Mindy is my #SquadGoal

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me

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

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‘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

Happy reading!

Georgina

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Lauren Bacall 1924 – 2014

So today we woke up to news that another Hollywood Legend had died. Lauren Bacall had a career spanning seven decades and had acted alongside some of the true greats ever to grace the Silver Screen. We’re talking the likes the of Marilyn Monroe, Kirk Douglas, Gregory Peck and of course, her beloved Humphrey Bogart.

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There’s always been something about that era of cinema that has appealed to me; perhaps I get it from my mum. She used to watch old movies on a Saturday afternoon, and often, I’d watch them with her. Which is where my love and respect for Bette Davis comes from, but that’s a whole other blog post.

It’s often well documented in the media and interviews that actresses have a tougher time than their male counterparts the older they get. So for Bacall to be working till the end, it certainly says a lot about the charisma and skill she had.

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She was an audacious lady, with that husky voice and that infamous look she had. But it was when she was acting opposite her beloved Bogey that you could see some true chemistry at play.

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Today, and indeed, this week has been a sad one for Hollywood and the rest of the world, with the loss of legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams, being announced only yesterday, we now say goodbye to Lauren Bacall at the age of 89.

Lauren Bacall once said ‘I think your whole life shows in your face, and you should be proud of that!’ and proud you should be Lauren. You lived one heck of a life. Now go and rest in peace, and once again be reunited with your true love, Bogey.

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Lauren Bacall 1924 – 2014.