10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Wrote Books (That are actually good)

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In natural Kristine fashion, when I find out a famous person wrote a book I immediately have to pick it up. Why? I hope to get a glimpse into their private life.

I came across some of these books because I follow the celebrity in the media. Others came to me as hidden gems, uncovered by my thorough book search.

Below is a list of books written by celebrities that I picked up in the recent months. Most of them I liked, some of them I thought could be better, but all of them I recommend.

 

  1. Home by Ellen DeGeneres

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Ellen DeGeneres is known The Ellen Show, but I bet you didn’t know she is a fantastic interior designer. Published October 27th 2015, this book showcases designs big glossy pictures of rooms in her and Portia’s homes (that she designed obviously). Read my review here.

 

2. Sliding Into Home by Kendra Wilkinson

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Kendra Wilkinson is known for being one of Hugh Hefner’s three girlfriends in the reality TV show Girls Next Door. She then stared in her own TV show, Kendra on Top. In between these shows is when this memoir takes place, giving you details of her life in the Playboy mansion, her relationship with husband Hank, and her shift into motherhood with the birth of her first child. Published in July 6th 2010 and appropriately names after her love of sports, this book will give you a glimpse into the life of Kendra that you’ve always wanted.

 

3. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

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The Gilmore Girls, Parenthood, and Evan Almighty actress published her first debut novel on April 30th, 2013. Taking place in the 1990’s, the story follows main character, Franny, who has three months left in her three year plan to make it as an actress in New York City. Lauren’s humor definitely is sprinkled throughout the book. While I enjoy Lauren Graham’s acting roles, I didn’t find this book as delightful (read my review here). However, I have read other reviews that disagree with me. Why don’t you read it and find out yourself!

 

4. Troublemaker by Leah Remini

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Leah Remini is an American actress and comedian, known best for her role as Carrie Heffernan on The King of Queens. Thoughts after reading this book: WOW, wow, and wow. Published on November 3rd 2015, this book follows Leah’s life from childhood, through joining the Scientology church, becoming a Sea Org member, going to many casting calls, starting a family with Angelo, acting on The King of Queens, going to Tom Cruise‘s wedding, and quitting Scientology. For one person’s inside view of Scientology and journey to becoming a well-known actress,  this is a must read. Go here to read my full review.

 

5. Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

Seriously, this should be at the top of this list! (But this list is alphabetical, so technically it is appropriately placed.)  Neil Patrick Harris, famous for his role in How I Met Your Mother creates a “Choose Your Own Adventure Book”, published on October 14th 2014. This book is witty, comical, and entertaining. I enjoyed it from beginning to end…or should I say, from page 1 to page 31 to page 185 to page 93…

 

6. Strong is the New Sexy by Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi

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Nicole has been a busy bee since the Jersey Shore. Between filming shows, selling home-made crafts on Etsy, and being a mom and wife, Strong is the New Sexy is the fifth book written by Nicole. I thoroughly enjoy her writing because it truly reflects who she really is: down-to-earth, goofy, and original. Go ahead, pick up this book to see how much Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi has changed since her days on Jersey Shore and how much fun she is. Click here for my full review.

 

7. Suck It, Wonder Woman! by Olivia Munn

Suck It, Wonder Woman! by Olivia Munn

Lisa Olivia Munn is actress, model, television personality. Previous host of Attack of the Show!, she published this book on July 6th 2010. Within, she admits, “writing a book is hard as shit” and she “gave this book my best shot.” In thirty-four random chapters, Olivia recounts random stories of her childhood,  gives random tips for geeks, and exhibits random pictures of her in random outfits. I think this book is very random. Oh, you picked up on that? Well, I think fans of her would love this book.

 

8. There’s More to Life Than This by Theresa Caputo

There's More to Life Than This by Theresa Caputo

Theresa Caputo, better known as TLC’s Long Island Medium, published this book on October 1st, 2013. This book gives readers the insight from when she was young and first figured out that she had a gift, to how she grew to use her gift as she does today. She also talked about things she sees and how she interprets what she can see from the Other Side. Theresa’s gift can spark some controversy, but I believe this book is for both believers and non-believers. Fans of the show can get into the nitty-gritty of Theresa Caputo’s life and skeptics can further understand how she thinks. I recommend picking up There’s More to Life Than This and cracking it open.

 

9. Modelland by Tyra Banks

Modelland by Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks, host of America’s Next Top Model and The Tyra Banks Show, wrote her first and only book, appropriately titled Modelland.  In this mystical world, Tookie De La Crème is the unlikely choice to be given an invitation for the place on top of the mountains, where she has to finish a supermodel bootcamp. This young adult book was published on April 26th 2011.

 

10. Hold Me in Contempt by Wendy Williams

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Published April 15th 2014, Hold Me in Contempt is the most recent book written by the famous radio personality, comedian, actress, and host of The Wendy Williams Show. Other books from Wendy include three non-fiction book and three fictions books co-authored. Hold Me in Contempt is a steamy and edgy romance about Kimberly Kind, a lawyer with a pain medication addition. Love is not in the question (is it ever?) and King is the exact opposite of the man she would ever date. Read my full raving review here.

10 Celebrities You Didn't Know Wrote Books

Well there you have it. Ten books, all written by celebrities.

Have you read any of these? What did you think? What are some other books written by celebrities you enjoyed?

