Spring Break Readings

Now that spring break is here, it’s finally time to let loose! I just updated my LinkedIn profile and decided that staying up for no particular reason would be a good idea. #LivingDaVidaLoca

Tomorrow is travelling day, and though I finally know where we’re going, I have decided not to reveal it publicly. I’ll probably post 10,000 pictures on Monday morning, documenting the whole journey over there. Let’s just say that there aren’t any beaches close by – if you know what I mean.

A lot of people are travelling during spring break, and a lot of people are soaking up life without having urgent responsibilities. I would say that I am somewhere between those two. And no matter what you’re up to, a good book tends to be a good idea. Therefore, I have complied a list of books – mostly biographies, that I have read and would recommend anyone who’s interested in creeping in someone else’s life, while determining whether something is defined as TMI or “tell me more”.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

This book just absolutely cracked me up. Several times. Whilst being in public. She tells the story of her life, how she found out that she wanted to do comedy, her weird obsession with snooping through people’s stuff and her two sons. We even get an insight to her friendship with Tina Fey and how she really met Seth Meyers (or how he almost stalked her, wanting to be her friend). It’s a strange compilation of stories that makes you realize how small the world really is. It also helps that Poehler is a comedic genius.

Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming is one of my favorite people on the planet. There is just something about him that makes him very special. Perhaps because I’ve seen his bare butt twice at this point. In this book he tells the story about how his estranged, and previously violent father breaks the news that Alan is in fact not his father’s son. While this is happening, Cumming is shooting the show “Who do you think you are?”, which has a team investigating certain people in your family tree. In this case, they were investigating Cumming’s maternal grandfather who was died during the second world war. Learning how he really died made me burst out in a strange laughter, which was followed by a weeklong giggle. It’s probably very insensitive to write this, but Cumming writes in a way that keeps the story interesting, lighthearted, dramatic and very intriguing. I had issues putting the book down (jk, I read on my iPad). I can assure you – this master of ceremonies has become the master of biographies.

Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

Now this book is just straight out fun. While NPH gives you the possibility of choosing your own path and actions, I decided to read it from start to finish. Some stories made sense, others didn’t. And half the fun was determining whether or not what I was reading was true. My favorite story has to be about the time Neil and his husband David went on a trip, got high and drunk and David suddenly fell off a cliff. Just disappeared. And later they got married. NPH gives an insight to his career – from Doogie to Barney Stinson and even Hedwig. He describes why certain decisions were made, and just when he found out he was gay. Being a huge fan of NPH, I found this all very intriguing. On top of this, there are letters from his close friends, and descriptions of what it’s like being friends with Sir Elton John. Even Barney Stinson makes an appearance a couple of times.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

This is one of the non-biographical books that I have read lately. If you read and liked Gone Girl, you’ll love this one! It took some time before I got into it, but at the end, my mind was BLOWN. This is the story about a woman named Libby who has had quite the traumatizing childhood. Her brother is in prison for murdering their family, including the mother, and two sisters. The alcoholic father survived, as well as Libby, who grew up missing a couple of toes and haunting mental images. One day Libby is contacted by a strange 20-something year old guy from an organization called the “Kill Club”. It’s kind of like a comic con for murders I guess, and their creepy activities remain questionable to this day. They convince Libby to investigate the murder and find out why the brother was incarcerated with barely any evidence of even being at home at the time of the murders. While learning more about the murders, there are scenes being played out from the day of the murders, so that the reader learns more about what was going on about that time. So in the end, not only does Libby find out, but the reader learns exactly what happened. Gillian Flynn is a master of the unexpected. If you like crime and thrillers – read it. If not, wait for the movie starring Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult.

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

This is the book that I am currently reading. I am baffled and amazed by how well-written and captivating it is. I recently binge-watched all seasons of Girls, and while reading the book, I understand the background story for many of the strange situations happening in the show. Dunham is a fascinating person, who truly has a lot of life experience and stories to tell. I am not even halfway in the book, but I can’t wait to finish it. I think most people, especially girls, can sympathize with Lena and some of the poor decisions she has made. One particular favorite of mine is the guy she was dating for the sake of just dating someone that you don’t really see yourself with in the future. Also, I realize that Dunham may have some of the similar issues as Amy Poehler in Yes Please. Maybe I should become a comedic psychiatrist? I highly recommend this book so far! Both to people who have watched Girls and not!

Some of the next books on my list are: 

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Do you have any recommendations?

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