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.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER AND MORE INTENSE AND BETTER AND I KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN BUT IT IS STILL SO INTENSE AND WHY IS EVERYBODY DYING ALREADY?!?

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

Recent Reads

It’s time for the next installment of what I’ve been reading lately! I feel like my recreational reading has slowed down a bit as things have changed at work. My job has… shifted… a bit and I’m doing a LOT more editing now than I was before. Because I sit and read all day, I don’t necessarily want to read more when I get home. Does that make sense? Anyway, I still at least read on my morning bus ride to work, and here are the books I’ve finished recently!

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Peter and the Starcatchers – Have you ever wondered how Peter Pan became Peter Pan? How is he able to fly? Where did he come from? How does he know the lost boys? Where does Captain Hook come into play? Well then, have I got a book for you! Yes, this is technically a children’s book, but since when has that stopped me? This book was turned into a Broadway play (which I saw when I was in New York a few years ago) and it is fantastic!

Crazy Love – I have actually read this book before… it was probably 4 years ago and it was seriously calling my name from my bookshelf! I’m glad that I picked it up and read it again- this book is AWESOME! It made me think about my faith, REALLY think about it, and make some realizations about how I live my life every day. Go get it now!

It Starts With Food – A very informative read if you are thinking about doing the Whole30 or just curious about the effects that different foods can have on your body. They do a great job of explaining all the complicated science in an easy-to-understand way. Plus there are a few delish recipes in there, too!

Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn – A great read if you have always loved Audrey, if you’ve seen any of her films, or even if you just want to hear about an extraordinary life. Man did she have some hardships, but she was also a kind, caring, and compassionate person. It made me want to also find my passion (hers was not acting!) and be a better person.

Dark Places – Yeah. No. No no nope. Nope. I knew that a movie version of the book was coming out this year, so I wanted to read the book first to see if I wanted to see the movie. Ummmmm no. I can say with 100% certainty that I will not be seeing this movie. Nope. The book was a bit too intense for me at times, I’ll be honest. The whole book was a giant build up and then it had an underwhelming resolution in the last few pages. Meh.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – More magic, more awesomeness, more fun. It’s interesting going back now and re-reading all of these now that I know how it all ends. Like Snape- it’s interesting seeing how he acts and trying to piece together how he plays into everything as the story progresses. Oh Snape…

I am really excited about the next few books that I have lined up to read! I can’t wait to share them once I finish reading!

Get On My Bookshelf!

You’ve seen Beauty and the Beast, right? While growing up and watching that movie some people might fawn over the pretty castle that they lived in. Some might want all the pretty dresses that Belle wore. Some might desire the kind of true love that the title characters shared. Me? I wanted that GIANT library! Do you remember how awesome it looked? Books on books on books!

Unfortunately since this is not what the bookshelves in my apartment look like, I have to go to Barnes and Noble to peruse through countless titles to see what I might want to read next. On my last trip I found quite a few that peaked my interest and thought I’d share them with you!

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Pain, Parties, Work     The Gospel According to Coco Chanel     Tough Without a Gun

Londoners     MWF seeking BFF    Radical     The Fault in our Stars     My Ideal Bookshelf

Let me know if you’ve read any of these yet- hopefully I can get around to reading them soon!