Books for Breakfast #38

Book Reviews

For breakfast today I ignored the oatmeal, once again, and instead settled for yet more cereal…along with some super fast reads!
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot 
I was really excited to read Bossypants, probably because I think Tina Fey is awesome! The book was a fast read, but wasn’t quite as LOL funny as I expected, though I did go into breathless laughter at a few points. (Mainly the parts about periods and female beauty expectations) She talked a little about feminism and a little about her life. I loved reading about the time she spent at SNL and also 30 Rock (which to be honest, I have never seen, and never even knew that she was a part of at all, whoops) I wouldn’t call it a super deep book that you must read, but it did have some nice opinions on how women are viewed (beauty wise) and some things that girls go through growing up. She talks a few times about a scar she got on her face, which reminded me of a few of my scars and how people always act weird when they see scars like “Haven’t you tried scar removing creams?” but then how am I supposed to tell you the awful/hilarious story of how I can to attain this raised lump of white skin? Granted, it’s also not proper etiquette to ask people about scars or on the other hand, to just start telling strangers stories about your wounds. (I’m guilty of this, I’m sure) 
Some parts of the book I found to be easy to relate to, and others not so much, and that’s probably because I am not 40 years old and I am not a mother, though I am an only child and yes, I was normally the only one in my classes in elementary school who was an only child. I enjoyed the read, it was funny, told me a lot about Tina’s life, relatively easy to relate to, and had some feminist undertones. 
I was looking up “must read books about cats”, to see which books I’d already read on these lists. (Answer: Quite a few) Like Dewey, A Streetcat Named Bob, Etc. Along the way I stumbled upon a book of poems by T.S. Eliot about cats! These poems actually inspired the Broadway musical Cats, which is one of my all time favorite musicals! I mean, I even had the cassette tape AND the VHS tape, which I tended to watch almost daily as a little girl. Clearly I had to get my hands on this and I did! The poems have a bit of a younger feel to them, like children’s poems and the book also includes illustrations, but it’s such a joyful little read! The one poem in there is the exact lyrics for one of the songs from the Cats musical! I found myself humming it while I was reading it, that was pretty stellar! I love reading the inspiration for musicals, or the book that came before the movie!
 Next on the list: Cat Sense & Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me?

By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!

  • I just finished Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me last weekend. I pretty much had the same feelings toward it as you had toward Tina Fey's book. It was pretty funny (with some laugh out loud parts) but not life-changing. It's a fun, quick read. I'll have to pick up Bossypants soon.

  • the cape on the corner

    i loved bossypants. to me it was laugh out loud funny, but i think it was because i live near the area she grew up in, so her early years were extra funny b/c i knew what she was referring to. i just picked up bj novak's book, which i thought would be meh, but got it b/c it was there. it's laugh out loud funny, so you might put that on your list, too.

  • Kay

    I've had Bossypants on my list for ages, but have yet to snag a copy to read! I have seen 30 Rock, which is actually what made me add Bossypants to my list as Tina Fey was hilarious! It took me a few episodes to get into it, but then I felt it definitely started getting funnier. However, I can completely see the humor as being hit or miss with people.

  • I'm interested to see if I'll feel the same way about Everyone is Hanging out Without Me that I did with Bossypants! I picked it up more for the humor, so hopefully I laugh out loud a few times like you did! Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

  • Growing up near the same area would totally make things a lot easier to relate to I'm sure! I didn't know B.J Novak had a book out, I'll have to add that to my list! Thanks!

  • I have never seen an episode of 30 Rock, but after reading the book, it's made me a bit interested in checking out some episodes. I loved The Office, I guess that's my sort of humor, but I love checking out new shows!

  • Books about cats xD I love that that list exists! And ditto on Bossypants; I enjoyed it, but it wasn't as LOL-worthy as I was led to believe.

  • I do love reading books about cats! hahah! I do want to read Amy Poehler's book as well, I loved her in Parks and Rec!

  • MagicCatJenny

    I have that SAME edition of Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats! So good! If you want more CATS reading, I recommend the book 'How the Broadway Production of Cats was Born, A Cats Diary' It's so interesting! (I may just have a growing collection of literature related to that musical…are you surprised? lol)

  • Emelie Samuelson

    Tina Fey is one of my all-time heroes. I'm glad you enjoyed her book! Can't wait for your thoughts on Mindy Kaling's book. I adored it.