Review: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I laughed, I cried and then I got very bored.

This book was somewhat entertaining but then I found I was flipflopping about if I was enjoying it or hating it.

Jenny has had quite the childhood, quite the life, some of her stories are entertaining, jaw dropping and left you wondering how the heck stuff like this could happen. I cried when she talked about the birth of her child because I have a blood disorder that is often confused with what she had to deal with and I remember the needles, the pain and the worry.

But then there were chapters where she just rambled, the chapters were long, points were lost, and it was poorly written in areas. And all the footnotes, they drove me nuts!

I wanted to love this book, I went to her blog and visited and again wasn’t in love with it. I am not sure that I want to read her second book now.

I love the cover, I love the print inside the book.

If you are looking for a deep intellectual read this is not it. If you want to watch a train wreck and hear stories about hands up dead squirrels butts then this book is for you.

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Review: League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth

League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth
League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth by Mark Fainaru-Wada

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It all started with a documentary on Netflix. I came across it by accident.

I had known a little about the concussion scandal in the NFL, I remember when Sean Beau killed himself and there was discussion about CTE. I didn’t realize the depth of what had been going on.

This book goes through the story of the whistle blowers and the NFL covering up what was going on. The NFL stating that there were was no link between playing football and concussion, and a group of people studying deceased player’s brains stating that yes there was.

This book made me angry at the NFL, but we all know football is a dangerous sport, it made me sad and angry at the people wanting to study the brains. Like vultures not even waiting until the body is cold to approach the family for their loved one’s brain.

It speaks about Bennet Omalu who was the first person to speak up and discover CTE. His plight is also documented in the recent Will Smith movie called Concussion. I have not watched the movie yet because I wanted to read this book and the related book about his story before I watched the movie so I had an idea of what may have been embellished for Hollywood’s sake.

If you are a football fan, I would suggest that you read this book. It makes you think a little differently about the sport. If you are not a football fan I believe you would still enjoy this book because it is very interesting, and at times jaw dropping surrounding the events that happened.
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Do Not Open This Book


This looks like a great book doesn’t it? That is why I borrowed it from the library.

Well to be honest I couldn’t tell you.

I tried to read it but I got in trouble from Adam.

Because it says “Do not open this book”

According to Adam if I break the rules bad things can happen.

Despite trying to explain that it’s just a book he would only let me get to page 3 which said it was a safe page.

I think Adam flipped through it because he said I would let all the monkeys out if I kept reading.

But I like monkeys!

So in the end my book choice resulted in a near meltdown and I have been asked by Adam to take the book back and get a different one.

I’m not quite sure at the moment that my child’s insistence to not open the book is a parenting win or fail.

Review: Decisions

Decisions by Jim Treliving
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

THANK YOU JIM! I am in the process of starting my own business and am in an entrepreneur course at the local college. I have wanted to read all the Dragon’s books and decided to read yours first. It was the pep talk that I needed to hear in my life at this exact moment. I have been repeatedly told that my business plan fails to talk to investors and bankers. I have to speak more of how much money I want to make. but Jim in this book points out that entrepreneurship isn’t always about million dollar deals and that there are reasons that people besides money go into business for themselves.

This book was full of amazing quotes, tips and insights that will not only guide entrepreneurs but also maybe give them a boost of confidence.

Jim, we have a couple of Boston Pizzas in our town. If you’re ever here I’d love to shake your hand and say thanks in person.

I’ve always respected and admired you on Dragon’s Den and now even more. I love how you do business and we can all learn a lesson from your knowledge.

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Review: The One Minute Entrepreneur: The Secret to Creating and Sustaining a Successful Business

The One Minute Entrepreneur: The Secret to Creating and Sustaining a Successful Business The One Minute Entrepreneur: The Secret to Creating and Sustaining a Successful Business by Kenneth H. Blanchard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is one of many business fables out there. This is apparently a thing that I have only discovered in the past year. There are many books out there that are fiction but address real business issues with excellent business advice. This book I picked up because I am in the middle of writing a business plan and thought it would be a good quick read while I am taking my Entrepreneurial course. This book was a quick read, granted it took me 3 weeks to find time to read it.

The chapters were short and summed up with one minute insights. Many of these insights I quite liked such as the following:

  • associate with people you admire and can learn from
  • keep a notebook of the wisdom you read, hear and learn, and distill that into One Minute Insights
  • you’ll be the same year after year except for the people you meet and the books you read
  • it’s not who you know that counts; it’s who knows you and what they think of you
  • on the entrepreneurial path, few people come into your life without a reason

It has many more insights which are applicable and will need to remind myself more and more as I go along the path I am on.

One downside is that it references a website with many quizzes and support that goes along with the book however it appears that the website has been taken down and is not as it once was. I was looking forward to accessing these resources and possibly learning and using them.

The ending was also cheesy and made me vomit a bit in my mouth. The main characters were sitting around the fire 40 years later talking about their successes and who helped them. Oh so warm and fuzzy – NOT!

I’m sure you’ll be seeing more reviews on books like this from me. I have at least 3 sitting on my desk right now waiting for me and the library is right up the street.

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Review: Divergent

Divergent by Veronica Roth

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a quick and easy read. I wasn’t sure I wanted to read these books as it is along the same lines of the Hunger Games, which I enjoyed to a point but eventually wanted to burn and was wishing the main character dead.

I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. I found I was able to immerse myself into the storylines and actually liked the characters in this book.

Of course it is a young adult book so there was a bit of teen angst, a few eye rolling moments but it was palatable.

I turned around and watched the movie right after and I liked how it was translated to film. It was very close to the book, and much of it was exactly how I pictured it in my head.

I am very curious on how this series ends so of course I jumped right into the next book. Hopefully it just gets better than the last one and I don’t feel the same way with it as I did at the end of the Hunger Games.

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Review: I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend

I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend
I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend by Martin Short
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have always been a fan of Martin Short. He is such a talented actor. So when he was doing his press tour promoting this book and I came across his interview on morning show I added this book to my must read list. He was speaking of his wife who has passed away and he was speaking so passionately and sweetly of her but with such humour.

This book captured me from the beginning. As it turns out Martin is great friends with a long list of my favourite people in show business so not only was this book about him but it also brought me much entertainment reading about the SCTV crew, Steve Martin and Tom Hanks.

Martin seemed so genuine about telling his stories and I could see and imagine him telling them to me like we were just sitting over coffee.

This was a great book, I cried when Martin spoke of losing his wife and I laughed at almost everything else in the book.

This is a great light read, entertaining, wonderful and moving.

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