Non-Fiction

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

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I feel I’m very sane about how crazy I am.”

Hey guys!

I’ve been stalling on this post for quite a while now, a combination between laziness and being a bit too busy. I read (well, listened to) this book in January, so hooray for my first book of the year and being on track for my 2018 reading goals! I’m Assuming that everyone knows who Carrie Fisher is, and if you dont you seriously need to reevaluate your life but if you don’t she is an actress best known for playing Princess Leia in Star Wars and recently died in 2016.

I had been eyeing this book for a while, and needed an audiobook to listen to while setting up planograms at work. I can’t listen to fiction audiobooks, as I dont pay well enough attention to them but I can’t always focus when I read nonfiction in book form. Wishful Drinking is based on Carrie Fisher’s one-woman stage show and was published in 2008.

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. “But it isn’t all sweetness and light sabres.” Alas, aside from a demanding career and her role as a single mother (not to mention the hyperspace hairdo), Carrie also spends her free time battling addiction, weathering the wild ride of manic depression and lounging around various mental institutions. It’s an incredible tale – from having Elizabeth Taylor as a stepmother, to marrying (and divorcing) Paul Simon, from having the father of her daughter leave her for a man, to ultimately waking up one morning and finding a friend dead beside her in bed.

My thoughts:

This book felt like sitting down with Carrie Fisher for a coffee date. Until listening to this book, I hadn’t realized how little I knew about her. I had always known that her mother was Debbie Reynolds and that she was brought up right in the heart of “Hollywood Incest,” as she has called it. Her family tree is a complicated one, especially when it comes to her daughter dating. Can you imagine? Well, If you cant, Carrie outlines the whole thing for you.

She goes into detail about some funny stories from her life, some of which involve drugs, her parents, her kid, and even a bit about life after Star Wars (though some of these stories are a bit fuzzy as she was undergoing electro-convulsive therapy). I finished this in one sitting because I simply just could not get enough and desperately wish it were longer.

Final Thoughts:

Wishful Drinking was absolutely wonderful. It held the ups and downs of a hectic life with more than a touch of Hollyweird. It’s a book I can see myself revisiting when I need a laugh, but I do wish it were longer. I give it 5/5 stars.

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Fiction, Thriller

Accidents Happen by Louise Millar

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Monsters are made, not born.”

I found this book as I was wandering the library looking for some light summer reading. I had never heard of it before but the title grabbed my attention. Also, who doesn’t love a cover of a woman running away in the woods?

Accidents Happen by Louise Millar focuses on Kate Parker whose terrible bad luck has caused her a lot of anxiety that is seriously affecting her and her son’s life. Kate meets a man named Jago who has decided to help her overcome her anxiety about what could happen to her or her family. However, is it really a streak of bad luck or something much worse?

Starting out, this book was effortless to read and felt pretty straight forward (minus the names of the characters that felt like they were plucked from a Top 20 names from the 90s). It is immediately obvious that Kate is actually being stalked which I found fairly interesting. I almost always enjoy when you can see the point of view from the antagonist. As the book went on though, it really seemed to feel more like a romance between Jago and Kate as the chapters from the stalker decreased.

I did, however, love the ending and the way it made me feel anxious and stressed. And by the ending, I mean the last eighty pages. I just wish that the rest of the book (which is categorized as a thriller) made me feel that way. I feel like if the pacing were done a little better  I would have enjoyed it much more. Most of the time I forgot I was reading a thriller due to the constant obsession with Jago.

Overall, It wasn’t a terrible book but it won’t be one that I read again or purchase. It’s great for some light beach reading but if you’re looking for a keep you on the edge of your seat thriller, this book isn’t for you. I would give it 2/5 stars.