Title and Author of book: Julie & Julia: my year of cooking Dangerously
Fiction or non-fiction: Non-fiction
Where did I get the book: My public Library (thank God I didn't spend good $$$ on it!)
I was absolutely disappointed in this book. I had to make myself finish it, which isn't a fun way to spend a Saturday...let me tell you!!! I found Julie to be very irritating. I could care less about her potty mouth, that isn't what turned me off. What I didn't care for was the way she talked about 9/11, working in the government agency, how much she hated Republicans, and just her whole personality. I think that it tainted my thoughts about the whole book. I wish she would've just concentrated on the food adventures and included some parts of her blog. I enjoyed reading the comments from some of her readers. I laughed at her mom reading the blog and leaving her notes as to how crazy she thought her daughter was at trying to cook every recipe in Julia Childs cookbook. The most enjoyable parts of the whole book were the excerpts from Paul Childs before each chapter. I loved reading these little snippets and sincerely couldn't wait to get through her chapter so that I could get back to the real interesting people!!
I'm pretty much an Independent. I hate having to declare myself a Democrat or a Republican, but can I just say that the following quote really felt needless?
Setting the scene for you: Julie was taking Charlotte Malakoff to her office so that her co-workers could partake in her newest creation. She dropped the ceramic dish and it shattered everywhere.
And after I got up to the office and left the heaped remains of charlotte out on the counter of the staff kitchen with a note saying "Please Enjoy!" I had to go to the six Democrats in the office and tell them they might want to take a pass since there might be ceramic shards or antifreeze in it.
I get it...she hates Republicans but she doesn't have to hit us over the head with it constantly!!!
Oh well, I'm going to see the movie because I'm sure that it has to be wayyyyy better than this book!
Other people's thoughts:
direct quote from review: "Most bloggers can relate to her joy at receiving 36 hits early on (she knew because she’d checked her stats 12 times that day) and receiving her first comment. This audiobook made me laugh (a lot) and even got me teary-eyed at one point."
Bonnie-Redlady's Reading Room
direct quote from review: "If you are a foodie, a blogger, or you are just curious about this kind of book I would recommend reading it. Read it with an open mind. I enjoyed reading it as it took me to a place that I haven't experienced before and it was fun to read."
direct quote from review: "I do have to warn you that Julie Powell’s language is rough. It’s actually beyond potty mouth. It didn’t keep me from reading and enjoying the book but I know some people like to know that beforehand. This is a memoir of sorts so it’s about Julie Powell. Rough but hip talk is who she is."
Lesley-Lesley's Book Nook
direct quote from review: "I found myself chortling out loud on several occasions (cause for some interesting glances from fellow walkers or bike riders as they passed by), finding Powell’s self-deprecating anecdotes quite humorous."
If you've read and reviewed this one please leave me your link in the comment section and I will add it to the list!!