Show Us Your Books: Books, Lately

I slacked off on my reading in October, because I got super busy and it was a stressful month for me, what with making the decision to quit my job. But, I'm feeling a little better and have been back into reading, lately.

1. You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir by Felicia Day
Felicia Day is an internet creator and writer, and I've watched a couple seasons (episodes; one season is about 90 mins) of her web show, The Guild, but never followed her that closely. I'm also not a gamer, unless you count The Sims, which you don't, so while I'm a huge nerd, you wouldn't think that I would find her book that fascinating.

I was totally hooked by it. It's an easy read, and I found all her stories funny and could relate to being a weird kid who turns into a weird adult. I would definitely recommend, even if you aren't a huge nerd.

2. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
I have watched a little Aziz Ansari standup, so while I was a fan already, this book was not what I expected it to be at all. I thought it would be more in the style of his standup, and while he adds his own wit and humor to it, it's actually an interesting read on its own about how relationships are created and play out in modern times.

I would recommend to anyone, whether you may be thankful you don't have to deal with dating and learning how to use Tinder, or whether you are going through dating now and want to appreciate that at least there are others going through the same thing.

3. Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull
This book is written by the president of Pixar and Disney Animation. I am a huge Pixar fan, and think they are basically the greatest thing ever in movies, and I wanted to learn more about their history. This is actually more about business and the reasons Pixar succeeded and how they do things, but there is a lot of background information about their beginning and problems they dealt with.

It's interesting to see how a successful creative company runs their business, while giving people the freedom to create their art and stories. It was also cool to read how some movies we know so well now started out completely different.

4. One More Thing by B.J. Novak
I thought this would combine two of my favorite things: one of the writers from The Office, and short stories. Boy, did I not enjoy this one. If anyone else has read it, I'd like to hear their take on it, but it was not for me. The stories seemed mean and like they were clearly written by a New York dude. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't my kind of book.

5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I was on a non-fiction kick for a while, but I felt like some good fiction, and tried Kristen's suggestion of Throne of Glass. It was like a warm glass of awesome.

It's about a female assassin who is released from serving out her sentence in a mine to become the Crown Prince's champion in a competition to become the new royal assassin. It had me at female assassin.

It was fantastic, and I recommend to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels and characters who can kick butt, but also magic and love triangles.

I'm currently reading number two, now, Crown of Midnight, and I'm finally warming up a little to one of the male main characters.
What have you been reading, lately?

I'm linking up with Steph and Jana today for Show Us Your Books.

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23 comments:

  1. Someone else, Alyssa, mentioned BJ Novak's book. Where have I been? I didn't even know he had a book. It's officially on my list :) I keep seeing Aziz's book but I'm just not into his comedy so I didn't think I'd like it. I might give it a try though since you said it's more observation based.

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  2. I kind of agree with you about One More Thing although it's been a bit since I read it. I always have mixed feelings about short stories, and I love some and hate others usually. I will probably start the Throne of Glass series in the new year...too many other books to read first, but I have heard a lot of bloggers rave about the series and it sounds up my alley anyway :) Adding you on Goodreads!!

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  3. Haha, I love this - I'm also not a gamer, unless you count The Sims, which you don't... Modern Romance and Creativity Inc both sound like good non-fiction books for me to check out!

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  4. I liked Felecia's book, even though I'm not a gamer either. But her style in general was really enjoyable. Modern Romance is on my TBR, because everyone else on the link-up has been recommending it for months now!

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  5. I loved Aziz Ansari's book, it was so much better (and different) than I thought it would be. Creativity Inc sounds really interesting. I'm adding that one to my TBR list, definitely up my alley. Adding you on Goodreads : )

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  6. I read Felicia's book this past month too! Although I love her as a person and I think she's hilarious I have a lot of struggle with this one. Maybe I need to go back and read it later? I bought it either way so I will be reading it at some point. Maybe just hit me at the wrong moment. Modern Romance is on my list for this month! And now I am adding the Pixar book as well because I love learning all about Pixar! I'm also waiting for Throne of Glass to come in at the library, it is taking forever!

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  8. I read Modern Romance this past month as well and found it interesting, although I wasn't very familiar with Ansari as a comedian. Creativity, Inc sounds like an interesting read, especially since I love Pixar films!

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  9. I don't have a big desire to read the B.J. Novak book. I'm on the fence about reading Aziz's. I typically prefer fiction though, so I don't make a lot of time for those books!

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  10. what character are you warming up to?!!?!?!?!? OMG i hope you read them all and love them all so we can talk about it more! AHHHH. a warm glass of awesome - hahahaha LOVE IT.
    I love the sims! i am not a gamer at all either, totally don't count the sims. i kept seeing that book around but the way she is posing, i had no idea that was the girl from supernatural! totally adding that to my list. also, creativity inc sounds super interesting!

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  11. I loved Modern Romance as well (I reviewed it last month) and my sociology nerd heart just about exploded when I read it. And I also read a book of short stories by an actor (even though BJ Novak is definitely more of a writer) and quite enjoyed it. This one is on my TBR but it's pretty far down the priority list.

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  12. Yep - Kristen has me wanting to read that series too.
    I am always shocked when funny people write so not funny books.

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  13. I've never had to deal with "modern" dating, so I think reading Aziz Ansari's book might be interesting. I've heard such great things about the Throne of Glass series, from Kristen and from another friend, that it's on my TBR list! I just hope that I have the opportunity to read it soon!

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  14. I find it so interesting that Aziz Ansari wrote a book! I can't picture him as anything but Tom Haverford, so I may have to check it out!

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  15. I will have to check out the Pixar book. I watched Waking Sleeping Beauty and found it SOOOOO fascinating. Stopping by from the link up!

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  16. I am a big fan of Aziz Ansari and I'm anxiously awaiting my turn for this book; I feel like I've been on the library hold list for ages! I also read BJ Novak's book this month but I really enjoyed it. Different strokes!

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  17. That Aziz Ansari book sounds really interesting! Definitely not a topic I would expect him to cover, but I think I'm going to give it a try!

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  18. I have Modern Romance on my list to read!!!! I am trying to decide if I want to read or or do the audiobook?!

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  19. I feel a little out of touch because I don't know who Felicia Day is. Then, I see several bloggers reading this book, and it's nominated for a goodreads award. Sometimes I'm so out of it!

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  20. I really want to read Aziz's book. I love his comedy!

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  21. Aziz always makes me laugh with his stand-up so I added that one to my list to read.

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  22. I'm adding the Aziz book to my list!

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  23. thanks for the review on #4--i have been curious if it was any good!

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