Title: Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality Author: Rhett McLaughlin & Link Neal Published: 2017 Genre: Comedy/Autobiography Length: 267   Rhett & Link are a comedy duo known for their YouTube series Good Mythical Morning. If you have never watched Rhett & Link, I highly suggest that you get to know them through their internet content before reading their book. The book will make a lot more sense and feel more personal...

Title: High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic Author: Glenn Frankel Published: 2017 Genre: Biography/History Length: 317 pages (These are ‘readable’ pages discounting notes, etc.)   High Noon is my favorite movie of all time. The story of one man standing alone against all odds while everyone else cowers behind their rationalizations and fear is like poetry to me. When I came across this book ...

Title: Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded Author: Hannah Hart Published: 2016 Genre: Autobiography, YouTuber Pages: 256 (hardback) Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded is an autobiographical work by the YouTube sensation Hannah Hart. If you do not know about Hannah Hart or her hit show My Drunk Kitchen, then please do yourself a favor by checking out her YouTube channel here. Buffering is deeply personal and oftentime...

Title: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) Author: Felicia Day Published: 2015 Genre: Autobiography, Comedy, YouTuber Pages: 304 (paperback) You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day, the actress and YouTube pioneer, is an autobiographical account that centers around comedy even in the face of some serious topics. For those who are not familiar with the informally dubbed “Queen of the Internet,”...

Title: You Deserve a Drink Author: Mamrie Hart Published: 2015 Genre: Autobiography, Comedy, YouTuber Pages: 274 You Deserve a Drink by Mamrie Hart is a comedic, autobiographical account including many “boozy misadventures and tales of debauchery” that come straight from the creator of the popular YouTube channel of the same name. Mamrie Hart is so unique that my auto-correct is keen to decorate her name with red squiggles at every...

You are Special: Words of Wisdom for All Ages from a Beloved Neighbor is a book of quotes that was written by the great Mister Fred Rogers.  As with many people my age, I grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and learned invaluable lessons that have guided me throughout the years. Although this book was written in 1994, I think it is still a powerful source of encouragement and growth for readers today.   Growing up near Pitt...

The Moaning of Life is the latest book by everyone’s favorite Idiot Abroad, Karl Pilkington.  First, I have to point out that the title continues to make me laugh no matter how many times I see it.  Combined with the excellent picture of Karl’s expression, the book’s cover is pure genius. Karl Pilkington is a friend of the British comedian Ricky Gervais’ who became famous in his own right after Gervais’ dragged Karl, I suspect unwillingly, int...

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know,  by Alexandra Horowitz, is a nonfiction book that investigates our most loyal companions from a unique perspective: the dog’s. Alexandra Horowitz constantly reminds the reader that we must look at the world through the dog’s eyes rather than our own if we are to truly understand them.  Her refocusing of our perspective leads to many surprising and fascinating discoveries about dogs that often ru...

I am a huge fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Although I took issue with his portrayal of Conan the Barbarian in an earlier review for misrepresenting the character, the blame is really with the director rather than Schwarzenegger himself.  Schwarzenegger’s autobiography, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story delves into every aspect of his life.  Body-building, acting, and his time as governor come to mind as the three primary stages of ...

Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up marks Grace Helbig’s foray from the electronic world of YouTube to the physically printed page (unless you buy the eBook version).  Whether you are already Grace’s fan or are meeting her for the first time, get ready to learn more about her and life than you expected! Even though Grace generally delivers her comedy to the world via social media, I highly recommend that anyone who is interes...

The Book Thief: Book Review
Fantasy , Historical Fiction , Young Adult / October 16, 2016

Title: The Book Thief Author: Markus Zusak Published: 2005 Genre: Young Adult Lit, Historical Fiction, Fantasy Pages: 584 The Book Thief is Markus Zusak’s tale of a young girl living in Germany during World War II. Despite the fact that this book is classified as a young adult book, Zusak tackles adult themes involving ignorance and the senseless destruction of war. Zusak does not sugar-coat this tale, and it is definitely the sort o...

