This Will Only Hurt A Little by Busy Philipps

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official blurb
Busy Philipps’s autobiographical book offers the same unfiltered and candid storytelling that her Instagram followers have come to know and love, from growing up in Scottsdale, Arizona and her painful and painfully funny teen years, to her life as a working actress, mother, and famous best friend. Busy is the rare entertainer whose impressive arsenal of talents as an actress is equally matched by her storytelling ability, sense of humor, and sharp observations about life, love, and motherhood. Her conversational writing reminds us what we love about her on screens large and small. From film to television to Instagram, Busy delightfully showcases her wry humor and her willingness to bare it all. I’ve been waiting my whole life to write this book. I’m just so grateful someone asked. Otherwise, what was the point of any of it?

my blurb!
A memoir from a used-to-be actor turned late night host.
Trigger warning: Rape, physical altercations, abortion.

1.75 out of 5

This book started out really strong for me. I actually listened to it on audiobook and was very much enjoying it, but the audio expired from my library. I went back on hold and then listened to the rest of the book.  I say this because I have a long list of things I didn’t like about the book.  But for the first 1/3 of the book or so, I would have recommended this!  Also, for a confession- I have NEVER seen Freaks and Geeks- which I know was her initial claim to fame.

what i liked
Busy talks about her sister Lianne, and I was very intrigued by her sister.  I really liked all of the sections that mentioned her.
Busy says at one point that what drives her is a hole that needs to be filled, always trying to get to the next thing.  I found this so incredibly sad, and vulnerable.  It was this aspect of her writing that I really enjoyed.  She tried to identify her behaviors and was putting it all out there for you to read/listen to.
I loved the real world look into the acting world!  She mentions that at one point she auditioned NINETY times before getting a role.  This wasn’t auditioning for the same role 90 times, this was going on 90 different auditions before finally getting a part.
There were a lot of throwback memories for me.  She had a long term relationship with Tom Hanks’ son, Colin. And Colin starred in Roswell.  Remember Roswell?! I had totally forgotten about it!
She gives you some solid celebrity gossip.  Here’s some tidbits that I wrote down:  Busy and Colin Hanks both cheated on their back-home significant others in college and then got together.  Kristin Chenoweth potentially turned down a role in Rent for religious reasons.  James Franco was annoying, intimidating, selfish, a bully and a prick.  I mean, honestly the stories about James were AWFUL.  If he hadn’t already fallen from grace during the #metoo movement, he would have simply because of this book.

what i didn't like
She reads her own audiobook so you get a really good idea of exactly the way she would like to come across in the book.
Wow her voice is annoying.  That may be harsh, but I am a California girl- and some would say a valley girl (you should hear my husbands impressions of me!) – and to ME her voice is annoying.  Which is saying something.
She cheats on multiple boyfriends throughout this book. Like every single boyfriend.  When she is finally dating her husband, he is written of poorly. So poorly that when you finish the book you actually google if they’re still married.  (FYI- they’re still married).  She uses the excuse that she is really bad at quitting things, to explain why she keeps cheating on her boyfriends.  I hated this so much.  I can’t tell you how much I got tired of hearing her cheat on her boyfriends!
You know when you watch a teen drama and the kids are having sex, drinking, and doing drugs and you say to yourself, “Who does this?! Hollywood is so out of touch with reality…”  This was Busy’s actual life.
She is cocky.  Now I know that a lot of you will read that, and say that it’s confidence and it’s needed in the industry.  I will counter and say I know people in the industry and they’re not cocky. Busy is cocky.  And real talk- cockiness is one of my least favorite things in the world.
She has quite the potty mouth- this book is NSFW (not safe for work). At all.  Headphones ARE required while listening to this.
Oh my gosh, I almost forgot to mention this next part!  Busy is best friends with Michelle Williams (who sounds like a total sweetheart btw), and she was around Michelle during her whole Heath Ledger relationship.  She talks about his death (a little) and how she comforted Michelle.  She talks about a friend from high school who had a boyfriend die and how she comforted him.  She talks about comforting her husband, Mark, as he dealt with a death.  She then mentions how she’s always been there for people in these times and how she is good at it!  I’m sorry, what?!   Ya… she is as annoying and out of touch as that breakdown made her sound.
At the end of the book she goes into why she decided that she would make an awesome late night host.  She specifically mentions that she will host the tonight show.  I was walking around Costco while I was listening to this part and I literally said out loud, “Over my dead body!”  I know, what an insanely strong reaction!  I should mention that I love Jimmy Fallon. And in fact, my 30th birthday party was a Tonight Show themed party.  I had such an awful taste of Busy in my mouth by this point in the book that the idea of her taking over for Jimmy Fallon made me mad!
So here is the crux of the issue with the whole book.  I don’t know if I’ve ever read an memoir or autobiography from someone (who I basically no opinion of prior to reading the book), and finished it really disliking the person in the end!  In fact, I have read plenty of political memoirs, where I’ve actually disliked the author prior to reading the book, and then finished it loving them!  Busy became so incredibly unlikable to me that I immediately removed her late night talk show from my DVR.  In fact, I thought about ranking this book one star, but I really did enjoy the first 25%- 33% of this book, so 1.75 stars it is! haha.

