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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster has lived a life based on re-invention and self-improvement. From Bitter Is the New Black to The Tao of Martha, she’s managed to document her (and her generation’s) attempts to shape up, grow up, and have it all—sometimes with disastrous results… Sure Jen has made mistakes. She spent all her money THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster has lived a life based on re-invention and self-improvement. From Bitter Is the New Black to The Tao of Martha, she’s managed to document her (and her generation’s) attempts to shape up, grow up, and have it all—sometimes with disastrous results… Sure Jen has made mistakes. She spent all her money from a high-paying job on shoes, clothes, and spa treatments. She then carried a Prada bag to the unemployment office. She wrote a whole memoir about dieting…but didn’t lose weight. She embarked on a quest for cultural enlightenment that only cemented her love for John Hughes movies and Kraft American Singles. She tried to embrace everything Martha Stewart, while living with a menagerie of rescue cats and dogs. (Glitter…everywhere.) Mistakes are one thing; regrets are another. After a girls’ weekend in Savannah makes her realize that she is—yikes!—middle-aged (binge watching is so the new binge drinking), Jen decides to make a bucket list and seize the day, even if that means having her tattoo removed at one hundred times the cost of putting it on. From attempting a juice cleanse to studying Italian, from learning to ride a bike to starting a new business, and from sampling pasta in Rome to training for a 5K, Jen is turning a mid-life crisis into a mid-life opportunity, sharing her sometimes bumpy—but always hilarious—attempts to better her life…again. From the Hardcover edition.


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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster has lived a life based on re-invention and self-improvement. From Bitter Is the New Black to The Tao of Martha, she’s managed to document her (and her generation’s) attempts to shape up, grow up, and have it all—sometimes with disastrous results… Sure Jen has made mistakes. She spent all her money THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster has lived a life based on re-invention and self-improvement. From Bitter Is the New Black to The Tao of Martha, she’s managed to document her (and her generation’s) attempts to shape up, grow up, and have it all—sometimes with disastrous results… Sure Jen has made mistakes. She spent all her money from a high-paying job on shoes, clothes, and spa treatments. She then carried a Prada bag to the unemployment office. She wrote a whole memoir about dieting…but didn’t lose weight. She embarked on a quest for cultural enlightenment that only cemented her love for John Hughes movies and Kraft American Singles. She tried to embrace everything Martha Stewart, while living with a menagerie of rescue cats and dogs. (Glitter…everywhere.) Mistakes are one thing; regrets are another. After a girls’ weekend in Savannah makes her realize that she is—yikes!—middle-aged (binge watching is so the new binge drinking), Jen decides to make a bucket list and seize the day, even if that means having her tattoo removed at one hundred times the cost of putting it on. From attempting a juice cleanse to studying Italian, from learning to ride a bike to starting a new business, and from sampling pasta in Rome to training for a 5K, Jen is turning a mid-life crisis into a mid-life opportunity, sharing her sometimes bumpy—but always hilarious—attempts to better her life…again. From the Hardcover edition.

