Currently reading: Sh*t My Dad Says
I got this book for Christmas, and I’m just now getting around to reading it. I have been way behind on my book reading, but now that I have a motivation to read (aka this blog), I am getting caught up!
First of all, I have not seen the TV show, nor will I. As much as I love The Shat, this seems like a middle-of-the-road typical sitcom and there are too many other good shows on TV Thursday nights.
Also, even though this book is based on the famous twitter feed @shitmydadsays, it’s got more than a list of quips from the author’s father. (Which reminds me, DO NOT BUY ROGER STERLING’S MAD MEN BOOK that came out last year. It is a HUGE RIPOFF and just has quotes from the TV show. I was greatly disappointed.) Every chapter is a little anecdote about the author and his dad, followed by some relevant quotes from the dad, which are hilarious.
The book is a quick read – I finished it in a couple of hours. With the way my attention span is these days, this is a good thing. I have a hard time reading something that is too dense. I blame Twitter, of course. Everything has become “tl; dr”. I find myself skimming through things that I should take my time with. I didn’t skim with this book because it just jogs along at a nice pace, and you don’t feel bogged down.
On a personal note, I didn’t really have a close relationship with my dad. Once I became a sullen teenager, he didn’t really spend much time with me, and for the last few years of his life we didn’t speak at all. I’m not trying to get sympathy, just stating a fact. Because I didn’t really have a dad in my life once I became an adult, it was very enjoyable for me to read this book and live vicariously through the writer.
Despite the fact that the dad comes across as a real mean bastard when you read the Twitter feed, the truth is that he is a good father deep down. When I finished the book, I had no doubt that he loves his son. Not that the book is sappy, but it is heartwarming and sweet in several places, and I laughed more than once while reading it.