Yeah, that’s a super weird title — oh well, sue me. I’m hungry, so I can’t think straight
I just realized today that I am wayyyy behind on reviewing two books I read on vacay, and because both are supposed to be humor books written by ladies, I figured I would group them together. I will review them in order of how I liked them….
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
No surprise that this one was my favorite because, well, I love Mindy Kaling. Kelly Kapoor has always been my favorite character on The Office, and despite some critical naysaying, I’m a big fan of The Mindy Project. I find Mindy simply delightful, which is exactly how I would describe this book.
This book is a collection of short stories from Mindy’s childhood, time in New York trying to “make it,” some post-”make it” time, and most importantly, a whole bunch of randomness. And I loved it!
I read Tina Fey’s book, which is often compared to this, but I liked this better. I laughed out loud multiple times at Mindy, especially because I imagined everything in her voice — which adds to the humor.
This is definitely an incredibly easy read (she even says as much in the intro), but it was hilarious, perfect for the beach, and one of those fun books that you need every once in awhile when you don’t want to think critically, you just want to enjoy reading and enjoy life. We all need those books!
As a disclaimer, don’t forget — I LOVE Mindy. This could have added to my enjoyment of the book, but if you are familiar with her at all, I think there is something in here for everyone to enjoy! Put this on your to-read list especially if you are going on vacation or are in need of some light-hearted fare.
Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
This one I read on a whim. I wasn’t sure what I was really getting into, but I heard good things and that it was funny, so I dove in.
This book is a memoir about a high-powered, money-spending executive who gets laid off and has to navigate the world with fading money (when she used to drop thousands of dollars on shoes and what have you) and all the madness in between. The story of losing her job and trying to find a new one is interchanged with stories about rescue dogs, apartment hunting, a Vegas wedding, and various job interviews and trips to the unemployment office.
Although I liked Mindy’s book better, I really enjoyed this one, too! Honestly, I wasn’t a huge fan of Jen (pre-losing her job, she was just terrible [which may have been a bit exaggerated]), and although as the book went on I liked her more, I still felt like she was a little arrogant.
But, her stories were funny, her significant other was a fun character, and the book takes place in Chicago, which I liked a lot. This book was a little long, especially for being a light-hearted, funny book, but it was also an incredibly easy read, and again, absolutely perfect for reading on vacation. No heavy thinking here, just more light-hearted reading and funny stories. I like Mindy better than Jen, but this was still a good book that was fun to read.
I forgot how much I love books like these–funny memoirs. I read some Laurie Notaro in the past, who I absolutely loved, and these books reminded me that I need to get back to that genre. These books just made me happy — plain and simple. I still want to read best-sellers and books everyone is talking about, but I need to remember to include some funny books as well, for my own sanity
Welp, that’s it for tonight, dinner time!! Have a wonderful Wednesday!