I’ve read many previous Bathroom Readers in paperback format in, of course, the bathroom. This is my first Kindle version of the long-running series. It opens up the reading possibilities substantially. The varying lengths make this a good choice for grocery store checkout lines, doctor’s waiting rooms and during a particularly boring college lecture hall. However, if you’re a risk-taker, you can also try traffic signals (while red of course), during boring work meetings (pretending it is a text from an important customer), or while waiting for your tow truck to arrive after being rear-ended at a traffic signal that turned green while reading a story from this book that was obviously too long.
Uncle John’s Old Faithful Bathroom Reader is a compendium of short, shorter and shortest trivia stories. This is the latest in the long-running series that began in 1988. There is no need to read them in order at all. There are so many interesting tidbits of knowledge in this book, it is hard to just pick a few to quote. Here are my favorites:
In 1989’s Back to the Future Part II, the future version of Biff–a megalomaniac real estate mogul–was based on real estate mogul Donald Trump [Writer pitching Part IV: Biff becomes US President after hit reality game show–huge laughter from network executives.]
Gin in cotton gin has nothing to with alcohol. It’s slang for engine. [This tidbit’s inclusion might indicate that I am not the only one who didn’t understand the connection immediately, heavy sigh.]
7-Up [formerly] contained lithium citrate, a drug still used to treat bipolar disorder [maybe to serve the market of those high on the cocaine-laced Coca-Cola of the time?]
Who turned the spit that roasted the meat in medieval kitchens? Specially trained dogs [without teeth or with great self-control I guess].
There are anecdotes for every taste: funny, thoughtful, intelligent and heartwarming. An example of the last is the story of a devoted husband who is trying to help his blind and depressed wife see the world without leaving her backyard. Strangely, there are also recipes. Hopefully, no one is cooking while in the bathroom!
Uncle John’s Old Faithful Bathroom Reader is a great read for everyone who wants to fill a few moments with a fun fact or an interesting true story. 5 stars!
Thanks to the publisher, Portable Press, and netgalley for an advanced review copy.
An Adult Bedtime Story Sure to Have You Laughing Before Snoring.
I absolutely adored this witty little graphic novel!
The beginning is a parody of the Night before Christmas. It begins like this:
Our little boy Timmy,
Tucked tight into bed,
Looked nervously toward me
And quietly said,
“Daddy, please tell me,
Will everyone die
When asteroids tumble
And fall from on high?
Once the father starts reading, it is an alphabet book parody. One of my favorites is:
I is for ISIS,
They’ll chop off your head,
Then give you no cookies
And send you to bed!
I have to limit myself to just those two quotes because it is tempting to quote the entire book as there is no filler here—everything is funny!
It is rare in a graphic novel to love both the text and the illustrations equally but that is true of my perceptions of this book. When the father is not reading the book, the illustrations are in a photorealistic manner with accurate shadows and colors. When reading the book, the illustrations are three color (black and white and one more primary color) cartoons. The father’s reactions to each page are shown in a small inset at the bottom of each book page. They are also hilarious!
Overall, this book is just hysterical. I highly recommend it to anyone who could use a laugh (except small children, of course). Trump supporters may also want to keep a sense of humor when getting to the T page (or just skip that one).
I want to thank the publisher, authors and netgalley for an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book will be published October 10, 2017.
Come for the mystery but stay for the characters. A good solid entry in the Meg Langslow series.
Gone Gull is the twenty-first book in the Meg Langslow series. I have read every one of them within a month of their being published. Within the series, everyone ages and the plots build on one another so it is far better to read the series in order beginning with Murder with Peacocks.
Even though this is a mystery series, I just love the characters. It is like visiting with old friends each time a new series entry arrives. The mystery in Gone Gull, who is vandalizing Meg’s grandmother’s new craft center, is simple to solve. The subsequent three mysteries within the novel are not quite as easy. Again, it is the quirky characters and small town humor that keeps bringing me back to this series. However, this entry wasn’t as zany as usual so it deserves only 3 stars.
Nuclear Family is a collection of letters and emails to Julie from her teenage years to her 30s from her loved ones. There are letters from her over serious father, her oversharing mother and her free-spirited sister. More unusual are letters from her boyfriend’s dog, her teenage Nordic Track and her IUD.
It took me about an hour to find this book funny. I think you have to be familiar with the characters first. However, after that I found myself frequently laughing out loud. I particularly liked the two very different grandmothers and the creepy peer of Julie’s father.
Overall, this is a short funny book about family that would be a good vacation read.
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway but that has not impacted my review.
If the summer tv show Love Connection is your fav, then this book will hit that same sweet spot. Also for fans of Bridget Jones, this laugh out loud detailing of a hapless first grade teacher’s love life is delicious from start to finish.
Rae is divorced and her two best friends, one planning her wedding and the other married with four kids, want to fix her up using a Tinder-like app. Rae is more interested in the male substitute teacher at her school even though he may already be attached.
The writing style is pure millennial with hashtags and texting acronyms so if you are older than the heroine’s mid-thirties, you might need to keep your phone close by to google things that will seem obvious once you read them on urbandictionary.com. Still it is kind of enjoyable to see how a completely different generation deals with the same problems affecting all generations.
