Review: ‘The Greatest Love Story Ever Told’ By Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally

‘The Greatest Love Story Ever Told’

By Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally

Publisher: Dutton Books
Date: 2018
Pages: 269
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Non Fiction
Genre:  Biography
Days to Read: 10
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

At last, the full story behind Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman’s epic romance, including stories, portraits, and the occasional puzzle, all telling the smoldering tale that has fascinated Hollywood for over a decade. 

The year: 2000. The setting: Los Angeles. A gorgeous virtuoso of an actress had agreed to star in a random play, and a basement-dwelling scenic carpenter had said he would assay a supporting role in the selfsame pageant. At the first rehearsal, she surveyed her fellow cast members, as one does, determining if any of the men might qualify to provide her with a satisfying fling. Her gaze fell upon the carpenter, and like a bolt of lightning, the thought struck her: No dice. Moving on.

Yet, unbeknownst to our protagonists, Cupid had merely set down his bow and picked up a rocket launcher. Then fired a love rocket (not a euphemism). The players were Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, and the resulting romance, once it ignited, was . . . epic. Beyond epic. It resulted in a coupling that has endured to this day; a sizzling, perpetual tryst that has captivated the world with its kindness, athleticism, astonishingly low-brow humor, and true (fire emoji) passion.

How did they do it? They came from completely different families, endured a significant age difference, and were separated by the gulf of several social strata. Megan loved books and art history; Nick loved hammers. But much more than these seemingly unsurpassable obstacles were the values they held in common: respect, decency, the ability to mention genitalia in almost any context, and an abiding obsession with the songs of Tom Waits.

Eighteen years later, they’re still very much in love, and have finally decided to reveal the philosophical mountains they have conquered, the lessons they’ve learned, and the myriad jigsaw puzzles they’ve completed, in a book. Featuring anecdotes, hijinks, interviews, photos, and a veritable grab bag of tomfoolery, this is not only the intoxicating book that Mullally’s and Offerman’s fans have been waiting for, it might just hold the solution to the greatest threat facing our modern world: the single life.

I’m going to admit that I am totally biased about this book. I love both Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman as actors and I’ve already read Nick Offerman’s other book and I really enjoyed both of them.

This book is set up as more of an interview/conversations. Which makes it great to listen to on audio book. I ended up both purchasing a physical copy and then listening to the book on audio. I absolutely love that it was narrated by them, it really allowed for everything to feel organic and as though you were just part of a conversation.

Both Nick and Megan are very candid in this book and discuss things that have not come up in the past or that they had chosen to keep more to themselves until now. It was really interesting getting a glimpse into their lives and histories.

The books main focus is on their relationship, they really get into how it all began and how they keep their relationship something that they want to grow in together.

If you are a fan of any of their work be it their more well known roles on Parks and Recreation and Will and Grace or from just hearing about them through media, Megan and Nick’s book is a great book for anyone to read.

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 10/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars: 5/5

Weekly Update: 21.4.19

Over the last few weeks I’ve finished 5 books. Honestly this month has been a crazy good reading month for me and I am so excited!

I’ve managed to finish reading ‘The Greatest Love Story Ever Told’ By Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman which I listened to on Audible. I started reading ‘Outcast’ By Taran Matharu and ended up switching to Audible again. I’ve started to find that I can play my video games and read (by listening) at the same time and I’m not going to lie, I love it! I also completed ‘Red Queen’ By Victoria Aveyard on Audible. The other two books I finished were graphic novels so I definitely did not listen to these books but I read ‘Skyward: Volume 1: My Low G Life’ By Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett and Antonio Fabela and ‘Estranged: Volume 1′ By Ethan M. Aldridge.

I am currently about 20 pages into ‘The Geography of Lost Things’ By Jessica Brody.

I am really hoping that I can finish this before the end of the month!

I am also about 6 chapters into the ‘Fever King’ By Victoria Lee.

This is another one I am, really hoping to finish before the end of the month!