while reading you should
Stop.  That’s it. You need to stop reading this book and burn it.

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Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

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official blurb
Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun. Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air. Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?

my blurb!
Two friends who should be dating each other, but instead set one another up on blind dates.

4 out of 5                                                              4 out of 5 steam level

 

what i liked
I loved so much about this book. I know a lot of people might not like Hazel, she might stress them out a bit.  But I loved her. She was eccentric and blunt and quirky and Hazel.  She was definitely over the top but I wasn’t bothered by it at all.
This book was hilarious. I mean seriously, this was a laugh out loud funny book!  I’m coming to expect it from Christina Lauren and they have not let me down with this one! Okay, okay, I’ll include a randomly picked excerpt from the book just to prove it to you.

“I swear my mouth and brain are siblings who hate each other and give each other wedgies in the form of mortifying moments like this.”

I mean- it’s pretty darn good right?!
This book was like if Stargirl grew up and started dating.  And I was here for every minute of it.
Like the romance genre as a whole, this book didn’t disappoint me with diverse characters.  It featured characters that were Korean American and they were great!
Strong friendships were a big feature of this book. It was well written and overall a very fun book to read!
It ended with an epilogue! I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again- I LOVE an epilogue!!! It should be a requirement in every book! (I’m looking at you, One Day In December!)

what i didn't like
Now you’re looking at that list above and thinking to yourself, “Self, why didn’t she rank the book 5 sars with all of that positivity?”  Well, I will answer your question- I promise!
It was too long! I wanted it to wrap up sooner!
While I loved Hazel, she was too much.  There were multiple times where I felt like they had her character drag out the ending.   How long can someone possibly fight being with the person they’re actually in love with??

while reading you should
Do: clean up your apartment/house (because really, when don’t you need to do this?)
Eat: Pizza
Listen: Extraordinary by Liz Phair

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The Endo Patient’s Survival Guide: A Patient’s Guide to Endometriosis & Chronic Pelvic Pain by Andrew S. Cook

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official blurb
The Endo Survival Guide is the patient’s essential companion to living with and overcoming endometriosis and pelvic pain: from seeking help and getting an initial diagnosis, to navigating treatment options, and achieving optimal relief and wellness.

5 out of 5

 

 

what i liked
This book is REQUIRED READING for people with endometriosis.
If you are looking for a book for your partner to read about endometriosis- this is it. It is easy to read, lots of easy diagrams and cartoons to explain things in simple terms.
This book is full of tips to live by. It is a survival guide after all.  From different treatment options (although having tried a lot of various treatment options I WHOLEHEARTEDLY live by the standards set in The Doctor Will See You Now), to dietary changes.
It talks about vitamin imbalances you may have that you can try to rectify.
It gives a lot of easy to understand statistics.
This book is a great one to have on hand, to give to your in-laws, or your partner, or best friend.  It will help them understand what you’re living through.  I’m sure that most people don’t totally understand what endometriosis even is- and this explains it!
This is also  the perfect place to start if you suspect you have endometriosis.  With simple explainations and even some lifestyle changes you can try you, you can learn an experiment with some changes to see if they help you on a monthly basis!

