Reviews by Enzy
Twist on Happily Ever After
This was a fun read and definitely contributed to a larger conversation of the stereotypes involved in fairytales. There were a few great twists and the plot was pretty solid. I did have a hard time following the authors descriptions at times and I was fairly disappointed that the value of physical appearance seemed to be reinforced with the events of the novel. The book began with such a promising start, showing that a person's character trumped their physical appearance and then I felt like Chainani gave into societal pressures to have beautiful, good heroines. Don't even get me started on the plot line of Tedros. However, despite my bristling at that, it was an entertaining book and I will most likely read the second one too (A World without Princes). It did a wonderful job of showing how, even in a fairytale, things are not always black and white.
Fun Summer Read
I really enjoyed this book. Within the first 20 pages I felt like I was invested in the characters and the plot. As the time travel element was added, I was enjoying the book and was not thrown by the fantastical element of it which surprised me since on paper, the whole concept seems a little ridiculous. Like the reviewer below said, it is not as heavy a subject matter as some of Rowell's other writings, but the study of the familial relationships were interesting. Also, while books addressing heavy topics are great to read, sometimes I crave something lighter. This book definitely satisfied that craving.
Entertaining and Educational
This is a great book for those of us who have flirted with the idea of downsizing. Dee Williams is one of those women I would love to befriend. I envision meeting her and instantly forming a bond that would be able to weather any storm. Her personality and humor shine through her writing making her an incredibly enigmatic figure who draws the reader in...or at least me. If you are looking for an entertaining book that is also somewhat educational as I did not know a lot of the terms she threw around.

In addition to discussing some of the more technical aspects of simplifying your life and moving into a smaller space, Dee also touches on the emotional ramifications of letting go, physically ridding her life of objects that had emotional value. She also addresses the fear that accompanied the realization that she would not be able to change her mind once she took action.
Good memoir, but tough to read at times
Alison Arngrim grew up in an unusual family. Her mother was the voice of Gumby and her father was the personal manager to Liberace and was also a homosexual. On top of all of this, her brother was a famous teenage heartthrob who seemed to rule the household and also sexually abused his younger sister. Desperate to get out of the house, Alison decided to begin going to auditions and acting. She had a few smaller roles and then was asked to audition for Little House on the Prairie. First she read for the part of Laura Ingalls, then Mary Ingalls, and finally…Nellie Olsen. Alison had everyone roaring during her audition to play the part of Nellie, the producers had struck gold. In her book, Alison discusses her relationships with the cast members as well as her difficulties working through her childhood abuse. She strikes the reader as a strong person who would rather laugh than cry and this ability has provided her with a full life and a satisfying career.
A Fun Read
Fans of Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation will definitely want to check out Paddle Your Own Canoe: One man’s fundamentals for delicious living. This book contains the musings of Nick Offerman on varying subjects. There is much about Nick Offerman that is strikingly similar to the fictional Ron Swanson. For example, he loves woodworking and red meat. However he is the first to point out that unlike Ron Swanson, he is not a character and also eats salads.

I greatly enjoyed the chapters where he discussed growing up in rural Illinois and his early theater experience. Offerman certainly describes himself as having a passion for theater and yet also not being a stereotypical actor which creates an interesting dynamic to his stories. He also briefly discusses his romance with his wife of 11 years Megan Mullally (the fabulous actress who plays Ron Swanson's crazy ex-wife Tammy in Parks and Recreation). Overall, Paddle Your Own Canoe was a fun and quick read, perfect for reading when traveling.