Good Reads : Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?


He looked over to me and asked me to stop. To restrain myself. That last part was said through gritted teeth. And that made me laugh even harder. I was reading Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling and restraining myself from a freshly frosted cake would have been easier than not laughing at her writing. But I laughed in a totally annoying way, almost like I was laughing underwater and found myself gurgling. It was way ugly.

The next morning, JD looked at me and said I was overreacting. I spit out the lather and asked how a person can overreact while brushing her teeth. No, the book…you made it sound like it was the funniest thing ever written. Now, I can admit I have a totally random sense of humor, but I’ve come to grips with the idea JD and I have completely opposite senses of humor. Like, North and South pole different. But this book? This book is seriously funny. It’d make Mona Lisa laugh. Twice.

After a heated conversation about Kaling’s writing, I twisted JD’s arm and made him admit how humorous the book is. Fine, he said, it’s funny, but I didn’t laugh like you did…I just smiled really big. Oh! Smiling! Yes, that aptly describes JD’s reaction to things I think are funny. He smiles.

I guess I’ll take it. A smile. Although I’m sure he’ll so regret it when I’m trying to be funny and he doesn’t laugh because as long as he merely SMILES, I’ll feel like I’m the next Eddie Murphy.

Regardless if we share a similar sense of humor, here’s a few books I’ve read this month that I think you’d definitely enjoy.
*A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Wow. That’s all I can say about this amazing read. Hosseini also wrote the The Kite Runner and though I heard great things about it, I never got a chance to pick it up. When my friend, Shannon K, sent me her copy of Setting Sun, I knew it had to be good. Not only was it good, it was mind-blowingly good. The story spans ten years in war-torn Afghanistan and chronicles how two women’s lives intersect and the unlikely friendship that forms, resulting in finding purpose, redemption, and love. Ah-maze.
*Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. Need I say much about this book? No, but I will. Mindy stars in “The Office” as Kelly Kapoor, but she’s also one of the show’s writers and completely hilarious. It’s similar to Tina Fey’s Bossypants in that its comprised of personal short stories about her life, but their lives are so different, which results in their stories being independently funny and overall a great read. And I probably shouldn’t admit this because it sounds creepy, but I so wanna be her best friend after reading more about her life.
*Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Okay, so I don’t like creepy things. In fact, I once got scared from an episode of Little House on the Prairie and couldn’t sleep for a week. I’m weaksauce. I debated buying this book because the photos included in the book were freakishly eerie. And yet I found them making me think and feel differently about my own photography. So I bought it. The fictional book revolves around Jacob finding a series of odd photographs and wants to know more about his family’s history. What results is a Harry Potter meets X-files meets meets Back to the Future adventure story. These types of stories aren’t really my cup of tea, but it was an enjoyable read nevertheless.
*The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan. I told JD good books make me think, but great books make me feel…and this book? It’s like Feel Station Central. The book is a dictionary filled with alphabetical short stories and powerfully written, so, clearly, I was filled with writing jealousy. It’s an easy read and quite enjoyable, so if you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for a book worm, this is it!

Happy Monday!