Someday, Someday, Maybe Book Review

Title – Someday, Someday, Maybe Someday, Someday, Maybe Book Cover(GoodreadsAmazonBarnsAndNoble)

Author – Lauren Graham (WebsiteGoodreads)

Classification –Fiction

Summary – Franny has three months to go in her three year plan to make it as an actress in New York City.


Thoughts: ***warning: spoilers!**

I have to be honest – this book probably would not have been picked up if not for the author. Lauren Graham is the beloved actress famously known from Gilmore Girls, Parenthood, and Evan Almighty. This is her debut novel and, out of fandom, I had to read it.

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Lauren Graham talks about Peter Krause reading her novel, “Someday, Someday, Maybe” on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Plus, as an avid reader herself, I thought I struck it rich.

Lauren Graham

I felt the main character, Franny, was an exact mirror image of this. However, as much as I enjoy Graham’s roles, I didn’t enjoy the dense quirky-ness and worry-wart attitude of Franny.

And was it just me or were all the other characters too cliche?

The plot line isn’t too engaging (hence the one sentence summary). Oh, she’s an actress in New York City with hopes of “making it big?” She has a few commercials under her belt? When she does get her first gig, she’s worried about the nudity?

Am I being too harsh?

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I felt the love aspect in this book could have been better done as well. Oh, the “friend” ends up being the love interest? Ok, I’m done.

I should check with the people over at goodreads why they chose this book as Best Fiction 2013. Perhaps they could elaborate on why it is in the same list as Genette Wall’s The Silver Star and Jodi Picoult’s The Storyteller who I think are both outstanding authors.

Maybe I should have picked up the audiobook instead, which Graham voices. Or perhaps Graham should write a nonfiction book about how she made it as an actress! I think I’d really like that book.

Conclusion: Not a fan of the book. Still a fan of Lauren Graham.

Have you read Someday, Someday, Maybe? Did I not read it though the same lens? What do you think?

Someday, Someday, Maybe


365 Thank Yous Book Review

Synopsis: 365 Thank You's cover image

Title – 365 Thank Yous (GoodreadsAmazonBarnsAndNoble)

Author – John Kralik (Website)

Classification –Non-Fiction

Summary – In December, John finds himself at an all-time low in his life with no hope in sight; his law business is losing money, his son and daughter are drifting away, and his girlfriend broke up with him, just to name a few. It was at this time he got the idea to, instead of focusing on what is wrong, focus on being grateful for what is going right. This memoir is a touching story of what happened when he made a goal to send 365 thank-you notes that year.


Thoughts: ***warning: spoilers!**

There is no shortage of self-help books that talk about ways to “turn your life around” or try to provide the reader with motivation. I actually picked this book up while browsing the library’s 100’s section (in the Dewey Decimal System, that is the philosophy and psychology section). I was wary because I didn’t know the author, but Kralik has a good voice and a good story.

I know that giving gratitude in your life will come back to you ten-fold, and of course studies definitely prove that there are many benefits, but I was thrilled how well this book served as an example of a way gratitude can make a big difference.

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I admired how he disclosed personal information about the struggle he was going through and the people who were close to him. He did a fine job of writing these real-life people onto paper.

Of course, after reading it you’re inspired to take on the challenge he did. I was no exception. But no, I did not write 365 thank you notes. I did write 3 notes since I finished this book that I would have otherwise not: one to our vet who helped us through the tough day of putting our 17 year old cat to sleep, one to a good friend of mine who brightens my day and one to a research librarian at my school who helped me find good sources. I hope to write more in the very near future.

365 Thank You's readingI obviously need more practice giving gratitude because one thing I didn’t think of was writing a letter to John Kralik himself, like many others did. Plus, expressing your thanks to others isn’t so bad when you know how to write a thank you note (Kralik
provides many of his personal thank yous he wrote, or check out this awesome website on how to say thank you in writing). 
It really is simple to be grateful every day.365 Thank You's note example

When you look up from the book, it’s like looking at the world through a different lens.

Conclusion: Must-read for anybody who has a pulse.
What do you think?