Life and Other Near Death Experiences

I finished this book two days ago and am having trouble writing a review. I can’t find fault with either the story or narration, but I don’t love it either. Or maybe I do. I really can’t decide how much I like it. This is one of my more favorite books of the category, though.

This book stands out because it is a novel. It also stands out because it is humorous, but I never laughed out loud. (continued by clicking on title)


Black Man, White House: An Oral History of the Obama Years

I really enjoyed the first two CDs of this audiobook. I laughed out loud a large number of times. I can’t help it; I’m a sucker for a full cast recording.

I was enjoying the book fully, then Hughley’s casual misogyny got to me. When you choose to listen to this book, you’re expecting a left-wing perspective, but all the female characters, besides Michelle Obama, are portrayed to varying degrees as harpies. (To continue reading, click on title)


The Bassoon King: Art, Idiocy, and Other Sordid Tales from the Band Room

I must admit I never jumped in on The Office fandom. It came on and became popular in that weird time when I was in veterinary school and had no time for TV. That said, you don’t have to be an Office fan to enjoy this book.

Wilson wrote my favorite type of celebrity memoir: one that encompasses his whole life from childhood to fame and beyond. (continued by clicking on title)


Adnan’s Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial

I will admit to being one of those many people who was completely enthralled by Serial. I binge listened on a long trip from Dallas to Kentucky. At the end of the podcasts, I believed he was innocent. I still believe that today.

That said, this audiobook was a little too detailed for me. If you like police procedurals (fiction or nonfiction) or true crime books, this might be right up your alley. (to continue reading, click on title)


You’ll Grow Out of It

I read this as an ebook when it was released over the summer. It was fine. I didn’t like it; I didn’t hate it. Overall, it was a forgettable book.

Fast-forward to the Audie nominations, and word on the street is that this book is more enjoyable on audio as opposed to text. This is not true. I went, in the span of seven hours, from indifference to active dislike. (continued by clicking on title)