30 review for I Regret Nothing: A Memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I used to count the minutes until the next Jen Lancaster release, and then stay up all night laughing harder than at a typical comedy show. Things have changed. I still feel this allegiance, and still buy the books, but don't feel captured in the same way. No laugh out loud moments, but maybe a small smile here and there. I think it can be summed up in saying - I used to think "I could totally hang out with her", could see her fitting right in to my circle of friends. She was driven, but funny, I used to count the minutes until the next Jen Lancaster release, and then stay up all night laughing harder than at a typical comedy show. Things have changed. I still feel this allegiance, and still buy the books, but don't feel captured in the same way. No laugh out loud moments, but maybe a small smile here and there. I think it can be summed up in saying - I used to think "I could totally hang out with her", could see her fitting right in to my circle of friends. She was driven, but funny, and seemed willing and able to poke fun at herself. Now, she no longer seems like someone I would want to spend time with, the sense of humor about herself seems to be missing. So, if I don't feel a kinship any longer, and I am not laughing any longer - why do I keep reading? Because I keep thinking there will be a spark of what was in the first extremely quotable memoirs. I Regret Nothing had some small glimpses of that old feeling, many more than the "Martha" book, but sadly not as many as I had hoped for. More readable/enjoyable than the last book, but not scratching the surface of what I used to love.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Reminder to self--stop reading Jen Lancaster books. Sure, you want to relive the good times. But the good times are gone. Her humor is lacking, her "problems" less compelling, and her preachy asides at an all time high. Let it go, Kathleen, let it go. Reminder to self--stop reading Jen Lancaster books. Sure, you want to relive the good times. But the good times are gone. Her humor is lacking, her "problems" less compelling, and her preachy asides at an all time high. Let it go, Kathleen, let it go.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    I have either really loved Lancaster's memoirs (Bitter is the New Black) felt meh about them (Pretty in Plaid) or just downright did not like them ( Jeneration X). This was I felt just meh about in the end. This memoir follows Lancaster trying to cross things off her bucket list. Now age 46, Lancaster finds herself throwing herself into more things since her beloved dog Maisy passes. Some of the things on Lancaster's list like learn a language and travel to Italy are really engrossing to read a I have either really loved Lancaster's memoirs (Bitter is the New Black) felt meh about them (Pretty in Plaid) or just downright did not like them ( Jeneration X). This was I felt just meh about in the end. This memoir follows Lancaster trying to cross things off her bucket list. Now age 46, Lancaster finds herself throwing herself into more things since her beloved dog Maisy passes. Some of the things on Lancaster's list like learn a language and travel to Italy are really engrossing to read about. However some of the other bucket list items just didn't grab me (find a new hobby and discover an entirely new playlist) and maybe this is me being a jerk, but finding a new hobby and creating a playlist just didn't seem bucket list worthy. Also this memoir really was not that funny. I don't need it to be non-stop laughter, but unlike with previous books I did not smile or laugh out loud once. It also reads as if some other huge issues were happening with Lancaster and she alludes to it a bit, however, she says that this is not that kind of memoir so she doesn't go into it in depth at all. I don't need to read the nitty gritty of the self discovery that Lancaster went through, however, this book felt as if several chapters were left on the cutting room floor. There seems to be a sense that Lancaster is not happy with several things going on. I guessed that via some things said and unsaid in her last two books that Lancaster had a falling out with her family though they now may be reconciled. Readers are also given a hint that Lancaster has entered into therapy. I don't need to read about it. I just always find it weird in memoirs when the author leaves out key things. Lancaster's writing felt a bit choppy too. Instead of doing the footnotes in this book she decided to keep interjecting with sidebars. Doing this broke up the flow of her writing and it distracted me while reading. I think it would have been better to just stick with the footnotes. There were some things that Lancaster discussed that did speak to me. Such as how social media has made people more distant from each other. And I agree with her about how sometimes the internet outrage machine needs to take a day off when recounting an incident that got blown up via a post she made on Facebook. Also when she describes going to Italy I found myself reminiscing. I have no idea what other memoir Lancaster has in her back pocket. I just hope the next one brings back some of the older magic that made her memoirs must reads for me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I used to be a HUGE fan of Jen Lancaster. What I consider The Jen Trilogy (Bitter Is The New Black, Bright Lights, Big Ass, and Such A Pretty Fat) are books that I go back and re-read time and time again. But somewhere along the way, Jen lost her spark. That funny, snarky, we-could-totally-be-friends-if-she-gave-me-a-chance way of writing that left me crying with laughter and wanting more. Part of me thinks it's because she's older now and more settled. Not that being settled is a bad thing, but I used to be a HUGE fan of Jen Lancaster. What I consider The Jen Trilogy (Bitter Is The New Black, Bright Lights, Big Ass, and Such A Pretty Fat) are books that I go back and re-read time and time again. But somewhere along the way, Jen lost her spark. That funny, snarky, we-could-totally-be-friends-if-she-gave-me-a-chance way of writing that left me crying with laughter and wanting more. Part of me thinks it's because she's older now and more settled. Not that being settled is a bad thing, but let's face it. It doesn't exactly inspire memoirs. I will say that I enjoyed this book more than I enjoyed The Tao of Martha and much more than Jeneration X. She wasn't constantly talking about all the money she spends at Whole Foods, or giving us endless updates on her gardening, so that was good. There were parts that I enjoyed, parts that made me laugh a little bit, and parts where my eyes kind of glazed over and I found myself reading faster just to get through it. If Jen ever does another memoir, I'm sure I'll read it because it's Jen and I know what she CAN do. But I really do miss the glee I used to feel when picking up one of her new books.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hilary Grossman

