Stop What You Are Doing & Go Get This Book

January 7th

Okay, Finny is a book genie. She typically sends me an awesome book for our Christmakkah celebration and this year’s was another gem: “The Ridiculous Race.” {A previous selection was “Winterdance,” — pretty much the only book my brother, dad and I can agree is absolutely try-not-to-pee funny.}

I didn’t just read this book. I inhaled it. I couldn’t put it down. I sat in my car for the two extra minutes I had before church started to read a few more pages. I stayed up late three nights in a row because I was hooked on TRR. It is a comedic take on two best friends who decide to travel around the world, going opposite directions, without using airplanes. It helps that the writers, Steve Hely and Vali Chandrasekaran, are real-life comedy writers for televison. It also helps that they had no idea what they were getting themselves into. I also think I fell so head over heels for this read because I’ve been to a couple of the places they travel to and can relate with many of their dizzying cultural experiences.

This book is so funny and is a breath of fresh air from pretty much everything else I’ve been reading lately. So, if you need a good read? Pick it up. Five out of five bananas, absoloodle. And apparently they have a fan club too. Consider me a member, guys.


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  1. Oh how funny–a friend just reccommended this to me, too! I guess now I must get it…so sad…another mandatory trip to the bookstore. Sigh. How will I justify THIS one to my other (non-bookworm) half?

  2. I just requested it from the library and emailed my brother about it (he would love something like that!). I’m totally intrigued!

  3. NOW you’re telling me about great books. AFTER I use half of my gift cards (OK more than half).

  4. I will add this to my list. (Agghhh…I feel behind in reading! I really should NOT stress about my growing “to read” stack right??)

  5. Oh cool! I just rec’d notification from the library that my copy was available. Now to go get it so I can inhale it, as well. 🙂

  6. Yay! I’m glad you liked it! I laughed embarrassingly loud on the plane while I read this on our way to Costa Rica. HYSTERICAL.

    My favorite part was the pony ride in the Mongolian desert. ARE YOU READY TO ROCK?

    Seriously. Still laughing on that one.

  7. I added it to my list. I love book recommendations.

  8. I’ve added it to my books to read list.. thanks Kelli!

  9. Sounds really interesting! I’ll request it from my library! I call books like this “stoplight books” because I have such a hard time putting them down, that I find myself picking them up and reading them while sitting at red stoplights. (I know, SHAME…SHAME…).

  10. Thanks for the book recommendation, it’s definitely going on my list. I love travel books, especially if they are first-hand stories of true adventures.

  11. Thanks for the reccomendations! I’m always looking for new books to add to my queue.

  12. Thanks for the tip. I am always looking for another book to add to my TBR pile. I’ll add it to my list the for the next library run.

  13. This sounds like a book I need. Something funny and something that will hold my attention. The last four books I’ve started I haven’t been able to finish—-that NEVER happens to me. Maybe my book funk will go away!

  14. Got this from my library three days ago and I’m about 1/2 way through it. Very funny; thanks for the recomendation.