BOOK REVIEW: Seriously … I’m Kidding, by Ellen DeGeneres

Released: October 4, 2011 (Grand Central Publishing)
Source: Purchased

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“Sometimes the greatest things are the most embarrassing.” Ellen Degeneres’ winning, upbeat candor has made her show one of the most popular, resilient and honored daytime shows on the air. (To date, it has won no fewer than 31 Emmys.) Seriously… I’m Kidding, Degeneres’ first book in eight years, brings us up to date about the life of a kindhearted woman who bowed out of American Idol because she didn’t want to be mean. Lively; hilarious; often sweetly poignant.

My Thoughts 

I love Ellen. I really enjoyed her previous book The Funny Thing Is … and this one was no exception. In Seriously … I’m Kidding, Ellen talks about her marriage to Portia, and intersperses a few short chapters and funny essays. Continue reading


AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: The Funny Thing Is, by Ellen DeGeneres

RELEASE DATE: October 28, 2003
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Audio
FORMAT: Audiobook
SOURCE: Purchased

NARRATOR: Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres published her first book of comic essays, the #1 bestselling My Point…and I Do Have One, way back in 1996. Not one to rest on her laurels, the witty star of stage and screen has since dedicated her life to writing a hilarious new book. That book is this audiobook.

After years of painstaking, round-the-clock research, surviving on a mere twenty minutes of sleep a night, and collaborating with lexicographers, plumbers, and mathematicians, DeGeneres has crafted a work that is both easy on the ears and very funny. Along with her trademark ramblings, The Funny Thing Is…contains hundreds of succinct insights into her psyche, and offers innovative features including:

• More than 50,000 simple, short words arranged in sentences that form paragraphs.

• Thousands of observations on everyday life — from terrible fashion trends to how to handle seating arrangements for a Sunday brunch with Paula Abdul, Diane Sawyer, and Eminem.

• All twenty-six letters of the alphabet read aloud.

Sure to make you laugh, The Funny Thing Is…is Ellen in top form.


You probably know this already, but I love books. New books, old books, library books. I’ve thought about getting a Kindle or some type of e-reader, but reading on the computer can bugger up my eyes. I always thought that audiobooks were such a cop-out. Now I’m realizing that they’re a great thing to listen to when you’re driving, cooking, going for a walk—anything where you can’t hold a book. It is FAN-tastic. Continue reading