Title: Literary Starbucks: Freshly-Brewed, No-Whip, Half-Caf Bookish Humor
Author: Jill Poskanzer, Wilson Josephson, Nora Katz
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: May 17, 2016
From the creators of the eponymous viral Tumblr comes a single day with your favorite authors in one Twilight-Zone-esque Starbucks…
Ever wonder which intricate, elaborately-named drinks might be consumed if your favorite authors and characters wandered into a Starbucks? How many pumpkin lattes J.K. Rowling would drink? Or if Cormac McCarthy needed caffeine, which latte would be laconic enough? Look no further; LITERARY STARBUCKS explores such pressing matters with humor and erudition. Set over the course of a single day, and replete with puns and satirized literary styles, the three authors go darker, stronger, and more global than the blog in book format, including illustrations by acclaimed New Yorker cover artist and cartoonist Harry Bliss.
When I heard about this book, I had to get it. I love Starbucks and I love books, so this is the best of both worlds.
In this book, many beloved authors and literary characters go into Starbucks and order coffee. Each order matches either their life, story, or writing style. These were so clever and accurate! Here are some of my favourites:
- “Mary Ann Evans goes up to the counter and gives her name as George Eliot.”
- “Jack London goes up to the counter with twelve sled dogs in tow.”
- “Atticus Finch goes up to the counter and orders the one drink on the menu that no one else was brave enough to get.”
One negative thing about this book was that there were a lot of authors or characters that I had never heard of, or I didn’t know enough about them to understand the jokes. But the ones that I did understand made me laugh out loud.
This is a great book for book lovers!
Title: Literally Me
Author: Julie Houts
Release Date: October 24, 2017
LIVE. LAUGH. LOVE. Or EXIST. SMIRK. LURK.
Julie Houts has cultivated a devoted following as “Instagram’s favorite illustrator” (Vogue) by lampooning the conflicting messages and images women consume and share with the world every day.
A collection of darkly comic illustrated essays, Literally Me chronicles the exploits of “slightly antisocial heroines” (Refinery29) in vivid, excruciatingly funny detail, including:
-The beauty routine of a deranged bride who aspires to be “truly without flaws” on her wedding day
-What happens when Kylie Jenner has an existential crisis and can no longer “step out”
-A journey to Coachella by the Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse
-The true dating confessions of a fembot
-The terrifying description for Alice Staunch’s book How to Be a Perfect Feminist
-The diary of Fiddle Ficus, a tree that lives inside a CÉLINE store, and much more
Well this was an interesting book. Some parts were really funny, but some were just strange.
I really enjoyed the journey to Coachella. Four girls meet in an Uber Pool. They’re the most unlikely people to see together and they don’t get along. Let’s just say, the car ride ends in pee in the backseat.
The pictures were very unique. I liked the way they were filled in with water colours. Some of the illustrations told an entire story. There was also an unusual mouse that appeared multiple times.
This book was original and unconventional. At times I didn’t know what was going on, but some of the stories were very funny.
Title: Downward Dog: Very Serious Haiku From A Very Serious Dog
Author: Samm Hodges, Phinheas Hodges
Publisher: Animal Media Group
Release Date: June 6, 2017
This book is full of haiku poems by a dog. Yes, haiku poems from the perspective of a dog!
If you know me, you know I love dogs, especially my own bichon poodle, Skippy. These poems are hilarious! I can picture these poems coming from my dog.
My favourite one is about the “surprise” after “the ride in the car” which ended with being neutered. I laughed out loud at that one! Some of the other poems were about cuddling up with Netflix and a dilemma about his leash: friend or foe?
There are also pictures that go along with many of the poems. They’re just simple drawings, that presumably have been drawn by the dog.
I really like this book! It’s super short but it’s so funny! These haikus come from the dog from the new ABC show, Downward Dog. Check it out Wednesday nights!
Title: Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No Bullshit Guide to World Mythology
Author: Cory O’Brien
Genre: Humour, Mythology
Release Date: March 5, 2013
My favourite courses in university were my Greek mythology classes. I find those stories fascinating. Cory O’Brien loves myths too, so he retells a variety of world myths in this collection. He covers everything from Greek to Hindu to Chinese to Native American myths. He even discusses “American” myths, which are the stories of the founding of the United States.
This book is hilarious. He tells each story in a blunt way, though the general story is correct. He draws attention to the promiscuous acts of Zeus in Greek mythology and the gold loving dwarves in Norse mythology.
Though O’Brien makes fun of the absurdity of these myths, in the conclusion he is more serious. The mythologies of different cultures have a lot in common. They all have a creation myth and a myth where the gods destroy the humans on earth. It’s amazing how these cultures that are so distant in geography and in beliefs can have the same plots in their mythologies.
I loved this book. It is quite explicit at times, but the myths are very funny. I really enjoyed it!