BOOK REVIEW: Why Not Me? – by Mindy Kaling

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Title: Why Not Me?
Author: Mindy Kaling
Genre: Non Fiction, Humor, Memoir
First published: September 15th 2015
Finished reading: November 7th 2015
Pages: 240
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“People’s reaction to me is sometimes “Uch, I just don’t like her. I hate how she thinks she is so great.” But it’s not that I think I’m so great. I just don’t hate myself. I do idiotic things all the time and I say crazy stuff I regret, but I don’t let everything traumatize me. And the scary thing I have noticed is that some people really feel uncomfortable around women who don’t hate themselves. So that’s why you need to be a little bit brave.”

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No, I don’t actually watch The Office or The Mindy Project, but after hearing great things about Why Not Me? I decided to pick it up anyway. And I can say that even without knowing Mindy Kaling very well I still quite enjoyed reading her essays. Her writing switches between funny, honest and inspiring and she comes over as a very strong and ‘real’ woman. The included photos are a nice touch that I think especially fans of her character will appreciate. What I also liked is that each essay has a different feel and message and the fact that Mindy Kaling is not afraid to write about her mistakes and flaws is refreshing.  Why Not Me? might not be the perfect read, but it is without doubt interesting enough and will keep you entertained for a few hours. This could be the perfect beach read for the upcoming summer (if you are lucky enough live in the southern hemisphere)!

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Why Not Me? is a collection of essays where Mindy Kaling shares some of her stories of her past. Some are funny while others are more personal and even inspirational… And the stories take place both at home, at work and during Uni. Among other things, she gives beauty tips (Starlet’s Confessions), talks about difficulties while seeking new friendships both then and now (Player), talks about accepting your body and who you are (Unlikely Leading Lady) and talks about her relationship with her ex-boyfriend B.J. Novak (Soup Snakes).

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Why Not Me? is a very interesting collection of essays where Mindy Kaling tells us more about her life. I enjoyed the fact that she mixed funny sections with more serious themes and some parts are even inspirational. She comes over as a very interesting woman and I admire her for staying true to who she is and not giving over to the whole Hollywood pressure. It’s also an interesting enough read even if you don’t actually watch her TV shows.

WWW Wednesdays #63 – November 4th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I’m about 60% into The Valentine Circle by Reinaldo DelValle and while it’s not a mindblowing read, the general plot is interesting enough for me to keep reading. I will probably end up finishing it later today… I still haven’t continued with Outlander by Diana Gabaldon; not because I’m not enjoying it, but there are a few other books I want to finish first before fully commiting to this giant.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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Three books and a novella this week; not bad at all…
* The first is The Fear Trials by Lindsay Cummings; an excellent prequel novella that gives the perfect introduction to the story and will convince you to read the rest of the series.
* Next up is Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver, a novel that kept popping up at my TBR lists and finally decided to pick up. Not a bad read, but I wasn’t overwhelmed by it either…
* I then decided to read The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey since it was the last title on my October TBR I hadn’t started yet. I know other people love this series, but I wasn’t convinced by the sequel either.
* After two mediocre reads, I wanted something good and decided to pick up the Anna sequel Girl Of Nightmares by Kendare Blake. While not as good as the first book, this one is still really good!

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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As soon as I finish The Valentine Circle, I will either start Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo or Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Basically I’m superexcited to read both and I will be having a hard time deciding which one to pick up first. I also want to read Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling since it’s nominated for the Goodreads Choice awards… And my new TBR jar pick is Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.

Friday Finds #56 – October 16th

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FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at A Daily Rhythm and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last week and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. Below a selection of my newest additions; click on the book descriptions to go to its Goodreads page! 😀

My finds:

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