I like Dwight Schrute. He's a funny, quirky, odd-ball kind of guy. So when I saw Rainn Wilson's memoir, I snatched it up. Here's what I've learned having read it: I like Dwight Schrute. Rainn Wilson is okay.
I don't say that to be mean either. The book was "meh" filled with pages upon pages of Wilson rambling about his early life in the theatre. I enjoyed reading about him growing up in the pacific northwest. I even enjoyed reading about him in Hollywood, but there was a large gap in the middle of him in college that really was quite boring.
Basically the only reason I read this book was to get insight on what it was like to work on The Office. I was happy with how much of the book covers this milestone in his career, offering behind the scenes information, how the episodes were rehearsed, as well as how the show almost never even made it to air. (Thank goodness it did!)
Overall, the book was meh. Read it if you're a Dwight fan.
Continuing in my quest to read celebrity memoirs (why exactly am I doing this again?), I picked up this book by Anna Kendrick and jumped right in. To be fair, the only thing I have ever seen her in happens to be one of my favorite movies of all time, Up in the Air, so I wasn't sure if I would be stuck reading a memoir of her talk about all of these film projects that I had never seen. Delightfully, this was not the case. It was more about her telling you how much of a real person she is instead of this egotistical, big headed movie star.
Kendrick grew up with humble beginnings in Maine and tells the story of how her parents would drive her to New York to be in theatrical performances, oftentimes costing the family money they didn't necessarily have. Her father had to work multiple jobs to keep up this routine. I found this part of the book fascinating because her parents really believed in their little girl and greatly emphasized how she has not lost touch with her small town upbringing.
To be fair, the book did get a tad monotonous in her pursuit of telling the reader time and time again how real she is, but overall the book was fun. I did learn a few little behind the scene insights into my favorite movie, and, like I stated during my review of William Daniels' memoir, I didn't come away having lost respect for her.
But who should read this book? Well, obviously Anna Kendrick fans, but also anyone who wants a look at how difficult it is to make it big in Hollywood and any one who has also taken the unrewarding task to read more celebrity memoirs. Again, I have no idea why I started doing this. Fortunately, the road ends here for me in this journey.
DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Publication Date: March 1, 2017 by Potomac
I grew up watching Boy Meets World and felt a familial, warm, friendly, and respectful relationship to Mr. Feeny. Other than that, I didn't really know much else about William Daniels. I knew he played on Broadway, voiced KITT in Knight Rider, and played a few other roles, but to me, he was always, and will always be, Mr. Feeny. So when I saw this book, it certainly piqued my interest.
Written by Daniels himself, this book reads more like a coffee shop conversation with him beginning in his childhood and going all the way up to present day. There are a few interesting morsels about his personal life but most of the book is centered around his professional acting career. I found it quite revealing in how he kept speaking of various roles that he managed to back his way into. He also speaks about his career hits as well as its misses. This book is a tell-all, honest look at his life.
The problem with reading a memoir of someone that you admire is that afterwards, you may feel a bit disappointed. Certain details may emerge that cause you, the reader, to respect the individual less. For me, I not only respect Daniels more, I have a deeper appreciation for his love of the craft. He is, if anything, an actor and a great one at that.
This book is well written, perfectly paced, and offers just enough behind the scenes drama to keep the reader going strong. While I can't say I read this book in one sitting, I did enjoy it slowly, sipping each chapter, and enjoying the stories Mr. Feen -- er, Mr. Daniels lays out for anyone who takes the time to crack open the pages. This book is certainly worth picking up if you are a fan of his work.
Some books are classics, generally beloved and heralded by most everyone who reads them. This book has been on my radar for years simply because it is honored and considered one of the best children's novels of all time. So I decided, "Hey, why not?" and picked it up.
Some books are classics, generally beloved and heralded by most everyone who reads them, so when I come across a book like that, I feel awkward when I get bored on page one. "Surely this will get better", I say to myself. Finishing chapter three, I thought, "It has to improve". Sadly it does not.
L'Engle drones on and on and on. Littered with shallow, underdeveloped characters, this book was just one where I was ready to finish it on the same day I started it, but not because it was good. The whole time I was reading it, my mind was already racing ahead trying to figure out what book I should read next. It was as if I had a terrible lunch and was already trying to plan how to make up for it come dinner time.
But whatever. Read it anyways because it truly is a classic. It just didn't click with me.
DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Lizzie Lovett has gone missing, an event that has shocked everyone in the town. Except, that is, for Hawthorne, a social outcast who keeps to herself. She actually never was a big fan of Lizzie, who tended to embody the all-american, perfect-at-everything persona that made Hawthorne cringe. But there's something about this disappearance that Hawthorne can't shake. Rumors have been swirling throughout town that her boyfriend, Lorenzo, was responsible since he was the last person to see her. After a chance meeting with Lorenzo, Hawthorne isn't so sure. There's just something about him she can't figure out. And why is she starting to have feelings for him...
This book started off promising, a good introduction, nice plot set up, fast-paced, but somewhere around the 30% mark, Sedoti begins to wander around the main plot by introducing asinine sub-story lines involving ridiculous theories for Lovett's disappearance. Still, there's something palpable between Hawthorne and Lorenzo, and despite everyone in the story telling her to stay away, she just can't do it. Sedoti excels at making the reader feel like something dark is looming within the pages. Unfortunately, the book never really reaches its full potential. Sedoti introduces minor characters who turn out to have a pretty big impact on the story but were never really developed enough for the reader to care.
But there's something different about this book because I finished it a week ago and can't stop thinking about it. Maybe I'm thinking about its missed potential, or maybe I'm being too hard on it. Overall, its definitely worth a read. It is an excellent summer quick read that most readers will enjoy.
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