Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Books I've been reading

I read a lot. I have a job where I'm constantly looking for things to entertain myself with because there's not enough work for me to do. I've had a few people ask me to post about what I'm reading, so I thought I'd start with some books I've read recently that I really enjoyed.

And please, feel free to give me your recommendations.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
By Mindy Kaling
The Story: This book is about Mindy Kaling's life growing up a child of immigrant parents and everything she went through to become the comdey writer that she is today.

My Thoughts: I really liked this book. It's not bossy pants, but it's still a really funny read. I like Mindy Kaling, I like her new TV show, I liked her on The Office, I think she's funny. Not everyone gets her humor, but if you do, you'll really like this book. The pictures and the stories she shares of being a chubby kid are the best.

I give it: 3 1/2 stars

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
By Rebecca Skloot

 The Story: This book is about the author, Rebecca Skloot's journey to find about any and all information of Henrietta Lacks, the woman behind the first cells able to live and multiply in culture. Her cells were taken from her as she was dying and her nor her family were notified or ever compensated for everything her cells have done for science. Her cells are responsible for the polio vaccine, the ability to clone, IVF and lots lots more. Rebecca Skloot wanted to find out about the woman behind the cells since very little was known about her, so this is her journey to find out what the cells have done for science and the woman behind the cells.

My Thoughts: Please go read this book. Please. This book was very interesting. Although it could be slow at times, it's worth it to finish it. What she discovers, and who she meets, and her interactions with the family of Henrietta Lacks are worth the read. I feel like everyone should read this, if only to gain more information about your rights over your own cells.

I give it: 4 stars

Wild (Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail)
By Cheryl Strayed

The Story: This story is about Cheryl's life. As a young woman Cheryl came home from college to take care of her dying mother. After the death of her mother her family all separated and grew apart. Her life began to spiral down from here. She got divorced, was addicted to drugs at one point, and had an abortion. Then one day she saw a guide book to hiking the pacific crest trail and the idea stuck in her head. She ended up hiking the pacific crest trail from southern California to the border of Oregon and Washington, about 1,100 miles of it. The story is mainly about how hiking the trail led her to heal and process things from her past, mainly finally dealing with the death of her mother through her struggles on the trail.

My Thoughts: I heard about this book when the author was being interviewed on Fresh Air on NPR. I immediately wanted to read the book. Her story was facinating. At one point she lost both of her shoes and was hiking the trail in sandals. This story was identifiable to me, as someone who lost their mother at a young age, but it was more than that. It was about proving to herself that she could do this, that she was a strong person who could withstand whatever she wanted to do.

I give it: 4 1/2 stars

The Night Circus
By Erin Morgenstern

The Story: This story is about two young magicians who are in a long term competition with each other and their arena for their secret duels is a traveling night circus. They have been both been trained since children by their instructors, just to compete with each other. They are unkown to each other, but they both have to find ways to express their magical abilities within the circus in an attempt to win the competition.

My Thoughts: It's hard to tell you about this book without giving things away. This book kept my enthralled 100% of the way through and is one of the best books I have read in a long time. There are a few great twists in this book that keep you on your toes.

P.S. I start my doula class tomorrow and I'm a bit nervous, so wish me luck that it will go well and I'll learn a lot.


Angi said...

I definitely need to check a few of these out! I've heard so many good things about Night Circus...I think that'll be my next read. I have one of "those jobs" too. ;)

Ashley said...

Kelly...I MEAN, Mindy, is hilarious. I bet I would highly enjoy her writing!!

Torrie said...

So glad you posted this! I've been needing a good recommendation or four :)

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

I have now more books to read. :) Thanks for sharing all of this.

Catherine said...

Oooh, they all look so good! I've been meaning to read Mindy's book for a while now! Maybe after I graduate in May? :) Thanks for the book recommendations!

WhisperingWriter said...

I need to read these books. Especially Mindy's. I really like her.

Alison @ Get Your Pretty On said...

Thanks for the recommendations! I've been searching for a new book. I might pick up the Mindy Kaling one. I read an interview with her recently and loved it!

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I've had several people recommend Night Circus to me. I think I need to check it out!

nate and amy crandell said...

I love Mindy Kaling! She is so funny, looks like a really funny book too! Thanks for the recommendations :)

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I've got Night Circus on my reading list! Once I'm done reading the book that I've already started it's up!

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