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Tits McGee’s Books 17 – 24 of 2012

Clearly I need to improve at posting to the main blog for 2013, and at writing my own reviews. I made it to 43 books in 2012. Not quite the 52 I was aiming for, but I’m still happy and ready to take on the 52 for 2013. I’ll post more of the reviews over the next week

Book 17 of 2012 – The Virgin’s Lover by Phillipa Gregory

Book 18 of 2012 – Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Book 19 of 2012 – State of Wonder by Ann Pratchett

Book 20 of 2012 – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Book 21 of 2012 – The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
Book 22 of 2012 – The Full Moon Bride by Shobhan Bantwal

Book 23 of 2012 – Divergent by Veronica Roth

Book 24 of 2012 – Guilty Pleasures by Lauren K Hamilton

Congrats to everyone who met their goal this year!

Sonk’s #CBR4 Reviews #21, 22, 23, 25

Catching up on reviews!

Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie (3 stars)

Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund (1 star, if that)

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling (2.5 stars)

The End of Everything by Megan Abbott (3 stars)

Alli’s #CBR4 Review #25: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Minday Kaling

I have read a few reviews of “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” by Mindy Kaling and it sounded so great that I had to read it as well. I was pretty excited that the library was able to get it for me in a relatively short time and I greedily read it up in no time at all.

It bears comparison to Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” and if I was forced to choose which one I liked more I think I would choose this one. Perhaps it is because as a fellow chubby girl I identify more with Kaling, also we are of a similar age so the stories of her childhood hit a bit closer to home for me.

Read the rest on my blog

CommanderStrikeher’s #CBR 4 Review #15: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns) by Mindy Kaling

This book has been frequently reviewed for the CBR, and I can see why.  It is a quick read, perfect for a doctor’s office wait or a plane ride.  It was delightful and hilarious.  Mindy Kaling is probably best known for hysterically brilliant performance as Kelly Kapoor on NBC’s “The Office”.  This book is about everything, from her childhood of growing up Indian and chubby to her time on the hit play, “Matt and Ben”, to her time writing for “The Office”.  It is also about makeup, clothes, and boys.

Honestly, I read this one a month ago, and I had to return the book to the library before I wrote this review, so I don’t remember a lot of the specifics.  One of my favorite chapters was on how long it takes men to put on shoes.  It’s so true!  If you are looking for something to read while you are waiting in line, and you don’t mind if strangers think you are crazy because you are busting a gut laughing, then this book is for you.

4/5 Stars

Amurph11’s #CBR4 Review #15, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns, by Mindy Kaling

“This book will take you two days to read. Did you even see the cover? It’s mostly pink. If you’re reading this book every night for months, something is not right.”  -Mindy Kaling

I hate most autobiographies and/or memoirs – I’m Irish, and thus believe that family dirt should be at least thinly veiled in the guise of fiction – but I reserve a special dislike for celebrity autobiographies. Most people don’t have the self-awareness to write honestly about themselves, and this goes quadruple for celebrities, who have somehow managed to evolve past the need for either self-awareness or honesty.

Comedians, however, may just be the one exception to this rule. For me, this realization started with Steve Martin’s autobiography, Standing Up. It’s an amazing, honest read, full of wit and introspection.

Mindy Kaling’s first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? isn’t quite at the level of Martin’s autobiography (a fact which I’m sure she’d happily admit herself, given that she has the man’s picture hanging in the hallways of her home). But it’s full or the kind of humor and warmth that makes it a hell of a lot of fun to read. Everything you need to know about the book you can find on the cover; from the girly front with a gorgeous if slightly perplexed adult Kaling, to the back cover, with her chubbily adorable, thick-glassed childhood self. This picture is what convinced me to pick up her book, and that instinct turned out to be correct; the whole book is a blast, but Kaling is at her best when she’s talking about her childhood. She approaches it with wit and integrity, and a refreshing lack of melodrama. About her family, Kaling writes:

“I liked hanging out with my family! Later, when you’re grown up, you realize you never get to hang out with your family. You pretty much have only eighteen years to spend with them full time, and that’s it.”

Because her familial relationships show a profound lack of the kind of drama that runs rampant in most memoirs, Kaling spends a lot of time writing about her friends. Her sections about young female friendship were my favorite to read – the strange need for accessorizing friendship in elementary school (best friend necklaces and matching T-shirts), and what it’s like to grow out of these friendships purely based on social context and into real friendships based on mutual likes and interests rang true to me, as I’m sure it will be to many American girls.

Some of her adult life was slightly less relatable to me – Kaling likes shopping and wants to get married and have a family, whereas I am afraid of commitment in any form, whether it be a spouse, children, or a new couch – but even in those sections, the levity of her writing kept me reading. I laughed aloud at least once a chapter, and usually much more.

Inevitably, this kind of book is going to get compared to Tina Fey’s Bossypants, which I suppose is fair. Both are written by comedians that write for NBC shows, and both include a career turning point that involves Amy Poehler. Kaling even presupposes this connection in her introduction, assuming she’ll come off the worse for the comparison. On the whole, though, I liked Kaling’s better. The same thing that consistently bothers me about 30 Rock bugged me about Bossypants – both feel like they’re written at a sardonic emotional remove, which makes it difficult to get close enough to truly enjoy it. I laughed, but I felt mildly used afterwards (except, notably, during the scene where Amy Poehler outsasses her male coworkers). Kaling’s, on the other hand, is written a lot more like the Office – offbeat but relatable, wry, but with a beating heart clearly visible just underneath the surface. Now if only Amy Poehler would write a memoir, we would have the peak of the NBC lady-trifecta.

