I’m a big fan of Mindy Kaling. I liked her on The Office and her show The Mindy Project has brightened many tough days. But I especially like her two books, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) which came out a few years ago and Why Not Me? which just came out. There are a few key reasons why I enjoyed and highly recommend both of them.
First off, Mindy Kaling is very funny and who doesn’t enjoy reading funny stories? The books are a series of different essays that gave me some insight into who she is and how she became the Mindy Kaling that people see today. Her stories about childhood and growing up are hilarious but also touching and you get a glimpse into who she is, who she has been and how she got to where she is today. I’m always so impressed that she has kept her friends from college who she has worked with, who attend events with her and who are just really great friends.
That leads me to the second reason I liked these books, I felt like I wanted to be her friend. She put herself out there and she’s telling the reader about writing and starring in her Off-Broadway play and about being a writer on the The Office and also other things that she thinks about. To some, they might seem a bit random but I agreed with so much of it – we are destined to be friends. In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), there are essays titled Guys Need to Do Almost Nothing to Be Great (Kaling, 163) which rang very true and I Love Irish Exits (Kaling, 159) – really, who hasn’t found a way to escape from a party or a bar without saying goodbye to a ton of people. I fully admit to muttering that I’m getting another drink and bouncing. This continued in Why Not Me? as she shares more great insights about her current show, dating and so much more.
All of these essays and stories and insights made me realize that Mindy Kaling is a pretty genuine person. She admits when she has messed up, is willing to tell some pretty funny stories about her life that present some key life lessons and throughout both books, provides some pretty good advice. I really liked her last two essays in Why Not Me? – the first was called 4 A.M. Worries (Kaling, 212) and she talks about waking up about about once a month with a list of concerns. She really is a real person! And then the final essay, Why Not Me? where she shares:
“Mindy Kaling’s No Fail, Always Works, Secret Guide to Confidence.” (Kaling, 217)
A very insightful read on confidence from someone I would like to be friends with and that’s always appreciated.
I highly recommend both books as they are light reads, funny and insightful and also broken into a number of essays so if like me, you like to read before bed, you can get in a short read each night without losing too much sleep.
I hope you enjoy!