Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Since I've only listened to Tina reading the book, I'm going to encourage everyone to just listen to the audiobook. She's hilarious, it's hilarious and even includes the audio to her Palin SNL sketches.

This is an autobiographical book but really really really funny. Covering her childhood, touching briefly on the scar on her face, her time at Second City to SNL and 30 Rock.

Did I mention this is funny??

Read it. Or rather, listen to it.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fierce by Kelly Osbourne

A very short and sweet audiobook gets a short and sweet review. Kelly reads the book and instead of just reading it, it really sounds like she's hanging out having a conversation with the listener, even crying when talking about her dad's accident that left him in a coma for 14 days.

Kelly gives advice on a little bit of everything and doesn't completely sound like a little rich girl giving advice to poor people. I have a soft spot for Kelly so of course I like this little book.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore

It's been a long time since an audiobook made me laugh so much. Moore is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.

In Bloodsucking Fiends, Jody, a pretty redhead living in San Francisco, is attacked and turned into a vampire. Her attacker leaves her under a dumpster with a boatload of cash and Jody has to figure things out on her own. She realizes that she needs someone to help her during the day. Enter Indiana boy, C. Thomas Flood.

When bodies start turning up everywhere Jody and Tommy go, the police get involved and things get hairy - in a very comical way.

Thankfully, there are no sparkling vampires in this world.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Gravity by Tess Gerritsen

I haven't read any medical/suspense books in ages. My treadmill is next to a bookcase and I just pulled this out and started reading. I've been reading a lot of non-fiction so this was a great distraction. And we know how much I like my medical lingo.

Gravity leads us into the world of NASA as we watch Emma Watson and her team preparing to be sent into space to stay for 4 months on the ISS (International Space Station). Watson is a physician who is in the middle of a ugly divorce from her husband, fellow physician Jack. We can still see the hearts around them when they talk though...angry hearts but hearts nonetheless.

Circumstances occur that cause Emma to be sent into space earlier, with another team. Once there, it's routing space station stuff, until experiments start going wrong. What happens next is an outbreak of "something" that is killing astronauts very quickly and very gruesomely. Everything is fast paced and we learn what this killer bug is at a breakneck speed.

Pretty exciting and fun book to read.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

What a great book for a nerd. Bryson really does try to cover nealy everything in this book, from The Big Bang theory to dinosaurs to human origins and human cells and DNA. This is definitely not an in-depth book on any of these subjects but it gives you enough of a peek into a everything that you can be prodded into doing more research on your own.

Science is a favorite subject for me to read about. There wasn't much of this book that didn't make me a happy camper (except finding out that if you've owned your pillow for more than 6 years, 1/10 of it's weight is live mites, dead mites and mite poop. Guh.). It's written for the layperson, you don't need to be a nerd to appreciate it.

As always, Bryson is a fun writer, making even DNA fun and exciting to read about.