Bookish: Why Not Me? x Mindy Kaling

One of my goals for this year is to read more. There was a time when I took a book everywhere I went just in case I needed to pass the time, and I wanted that back! For 2016, I decided I would use more of my time to pick up a book rather than surf the internet (an addiction of mine). So, here I’m formally going to introduce Bookish, a segment of my blog where I talk about the books I’ve recently read and enjoyed.

I chose to pick up Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling, comedian actress best known for her role as Kelly Kapoor in The Office and as Mindy Lahiri in her own show, The Mindy Project.

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(Side note: Something you all must understand is that I am a HUGE fan of The Office. If you haven’t watched it, you have to. Just do it and thank me later).

I loved Mindy’s role in The Office and also the hand she’s had in writing a few of the episodes, so I decided to check out The Mindy Project. Now, I started to become a fan of hers and when I went to check out the books in Urban Outfitters (if I’m not there for books, I’m there for vinyl records), I saw that Why Not Me? was an addition to their shelves. At the time, I had no idea that there was a book she wrote before this one titled Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (sounds like the story of my life). All jokes aside, if you’ve picked up Why Not Me? without having read the first book, you’re fine. There were only a few references to it, but you can easily understand the subject matter without it.

Besides this novel being an honest view of Mindy’s life from her Ivy League days at Dartmouth to her becoming a rising star in the Hollywood realm, I found myself being able to relate to Mindy in a lot of ways. Here she is, someone who acts on a popular Hulu show, works with famous stars on projects and has even met President Obama. Yet, she is so relatable when it comes to not being able to find clothes off the rack that fit in flattering ways, figuring out a quick fix for blemishes that pop up out of nowhere or knowing deep down inside that someone you’re interested in may not be interested in you.

“…if someone really wants t0 see you, they always find a way. Always.”

– Mindy Kaling, Why Not Me?

Photo of Mindy Kaling from her website:

“People get scared when you try to do something, especially when it looks like you’re succeeding. People do not get scared when you’re failing. It calms them.”

-Mindy Kaling, Why Not Me?

Though Mindy and I are in totally different career fields/paths, this book was very inspirational to me and my own life. Mindy’s dream, even during her days working on The Office, was to write and produce her own show, and now she does just that. Mindy’s career path wasn’t easy and she still has challenges that she faces. She starts work before the sun is even up and doesn’t finish until well after it sets. She’s a #bosslady! Even though I couldn’t imagine working a schedule as crazy as hers gets (or to even work as an actress; I could never work on camera), I’ve learned that giving up is not an option. People around you will constantly critique your work, provide harsh feedback or even outright say “You’re not cut out for [insert dream job here],” but you can’t let those setbacks define who you are and the fact that you can work hard to achieve anything that you want to achieve.

I can honestly say this is the first book that ever made me laugh out loud and not in the sense of an LOL at the end of a text message (complete with the silent smile + laughing inside your head combo). I recommend that you all take this book into consideration on your “To Read” list. Inspiration comes in unlikely packages sometimes. I bought this book with the expectation to laugh and know more about Mindy Kaling as a person. I didn’t expect that I would learn more about work ethic, confidence and words of encouragement.

Rating: 4.5/5





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