One cautionary note, if you are on day 10 in AA, this book may not for you. As Rae says sarcastically to herself
Am I becoming an alcoholic? #probs
This isn’t Shakespeare but it is a great six hours of your time this summer.
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway but that has not impacted my review.
Bill may be a supercilious a88hole but he is also funny!
I was prepared to dislike this book because I’ve read many books based on Internet memes that do not translate well to a book format. I think even Bill’s platitudes would be better one per day rather than all of them at one sitting. However, as I decided to look for the perfect page to quote for this review, I realized I was highlighting quite a few. I am including a quote that is both funny, true and taught me something (and probably will teach you and Pharrell something too).
This is Bill.
Bill doesn’t call his girlfriend “bae”.
He knows “bae” is Danish for “poop”.
Bill is smart.
Be like Bill.
I appreciate a book that makes me pick up my phone and google a word in the urban dictionary. This book is good for an hour or two in an airport or while on break at work.
I want to thank the publisher, authors and netgalley for an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book will be published September 5, 2017.
The book is the story of the author’s two dogs pictured as two middle age men. It doesn’t sound funny but it is totally hilarious! I’m sure the people at work were wondering why I was first giggling and then laughing out loud at some of the cartoons.
As a servant of two cats, I enjoyed The Oatmeal’s earlier book, How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You. However, as an owner of two dogs, I loved this one even more. Who hasn’t wondered why dogs circle “thrice” before doing their business? Or why dogs chase cars but run from toddlers? After reading this book, it feels weirdly normal now to see dogs portrayed by middle-age men. I’m going to picture my two-year-old female Chihuahua, Janet, as a middle-aged woman from now on. Hopefully, that will explain some of her inexplicable behavior.
This book will be published on September 27, 2017. I received this book from net galley in exchange for an honest review.
Perfect for fans of the series, like me, this book contains about 35 haikus written by Martin the dog on the show. The haikus vary from funny to frightening to romantic. Not only will you see your dog’s feelings in them (the horrible ending after a car ride to the vet) but also your own. How many people other than me can relate to this example from the book:
Shame: all the food has
vanished before I notice
I started eating
The illustrations assist the reader’s understanding of the haikus and in one instance replace the haiku.
This book is great for dog lovers. It would also be a good book to read to children to encourage them to empathize, instead of terrorize, their new doggy brother or sister.
I received this book from Net Galley but that has not impacted my review.
Humorous Mystery with Believable Characters–Just a Great Book!
I absolutely adored this book. The characters seem like old friends but their attitudes change over the course of the three books in this series–just like real people do. My favorite part of this book is that Alan is back! Is Alan real or part of a mental disorder? I agree with Ruddy that it doesn’t matter because Alan is such fun to be around. In this book, some of the minor characters in the first book are fleshed out and they are given their turn in the spotlight. There are two mysteries to solve along with Ruddy this time. One is a carryover from the first book and the other builds on characters introduced there. A separate crime story has some good twists and turns. However, this book can be read as a stand-alone novel since the author includes short back stories of all the returning characters.
Overall, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It is humorous, has great characters with many dimensions, and the plot is full of mysteries and crimes committed by and against our hero(es). The best news is that the author leaves a teaser to the fourth book in the series at the end of this book. I can’t wait.
I received this book as an advance reader copy from the publisher by winning a Goodreads giveaway but that has not impacted my review.
I really enjoyed the characters within this book. I won the third book in the series in a Goodreads giveaway but wanted to read the first two books first. I actually listened to the first hundred pages on audiobook, while wading through jam-packed traffic during California’s blue cut fire’s road closures. It totally kept my interest and made the four hours fly by. When I got home, I continued to read the hardback.
I love the gentle humor within this book. It seems more genuine than say the madcap Serge Storms books. I also like that the main characters are a repo man with a heart of gold (and a prison record) and a real estate agent. This book has some paranormal elements and a small mystery, which I liked. I can’t wait to read book 2.
After reading the first book in this series, The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man, and absolutely loving it, I wanted to read the next book in the series. This is actually a short story that took me less than an hour to read on my Kindle. It is also a prequel to the first book that more fully explains how Ruddy got Jake, his lovably lazy bloodhound. The story is briefly detailed in the first book so the surprise of finding Jake was no surprise. Only for that reason, I would recommend reading this book before reading Midnight Plan. However, my biggest problem is that Alan doesn’t appear in this book at all and he was a favorite of mine from the previous book.
Overall, I would recommend this book even though I liked Midnight Plan better.
Waded through this book to a good ending. The previous book in the series, A Dirty Job, was much better and is highly recommended. Secondhand Souls: A Novel not so much.
This book has almost the same plot as the first book in this series, A Dirty Job. Though the middle 150 pages dragged, I gave Secondhand Souls 3 stars because the end was enjoyable.
Just as I have begin to expect from Christopher Moore, individual comments within the book are laugh-out-loud funny. Just one warning: if you don’t know what a “Cleveland Steamer” is, do not under any circumstances Google it like I did. Even though I cleared my browser’s cache twice, I still have the image in my head–and it’s not a pretty image…