8. Seriously…I’m Kidding , Ellen DeGeneres

Seeing as how I mostly read fiction books and classical literature, I decided to branch out and give my favorite funny lady a chance. I picked up a copy of Ellen DeGeneres’ book titled “Seriously…I’m Kidding” in hopes of getting a few laughs out of it. The book delivered laughs and a lot more than I expected.

So just in case you don’t know who Ellen is here is a briefing.  She is a stand-up comedian, television host, bestselling author, and actress. She hosts the talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and was also a judge on American Idol in its ninth season in 2009. I first became a fan after watching her talk show and witnessing her dance moves. She also does a lot of charitable work and has an impressive resume I won’t bore you with. Instead, I will tell you about her third book.

Just like you might expect from Ellen, it’s extremely funny and witty. But surprisingly the book is also incredibly uplifting and inspiring. Something I didn’t expect at all. Ellen is all about being positive and leading a happy life. In her book she offers some advice as to how one should achieve these things. Although she cracks a lot of jokes, she does take time to be serious and encouraging. It’s inspiring to see how she doesn’t take herself too seriously or life in general. The whole book truly represents who she is; random and silly, yet smart, honest and simply nice. You can’t help but love her and the book. These are chapters that are one sentence long and there are chapters with coloring pages in case you get tired of reading and want to color. Ellen covers everything from her wife’s obsession with hoarding lotion to her own colonoscopy appointment.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good summer read. If you can laugh at the silly things than this is for you, but if you are not a fan of Ellen’s humor you might not like it. Don’t expect to hear her life story and how she became who she is. Instead, expect to see who she is. I also think books like this one make perfect gifts for friends; some parts are relatable and make you think about your own life and funny situations you have been in. Expect to laugh out loud.


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. theskepticalreader
    Jun 08, 2013 @ 19:30:49

    Great review! Someday I’ll pick this up if I see it. I adore Ellen! 😀


  2. caramac54
    Jun 08, 2013 @ 21:38:58

    I read what could have been her first book back in the 90’s – before she came out! It’d be so interesting to see the change in her writing, now that she’s fully herself, and not trying to be someone she’s not (ie: she was still writing about her experiences of dating men, etc).


  3. Book Blather
    Jun 09, 2013 @ 02:51:01

    This does sound like a fun summer read and I’m glad it’s more of a collection of essays than a biography because I’m sure I’d enjoy that much more. We don’t have her show here in the UK but I shall check out some clips on youtube to see if I appreciate her humour!


  4. Vishy
    Jun 09, 2013 @ 04:06:42

    Nice review, Sara. Ellen Degeneres is very inspiring.


  5. Browsing the Atlas
    Jun 14, 2013 @ 17:21:23

    I have been looking for a nice summer read. This sounds perfect! I have a 15-hour flight to China coming up. Maybe I’ll start with this one. Thanks for the reco.


  6. clairesavage3
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 06:08:41

    Hi, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award! Check out my blog if you’re interested, but no worries if not.


  7. KateB
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 22:02:54

    “Don’t expect to hear her life story and how she became who she is. Instead, expect to see who she is.”

    This is the line from your review that has moved this book onto my to-read list. I watch Ellen during my lunch break and think this book sounds right up my alley.


  8. Agata Nowicka, M. Sc. Psycha
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 09:34:59

    “Don’t expect to hear her life story and how she became who she is. Instead, expect to see who she is.” I like that.

    Thanks for liking my post about meditation 🙂

    All the best,


  9. rookswriter
    Jun 26, 2013 @ 19:08:09

    Sounds like a great book! And I agree about Ellen, she just seems to have a great attitude about a lot of things. 🙂


  10. Si02
    Jun 27, 2013 @ 17:37:41

    Thank you for spending time on my blog, I can’t wait to read more of your posts.


  11. La Deetda Reads
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 08:16:04

    Thanks, great review! I think I will get this for my daughter who is an avid Ellen fan.


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