Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I got a Kindle almost a year ago.  And, what a shame, I only used it for the wi-fi. UNTIL, I went to Italy and I was like “Oh right, I should finally use this useful tool so that I have entertainment for the airplane and train.”  Weirdly enough, the library limits the number of ebook copies that can be checked out at once, so there was a waiting list for all the popular books and well-known authors.  I poked around a little until I found a book with really good ratings.  It was called “Attachments” by Rainbow Rowell. (Her blog is here.)

“Attachments” is a fantastic book.  It is sweet, poignant, romantic, and insanely hilarious. Like, laugh out loud, look like a crazy person, tell all your friends about it HILARIOUS.

What is it about?

“Attachments” takes place right around Y2K, although it was written recently and  published just this year. Two friends, Jennifer and Beth, work for a newspaper and email each other all day, chatting about life, relationships, and Jason Bateman.  Their conversations are so funny and realistic, I swear, I felt like I was reading email exchanges I’ve had with my friends.

Lincoln, a down-and-out guy who feels like his life is one giant rut, is hired by the newspaper to monitor company emails for red-flags, like gambling or evidence of time wasting.  Jennifer and Beth’s emails pop-up and Lincoln, just like the reader, is captivated. He starts to fall for Beth, but has no idea how to introduce himself: “Hi, we’ve never met, but I’ve been spying on your emails for weeks and I’ve fallen in love with you?” Face palm.

This romantic comedy, about friendship, love, and courage, is one of the best books I’ve ever read and it is a zillion times better than the Stephanie Plum or Shopaholic series (and, guilty, I’ve read all of both of them).

Go read the excerpts on Amazon!  Here is a tiny one:

Jennifer to Beth:  I think I’m pregnant.

Beth to Jennifer:  What?  Why do you think you’re pregnant?

Jennifer to Beth:  I had three drinks last Saturday.

Beth to Jennifer:  I think we need to have a little talk about the birds and the bees. That’s not exactly how it happens.

Jennifer to Beth:  Whenever I have too much to drink, I start to feel pregnant.  I think it’s because I never drink, and it would just figure that the one time I decide to loosen up, I get pregnant.  Three hours of weakness, and now I’m going to spend the rest of my life wrestling with the special needs of a fetal alcoholic.

Beth to Jennifer:  I don’t think they call them that.

Boom. Mic drop. And I only used this excerpt because it was easily available.  I don’t have my copy anymore so I couldn’t mine through it to find the best, most funny parts.

There are also “deleted scenes” on Rowell’s website.  This one, about Beth’s secret love for Data from Star Trek is priceless. This one, about Lincoln getting the job at the newspaper, demonstrates his relationship with his slightly overbearing mother.

I am ordering my copy today, and you should too! Or at least try to get it from your library!

Hunger Games Sountrack

I just finished the last book yesterday.  I have that bittersweet feeling you get when you finish a good book, you feel satisfied with how things turned out, but sad because it is over.  Don’t let the popularity of The Hunger Games turn you off; don’t act too cool for school!  These are exciting, fast-paces stories with an abundance of cliffhangers.  Also, there are only three of them, so hurry up since the first movies comes out on Friday!

The soundtrack is bound to be phenomenal, with names like Glen Hansard and Neko Case attached.  It is available for pre-order on itunes now.

Buy your tickets for Friday!

Laughing Squid

Laughing Squid is the best.  It is my go-to for art and innovation.

From their ABOUT section:

Laughing Squid features interesting art, culture & technology from around the web. It is also an independently owned and operated cloud-based web hosting company. Laughing Squid was founded in 1995 by primary tentacle Scott Beale, who is the editor and head curator, joined by several awesome guest bloggers.

I have bookmarked a ton of their posts and, when I started this blog, I worried that I would just end up recreating Laughing Squid, so I avoided re-posting their posts.

But, I think that I was just being silly. I promise these are worth your time 🙂

First, a bookstore comes to life?!?!?  Great music too!

Second, Irish Hand Dancing ftw?!?!? Great music too too!

Do you recognize them?  They were in a McDonald’s ad not too long ago.

The music for this video is super catchy.

Mindy Kaling is my Lady Hero

So, about a month ago there was a “sponsored” post on Jezebel advertising Mindy Kaling’s new book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, and it had an excerpt (on friendship) read by Ms. Kaling herself.  I cannot find this post anymore 😦

But, I found a different passage (on exercise), to post. Thanks trusty Youtube!

Also, Mindy Kaling has been touring the press and offering up some insider Office info and some back story on how she ended up in showbiz.

From Mindy’s NPR interview:

If you want some insight into Kaling’s own hobbies, you may want to follow her voluminous and wildly entertaining Twitter feed, or visit her website, The Concerns of Mindy Kaling, where traces of the Kelly Kapoor persona are prominent.

Can’t wait to get my copy!!!!