 

 

 

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Four Book Review

Synopsis:Four by Veronica Roth

Title – Four (Goodreads, Amazon, BarnsAndNoble)

Author – Veronica Roth (Website, Goodreads)

Published – July 8th 2014

Classification – Young Adult Fiction

Summary – Four is a collection of short stories from Four’s point of view. The first three stories, “The Transfer,” “The Initiate,” and “The Son,” are all before Four met Tris. The last story, “The Traitor,” takes place mid-Divergent

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Thoughts:

On the final stop before a 5 hours long car ride, and thinking I didn’t have enough reading material to last, I nabbed this book off my cousin’s shelf. I’ll admit this book was never on my reading list because I didn’t want for it to ruin what I thought of the Divergent series. Stories that are rewritten from a different perspective can be a big a hit or a big miss. I didn’t want it to be a miss.

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When Roth was writing Allegiant, she needed “additional perspective.” So, Roth decided to write two point of views.

I can almost guarantee that I will find people complaining about the addition to the series, saying Roth should have stopped with the completion of Allegiant. But I consider myself optimistic and fair for giving books their own fighting chance. Sure enough, I found those complainers. But I also did find fans of Four, who naturally love anything pertaining to the male character.

What did I think about the book? Four wasn’t that bad. It also wasn’t great. I was left wanting more. I felt that the writing was very high level and what Roth wrote was just skimming the surface. I read Divergent a few years ago so I couldn’t nit pick at the details. I thought, from what I could remember, Roth did a good job aligning the details of the stories. However I felt that the emotion could have gone deeper. I didn’t connect with Four as much as I did with Tris in Divergent. I wanted to know more about the way Four was feeling and going through during Divergent, but Four didn’t give it to me. The stories are written in chunks which I thought prevented the reader from fully connecting and engaging with the story.

 

Also, the cover image is deceiving. There is never any mention of the Ferris Wheel incident.

 

Conclusion: I thought Roth could have done better.

 

Dare To Love Book Review

Synopsis:Dare to Love by Jaci Burton

Title – Dare to Love (Website, Goodreads, Amazon, BarnsAndNoble)

Author –  Jaci Burton (Website, Goodreads)

Published – May 1st 2009

Classification – Contemporary Romance

Summary – Lucy Fairchild walks from her place of work (her dad’s law practice she will take over someday) to the coffee shop, when she gets catcalled by some construction workers. Next thing she knows, she is accepting a date from Jake Dalton, the construction manager. She doesn’t want to get into a relationship, but she also does not want to date the man her dad picked out for her. Maybe Jake can make the perfect fake boyfriend for a while… 

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Thoughts:

I read Jaci Burton’s Hope Flames a few weeks ago and loved it. My experience with this second book I read of hers? Burton did it again!

I read this book in all of two days because, a) it is a thin book of 200 pages with a big font, and b) its likable characters definitely gives greater appeal to continue reading.

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It is super thin.

Dare to Love has all the romantic elements a book needs – from the sexy, hardworking hero and the smart lawyer heroine, who both never found time to put energy into a relationship. They are likable characters, they meet early in the book, and they have a barrier that keeps them from the happily ever after until the end. Add touch of forbidden love and steamy romance scenes throughout and you’ve pretty much covered all the necessary elements.

Their first meeting was a tad bit awkward if you ask me, but from their first date on, I could tell Burton made a good match. The shortness of the book didn’t allow for much character development, but it was enough for this light read.

I don’t have much else to say about Dare to Love. If someone would like to read the first chapter, here is a link.

Have you read it? What did you think? Let me know in the comment section. Are there any other Jaci Burton books I should pick up next?
Conclusion: Dare to Love can be added to your light and easy read romance list. 

 

Strong is the New Sexy Book Review

Synopsis:Strong is the New Sexy by Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi

Title – Strong is the New Sexy  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon, BarnsAndNoble)

Author – Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (Website, Goodreads)

Published – October 13th 2015

Classification – Non Fiction

Summary – During “Snooki”‘s run on the Jersey Shore, anybody could tell she wasn’t taking good care of her body. From the time the show ended ’til now, she has gone through many changes including becoming a fit wife and a mom. In this book, Nicole dishes how she became strong, inside and out. 

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Thoughts:

I LOVE NICOLE!

 

If you have never heard of “Snooki”, you have been living under a rock between 2009 and 2012.  She was one of the stars on the MTV Show, Jersey Shore. I personally wasn’t a huge fan of the show but there was almost no way to avoid it when turning on the TV, talking to friends, or consuming any type of media. 

 

For those who did not keep up with the characters after the show, “Snooki” is definitely not the same girl she was in 2012 (which is exactly why I like her).  

Nicole "Snooki", then vs now

Here is Nicole 2010 vs 2015.

Nicole has changed drastically from the inside and the outside. Since the last episode, she has given birth to a son, got married to Jionni LaValle, competed on Dancing with the Stars, starred in a Jersey Shore Spin-off Snooki & Jwoww, had a daughter, made a guest appearance in an episode of Supernatural, started a podcast with Joey Camasta called Naturally Nicole, and got physically fit.

 

And if that isn’t enough, she wrote a book.

 

Strong is the New Sexy is the 5th book Nicole has published. I have not read her first 3 books, but I did read Baby Bumps and thoroughly enjoyed it. So when I found out she was writing another book, it went straight on my reading list.

 

Why do I love her books so much? She is hilarious! Her writing is funny and reflects who she really is: down-to-earth, goofy, and original.

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She is also big into crafts and bargain shopping – making herself relatable to me.

In Strong is the New Sexy, Nicole talks about her and her husband’s wedding night, their relationship, and their two kids. She also reflections on her childhood and some experiences she has with bullies.  And, of course, how she became a fit mama!

 

I applaud Nicole on how she is living her life now. While some things she had done in the media is questionable, her personal life is very relatable.

 

Conclusion: For a good laugh and a glimpse into Nicole’s adult life, this book is perfect.

 

If you had read the book, let me know what you thought in the comment section. What are some of your favorite quotes from the book?