WWW Wednesday [8] – Strange Things and Lingering Legends

WWW Wednesdays are hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three questions: (As always, all titles are linked to their corresponding Goodreads pages

  • The Book of Strange New ThingsWhat are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Michel Faber’s new book The Book of Strange New Things. It is indeed strange so far, but in a seriously good way. I am really enjoying it. It’s sci-fi, fantasy, literary fiction, and it discusses religion, which I’m sometimes iffy about but I think it’s going to be done in a tasteful and really interesting way. So, we’ll see. 🙂

  • Black IceWhat did you recently finish reading?

In the past week, I finished reading/listening to the audiobook for Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling, which I reviewed HERE, and Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick, which I’ll be reviewing on Friday. I somewhat enjoyed both of them but I didn’t love them. That’s okay though. I liked several parts of them.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?Legend

Well, I posted my December TBR yesterday. I’m not really sure what I want to read next. I think I’ll probably reread Linger next, but I might do Legend next or… I don’t know. What do you think I should read next??

What about you? What are you reading and what will you read next? Tell me about your booooooks.

Audiobook Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Author: Mindy Kaling
Narrators: Mindy Kaling
Audiobook length: 4 hours and 37 minutes
Genre: Autobiography, humor
Publisher: Random House Audio
Check out the synopsis on Goodreads.

Okay, so I’ve never watched The Office (well, except for about 30 minutes of one episode I was forced to watch and didn’t like) and the only thing I’ve seen Mindy Kaling in is The 40-Year Old Virgin and about three episodes of The Mindy Project. In case you were wondering, I also didn’t like The 40-Year Old Virgin. You’re probably also wondering why in the world I would want to read/listen to a book by someone I have little to no experience with. Well, even though I haven’t seen her in much, I’ve always found her to be pretty funny and a lot of people (including author Jennifer E. Smith – who I love) have raved about how much they loved this book. I had to check it out.

I listened to this whole audiobook on a weekend trip and it made the drive feel both short and long. I doubt this book was meant to be an insightful piece of literature, which is good because it isn’t. It’s silly, light-hearted and quite fun. At times. I can’t say that this book is laugh-out-loud funny the entire time. It’s not. I did laugh though – more than I thought I would.

There’s a lot of lists in this book, and I’m a big fan of lists. We get Mindy’s favorite comedy moments, and I agree with a lot of them. Except every mention of Will Ferrell (and there are A LOT), who I don’t find funny. I didn’t really enjoy her lists about dieting – she mentions how she was constantly made fun of for her weight as a child but she was comfortable with herself, yet she is constantly trying new diets and regimes. Blah.

For the first two-thirds or so of the book, I was enjoying myself. It’s an interesting and funny memoir about her super normal childhood and upbringing and then her subsequent super unlikely rise to fame and success. But then she reaches her current height of success at NBC and the book just falls on its face. There are essays entitled “Why Do Men Put on Their Shoes So Slowly?” and “In Defense of Chest Hair” which are just as silly and pointless as they sound. This is when I was rolling my eyes a lot, which probably isn’t that great of an idea while you’re driving down the interstate but I couldn’t help it.

Overall, I mostly enjoyed this book, because Mindy is charming, funny, silly, and as much a fan of lists as I am. It made my trip feel a lot more fun than it usually is and the boring, drab trip down to the coast of Mississippi wasn’t as blah as normal. So yay for that! But then the trip back home started off well and then made me wish I had brought another audiobook. I’m glad I finally listened to it though. Recommended for fans of Mindy Kaling, for sure, and fans of fun audiobooks, Hollywood stories, and tales of living in NYC.

P.S. If you aren’t a fan of Kaling’s voice or are iffy about it, I’d read the physical book.

WWW Wednesday [6] – Are the thousand pieces of black ice hanging out without me?

WWW Wednesdays are hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three questions: (As always, all titles are linked to their corresponding Goodreads pages)

  • Black IceWhat are you currently reading?

I’m reading Becca Fitzpatrick’s Black Ice. It’s interesting so far. I haven’t really had time to just sit down and read it, but every time I do, I read at least 50 pages in no time. Hopefully I can finish it on Thanksgiving. 🙂

  • What did you recently finish reading?10335308

This past weekend, I took a trip down to the coast and to New Orleans. On the way there and back, I listened to Mindy Kaling’s autobiography Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? It was entertaining and funny and fun to listen to. I plan on reviewing it on Friday.

  • A Thousand Pieces of YouWhat do you think you’ll read next?

I was going to read Michael Grant’s Messenger of Fear next, but then I bought A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray and I have to read it next. I’ve been looking forward to this one for months and months. Plus look at how absolutely beautiful that cover is. That book deserves to be read.

What about you? Answer the questions in the comments or link me up to your WWW Wednesday!