Category: Books

[Read it!] Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling


Somewhere along the way, I’ve totally developed a crush on Mindy Kaling. I wasn’t into the Office at all, and actually began watching The Mindy Project rather reluctantly.

But once I started watching it, I couldn’t stop. I’ve never identified with a character on a TV show so much! It was amazing and a little terrifying. I find Mindy really refreshing and hilarious. I feel like we could be friends! (Mindy, if you’re reading this, we could totally be friends. Email me.) I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her new book!

Why Not Me discusses boys, airplanes, friends, blonde men, meeting the Obamas, her competitive spirit, and how she got her start in her career. She also includes a quote from one of my favouite book character, Holden Caulfield, and has adorable illustrations for each chapter.

Here is an excerpt from the book when she is describing a plane flight she took with her “soup snake,” BJ Novak.

Our pilot spoke to us again, but gone was the relaxed man who had cooed, “Folks, this is your captain speaking…” and made me feel like a valued member of the JetBlue community. “There seems to be some kind of an electrical storm…” he began, nervously trailing off in a way where the end of his sentence can only be: “…which is scaring the shit out of me.” Then he says, “This really came out of nowhere, very weird.”

Very weird? You don’t get to confide in us about what you think is weird, guy!

[..] I turned back to see the flight attendant seated with her arms folded tightly across her chest. Her eyes were squeezed shut and she was mouthing something. It became clear to me that she was praying. If you have never seen a flight attendance praying, I hope you never do, because it is one of the scariest things in the world.

– Mindy Kaling, Why Not Me, page 129

This would be my very accurate reaction if this were to happen to me. I also loved that she included her short story, “Mindy in New York.” I’m not a fan of books that take place in emails and texts, but she made it work! If you are looking for a fun read, filled with coming of age stories, laughs and Hollywood truths, then you need to pick up this book.

In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

In “How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet’s Confessions,” Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, (“Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn’t the land of appropriate–this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman’s traditional hair color is honey blonde.”) “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.”) In “Unlikely Leading Lady,” she muses on America’s fixation with the weight of actresses, (“Most women we see onscreen are either so thin that they’re walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.”) And in “Soup Snakes,” Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak (“I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.”)

Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published September 15, 2015.

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave


I love when books are unexpectedly amazing, and then you get to fall in love with a brand new author! Laura Dave has written a book that’s perfect for summer. It has food, love, heartbreak and wine. And of course, humour. What more could you want?

Eight Hundred Grapes captivated me. I devoured it and couldn’t put it down. Dave has a beautiful, descriptive writing style that really makes the main character, Georgia, come to life in many unexpected twists and turns. I found something endearing about each character, from her brothers right down to the new lawyer in town. Eight Hundred Grapes is laugh out loud funny in some parts and heartbreaking in others. It has a really satisfying ending that makes me want to read more of her books! You need to read it and I’m sure you’ll love it just as much as I do.

Growing up on her family’s Sonoma vineyard, Georgia Ford learned some important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother’s lasagna: chocolate. The secret behind ending a fight: hold hands.

But just a week before her wedding, thirty-year-old Georgia discovers her beloved fiancé has been keeping a secret so explosive, it will change their lives forever.

Georgia does what she’s always done: she returns to the family vineyard, expecting the comfort of her long-married parents, and her brothers, and everything familiar. But it turns out her fiancé is not the only one who’s been keeping secrets…

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on June 2015

Super Mutant Academy by Jillian Tamaki

Another summer, another amazing graphic novel from Jillian Tamaki. Jillian is a truly talented illustrator, from embroideries to her previous works, she tackles a new angle each time and emerges victorious.

SMMAcoverSuper Mutant Academy is a collection of Jillian’s web comic. This (mostly) non-sequential collection of comics is hilarious, heartfelt and truly bizarre. It’s just like high school, if the hot girls, nerds and jocks had super powers. Take a look at the excerpts below. (more…)

Read it! Love May Fail

lovemayfailPortia Kane is not having a good time of it. She’s in a closet about to watch her soon to be ex-husband (perhaps…soon to be dead, husband?) do the deed with a much younger woman. I won’t tell you what happens there, but I will tell you what happens next.

Portia has a mini meltdown and thinks back to high school, to her favourite English teacher. She decides to find him…even if there’s no trace of him. Through a remarkable twist of fate, she ends up tracking down her old high school teacher, Mr.Vernon. (more…)

Blog Tour: The Truth Commission by Susan Juby


I think that Susan Juby could write anything, and I would devour it. Her topics are always so varied -a chicken farm, a teen P.I, a young girl coming of age in BC- and all addictive. I even read her autobiography (I typically don’t read non-fiction) about alcohol abuse, and really enjoyed it.

In her new book,The Truth Commission, Susan brings her sharp humor, loveable characters and trademark wit to Green Pastures Academy of Art and Applied Design.

Normandy Pale has tasked herself and her friends with chase the truth…no matter the cost. They aim to get to the heart of gossip, and to discover secrets.


In true “Truth Commission” fashion, here are my two truths and a lie.

1. I was stuck in Egypt for days during the revolution in 2011.
2. I missed my connecting flight to Japan from Detroit.
3. I tried to get into the wrong car at a subway kiss and ride…repeatedly.

Find out the lie after the cut! (more…)

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