Welcome to the Song Pop blog tour!
I'm very excited to be participating in this tour.
I was asked by Zest books to read and review this really great book. So scroll down to see my thoughts!
- We all know that lists are a great way to get organized, get things done, and streamline life’s many tasks. But now, pop culture expert Daniel Harmon takes a totally new approach to list making in his new book Super Pop! and organizes 500 movies, songs, video games, and books into top ten lists that not only have the power to entertain, but also to help create a new and better you!
- Super Pop! offers a maximum-pleasure, minimum-effort way to become smarter, happier, and a little bit more likely to survive a shark attack. This wide-ranging collection organizes pop culture’s greatest hits—including blockbusting movies, bestselling books, platinum albums, TV shows, and more—into hilarious, provocative, and weirdly edifying top ten lists, and provides quick-hitting commentary in the nearly 500 entries.
- IndieBound: [and your favorite independent bookseller by extension!] http://www.
- Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Super-
- Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/
- The Book Depository (for those of you who have readers outside of the USA, this site offers free shipping internationally to any country): http://www.
- The Super Pop! book page has a page also has a “buy now” button: http://zestbooks.net/
The Cover Contessa's Review:
I want to thank Zest books for sending me a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review.
Blurb from Goodreads:
Super-Pop offers a maximum-pleasure, minimum-effort way to become smarter, happier, and more likely to survive your next family function (or a shark attack). This hilarious and wide-ranging guide sorts nearly 500 different bestsellers, blockbusters, and underappreciated gems into quirky top ten lists, like “Outwit Death: Essential Lessons in Survival,” and “Achieve Mindfulness: Movies That Will Show You the Way (With Wise Elders Now Included).” So whether you’re looking for some motivational workout music, need help planning a July 4th double feature, or just want to pick up some knowledge without straining your brain, this book has you covered. With new insights on old classics and fresh ideas for jaded eyes, Super Pop makes sense of pop culture – and then puts pop culture back to work!
When Zest books approached me about reviewing this book, I jumped at the chance. I love trivia and anything to do with it. I love to learn stuff that I can use at a later date, that no one else might know. So this book was right up my ally for sure.
First let me say that I love how the author has set this book up. It's topics with top tens lists throughout the entire book. It's broken into five parts: Be More Interesting, Get Smarter, Stop Doing It Wrong, Find Happiness, and Survive the holidays. Harmon even gives an introduction on what to expect and keeps his format of the tops tens list in that! So this book was fun to read. I could read just the headings, the entire paragraph, or just skip it and come back. Since there was no chronological order to this book, it was fun to kind of skip around and find out what each section was about first before diving in.
My favorite section was Part IV: Find Happiness. I'm not totally sure why, but this section really got my juices flowing. Being an avid reader, I was especially happy with the Lose Yourself in a Good Story part. I could identify with quite a few of the stories listed, specifically Delirium by Lauren Oliver (which is a favorite of mine). And Pride and Prejudice, certainly one of my all time favorite classic writings, is also included.
Harmon makes his sections funny and full of enjoyment. At the end of each part, he has a two page spread with little thought bubbles which are really quite fun to read. And Harmon makes it a point to show us that there is a lot of value in realizing the entertainment we watch, read, listen to. That these things can tell us something of our past and perhaps even help us to learn more about our future.
The best part of this book is the pop culture aspect. This book has something for just about everyone, from the oldest to the youngest that would want to read it. So you learn things, and you also relate at the same time. I learned so many fun facts I didn't know. I was entertained and educated all at the same time.
If you are addicted to lists, and trivia (fun facts) then this is the book for you!
As you can see, I really enjoyed this book! And I'm so grateful for Zest books sending it to me!
Here's some information about the author: