I thought Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad by Ann K. Howley was hilarious. Howley tells tales of her upbringing with her deeply religious parents. Then later explains how all her good deeds seem to go bad.
After reading Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone I believe that Howley’s motto in life should be “No good deed goes unpunished”. Overall Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone is a pretty quick read. The chapters in the book are divided into funny events that occurred in Howley’s life. My favorite story was the Frisbee incident. The story actually made me spit out my coffee because I could not help but to laugh. I also think that Howley is a very brave person because a loose snake in the house would cause me to burn the house down. I am curious to know where the snake was eventually found. I found all her stories funny and unique. A few I could even relate to myself such as living with strict parents. I was amazed that her parents let her travel to a different country alone at a young age. Of course the world was a little safer back then.
I think Howley has lead a very interesting life. I admire her for having such a good heart and attempting to do good deeds. Her story about what happened at the bus station surprised me. I would never have done that. I enjoyed reading about her life and recommend this book to anyone who has had a good deed backfire on them.
I reviewed this book for Reader’s Favorite. I have posted my Reader’s Favorite, Goodreads and The Reading Room.
What I’ve Learned: An Encyclopedia of Perpetual Bullshit by Christopher T. Heist is a long book. A VERY long book. The book is filled with Heist’s own opinions and experiences in life starting from when he was in grammar school. His constant swearing throughout the book was a little annoying, because of this I read his words with Chris Rock’s voice in my head. No matter how annoying the swearing was, I could not help but agree with some of the things he said.
What I’ve Learned is a book filled with Heist’s experiences and opinions ranging from art to voting. All cleverly arranged in alphabetical order. A few of Heist’s thoughts that I agree with in What I’ve Learned are his thoughts on prostitution. I too believe if you are old enough to fight for your country, then you are old enough to be able to decide whether you want to pay for sex. Another of Heist’s thoughts I agree with is that “you’re actually safer roaming the Afghan countryside as a solider, than you are walking the streets of Camden, N.J. as a civilian.” I can relate to this having of lived in Chicago or what others like to call “Chi-raq”. I found the “your mom” jokes at the end kind of funny. I have not heard some of them before.
What I’ve Learned: An Encyclopedia of Perpetual Bullshit is definitely not a book for everyone. If you are easily offended than this is not the book for you. I recommend it if you have a sense of humor and do not mind swearing. Overall I did find parts of the books funny and surprisingly agreed with Heist on many subjects.
I gave this book 4 stars and have posted my review on Reader’s Favorite, Goodreads ans Amazon.
*I reviewed this book for Reader’s Favorite
HEY DOORMAN: Twenty-one true tales of an uncommon bouncer in Los Angeles by John P. Kildemm is a hilarious quick read. The book contains twenty-one stories or advice from a bouncer’s experiences. They are all told in Kildemm’s funny sarcastic style.
I thought Hey Doorman was shm-tastic. Bouncers are often overlooked. They are the guardians of the doors and people do not realize they see pretty much everything. My favorite story in this book was Twenty-one you say? I never thought that bouncers would use social media to identify someone’s age. This sort of reminds me of something the government would do. Matt Damon (and other famous celebrities) was another story I really liked. I liked this story because Kildemm tells the readers the truth about how these celebrities actually are. The only time I hear about a celebrity at a nightclub is when they are getting in trouble. The verdict is still out on Justin Bieber, but it is nice to hear that they are not always getting into trouble and that they are nice people. Kildemm’s words of shm-wisdom are not something one should forget either.
I really enjoyed Hey Doorman. It made me laugh out loud. It also made me want to go to Los Angeles just to see if what Kildemm says about the transvestites in the street are true. I read that Kildemm has written another book called HEY DOORMAN: twenty-two true tales of an uncommon bouncer in Los Angeles, I cannot wait to read it.
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
I gave this book 4 stars. I posted my review on Goodreads, Amazon, The Reading Room and Reader’s Favorite.
“Having a burger without meat is like swimming in a pool without water.” – Kevin Clark
I’m Kevin Clark by Andrew Slap & Michael Burns is a short, very funny story. It is about a few days in the life of Kevin Clark. During those days Kevin experiences all sorts of things, like a hot dog eating contest, and they are all hilarious.
Very few books can make me smile and laugh out loud throughout the entire book. I’m Kevin Clark did exactly that. At first I thought that Kevin was going to be just another “nerd” character with no voice, but Slap and Burns gave him a voice and an attitude. Kevin is a very likeable character with extremely bad luck. Kevin’s family is also funny and unique. Kevin’s grandma reminded me of my own with the things she says. My favorite part of the book was when Kevin tried to propose to his girlfriend in the women’s bathroom, but instead ended up getting slapped by an old lady. At the end of each chapter is a short summary of what occurred in it, which looks like someone wrote it in a notebook. The summaries are hilarious and make you remember everything you just read but in Kevin’s own voice.
Slap and Burns goal was to “not write the worst book ever” and they most definitely did not. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more adventures of Kevin Clark. This would be a good read for anyone who like humor or just needs a good laugh.
I gave this book 5 stars because it was funny throughout the whole book. Reviews are posted on Goodreads and Reader’s Favorite.
*I reviewed this book for Reader’s Favorite.
WTF Moments In Psychotherapy: My 30 Years Of Practice Confronting The GODS of Absurdity, Fables, Fibs, Whoppers & Bullsh-t by Jere Parker is a short humorous read. Parker works as an addictions counselor. The book is just a few stories of the weird things and people he encounters in his line of work.
First of all I know you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover but the cover on this book is funny. That is actually what drew me to want to read this book. The stories are interesting and funny, such as what Joe the entertainer showers the room with when staff would enter it. The way Parker retells these stories is in a sarcastically but brutally honest way. At the beginning of most of the chapters, Parker tells the definition of his terminology. This is to insure the reader gets a clearer picture of what is actually going on in the story.
Overall the book is funny but I think Parker explains some things a little too much at times. This book might be good for anyone in the medical field that can use a smile. I for one hope I never end up a story in a book like this.
I gave this book 3 stars and have posted reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.