Monday, November 16, 2015

Book Review // Furiously Happy, So, Anyway, Sapiens, Why Not Me

Mooooooorreeeeee books, lalalalalala. I've been in a bit of a reading slump recently, which I'm hoping to rectify over Thanksgiving break, but in the meantime, here's what I've gotten through recently!

Furiously Happy // Ohhhhhhh, I loved this book.  I first tried to read it while proctoring the SAT, but that ended quickly when I started laughing out loud.  Jenny does a phenomenal job telling funny stories while also being informative about what it's like to live with mental illness.  She walks a very fine line beautifully and made me lose it multiple times.

So Anyway // Yet another funny one.  I grew up watching Monty Python and love John Cleese, so when Blogging for Books sent me this memoir, I was thrilled.  In terms of writing, I think this book fits pretty well with what I was expecting - it's rambly and sprawling, but fun and warm.  It surprised me to learn more about Cleese's upbringing and start in comedy - the process took a while and wasn't always pleasant.  The book isn't perfect, but it's definitely worth a read for Cleese fans.

Sapiens // As I've mentioned before, I'm a huge fan of nonfiction that goes really in depth into a particular topic. This book, which is a history of humankind, is anything but brief. I'm hard to bore with this type of thing, but there were a few sections that had me skipping ahead a little.  There's a fine line between informative and over-detailed and this book isn't always on the right side. I don't regret reading it, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it.

Why Not Me // Mindy Kaling is the best.  Honestly, I am in the Mindy-can-do-no-wrong camp, so it should come as no surprise that I loved this book.  As opposed to Mindy's first book, which covered a lot about growing up and becoming who she is, Why Not Me is much more about her professional life and being an adult.  It read as more mature, self aware and reflective, which I absolutely loved.  She made me laugh out loud a few times and more than once made me really think.  

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