So far through the read-a-thon I’ve completed:

  • Potions: ‘Exile’ By Shannon Messenger
  • Defence Against the Dark Arts: ‘Red Queen’ By Victoria Aveyard
  • Care of Magical Creatures: ‘Outcast’ By Taran Matharu
  • Herbology: ‘Estranged’ By Ethan M Aldridge
  • Arithmancy: ‘Skyward: My Low G Life’ By Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett & Antonio Fabela
  • History of Magic: ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ By Cressida Cowell
  • Charms: ‘The Greatest Love Story Ever Told’ By Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman

Currently working my way through:

  • Muggle Studies: ‘Geography of Lost Things’ By Jessica Brody
  • Divination: ‘The Fever King’ By Victoria Lee

The holidays have been a busy time. To start them off I was baptised which was a really interesting experience. I also did a ton of reading (as you can see from this update) as well as heading to Shepparton for a short trip to visit my Nouna/soon to be sister in law where I also did a ton of reading as well as dealing with internet companies (not my favourite thing) We have also done some more organising for the wedding because honestly its coming up! We are also getting ready for organise all the exciting things for Greek Easter!

How has your Easter been?

O.W.L.S Read-a-thon

Here we are again. Staring down the beginning of another Harry Potter themed read-a-thon hosted by Gee at Book Roast.

This month I will be partaking in the O.W.L.S exam read-a-thon where each subject is a different reading prompt and by reading a book that fits the prompt you pass the exam and then partake in that subject in the August N.E.W.T read-a-thon, but if you don’t read the book for the subject then come August you can’t take that subject in your N.E.W.T’s… Make sense?

Gee has really put an incredible amount of time and effort into this read-a-thon, even creating a Wizarding Career’s guide to help you decide what subjects you would need to complete to achieve the wizarding goal of your dreams and I absolutely love it.

This year I have decided to go all out and I am aiming to become a Hogwarts Care of Magical Creatures Professor.

So (as you can see) to become a Hogwarts Professor I need to complete 7 O.W.L.S which must include the subject I want to teach, so for me it will be Care of Magical Creatures as well as Defence Against the Dark Arts. With that I have decided to complete the following:

  • Care of Magical Creatures
  • Defence Against the Dark Arts
  • Potions
  • Herbology
  • Arithmancy
  • History of Magic
  • Muggle Studies

For Potions the prompt is to read a sequel. For this one I chose to read ‘Exile’ By Shannon Messenger. This is the second book in the Keeper of Lost Cities series.

I chose potions as a topic, because as a Care of Magical Creatures professor I feel as though being able to brew healing potions and antidotes would be important.

For Defence Against the Dark Arts the prompt was to choose a book beginning with ‘R’. For this I’ve chosen ‘Red Queen’ By Victoria Aveyard.

Defence Against the Dark Arts is a required subject for a professor at Hogwarts, which again I think is very important for any witch or wizard to learn.

For Care of Magical Creatures we are required to read a book with a land animal on the cover. For this one I have chosen ‘Outcast’ by Taran Matharu. This is the prequel to ‘Novice’ the first book in the Summoner Series.

Obviously If I want to be a Care of Magical Creatures then I would need to complete the Care of Magical Creatures O.W.L

Herbology is the next of the seven subjects I hope to complete during the O.W.L.S for Herbology the prompt was to read a book with a plant on the cover. For this I chose the graphic novel ‘Estranged’ by Ethan M. Aldridge.

I think Herbology is another important subject to study when planning to be a Care of Magical Creatures professor it is important to be around magical plants as well.

For Arithmancy the prompt for the exam is to read a book with more than two authors. For this I ended up choosing ‘Skyward: My Low G Life.’ By Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett & Antonio Faela.

I chose Arithmancy for more of a fun topic. It was one that I always liked the sound of so I figured, why not!

I also chose History of Magic as another elective. For this we needed to read a book that was published 10 or more years ago. I chose ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ By Cressida Cowell, which was published in 2003.

History of Magic feels like an important subject for everyone, especially when working with magical creatures. It is important to know the history behind the discovery of magical creatures as well as the laws that have been put in place around them and their protection.

For the Muggle Studies O.W.L the prompt is to read a contemporary. I have chosen to read ‘The Geography of Lost Things’ By Jessica Brody.

Muggle Studies is usually an easy exam, however my reason for choosing it is more to understand muggles, especially when I might be teaching muggle born witches and wizards and may need to interact with muggles when it comes to caring for or protecting a magical creature.

