Yes Please – Amy Poehler

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3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by.”

I kept forgetting to write my post on this book, so it’s actually been a while since I finished listening to it…oops.

I picked up Yes Please as something to listen to while at work instead of listening to the same songs over and over again.  It’s a good listen with chapters that will make you laugh out loud—even if you aren’t technically a fan of Amy Poehler.

There are chapters about her life, kids, relationships, and of course Parks and Rec and SNL.  I don’t think I would have actually sat down and read through the entire book, but as something to listen to casually I really enjoyed it.  There are little asides strictly in the audiobook and hearing it in her own voice makes it a little more interesting to someone who hasn’t really followed her career or know much about her, like me.

Pick up the book (audio or not) if you’re a fan of Parks and Rec or if you’ve just seen and liked the comedy movies Amy is known for.

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Binge – Tyler Oakley

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3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Pop culture phenomenon, social rights advocate, and the most prominent LGBTQ+ voice on YouTube, Tyler Oakley brings you his first collection of witty, personal, and hilarious essays written in the voice that’s earned him more than 10 million followers across social media.”

So that summary didn’t exactly give anything about the book away…

I had heard good things about this book online, and I thought I’d give it a listen while at work—even though I only occasionally watch Tyler’s videos on Youtube.  It was entertaining, and I found myself laughing at some of the parts.  I loved that it was read by him as well.  I knew I wanted to listen to the book instead of reading the hard copy because it makes it feel more personal.  It was kind of like watching a Youtube video in itself.

The only reason I didn’t give it a higher score is because it wasn’t really about topics that I would usually pick up to read.  I mean, I probably wouldn’t have gotten the book if it had been written by anyone other than Tyler.

If you are a fan of him on Youtube, I’d definitely say you should check this one out (audiobook especially).

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo – Amy Schumer

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is – a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh.”

I am new to the Amy Schumer bandwagon.  After watching (and loving) Trainwreck, I wanted to check out some of her other stuff.

I’ve never done the whole audiobook thing before, but I figured a book like this would be the perfect thing to listen to while at work—I was right.  While not as laugh-out-loud funny as I was expecting it to be, it was a great read.

It had so many personal stories ranging from the ridiculous to the heartbreaking.  There were many chapters that had a real meaning behind them with lessons about life from dealing with her father’s MS to domestic abuse.  The chapter about the shooting at the screening of Trainwreck actually had me choking up.

I had expected the book to be light and funny and really just there to entertain, but it ended up being so much more, it surpassed my expectations.  The book felt honest and it’s entertaining all the way through.

Plus, I loved listening to it in her voice.