60. Mindy Kaling – Why Not Me?

Whoa, just realized I never posted about the last book I read! I finished it on the train ride to Massachusetts for a New Year’s Eve party so that’s probably why I forgot to write about it.

My 60th book of the year was Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling. I’m really glad that I met my goal of 60 for the year.

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Mindy Kaling – Why Not Me? (photo taken by me)

I really love Mindy Kaling’s writing style. I read her last book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? in 2014 in just one day, and I did the same with this book.

This book has more stories about her show, The Mindy Project, which was nice because I love that show. But the book isn’t just about that show, so if you’ve never seen the show it doesn’t really matter.

Basically the book is just a bunch of stories about Mindy’s life, but she tells them in a really funny way and makes it seem like you’re one of her best friends.

I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Mindy Kaling, but I’d probably suggest reading her other book first.

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59. Katie Heaney – Never Have I Ever

Only one more book to go to reach my goal of 60 this year!

Last night I finished another book, called Never Have I Ever – My Life (So Far) Without a Date by Katie Heaney.

This book showed up in my recommended category on Amazon randomly last month, but it looked funny so I got it. I wasn’t disappointed.

As you could guess by the title, the author, Katie Heaney, had never had a boyfriend at the time she wrote the book. She was 25 and had never really had a second date.

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Katie Heaney – Never Have I Ever (photo taken by me)

The book starts when she was in kindergarten and follows her through middle school, high school, college, grad school and beyond.

We read about Katie’s dating life, if you could call it that, and her friendships, all in her funny and entertaining voice.

I felt I could really relate to Katie and her stories, even though I’m not in the same boat. I have a boyfriend, so obviously I can’t completely relate to her stories, but this book is definitely more relatable to me than other memoirs I’ve read about girls’ dating lives. I’ve read a few books that talk a lot about dating and random hookups, and I honestly can’t relate to those at all, so this book was a nice change of pace from that.

Katie’s writing is definitely funny. There were some points where the book struggled to keep my attention, but there were also parts that made me literally laugh out loud. I also read through this book pretty quickly, whereas some other memoirs about dating have taken me a surprisingly long time to get through.

This book is funny, easy to read and definitely entertaining. I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick and funny read.

52. Nick Offerman – Paddle Your Own Canoe

Whoa, sorry I haven’t posted in a while! It’s partly because my last book took me forever to get through, and also partly because I’m just lazy.

I read this last book partly over my Thanksgiving break (which was nice, it was sooo good to be home!) and then finished it last weekend. IMG_7680

The book was Paddle Your Own Canoe, a *sort-of* memoir by Nick Offerman, aka Ron Swanson from Parks and Rec.

I loved Parks and Rec, and if you’ve been with me for a while you know that I love reading memoirs by comedians.

However, I was disappointed with this book. It was just boring to me. Sure, there were some funny parts, but for me they were few and far between.

I was expecting more humor, but it kind of felt like it was full of too-big words.

He spent a lot of time telling the story of how he grew up to be a comedian (understandably), but those parts got pretty boring for me. I liked when he talked about his more recent years with his wife, but that was only a part of the book.

I think a lot of people think that Ron Swanson and Nick Offerman are one in the same, but of course they are not. They may have some similarities, but if you’re thinking of reading this book just because you love Ron Swanson, I would not recommend it.

I’m sure there are people who enjoy this book, but it just dragged on for me. I was mostly reading it just to get it over with, because I’m almost never a book quitter (there was one book I started reading this summer that was so bad I never finished it).

Anyway, I just don’t really have anything to say about this book. I had high hopes for it to at least entertain me but it barely even did that most of the time, sadly.

 

45. Tina Fey – Bossypants

Heyo! I finished my latest book a few days ago, but I’ve been busy with not too much time to post about it. I actually just got back from a Mets game, which was super fun!

Anyway, the last book I read was Bossypants by Tina Fey. To be honest, this book has been on my list for a while, but I’ve always been a little skeptical about it. I feel like most memoirs (or similar books) by comedians tend to feel a bit heavy for me, which I find weird. For some reason, I also felt like this book might be a little bit too much about how Tina Fey dealt with being “in charge” and less about funny tidbits of her life.

Luckily, I was wrong. I’ll admit, this book did start out a little slow for me and took a while for me to get into it, but after that, I really enjoyed it.

Tina Fey - Bossypants (photo taken by me)
Tina Fey – Bossypants (photo taken by me)

It’s no surprise that Tina Fey is a funny lady, and her book is an extension of that. She shares stories of her life – from when she was young to (almost) present day (because it was written a few years ago).

She talks about her ascension into the comedy world, including Mean Girls, 30 Rock, and of course, playing Sarah Palin on SNL. I thought most, if not all, of her stories were funny, and once the book got going I could hardly put it down.