Go buy this book, you won’t regret it!

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With This Heart by R.S. Grey

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official blurb
If someone had told me a year ago that I was about to fall in love, go on an epic road trip, ride a Triceratops, sing on a bar, and lose my virginity, I would have assumed they were on drugs. Well, that is, until I met Beckham.  Beck was mostly to blame for my recklessness. Gorgeous, clever, undeniably charming Beck barreled into my life as if it were his mission to make sure I never took living for granted. He showed me that there were no boundaries, rules were for the spineless, and a kiss was supposed to happen when I least expected. Beck was the plot twist that took me by surprise. Two months before I met him, death was knocking at my door. I’d all but given up my last scrap of hope when suddenly, I was given a second chance at life. This time around, I wasn’t going to let it slip through my fingers. We set out on a road trip with nothing to lose and no guarantees of tomorrow. Our road trip was about young, reckless love. The kind of love that burns bright. The kind of love that no road-map could bring me back from.

my blurb!
Never Been Kissed meets Return to Me in this steamy romcom.

5 out of 5                                                              4 out of 5 steam level

 

what i liked
Can you believe I finally read another romance novel other than The Hating Game and I gave it 5 stars?! I know, it’s hard to believe. Okay let’s get into what I loved about this book!
I am sucker for movies/ books like this. I loved Never Been Kissed and I loved Return to Me, so I was so into the whole plot of this book.  It even had a bit of an Elizabethtown vibe with the road trip involved.  (Okay you got me, I actually didn’t love Elizabethtown, but there was something rewatchable about that movie and I’m not sure why.)
Moving on! I loved Beck (I didn’t love this nickname however, and will be referring to him as his full name from here on out – Beckham…you know by this point that I’m a name snob).  I personally picture Beckham as Adam Brody.  He was random, and full of life, spontaneous and kind. As Abby said about Beckham in the book “It’s hard fighting relentlessly quirky charm.
Abby (who I had a hard time picturing but ended up with a young Kirsten Dunst), was innocent and brave. She was driven yet lost, heartbroken but understanding.  I loved them together! Great couple alert! Oh, there’s no siren noise for that? Hmm… we’re going to have to work on that as a society.  (Side note, I ended up chatting with the author about who she pictured for Abby.  I mean, feel free to fangirl with me for a moment about me just randomly chatting up Rachel [Author R.S. Grey’s name].  She had a full pinterest board full of amazing photos of Alison Sudol. Google her and then read the book!).
This book, like all of R.S. Grey’s books, had me laughing out loud.  Here’s a few quotes that had me smile giggling…

“So you’re a stalker?” I asked with a hard stare. He smirked a knees-turning-to-jelly kind of smirk. “I prefer gravitationally linked by your presence.”

“He had texted back quickly again, and in that moment I decided Gossip Girl wasn’t actually all that accurate considering they had cast thirty-year-olds to play high schoolers.”

While this book was just as funny as Grey’s books normally are, I would consider this a romdrom primarily.
I read this book in less that 48 hours and have thought of it many times since.  I am going to be super upset when my kindle unlimited subscription ends in a few months because I have loved reading all of R.S. Grey’s books through KU! I need to get them all on hard copy!

what i didn't like
I already told you I didn’t like Beckham’s nickname that I had to read the entire book. But to be fair, I am a book name snob.  There’s nothing about his name that is unappealing but for some reason I just really like the full name of Beckham so the nickname seemed to rob it of its awesomeness.
I also wasn’t sure what Beckham initially found so extremely appealing about Abby, luckily Grey included a chapter written from Beckham’s perspective at the end of the novel. So, while I found that a negative while I was reading the book, it was rectified in the end. Therefore no negative points in the con column for this book!

while reading you should
Do: Plan and go on a road trip!
Listen: to this playlist I created on spotify for this book!
Eat: a mouth-watering burger.

This book is REQUIRED READING for romance book lovers! To check out my full list, click here!

when to read
This book is best read in the summer during the hottest months.  But because it’s required reading, you can read it anytime!

