I’m falling into the memoir territory trap these days. Felicia Day. Gloria Steinem. Mindy Kaling. And falling headfast in love with the content.
That, and non-fiction audiobooks.
Basically – I really enjoyed Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling.
It’s definitely better than her first book ‘Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?’ Perhaps it was the humour. The description in the essays. The audiobook. But I was hooked from the first spoken word in a much more efficient manner in ‘Why Not Me?’
I mean, if you find me smiling and quietly giggling at times at 7am in the morning on the commute to university – then you know whatever I’m listening to is a keeper.
Why Not Me? is a collection of anecdotes from Mindy Kaling’s life. As you might know, Mindy Kaling is a writer, actor and comedian who wrote for the American tv show ‘The Office’ and helmed her own tv show called ‘The Mindy Project.’ I have to admit, I never went into reading her books as a major fan as I had only seen a couple episodes from the Mindy Project. But I’m glad I did.
The book focuses on topics such as her relationship with B.J Novak (adorable, so remind me to watch The Office), being an average sized woman on TV, writing and other things. The essays are easy to read, funny and full of heart. She frankly acknowledges her flaws: body issues, being a bad sport, her self confidence. And pleasing everyone is no longer her main motivation (which, I believe, is something you really cannot do). And I felt the main point of the book was: sometimes it’s tiring to be yourself.
The essays felt relatable and honest – and if there is anything I would really like to happen at the moment, is to be Mindy Kaling’s good friend.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s not perfect, I don’t think the section about an alternative life where Mindy was a Latin teacher at 25 worked seamlessly in the audiobook. But I enjoyed it nether less and will likely read and watch more of Mindy Kaling’s works.
I give it 4/5*