Book Review: “Is everyone hanging out without me? (And other concerns)” by Mindy Kaling

A bit late to the party but I never realised how funny Mindy Kaling is. I didn’t watch the American Office (didn’t want to try as I loved the British version) and I’ll be the first to admit that when I watched The Mindy Project when it began, I didn’t get it. After a recent re-watch, I haven’t laughed that hard in a while at a tv show. Especially the latest episode that aired in the US. I look forward to the next episode now as much as I do with New Girl.

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So, to Mindy Kaling’s book “Is everyone hanging out without me? (And other concerns)”. I got this for Christmas and got straight to reading it that night. If you like your books structured and more beginning to end style; then this book may not be for you. Part autobiography, part random chat with your best friend, I personally really liked the way this read. 
Mindy (totally on a first name basis after this book) talks about her childhood, her rise to fame and random lists and observations in between which give you plenty of laugh out loud moments. I totally agree with her that men take forever to put on their shoes.
I really enjoyed this book and found it too funny to just laugh in your head.  If you don’t want to be known as the crazy lady on the bus/train, I recommend not reading this on public transport.
The only downside to this book for me was that it was written before The Mindy Project either started or just after as it is not mentioned at all. I’m pretty interested on her thoughts about her show. I demand a sequel!
This book gets a 4 out of 5 stars for making me giggle like a loon.
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Current Obsessions

Since I’ve been stuck in a rut with ideas for blogging recently, I thought I’d let you know what I’ve been up to recently.
 
Reading
The Mistborn book series

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The Mistborn series is definitely filling a Harry Potter esque series shaped hole in my life right now. In a nutshell, it’s about a street girl called Vin who has special powers and joins a team to overthrow the evil ruler that has enslaved her people. It’s nice to find a book like this that has a girl as the main point of view and I’m excited to read the remaining 3 books. 
 
Watching
 
New Girl

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All about a girl called Jess who catches her boyfriend cheating on her so moves in with 3 guys she met on the internet. Funny situations a-go-go. The idea has been done before, people in their late 20s/early 30s living together etc but I have to say I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. The cast gel really well together and there’s a fair few situations I haven’t ever seen before. It’s not often I can watch something over and over in such a short period of time. 
 
I just love it, and I want Zooey Deschanel’s  wardrobe. Will definitely have to do a style post on Jess soon! Plus I want to live in their loft. It’s gorgeous! But I’m not surprised considering I’m a sucker for exposed brick. 
 
The only sad thing is that I’m completely up to date with America now so I have to wait every week for the next episode. I’m used to finding shows that are way ahead so I can just binge on them but this is going to take some patience. 
The Amazing Race

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This definitely has to be my top game/reality show ever. It’s an American program where teams of two race around the world for a million dollars. Each leg they have different tasks and the last team to get to the end of each leg is out. I would love to be on this show, it looks like such an adventure! Plus, Phil the host is awesome – especially his eyebrow (see below)! 
 
Me and the bf love this show and have watched all 21 seasons. There’s always a team you love and a team you hate so we spend plenty of time yelling at the laptop. I need to see if these are available on DVD!

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Lusting over
Modcloth
 

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Ah Modcloth, you’re so out of my price range but I just can’t help myself but look. The clothes and accessories are so cute and quirky – completely my style. I guess I will just have to wait until I’m rich to be able to shop there! For now, it’s all about the window shopping. 
 
 
Craving
Pancakes
 

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Maybe it’s because I haven’t had them in so long but since pancake day I have not stopped craving pancakes. I used to have them every day for breakfast as a kid and really miss that. Definitely going to make some tonight!
What are your current obsessions? 

 

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Films I have not seen this year (shame on me)

I love going to the cinema, but there have been a few films I have missed out on this year. Mainly for being too girly for my friends. And probably because I used up four of those times seeing the final Harry Potter film (it’s the last one damn you!).
 
Have you seen any of these?
 
Bridesmaids

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I really wanted to see this as it looked so funny. If I saw my mum more just the two of us, I would have seen it with her. She dragged my dad to see it and he wasn’t impressed, lol. I love comedy films and there aren’t enough good ones where all the main characters are female. 
 
One Day 

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I think apart from no one wanting to see this with me, the reason I did not see this was because I know how it ends and it is not particularly cheerful. I read the book and really liked it until the end where I got angry at the author. 
 
But I would be interested to see how they handled the timescale of the story in the film in terms of fashion and how the actors age. I heard the film was not that great though. Any thoughts?
 
The Help

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Source: upcomingmovies.com
I had the book in my hands I read the first couple of pages but I lent the book to my teenage cousin because she said it looked good and she doesn’t read too much. I like to know that young people are still reading so I do my part in encouraging it. 
 
I’m really interested to see the film because I won’t be getting the book back for a while because I think my mum has it now and she doesn’t live in the UK. It looks like an interesting story and I really want to see how Emma Stone does in her role since all I’ve seen her in are comedies. 
 
My week with Marilyn 

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Source: flicksandbits.com
I know this is still in the cinema but I doubt I’ll get to see it before it comes out on DVD. Being a lover of old black and white films and an owner of Some Like It Hot (if you are a comedy or marilyn fan, you MUST see this), I want to see how they portray Marilyn in this film. Can’t really put it into words why exactly but I just really want to see this film. Have you seen it yet? What did you think of it?
 
How has 2011 been for the cinema do you think?

 

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