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Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia #4) by C.S. Lewis

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4 out of 5

official blurb
The four Pevensies help Caspian battle Miraz and ascend his rightful throne. Narnia… the land between the lamp-post and the castle of Cair Paravel, where animals talk, where magical things happen… and where adventure begins. Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are returning to boarding school when they are summoned from the dreary train station (by Susan’s own magic horn) to return to the land of Narnia—the land where they had ruled as kings and queens and where their help is desperately needed.

my blurb!
The siblings are back in Narnia after being summoned mysteriously.

what i liked
I really liked this book! This is the kind of book I was expecting when I started this series!
MAJOR shout out to Edmond, who in my mind is now the VIP of this series.  I know, I know, I hated him in LWW but he has redeemed himself greatly in my eyes.  And let me tell you, that rarely happens for me. Once I dislike a character, I’m committed to the act.  So props to Clive for some good writing.
I really liked the addition of Caspian- I loved seeing the siblings in Narnia again.

what i didn't like
The end of this book. Hmmmm.  Part of it was just a plot point that I didn’t appreciate.  If you’ve read it, you know that I’m talking about.  Rude, Clive! Rude!
The other aspect was that there was this super confusing greek/roman god section that had me so lost.  Upon researching, I realize that to the kids of the era, this would have made sense.  To 30 yr old, college educated me, it made little to no sense.

Overall, this book made me happy to be reading this series at all!  Which was a good feeling because after finishing THAHB, I was ready to quit this series.  Onto book #5!

while reading you should
Do: Sit by the fire and stay warm
Eat: A nice heart stew.
Listen to: The Planet Earth Soundrack

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Make Me Bad by R.S. Grey

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official blurb
I was issued a warning: stay away from Ben Rosenberg. As Clifton Cove’s resident “king”, he thinks he’s entitled to anyone and anything.The trouble is, I’ve spent my whole life following the rules and playing it safe. I know what it feels like to be the good girl. I’m the police chief’s daughter and a librarian—for adorable children, no less. My wardrobe consists of colorful sundresses and baggy jeans. I might as well have a Post-it stuck to my forehead that reads: Yup, she’s a virgin.An all-nighter with a fictional hunk is about as exciting as my life gets, until one day, fate decides to take pity on me and shove me straight into the path of Mr. Off-Limits himself. Oof. Just as I suspected, every inch of him promises to be my demise. Up close, he’s tall, menacing, dangerously handsome—the type of man who’s never spent a single moment worrying about the opinions of others. A well-behaved girl would do as she’s told and avoid him at all costs, but I’m overdue for a little rebellion. No more Friday nights sprawled out on the couch in my comfiest pajamas. No more wishing I had the courage to misbehave. Everyone thinks Ben is going to ruin me. They think he’ll chew me up and spit me out.Well, Ben…go ahead. Tempt me. Taunt me. Make me bad.

my blurb!
An innocent girl (picture Mandy Moore in A Walk To Remember) decides she’s tired of  being so innocent.

5 out of 5

                                                                4 out of 5 steam level

 

what i liked
Did you know that I love R.S. Grey books? You did? Okay so I might’ve mentioned it a time or two, I get it.  But you cannot talk me out of laughing out loud from her romcoms!  And let me clarify that her romcoms are steamy, so if steam makes you blush feel free to skim those sections or live your life with an R.S. Grey shaped hole in it.  Dramatic? Fair enough.  Make Me Bad had me laughing out loud throughout the book.  The characters were crazy likable, I was rooting for them with every fiber of my fictional fandom.  They reminded me a little bit of a mixture of some of my favorite characters from The Winston Brothers series.   I read this book so quickly.  If I could have stayed up with no repercussions and finished it at 3am I would have, that’s how much I was enjoying it!  The plot was great, and I loved the friend group.  There were SO many good quotes but because I got an Advanced Readers Copy I won’t share them with you because I want you to experience the goodness for yourself.  Are you tired of me talking about how much I love an epilogue yet?  Too bad! In the words of Miley, I can’t stop won’t stop!   Shout out to the awesome epilogue written in this book! Also, do you know what people who love to read really love to read about? Librarians and Mr. Darcy.  It’s kind of like a total win situation when writers incorporate these aspects into their books.  And guess what?! R.S. Grey had both of these elements in MMB!  Have I peaked your interest yet? Are you ready to get this book and read it til your heart’s content?! Good!  Because this is Required Reading for Romance Lovers!  I will definitely be rereading it myself.  A little fun fact about this book is that there are some easter eggs from one of her previous books titled A Place In The Sun.  You don’t have to read that book first because the plots are not connected. But if you have read that book, keep your eyes peeled for some goodness popping out of the pages.

what i didn't like
Nothing! Go Read this book!

while reading you should
Do: Go bowling!
Listen to: This playlist on spotify
Eat: A cherry and try to tie it in a knot with your tongue.  Doesn’t it seem like all the “bad” girls in high school could do that?

