Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Review: Uncle John's Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary Bathroom Reader by Bathroom Readers' Institute


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
The Bathroom Reader turns 25! Uncle John is celebrating this historic milestone with his biggest all-new edition ever—more than 600 pages of absorbing material!
“Fully Loaded” is putting it mildly. This behemoth of a book is overflowing with incredible stories, surprising facts, weird news, little-known origins, forgotten history, fun wordplay, and everything else that millions of loyal fans have come to expect from the world’s best-selling bathroom reading series. As always, it’s divided by length: quickies for the reader on the go, medium-sized articles for those with a few minutes to spare, and extra-long pieces for those truly leg-numbing experiences. Here are just a few of the hundreds of topics loaded into this edition of America’s favorite “on the go” source of fascinating information:
- Real Life Superheroes
- Big Fat Nothing: the Story of Zero
- The Strange Fate of Eben Myers, the “Radium Man”
- When Authors Attack (Each Other)
- How to Talk Like a Bowler
- First Date . . . Last Date
- The Worst Business Decision Ever
- And much, much more!
MY TAKE:

If you've read other Uncle John books, then you already know that this book is going to be good.

Uncle John's Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary Bathroom Reader follows the usual format of short, medium and long reads with trivia at the bottom of the page.

What I like about this book is that it covers a lot of topics so you won't get easily bored and you'll probably find something you like. Plus, since it's more than 600 pages, this book will last you a lot of bathroom trips.

The quality of the writing is as good as the previous Uncle John books although it seems like there are fewer jokes in this one. The same light tone is still there, though, which makes this much more interesting than your typical reference or trivia book.

Thanks to NetGalley and Baker & Taylor Publishing Group for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:
  1. There's a lot of interesting topics.
  2. It's roughly 600 pages so there's plenty for you to read.
  3. The articles read like feature articles rather than encyclopedia entries.

THE BAD:
  1. It might be too big if you have a small bathroom rack for your books.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
The secret to making good hollandaise is to pour the butter slowly into the egg yolks while quickly stirring the mixture with a whisk.
READ IT IF:

  1. You like Uncle John books.
  2. You like reading while you're in the bathroom.
  3. You like reading trivia books.

RATING:
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