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Sometimes you just need an audio book by a gal who travels all over the world drinking cocktails and having adventures so you don’t have to. I’m all for traveling but am also highly anxious, so vicarious experiences serve me well, and Mamrie Hart is the ribald queen of getting out there and enjoying life. If you aren’t familiar with her YouTube channel, You Deserve a Drink, go load up your queue and have yourself a hysterical evening.

My favorite story of the book was when she and her friend Joselyn went on a Backstreet Boys fan cruise. I like boy bands as much as the next girl in her 30s, but I had no idea that such a thing even existed, let alone the enthusiasm of the attendees. We’re talking themed costume nights and decorating the door of your cabin the way sixth-grade girls decorate their lockers.

What I love most about Mamrie is her confidence. She is the kind of person who says yes and asks questions later. She will try anything if she thinks it will make a good story later--which, when I think about it, isn’t a bad way to live your life. She’s also always ready with a pun.

I’ve Got This Round is pure fun--a perfect pick-me-up if you’re in need of one.


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If the idea of a drunk guy passing out on his face in the midst of an important confession on his wedding night and then surprising his new bride in the morning by turning into a horse in the middle of their bedchamber sounds hilarious to you, you will probably like My Lady Jane.

The story is loosely--very loosely--based on English history, but deviates so immediately and thoroughly from historical fact that you don’t need to know anything about what really happened to have a great time reading it. The skinny is, Edward the king is dying and he names his cousin Jane as heir to the throne--somewhat controversially, it turns out, as Edward’s older sister Mary is vying for the crown, and the man Edward has married Jane off to has an embarrassing, ahem, equine habit.

I listened to the audio version, and I loved every goofy, silly, over-the-top ridiculous moment. I loved the sweet, occasionally slapstick romance, the magical and fantastical elements (people turning into animals!), and most of all the general sense of lighthearted goodwill that persists throughout. I mean, the most conniving, power-hungry character is literally transformed into an ass in the end. What could be more satisfying?

A feel-good romp from start to finish, and a great pick-me-up if you find yourself in need of one.