Saturday, August 18, 2012

Reading Addiction Blog Tours Guest Post w/Giveaway: The Bachelorette


Tami Anthony’s Top Ten Books and Why?
Being a writer and being an avid reader pretty much go hand in hand. I love to write and I absolutely ADORE reading! I like to pick up a book and just travel to a world or a life that is unlike my own. It ignites me in such a motivating yet relaxing way. How can I resist it? LOL! Well, for your reading pleasure, here are my top ten favorite books:
1.      1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – It definitely can be considered a novel of darkness in a sense, but for whatever reason I absolutely love it. I always felt that within my life, I could truly relate to Jane Eyre’s character. Despite all that she has been through, Jane is able to find happiness and peace. This is such a beautiful, classic novel.
2.    2.   Jemima J by Jane Green – This book is what Chick Lit is all about, written by an author whose talents escape all boundaries. I just love how Jane Green has given us a character that is genuine beyond belief and laugh out loud funny!  I enjoy reading about Jemima’s struggle with her weight issues and how all that glitters isn’t gold. It’s a unique Cinderella story that I can read over and over again.
3.      3.Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris – Ah, yes! A holiday favorite of mine for sure. I always pull this book off my shelf during the holiday season. I just lay on my couch with my hot chocolate, Christmas tree lit, and I read this wonderful work of comedy in laughter. It’s become a tradition, I swear. Plus, David Sedaris is describing the life of a Macy’s Christmas elf. How can you go wrong with a story about elves?!
4.    4.Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – A strong, female protagonist with a sassy, classic attitude … need I say more? Classic, beautifully written Chick Lit. I like to think that I have a little bit of Elizabeth Bennett in me.
5.      5.Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner – The title had hooked me at first glance, and when I read about the adventures of Ms. Cannie Shapiro, I ended up falling in love with this novel. Witty, genuine, and a true favorite of mine.
6.     6..  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce – I read this book in college and it really sparked my interest in Irish literature. This semi-biographical novel has a very unique writing style and that says a lot about Mr. Joyce.
7.    7.   The Dirty Girls Social Club by Alisa Valdes – Ms. Valdes is by far one of my favorite authors, and DGSC is definitely one of my novels of all time. Sexy, stong, saucy Latina women taking the world by storm. Absolutely LOVE this!
8.      8. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – Another college favorite of mine. A semi-disturbed man who stays forever young in life yet only ages in a painted portrait of himself. So many things can be said of this dark novel. Definitely a favorite of mine.
9.     9.  Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys – It’s the answer/acting prequel to Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and portrays the life of the ‘madwoman in the attic.’ I really love this novel because it attempts to show a side that isn’t seen in Bronte’s novel. There’s always two sides to every story and Ms. Rhys proves just that.
10.  The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin – As a kid, I loved this entire series. These were the type of books that I would curl underneath my covers in bed and read late at night. Nostalgia at its best!

Title: The BACHELORETTE Project
Author: Tami Anthony
Date Published: 6/3/12
Book Blurb: When an unfortunate twist of fate leaves 28 year-old socialite Leslee Robinson broken-hearted and unemployed, she embarks on a journey to discover what boggles every twenty-something single woman’s mind: What do men REALLY want and how do you find the perfect mate? With the help of her two best friends; Annie, a self-conscious, sarcastic single mother; and Karen, the neurotic, perfectionist ‘bridezilla,’ Leslee creates The BACHELORETTE Project, a ‘scientific’ dating experiment designed to uncover the enigma of the male species. After multiple dates gone awry and unanticipated encounters of the extreme, Leslee decides to confide in the last person that she’d ever consider asking dating advice from: Eric, her handsome, womanizing college friend with a well-known ‘love ‘em and leave ‘em’ reputation. Aside from Eric’s infamous bachelor tactics, Leslee can’t help but to be oddly attracted to him, but will pursuing the charming, ‘bad boy’ philanderer that Eric is even be worth the risk? With unbelievable twists and a contemporary, comedic Chick-Lit feel, The BACHELORETTE Project is the chronicle of a single woman’s journey to finding true friendship, discovering herself, and learning the enigma of love down to a science.

Review: I have to say I laughed out loud many times while reading this book. Leslee is pretty darn hard to relate to or even like, she's superficial and shallow and sometimes not that smart. The thing is, it's those things that make you enjoy her character. She's just so over the top as is her Bridezilla friend Karen not to mention her other college chum Annie.

The dates Leslee goes on in her quest to find out what men want are even more hilarious! All the men are duds and one date even lands her in the slammer! There is a little bit of inconsistency here. After her date with Mark, she steals his dog. After coming home that pooch isn't mentioned at all.

The other thing that didn't ring quite true for me was how she managed to exist without a job in Philly. Even if she sold all her designer duds, she had to have some bills to pay and most of the book concentrated on her trying to get a man, rather than a job.

Leslee's friends are a riot. I'm not sure that I'd want them for my own, but the stuff they do just made me howl with laughter when reading, which of course, proved embarrassing at times.

If you are looking for a fast funny read that will have your sides splitting with laughter, give this book a shot!

Rating:  4 flowers

 *Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising

About The Author: Tami Anthony is an author, a playwright, and the beautiful mind behind Pink Butterfly Publications, a publishing company devoted to female-driven literature. She is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s in English Literature and Theatre Arts. Tami presently resides outside of Philadelphia with her son and is currently working on her second novel and future plays.

Twitter - @tami_anthony
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