I Read it in… January


I have a tendency to read books over and over and over and over again. There’s just something about curling up with a book where you know the plot and characters so well you can just fall into the story and pick it up effortlessly. I also like to read while I eat dinner or even when I watch TV so it’s nice to have something to hold on to and not have to fully focus on. (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, I’m looking at you!)

Anyway, I’m now trying to make a concentrated effort to not reread the same thing and to explore new books. I mean, I just got a new Kindle – might as well make use of it! And what better place than the ole blog to keep accountable for it, right? (Also I just rejoined Goodreads – I don’t think I had logged in for like 3+ years.)

In January I read:

January Books

Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture by Andy Cohen (of Bravo fame). This bargain bin buy (RIP Barnes and Nobles by my parents house) was on my reading list for awhile because I heart Andy Cohen but I never made the purchase until I saw it for $5.99. WOOT. I really liked learning about how Andy got started out in the business but I was hoping for more dirt. This memoir was more about his childhood, his foray into broadcasting and how he fell into working at Bravo and then basically masterminded the creation of the Housewives franchise. But with only a small amount of gossip. I think for the level of smut I’m looking for I’ll have to read the next Andy Cohen book, which seems more gossipy. Overall Rating: 3.5/5. It was good, but not great.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Any book by a funny comedienne I’ll snap up. I’ve read books by Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling and when I got my hand on Amy’s book it didn’t disappoint. I loved her on SNL and she’s pretty much the best movie mom ever in Mean Girls. (I’m not like a regular mom, I’m a cool mom!) Her book was a great glimpse into her humble beginnings and rise to fame and she keeps it pretty real throughout which I appreciate. Although it still made me sad to remember her divorce from Will Arnett, even though she merely mentions it and doesn’t fully discuss. She gives great advice throughout without sounding preachy and I hope she writes more! Overall Rating: 4.5/5.

The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower. I love crap like this that gives you a behind the scenes look at something you normally wouldn’t see. Like I love those shows about the inner workings of Disney parks, or cruise ships, etc. I saw this on sale for $1.99 thanks to BookBub and devoured it in about three days. While I really enjoyed learning about the people that run the “residence” I wish there was more. It was established early in the book that people who work there rarely want to talk about their jobs or the presidents they support so I guess I was warned, but I really wanted more details, more stories… just… more! It’s amazing how devoted these people are to the families they support, and how much they value their jobs. A ton of people have been working there since the Kennedy years! They’ve seen everything go down that they possibly can, and their discretion and protectiveness is crazy. And about the presidents and their families – to sum it up they loved the Kennedy family, LBJ was a bully and a bit crazy, Nixon was a great guy and they were sad to see him go, Reagan was awesome but Nancy was a BITCH, the Clintons were hit or miss but they loved Chelsea, they love all the kids they’ve had in the house, the Bushes (both families) were their favorites, and the Obamas aren’t as warm but they are very respectful of their mostly African American staff. Overall Rating: 4 out of 5.

Overlay – A Tale of One Girl’s Life in 1970s Las Vegas: Memoirs of Marlayna Glynn Brown (Volume 1): (That was a long winded title.) This was another free book from BookBub. It took me awhile to start reading it and then took me longer to get into it. I felt like the first chapter or two kind of dragged. But then it picked up like WHOA. I could not believe what I was reading at some points. The atmosphere that Marlayna was forced to grow up in is horrible to try and imagine for any child and some messed up stuff happened to her all before the age of 18. It made me sad for how some kids grow up. I’m looking forward to reading her next book – she wrote Volume 2 that continues on from this first memoir. Overall Rating: 4 out of 5.

Waiting for Paint to Dry by Lia Mack. OK so this book was great and also pissed me the hell off. The protagonist Matty captured me from the beginning and I felt for her in a way I don’t usually for fictional characters. Her leftover demons from an abusive ex boyfriend hit home for me and I rooted for everything good that came her way. But a major plot point of the story had no ending! The author left one major factor completely open ended and OMG I’m so pissed! Was it intentional? Is she waiting to write another book about it? WHY DID THE END OF THE BOOK NOT TOUCH ON IT AT ALL? ARGH. Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5. Only because of that missing component.

Let It Be by Chad Gayle. My tip about this book? LET IT BE. What a waste of time. I read it pretty quickly and probably because there was absolutely no plot to be found. I kept waiting for something to happen. The excerpt describes it as, “A coming-of-age novel that elegantly explores the human state of loneliness, Let It Be by Chad Gayle is a powerful story with melodic accents from the Beatles’ final album.” This novel explored nothing. The mentions of how intricately the author weaves the Beatles songs into the narrative is a bunch of phooey. So he named each chapter after a song on the album, and the mother mentions repeatedly how much she loved that record. It added nothing to the story. All of the characters were superficial and I felt like after the climax the tone of the book itself changed which was odd. Overall Rating: 1 out of 5.

This is probably the most new books that I’ve read in a month in… forever. Woo hoo!!

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  1. I have unfortunately not finished yes, Please. I’ve been trying to for months now. I need to get to it! I love to read but need to carve out more time for it. Maybe some of these will make it to my list.
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  2. Yay for more book friends! I also love that you read completely different books than I did. Is Amy’s book the one that people love on audiobook or Tina’s? One of them has a bunch of different actors speaking in the audiobook. I read some pretty fluffy books in January. But now that my feet are wet, I would love to get into a deeper book.

  3. Your synopsis for Waiting for Paint to Dry makes me want to read it. I wonder if I’ll feel the same way about the ending?

    • Honestly I think you’d enjoy it. And it’s not like the ending was disappointing, but I finished the book, thought about it for awhile and was like HEY! What happened to that part?

  4. Hi Lacey – hope you caught your breath after the title! Thanks for supporting Overlay, and giving it a good review. Best of luck to you and your family.

  5. Someone else recommended either Yes Please or a book like it to me recently. Eventually I’ll get around to it. I haven’t done more than a few hours of reading for pleasure this year, and that makes me sad. I have done tons of reading for class though! So, at least I’m getting words in.
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  6. I read Amy’s book before I watched Parks & Rec and part of me wants to go back and read it again. I loved her narration so much and really hope she writes another book one day.
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  7. Oh, so many books to add to my list! I’m incredibly far behind on reading these days, yet always on the lookout for more to add!

  8. I also tend to re-read the same books over, especially the Harry Potter series! Trying to read more new books this year, so thanks for the reviews.

    • I just finished rereading Harry Potter a couple of weeks ago! I revisit that series every so often and always tend to reread books like The Nanny Diaries, Devil Wears Prada, etc. 🙂

  9. I’m impressed with the amount of books you read! I’m excited when I make it through one or two a month! Some recent favs of mine: The Night Circus, Calling Me Home, and The Goldfinch!

  10. I’ve made a vow to read at least 20 books this year, so this gives me some definite contenders. Was curious about most talkative but may hold off…even though I love Andy and bravo. If you like gossip and insider stories, definitely read rob lowe’s book “stories I only tell my friends”. I’m reading it now and it’s bananas!!!! Even if you aren’t a huge fan, it definitely has a lot of dish bc he grew up with Charlie sheen …tom cruise…Janet Jackson etc


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