Encyclopedia of an ordinary life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

encyclopediaRead in print what you were always thinking!

In a nutshell:

Short synopsis:

Short musings of an ordinary person about ordinary things.

Language I read the book in: English

Did I like it? Yes

For people who: like snippets of thoughts, vignettes, encyclopedias, books where nothing is going on.


My thoughts: 

Amy Krouse Rosenthal has not survived against all odds. She has not lived to tell. She has not witnessed the extraordinary. She is just a person like you and me (provided you consider yourself to be ordinary – maybe you don’t). This is her book about her ordinary life and this is all it is. Don’t expect profound discoveries and complicated theories. Amy Krouse Rosenthal talks about everyday things in short dictionary entries.
Almost no thought that you will read here will be completely new to you, most likely you will have had the same thought yourself a number of times already. Reading this book simply makes you realize you are not alone.

More original than the content is how it is presented. Probably not many of us have imagined their life to be written down in alphabetical order, explaining your most mundane thoughts about truck cabs or the loudness of the car radio when you turn it on.

Want an example?

I love Butterscotch but rarely think to seek it out.

You can read this in small doses or in one go, it doesn’t matter, as the entries are unrelated and stand-alone. It is nice to read, entertaining, with those moments when you say "Yes, exactly!"continuously happening, you close the book and then you forget about it. Just that you keep thinking those thoughts over and over again, because they are your own. Does that sound weird?

Anyway, a quick read, a fun book, but nothing more.

Product info and buy link :

Title Encyclopedia of an ordinary life
Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Publisher Three Rivers Press
ISBN 9781400080465
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3 Comments Write a comment

  1. I got this as well but haven’t read yet. I was expecting it to be like you describe it. Nice and entertaining while reading it but not very memorable. That’s quite OK from time to time. I thought it was a funny idea to go through your life in alphabetical order like that.
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    • I seem to be reading quite a few books that you have on your TBR pile, :). Yes, it is a fun idea and very well done. The title fits the book perfectly.


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