Show Us Your Books Volume 1

I know I said that I would be starting a MWF posting schedule this week, but when I realized the Show Us Your Books link-up was today, I knew I needed to jump in and finally join Life According to Steph and Jana Says for the first time. I guess next week I will quit with the 5 days a week, and step back, but it’s just so difficult!

As I mentioned last month, I have been on a crazy reading train lately. I have some books that I have only listened to the audio books and others that I have been actually reading, then there are the books that I download both the audio book and the ebook so I can switch back and forth. The last option is my favorite way to read actually.

If you are following along with my 2016 reading goal progress, I am currently 3 books behind, but I plan on catching up while we are on vacation in Maine in a few weeks. I’m still looking for some other biographies to read, so let me know if you have any recommendations!

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Sara Bareilles Sounds Like Me: 4 out of 5

Sara is so cute and her stories are captivating. It was nice to ear a story of someone that seems like a
very real person with huge passions. She has real friends in the industry, and also knows what she wants after a lot of work to find her voice. Her songs are so relatable to her life, and hearing what each song was about was very cool.


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Tiny Beautiful Things: 2 out of 5

Maybe I’m just not an advice column kind of person. Some stories in this were interesting, but I really couldn’t get into it and it became sort of like background noise most of the time, which may be another
reason I didn’t love it. Maybe if the book was shorter, I may have liked it more.




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I Suck At Relationships So You Don’t Have To : 3 out of 5

Honestly, the 3rd star is because I love Bethenny. This book is nothing like I expected. I thought it would be more about things that she has done rather then telling you ways to be in a relationship. Having only been in 2 totally serious relationships and not one willing to hop in bed with boys, this wasn’t the book for me. While a few chapters held good information about controlling your temper and ways to reply to a heated email. But besides that it was only meh.

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Yes, Please.: 4 out of 5

Amy is hilarious and this book was basically exactly what I was expecting. I love that other celebrities had stories and random musings in the book and it really made it seem like the SNL cast is one big family. She did get into some odd stories that I didn’t really need to hear, but since it seems like she was really being herself, I didn’t hate it.



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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?: 3 out of 5

So I totally believe in free speech, but at one point Mindy says that she doesn’t want to “share her funeral with God”, I get the point of this but was pretty annoyed by the statement. Besides that I really liked this book, but I felt that I should mention that. I thought that her chapter about marriage was great and it made me think about my own marriage. I also love that she mentions how she wanted a all female version of the Ghostbusters and it’s about to come out.


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Why Not Me: 3.5 out of 5

I liked this one more than the first book by Mindy Kaling. I appreciated the short stories she included, there was one about teachers and a party that I was invested in. There were times when her stories seemed similar to those of her previous book, but I may have only noticed because I read this one right after. A good beach read, or something to listen to while you are working.




I am currently reading Promises To Keep by Jane Green.

As I mentioned above, I am linking up for Show Us Your Books

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  • Reply Lauren

    I definitely liked Mindy’s second book better than the first, ESPECIALLY the email short story about the teachers! Every once in a while she (and Amy Poehler) say/write things that make me cringe a little, but overall, I love their books!

    May 10, 2016 at 10:03 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I felt the same way about Amy and Mindy’s books, but overall they were both fun reads.

      May 15, 2016 at 9:55 pm
  • Reply Lindsay

    So fun! I’ve literally read every single on of these in the last year. Very interesting to see how different our perspectives are on so many of them!

    May 10, 2016 at 10:22 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I need to go through your list of books again and find some new ones to reserve!

      May 15, 2016 at 9:55 pm
  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says

    I’ve read Yes Please and Is Everyone Hanging Out with Me. I liked them both a lot. Amy’s more than Mindy’s. I haven’t gotten around to her second one, though. I’m in no rush.

    May 10, 2016 at 10:35 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I went through Mindy’s second book rather quick, but wished I wouldn’t have read them one after the other. That made it a bit much.

      May 15, 2016 at 9:56 pm
  • Reply A Mindful Migration

    I have not read either Amy’s or Mindy’s books but I definitely need to check them out. Overall I’ve heard such great things and want to support them.

    May 10, 2016 at 12:38 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      They are both fun writers, their books were great ones to listen to on audiobook.

      May 15, 2016 at 9:56 pm
  • Reply Brie @ A Slice of Brie

    I listened to Mindy’s first book on audio a few years ago, and then just read the hard copy of her new book the other month because my husband had gifted it to me. I really enjoyed them both (I’m a huge fan of hers), but ya, I think reading them back to back would be a little much, or feel too much the same! I haven’t read Amy’s book yet but I’d like to – the line-up for the audio version at the library is always SO long!

