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The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy
I'm not sure how I ran into this book. But as soon as I did hear of it, I wanted to read it. There is a lot of awesome geeky stuff out there, in books, movies, and on TV, and I generally enjoy many of them when I do read/watch them. So, when I saw this book, I wanted to see what more I can add to my list, and also what people generally thought of the ones I do like. I was also looking for where to start with certain series like Doctor Who and Star Trek. (I am big about starting a series in order, even where it's not necessary.)

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy definitely had a ton of recommendations but not much of it was new to me. The recommendations were also not very diverse. They were all mostly women/girl-friendly but beyond that? Meh. Some of it is probably not the author's fault because there isn't a whole lot out there that can be considered diverse.

I liked what the author did with this book - there are several recommendations on how to be more of a fangirl and how not to feel embarrassed by it. She also asserts that there is nothing bad about being a fangirl nor is there a way to be one. This is very good advice because fangirls are not always taken seriously - most times, people thinking squeeing is all we do. To me, this book was more a fun geeky read with some good information but I did wish there was more in this book.



Sh*tty Mom
I saw this one initially on Litsy. Twice. I am a sucker for funny parenting books. I can not bring myself to read the serious ones - I find myself disagreeing a lot with some of the advice. But the funny ones feel human. Normal. And mostly forgiving because who is a perfect parent?

Sh*tty Mom is a mix of humor and some good advice, which is actually a very interesting combination. Every chapter starts on a funny anecdotal tone, followed by suggestions on how to cope. A lot of the book is to be taken with a pinch of salt. Although there is nothing offensive in the advice that's doled out, it's important to read the book with a readiness to guffaw and not criticize.

I enjoyed and liked this book a lot. I wouldn't say that I loved it though. I found myself wishing for longer essays as I read this book. All chapters in this book are very short - a minute or two of reading. I wanted at least some of them to be longer because they were wonderful. Still, this book made for a good bedtime reading.


I borrowed these books from the good old library.

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