Recent Reads & Reviews - Yes Please, 50 Shades, Not That Kind of Girl

January 15, 2015

bossypants, not that kind of girlHey y'all! Long time no see! I've been gearing up to start classes again and have been traveling the past few days, and travel of course means plenty of time to read. I devoured five books already this month, which is insane for me! I read Not That Kind of Girl, Yes Please, Empire Girls, Fifty Shades of Grey, and Bossypants. Most of which I had been dying to read for some reason or another. So without further ado, let's get into my thoughts on each of these reads, shall we?

e.l. james, bossypants

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham:
I've always liked Lena Dunham, so of course I was very excited to read her memoir. After taking a gander at it, I totally understand why it was such a fuss in 2014. Lena certainly has a way with words. In the book, she discusses bits and pieces of her personal life, and a lot of it was really profound and quite funny. A few of the parts had me remembering some of the awkward or foolish bits of my own childhood, and I think that relatablitiy is why I think a lot of people held the book in such high esteem. 
Though overall I enjoyed the book, I think Lena should have spent a bit more time writing useful content as opposed to some of the self-serving anecdotes she used as "filler." I understand that a memoir is meant to be a fly-on-the-wall perspective into a person's life, but much of the book seemed unnecessary. For instance, there were quite a few pages in which Lena divulged the things she'd eaten for approximately two weeks during some point in her life. Not the most interesting of reads if you ask me. Of course, that could spark many an argument, so I'm just going to say this - I liked the book, but it wasn't my absolute favorite. I would say it's a good read for anyone that is "still figuring themselves out." Myself included. Just skip the dumb parts.

I give it ✮ (three and a half stars)

Yes Please by Amy Poehler:
I'm sure I'm not the first one to say this, but I loved this book. I fell in love with Amy even more with every page. She proves to be smart, funny, and wise, just like we all knew she was. I loved reading about her beginnings in comedy, it made me feel that much closer to her. It was also great reading about her relationships with her co-workers (aka Best Friends) like Seth Meyers and Tina Fey. She gives great advice and seems like such a genuine and sweet person. I thought it would be hard to love Amy Poehler more than I already do, but this book proved that was possible.

I give it 

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James:
Okay, I'll admit that I picked up this book because I heard someone say it was based off of Twilight and I seriously wanted that to be false. I also plan on seeing the movie so I knew it was only a matter of time before I had to bite the bullet and read this book. I know a few people that have said it absolutely changed their life or something, but that didn't happen for me. Simply put, it's a smut book and not much more. A weak, emotionless girl seeks out powerful, stone cold man to "teach her about life." It really did remind me of Twilight too, which was kind of boring.

I give it 

Empire Girls by Suzanne Hayes & Loretta Nyhan
I picked up this book as a last minute travel read at the airport. I was halfway done with Yes Please and I needed something to hold me over for the rest of my trip. Empire Girls is a story about two sisters that are "different in every way." When their father dies, they set out to find a brother they never knew they had. It's set in 1920's New York City, and that was the major selling point for me. Overall this book was an easy read. So easy in fact that I read it in about a day. The storyline was kind of unrealistic, and the plot made loops that were supposed to make the reader feel all fluttery inside but they fell flat in the execution. In the end, the sisters learn a lot about themselves. The fact that this was written by two authors in two different points of view was distracting. I think this book would be a great young adult read, but it left a lot to be desired for me.

I give it (two and a half stars)

Bossypants by Tina Fey:
Since I'd recently finished Yes Please and Not That Kind Of Girl, I thought this would be a great addition to my strong female lead collection. I was right. Bossypants was just as delightful as I expected it to be, even though I read it like 78 years later than everyone else did. Everything I said about Yes Please applies to this book. It's full of great advice, keeps you laughing, and makes you love Tina Fey more than you thought you could. I definitely recommend it, especially when paired with Amy's book.

I give it 

Have you read any of these books?
I'd love to know what you thought of them!


  1. I've read Bossypants and Yes Please and thought the same thing you did! They were both amazing memoirs written by amazing women. I haven't read the others, but they don't seem like my kind of books (although I may read Lena Dunham's memoir, we'll see).

    I'm posting a review of Yes Please on my blog on Monday, and actually included a link to this post you made since it's pretty great. I hope you can check it out! :)

  2. Thanks for the suggestions! :D

  3. :D such good reads! I loved Yes Please as well. I need to re-read Bossypants because it's been ages since I initially read it. x


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