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Day 62: This is a Book by Demetri Martin

Day 62

Summary From Goodreads

From the renowned comedian, creator, star and executive producer/multiple title-holder of Comedy Central’s Important Things with Demetri Martin comes a bold, original, and rectangular kind of humor book.

Demetri’s first literary foray features longer-form essays and conceptual pieces (such as Protagonists’ Hospital, a melodrama about the clinic doctors who treat only the flesh wounds and minor head scratches of Hollywood action heroes), as well as his trademark charts, doodles, drawings, one-liners, and lists (i.e., the world views of optimists, pessimists and contortionists), Martin’s material is varied, but his unique voice and brilliant mind will keep readers in stitches from beginning to end.


While I understand that the style of the humor used in each piece does vary, This is a Book misses the mark when it comes to being a truly funny book.

This is the case most especially when it comes to the longer form selections. Some seem intended to be humorous, though not all, but many are flat and dry without any life to them. Socrates’s Publicist, Better Than Sex, A Christmas Carol (the Deleted Scene) and Eulogy all fell short in various ways, though mostly from excessive repetition and being dull in general (I picked one from each section of the book because truly this is a problem throughout). While they aren’t all that rough (I rather enjoyed Bee Sting with its multiple points of view) overall they didn’t flow, in each section or in the book as a whole.

The highlights of the book are similar to those you would find in Martin’s acts, quick, and more importantly short, jokes, and especially those with visuals to go with. His drawings and captions to go with them are quite funny and they do help to liven up the book some. He also includes random things on the pages that were, as he makes sure to point out, either intentionally/unintentionally left blank and those serve as a pretty cute transition. I had favorites in his shorter bits of course, such as his diagram on GPA & Limbs, the letter r and his two statistics sections.

While those highlights were enjoyable to varying degrees, because of how rough I felt the longer portions were I can’t say I really enjoyed this book all that much. I like Martin’s comedy and his style of humor when it comes to his shows, but maybe I’ll avoid reading things from him from now on, this just wasn’t for me. The writing was fine, but it wasn’t fun, and that distinction proved to be its downfall in my mind. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 63 and the blog’s first ever giveaway! ^.^

Mount TBR Challenge #47/150+; 2013 TBR Pile #47/50; Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #62/365

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Take Control – March 2013 TBR Pile Challenge

Take Control

You can use hastag #TakeControl on twitter and share your progress. Share the Take Control Button or this post on your blog, Facebook or twitter to earn an extra entry for each place you share. (Rafflecopter will post March 1st, so be sure and enter them)

*note this challenge can be done in conjunction with any other TBR challenge as long as the book is read between March 1st and 31st.

Another challenge that works perfectly with my 2013 TBR Pile & Mount TBR ones, and run by one of my best bookish blogger friends Kimberly, huzzah! I knew I was going to sign up for this but just wanted to wait until today, the 1st, to post it. Since I’m already doing 2 TBR challenges for the year (and am almost done with one, woohoo!) this won’t really change my reading habits all that much, though I think I will put a small twist on my focus for the month. For the month of March I will try and read as many of my series books that also qualify as TBR pile ones. Not only will this make a lovely dent in my TBR challenges, but I should make some great progress on my Seriously Series Reading Challenge as well! Aren’t these things great motivators? ^.^

So goals, because what is a challenge post without them?! Out of the 31 books I will be reading for the month (per my goodreads challenge) I will try and read at least 22 from my TBR pile (~70%). Sounds reasonable right? This should also help, as all of the books would be full length novels, to decrease my novella reading for the month. An additional challenge to overcome but I think I’m up to it! So here are the series I am working on that have books that qualify as TBR, most of the TBR books will be from these:

Dragoneer Saga – M.R. Mathias

Pendragon – D.J. MacHale

The Protector – M.R. Merrick

Shades of London – Maureen Johnson

Daughter of Smoke & Bone – Laini Taylor

The Iron Fey – Julie Kagawa

Scanguards Vampires – Tina Folsom

Legend – Marie Lu

There are other series that I might start (Unearthly, Under the Never Sky & Everneath to name a few) as well as ones that have not been completed but have books coming out in 2013 (Razorland series, Spellbound & Brightest Kind of Darkness are some). I can’t wait to whittle down some more on my TBR & Series challenges & piles! One thing to really look forward to, and incentive if you haven’t signed up for this yet, is there is a readathon! Weeeeeeeeeeee! I sure do love me some readathons! ^.^ Time to go read! *poof*


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