    You know that feeling you get when you catch up with an old friend you haven't seen in a while? Well, that is the feeling that I had as I read each and every page of I Regret Nothing... As in all of her other memoirs, as you read, you feel like you are hanging out and chatting with an old friend. I loved being able to catch up on Jen's life, see how old friends are doing and meet some new ones too. There were so many laugh out loud moments in this book. And there were also some very serious momen You know that feeling you get when you catch up with an old friend you haven't seen in a while? Well, that is the feeling that I had as I read each and every page of I Regret Nothing... As in all of her other memoirs, as you read, you feel like you are hanging out and chatting with an old friend. I loved being able to catch up on Jen's life, see how old friends are doing and meet some new ones too. There were so many laugh out loud moments in this book. And there were also some very serious moments. I really enjoyed how Jen wrote about social media and how it effected her. But mostly I just loved reading about Jen knocking items off on her bucket list. I found the story so relatable, The book has gotten me thinking about my own bucket lists and living my life in a way so that I Regret Nothing too... As a side note :) - I also loved the use of the side notes - they added the humor of Jen's previous footnotes but made it so much easier to read...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Jen Lancaster may very well be my spirit animal. I Regret Nothing is best devoured with a glass of wine and shared with your best of friends. Jen’s writing is honest, authentic, and funny as hell. This book will have you constantly laughing out loud. In this book, Jen takes us on the comical roller coaster that is her life. From starting her own business, to learning Italian and visiting Rome, and even buying adult tricycles, Jen will have you laughing out loud at her antics. You will not want to Jen Lancaster may very well be my spirit animal. I Regret Nothing is best devoured with a glass of wine and shared with your best of friends. Jen’s writing is honest, authentic, and funny as hell. This book will have you constantly laughing out loud. In this book, Jen takes us on the comical roller coaster that is her life. From starting her own business, to learning Italian and visiting Rome, and even buying adult tricycles, Jen will have you laughing out loud at her antics. You will not want to stop reading, as you turn page after page to see what shenanigans she gets into next! Jen creating a Bucket List was what drew me into reading this book. The fact that, as the title of the book suggests, she doesn't want to have any regrets in life, is exactly how I felt just 6 months before my 35th birthday. I decided that 35 was going to be my year. So, I started losing massive amounts of weight and, on New Year’s Day, I created a Bucket List and a Memory Jar. Both are currently works in progress. This book is my life. It is so wonderful to know that I am not alone out there. That I am not crazy. That there are other women in the world that feel exactly the same way I feel. That make the same decisions that I would make. That think the same way I think. That live life the same way that I try to live my own. I Regret Nothing is both inspiring and motivational. In reading this book, I found myself reflecting on all the things that I have wanted to do, but have yet done. Reading about Jen feeling the exact same way I felt, really makes me want to push forward with my own goals. I know that I have many talents, so why am I not using them to my advantage? I make some killer jewelry. Why not turn that into a business? It’s a hobby I love, just as Jen loves restoring old furniture. I mean, the worst that could happen is that I make pieces that I love and no one buys them. That just means more jewelry for my own personal collection! Can we talk a moment about the fact that this book has pictures! I mean it doesn't get much better than that! Ask yourself when was the last time you read a book that had pictures in it. I would, however, have loved them to be in color. There were several lulls in the book. I went into the book thinking that it was going to be fast paced and hilarious throughout. That was not the case. Jen shared what I would call the in betweens, the moments in between checking items off her Bucket List. In these moments, we get an authentic look into Jen’s day to day and thought process. In essence, Jen gives us a true memoir. Though with Jen’s personality and writing style, the book is completely hilarious, even when Jen touches on more “serious” issues. The only critic that I would give was that there were WAY too many sidebars. Yes, they were funny, but I felt like there was one on almost every page, if not multiple on each page, and after seeing so many, I felt that it detracted from the story. Maybe simply not saying SIDEBAR would have helped. Maybe a simple * would have sufficed.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    the first JL book I had no interest in finishing. she has jumped the proverbial shark. she seems really obsessed with what others think of her, while shrugging them off simultaneously. the result is shallow and stunted. I swore off her after the last book but like an addict came back to have one last taste and that was the one that finally did me in.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Debi

