While I usually stick to murder mysteries, both true and fiction, [I'm not planning anything, they intrigue me - I know you're glued to the TV when there's a Criminal Minds marathon, don't lie!], I recently purchased #1 pictured above at a friend's recommendation and loved it! My husband doesn't let me read before bed, but my goal is to make it through these four books before the end of the year! [Funny, he's never too tired for a movie or.. but he's always too tired to let me stay up and read].
I already own this book and I am 85% done. The only reason I'm not 100% done is because it is SO good that I'm afraid of finishing it. It's just that good. There have been times when I was laughing so hard that I couldn't compose myself enough to tell Tyler why I was laughing - I'd just point to the page and have him read it for himself!
If you know Mindy from The Office, picture her reading this in her voice from the show. I promise, it makes it 10x better! Warning: there are a few curse words scattered throughout, but it is an inspiring read especially for teen girls; Mindy was bullied in high school and she was never the popular girl, she gives a lot of insight into that and why it's okay to be you.
2. Melissa Explains it All: Tales From My Abnormally Normal Life - Melissa Joan Hart
Okay, so she posed for Maxim once, partied at the Playboy Mansion, and tried drugs for a year - what child star didn't go through that stage? I'd like to applaud Melissa for being one of the only child stars to not completely screw it up. How many other child stars have made the successful conversion from child star to adult actress while simultaneously making a life for themselves with a husband [not divorced] and three beautiful sons, and dealing with the condemnation from Hollywood on her Republican views? Not many.
I grew up watching Clarissa Explains it All and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, currently watch Melissa and Joey, received the book for Christmas, and cannot wait to dive in.. although I may still be a little bitter that I signed up to receive an autographed book plate and it never showed up..
3. Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose - Candace Cameron Bure
That tiny handful of child stars who successfully transitioned into acting as an adult has this girl at the top. DJ from Full House is all grown up, has a beautiful family, and is continuing her acting career. She never once allowed anyone to knock her down for her faith and that is so admirable to me. I am most excited to read this book because I feel connected to her as well as MJH. The two of them stood firm to their beliefs [political and/or spiritual] in Hollywood knowing their differences made them unlikeable to some but also knowing that they were good enough to be given a chance.
4. Bossypants - Tina Fey
Who doesn't love Tina Fey? If you answered that you don't, I challenge you to watch Baby Mama. I've watched the movie so much I think the disk may quit soon. Either that, or Tyler will break it because he's done hearing me repeat lines.. Tina Fey is funny, especially with Amy Pohler, and I love funny.
I've wanted to read this book ever since I really got into watching her comedic movies and after I read the excerpt, "A Mother's Prayer for Her Daughter." Warning: it is laced with foul language [as I'm sure the book is as well] but the message is too powerful to not share. If you allow yourself to look past that, it's a beautifully written piece - not to mention, true. The back of Mindy Kaling's book says something to the effect of, "she's like Tina Fey's little sister" - in other words, if you like one, you're going to like the other!
Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Reading.. if it's your thing!
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