I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobson of Broad City

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I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other StuffI Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I Might Regret Reading This One ...
😕
You know how they say to never meet your idols because they'll never live up to your idea of them? This book was kind of like that.

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This hurts me to write. I wanted to love this book, I eagerly awaited it on hold from the library and was *thrilled* to read it. Obviously, my expectations were too high. Perhaps if you aim low you won't be as disappointed.

HUGE fan of Broad City, LOVE Abbi and Ilana ... together ... I'm actually borderline 2 stars, but I watched the VERY LAST episode of the series tonight and I'm not ready to let go. 😩

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Whyyy was this so painful?! A true test of patience, there's not much here aside from stream-of-conscious navel gazing, endless thought cycles, imaginings, what if's, and lists of questions with no answers. The narrative goes nowhere fast, and if Abbi didn't read the audiobook, I would have bailed without finishing.

As far as memoirs go, this barely qualifies. It's more an attempt to heal after a breakup by taking a cross country road trip, during which Abbi waxes un-poetically about random things and tries to come to grips with her life, her lack of significant other, and the (gasp) end of Broad City.

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Pretty bummed as the last episode of the entire series was also a bummer.

Abbi and Ilana are KWEENS, but this book felt like chewing someone else's gum.
Intimate, and yet entirely unnecessary.

“Some of the best experiences don’t end with a bang, but rather a dose of reality.”
— Abbi Jacobson

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[Might alter stars later. But it is still Abbi, and she does touch on meeting Ilana and starting Broad City—so at least there was that. Maybe they're just better together?]

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"I wandered. It was a mess and not perfect and all mine. I got lost, and that's okay."
— Abbi Jacobson

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March 2019 Book Recap

Not a great read, lots of future-casting, but the only hardback boi of the month.

Favorite “adult” book of the month: *Deep Work* by Cal Newport, as it helped rekindle a commitment to eliminate distraction. Looking forward to reading *Digital Minimalism* next month.

Favorite guilty pleasure: *Pretty Girls* by Karin Slaughter—love a good sister thriller.

Favorite audiobook: Betty White reading If You Ask Me.

Poetry standout: Rudy Francisco’s Helium.

*Nonfiction*

Deep Work by Cal Newport ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Productivity, psychology]

AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order by Kai-fu Lee ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Science/tech, politics] 

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Feminism, pop culture]

Bossypants by Tina Fey ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Autobiography, humor] 

If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t) by Betty White ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Memoir, humor]

The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind by Michio Kaku ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Science, psychology]

Small Fry: A Memoir by Lisa Brennan Jobs ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Autobiography/Steve Jobs through the eyes of estranged daughter Lisa.]

This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection by Carol Burnett ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Memoir, humor]

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions ⭐️⭐️ [Exactly what you think it is.]

*Fiction* 

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Mystery, thriller]

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Mystery, psychological thriller]

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Science Fiction, dystopia]

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Literary fiction, mental health]

Fox 8 by George Saunders ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Short story/fable]

*Poetry* 

Helium by Rudy Francisco ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Your Soul is a River by Nikita Gill ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Black Movie by Danez Smith ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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February 2019 Book Recap

Hands down favorite of the month: *How to Change Your Mind* by Michael Pollan, “mental travelogue” says it all. 

*Nonfiction*

How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Science, psychology]

The Periodic Table by Primo Levi 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [History, memoir]

Theft By Finding by David Sedaris 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Humor, memoir]

Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [History, adventure]

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Feminism, memoir]

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Business, leadership] 

Men Explain Thing to Me by Rebecca Solnit 
⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Feminism, essays]

The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley 
⭐️⭐️⭐️ [aka, Huxley rants on mescaline] 

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath 
⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Not that sticky.]

*Fiction* 

Stalker by Lars Kepler 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Swedish crime thriller]

Pet Sematary by Stephen King 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Sometimes, dead is better.]

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 
⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Historical fiction, Asia]

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood 
⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Retelling, The Tempest]

Less by Andrew Sean Greet 
⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Pulitzer Prize winner!?]

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 
⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Swamp love]

What was your favorite read in February? 

*Bonus: Nonsensical Titular Poem*

Shadow Divers practice Theft by Finding, 
Men Explain Things to Me. 
The Linchpin creates things Made to Stick, 
like Pachinko. 

Where the Crawdads Sing, next to the Pet Sematary
you will find the Hag-Seed Stalker. 
Shrill is the call to The Doors of Perception,
which has Less to do with The Periodic Table than 
How to Change Your Mind.

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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage | GoodReads

An exciting, epic battle of survival; Stoicism to the nth degree. Truly incredible. 

“The ship had been named the Polaris. After the sale, Shackleton rechristened her Endurance, in keeping with the motto of his family, Fortitudine Vincimus—"By endurance we conquer."

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