Monday, December 6, 2010

STori Telling

sTori Telling
Tori Spelling

Do I need to give you an explanation as to why I chose to read this book? Yes, I think I do. A few weeks ago, I read Mommywood, also by Tori Spelling and I closed the book with negative feelings about this woman. I never intended to think poorly of her because I think that she means well, but I don't know how I made it through over 200 pages of this woman trying to convince me that she wasn't a spoiled Hollywood starlet. After a while you lose interest in her "poor Tori" plight. I could care less that your father was Aaron Spelling and he gave you everything you wanted. I think I would like Tori Spelling so much better if she just owned up to the fact that her father was a multimillionaire. That's cool that you get whatever you want. People like that. We know that you're rich, and sure we're jealous that you just wave a credit card or give your dad puppy dog eyes and you get a new outfit. That's what's expected, it's what's normal for you, Tori. Live it up. By the end of the book she was poor.
Among the bajillion things that bother me about Tori Spelling is the fact that she is the biggest hypocrite in the world. I'm all for hypocrites, seeing as I am one, but I am also not cheating on my husband. I didn't convince some man I loved him, but I was too selfish to give him up, married him, lived with him/avoided him for a year only to do a movie with some random Canadian actor and have an affair with said actor, think I was his soul mate in 12 days and then tell my devoted Catholic husband that I want a divorce. I completely lose all respect for any one who cheats on their spouse/significant other, but when your mother is doing it and you have the NERVE to judge her for what she's doing, I have a problem.
You know what, maybe this woman had a hard life. She had relationship issues with her mother, we all do. She's had crazy boyfriends who beat her up and stole all of her hard earned 90210 money. But you're not in love with someone after 12 days. And she might have been, who am I to judge? But I don't think that you should leave your husband for a 12 day relationship. I guess I'm just a cynic, I don't know.
Overall, I don't like her. I try desperately to like her because I feel bad that she is basically just tabloid fodder when it's a slow news day. But after reading her books, you honestly have a hard time overlooking her annoying habits.

Fast Food Nation

Fast Food Nation
Eric Scholsser

When I embarked on the journey that is reading Fast Food Nation, I was fully prepared to end my quest with a completely changed perspective and a complete sense of hatred against the Fast Food industry. I ended up with quite the opposite feeling. The second I closed the book I had visions of Taco Bell's Crunchwrap Supreme floating in my head.
Okay, this isn't entirely true. I did feel some sympathy for the unfortunate, illiterate Mexican employees of the Meat Packing industry who are sometimes swept up into the meat grinding machines and meet an untimely death. I do really feel for these men and women, don't think I'm a terrible person. But for some reason, this information really isn't going to deter me from eating Taco Bell (the book mostly focused on McDonald's and Carl's Jr.) It was the threat of e. coli (some random number after it), not the possibility of a Mexican man's arm being in my hamburger, that made me not want to eat at McDonald's.
The good thing for me is, that I don't really eat too much fast food anyway. I just think I'm so fat that Fast Food is going to make everything so much worse. I'm not even sure if the purpose of this book was to convince the reader that eating at a fast food restaurant is a bad idea because of the unhealthiness of it's menu, but more because the executives of these compaines are corrupt, money-hungry beasts. But you knew this already. What lid is Eric blowing off? Yeah, you did make me pity the workers in meat packing plants, but I don't think that this book spurred a revolution like Mr. Sinclair did in 1906.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I Hate Everything

I Hate Everything
Matthew DiBenedetti

I Hate Everything is probably the easiest book for me to relate to. Ever. I constantly get made fun of for repeating the phrase "I hate that". And while I do hate a lot of things, I like several things, probably thousands of things, but no one seems to notice those things. They just think that I hate everything. Anyway, this book was a laugh after a laugh. I couldn't stop laughing the whole time.
The entire book is this man listing the things he hates. Some of the things he hates you just sit back and say "OMG, stop" but most of them you're yelling in you're head "I KNOW, ME TOO!" The sad thing is that the guy made money off something that I could have done. I think that I have skillfully perfected the "I hate everything" attitude.
My uncle, forever the optimist, thought that this book was stupid. I think that he is stupid. This book is funny and it was extremely enjoyable. You can read it in less than 15 minutes (always a plus) and you get more entrainment out of it than most books.
So, overall, thank you, Jamie for randomly purchasing this and sending it to me.