Review of “A Hard Day’s Night” by Mia Kerick

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A Hard Day’s Night is about a Beatles obsessed high school senior named Lennon who spends a “gay day” with his best friend Fin. They do all the stereotypical stuff that gay guys like based on a google search and hilarity ensues.  It’s a really quick read and the characters learn about who they really are in the process of doing these ridiculous (and expensive) things. I know it’s supposed to be a fun story, but I just kept thinking about how much money Lennon must have spent on everything and how ridiculous that was. It could’ve gone towards his college education. Some parts are sad and others are angsty. I don’t want to give much away. I liked the ending. I’ve read other books from this author and enjoyed them as well.

I got this for free from Reading Deals in exchange for an honest review and they hounded me relentlessly even before the review was due and even after I explained that I’d had a seizure and had to go through a month of tests and appointments.

Review of Thank You Notes 2 by Jimmy Fallon

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I found this book at Dollar Tree and had to get it. The “Thank You Notes” music instantly popped into my head. It’s one of my favorite parts of Jimmy’s show and I try to watch it every Friday.
The book consists of a thank you note with a photo on each page. Some were funnier than others. It was fun to flip through, but I was hoping it would be funnier. I’m sure they save the really good ones for the show though.
If you’re a fan of Jimmy Fallon and enjoy the “Thank You Notes” segment of the show, check it out. It’s a fun, quick read.

How May We Hate You?: Notes from the Concierge Desk by Anna Drezen & Todd Briscoe

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“How My We Hate You?” is a fun, quick read written by two hotel concierges who work in New York City. After having a popular blog by the same name, they wrote this book about some of the more interesting (aka crazy) people that they’ve encountered.

Some sections are written by both of them and others have separate entries by each of them. Even though I don’t work in a hotel, I do work in retail. I swear some of the same people have come through my store.

If you’re looking an entertaining read, I recommend this one. Especially if you have ever worked in retail or hospitality.

I got this book for free from the Blogging For Books website. All opinions are my own.

My review of Yes! My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of WrestleMania by Daniel Bryan with Craig Tello

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I really enjoyed this book. I liked getting to learn more about Bryan. He talks about his life before wrestling, his time on the independents, his relationship with Brie Bella and what it was like for him to get to WWE. The book was written before he was forced to retire due to his injuries.

Yes! is really an expanded version of the WWE 24/7 article chronicling what his life was like in the week leading up to his match against Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 30 in 2014. Each chapter starts with a black and white photo, a date and time, and a description by Craig Tello from WWE.com. After that, Bryan starts his story. I liked the format, but there is a lot of text per page. Craig’s parts are kind of cheesy since he tried to fit as many of Bryan’s nicknames in there as possible(Yes Man, Bearded Superstar, The Beard, etc). There’s also a photo of Bryan on the bottom of the pages that does the Yes! chant when you flip them. I thought that was really neat.

Bryan comes across as being a very humble guy from modest beginnings who just really loves wrestling. You can feel how passionate he is about it and how much he loves going out there and having a great match, no matter how many people are in the audience.  The way he talks about his wife, Brie, is very sweet. I learned more about her through this book too.

There are some funny stories mixed in to break up the seriousness. The ones about traveling with Sheamus and Ted DiBiase are great. I laughed out loud while reading it on the bus.

I loved getting more insight into moments that I saw on TV, like his time in NXT and the Nexus invasion. I remember how excited I was when they asked him what he was going to do since he lost the NXT show and he said “Daniel Bryan might be done, but Bryan Danielson–God knows what’s going to happen to him.” I’ve been a fan of his since 2003 when I saw him in Ring of Honor, so it was very cool to me that he used his real name. That’s not something that wrestlers using a stage name really do. I figured he’d go back to ROH, but instead he ended up being part of the Nexus storyline on Raw. There were a few hiccup in his career after that, including being fired from WWE for  few months, but he gained a loyal fan base. When he started using the Yes! chant, it blew up and became a huge thing. Fans of other sports started doing it at basketball games and fans still do it today when they like something that they see in the ring.

Going into the WrestleMania match, you can really feel how happy he was. He was about to win the top prize in WWE and he was getting married. Unfortunately, his happiness was short lived. His father passed away and then he had a series of concussions that would lead to his retirement. The last chapter of this book was so sad that I almost cried.

I rated this 4 out of 5 stars. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was Craig’s use of the same phrases and nicknames over and over. I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Daniel Bryan/Bryan Danielson, professional wrestling, biographies and feel good stories.

Review of The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever by Jeff Strand

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I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick, fun read and the characters are entertaining. The main character, Justin, really wants to be a filmmaker and he loves horror movies. He decides he’s going to make the greatest zombie movie ever with the help of his two best friends (Gabe and Bobby), his crush (Alicia) and random people from their town. The script isn’t great, the budget is non-existent and they don’t have much time. What’s the worst that could happen?

Some of the ideas Justin and his friends, especially Bobby, come up with are so ridiculously bad, that they might be good. If they can survive ant attacks, birthday party clowns, meltdowns and mishaps, they might be able to make the movie. It was fun reading about their misadventures and you could tell how much the characters and the author love zombie movies. I liked the little twist in the Epilogue. It was nice update on the characters’ lives.

If you like zombies, comedy and like to be entertained, I think you’ll like this book. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimer: I received a copy for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Review of Braineater Jones by Stephen Kozeniewski

I got this book as a birthday gift from my friend Meghan (Who is also a blogger. Check her out here.) and the author was nice enough to write me a little note in it. Very cool.

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My first impression was that I loved the cover and description. It fits with the book being set in the 1930’s. The main character, Braineater Jones, has just returned from the dead and he’s trying to figure out what’s going on, where he is, and, most importantly, who he is. He ends up being taken in by a guy named Lazar who teaches him that he need to drink liquor to survive. Unfortunately, Prohibition is still going on.

Jones keeps a journal of everything that’s going on, so the book is written in that style, and he moves into an office about Hallowed Grounds, the speakeasy owned by the Old Man (a fetus in a jar). From there, he starts working as a private investigator for other undead people in a slum called The Mat. Things get more interesting from there.

There are all kinds of things in this book: double crosses, voodoo, 30’s slang, a zombie brothel (where you can literally build your dream girl), corpses in lust (as promised on the cover. And yes, it was “as gross as it sounds”), murders, conspiracies, talking heads, etc. I would go into more detail, but I don’t want to spoil anything.

I like that this is a totally unique take on the living dead. It’s not a virus. It can’t be spread through a bite. Some people just come back. As long as they get enough alcohol, they can function just like a normal person. If not, they turn into a mindless, brain eating monster.

I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes zombies and being entertained.

Review of Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

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I really enjoyed this book. I love the choose your own adventure style that it’s written in. I could read this book over and over and get new results each time. Awesome!

I learned a lot more about Neil Patrick Harris and the way he writes is very entertaining. It has a fun, humorous tone to it. His photo captions were also entertaining. It’s great that he is still very humble even though he’s very successful. He seems like a very down to earth person with a great family.

I liked reading about how he got started in the business and what it was like filming Doogie Howser MD. My favorite part of the book was about him meeting David and their decision to have children. You can tell how much he loves David, the twins and being a father. It was very sweet.

I would recommend this to fans of Neil Patrick Harris, people who like being entertained and fans of the choose your own adventure books.

I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.