The Knockoff (2016 Book Bingo Review)

To take the spot of ‘a trending book’ in my 2016 book bingo, I read The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza and I LOVED it!

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The Knockoff is a story of old vs. new. Experience vs. ingenuity. Imogen vs. Eve. When Imogen (a mid-40s fashion magazine #girlboss) returns to work after a 6 month medical leave, she comes back to find things MUCH different than when she left. Her old assistant, Eve (mid-20s and ready to take over), is back and taking Glossy magazine in a completely new direction… all while trying to edge Imogen out and take her job. While giving an inside look at what life at a fashion magazine/app might be like, you can’t help but cringe at the evil, entitled Eve. Don’t worry- good wins in the end and this book will have you rooting for and relating to a middle-aged woman, no matter what age you currently are.

I really enjoyed reading this one! I heard of it from The Skimm (best daily email ever! Sign up here if you aren’t currently getting this in your inbox!) and I’m glad that it was available at my library! The whole time I was reading it, I kept seeing the story play out like a movie in my head. Complete with a stellar cast. Yes, I have picked out the perfect people to play these roles. I’ll share them with you!


I mean, that’s a good looking cast right there, amIright?!? If you’ve read the book already, what did you think? Did you like it as much as I did? If you haven’t read it yet, you should add it to your TBR (to be read) list ASAP!

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2016 Book Bingo Review)
Recent Reads
Moving Day Part Two

The Bell Jar (2016 Book Bingo Review)

One of my very favorite classes in high school was College Bound Reading, or CBR for short. Basically, you got to sit and read during class every day (heaven!) You chose from a list of books and had to read so many from every category, and then you would answer some questions or take a little quiz to make sure you read your chosen books. I read a lot of great stories and tales in that class, but there were still so many great books that I didn’t get a chance to read. One of those, was The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath. I just read it now, and it takes the place of a ‘classic’ you never read in school on my book bingo list.

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The Bell Jar takes you to New York City in the 1950’s where we meet Esther. It seems like everything is going her way – she is smart, she has a college scholarship, a boy who wants to marry her, and she is spending the summer in NYC as an intern at a fashion magazine (complete with fabulous clothes, fancy dinners, and great experiences!) But as the summer progresses, we join Esther on a journey into mental breakdown and get an inside look as to just how deep, lonely, terrible, and somehow normal that can be. Plath writes from experience, which makes this book even more haunting. This is a fictional tale, but it comes from a place of knowing, and you experience every emotion and paranoia right along with Esther.

Even though this book is a bit of a downer (just a bit…..) I am glad that I read it. It was such a realistic reading experience and I felt mentally and emotionally exhausted at the end. It was fascinating to read and wonder what was purely fiction and what parts were taken straight out of the author’s life. I even got another book from the library (called Pain, Parties, Work) about Sylvia’s summer spent in NYC, just to learn more and even compare.

Have you read this one? Did it leave you feeling drained, too? What did you think? Also, LOOK! I got my first BINGO!!! Hooray!

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The Bassoon King (2016 Book Bingo Review)

Celebrity memoirs are so popular right now- and I’ve read quite a few of them. When I saw that Rainn Wilson had written one, I knew that I had to read it. Everybody loves him as Dwight Schrute, the resident goofball who takes life very seriously on The Office, but I really wanted to know more about him. So, taking the spot of A Memoir or Biography of Someone Interesting is The Bassoon King by Rainn Wilson.

This memoir is pretty much just like all the other ones out there, in that Rainn goes through his life, where he was born, a little about his parents, big moments in his life, and also chronicled his rise to fame and just how difficult that road can be. There were quite a few things that really surprised me about his story. He was very honest about a lot of things most people would try to gloss over, and that really made me appreciate him even more.

Some things you will learn in his book: he spent quite a few of his childhood years living in a remote village in Central America. He was a self-proclaimed nerd in his youth (I mean, I could have guessed that, but he was REALLY owning it, so good for him!). He studied acting in college and eventually had some issues with drugs. He is a firm believer in his particular faith and shared what that means in his daily life.

All in all, this was a good one. It had me laughing out loud, it had me shaking my head in a “what were you thinking thank goodness you’re ok/alive” sort of way, and it gave me what I really wanted, some insight into those amazing years at The Office.

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Recent Reads

Oh hello there! How nice of you to pop over and join me today! I feel like I’ve been slacking a little bit (yes, again…) when it comes to reading, but I’ve still managed to finish a few good ones that I wanted to share!

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Oh no, there’s some crazy stuff happening at Hogwarts! Oh no, someone is out to get Harry again! Oh no, not everybody likes Harry all the time anymore! Get used to it buddy, you’ve got some rough times ahead, sir. I love this book, but always get frustrated at all the things the movie changes. Grr.

As I Lay Dying – This is definitely one of the classics. Not classic as in oh my goodness I loved it you HAVE to read it, but classic as in I remember someone did a paper on it in my 11th grade American Literature class. I feel like I got some book cred (that’s like street cred, right?) by reading it, but it was honestly not my favorite.

Like Water for Chocolate – We watched the movie version of the book in one of my high school Spanish classes, and it definitely made me want to read the book. Fast forward 9 years and I’m glad I did. This story was so captivating and I got so invested in the story and the characters and the power of emotion. I also might have cried a little bit at the ending. While in my parent’s car on a road trip. Thank goodness for sunglasses.

Modern Romance – I kind of wrote about this book earlier, but it was really interesting and a lot more serious than I expected! Still hilarious, but a really good look at romance in the modern age, how it differs from generations past, and there was surprisingly a lot that I took away from this one.


Have you read any of these before? Have any suggestions for other books I might like? Let me know!