Very British Problems: Making Life Awkward for Ourselves, One Rainy Day at a Time
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This is just the perfect book if you're a Brit, it sums us up PERFECTLY. I was pretty much laughing the entire time because it's so true. I always get angry when I'm in a queue and someone queue jumps, and I store my anger inside, because that's just what we do - we do not call a person out on their rudeness, we just seethe. And we're so awkward... It just - I could imagine myself in every situation, acting the same way. I bought this for my Kindle and found it to be a case of a small joke stretched too far and I also found the kindle format very poor - it's more like a PDF than a proper e-book. You can't use the normal highlighting or dictionary functionality and the layout is very poor. I had a lot of fun reading this, there were so many scenarios that I could apply to either myself or people I know and I am now looking forward to reading the next volume at some point in the future.
Very British Problems: The Most Awkward One Yet (Paperback)
Just like other people, I have been laughing about tweets that float around from the Very British Problems account. Little is good, more must be better, right? Unfortunately no. If you're looking for a book to buy in hard-copy and leave in the downstairs loo, this is a perfect choice. As something for family and friends to browse whilst dealing with more important 'business', it's a pretty good source of a giggle or two for a few minutes. Trouble is that it's not something you can really sit down and read from cover to cover - which is what I tried to do. As it turns out, I had already seen the funniest jokes in there because so many people could relate to them (including me) - believe or not that's the reason they are retweeting them.I bought this book after seeing a list of quotes from it that had me doubled over with laughter going 'That's me! That's SO me!' Unfortunately that list turned out to be all the best quotes from the book, so I gained little more from actually reading the whole thing. Another disappointment was that within the book itself there are many lines or ideas that are repeated multiple times, and this is a huge downfall for a humour book where many of the laughs come from seeing some quirk you identify with in print for the first time; the second time is never quite so funny. Reading it I really laughed quite a lot, it was really not too bad at all. In fact it was pretty good considering that it was about the British after all. This book pairs well with a good cup of tea. It's clever and the layout covers observations in pubs, topics related to weather, food, get togethers and more.
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Being a bit of a people-pleaser myself, I was pleasantly surprised how many of these situations do not make me feel awkward. At all. Not one bit. Doctors have also reported several cases of unnecessary apologising, an obsessive interest in correct queuing etiquette and dramatic sighing in the presence of loud teenagers on public transport. If you have experienced any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from VERY BRITISH PROBLEMS. VERY BRITISH PROBLEMS are highly contagious. There is no known cure.My major problem with the book is sometimes things are repeated or very similar to what you've already read. As I read for myself I'd rate it 2 stars, but I'd rate it as 4 stars to give as a gift, so I settled on 3.
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The book’s combination of fondness and self-deprecation makes for a pleasant tone, though this has been done much better. Two of my favorite “finding the British” books are Brit-Think, Ameri-Think: A Transatlantic Survival Guide by Jane Walmsley and Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson.