Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (Book Review)

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is Mindy Kaling’s first memoir dated back to 2011. In it, she talks about her upbringing and how she got into comedy, as well as other experiences she’s had along the way. It’s a quick read that will keep you interested, even if you don’t know all the pop culture references. Kaling makes this feel like more of a conversation than a novel.

I devoured this book in a matter of hours. I couldn’t set it down. I’ve been watching a lot of The Office lately and I’ve watched The Mindy Project in the past, mixed with my hidden love of memoirs, this was a hit for me.

I would give this a solid 4/5 stars.


Mini Book Haul

I recently went thrift shopping for the first time with my best friend. I never knew how great the deals were on books. We went to Goodwill and then The World of Thrift, it was great. I didn’t spend more than a total of $9 on these books which is a steal. Full reviews coming soon.

The books I purchased were:

sherman alexie

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

I’ve been hearing great things about this book for years now. I never read it back in my middle grade days so why not now?

mindy kaling

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

I have been watching a ton of The Office lately so when I saw this, I just couldn’t resist.

library of souls.jpgA boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.

The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls.

I read books one and two a few years ago and I’m excited to continue this adventure. My Review of Hollow City

time traveler

A funny, often poignant tale of boy meets girl with a twist: what if one of them couldn’t stop slipping in and out of time? Highly original and imaginative, this debut novel raises questions about life, love, and the effects of time on relationships.

I have committed a terrible bibliographic sin. I watched the movie long before getting the book. For this, I must right my wrong. Even if I have to go through 500 pages to do it.

The Office (Show Review)

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past twenty years, you may not have heard of The Office. It originally began in the UK where it went on for two seasons. The US version of The Office first aired in 2005.

The Office Jim looking at the camera

The Office is a mockumentary about a modern day paper company and the people that work to make it (barely) function. Michael Scott is the Regional Manager of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, a company he’s been working at for over ten years. There’s plenty of cringe and staring straight into the camera. A lot of commentary is spliced in between scenes and it works as a great transition.

There are nine seasons so you really get to see the characters grow and expand in their character arc. Jim Halbert and Pam Beasly are especially important throughout these seasons. The show gives special focus to how Jim and Pam’s relationship progresses from an office friendship to an office romance.

I have been avoiding The Office for years now because I was under the incredibly false impression that it would be… boring.

Oh how wrong I was. The Office took over the past two months of my life in binge springs. I honestly loved watching it.

The Office Cast

*Spoilers Ahead*

I’ll be honest, the main reason I kept watching this show was because of Jim and Pam. They are the cutest TV couple I’ve seen since Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt.

My favorite season was season four because Jim and Pam finally made their relationship official after three seasons of shipping them so hard; I nearly cried. The way Jim asked out Pam so perfectly illustrated their relationship and who they are together. The proposal is one of my favorite episodes, even though it’s in season five, it comes out of that tension from season four.

The Office Michael Scott crying

My least favorite was season eight. Things were just never the same after Michael left. I was so happy that he finally found his female equivalent in Holly and they were going to start their lives together. Honestly, I started crying when Pam got to the airport right before Michael got on his flight. Seeing him take off the mic made everything so real, he really left. 

In truth, I hated Michael when I first started the show. He was so clueless and the things he said were so incredibly stupid. But I’ll admit it, he grew on me. His character development was so important for the show. I started to see the reasoning behind his outlandish actions and he soon became one of my favorite characters.

The Office has a little bit of everything: Humor, Romance, Drama, and lot and lots of cringe. I give The Office a 10/10 would recommend.