    I was a huge fan of Lancaster's first couple of memoirs. I often described her to people as "the chubby female conservative straight version of David Sedaris." Similar to Sedars, I have laughed out loud at her non-fiction and have zero interest in the novels she writes. I was so excited to see that Lancaster had another memoir coming out and couldn't wait to read it. In "I Regret Nothing" she mentions that some of her fans tell her they liked her a lot more when she was poor. I have to agree - it I was a huge fan of Lancaster's first couple of memoirs. I often described her to people as "the chubby female conservative straight version of David Sedaris." Similar to Sedars, I have laughed out loud at her non-fiction and have zero interest in the novels she writes. I was so excited to see that Lancaster had another memoir coming out and couldn't wait to read it. In "I Regret Nothing" she mentions that some of her fans tell her they liked her a lot more when she was poor. I have to agree - it was much more fun to read about her life when it was a juggling act. Now it feels like she's created a writing schedule to keep up with a publisher contract, whether she has anything fresh to contribute to the literary world or not. Watching the arc of career feels like it's the literary version of the "Young House Love" blog. We, the readers, fell in love with someone who seemed totally relatable and was willing to give us a peek into their lives. We cheered as they became successful, but with that success came the feeling that there were negotiations, disappointments, and setbacks that happened along the way that were covered up. In "The Tao of Martha" Lancaster kept mentioning that the previous year had been really hard on her - but she never let on with what was happening in her life. It feels a bit like betrayal - when Lancaster is at her best, her writing feels like getting a letter from a good friend you haven't seen in a while. Her more recent memoirs feel like finding out that friend has been leading a double life.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    I enjoy the style of writing, but a lot of this felt like filler, unlike some of her previous works that had a more cohesive narrative.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laura Stoddard

    I'm kind of over Jen Lancaster. She's funny, of course, but in her latest books, the situations seem a little more contrived. Not buying the stories so much anymore. Instead of laughing out loud, like I used to, now I raise an eyebrow and go, Really? And references to her exorbitant author-based wealth abound. Used to relate to you Jen. Now that you're Megabucks (and you constantly remind us) I'm feeling a little left out of the party. I'm kind of over Jen Lancaster. She's funny, of course, but in her latest books, the situations seem a little more contrived. Not buying the stories so much anymore. Instead of laughing out loud, like I used to, now I raise an eyebrow and go, Really? And references to her exorbitant author-based wealth abound. Used to relate to you Jen. Now that you're Megabucks (and you constantly remind us) I'm feeling a little left out of the party.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Johnson

    I have always been a big fan of Jen Lancaster's books and am glad to see that she has returned to her snarky, funny, sidebar self. MUCH better book than the Tao of Martha, which was quite depressing. After reading her book, I was ready to board a plane (Business Class, of course) and head to Rome to eat mozzarella and lots of pasta. Glad to see the fog has lifted! I have always been a big fan of Jen Lancaster's books and am glad to see that she has returned to her snarky, funny, sidebar self. MUCH better book than the Tao of Martha, which was quite depressing. After reading her book, I was ready to board a plane (Business Class, of course) and head to Rome to eat mozzarella and lots of pasta. Glad to see the fog has lifted!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Bradshaw

    I was pretty disappointed with this one. I have long considered Jen Lancaster to be my favorite author, but when Tao of Martha came out two years ago and I had felt like I was forcing myself to get through it, I was worried I may no longer be a fan of Jen's. Now, with I Regret Nothing under my belt, I'm even more concerned of that potential. I think Lancaster is incredibly funny, but lately I've just not been connecting with her. Her writing seems forced, and I think she's running out of ideas. I was pretty disappointed with this one. I have long considered Jen Lancaster to be my favorite author, but when Tao of Martha came out two years ago and I had felt like I was forcing myself to get through it, I was worried I may no longer be a fan of Jen's. Now, with I Regret Nothing under my belt, I'm even more concerned of that potential. I think Lancaster is incredibly funny, but lately I've just not been connecting with her. Her writing seems forced, and I think she's running out of ideas. Her books seem less organic and more gimmicky. I don't know that I'll be in line for her next memoir, but I'm sure it'll wind up on my TBR list anyway.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Celeste Cassino

    As usual with Jen Lancaster's memoirs, I Regret Nothing was a pleasure to read. There were times when I laughed, and lots of times when I nodded my head in agreement. She puts into print, with good humor, things that we can all relate to. I have enjoyed watching her "grow up" through her books. I do have to say that although I find her sidebars amusing and worth reading, like a previous reviewer, I agree that the use of the word "sidebar" got tiring. A * would have served her better. *I receive As usual with Jen Lancaster's memoirs, I Regret Nothing was a pleasure to read. There were times when I laughed, and lots of times when I nodded my head in agreement. She puts into print, with good humor, things that we can all relate to. I have enjoyed watching her "grow up" through her books. I do have to say that although I find her sidebars amusing and worth reading, like a previous reviewer, I agree that the use of the word "sidebar" got tiring. A * would have served her better. *I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway, but I totally would have bought it if I hadn't won it!!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I've known since practically the beginning that Jen and I don't mesh politically, but I've kept reading her books (missing some here and there) based on my enjoyment of Bitter Is The New Black, which I read an ARC of a million years ago. But when, less than twenty pages into this one, she made an unnecessarily racist remark that was unrelated to the story she was telling, I was done. Life is too short to put up with casual racism in my frothy memoirs. I've known since practically the beginning that Jen and I don't mesh politically, but I've kept reading her books (missing some here and there) based on my enjoyment of Bitter Is The New Black, which I read an ARC of a million years ago. But when, less than twenty pages into this one, she made an unnecessarily racist remark that was unrelated to the story she was telling, I was done. Life is too short to put up with casual racism in my frothy memoirs.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Read In Colour

    Not as funny as she used to be, but not terrible.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kira

    Finally! I've finished all of Jen Lancaster's memoirs. (At least the ones she has written so far.) This one took forever because my local library doesn't have it and I kept waiting for the Kindle price to come down (read: Kindle Unlimited). The price came down but not enough so I found a hardcover copy for $1.57 plus shipping and since I had a credit for a return, I paid nothing (yeah, I know, I had already paid the money, but it feels like it's free). So...Jen makes a bucket list and actually ac Finally! I've finished all of Jen Lancaster's memoirs. (At least the ones she has written so far.) This one took forever because my local library doesn't have it and I kept waiting for the Kindle price to come down (read: Kindle Unlimited). The price came down but not enough so I found a hardcover copy for $1.57 plus shipping and since I had a credit for a return, I paid nothing (yeah, I know, I had already paid the money, but it feels like it's free). So...Jen makes a bucket list and actually achieves a number of her goals, albeit several are retroactive - that is, she achieved something, then put it on her bucket list. Totally not cheating, right? There are no bucket list rules. I wouldn't know, I haven't watched the movie. I don't know why I am so fascinated with Jen Lancaster. I look at her as sort of my guilty Kardashian pleasure (never watched a second of any of the Kardashian shows). I have absolutely nothing in common with her. She's Republican. She's Gen X. She watches almost exclusively reality TV. She is into fashion, and when she was in school, it was preppy fashion. Not a single thing in common. Yet...I keep reading. Or kept reading. And enjoyed it. I think maybe it's her outlook on life, which is mostly positive despite some of the rough times she's been through. The first book of hers I read was The Tao of Martha, which I still think is her best. I might even read it again - who knows?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly mamareadsalot

