Book Review | My Fair Lazy

Title: My Fair Lazy: One Reality Television Addict’s Attempt to Discover If Not Being A Dumb Ass Is the New Black, or, a Culture-Up Manifesto

Author: Jen Lancaster

My Review:

Sometimes I feel like my book reviews are as much confessionals of my own experiences and interests as much as they are reviews of books I have read.  I was drawn to read My Fair Lazy by Jen Lancaster because, like Jen, I love reality tv. I mean, I REALLY love reality tv! In Canada, one network is launching a 24 hour a day reality TV station and my husband has already threatened to block the channel (I told you, I LOVE reality tv)!. For that reason, I thought Lancaster’s book would be interesting as it is a memoir that revolves around reality tv. Little I did know it would more than I ever imagined!

I thought this book was fantastic! I enjoyed it so much that I’ve already looked up Lancaster’s previous books and I plan to buy them this summer because I think they’d make perfect summer reading! Lancaster reflects on how, as an established author, she needs to become a more rounded person so she embarks on a personal Renaissance (she calls it a Jenaissance) where to tries many new things to see what she can learn about herself. She tries different foods, goes to wine tastings and begins reading poetry to name only a few of her endeavours. Throughout, however, she ties in many of her experiences to the reality tv shows that she loves.

The results are laugh out loud funny anecdotes about herself, her husband, her pets (including three kittens they adopt who are terrors) and her friends and the things they experience during her Jenaissance. I was giggling throughout the book, learned even more about reality tv (which I didn’t think was possible, but I’ve now realized I missed the whole MTV reality tv base in the 1990s as it wasn’t available in Canada) and finished the book with a smile on my face.

I’ve already suggested this book to some friends and colleagues who also love a great book (and reality tv) and I’m highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys funny anecdotal reflections on life and everything around you!

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Susan is married and lives in Ontario, Canada. She is loves to read, work out, spend time with her family and try new things!

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