So obviously I’ve chosen books for all of the subjects in case – by some miracle – I can read all the books I need too (which is more than I normally read in a single month). Why wouldn’t I choose a book for the entire syllabus to read?

For Ancient Runes the prompt is to read a retelling. For this I have chosen to read ‘Ash’ By Melinda Lo. This is a retelling of Cinderella.

For Charms the prompt is to read an adult work. I have chosen ‘The Greatest Love Story Ever Told’ By Megan Mallully and Nick Offerman. This is one I’ve been wanting to read for the longest time.

The two above subjects are ones that work into my back up career’s in case I am unable to complete all of the seven books for the Care of Magical Creatures Professor career. I will be evaluating my progress half way through the month and decide whether I need to change my career path.

If I manage to read all seven books for my Care of Magical Creatures Professor position as well at the two other back up subjects I have chosen books for the two remaining subjects that are offered in O.W.L.S.

For Astronomy the prompt was to choose a book with ‘Star’ in the title, so for Astronomy I have chosen to read ‘Game of Stars’ By Sayantani DasGupta.

The last subject available to study in the O.W.L.S is Divination. For this subject the prompt is to read a book that is set in the future. I had to look for a while before I found a book that would be appropriate and that book is ‘Nyxia’ by Scott Reintgen.

I have officially started the HUGE undertaking and am ready for the challenge. Let the reading begin…

Are you participating in the O.W.L.S Read-a-thon?

Last Book Haul of 2018

So once again I broke a book buying ban and purchased some books…. I know, I know, a book buying ban is to stop you buying books. Oops! 

I’ve accumulated these books over the last few months and decided I would haul them all together in one final haul for 2018! (Who else can’t believe 2018 is almost over?) 

Hardcover Edition

Fred, Con, Lila, and Max are on their way back to England from Manaus when the plane they’re on crashes and the pilot dies upon landing. For days they survive alone, until Fred finds a map that leads them to a ruined city, and to a secret.

Hardcover Special Edition (Book #2 in the Vicious Series)

Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there’s Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn’t know about his most recent act of vengeance.

Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.

Hardcover
(Book #2 in the Adventurer’s Guild Series)

Zed, Brock, and their friends may have saved Freestone from destruction, but the fight against the Dangers is far from over. No one knows what to expect next from the dark power that forced the elves to abandon their city. And the influx of elf refugees in Freestone strains resources and brews resentment among the townspeople. Things have shifted between best friends Zed and Brock, as well, with their friendship crumbling under the weight of the secrets they’re keeping from each other.
When tensions reach an all-time high, Queen Me’Shala, leader of the elves, approaches the Adventurers Guild with a mission. She wants a small group of adventurers to go behind the king’s back on a covert mission to save her city, and Zed, Brock, Liza, Jett, Micah, and their elven friend Fel join the quest. To face a powerful form of magic thought to be extinct, the adventurers will have to learn how to rely on each other and fight harder than ever before.

Paperback
(Book #2 in the Seven Wonders series)

With Marco gone and the first Loculus lost, Jack, Cass, and Ally are no closer to saving themselves (or the world) than when they first arrived at the Karai Institute. But when Bhegad tracks down Marco deep in the desert, the kids are off on the next leg of their quest-to the ancient city of Babylon. There the kids find themselves faced with a daunting choice that makes them question everything they’ve learned so far. It’s a gut wrenching decision, but what the kids don’t realise is that it’s also a trap. Surprises pile on surprises until a long-lost figure from Jack’s past returns, and the kids find themselves forced to engineer an escape that might just turn out to be a different kind of trap altogether.

Hardcover Special Illumicrate Edition with Gold sprayed edges
(Book #1 in the Strange the Dreamer Duology)

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

Hardcover Illumicrate Special Edition with Silver sprayed Edges
(Book #2 in the Strange the Dreamer Duology) 

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the Muse of Nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Hardcover

The year: 2000. The setting: Los Angeles. A gorgeous virtuoso of an actress had agreed to star in a random play, and a basement-dwelling scenic carpenter had said he would assay a supporting role in the selfsame pageant. At the first rehearsal, she surveyed her fellow cast members, as one does, determining if any of the men might qualify to provide her with a satisfying fling. Her gaze fell upon the carpenter, and like a bolt of lightning, the thought struck her: No dice. Moving on.

