Book Review


Not Taco Bell Material, by comedian, actor, carpenter, CEO, radio personality, Adam Carolla (2012). This was a great read for me being that I'm a huge fan of his from back in the day. This is Adam's 2nd book, the 1st was In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks: . . . And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy. I started listening to Adam when I was about 15 or 16 when he was doing the radio show, Loveline, with Dr. Drew. (Love him as well.)

I don't always agree with everything that he says or stands for, but that's okay because we're 2 two different people. Differences makes the world go round, I like to think. He can, in my opinion sometimes be sexist or too general but again what can I do about it. He still makes me laugh with a lot of what comes out of his mouth. The only stories of Adam's that I didn't enjoy in this title were about football plays/manoeuvres etc., but that's only because I'm not a football fan. The stories about his many apartments & apartment adventures are hilarious, and worth reading for those alone.

What I really enjoyed was knowing more details of the stories of how he came from very little economically or emotionally. With no one pushing him or telling him what he needed to do, in order to succeed in his own life, he has accomplished a tremendous amount. Adam learned to want more for himself because he didn't like what he saw and experienced growing up in his family. From working in fast food restaurants, to digging ditches, to radio and television and now being the podcasting king that he is. Adam Carolla is an inspiration no matter where you come from. Silver-spoon, private school or passive parenting.

Everyone is not going to be a multi-millionaire, billionaire, or the CEO of a huge conglomeration. It's just impossible for the everyone to be the boss. There has to be feet that carry the head and help keep the day to day operations going. But Adam's story shares that if you work harder then most you will achieve much more, then most. Giving you more satisfaction, if you allow it, then someone who doesn't work or strive to be productive in their existence. It isn't all about money. It's about making a difference, in not only your own life but those around you. Not only helping yourself but helping those around you, even if just through example, achieve personal goals for themselves.

I give Not Taco Bell Material, by Adam Carolla, 4/5.

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I can't wait for the warmer (not hot) weather & my chastising by the geese to begin

Till next time,

Nadia

So Much for My Happy Endingby Kyra Davis, 2006. Yes, I'm late to the game but that's how I am sometimes. If you like fictional, romantic, comedy, with a little bit of crazy this may be for you.

April's life is not exactly how she planned it. She is not the fabulous art dealer, working downtown, that she always thought she would be. Instead she's a manager in a major department store, only because it pays the bills and is relatively easy for her.

She has met the man of her dreams. Fallen in love and decides to marry him far too quickly, without really knowing him. Life quickly turns into a nightmare, when April's perfect husband starts showing his "other" side.

I have to be honest, I was not impressed with the main character. Her likeability only went up during the last few chapters. Maybe I was just projecting what I wouldn't put up with and getting mad at the character for not having more backbone sooner.

The husband was a hot mess from the beginning and would never have been given a chance to become my husband because of the huge red flags, flying out of his butt. The supporting characters were the saving grace of this novel. They were funny, witty and real.

One of the reasons that I finished this book was because I'm stubborn and I hate not finishing something that I've started.

The other reason is because I really enjoyed Kyra Davis's next three novels that I listened to first, via audio book. (The Sophie Katz novels: "Vows, Vendettas and a Little Black Dress", "Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss" & "Obsession Deceit And Really Dark Chocolate".) I love audio books, if you didn't know that already. I've listened to them all dozens, upon dozens of times, each. So please don't let my review of So Much For My Happy Ending deter you from giving her other novels a chance.

I give So Much for My Happy Endingby Kyra Davis a 3/5.
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  • Still plugging away at my short story and another submission to a magazine. I'm also struggling to get decent freelance gigs. It's amazing how nervy some of these potential employees can be. For example, you'll put in 25 hours on a project and some of them want to pay you $20. It's ridiculous. Getting work at decent pay is hard in the freelance world, especially when you're new. Anyway, that's enough whinging about that for today. I think I need to make myself take a week off, or some days off for the next 2 weeks until the new year. Who knows? I'll play it by ear. Although I'm going to get some professional help to revamp my resume, yet again.

Are any of you burnt out, or just in a hurry for 2012 to be over with?

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Till next time,

Nadia