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Book Review: Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann

Book Review: Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann

Hi readers! I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season and getting in lots of great winter/holiday themed books. Tis the season and all!

Below I have a review of  Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers, and Other Seasonal Scourges by Jen Mann. Mann runs the blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat, where she discusses, yep you guessed it, people she wants to punch in the throat, including Overachieving Elf on the Shelf Mommies.

As someone who is not a suburban housewife I’m not the target audience for this book but I still laughed out loud until I cried a few times.

This book is a collection of funny essays focusing on the holidays, mainly Christmas. Covering holiday topics from cookie exchanges, to elf on the shelf, to hiding presents and not being able to find them again, and the discussion of just how many free standing Santa’s her mother really has, Mann uses humor to talk about the less than stellar parts of her holiday season.

This collection of essays is a quick read and fun for this time of year when everyone is in crazy holiday overdrive. Several of the stories come right from her blog, but if you’re not already a fan/follow her this books does a nice job curating some of her holiday related posts all in one place.

Several stories made me laugh out loud (when Carlos picks up that TV by himself I about died) but many of them were simply cute, which was a bit of a let down after how much I heard about the hilarity of this book.

Beware – this book is not PC and includes many “adult only” statements, which I personally really enjoyed (does that say something about me?). I most enjoyed reading about just how much Christmas stuff Mann’s Mom really has and how her daughter is picking up on the overachieving holiday spirit that skipped Mann. The short essays at the end of the book about other holiday mishaps were also pretty funny.

Since the main theme of this book is Christmas the book is short, which makes it a great end of year read that you can fit in which all the craziness that is currently going on but I would suggest borrowing it from your library, it might also make a great last minute white elephant/gag gift if you still need something!

Rating 3/ 5 – A quick, funny, unPC, collection of essays about those people who just really don’t like the Christmas overachievers!

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