Recommended for: Anyone who either watches the Office, likes Mindy Kaling, or at one point was a female child.

Read When: You’re in between long, super depressing books.

Listen With: the mix CD specifically created by Samantha Ronson for this book.

The Fatling’s #CBR4 Review #8 Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns by Mindy Kaling

I’ve read a few books by female comedians over the years, and Mindy Kaling’s is by far my favorite.  It’s breezy and fun, assertive without feeling hyperdefensive, and a fascinating look at Kaling’s path to becoming a writer for The Office.

Kaling also owns her femininity, which is refreshing, since many female comedy memoirists seem to classify it as a burden or annoyance.  There are the obligatory chapters chronicling Kaling’s obligatory struggle with body image, weight loss, and self-esteem, but she delves in deep rather than tossing them off with a sentence or two.


Scootsa1000′s #CBR4 Review #7: Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

I really love Mindy Kaling’s Kelly Kapoor character on The Office.  I get a good laugh out of her willingness to bully 15 year olds on Facebook, her obsession with reality TV, and her ridiculous relationship with Ryan.  She’s great on twitter (@mindykaling). I used to love her old blog (Things I’ve Bought that I Love) and enjoy her new one  also, even though it was sort of a tie-in for her book.  I also like that (like me) she is a smart girl from Boston who respects and loves her parents.

I had high hopes for the book, really wishing it would be a strong successor to last year’s Bossypants, but was mildly disappointed.  While Kaling has lots of great anecdotes and silly stories to write about, the book as a whole just didn’t do it for me.

You can read my full review here.

Even Stevens’s #CBR4 review #3: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

I am a big fan of the early season of The Office (let’s not talk about the more recent ones) and had heard good things about Kaling’s book, often compared to Tina Fey’s Bossypants (really I think that’s just because they’re both women, and both funny). I needed a good laugh, and so when my reserved copy from the library finally came, I dug right in.

This book is, in a word, delightful. A mix of stories about her life (childhood to present day), her musings on various subjects, and a random mix of lists, Kaling strikes the perfect blend of funny and sweet. Kaling, by her own account, had a fairly normal upbringing but is great at telling stories that are humorous and relatable to pretty much anyone who went through puberty. And while her personal stories are great, it’s her deadpan delivery of blink-or-you-miss-it one liners that really had me cracking up. The highlights for me included her stint as a babysitter, her thoughts on romantic comedies (treat them like sci-fi – those kinds of stories don’t happen in this world but are still enjoyable), and her personal reverse success story she titles (in her head) From Dartmouth to Dickhead. Also, this: “…chubby people can never truly pull off ethereal the same way skinny people can never be jolly. The only fat ethereal person I can think of was Anna Nicole Smith, and in her case, ethereal might have meant ‘drugged.’”

It’s obvious that Kaling keeps a good head about her even though she’s achieved a pretty great degree of success. There’s a great blend of stories and I could relate to a lot of the material in this book. Her humor is often sweet, sometimes sharply observant, but always enjoyable. I eagerly await any future books or projects by Ms. Kaling.

Malin’s #CBR4 Review #9: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

I have never watched a single episode of the American version of The Office (I know, what cave have I been living in?), but after reading Mindy Kaling’s very funny autobiography, I’m absolutely going to mainline as many seasons as I can find.

 Last year, I read Tina Fey’s Bossypants, and it was as many other people have also agree, absolutely hilarious. Through CBRIII and IV, and on other review sites on the interwebs, I saw mention of Mindy Kaling’s book, and while not as funny as Fey’s book (possibly made funnier by me loving Mean Girls and 30 Rock), it still made me burst out laughing (to the point where I got weird looks on public transport) about once a page. It’s a delightful and very quick read. To quote Kaling herself: “This book will take you two days to read. Did you even see the cover? It’s mostly pink. If you’re reading this book every night for months, something is not right.”

 Kaling makes humorous observations about her childhood, living in New York, Hollywood (her list of movie piches especially cracked me up), life, romance anddating, her own appearance and the media’s perception of her. She even includes a selection of photos from her Blackberry and instructions for her own funeral. It’s not in any way a profound or soul searching book, it’s written to entertain, and suceeds brilliantly. I suspect that if you read and enjoyed Bossypants, you’ll like this too. If you don’t find that sort of biography funny (what’s wrong with you?), you should probably give it a miss.

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lefaquin’s #CBR4 Review #5: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

I’ve been trying to write a review of this book for days, and I’m not really sure why I’ve been putting it off. Maybe it’s because I loved it so much I didn’t want it to be really over? Mindy Kaling’s first book is amazing. I loved it unconditionally. In the weeks coming up to the book’s release, she leaked short chapters to the internet, went on Jon Stewart and Colbert (and probably some other shows I don’t watch), and basically promoted the shit out of her book. I read several of the excerpts and was really excited to read the book in its entirety. I wasn’t disappointed.

The book is part autobiography, part collection of thoughts/lists, and part private musings on pop culture/people/beauty products/her own funeral. It’s all hilarious. If you’ve ever seen The Office, you’ve probably heard Kaling’s (pretty distinctive) voice. Throughout the book, I could hear her voice reading along in my head- Kaling writes like a friend might talk to you on the phone, chatty, friendly, inserting comments and references here and there. I laughed out loud at least once per page, and although Kaling writes, “This book will take you two days to read. Did you even see the cover? It’s mostly pink. If you’re reading this book every night for months, something is not right.” I wish I could have just kept reading, long after the book was finished.

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