Welp, I’m giving away some books. These are books I should have given you a long time ago. I should have gotten my rear here into this break room, set the books up on a table and given you some. One of these days I am going to get my act together. I gave these funny women my word and the review never showed up. My life might be crazy but I am going to get this review done, sisters!
*wipes sweat from brow*
You would think the common thread with all of these books is that they are funny and honest takes on motherhood. While that is true, the common thread that comes to my mind first is that I consider the writers of these books to be friends of mine. I got to know them when we collaborated on I Just Want To Pee Alone
. It is crazy that I walk through Barnes & Noble and see books written by people I KNOW. And Target, too! In Target!! TARGET!!!!!!
*shakes a random stranger*
That is somethin’ else.
I have met just about all of them but I have not met Paige Kellerman of There’s More Where That Came From
yet. Dern it! I will meet her in June at the Blog U
conference in Baltimore, Maryland, though. (Are you going? Are you going?) She has literally made me laugh out loud many times. I will start with her book first because it was in line first and I’m loving her cover long time.
That title, At Least My Belly Hides My Cankles, wins me over every time. You know it is going to be full of witty and quirky lines when that is the title. To me, Paige writes in a smart way in this book and in her blog. I bet in real life there are some that get her humor right away and others that may need a little time before they start cracking up. Her humor is smart and sly like that.
This is the kind of book that you would be safe giving to anyone at a baby shower. It is absolutely HILARIOUS. The cankle chapter alone made me laugh out loud at least five times and I had tears in the corner of my eyes. I am not even kidding. I felt like I went to the gym after just reading that one chapter. She describes her pregnancy cankles in ways you’ve never heard anyone talk about them before. You will laugh out loud, I promise you that.
And that is just that one chapter.
The next book here at The Break Room Shopping Channel is I Just Want To BE Alone. This is the follow-up to I Just Want To Pee Alone. It does not include all of the authors from the first go round but it does introduce some new ones. When I heard the title, I thought the book would have stories about wanting to be away from the husbands, but that was not the case. The stories were funny and real stories about marriage.
(Not that they sometimes don’t want to be away from the husbands, of course. I mean, let’s be realistic. I love how they describe it: “Don’t get us wrong, we love the men in our lives – we do (most of the time). It’s just that sometimes we would like them to go away. Not forever or anything like that. Just for an hour … or a day … or a weekend. We want some time to ourselves to read a good book or take a walk or do anything other than try to make a dent in the never ending mound of dirty clothes that keeps piling up on his side of the bed.)
If I had the energy, I am pretty sure this is a book I could read over two nights tops. The stories are short enough that you think, “Huh. I bet I could read one more.” Before you know it, it’s 3:30 a.m. and you’re hungry. You obviously have to get something to eat and drink which keeps you awake longer. Next someone needs you and then the sun is up. You’ve gotten zero sleep. All I’m saying is, beware when you start this book.
There really are just too many highlights to mention. I love how Lisa Newlin
talks about sneaking beans into her husband’s food, how Nicole Leigh Shaw
describes her husband as her opposite, how Abby Heugel
talks about loving NOT having to share her bed, the way Courtney Fitzgerald
shares a story about cooking and her late husband (funny and touching all at once) and on and on. You will smile for a long time after this book.
The last book I’ve got for you is Karen Alpert’s, I Heart My Little A-Holes
, that is blowing up Amazon and everywhere else. It is like someone told someone else that the secret to all things secretive is in this book. She is tearing it up!!
I think Karen sets up what you might find in her book quite nicely. You shouldn’t be surprised that it drops word bombs everywhere and that it gets right down to it when you see the cover and the title. Karen shares things that you probably don’t hear many people sharing. She ain’t afraid! She lets it all hang out! I think that is what draws so many people to Karen. She makes them laugh and she says it exactly like she’s thinking it. She says things most everyone else won’t say.
I love how Karen dedicates her book to her children in this way: “I write about the bad stuff because it is funnier and because there’s so much good stuff it wouldn’t fit in a book. I love you both more than you can possibly imagine.”
So sweet, right?
(I can vouch that this is true. Her personal Facebook profile pics almost all contain a sweet picture of her with her kids. She has a funny family photo of them all in bed with a family photo afghan across the bed. I hardly have any with my kids at all, much less on an afghan. Afghan. Afghan. What is wrong with me?)
(And, also, doesn’t Karen just look nice? People who wear that share of pink, nice earrings and a cute shirt like that one seriously love their kids. They just do.)
Karen’s book has parts where you will open up your mouth wide before starting to laugh. You may be tempted to cover your eyes in some parts. You might think, “Did she really just say that?” You will laugh, though. You will laugh and know that you aren’t the only one who has thought or felt the way you might sometimes. (The part about the hot tub with some friends makes me laugh every time.)
Also, if you ever wondered how she came up with the name of her insanely popular blog Baby Sideburns
, or if you’d like to know what it used to be called, the answer is in this book. That alone was worth reading the book to me!
You can buy the books on Amazon here:
Their Facebook pages are here:
If you are interested in reading any of these books and would like to take part in my little giveaway party, leave a comment here OR go over to Facebook and enter by clicking on the link below. (You just leave a comment on that thread.) It would be super awesome of you if you followed the Kelley’s Break Room Facebook
page, too, but I’m not going to get any police after you if you don’t. I am going to give all three to one
winner and will pick that winner by next Wednesday night, April 23rd. If that winner already has some of them or just wants some of them, then I will divide them up. Ain’t. No. Thang.
Now go get to readin’ and snort-laughing!