Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me? has got to be one of the best books our little virtual book club could have picked for September. We were coming off a pretty heavy book in August and we were trying to ease from summer to fall. At the beginning of the month my sister and I took a short girls’ trip to Phoenix which is about five hours from San Diego. I signed up for Audible, cashed in one of the two free books offered, and we listened to Mindy the whole way there.
I downloaded the book at home and streamed it to my car using my Kindle Fire and bluetooth connection.
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Mindy’s style was just like having another gal pal in the car with us. I loved the insider peek on Hollywood hair and makeup and even hearing about some of the more mundane parts of her dating life, like an “are we or aren’t we” saga with a long distance guy (okay, it wasn’t totally mundane—he was an aid to President Obama). I read Mindy’s first book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me a couple of years ago (and lent it out—if you are reading this and you have my book, give it back!) …I was happy that her second book retained the same chipper writing style and that there were lots of new things for her to say, despite the books being released relatively close together.
The final part of her book where she tackles being a role model for women of color and women with a non-Hollywood body type was encouraging to me and pushed me to work harder to achieve my goals. In the past, she famously said that she didn’t want the responsibility to speak for minorities in Hollywood, but the last chapter made me feel that she is coming around to her undeniable role. One theme that has persisted through both of her works is that if you want to achieve something, you must work at it tirelessly. It will not be handed to you. If Mindy didn’t have her characteristic drive, she would be your funny friend at work, not a writer-producer-star of her own TV show. I’ve read a few inspirational female books lately including #GIRLBOSS, but this Mindy, using humor, comes across as more authentic which owes a lot to Mindy’s writing style and, well, her narration since I was listening to an audiobook.
Serindipitous timing—Why Not Me was released as a paperback just yesterday! I really do recommend it.
For October, something a little creepier. We’re going to be reading The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. According to the first half of the wikipedia article (I didn’t want to go too far and read spoilers) the book is about a boy who is raised by graveyard inhabitants. It was compared to The Jungle Book in which a boy is raised by jungle animals. I think this is going to be great! I enjoyed Stardust (another Gaiman book) when I read it about 7 years ago, so I know I’ll like his writing style.
As always, you can check out Libby and Stephanie’s responses to Why Not Me at their respective blogs! And don’t forget to join in the conversation in the comments or on your own blog if you decide you’d like to read along with us.
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5 thoughts on ““Why Not Me?” Book Review and October Selection!”
I know it’s cheesy, but listening to this book really did make me want to work hard to get what I want. Listening to it on the cusp of starting grad school, I now have Mindy’s princess voice in the back of my head and I hear it every time I think “I don’t want to go to class” or “I hate that I have to do homework.” Her voice says “How dare you! Do you want to get out of your dead end job!? Then you need to put in the work to do it” :D I love Mindy
I’m excited for our October book even though I’m kind of anxious about how I’m gonna fit it in with the books I have to read for class. I know I’ll make it work though! I didn’t even know what it’s about, so your brief synopsis made me really excited to read it.
I’m excited too!
I wish I’d thought to listen to the audio book! I’ll bet it’s so great in her own voice.
It is! BJ Novak also gets his arm twisted into reading a little, too.
I turn over the audiobooks! It is more fun!