What We Read in October 2018

October has come and gone and we managed to cram in some good books between eating candy, buying new fall sweaters, and putting together my Christmas list. Here’s what we read and whether or not we recommend them!

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

I'll be gone in the dark

I’d be shocked if you hadn’t heard of this book. The book’s origins come from a fantastic LA Magazine article and the book is being made into a HBO miniseries. I remember hearing that Michelle, the author had died, and gasped. I felt like I knew her because I was a huge fan of Patton Oswalt’s and he often spoke of her in his stand up.

The book was critically acclaimed and was being talked about all over the book blogosphere so I eagerly picked it up.  To be totally honest, I was a little underwhelmed, but I think I’m to blame for it. I didn’t realize how much the book had to be stitched together post-Michelle’s death. The editors and Patton tried really hard to make it a cohesive story, but it’s rare that a book can come out as good as it should when the original author isn’t at the helm. Continue reading “What We Read in October 2018”

Boss and Going Clear: Episode 5

After another long break, the Book Hubbubing duo is back!

We start off talking about Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago by Mike Royko, which is is especially timely here in Chicago with Rahm Emmanuel not seeking reelection as mayor.

We then moved on to Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright. We both agree that it starts a little dry, but once it moves on to the celebrity stuff it gets really juicy and interesting!

What we recommend this month:

For next month we’re reading Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut and Sadie by Courtney Summers. Happy reading!

The Time Machine Did It and A Man Called Ove: Episode 4

We’re finally back! We talked about the The Time Machine Did It, which Kate found silly and she says that about ten times. Dan liked it and gives it A, Kate gives it a C, though Dan makes the argument that C+ is the best grade you can possibly give something.

They move on to A Man Called Ove, which they both thoroughly enjoyed. They both give it an A, but argued about whether they should watch the Swedish film based on the book. They then debate over who should be in the US version of the film they announced. Where do you think the movie should take place in the US?

What we recommend:

The next two books we are reading are Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago by Mike Royko and Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright. Kate and Dan live in Chicago, so Richard Daley looms large in their lives. Kate is obsessed with Scientology, so she wants to learn more about it.

If Kate can wrangle it they will do an Adapted! episode, but that is dependent on Dan.

Sorry for the sniffing! No one was doing coke, we promise you!

Happy reading and we will see you in August in the latest!

A River in Darkness and High Fidelity

Welcome to episode 3! We discuss A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea and High Fidelity.

For next month, we are reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman and The Time Machine Did It by John Swartzwelder.

Be on the lookout for our bonus episode, Adapted!, where we will discuss the adaptations of the books we have read so far.

Thirteen Reasons Why and Good Omens

On this episode we talked about Thirteen Reasons Why, which we both found problematic. Kate’s big message about this book: If you have been sexually assaulted, suicide is not your only option! You can talk to someone right now: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/talk-to-someone-now/

On a lighter note, this is the SNL sketch we talked about:

We also talked about Good Omens, and we both really liked it! Even though British humor isn’t big for Kate, she still really enjoyed it.

On the next episode, we are discussing A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea and High Fidelity!

Episode 1: Ready Player One and Yes!: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of WrestleMania

We discuss Yes!: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of WrestleMania by Daniel Bryan and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline on the first full episode of Book Hubbubing!

Yes, Kate says Catch-21, and she meant Catch-22. She is very aware of that.

The books we picked for the next episode are Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

14 Unique Coffee Tables

Coffee tables are crucial for reading, you need a place to rest your feet and keep cute books. It’s a centerpiece for your living room and it gives guests a look into your style.

While most people opt for standard coffee tables, there are other options for you that can really show off your unique personality. We’ve compiled a list of 14 coffee tables that will give your living room a pop of individuality. Continue reading “14 Unique Coffee Tables”

What Books Would the Characters From “The Office” Be Reading?

What Books Would the Characters From “The Office” Be Reading?

As I’m working my way towards my goal of reading 100 books this year, I’ve been reading a wide array of books. Nonfiction, chick lit, literary fiction, young adult, it’s been all over the spectrum. I started thinking of the books I’ve read, and who else would enjoy them in my life.

And as most things in my mind, my thoughts eventually meandered their way onto what TV show I should watch when I’m home. Meld these two different thoughts together and I started wondering what books the characters on The Office would read. Continue reading “What Books Would the Characters From “The Office” Be Reading?”