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Marlon Bundo

John Oliver’s ‘Marlon Bundo’ Book Bounces To Number One

Last week we brought you Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President, the children’s book written by Charlotte Pence and illustrated by Karen Pence, daughter and wife of Vice President Mike Pence respectively.  The book was released this week and describes what the Vice President does at his job every day. It’s narrated by Marlon Bundo, Pence’s pet rabbit.  However, there’s a different book about this bunny that’s currently flying (or should we say hopping?) off the shelves.


Marlon Bundo Cover

Image Via The Trevor Project


Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo was released by Chronicle Books this past Sunday and by Tuesday had reached the number one spot on Amazon’s best-seller list.  It has already sold out and is going into a second printing. 


In this book, which is the brainchild of John Oliver and was written by Jill Twiss and illustrated by E.G. Keller, Marlon Bundo tells us about his own life.  In this case, it is a very special day in his life because it is the day he falls in love with Wesley, another boy bunny, and they decide to get married. Although there are some obstacles along the way, namely a stinkbug who tells them that two male bunnies can’t marry each other, the story ultimately has a happy ending.


Marlon and Wesley

Image Via Metro Weekly


The audiobook version of the story, which is voiced by from Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, Ellie Kemper, John Lithgow, Jack McBrayer, and RuPaul, has also reached number one on Audible.


Like with Pence’s book, proceeds from this book will also go to charity.  Sales will benefit AIDS United, an organization that aims to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States, and The Trevor Project, a crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline for young LGBTQ people.  Readers can also buy an ebook copy of the story directly through the websites of both of these charities.


Happy Marlon

Image Via Huffington Post


Charlotte Pence, in an interview with Fox Business Network, said that she’s all for John Oliver’s new book. “His book is contributing to charities that I think we can all get behind,” she stated.  In fact, she bought a copy herself and has posted a photo of Marlon on Instagram wearing a bow tie similar to the one Marlon wears on the cover.



As Oliver himself said in an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers, “It’s a sweet children’s book.”


Feature Image Via The Chicago Tribune

Official Broody YA Hero illustration, two teens reading Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, and Katniss Everdeen with Twitter logo

3 YA Fiction Twitter Accounts That Parody The Genre Perfectly

We all know him, Brooding YA Hero, and his friend, Typical YA Heroine. They live in a Dystopian YA Novel world in which they are the Chosen Ones, despite only being sixteen. What you may not know, however, is that they have their own Twitter accounts!


These accounts seamlessly parody the tropes of YA, from ‘knitted eyebrows’ to being ‘the chosen one’ to smoothing one’s grey tunic to look presentable before the Overseer. They’ll have you laughing, cringing, and getting ready for the Great Battle in The Outlands… 


Let’s start with Brooding YA Hero. His bio reads: “Making Bad Life Choices, Looking Hot, Shedding Manly Tears.” He’s handsome, sensitive, and, of course, inherently problematic. He actually has his own book out now, entitled ‘Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me.‘ As if he needed an ego boost… (okay it’s not actually written by him, it’s by his creator Carrie DiRisio.)



Brooding YA Hero book cover

Image Courtesy of Goodreads






While Brooding YA Hero is busy gazing out over stormy oceans, his counterpart, Typical YA Heroine, is also taking part in a number of YA activities…




So now we’re familiar with the inhabitants of the YA world, why don’t we take a look at what’s going on in the Dystopian YA Novel? Written from the point of view of a generic YA protagonist Valerie Neverwoods, these snippets are just too on-point…




There are thousands more tweets where these came from, and we highly recommend taking a look at them before The Great Battle ensues, and we lose access to the Web forever… 


Featured Image Courtesy of Bustle, Good E-Reader, Stick PNG and Cinefilos 

Celebrity chefs

11 Celebrity Chefs’ Review Books

Okay, we don’t know their favorite books… But if we had to guess, these are probably pretty close to what literature they would read and how they reviewed them.


We took some creative liberties in imaging just how some of our favorite celebrity chefs would review books that fit their personalities. Check out some of our favorites below:


1. Gordon Ramsay – ‘The Big Black Book of Very Dirty Words’ by Alexis Munier


A photo of Gordon Ramsay


Bookstr Imagined Review: “You wouldn’t believe how quickly you can run out of insults during your time as a chef. This helps me keep my vocabulary colorful and insults biting.”


2. Bobby Flay – ‘The Lord of the Rings’ by J. R. R. Tolkien


Bobby Flay writing at a desk


Bookstr Imagined Review: “An awesome and classic hero trope. A man who was chosen as number one from the beginning. No one can defeat Frodo.”


3. Guy Fieri – ‘Denny’s Menu’ by Denny’s.


Guy Feiri gawking at camera.


Bookstr Imagined Review: “I always keep a copy of this bad boy by my side. Never know when you’re going to need to go on a last minute trip to FlavorTown.”


4. Paula Deen – ‘Butter: A Rich History’ by Elaine Khosrova


Paula Deen reading at a desk.


Bookstr Imagined Review: ‘I just love the magic of butter!’


5. Alton Brown – ‘The Big Book of Pain: Torture & Punishment Through History’ by Mark P. Donnelly


Alton Brown sitting in front of a chalkboard.


Bookstr Imagined Review: ‘It can be tricky to come up with new challenges when filming shows. This books always sparks some creative ideas.’


6. Anthony Bourdain – ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ by Hunter S. Thompson


Anthony Bourdain reading.


Bookstr Imagined Review: ‘Whenever I’m unsure of what direction I should take my life in, I always look at my ‘What Would Hunter S. Thompson Do’ bracelet.’


7. Rachel Ray – ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ by Elizabeth Gilbert


Rachel Ray signing a book.



Bookstr Imagined Review: ‘No book has changed and colored my life like this novel about this book. Just reading it makes me feel more Italian.’


8. Martha Stewart – ‘If I Did It’ by O.J. Simpson


Martha Stewart with papers.


Bookstr Imagined Review: “It just reminds me that even though I was convicted, I had the good sense not to publish it.”


9. Mario Batali – ‘Footwear Design’ by Aki Choklat


Mario Batali reading.


Bookstr Imagined Review:  “My kicks are always on fleek, and I have this to thank for it.”


10. Ina Garten – ‘Whole Body Barefoot: Transitioning Well to Minimal Footwear’ by Katy Bowman


Ina Garten with her book.


Bookstr Imagined Review: “And my kicks are never on!”


11. Julia Child – ‘Voynich manuscript’


Julia Child with a book.


Bookstr Imagined Review: “This is quite the page turner. I have never read something I have related to so closely!”


So, no, we can’t be sure these are their favorite books… Or even books they have read, but these guesses can’t be too far off! What’s your favorite celebrity on the list?


Header images courtesy of Closer Weekly, Paper City Magazine, and Vegas.Eater.com