Read, Reading, Next Up: October

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Hello fellow bookworms! I have seen a few of these types of posts floating around blogland and decided to try it out for myself. I have a feeling this will become a sporadic series here, so I hope you like it! The basic premise is I tell you a little about the book I most recently finished, what I am currently reading, and what is next up on my TBR (to be read) list. And I’ll give you my opinion on them because I like to pretend you care about what I think. Lolz.

Read: Okay, first is the book I just finished reading, which is Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling. This is the first book I received from Blogging for Books and I was super excited to read this one. I heard good things about Mindy’s first book, and from what I know of her TV career, she seems like a gal who is funny and smart. I really enjoyed Mindy’s writing style, she is certainly humorous and knows how to entertain her audience. She comes off as very relateable and real, which I appreciate in a memoir writer. It definitely had that “we could be friends” in real life vibe (which given my close proximity to where her show shoots, could actually happen one day!). I had no idea she is a graduate of Dartmouth, which clearly speaks volumes about her intelligence level. There were several chapters in the book that I truly enjoyed reading, but my favorite was the breakdown of a typical day in the life of Mindy Kaling. It was really cool and interesting to see what goes on in her standard day (spoiler alert: it’s a lot). As a writer myself, I particularly liked the glimpse at her writing process for The Mindy Project and what goes into an episode script.

The main thing I found lacking in Why Not Me? was some sort of through-line. The individual chapters and sections tied together, but there was no tangible overall theme to the book. I think that leaves it a little lacking in terms of being a “memoir”–I don’t feel there is a defined purpose to the book as a whole. It was entertaining and enjoyable, but not a book I would say made any sort of lasting impact. Why Not Me? would be great for a day at the beach, or if you are looking for something that is fun and doesn’t require a lot of brain power.

Reading: I know I am way late to the game on the Lunar Chronicles series (what else is new), but I finally picked up Cinder by Marissa Meyer and just started reading it last weekend. So far I am really enjoying it. As you can probably discern from the title and cover, Cinder is loosely based on Cinderella, but this is definitely not your standard re-telling. Cinder is way more sci fi than fairy tale, and it also includes a lot of elements I would associate with dystopian young adult novels. If you have read any of my other book themed posts, you know I am a huge fan of YA lit, in particular YA series, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to read this one. I am about halfway through and I can’t wait to keep on reading!

Next Up: I took Squirt to Barnes and Noble today and was SO EXCITED to see Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas is finally available in paperback. I finished the previous book in her series over the summer, but didn’t want to buy book four in hardback when I had the other three in paperback (my series books need to match, people!). This is definitely next up on my list, though I might have to go back and scan through Heir of Fire to make sure I remember everything that happened. As I stated in my previous review, Heir of Fire was not my fave in the Throne of Glass series, and I am hoping Queen of Shadows gets back on track.

Have you read any of my Read, Reading, or Next Ups? Tell me your thoughts (no spoilers!) and let me know if there is something you think I should add to my TBR list!

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