The Wreckage of My Presence: Essays

I first saw Casey Wilson on the sitcom “Happy Endings” and have been a fan of hers ever since. Her over the top style of comedy always makes me laugh so when I heard she was publishing a book of essays, I immediately ordered it for my library.  This book lived up to my expectations and even surprised me with poignant and emotional moments I didn’t expect.  This was a wonderful collection of essays that made me laugh and cry.

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A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear

Fair warning: I feel like I should get this out of the way right off the bat: I really can’t stand Libertarianism as a concept or ideology nor can I put up with Libertarians in general so I fully admit that I was hoping for some schadenfreude while reading this book.  While my beliefs about libertarianism didn’t change, this book was nothing like I thought it would be and I found myself moved by several of the townspeople’s stories and left with a feeling of sadness about the world that I didn’t expect.  The story told in this book is also humorous, irreverent, and timely in a way that I don’t think Hongoltz-Hetling could have imagined when he began to write it.  I would recommend this book for both political and non-political book fans.

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Happy Trail

A few years ago, romance author Penny Reid “opened up her Universe to allow several different authors to publish stories set there, either new stories about characters readers are already familiar with, or brand new characters.”  These books are being published under the Smartypants Romance publishing house and have allowed fans of Reid’s (like me!) to enjoy a wide range of stories.  “Happy Trails” is the first book in the Park Ranger series and was a fun, quirky addition to the Green Valley Universe Reid created.  You don’t have to be familiar with any of Reid’s books to enjoy this one but if you are, I think you will like seeing some familiar characters pop up for a scene or two.

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Beard Science

Three books into this series and I think I like this one more than the previous books, but that could be due to my love for Cletus Winston, the best Winston brother (in my humble opinion.)  I so enjoyed this unconventional love story and would be more than happy to see an entire spinoff series with Cletus and Jen.  These books just keep getting better and better and I highly recommend it.

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Grin and Beard It

This is the second book in the Winston Brothers series and I can’t believe how much I enjoy reading about this family.   Penny Reid does a great job of making sure you are interested in the main characters while still learning about the other brothers so you, as the reader, can’t wait to pick up the next book in the series.  This book was very fun and I would highly recommend it.

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The First Husband

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so much so that I want to read Laura Dave’s other books as soon as I can. This book meets another one of my reading challenges requirements, this time for a book that has an item of clothing or an accessory on the cover.  I am so happy that I basically stumbled upon this title through this challenge because it was one of the most entertaining books I have read in a while.

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Truth or Beard

A book about bearded, ginger men and the hijinks they find themselves in?  Sounds like this book was written specifically for me!   Penny Reid has written a very enjoyable, funny, romance novel that kept me entertained the entire time.  I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a quick, fun read with likable characters and a happily ever after.

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