20 9 / 2011

Had it not been for the big font, short length of the book, and it being a book club selection, I would not have finished it. Nissel’s misadventures are described as hilarious, but came across as more corny than anything. Had I read this as a college student, I probably would have chuckled a little more, though, and I think that had I read it in blog form on a daily or weekly basis, it might have come across a lot more interesting. Sitting down and reading it the entire way thru in two days made it seem more like a chore. A short chore, but a chore nonetheless.

Not a good choice for a book club discussion, in my opinion. There really wasn’t much to discuss, and many members felt like her stories weren’t believable, or were so outrageous that they either stopped reading, or stopped laughing. Our discussion lasted for probably 15 minutes.

I commend Nissel for going from blogger to published author, though. It’s not an easy feat now, and especially wasn’t in the early 2000s, when bloggers didn’t recieve as much respect as they do in this day and age. Even though this book was not my cup of tea, kudos to her for finding success.

I’d recommend this for college students (especially freshman), and anyone who is allergic to heavy reading.

Grade: C-

01 9 / 2011

September Book Club Selection -The Broke Diaries by Angela Nissel
I’ve heard of this book numerous times, only because Luvvie, noted humor blogger and fellow book lover, has ranted and raved about it being one of her faves. Nissel’s writing is known to tickle your funny bone, so much so that she has branched out from being a blogger herself, to an author, and writer and co-producer for the television sitcom, Scrubs.
I am a little far removed from the struggle that is associated with being a student (which is the entire premise of the book), but in this cold economy, no one can be too sure about their future financial situation. I’ll be open for the laughs throughout the story, but I’ll also have my eyes open for a few cost effective ways to stay afloat should my luck take an unexpected nose dive.

September Book Club Selection -The Broke Diaries by Angela Nissel

I’ve heard of this book numerous times, only because Luvvie, noted humor blogger and fellow book lover, has ranted and raved about it being one of her faves. Nissel’s writing is known to tickle your funny bone, so much so that she has branched out from being a blogger herself, to an author, and writer and co-producer for the television sitcom, Scrubs.

I am a little far removed from the struggle that is associated with being a student (which is the entire premise of the book), but in this cold economy, no one can be too sure about their future financial situation. I’ll be open for the laughs throughout the story, but I’ll also have my eyes open for a few cost effective ways to stay afloat should my luck take an unexpected nose dive.

04 8 / 2011

Book: More Like Wrestling by Danyel Smith (Booktini’s July Literary Selection; click to enlarge)

02 8 / 2011

 This month, my bookclub is having a coed BBQ where we are encouraged to invite the men in our lives (significant others and friends) to join us in our Drinks & Discussion.

I thought reading Jay-Z’s memoir, Decoded, would reel the men in, but Why Men Love Bitches won the majority of the vote in the book club, and the men seem to be very interested in discussing such a topic. I guess you can never lose with discussing relationships.

I just got my copy from the library (and I’m pretty sure the librarians were judging me lol). Planning on starting it as soon as I finish Interview With a Vampire …hopefully tomorrow.

13 7 / 2011

Over at Booktini, we’re reading More Like Wrestling, by renowned music journalist, Danyel Smith. I’m excited, not only because I suggested the book, but because it’s set in my hometown. Very rarely have I come across books based in Oakland. In my short time reading this novel, Oakland doesn’t seem to just be the setting, but also a living and breathing character, along with Pinch & Paige, the two sisters who fill it’s pages.

I’m falling in love with it already. Brings back so many memories of growing up on 64th & E. 14th.

23 6 / 2011

Our Bay Area based book club, Booktini, loves the kids, so to help them acquire a love for reading and sharpen their reading skills, we’re donating books to those who may be in need.

Do you have any new or gently used children’s books that are appropriate for elementary school-aged children (5-11 years)?

If so, please help us, as we plan to donate children’s books to the East Oakland Community Project (http://www.eocp.net/), a multi-service agency offering emergency and transitional housing to Alameda County’s homeless.

How to donate:

- Mail your donation to PO Box 985, San Leandro, Ca 94577

or

- Stop by our Booktini Summer Picnic at Lake Merritt on Sunday, July 17th between 3-6p (on Lakeshore across from the Cleveland Cascade)

or

- If you know a current member of Booktini, contact them about giviing them your donation

or

- Email booktini@gmail.com about other donation options

We will be accepting donations until Sunday, July 17th.

Remember, all current members of Booktini are encouraged to donate at least two books for the cause.

Feel free to spread the word of our summer book drive by sharing this invite on your wall or with your Facebook friends or on Tumblr!

HAPPY READING!

01 6 / 2011

My book club, BookTini, is reading L.Y. Marlow’s Color Me Butterfly.