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.
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.