Thursday, September 24, 2015

John Cleese

So, anyway by John Cleese is exactly what you'd expect from him if you've followed his career much. 

part biography, part rant, part media engaged, it's a great ride through the life and career so far of one of my favorite people. Plus, there are some pictures of John as a child which is interesting! It's a fairly long volume, compared to a lot of celebrity biographies, which is perhaps to be expected from someone who was about to graduate from Cambridge, then decided to ditch it and has had an illustrious career in film and television spanning decades. 

While it is a fantastic, fairly serious biography of John Cleese, don't expect it to be written in the same vein as Monty Python or you will be disappointed! For me, I grew up watching Python and Fawlty Towers, and have always been fascinated by the crew and reading this book just gave me more insight into the sheer madness that is John Cleese; so much so, that reviewing his childhood, you feel sorry for him. It's like something we were discussing with my son this week. That sometimes those who try to make others laugh the hardest are often the ones with the most pain behind their smiles. They project what they want others to see instead of how they really feel to deny their pain and I think this is true for John Cleese as well. 

I'd still recommend this book if you are a fan of John Cleese and simply wish to know more about the madness behind the genius. (And I dare you not to picture him doing the Silly Walk!)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Little Paris Bookshop

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

I have seen this book make the rounds online so when it came up for review, I decided to give it a shot, plus, as an obvious bibliophile, it was necessary to read a book about books!

The writing was great,  better than I expected. I definitely highlighted quite a few "books" mentioned that I need to find later. I also highlighted some quotes but this one describes the book well: 

"A book is both a medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that's how I sell books." 

This quote is basically the premise of the book. Monsieur Perdu is still morning the loss of the woman he loved; a woman who suddenly vanished from his life. He's tormented by it so he has his bookshop where he dispenses a sort of bibliotherapy on his customers, flat out refusing to give certain books to certain ailments, and encouraging others on people to their, eventual, delight. 

More quotes: 

"Women tell you more about the world. Men only tell you about themselves."

"He had never had to travel; his conversations with books had been sufficient...until finally he prized them more highly than people. They were less threatening." 

I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5. There were some parts that just seemed a bit farfetched but those were thankfully few and far between. The writing was great and I loved the overall story, and ending!

I requested this book from Blogging for Books, and they sent me a copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Bulu Box review

I was given the opportunity to receive a Bulu box and review. Bulu Box is a monthly supplementation subscription box. One thing I've noticed that is very different about Bulu is that you can receive, then rate the products you receive, and right from their site purchase full size versions of the products you received and loved! This is SO different from most other subscription box sites, although a few newer ones I've noticed recently are doing this. Bulu has been around for a few of years at least.

My box contained something I had been wanting to try for a while, Quest Nutrition protein powder. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Quest bars, and generally have one with me at all times in case I get hangry and I received two sample packets of the Peanut Butter protein powder.  (I am not a tolerable person when hungry, just fyi).

Mediterra nutritional bars

Yerba Prime Fiber Plus Powder

Anti-itch cream

Movit energy gummies

They have a great referral system from what I've seen and lots of good coupons. I used to receive their boxes a couples of years ago but then stopped once I moved. I think I may have to renew!

Use code SWEATPINK for 50% off any subscription! They make it super easy to cancel or suspend your account as well. But for about $5 a month, (with the coupon) it's totally worth it! They also offer extra incentives, such as filling out surveys about your products to earn extra points that you can use towards purchases on the site.

This deliciousness was made with the Quest Nutrition Peanut Butter protein powder, 8 ounces of almond milk, and a frozen banana. It tasted EXACTLY like banana pudding.