Review: Housebroken by Laurie Notaro

by Jac on September 12, 2016

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Housebroken by Laurie NotaroHousebroken by Laurie Notaro
Published by Random House Publishing Group on 2016-07-12
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Essays, Form, Humor, Literary Criticism, Personal Memoirs
Pages: 288
Source: Netgalley
#1 New York Times bestselling author Laurie Notaro isn’t exactly a domestic goddess—unless that means she fully embraces her genetic hoarding predisposition, sneaks peeks at her husband’s daily journal, or has made a list of the people she wants on her Apocalypse Survival team (her husband’s not on it). Notaro chronicles her chronic misfortune in the domestic arts, including cooking, cleaning, and putting on Spanx while sweaty (which should technically qualify as an Olympic sport). Housebroken is a rollicking new collection of essays showcasing her irreverent wit and inability to feel shame. From defying nature in the quest to make her own Twinkies, to begging her new neighbors not to become urban livestock keepers, to teaching her eight-year-old nephew about hoboes, Notaro recounts her best efforts—and hilarious failures—in keeping a household inches away from being condemned. After all, home wasn’t built in a day.   Praise for Laurie Notaro   “Notaro is a scream, the freak-magnet of a girlfriend you can’t wait to meet for a drink to hear her latest story.”—The Plain Dealer   “If Laurie Notaro’s books don’t inspire pants-wetting fits of laughter, then please consult your physician, because, clearly, your funny bone is broken.”—Jen Lancaster, author of I Regret Nothing   “Hilarious, fabulously improper, and completely relatable, Notaro is the queen of funny.”—Celia Rivenbark, author of Rude Bitches Make Me Tired“Notaro is direct and self-deprecating, and her disastrous attempts to sew a dress and make jerky treats for her dog are relatable and funny.”—Library Journal From the Trade Paperback edition.

Somehow? I’ve been living under a rock and have never heard of Laurie Notaro! (And after reading Housebroken? That makes me VERY sad. MUST READ ALL HER BOOKS!!)

I have to admit? I can relate to many of her stories on a level that’s almost embarrassing. (Her essay about Marie Kondo’s cult-like following and book? MY LIFE!!)

For this entire book? I was rolling in laughter, and wishing my husband would read it so I could say “See! I’m the only one!!!”  BUT, this book isn’t JUST about Housekeeping (or lack there of) it’s also just about life. Laurie Notaro is fantastic and opening up, flaws and all. Her descriptions are vivid, her tone of writing as though you’re sitting across from her having coffee.

Over all? This book is hilarious. It’s relateable. It’s definitely worth the investment, both time and money! If you have EVER felt like you just don’t measure up? Then grab this book and realize that you aren’t alone!


Review: Royal Games by Sariah Wilson

by Jac on September 4, 2016

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Royal Games by Sariah WilsonRoyal Games by Sariah Wilson
Genres: Romance
Source: Netgalley
Genesis Kelley didn’t just get her heart broken. The aspiring veterinarian had it crushed in front of millions of viewers on the dating reality show Marry Me. Now, just as she’s getting her life and dignity back together, her royal heartbreaker, Prince Rafael of Monterra, has landed in Frog Hollow, Iowa. And he’s renting out her aunt’s guest cottage.

Deceiving TV audiences for his brother’s sake cost Rafe the girl of his dreams. But he’s going to fix it, even if it means moving from his mountain-kingdom home to small-town Iowa. A prince doesn’t give up on his rightful princess—especially once he realizes Genesis is in deeper danger than she knows.

Between fixing her truck, whisking her off to Monterra for a whirlwind date, and charming the entire town, Rafe is thawing the ice around Genesis’s heart. Will it be enough to earn back her trust, protect her from her past—and sweep her into a real-life fairy tale?

I was drawn to Royal Games by the reality show aspect. (There you have it, I’m a reality show junkie!) But I was pleasantly surprised by this fun, fast paced book! (And I went back and read book one immediately after finishing – which I would recommend doing BEFORE… )

Genesis is a pretty amazing character, Sariah Wilson did an amazing job of creating a strong-willed female lead! (And toss in her history with a cult? I’m beyond fascinated by this girl!) And Rafe? **SWOON** who doesn’t want a prince of their own??

While a huge part of the story is a stretch (the whole escaped from a cult, starred on reality tv where I dumped the bachelor before the final rose bit) the characters were so great that I fell in love from page one! And Rafe’s unwavering devotion was adorable. (My favorite scene involved a bachelor auction to raise money for a new roof, and Rafe was priceless there!)

If you’re looking for a sweet contemporary romance with a twist of adventure? Then Royal Games is for you!


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