The Hungry Heroine is hosting her very first book giveaway! And YOU could win!
I’ve never been one of those readers who dreams of book-cluttered shelves, or hoards boxes of unopened books from the last move, stored in a dusty corner of the closet. I was thrilled to start using a Kindle for ease and simplicity. I routinely lend books, give them away to friends, or donate them rather than move them. I’ve already felt the joy of reading that particular book. Now, it’s someone else’s turn.
In total, I currently have ten books sitting on my Washington bookshelf. Moving yearly does much to whittle down one’s possessions, though I know I still have quite the collection in my childhood bedroom (including my read-many-times-over Harry Potter series). But here, my collection is small, and I like to try to keep it that way. One favorite “book” on my bookshelf is my Kindle; it has seen me through many a long flight and at least two near-death experiences (also known as bus trips in Cambodia). Another is my dad’s copy of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which I still pick up from time to time when I need a refresher. The other eight are fair game for lending, re-gifting, or trading with other readers.
One of those is Mindy Kaling’s latest and greatest memoir, Why Not Me?
Of all the books to share with a friend, this one is especially perfect. It’s great mid-week pick-me-up. Combine with a facemask and a glass of wine, and you have a recipe for an evening of laugh-out-loud self-love. Mindy (I’m calling her Mindy, because her book makes her feel like a friend, not a distant author) has matured a bit since her last memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). It’s clear that her star has risen. She goes to parties now, guys. Obama thinks she’s a cool chick. She has a TV show and a magic beautification wand to banish blemishes (no, I’m not kidding, and yes, I will be looking up on the interwebz how to get a hold of one of those babies).
Despite her rising celebrity status, she still seems like a down-to-earth, relatable funny lady who you’d really like to grab drinks with. She seems like a friend who would cause you to spit out wine in laughter, and then would hastily help you wipe it off your white pants. One of my favorite essays in this book is a romantic comedy re-write of Mindy Kaling’s alternate life as a Latin teacher. It sounds ridiculous, and it is, but it is also uproariously funny and I would read a whole book of Mindy-lives.
Mindy’s humor draws me in, but the more serious essays are what I will most remember from this book. In “4 a.m. Worries,” and “Bad Sport,” Mindy is reflective, and strikingly honest. The last essay, “Why Not Me?” has excellent advice and at least a few quotes worthy of pinning to my work area.
“We do a thing in America, which is to label people ‘workaholics’ and tell them work is ruining their lives…It’s just that, the truth is, I have never, ever, ever met a highly confident and successful person who is not what a movie would call a ‘workaholic.’”
If I had one criticism of this book, I think it would be that the essays didn’t always flow for me, or seem to fit together. It seemed like a series of musings (much like this blog, so I am not one to talk!), and after turning the last page, I just wished there were more of them, instead of feeling the satisfaction of a great conclusion.
I highly recommend this book to all my readers who are looking to add a dash of inspirational, a shake of advice, and at least two full cups of hilarious to their week. You will laugh out loud, you will think about downloading the Mindy Project, and you will find yourself reading passages aloud to your significant other or roommate. Sharing is part of the fun.
I’m thrilled to get to share this read with you, my wonderful readers! This book does me no good becoming the 11th book on my already crowded bookshelf. It deserves a new owner to snort embarrassingly into its pages. Enter the contest and a chance to win this excellent memoir.
How to enter? It’s easy. Comment on this post, answering this literary question:
Think about your favorite book (either of all time, or a recent favorite). Why is it your favorite?
The contest will be open for one week, with the winner posted on Sunday, October 25th. Enjoy your week, friends!