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.


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