Mindy Kaling: Wonder Woman

10335308I recently read Mindy Kaling’s Book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, and loved it. I could not be more impressed with her rise to fame and her obvious self confidence.

So first off, I have always, always, always been a huge fan of the office. At first I was judgmental (like any other teenage girl) of Mindy’s character, Kelly. She was ditzy and attention hungry and I couldn’t get past her obsessive behavior when it came to Ryan. (BTDubs, I totally called BJ Novak my Jew Crush for a few years. I don’t now because I realized that it just didn’t sound or seem right… maybe this is a point in life to show that I have matured). I dismissed the drama queen character and also Mindy herself because of the shallowness of Kelly, which I realize was a mistake. It wasn’t until season 5 (Weightloss) that I had the mental capacity to handle what is Kelly. I will forever be able to full on belly laugh at Kelly’s decision to trust the office’s unstable Creed Bratton with helping her lose weight. He supposedly gives her a tape worm that she swallows in order to help her get into the size 2 (yayyy) bathing suit that she wants. BUT Creed reveals to the audience, “That wasn’t a Tape Worm”. Later Kelly faints. Its just perfect. And I don’t feel bad for laughing.

From this point on, I was a Kelly fan. I began researching on Mindy Kaling and found out that we had a mutual love for fashion and fun and that she was a writer and producer on the show. Now she is in the top 5 women who I would want to have coffee with if the opportunity came about.(The official coffee list is comprised of: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kate Middleton, Mindy Kaling, and J.K Rowling {or Emma Watson… I just want to talk about HP}).

Basically, Mindy is so cool and her book was super awesome to read. It is mostly in first person, so it feels like a conversation as you are reading. She is literally telling the story of her life with a few extra funny opinions thrown in. I was very involved when reading this book too. Like, I laughed out loud. I gasped a couple times, and also had to share several of her stories with my husband and my friends.

AND since I follow Mindy on Instagram, I am 99 percent certain that she has a new book coming out. So I am geeking out over it too.

In closing, I just want to say READ IT. It is seriously a fast read and perfect for summer and or Christmas time (both very happy periods of the year in my opinion).

 

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

ImageSince last summer I have had Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on my “To Read List”. I finally found it at our local used book store (McKay’s) for super cheap and bought it with much excitement. I dove right in to the book and finished it in about a week.

I usually read fast, but I wanted to slow down for this one. My reason being that for school I read hundreds of pages a week (thousands sometimes..) and I did not want to read it the same way as I do my school readings… if that makes any sense.

SO, with that being said, I give this book a full 5 stars. If you don’t know anything about the book, the author, Ransom Riggs, tells the story of a boy named Jacob who loved to listen to his grandfather’s imaginative stories from his time in World War II. Jacob’s grandfather was a jewish child at the time and found refuge on an island on the coast of England, which is the setting for his wild stories with peculiar characters that he recounts to Jacob. As Jacob grows up he disbelieves these fairy tales; however, after his grandfather’s mysterious death (or murder) he sets out to find this island. Anything else would be a spoiler so I won’t go into detail, but the rest of the book is wonderful.

Ransom Riggs consulted vintage picture collectors and used several black and white photographs (only some were slightly edited) throughout the work. I loved the experience of reading a book with vintage pictures. It added more depth to the visual part of reading. Some pictures were pretty creepy, while one in particular actually caused me to shut the book and cry a little because it was so sad. I loved turning to page and seeing what had been described to me on the previous; it was like my imagination was working with the author on a deeper level to fully understand what peculiarities he was describing through his words (which were still very descriptive, even with the aid of the pictures).

It was definitely a book I think I would have enjoyed from early high school to now. Since I read A LOT of philosophy and theory for school, reading a book like this felt a little out of my element at first. I was wondering, “Am I too old for this?” and “Am I going to be bored?”; however, it was not boring at all. I found the plot to be pretty simple, but the mythological and purely fictional elements of the book to be creative and unique.

Since the book is narrated by a sixteen year old boy, there were points that I found laughable because it reminded me of my guy friends in high school and their thought processes. But the narration was not un-relatable at any point, which I think can happen in any book when it is written in first person and there is an age division between the narrator and the reader or the character is of the opposite sex than the reader (this is just a personal opinion from reading experiences but it does not happen all the time).

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 14. It does not have explicit content or any sort of inappropriateness about it, but I think that in order to fully appreciate the duo of the pictures and the writing, that a more mature reader is the one who needs to pick up the book.

AND I can’t wait to read the sequel! But first I am going to go back to philosophy for a while… because I do miss it.  I will say hello toHeidegger before picking up my next read. Again, I will be consulting goodreads.com. My new BFF.

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Heidegger. How intimidating.