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Massive help to be pointed in the right direction
"I reached out to Eden for some guidance on a book idea I was developing, and she signposted me to some excellent resources.
When you don't know what you don't know, it's a massive help to be pointed in the right direction, and know the important thing to watch out for.
Yet another fantastic read, incredibly funny and leaves me with a smile on my face. Perfect.
Love all your stories
Love all your stories, feels like I’m sat with the girls having a gossip can’t wait for the new book, I have made sure I’ll have the day off work to binge read.
Delightfully hilarious, sensitive, witty, brave, forgiving and loving read
This delightfully hilarious, sensitive, witty, brave, forgiving and loving read is not to be missed. The author’s magical simplicity is a clever invitation, not only to be thoroughly entertained, but Gruger reintroduces ourselves in a whole new light.
Laughing at Myself is a beautifully easy read that you won’t want to put down. Gruger skilfully guides you effortlessly through her narrative, while giving you all the details the reader needs to put themselves in the scenes of the story. Each short story flows into the next. Equally if time to yourself is limited, (and hiding from my 3 children at home during lockdown is only successful for so long), it is a book you can delve into for a quick visit, be entertained and come back to it again later… again and again. It will never fail to put a smile on your face.
As Gruger continues to introduce herself as she skips through her life’s encounters, you are left laughing out loud as you get to know her ‘Bridget Jones meets Calamity Jane’ character. The amusing references are endless, but… “Yet another time in my life when something I found funny, everyone else thought was idiotic”… resounds throughout.
I was left feeling not only amused, but quite elated. Encouraged to look at the humour within ourselves, our own vulnerabilities, to recognise them, greet them, open heartedly, and laugh away. Perhaps we can admit a little piece of this author is within all of us, and Gruger does a superb job of introducing us.
Gruger will leave you awakened, with a renewed awareness, as she teaches us those good solid life lessons… laugh at yourself, laugh with others, find the humour in life, forgive ourselves and ultimately love ourselves and the life we live.
The only criticism you will have is being left wanting more. Not just more tales of Gruger’s adventures, that goes without saying. But intrigued to find out more about each scenario, to share the further depths of Grugers thinking and humour. Where will each experience take her next. You want more than that peek, you’ll want to be experiencing it with her, get to know her better. She’s your potential best friend you haven’t met yet. And there’s a hell of a lot of catching up to do!
humourous book of short stories
I just read Eden’s book ‘Laughing At Myself’, which is a delightfully cringeworthy, humourous book of short stories that is written so well that I couldn’t help but picture myself as the character in most stories, particularly the one about the elderly cat’s bladder issues, as I had to literally question the author whether the story was based on the time it happened to me. It wasn’t and I was evilly relieved that I wasn’t the only person that one of her cats had decided to use as a litter tray.
The whole book made me feel grateful that I am not the only person in the world that gets myself in an array of embarrassing situations, and I happily laughed at the characters’ misfortune.
I read the book over three mornings and found the writing style easy to read due to the ease of flow and the large type intended for dyslexic readers. I am not dyslexic myself but did find the format easier to read than a regular font.
I also particularly enjoyed the story about the size 6 shoes on size 4 feet, and the one about the driving test. I won’t give any more away as you need to read it yourself.
I very much look forward to reading future work from Eden. Well done!
The book is easy to read, episodic
I have loved reading LAUGHING AT MYSELF … so many of the stories I could relate to in way one or another … feeling like an awkward teenager at times and especially the perm 😂 didn’t we all have a disaster hair-do during some stage in our lives? 😂😬
The book is easy to read, episodic, the type of book you want to read on a rainy day, with a cuppa and a biscuit (or three).
It’s important we can find humour in some of the hiccups life throws at us, and Eden’s book reminds us of that.
I was sorry that I’d finished it, it was like I was getting to know Eden more and more and then it was the end ☹️
I Hope there’s another in the future.
Definitely worth a read especially if you need cheering up
Just had the privilege of a sneak peak of Eden’s new book “Laughing At Myself” I read this in just 2 sittings, it was so easy to read and to pick up and carry on where I left off, the bigger text and white space is a big win for me too.
It was like having a chat with your bestie reminiscing over those cringeworthy, hilarious and embarrassing moments that we have all experienced at some point in our lives. Just what I needed!
I was laughing and cringing along with the stories in equal measures, Couch Potatoes had me gasping with horror and Nice to See You, had me remembering my own fashion faux pas.
It’s good to know other people have those moments as well!
Definitely worth a read especially if you need cheering up or are feeling self conscious.
Guaranteed to put a smile on your face
This was an entertaining and captivating easy to follow read from start to finish Such light hearted and genuine humor within every story, my only lingering question is… Did you ever learn how to drive… Brilliant read that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face and brighten your day.
Gruger’s skill is in capturing an anecdote or point in life we can relate to
I had been impatiently awaiting Eden Gruger’s second collection of stories,having thoroughly enjoyed Down with Frogs; and it certainly did not disappoint. I read Laughing at Myself preview copy in one sitting and as before, found myself finished all too soon and wanting more. Gruger strikes the perfect balance between the reader being able to empathize with the diverse situations and yet think thank goodness it wasn’t me, in equal measures. It’s hard to pick favourites from the collection but I think for me probably Couch Potatoes and Wheel of Misfortune resonated most. Gruger’s skill is in capturing an anecdote or point in life we can relate to, letting us revel in that moment and enjoy the inevitable hilarious, often embarrassing outcome through her accessible storytelling.
I am in no doubt that another volume will be in the offing before long with a wealth of further escapades from daily life and I shall be at the ready! I am not only happy to recommend Laughing at Myself to my friends and family but will be gladly gifting a copy or two to those who most need a chuckle right now.