I find books in a lot of different ways. A friend raving about a book will always get me to take a look. I’ll “hear” about it, either from a friend or online. Sometimes a review will catch my eye. That’s how I stumbled over Hyperbole and a Half. The title caught my eye in a review somewhere and I clicked through and pulled up the sample.

It is not typical for me to look right away. Usually I just send the sample to my reader to wait for one of my “sample sorting” days, where I either buy or delete from my samples. But the raves and the cover made me curious. I read until I hit these words:

“Please write back.”

And then I bought it, not just for me, but for my sister and my two daughters. In PRINT.

This is not a book for everyone. The language is, er, colorful. I didn’t notice that when I sent it out and my b-i-l was quick to call me on it. LOL It is dark, twisted and hilarious if you like dark and twisted hilarious.

I do.

And it’s illustrated. In dark and twisted and hilarious ways.  The book started with a blog called Hyperbole and a HalfI think you can read most of the book on the blog, but it’s fun to have the book so you can haul it with you. Because, if it is your cup of brew, you will want to haul it with you. And share it with your dark and twisted and hilarious friends. Here’s the full title and a link to the book on Amazon:

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

How do you find books to read? Have you stumbled on any you just HAD to read because it grabbed you and wouldn’t let go? Read a single sentence that told you that yes, you will like this, oh yes you will? Please share cuz you know I love books. And I enter all comments in my monthly drawing for an AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value). Winner will be announced the first blog post of the new month.

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7 thoughts on ““Please Write Back” Or Why I’m Reading HYPERBOLE AND A HALF

  • January 15, 2014 at 4:50 pm
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    I used to read the blog and found it hilarious, but it seemed to stall for a while. I think I now know why … must find and read some more!
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    • January 16, 2014 at 7:51 am
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      You are fortunate to have been in on her journey. I’m a late comer, though I’m glad I don’t have to wait for it. LOL I wish I had more time to browse blogs. I’m sure there are others out there that I’d love, but there are not enough hours in the day!

  • January 15, 2014 at 4:14 pm
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    Absolutely love twisted, dark humor and we’re definitely not afraid of colorful language. We love the idea of illustrations paired with this style of book. It has us intrigued and wanting more. We’ll be checking it out, Pauline. Thanks for the rec. Same as you, we discover books through friends recommendations or hearing some kind of hoopla about it in the media, but we also love going to thrift stores and nosing around their book sections. There’s always a plethora of gems to find there.

    • January 16, 2014 at 7:50 am
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      Ah, the thrift store wandering! My sister is great at finding hidden gems. I’m really good at following her around and seeing what she points out. LOL (grin) If you decide to get Hyperbole and a Half, I hope you enjoy it as much as I am. I also think it is very cool that she was able to turn her successful blog into a published book. There is no doubt that her drawings and stories make for a fun reading mix. At least for me!

  • January 15, 2014 at 8:48 am
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    Yes, I sometimes get books just because the cover and/or the title catches my eye. I am a big fan of the art of the cover expressing a lot about the book. So I one click a lot based on cover. Fyi I am a fan of AnaBanana! 😉 I never read a whole blurb or excerpt…it’s like ruining the whole book before I read it. So I’ll read a sentence or few to make sure it’s my kind of book.Thanks for sharing with us Pauline!

    • January 15, 2014 at 10:46 am
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      It’s very nice to type to you, Amy and fellow fan of AnaBanana! That is most interesting about how you choose books! Looking at them as a lovely surprise…so cover art is very important to you. Very cool! Thanks so much for stopping by again! 🙂

      • February 1, 2014 at 7:20 am
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        My pleasure. 🙂

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