    I received an advanced copy of the book through a goodreads giveaway. This is an honest review. From the moment I read the dedication I was hooked. Let me start by saying I'm part of Gen X too. This book spoke volumes to me, and the message is loud and clear, live your life but do so in way that you don't regret (Jen also gives advice if you do have regrets but I won't spoil). Create bucket lists and get out there and live. As I write this electronic review, I think about Jen's suggestion to step I received an advanced copy of the book through a goodreads giveaway. This is an honest review. From the moment I read the dedication I was hooked. Let me start by saying I'm part of Gen X too. This book spoke volumes to me, and the message is loud and clear, live your life but do so in way that you don't regret (Jen also gives advice if you do have regrets but I won't spoil). Create bucket lists and get out there and live. As I write this electronic review, I think about Jen's suggestion to step away from the electronics and just be in the moment and live. I need to reduce the time I spend online and get out there with my "anti sunburn device" (think Scarlet O'Hara inspired hat with a white ribbon!) and enjoy myself. I need to check more off of my bucket list (the words "Gen X is turning 50" nearly sent me over the deep end, how has this happened?), I need to start taking better care of myself and I'm glad to say Jen has inspired me to add a few health items to my bucket list. (sidebar) I loved them. But can I just say to Jen (if she reads this) please add Easy E's "Move something" to your playlist (it's from his NWA days and the direct opposite of what you would expect). I highly recommend whether Gen X or not, although Gen X may snort laugh their way through it, like I did. Two thumbs up in a X formation.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Randee

    I've been a fan of Jen Lancaster's since her first book 'Bitter is the New Black.' I've read each one as they have come out and enjoyed them. There's just something about her life and writing that appeals to me. She's a huge animal lover and I always enjoy reading about her dogs and cats. She's amusing whether she is succeeding or failing at some endeavor. She does not suffer fools gladly and can be quite snarky (a character trait I prize, although one has to have a good heart to not come off as I've been a fan of Jen Lancaster's since her first book 'Bitter is the New Black.' I've read each one as they have come out and enjoyed them. There's just something about her life and writing that appeals to me. She's a huge animal lover and I always enjoy reading about her dogs and cats. She's amusing whether she is succeeding or failing at some endeavor. She does not suffer fools gladly and can be quite snarky (a character trait I prize, although one has to have a good heart to not come off as evil.) What I think I like best about her memoirs is that they have the feel of honesty. I don't think she is making it up as she goes along. She is who she is and deal with it seems to be her motto and I respect that. I thought this latest book one of her best. I especially loved her account of her trip to Italy. I hope she goes to more places and writes about them.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Sigh. I know I've said this after finishing the last several Jen Lancaster books, but I think I mean it this time: we need a break. I can't decide if she's always been this irritating and sanctimonious or if I've just outgrown her particular brand of humor. And also I thought she used to be funny? I got a few chuckles out of this book, but it felt mostly like a treatise of "look how great I am! I have no regrets! Isn't life great when you start acting like a grownup?" Here's the thing: this whol Sigh. I know I've said this after finishing the last several Jen Lancaster books, but I think I mean it this time: we need a break. I can't decide if she's always been this irritating and sanctimonious or if I've just outgrown her particular brand of humor. And also I thought she used to be funny? I got a few chuckles out of this book, but it felt mostly like a treatise of "look how great I am! I have no regrets! Isn't life great when you start acting like a grownup?" Here's the thing: this whole "being grown up is good" lesson has been the theme of basically EVERY memoir Lancaster has written. She keeps learning this same lesson over and over again and swearing that THIS TIME it's going to stick. I think I may have finally lost interest in this never-ending narrative. On the plus side, it's at least in chronological order, so I'm awarding an extra half star for that.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marla (Not Maria)

    If you want to be entertained, read this book. You aren't going to be taken to another dimension, live in another world or learn how to fix something. What you are going to do is take a ride through Jen Lancaster's life and laugh a little and see yourself a little. I really enjoyed reading this and enjoyed being entertained for a few days. If you want to be entertained, read this book. You aren't going to be taken to another dimension, live in another world or learn how to fix something. What you are going to do is take a ride through Jen Lancaster's life and laugh a little and see yourself a little. I really enjoyed reading this and enjoyed being entertained for a few days.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kourtney

    Always funny! For real, does she want to be my friend!?! We live sooooo close to each other :)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    # CompNtBk Borrowed from library. FS: "Don't get a tattoo." LS: "Because regretting nothing is the new black." # CompNtBk Borrowed from library. FS: "Don't get a tattoo." LS: "Because regretting nothing is the new black."

