I grew up reading before bed every night and still read A TON. I started getting into auto-biographies last year and ended up binge-reading a bunch of books by some of my favorite funny ladies. I was trying to figure out how to structure this review of 6 books. I was going to give them each a grade or rank them by my most to least favorite, but honestly they are all an A and I could not decide which was my favorite. So, see below for my take aways from each!
Bossypants by Tina Fey – This is the first one of the books reviewed here that I read and OMG is it fucking hilarious. The pictures of Tina as a child are worth the price of the book in itself and it is so reassuring to see that it’s not just us normal people who go through an awkward stage. Super easy to read, I think I got through it in 2-3 days, and provides an overview of her childhood, how she got into comedy, and what her life is like now. Buy it, read it, love it.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler – Amy and Tina go to together like PB&J. If you read one, read the other. Although similar in the LOL moments, the two books differ in that Amy offers, in addition to reflections on her own childhood, career, and current family life, opinions and advice spanning across all areas of life to include work, family, and what it’s like to be a woman/feminist. This is in contrast to Tina’s book which is more strictly autobiographical.
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer – I flew through this book too. It was absolutely fascinating to read about Amy’s upbringing and childhood. She gives you a great look at who she is and where she comes from, which was a pleasant surprise. After watching her stand-ups, tv show, and tv appearances I was expecting to read about a litany of messy hook-ups and traumatizing bathroom experiences, but she really opens up and lets the reader in to see her without the raunchy edge. Don’t get me wrong, she’s still hilarious and provides several amusing hook-up anecdotes, but the book is much more than that.
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham – The first thing I thought after finishing Lena’s book was, “Lean Dunham is fucking crazy.” Love her, but holy hell does she have a lot going on. I was introduced to Lena through her HBO series Girls and went on to watch her film Tiny Houses. Lena Dunham is one of those people that I would likely never be friends with in real life, but she is super talented and I still stalk her Instagram stories. Her book offers some great reflections on her childhood and adolescence while keeping with her notably witty style.
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick – I didn’t have any special affinity for Anna before reading this book. I mean I loved her in Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 and of course enjoy her sarcastic tweets, but aside from that I had very limited exposure. After reading her book I want her to be my best friend. It could have something to do with the fact that she is from Maine and has the same New England sense of humor and underlying cynicism that makes up my past, present, and future. I literally laughed out loud the most when reading her book, when compared to the other five in this review, and thought it was fascinating to read about her experience as a child actor.
Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham – I adore Lauren Graham. Seriously, what’s not to like? I am a HUGE fan of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood and her book broke down the details of each show and really gave that inside glimpse of what it was like to be a part of each production. She comes off as extremely relatable, exactly what you would expect from Lorelai Gilmore, and it made me love her even more. I would also recommend her first book which is a novel entitled Someday, Someday, Maybe.
Click the title to purchase the book from Amazon. No affiliate, just wanted you all to have easy access to these bad boys if you’re looking for your next read. I have Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me on deck, so I’ll let you know what I think when I finish it!