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.

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.


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.

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.

38. Molly Wizenberg – A Homemade Life

Ugh. I’m sick. Who gets a cold in the middle of summer?!

Obviously, being sick leaves a lot of time for reading, so I finished up my latest book in just two days.

Molly Wizenberg - A Homemade Life (photo taken by me)
Molly Wizenberg – A Homemade Life (photo taken by me)

The book is A Homemade Life, a memoir by Molly Wizenberg. I’ve had this book laying around for a while, ever since I read Delancey, another memoir of hers about the restaurant she opened with her husband. A Homemade Life came first, and is a memoir of Wizenberg’s life, revolving around food, and she put recipes throughout the book.

I’ve been a little hesitant to read this book. I’m not really sure why, because I loved Delancey. I thought that a book filled with recipes would be weird or boring, but it wasn’t.

Wizenberg has a really cool way of telling stories from her whole life that have food intertwined, so that the recipes following each chapter make perfect sense.

Food obviously plays an important role in her life, so, naturally, it plays an important role in the book. It was a really interesting take on a traditional memoir, and I flew through it.

My only complaint is that most of Wizenberg’s recipes are a little too exotic for my tastes and I probably won’t ever try most of them, although some did sound too good not to try.

Overall, I enjoyed the book and it was fun to have recipes to go along with each of her stories. She has a really fun way of sharing her life based on food dishes, and it’s a good, easy read.

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.

Hilary Winston - My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me
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.

32. Julia Scheeres – Jesus Land

Wow, I really suck at posting!

But actually, I just really suck at reading lately. I started one book and was really not into it, but I tried to stick it out. Eventually, I gave up on it, but it took up a huge chunk of time when I could have been reading other books!

So, my sister recommended this book to me because she knows I like to read memoirs. It’s called Jesus Land, written by a woman named Julia Scheeres who grew up in a really religious household. Julia has three biological siblings and two black brothers that her parents adopted. One of the boys, David, was the same age as Julia, so they grew up together and were extremely close.

Julia Scheeres - Jesus Land (photo taken by me)
Julia Scheeres – Jesus Land (photo taken by me)

The story starts out when Julia and David were 16 and had just moved to a new town, where David clearly isn’t welcome. We get to hear about their lives at school and in their home, where their mother doesn’t really care for them and their dad is very violent. 

Julia talks about her life, both at home and at school, for about half of the book. At the end of that first half, David gets sent to a religious reform school in the Dominican Republic, and Julia soon follows him. The second half of the book explains their time at the school.

I really enjoyed this book. It took a while for me to get into it, but after that, I couldn’t put it down. My only complaint is the about the transition between Julia at home and Julia at the reform school. David left for the Dominican about six months (if I remember correctly) before Julia did, but we hear very little about her time without him. She gives a brief explanation of what happened to her, but I really would have liked more detail.

Also, I can understand why she ended the story where she did, but I honestly would have liked to read more about her life. It was really interesting.

I thought this book was a really good read. It’s eye-opening and shows that not all religious families really practice what they preach or are very loving homes. The same can be said for the reform school Julia and David attended, which had very strict and ridiculous rules. All in all, Julia has a great story to tell and I would gladly read more about it.