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    "Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to say yes, only to have my plans fall though at the last minute and I can take off my regular-people clothes and redon my paint-splattered yoga pants." "No one gives out Congratulations on Not Being a Douche-Canoe medal, because good behavior is part of the social contract." "When it comes to air travel, I'm also pushy and petty and have a pathological need to win by being the first person on the plane." "Basically I'm here wondering WHY WAS I NOT INFORMED T "Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to say yes, only to have my plans fall though at the last minute and I can take off my regular-people clothes and redon my paint-splattered yoga pants." "No one gives out Congratulations on Not Being a Douche-Canoe medal, because good behavior is part of the social contract." "When it comes to air travel, I'm also pushy and petty and have a pathological need to win by being the first person on the plane." "Basically I'm here wondering WHY WAS I NOT INFORMED THAT HISTORY IS THE BEST REALITY SHOW OF ALL TIME?" "He's right; I'm perpetually fascinated by how other people go about their lives, especially in new places, to the point I wish I could peek in their windows in a nonthreatening-or-illegal way. I'm desperately curious whether they know something I don't, and if so, can they teach me? And what makes them tick? What guides their choices? Why this house, this neighborhood, this city, this job, this spouse? ... I suspect these questions are why I'm so fascinated by reality TV." Love me some Jen Lancaster; I own about four or five of her books, and have read almost all of her memoirs; soon I'll start to check off her fiction work on my read list. Going into I Regret Nothing, I didn't think I was going to enjoy it. I didn't like how she was making a bucket list simply because she was 40. I'm 30; do I need to start outlining a bucket list to complete in 10 years? But, as I got farther in the story, especially her trip to Rome, it felt more like an OG Jen Lancaster novel. So, yes, everyone needs to read this!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    I just wanna go to Rome.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    So far this has been my favorite book of hers. There are still a few left for me to check out but I did find this one extremely enjoyable.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Kelty

    She’s so fun. Loved the part when she’s in Italy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    MD

    Hilarious...laugh out loud!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Darlene

    Originally posted on Peeking Between the Pages: http://www.peekingbetweenthepages.com... Let’s just start right off by me saying that I absolutely loved I Regret Nothing: A Memoir by Jen Lancaster! I listened to the audio version which is read by Jen herself and if you’ve never listened to her narrate one of her own books you are really missing out. I’ve listened to a couple of them and she is fantastic. Her personality and humor shine through as you listen and since I find her incredibly funny l Originally posted on Peeking Between the Pages: http://www.peekingbetweenthepages.com... Let’s just start right off by me saying that I absolutely loved I Regret Nothing: A Memoir by Jen Lancaster! I listened to the audio version which is read by Jen herself and if you’ve never listened to her narrate one of her own books you are really missing out. I’ve listened to a couple of them and she is fantastic. Her personality and humor shine through as you listen and since I find her incredibly funny listening to her really adds to my enjoyment. She never fails to cheer me up! I Regret Nothing is Jen’s latest personal memoir. Her memoir really resonated with me because I felt as though she was talking about me. I share her sense of humor, we are close to the same age, and have both been at that point in life where you begin looking around and assessing all the regrets you might have. Also I always connect with people who love their furbabies as obsessively as I do. We definitely share the same parenting skills there. Lol. Above everything I picture Jen as someone I could find myself sitting with and having a drink while our dogs poke us with their noses. She’s very real and doesn’t sugar coat anything for her audience. I like that. In this book Jen writes herself a Bucket List to make sure she has no regrets when all is said and done. In doing so she takes us along as she attempts to ride a tricycle, learns Italian, and goes on a trip to Rome. All along she reflects back on her life and addresses current – sometimes serious – issues. What makes it all so special is Jen herself. When I wasn’t laughing out loud I was shaking my head as I agreed with something she said. She’s truly a story teller even when it’s the story of her own life. I highly recommend Jen’s memoir especially to those who love her books but I think it will really appeal to women in their late 30’s and 40’s as they will be able to easily relate to being at that point in their own lives as Jen was. Jen shares her heart and soul in this memoir along with a good dose of humor and her message is clear – live your life without regrets! I loved it!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Gillette

    I was fooled into thinking our old Jen was back, since I've enjoyed her fiction books and she had redeemed herself for the disappointment that is Tao of Martha. However...no. I think she's run out of ideas. No, actually, she's coming up with ideas rather than writing humorously about her life. It's clear she needed a concept for a book, and bucket list it is! Although I call it a BS list bcuz some things are just not bucket worthy - really, a new playlist? (But I'm totally with her about adding I was fooled into thinking our old Jen was back, since I've enjoyed her fiction books and she had redeemed herself for the disappointment that is Tao of Martha. However...no. I think she's run out of ideas. No, actually, she's coming up with ideas rather than writing humorously about her life. It's clear she needed a concept for a book, and bucket list it is! Although I call it a BS list bcuz some things are just not bucket worthy - really, a new playlist? (But I'm totally with her about adding things to a list just to mark then off!) The book was pretty much half & half for me; some funny stories, and some that I began skimming. I think my biggest irritation is the filler - I didn't need all the background about Italy...interesting, sure, but not what I'm looking for when I'm reading this book. Flashbacks are just tossed in there without really adding to the present day story. And I think she's getting more into writing fiction and then mixing up how to tell stories In memoir-form - Fletch looking over his shoulder before signaling and merging, and then responding...well to me, those aren't the details one looks for in memoirs. I am by no means one of those who is happier reading about others when they are down on their luck, but now that she's doing so well (way to go, no shade!) she can be pretty preachy. The whole social media issue is brought up a couple of times, and I know as a public figure she deals with it a lot, but I don't need to read about how people don't need to photograph/post everything and how it's an illusion - I'm already aware of this. Plus - hello, you wrote a book about attempting this visually perfect life. And this - "if someone's in a circumstance where they're using a food bank, it's likely not by choice...". Um, yeah, I'm pretty sure we all are aware of this. It's these odd bits that make me think this is a different mindset than I relate to. It's not you, Jen, but I just don't know that we connect anymore. But I'll still read your fiction.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Diane Dachota

    Long time fan Of Jen Lancaster and I loved her earlier books, like Bitter is the New Black and Such a Pretty Fat. Jen's a humor memoirist, and she is mostly known for writing about her struggles as a semi-poor, overweight struggling writer. She is still funny, but her humor doesn't translate as well now that she is wealthy and not struggling at all. This books loosely ties in with a bucket list although it is more along the lines of Jen doing things randomly and then putting them on a bucket list Long time fan Of Jen Lancaster and I loved her earlier books, like Bitter is the New Black and Such a Pretty Fat. Jen's a humor memoirist, and she is mostly known for writing about her struggles as a semi-poor, overweight struggling writer. She is still funny, but her humor doesn't translate as well now that she is wealthy and not struggling at all. This books loosely ties in with a bucket list although it is more along the lines of Jen doing things randomly and then putting them on a bucket list afterwards. Now that Jen is wealthy and lives in the ritzy Lake Forest suburbs of Chicago, she is a lot like fellow rich lady Gretchen Rubin of the Happiness Project in that she can afford to do anything she wants. So, she tries to inject humor into things like renting a beautiful mansion in Savannah with her girlfriends, buying and than discarding a three wheeled bike, and the largest part of the book, a trip to Italy. She still has her funny moments, but it is hard to appreciate someone snarking about fellow business class passengers on a luxury flight to Italy and the trials and tribulations over which expensive restaurant to choose. In a lot of cases, it just doesn't work. I also hate the trope of all Americans are uncouth, poorly dressed, poorly educated buffoons, while all Europeans are superior in every way which Jen spends too much time on here. The most annoying part of the book is her description of the wild dogs in Italy. She who is a dog lover herself, insists that the many homeless dogs roaming in Italy begging for straps are actually owned by superior people who want their dogs to be independent rather that poor dogs in America who actually have food and a home. Is she serious? These poor dogs are disease ridden, living on scraps and garbage and die early due to getting hit by cars and Vespas or being attacked by larger predators. This is especially annoying because she makes a big deal out of her own dogs getting out of the yard and running off to a forest preserve. Not happy with this story overall, I gave it two stars for some funny parts.

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