Thursday, October 1, 2015

September 2015 Wrap-Up 

In September I read a total of 4 books which makes my total books read this year 111. Of these books, 3 counted for the "Real" Book Challenge, making my total books read for the challenge 87.

"Real" Books:
Voice Over!: Seiyu Academy, Vol. 11Voice Over!: Seiyu Academy, Vol. 12Beginnings: Obsidian & Onyx (Lux, #1-2) 

Audio Books:
Looking for Alaska Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

Reviews Written:

Monday, September 7, 2015

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend Review

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend TITLE: Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend. 
AUTHOR: Matthew Dicks 
NARRATOR: Matthew Brown 
GENRE: Fiction, Fantasy 
PUBLISHER: MacMillan Audio 
FORMAT: Audio book 
LENGTH: 10 hours 57 minutes 
SOURCE: Bought 

SUMMARY (FROM GOODREADS): Budo is Max's imaginary friend. But though only Max can see him, he is real. He and the other imaginary friends watch over their children until the day comes that the child stop imagining them. And then they're gone. Budo has lasted a lot longer than most imaginary friends--four years--because Max needs him more. His parents argue about sending him to a special school. But Max is perfectly happy if everything is just kept the way it is, and nothing out of the ordinary happens. Unfortunately, something out of the ordinary is going to happen--and then he'll need Budo more than ever...

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I actually really enjoyed this book. I hadn't heard of it before, but I'm glad that I gave it a listen, because it was great. I loved the narrator. His voice was easy to listen to and fit with the characters well. The concept of the story is really interesting. I've never read anything from a perspective like this before and it was very well done. The story line itself was interesting and exciting. There were funny moments, touching moments, sad moments and suspenseful moments. This book had it all and was a great all-around read.

CHARACTERS: Budo was such a great character. I loved seeing the world though his eyes and watching him change throughout the story.

COVER: I like how it's blurred out. It fits with the idea of this imaginary friend and the possibility of them fading over time.

August 2015 Wrap Up 

 In August I read a total of 13 books making my total books read this year 105. Of those books, 10 were "real" books making my total "real" books read this year 84.

"Real" Books:

Audio Books:
Talon (Talon, #1) You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) The Cat's Guide to Human Behavior 

Reviews Written:
None. I've been in a blogging slump lately. I feel like I've been in a little bit of a reading slump as well, hence all the manga I read in August and not very many actual novels. I'm hoping to catch up on some reviews and hopefully get back into reading this month.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

July 2015 Wrap Up
In July I read a total of 10 books, making my total books read this year 92. Of these books, 6 are "real" books, making my total "real" books read this year so far 74.

"Real" Books:
Storm (Paper Gods, #3)Heroes: Volume OneVoice Over!: Seiyu Academy, Vol. 1 (Voice Over!, #1)Ready Player OneVoice Over!: Seiyu Academy, Vol. 2 (Voice Over!, #2)Voice Over!: Seiyu Academy, Vol. 3 (Voice Over!, #3)

The Isle of the Lost (Descendants, #1)

Audio Books:
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True MemoirMemoirs of an Imaginary FriendMy Name Is Not Easy 

Reviews Written:

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Let's Pretend This Never Happened Review

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True MemoirTITLE: Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
AUTHOR: Jenny Lawson
NARRATOR: Jenny Lawson
PUBLISHER: Penguin Audio
FORMAT: Audiobook
LENGTH: 8 hours 41 minutes
SOURCE: Bought


SUMMARY (FROM GOODREADS): When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father (a professional taxidermist who created dead-animal hand puppets) and a childhood of wearing winter shoes made out of used bread sacks. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it.

Lawson's long-suffering husband and sweet daughter are the perfect comedic foils to her absurdities, and help her to uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments--the ones we want to pretend never happened--are the very same moments that make us the people we are today.

Let's Pretend This Never Happened is a poignantly disturbing, yet darkly hysterical tome for every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud. Like laughing at a funeral, this book is both irreverent and impossible to hold back once you get started. 

MY THOUGHTS: I loved this book so much! I had never heard of Jenny Lawson before, but this had good reviews so I thought I'd pick it up on Audible. I'm so glad that I did. It's hard to find the words to describe this book. It's just funny. This book was incredibly hilarious. I was listening to quite a bit of this while I was at work and I was biting my cheeks to stop myself from laughing out loud. I highly enjoyed every moment of this book.

I also loved the more serious moments. In chapter 25, Lawson talks about her anxiety and her husband being well-meaning, but just not understanding. I can completely relate to that. I feel like she took the thoughts right out of my head.

COVER: After reading the book, I can see that the cover is perfect for it!