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: Book Review
Fantasy , Horror , Young Adult / October 15, 2016

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Author: Ransom Riggs Published: 2011 Genre: Young Adult Lit, Fantasy, Horror, Historical Fiction  Pages: 353 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is a young adult novel that embraces elements of fantasy, horror, and a touch of historical fiction for good measure. The story revolves around our protagonist, the sixteen-year-old Jacob Portman, and his ...

You are Special: Words of Wisdom for All Ages from a Beloved Neighbor: Book Review
Autobiography/Biography / October 15, 2016

You are Special: Words of Wisdom for All Ages from a Beloved Neighbor is a book of quotes that was written by the great Mister Fred Rogers.  As with many people my age, I grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and learned invaluable lessons that have guided me throughout the years. Although this book was written in 1994, I think it is still a powerful source of encouragement and growth for readers today.   Growing up...

The Salem Witch Trials: Book Review
History , Psychology , Religion , Sociology / October 14, 2016

The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege, by Marilynne K. Roach is the ultimate guide to the most famous case of mass hysteria in American history. This tome, weighing in at an impressive 690 pages, contains anything worth knowing about Salem. I already owned several books about the witch trials before I bought The Salem Witch Trials, but this is probably the only book about Salem that I need to own. ...

Time Travel Dinosaur – Book Review
Choose Your Own Adventure , Comedy / October 14, 2016

Time Travel Dinosaur is a Chooseomatic adventure written by Matt Youngmark. The Chooseomatic Books are essentially adult Chose Your Own Adventure style books infused with hilarious and zany concepts such as time traveling dinosaurs. There are so few gamebooks (the generic term for Choose Your Own Adventure style books) written for adults that those of us who refuse to leave this awesome type of book behind in childhood are always gra...

Choose Your Own Adventure – Top 10 List

When I was growing up, I always loved a good choose your own adventure book.  What could be more fun than interacting with, and choosing your own story?  In a way, it was almost like you were the author of your own destiny. True, there were always those cheap deaths that would happen when you were forced to make blind choices like which path to go down, but at least you could always go back and start over again! I think that it is a ...

The Moaning of Life: Book Review
Autobiography/Biography , Comedy , Travel / October 12, 2016

The Moaning of Life is the latest book by everyone’s favorite Idiot Abroad, Karl Pilkington.  First, I have to point out that the title continues to make me laugh no matter how many times I see it.  Combined with the excellent picture of Karl’s expression, the book’s cover is pure genius. Karl Pilkington is a friend of the British comedian Ricky Gervais’ who became famous in his own right after Gervais’ dragged Karl, I suspect unwill...

North Korea Confidential: Book Review
History , Sociology , Travel / October 12, 2016

North Korea Confidential: Private Markets, Fashion Trends, Prison Camps, Dissenters and Defectors, written by Daniel Tudor & James Pearson, is a recently released, informative peek into the modern day Hermit Kingdom. This is the most unique book that I remember reading about North Korea because it focuses on the reality of life in modern North Korea instead of the state sponsored narrative of which most people are familiar. North...

The Zombie Survival Guide: Book Review
Comedy , Horror / October 12, 2016

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks is exactly what the title suggests. There have been many copycat survival guides since the release of The Zombie Survival Guide, but none of them are better than the original. Max Brooks provides chapters relating to about every aspect of zombie apocalypse survival imaginable.  Since I am originally from the Pittsburgh area (George Romero, anyone?) these are topics of potentially vital importan...

Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War: Book Review
History , Sociology / October 12, 2016

Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War by Susan Southard is a nonfiction book that exposes the suffering endured by the victims of the atomic bomb. Nagasaki is a hard-hitting book that delivers the facts about the atomic bombing regardless of how uncomfortable the truth may be. Susan Southard follows several Japanese victims of the atomic bomb (known as hibakusha) in order to personalize the story of Nagasaki’s destruction. While it is hea...