My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places by Mary Roach {Review and Giveaway}

by Jennifer Donovan

I’ve been meaning to read Mary Roach for a while. I’ve heard that she can tackle a subject (space, sex, death) in a way as to provide information in an entertaining, and even funny, way, so when I was given the opportunity to receive a review copy of this collection, I jumped at it with no hesitation.

These are columns that were in Reader’s Digest, so they are more situational than informative, but they are definitely funny! Every single column got at the very least a nod of familiarity from me, and at the most an out-loud chuckle, and that happened quite a few times.

On the “Hygiene War:”

{My husband} confessed he didn’t like me using his bathrobe because I’d wear it while sitting on the toilet. “It’s not like it goes in the water,” I protested, though if you count the sash as part of the robe, this wasn’t strictly true.

She addresses all sorts of subjects, such as cleanliness (specifically the “hygiene gap” between she and her husband, see above), buying a home, marriage, thrift, tipping, kitchen appliances (including depressed dishwashers). Each essay is just 2 to 4 pages long, perfect to lift my spirits when I just have a moment to enjoy it.

This is the 2nd book of essays (click on over to see the giveaway on that one going on now) I’ve had going, and I just got another. I really love having them to read when I have just a minute before bed or while waiting in line. They might also make good bathroom readers, though that’s the only place in my house I don’t have books (what about you — chime in and let me know?)

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anne May 6, 2013 at 9:43 am

Before bedtime is the best time for reading.


2 Denise M May 6, 2013 at 11:02 am

usually right before bed


3 Shari May 6, 2013 at 11:16 am

About the only time is after crawling in bed. I read twenty minutes or so before conking out.


4 Charlene S May 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm

I would like to read first thing in the morning.


5 Wehaf May 6, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I love to read in the mid-afternoon.


6 Cindi May 6, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I can read when I get up at least an hour before anyone else or
late at night…
Thanks, Cindi


7 Patricia Wojnar Crowley May 6, 2013 at 3:36 pm

During my lunch break!


8 Daniel M May 6, 2013 at 9:45 pm

only at the end of the day in bed


9 Bonnie May 7, 2013 at 4:51 am

I try to read in the morning while on the bus to work.


10 Ruth Hill May 7, 2013 at 9:49 am

Before I go to bed.


11 Kerrie Mayans May 9, 2013 at 10:19 am

When I am waiting at my kids school to pick them up because my son gets out at 3:00 and my daughter who is in jr high gets out at 3:20 so there is always a 20 minute hang out in the car and do nothing period each day.


12 Terra Heck May 9, 2013 at 11:38 am

I usually can early in the morning, before going to bed (I work night shift). Thanks.


13 Leanne N May 9, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Around lunch time for myself!


14 Brandy W. May 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Either first thing in the morning or last thing at night!


15 Jennifer L. May 13, 2013 at 7:21 am

In the evening, before dinner.


16 Lawanna May 13, 2013 at 10:46 pm

When I take a break for lunch.


17 Susan P. May 15, 2013 at 2:52 am

In the bathroom!


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