Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) By Mindy Kaling
This book took me entirely too long to read. I just couldn’t make myself pick it up. I HAD to finish it though, because it counted for my book written by a celebrity and book written by a comedian! Two categories on my list!
Mindy Kaling is clearly a very funny woman who has a successful career as a comedic writer and actress. She has witty stories staring famous people. She has honest opinions that many would be afraid to share. Unfortunately, her comedic genius didn’t transfer to written word very well. She seems to be scattered story-teller with little forethought to the overall feeling to her book.
She did successfully make her life relatable and funny. There were times I laughed out loud. I finished the book wanting a more fluid tale. I didn’t hate reading the book, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
Starting the year with a book in hand is something I rarely do. I usually have lofty goals of reading lots of books during the year, but getting started isn’t an easy thing for me. This year I stepped up my goal setting by accepting a reading challenge. It gives me a more solid path to follow when selecting a book. By giving me a list of types of books, I am able to find a book that fits and just begin. I don’t have to struggle with the question, “what should I read?”, for quite as long.
My first category I selected to read from was: A book that’s becoming a movie this year.
The Revenant. A book about revenge.
This book is a little out of my comfort level. I typically read young adult dystopian novels, but I want to expand the scope of my reading to gain from the variety available. This book has a different feel, a gritty and honest book that speaks of a rougher time in America. Glass my not have the purest of intentions, but his determination to reach his goal is inspiring. Throughout the book you see Glass face many struggles that seem insurmountable, but he lets nothing stop him from reaching the finish line. I think this theme proves that I picked the perfect book to start off my year!
The goal for this year’s list is not to just read, but to grow through reading. I want to challenge my current thoughts and assumptions through choosing new and exciting books I would usually pass by. I started this year with a hefty challenge and I anticipate a wealth of stimulating thought coming from it!
What are some of the books you plan to tackle this year? Will you join me in my reading challenge?