Reading Challenge 2015 – ‘A Funny Book’

Book Number Three – Bossypants by Tina Fey.


I’m only familiar with Tina Fey from SNL, Mean Girls and presenting the Golden Globes, and although she’s often made me laugh I wasn’t sure if her autobiography would be more serious and toned down.

I can honestly say hand on heart I have never laughed so much at book. Usually when I say something has made me ‘LOL’ it just means I exhaled louder than usual through my nostrils but this book genuinely made me laugh out to loud to the point where I cried…actual tears…on the train…in front of other people.


With Bossypants Tina talks about her childhood, her journey into the world of theatre and improvisation and takes us right through her time on SNL and the battle she had with getting 30 Rock off the ground.

Throughout the novel she talks honestly and openly about everything from the reality of photo shoots, being a working mother and questioning your life decisions when you turn 40. But instead of feeling like a pity party she injects her unique humour and voice into the situations and you can’t help but feel relieved that someone else (especially someone so successful/powerful) has the same worries and mishaps as the rest of us.


This is definitely one of the best books I have read, not only this year, but in a long while. It was refreshing to laugh so much at a book; sadly it’s not really an experience I’ve had a lot during my love of literature but this one certainly delivered. What originally was going to be the ‘Book with a one word title’ soon turned into ‘A Funny Book’ and it happened so unintentionally that it made it even more brilliant.


Star Rating out of 5: 5


‘I wouldn’t trade the small thin-lipped mouth that makes me resemble my nephew.’


Once again, I’d love to know if anyone else out there is taking the same Reading Challenge as me. If you are why not comment below and let me know how you’re getting on.

Until next time fellow bibliophiles, happy, snug reading!