Top 5 Wednesday: Bookish Things I’m a Grinch About

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday, hosted by the Good Reads group, is: Bookish Things You’re a Grinch AboutSince being a Grinch is a funny thing, try not to make this serious topics that make you angry (like lack of diversity or abusive relationships in fiction, etc.) as this is supposed to be more of a petty bookish things you hate. This can be stuff about covers, dumb tropes, etc. Have fun with it.

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1. Not being approved for an ARC on NetGalley. 

I know it’s very petty, since advanced copies can obviously not go to EVERYONE, as the purpose of publishers is to make money, but when I don’t get approved for an ARC on NetGalley I will almost NEVER buy the book. I’m not good enough for your ARC? You don’t get my money! (I’ll still go to the library, though.)

2. Surprise-You’re-a-Father romance trope.

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but it really is my least favorite trope. I don’t love when kids/babies are a big part of the plot and I HATE miscommunication being the main point of conflict in a story and this trope combines the two.

3. The Good Reads Choice Awards. 

Every year I’ve only read a handful of the nominees – and I’m usually only a fan of one or two of the ones I’ve read. I always think I read books that are relatively popular, so I don’t understand why I don’t recognize so many of the books. And this year only one book I voted for won (Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham!).

4. Books not at my e-library. 

As we all know by now, I’m super stingy when it comes to buying books (and pretty much everything else). The e-library site I use is one of my favorite things in life, but I hate when books I want to read aren’t there! There are so many books I see great reviews on that I go over to the library to put on hold and they’re just not there.

5. Harry Potter. 

I’m just never going to read these books. I have no desire to watch the movies (though I was coerced into one once) either. I just missed the whole Harry Potter movement when they were in their prime and now I just don’t care.

What are some bookish things you’re a Grinch about?

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Review: Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

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Synopsis from Good Reads:

In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.

In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).

In “What It Was Like, Part One,” Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay “What It Was Like, Part Two” reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later, and what doing so has meant to her.

Some more things you will learn about Lauren: She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres, she’s aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls (“If you’re meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you’ve already set the bar too high”), and she’s a card-carrying REI shopper (“My bungee cords now earn points!”).

Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.

I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, but when I do I go for, as I call them, Funny Lady Memoirs. Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Amy Schumer. While there were definitely things I enjoyed from each of their books, Lauren Graham’s Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between is by far my favorite. I have loved Lauren Graham as a long time fan of Gilmore Girls and reading this book just made me love her even more. I loved that while there was a lot more to the book than Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, there were dedicated sections to each show and even though I didn’t get any great inside scoop, I was able to tell how much these shows mean to her and that she’s happy to be connected with them.

Some fun things I learned:

-Lauren Graham was attached to another show when she was cast in Gilmore Girls and if that show had been renewed for a second season she never would have been Lorelai Gilmore.

-Lauren and Alexis Bledel (Rory) didn’t meet until after they were both cast in the show.

-While Gilmore Girls is famous for it’s super long scripts (due to how fast they talk!), Parenthood’s dialogue wasn’t as strict and allowed for a lot more “collaboration.” Which I think proves my theory that instead of lines, the script just directs them to “Stutter and Cry.”

-Lauren and her Parenthood daughter Mae Whitman are producing partners and sold an adaption of The Royal We (one of my favorite reads of 2016), which Lauren is writing. **I tried to find info for this on IMDB, but couldn’t, so I’m not sure what the status is, but I’m very excited for this!** She is also writing a second novel, but not a lot of details on that yet.

-**Mild spoiler for the Gilmore Girls reboot** When Lauren found out the Final Four Words, she didn’t think it was an ending, but a cliffhanger. Every time she mentions that to the creator of the show, Amy Sherman-Palladino just smiles. So maybe more Gilmore Girls to come?

Overall

Overall, I really enjoyed Talking as Fast as I Can. I liked that Graham didn’t seem to take herself too seriously and the whole book had such a fun feeling to it. While the parts about Gilmore Girls and Parenthood were obviously my favorites, I really enjoyed the other sections about her childhood, college, starting out as an actor, and her relationship, among other things, my favorite being a really interesting chapter where she shared some writing advice that she received. After reading this book I want even more to be best friends with her. If you are a Lauren Graham fan, this is a Must Read.

Overall Rating (out of 5): 4 Stars

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR List

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is: Books On My Fall TBR List.

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1. Yes, it’s on every list today, but I’m so excited for Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo! It’s out today, but I’m waiting until tomorrow to buy it when I go to a book signing!!

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2. Roseblood by A.G. Howard. I’ve had this on my TBR forever and I got approved for an ARC of it yesterday and I’m so excited! It’s a Phantom and the Opera re-telling and I don’t think I’ve ever read one of those before.

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3. Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle. This is going to be the show that will fill the Pretty Little Liars void this spring on Freeform, so I thought I’d read it before then to see if I want to watch the show.

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4. The Kept Woman (Will Trent #8) by Karin Slaughter. I have been waiting for a new Will Trent book for-ev-er! And I have to wait a little while longer until my library hold comes in.

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5. The Power (Titan #2) by Jennifer Armentrout. This book has FINALLY came to the library so hopefully my hold will come in soon.

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6. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. This book is getting amazing reviews.

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7. The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer. No, I do not expect this to be great, but I’m really excited to read it.

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8. Twisted Palace (The Royals #3) by Erin Watt. This series is the definition of Guilty Pleasure Read.

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9. Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham. I love Lauren Graham (and Gilmore Girls).

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10. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. Every friend I have on Good Reads that’s read this adores it. Yet another library wait list I’m crossing my fingers will come in soon.

WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO READING THIS FALL?