In the beginning of the year I made the resolution to try reading a book-per-week– books that either focused on artistic inspiration, design history, the entrepreneurial spirit, or something along those lines to help inspire me to do projects in the same vein. I made it 11 weeks before I started to realize that the time I was spending reading all these books was taking away from leisure activities that I love; mainly crosswords, funny books and fashion magazines. When I went away on vacation to Iceland I didn’t bring my normal creative literature, instead I bought Joan Rivers’ latest tomb I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me and Chelsea Handler’s Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me . Both proved to be excellent selections for my summer vacation reading.
In Joan River’s new book: I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me, she presents a collection of one-liner jokes, organized by the groups of people or things she is hating on. Some of the jokes are horrible, some shocking, but the majority made me laugh out loud on our flight from Reykjavik back to Boston. Among my favorite parts of the book is when Joan reviews the shortcomings of each state in our union of fifty. Wonderful!
I had read every other book that Chelsea Handler has written so it was only natural for me to pick up Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me when I saw it staring back at me in the airport newsstand. This book is a little different from the rest of Chelsea’s books as it is written from the perspective of the friends and family who have been the victims of her pranks instead of being written from the first person, but it still made for an entertaining book nonetheless. After reading all of Chelsea’s other books I found it sometimes hard to believe the level of high-jinks present in her stories. Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me presented evidence that the types of accounts given in the other books actually happened since in “Lies” they are fully corroborated by the prank’s victims. Chelsea Handler is the type of prank legend we all wish we were, but we will never be due to fear of epic retaliation 🙂
When will I pick up my inspirational books again? I’m not sure. But in the meantime I have been enjoying my other leisurely literature. Sometimes all I need is a good laugh and that is inspiring enough. As long as there are funny women writing funny books, inspiration and leisurely enjoyment might be one and the same for me! I’m looking forward to Chelsea’s next publication– hopefully sooner rather than later!
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