Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling.
I don’t a lot about Mindy Kaling other than her character in The Office US. I also know she has her own show ‘The Mindy Project’ which I haven’t had the pleasure of watching but probably will do now I’ve read this.
Mindy had plenty of opportunity with this book to name drop and imply that she got where she is today because of luck, but she doesn’t and it’s so refreshing. The book acts linear and follows Mindy as a child, through teenage years to her 20’s and beyond as she documents with excellent humour her journey to being the successful comedienne, actress, writer and producer that she is today. She marries anecdotes of personal experiences with sage advice for young girls and women who may want to venture into the world of comedy writing.
A lot of people tend to attribute their success to luck and being in the right place at the right time, but with Mindy she’s honest, it takes work and sometimes rejection, or doing jobs you don’t particularly enjoy just to get the experience. I really felt like I could relate to Mindy’s passion and determination and also the way she sometimes said the wrong thing to the wrong person. When she discusses her body shape I also wanted to reach in and hug her. Here’s a beautiful and successful woman embracing her body and saying I’m not fat but I’m not skinny either, I’m just me shaped and it’s like a breath of fresh air.
This is a brilliant book, it’s human and informative and to be honest with you, I wish Mindy could be my friend in real life. She’s worked hard to get where she is and she deserves it. Long may it continue!
Star Rating out of 5: 5
‘Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched.’
Now excuse me whilst I go and buy Mindy’s other book ‘Why Not Me?’ because I need to read more about her, she’s awesome! Also she called the all female Ghostbusters movie, she should get some kind of recognition..<3
The Shining by Stephen King.
At the most recent WI meeting I attended we did a blind book swap. I got this. Stephen King, I know, is often referred to as ‘The King of Horror’ but it may surprise some of you that I have never actually read any of his work. I’ve read work by his son Joe Hill (Horns and Heart Shaped Box) and I’ve seen plenty film adaptations of his work over the years (Misery, The Shawshank Redemption and Secret Window) but not actually picked up any of his books. So I was really pleased to find this in the package I unwrapped.
Although I have seen the film version of the book, the first thing that struck me was how much of the book offers up more of an insight into Jack Torrance and what leads him to become the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel. I really liked this because it makes what happens later on in the novel much easier to understand. Likewise it was also great to hear more about his little boy Danny, and his mysterious invisible friend who appears to him and shows him thing.
I really loved the style of writing, it was so perfectly descriptive that it enabled me to envisage everything clearly in my mind. At first it seems the Torrance’s are going to be fine in the hotel but as the days get colder and snow gets more persistent the tone of the book begins to take a more sinister turn. Wendy Torrance begins to notice her husband is behaving like he did when he’d come home drunk, although she can’t smell any alcohol on his breath. Danny tries to heed the advice of Mr Hallorann who told him he had the ‘shine’ so should avoid certain rooms in the house, and Jack seems to be obsessing over old papers in the basement that tell the chilling tale of the hotel’s dark history.
It’s at this point that Stephen King displays his ability to send shudders down your spine with his imagery. Granted I didn’t find the foliage animals coming to life particularly creepy but the description of the dead woman in room 217 made me feel cold. The way King played with the characters minds and imaginations, hearing the elevator going up and down in the middle of the night, these are the things that made me scared. I tore through the 497 page book in 3 days and will definitely read some more of his work in the future.
Star Rating out of 5: 4
‘They stood on the porch in the fading light, Jack in the middle, his left arm around Danny’s shoulders and his right arm around Wendy’s waist. Together they watched as the decision was taken out of their hands.’
If you have read any Stephen King novels and would like to give me some suggestions of what to read next, please feel free to comment below.