Thursday, February 9, 2017

Just one more chapter, please! | 1

I'm starting a new series to keep me accountable. See, I started a reading challenge on Goodreads and I'm trying to read 10 books this year. I can't remember how many books I challenged myself to read last year but I'm pretty sure I didn't reach my goal. Because procrastination. Not this year, though. I'm planning on following through and I hope you harass me in order to do so. 😀

Title: Scrappy Little Nobody
Author: Anna Kendrick
Buy: Amazon (affiliate)
Book Description: A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by
the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

Here's a little backstory on her from Wikipedia:

Anna Cooke Kendrick (born August 9, 1985) is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a child actor in theater productions. Her first prominent role was in the 1998 Broadway musical High Society, which earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She made her film debut in the musical comedy Camp (2003). Kendrick rose to prominence for her supporting role in The Twilight Saga (2008–12), the film franchise based on Stephenie Meyer’s book series. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Up in the Air (2009). Kendrick has also featured in the comedy-drama 50/50 (2011), the crime-drama End of Watch (2012), the musical-fantasy Into the Woods (2014), and the adult comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016). She achieved further fame for playing the protagonist in the 2012 musical comedy Pitch Perfect and the 2015 sequel, Pitch Perfect 2.

I'm a fan of Anna's. I wouldn't say a huge fan, but I enjoy her movies and I feel like she'd be a cool chick to hang out with. When Goodreads recommended her first and only book, I jumped on it since I knew it would be about her life. She brings up a lot of the movies she was in and the theater shows she was a part of which I think is cool. It's kind of like a behind the scenes type of thing, yanno.

Now to be quite honest with you, I didn't "read" the book. I "read" the audio book which I only did because Anna read it herself. I feel like if the author does the audio, you get a better understanding of what's going on. What with the squeals, the giggles, and the sarcasm that you don't always catch when reading a book. It's like actually talking to the person and I enjoy that.

It was interesting to hear how she came up in the theater/movie biz. She shares about her work trips to NY with her older brother as a teen and staying in random hotels. Oh, and she doesn't hide behind her sex adventures or even drug adventures. I've gotta give her mucho credit for being honest (hopefully) and not denying that part of her life. Ah, she did mention being high during one of the days she was doing the Twilight movie. I guess for that you'd have to be high in order to survive, haha! Totally kidding, y'all. Or am I? 😁 I thought the shit she said about Twilight and how she wasn't the happiest camper while filming was hilarious! I liked how she talked about the award shows she's been to and how she enjoys stepping out of the car on the wrong side at red carpets. This freaks the folks out, especially the photographers. She's witty AF and I like that she doesn't take herself too seriously. Not to mention how relatable she is. I mean, we know celebrities are normal people but until they specifically mention it, we kind of forget about it. 

The negatives about having Anna read her book is that she become annoying, real quick. I got the impression that she's a big whiner/complainer and it made me want to stop "reading" her book. That's probably the only thing I didn't like about the book. I enjoyed hearing how "normal" she is even though she's a big celebrity. I use the term big lightly because she's not like Jada Pinkett Smith big or Jennifer Aniston big. But people know her mostly from Pitch Perfect, I think. 

Would I recommend this book? I'm not really sure. I guess it depends on what entertains you. This isn't a dramatic book or suspenseful book. It's full of comedy and stories that you will most likely relate to. It's definitely not a teen book as Anna uses words like fuckboy and she talks about sex and boys.

What are you reading these days?

Just One More Chapter, Please: A series about the Goodreads reading challenge I've set myself up with this year. This year, I plan on reading at least 10 books. Help me stay accountable by checking up on me every once in a while. Please!

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