    May 10, 2016 at 2:36 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I was never really a fan of Mindys but her books made me appreciate her more, she seems so “normal”. Amy’s book was very good, I was thankful to only wait about a week once I reserved it.

      May 15, 2016 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply Mackenzie

    I like Bethenny Frankel but this book just didn’t seem like it would be that great of a read, so I never picked it up. I am glad however, that she is back on NY Housewives 🙂 I will have to check out Amy Poehler’s book!

    May 10, 2016 at 3:33 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I have heard some great things about her other books, I think this one was just too much for me because I couldn’t relate.

      May 15, 2016 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply Olya

    I got a copy of Why Not Me in a PopSugar box-sounds like I need to read it soon! 🙂

    May 10, 2016 at 3:43 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      You should! I enjoyed it, Mindy is a great story teller!

      May 15, 2016 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Christine Everyday

    Bossypants by Tina Fey is awesome!

    May 10, 2016 at 4:10 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I read that one last month, I liked Bossypants more than both of Mindy’s books and Amy’s as well. I love hearing about Amy and Tina in each others books, their friendship is so cute.

      May 15, 2016 at 10:01 pm
  • Reply Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    The Sara Bareilles book sounds really interesting! I love all of her music! I’ve heard so many great things about Amy’s book, so I’ll definitely want to check that one out too. I’m like you and don’t know if I would really be able to relate to Bethany’s book, even though I love her so much!

    May 10, 2016 at 4:19 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      It was a fun read because she told so many stories about her songs, and she was singing throughout. I expected the singing to be weird but it flowed really well. I have heard good things about Bethennys other books, so I may give another a try.

      May 15, 2016 at 10:02 pm
  • Reply SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph

    I like Amy and Mindy. I enjoyed their books (Mindy’s first) but LOVED Bossypants by Tina Fey.

    I don’t mind Bethany out of all housewives.

    May 10, 2016 at 4:26 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I liked Bossypants more than both of Mindy’s and Amy’s as well! I loved learning about the friendship of Tina and Amy from each of their perspectives.

      May 15, 2016 at 10:03 pm
  • Reply Kristen @ SYIAP

    i enjoyed mindy’s first book, but i received her 2nd book shortly after the first one and i’m waiting to read it for fear of it sounding too similar haha so sounds like i made the right decision lol

    May 10, 2016 at 5:02 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      Yes!! It will be much better if you wait a bit instead of reading them one after another like I did- that was a bit much haha

      May 15, 2016 at 10:03 pm
  • Reply Emma @ Ever Emma

    I have Bareilles book on my TBR, so I’m excited to hear that it was good. I’m confused as to why a publisher would think any of us would want relationship advice from Bethenny. I like her, but the girl really just doesn’t seem to have a clue. I did not really love Mindy’s second book, but remember really liking her first.

    May 10, 2016 at 5:27 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      It was fun to hear the stories behind her songs, and she sings throughout the book. I have heard that Bethenny’s other books are pretty good, I may give another one a try…eventually.

      May 15, 2016 at 10:04 pm
  • Reply TexErin

    Welcome to the link-up! It is my favorite blog day of the month 🙂 I admit that I’m weird…I think Amy Poehler is hilarious and intelligent, and most everyone has enjoyed her book, but I have no interest in reading it…and I don’t know why.

    May 10, 2016 at 7:24 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      Thank you, Erin!! I didn’t have an interest in reading her book either, but I was trying to line up as many books as I could on audiobook and the wait wasn’t too long. I reserved it, in the end I am glad I did.

      May 15, 2016 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply Jess

    I haven’t read the Amy Poehler book, although I do like her. I feel like I know a little tiny bit about her just from reading Tina Fey’s book. I don’t know why I feel like Amy Poehler’s meaner than Tina Fey haha. I like them both. I liked Mindy Kaling’s book, although there was nothing in there that blew me away, so I haven’t read her second book. It was kind of a random musings book and I thought it would be more about her becoming a writer for TV shows. But I guess I’m not a huge fan of hers and I like her, but it didn’t convert me.

    May 10, 2016 at 8:48 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I really loved Bossypants, and I don’t think Yes, Please was as good, but I still enjoyed it. I feel the same way about Amy being meaner! I thought Mindy’s books would be the same, it would have been fun to learn about how she got her start.

      May 15, 2016 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply lisacng @

    I actually really liked Mindy’s first book since I knew nothing about her and didn’t watch her shows. I actually don’t remember that line about a funeral with God, but maybe because I wasn’t paying attention. I’m about to pick up the audio version of her 2nd book from the library on CDs. Old school :).

    May 16, 2016 at 5:32 pm
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