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Hotshot Doc by R.S. Grey

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official blurb
Dr. Russell has a bad reputation around our hospital. The scrub techs say he’s cold-blooded, the nurses say he’s too cocky for his own good, and the residents say he’s the best surgeon in the world—really, just a swell guy!—on the off chance he’s within earshot. I try to avoid him and his temper at all costs. It’s just as easy to admire his sexy, grip-it-while-he’s ravishing-you hair and chiseled jaw from a healthy distance, preferably from the other end of the hallway half-hidden behind a plant. Unfortunately, my plan crumbles when my trusty ol’ boss decides to swap his white coat for a Hawaiian shirt. His retirement leaves me with two terrible options: switch specialties and spend months retraining, or take an open position as Dr. Russell’s surgical assistant. That means I have to stand near him in the OR for hours on end and anticipate his every need without letting his biting words and bad attitude intimidate me. Oh, and as if that’s not difficult enough, my silly crush on him—the one I’ve tried to stomp on until it disappears—might just be reciprocated. It’s fine. I’m fine. I take my job seriously. There will be no smoldering bedroom eyes across the operating table, no angry almost-kisses in the storage closet. (Well, no more of those.)What’s the phrase? An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Maybe I should go for a whole damn bushel.

my blurb!
A Grey’s Anatomy season one scenario- in hilarious book form.

4 out of 5                                                           4 out of 5 steam level too!

 

I finally picked up an RS Grey book at the end of my romance readathon (I know, that was like a full two months ago and I’m just sitting down to review it.  Gah!)  Who is R.S. Grey, you ask?  Well in the world of romance novels, she is the steamy romcom queen.  I’ve had her recommended to me 1000 times but when I got my new kindle for christmas, it came with a 6 month free subscription to Kindle Unlimited (which is like Netflix for books) and all of her books are on that service! (Not ALL books are free with kindle unlimited so that’s a bit annoying- but the romance genre has a strong selection!)

what i liked
This book was funny! I laughed out loud multiple times.  Here’s a few quotes to prove it.

If the metric for a “relationship” lies solely in the number of text messages exchanged then as of this week, I’m in a relationship with my tailor, my UberEats delivery guy, and my housekeeper. I’ve got my hands f**king full.

Choosing Harry Potter over her own flesh and blood?! I would do the same, but how dare she?

There is a supporting character in it named Josie, and she is so great.  She is witty, and smart and a perfect teenage version of manipulative. She also is obsessed with Harry Potter so that makes her an immediate fictional friend, in my book.
I don’t know what was going on in all of the medical scenarios, but I believed all of it.  Similarly I believed Grey’s Anatomy in the beginning too- so they are either both really well done, or I have no idea how badly they are done.
I pictured Izzy from Grey’s Anatomy as Bailey, but for the life of me I could not picture Matt at all!
She ends this book with an epilogue. It needed the epilogue and I loved the epilogue!  Am I the only one who wishes more authors would write epilogues? Nope? Okay writers, we have made it known- we want more epilogues!

what i didn't like
The last chapter. No spoilers here. But it should have been an amazing scene- and it left some things to be desired.  Hence why the epilogue was needed even more.
I mentioned I couldn’t picture Matt- this wasn’t a huge problem for me, but it would’ve been helpful if I could.  She describes his hair a lot- but I just couldn’t put a face to the name!

while reading you should
Watch: Grey’s Anatomy – of course.  Only the first few seasons because, woah does it go downhill (seriously, how is that show still on?)
Listen to: Cosy in the Rocket by Psapp
Eat: Finger Foods

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