Yet, unbeknownst to our protagonists, Cupid had merely set down his bow and picked up a rocket launcher. Then fired a love rocket (not a euphemism). The players were Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, and the resulting romance, once it ignited, was . . . epic. Beyond epic. It resulted in a coupling that has endured to this day; a sizzling, perpetual tryst that has captivated the world with its kindness, athleticism, astonishingly low-brow humor, and true (fire emoji) passion.

How did they do it? They came from completely different families, endured a significant age difference, and were separated by the gulf of several social strata. Megan loved books and art history; Nick loved hammers. But much more than these seemingly unsurpassable obstacles were the values they held in common: respect, decency, the ability to mention genitalia in almost any context, and an abiding obsession with the songs of Tom Waits.

Eighteen years later, they’re still very much in love, and have finally decided to reveal the philosophical mountains they have conquered, the lessons they’ve learned, and the myriad jigsaw puzzles they’ve completed, in a book. Featuring anecdotes, hijinks, interviews, photos, and a veritable grab bag of tomfoolery, this is not only the intoxicating book that Mullally’s and Offerman’s fans have been waiting for, it might just hold the solution to the greatest threat facing our modern world: the single life.

Hardcover

1945. They have survived the Blitz, but when Simon, Patricia, Evelyn and Larry step through a mysterious library door, it is the beginning of their most dangerous adventure yet. They discover the magical world of Folio, where an enchanted kingdom of fairy knights, bears and tree gods is under threat from a sinister robot army.

The many stories of the Library are locked in eternal war, and the children’s only hope is to find their creator – a magician who has been lost for centuries.

What they find will change not just their own lives, but the fate of the world, for ever.

Hardcover

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realises this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul. 

Paperback
(Book #1 in the Seven Wonders Series)

One Boy

Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he’s going to die.

One Mission

Jack needs to find seven magic loculi that, when combined, have the power to cure him.

One Problem

The loculi are the relics of a lost civilization and haven’t been seen in thousands of years.

Seven Wonders

Because they’re hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Paperback
(Book #2 in the Confectioner’s Guild Series)

Out of the frying pan, into the fire…


Wren thought things were bad when her boyfriend’s father tried to frame her for murder. But that was before a hostile army showed up at the city gates, ready to swallow Maradis whole. And before guild members began disappearing one by one–including the Confectioner’s Guild’s newest Gifted recruit.

Wren, suspecting the king is to blame for the disappearances, undertakes a dangerous investigation that sets her on a collision course with old and new enemies alike. Will she be able to find the missing guild members before tensions boil over into outright rebellion? Or are the guilds willing to go further than she ever realized to rid themselves of the king’s tyranny…

Don’t miss this thrilling Book 2 in the Confectioner Chronicles!The Confectioner’s Exile is a young adult fantasy mystery perfect for fans of Maria Snyder, Erika Johansen, and Gail Carriger. 

Hardcover
Book #2 in the Fantastic Beasts Screenplays)

So I also have ‘Vicious’ the matching collectors edition to my ‘Vengeful’ copy but that hasn’t been shipped yet. 

October Wrap Up

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The end of October has come, which means its time for my OCTOBER WRAP UP!

Spring is here and I am so ready for it, its time for floral dresses and fresh air!

So this month I read 5 books. I completed:
* ‘The Burning Maze’ By Rick Riordan
* ‘Yes Please’ By Amy Poehler
* ‘Illuminae’ By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
* ‘An Enchantment of Ravens’ By Margaret Rogerson
* ‘Gemina’ By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
* ‘Even the Darkest Stars’ By Heather Fawcett

 

 

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Posts of the month

October TBR

September Goal Update

Travel Guide: Osaka

September Fairy Loot Unboxing

Review: ‘The Dark Prophecy’ By Rick Riordan

Bookish Survey: Greek Mythology

Review: ‘Illuminae’ By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Goodreads ‘To-Read’ Sort #9

Review: ‘The Burning Maze’ By Rick Riordan

Review: ‘Yes Please’ By Amy Poehler

Spring Book Haul

Review: ‘Gemina’ By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Books I’ve Pre-Ordered

Review: ‘An Enchantment of Ravens’ By Margaret Rogerson

 

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How was your October? What was the best book you read this month?