My one complaint would probably be that some of the chapters were really long, and as you all know, I like my chapters short. I just like to read any chance I get, and if that means reading for 5 minutes before class starts, I like to be able to stop at the end of a chapter and not just in the middle of a page.

However, that doesn’t change how much I liked this book, and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Tina or her work. It’s a thumbs up from me.

44. Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me

Yikes! I keep forgetting to post on here! In my defense, I had a super busy weekend this past weekend going home for Oktoberfest (which was super fun)!

Anyway, I finished this book the weekend before last. I read it in just two days while I was at my grandparents’ house.

Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me (photo taken by me)
Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me (photo taken by me)

It’s a Chelsea Handler book but it’s written by other people in her life, like her friends and family.

All the contributors tell stories that paint a picture of Chelsea in the reader’s head, so that by the end we really feel like we know her.

I used to always watch Chelsea Lately when I was in high school and I’ve previously read Chelsea’s book, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang. 

That being said, I had a pretty good picture of Chelsea in my head already, but since she’s so hilarious, I felt like this book was worth a read. I’m also still thinking of reading some of her other books in the future.

This book is really funny. Some parts are really inappropriate and kind of crude, but if you’re at all familiar with Chelsea Handler, that won’t surprise you. If you’re unfamiliar with these comedians, you may be a little shocked by the topics or wording, but if you know them and think they’re funny, than you’ll probably like the book.

39. Megan Amram – Science… for Her!

I first heard of Megan Amram a few years ago when I found her Twitter account. I thought she was hilarious, so I followed her. She also happened to be a writer for one of my favorite shows, Parks and Rec. She’s hilarious, and I recommend checking out her tweets, for starters.

Megan Amram - Science... for Her! (photo taken by me)
Megan Amram – Science… for Her! (photo taken by me)

I just finished Science… for Her!, a parody “textbook” that she wrote. It’s written in the form of a women’s magazine to provide women with (incorrect) science information in a way that they can understand. There’s not too much to explain about this book, since it’s not a story, but just a look at the cover will give you a good idea of what it’s like.

This book was hilarious and had me literally laughing out loud more than once. I’d definitely recommend it as a good humor read. In all honesty, it is a bit of a weird book to read, just because of its texbook/magazine style, but it’s seriously funny and worth the time.

The one downside I noticed was that I felt kind of weird reading this book in front of other people, because it does look like a textbook, but it made for some good, funny, light reading before bed.

If you’re at all familiar with Amram, you’ll love this book, and even if you’re not familiar with her, you’ll probably still love it.

33. Hilary Winston – My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me

Heyo! Trying to make up for lost time by reading a book quickly, how am I doing?!

My latest read was My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me, a collection of stories by Hilary Winston.

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Hilary Winston – My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me (photo taken by me)

As you might have guessed by the title, the book starts out with Winston in a Barnes & Noble, discovering a book written by her ex-boyfriend. The book is supposedly fiction, but Winston finds word-for-word conversations she had in the book, with the narrator’s “fat-assed girlfriend”.

Understandably, Winston has a minor breakdown when she finds the book. Then, she is inspired to tell her story.

The ex-boyfriend who wrote the book, Kyle (as she calls him in this book), dated Winston for 5 years, and she thought at one point that he was the one. Obviously, that didn’t work out, and she uses this book to tell some of their stories, and storied of other guys in her life.

The setup of this book kind of reminded me of I Don’t Care About Your Band, because both are memoir-like and recall many sexual encounters, a lot of them with guys they didn’t really know (I’m certainly not passing any judgment here). I personally have no experience of hookups like this, but I love books like these.

Another factor that really made the book enjoyable was Winston’s tone. She was funny – she is, after all, a comedy writer – but also relatable. I felt like she was my friend telling me stories about her life. Also, I would like to point out that this book wasn’t only about hooking up with random guys. Winston uses this book to tell the story of her life after a really big breakup, and there is much more than sex in it.

I really enjoyed this book, which you might have guessed by the fact that I read the whole thing in under 24 hours. I was sad when I finished it, and not just because *SPOILER ALERT* in the epilogue she tells us that her cat, Emmett, who we read about all through the book, had died. Honestly, that part had me in tears (and I’m not even a cat person. But she did mention that everyone loved Emmett – even dog people). But it was a really good book.

I’m kind of tempted to read the book that “Kyle” wrote, even though I’m fairly certain I won’t like it. Not only is he portrayed as kind of a douche in this book, a quick Google search shows reviews of said book, and he seems like a douche in interviews, too. It seems like a book that is more meant for guys (although it seems to me that the kind of guys who would enjoy it aren’t typically the kind of guys to read books in their spare time), but I might still check it out. Might. In the future.

Anyway, I really liked this book. It’s funny, it’s truthful, and it’s a really easy read. I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone.