Read Harder #3 & #4: Funny Women

My Drunk Kitchen

It’s been a long, long week and it’s not even half over… But here I am with two whole new books under my belt!

I love to laugh. I love women. I love funny women. Which is why in this dreary, grey month I decided to read not just one, but two books by female comedians AND knocked two more categories off my list. It wasn’t even intentional to be honest, I just wanted to read both of these books so I did. I’m killin’ it.

Here are my champions for Read Harder #3 and #4:

  • A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQMy Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart
  • A self-improvement book — Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Both books are by very funny women. Both are also beautifully designed with tons of photo shoots and full-colour pages, that’s mostly a coincidence though. Yet, they are also quite different. Hart’s book is a cookbook with recipes for life, while Poehler is more of an anecdotal book with poems, lists, and scripts tossed in between. So many laughs had on the train, so many giggles in the break room.

Here are some of my favourite quotes from both books to amuse you, pique your interest, and hopefully give you a much needed mid-week chuckle.

Amy Poehler, Yes Please

On being agreeable:


Saying “yes” doesn’t mean I don’t know how to say no, and saying “please” doesn’t mean I am waiting for permission. “Yes please” sounds powerful and concise. It’s a response and a request.

On treating your career like a bad boyfriend:

Your career won’t take care of you. It won’t call you back or introduce you to its parents. Your career will openly flirt with other people while you are around. It will forget your birthday and wreck your car. Your career will blow you off if you call it too much. It’s never going to leave its wife. Your career is fucking other people and everyone knows but you. Your career will never marry you.

On self-respect:

Everybody wants you to share your MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT all the time, and I am here to tell you that you don’t have to. You don’t have to tell it or tweet it or Instagram it. You don’t have to put it in a book or share it with anyone who doesn’t feel safe and protective of your heart.

On problem solving and being proud of your roots:


Which is probably my second favourite quote in the whole book.

Hannah Hart, My Drunk Kitchen

On being lazy:

If you find yourself always waiting for the things you want, then you might want to just start taking care of the things you need.

On pizza cake:

Because sometimes you really can have it all

On being realistic:

Sometimes you have good ideas and sometimes you have bad ones.

On dating:

Remember, personality first. Then look for trust funds.

On family dysfunctions:

Nobody has a perfect family.

Did I mention each of these quotes actually has a real recipe? For more of her fun, pun-filled philosophy check out her YouTube channel.