing my mind. i feel like i have been reading the new yorker stories by ann beattie non-stop for my entire life. i feel like i have never read any other book & that i never will read any other book. this, in case it’s not obvious, is not aContinue reading “this got darker than i expected”