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...

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Comedy , Horror / October 9, 2016

Every once in a while a book comes along that truly surprises you.  I picked this book up not too long after it was released, more or less on a whim.  I have a tendency to enjoy random, over-the-top humor, historical fiction, and horror, so I decided to give it a try. Although I braced myself against bitter disappointment, my caution proved to be gleefully unnecessary because Seth Grahame-Smith did not let me down. The narrative styl...

White Heart of Justice: Book Review
Fantasy , Romance / October 9, 2016

White Heart of Justice is the third installment in Jill Archer’s Noon Onyx series.  For anyone who is unaware of the series, Noon Onyx’s post-apocalyptic world is populated by demons (the victors of Armageddon) and a host of unique fantasy creatures.  The series focuses on Noon’s developing magical power, relationships, and many adventures in the unforgiving, demon haunted world of Halja.  For additional background information, check...

Fiery Edge of Steel: Book Review
Fantasy , Romance / October 9, 2016

Fiery Edge of Steel is Jill Archer’s second installment in her Noon Onyx series.  Archer’s novel is set in an engrossing fantasy world brimming with magic, creatures, and plenty of opportunities for adventure.  Fiery Edge of Steel essentially takes all of the best elements from the first novel in the series, Dark Light of Day, and improves upon them to create an exciting and thought-provoking narrative. For anyone who is ...

Dark Light of Day: Book Review
Fantasy , Romance / October 9, 2016

Dark Light of Day is the first novel in the Noon Onyx series by Jill Archer. Before I begin the review, I must point out that Jill Archer was born and raised in Pittsburgh (objectively the greatest place to be born).  Therefore, the quality of her work is undoubtedly beyond reproach! Archer’s world-building is one of the most compelling elements of the story.  The essential background to Dark Light of Day is that angels (lead by the ...

The Hobbit: Book Review
Fantasy / October 9, 2016

What can I say about J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit that has not already been repeated more than amateur impressions of Gollum?  Yes, my precious!  It seems more valuable for me to provide a retrospective about what The Hobbit means to me rather than a standard review, so here it goes. On the off chance that a reader has not heard of The Hobbit or any of the film adaptations, The Hobbit is the landmark work in high fantasy. Although I...

Bibliomania Book Reviews
News / October 9, 2016

Hello, fellow bibliomaniacs!  Some of you might remember my old blog which was titled “Proud Nerd Book Reviews.”  I recently decided to relaunch my blog and will be uploading my old reviews in addition to posting new content on a regular basis.  I am very excited to return to blogging, so stay posted for updates!