Review: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

30268522From the author of the beloved New York Times bestselling book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and the creator and star of The Mindy Project comes a collection of essays that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal.

In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.
In “How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet’s Confessions”, Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, (“Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn’t the land of appropriate-this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman s traditional hair color is honey blonde.”) “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.”) In “Unlikely Leading Lady”, she muses on America’s fixation with the weight of actresses, (“Most women we see onscreen are either so thin that they’re walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.”) And in “Soup Snakes”, Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak (“I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.”)
Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.


Mindy has a fun perspective and an awesome story too. The way she portrays her insecurities is wonderfully genuine and the fact that they are relatable makes them even more enjoyable. She had me laughing in every chapter and entertained from the very first chapter.

This is a fantastic memoir, would highly recommend to anyone looking for a fun and hilarious read!

*I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Mindy Kaling is an actor, writer, producer, and directorMindy Kaling . She currently stars in the Hulu original comedy series “The Mindy Project,” which she also writes and executive produces.

Before “The Mindy Project,” Mindy was best known for her work on the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning NBC show “The Office.” In addition to directing, producing, and portraying celebrity-obsessed Kelly Kapoor, Mindy wrote 18 episodes of the series, including the Emmy nominated episode “Niagra.”

In 2011, Mindy penned the comedic memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns), which continues to be featured on New York Times’ and USA Today’s best-seller lists. Mindy’s second memoir Why Not Me? was released in September 2015 and launched at #1 on the New York Times’ best-seller list.

In 2005, Mindy made her film debut as the object of Paul Rudd’s unwanted affections in Judd Apatow’s THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN. Most recently, Mindy lent her voice to the character Disgust in the Oscar-winning Pixar animated film INSIDE OUT alongside Amy Poehler and Bill Hader, and was seen in THE NIGHT BEFORE alongside Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. She will next begin production on OCEAN’S 8 alongside Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway.

Mindy was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2012. In 2014, she was named one of Glamour’s women of the year.

Review + Coupon Code: BookCase.Club – October 2016


Book Case is a one stop monthly subscription service for book lovers. Each case will contain a selection of handpicked books based on your preferences.
Our team consists of certified bookworms and we have a long history in the world of literature so you can be assured that the books we select for you each month will be a delight to read.
BookCase.Club has partnered with Books for Keeps and every month will donate one children book for every active subscription. So not only will you be receiving your own great books, you would also be helping send one to a child that might not otherwise have a book to read.

The boxes are available for in 8 different categories (Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller, Children, Romance, Military History and Cookbooks) and start as low as $9.99 (+ $5.00 shipping) per month.

Use the code Paola15 for a special 15% off!

 What’s inside the BookCase.Club Box?

Inside the mystery boxes, BookCase.Club sends two handpicked books from one of eight categories of your choosing. In my case, I received the Paranormal Romance box.

BookCase.Club comes with an info card detailing the items included.

The Box

BookCase.Club ships via UPS each month on the 1st

First Look

Inside, the books were packed so that their spines were together and they wouldn’t bend or get damaged.

Information Card


Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Amy Goodnight knows that the world isn’t as simple as it seems—she grew up surrounded by household spells and benevolent ghosts. But she also understands that “normal” doesn’t mix with magic, and she’s worked hard to build a wall between the two worlds. Not only to protect any hope of ever having a normal life.

Ranch-sitting for her aunt in Texas should be exactly that. Good old ordinary, uneventful hard work. Only, Amy and her sister, Phin, aren’t alone. There’s someone in the house with them—and it’s not the living, breathing, amazingly hot cowboy from the ranch next door.

It’s a ghost, and it’s more powerful than the Goodnights and all their protective spells combined. It wants something from Amy, and none of her carefully built defenses can hold it back.

This is the summer when the wall between Amy’s worlds is going to come crashing down.

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

18106985Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself.

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

BookCase.Club did a fantastic job with their selections this month and I am already looking forward to seeing what the November box will include! I love receiving hardcover books and knowing they donate a book to a book-centered charity with each new and renewing subscription makes my heart so happy! If you are interested in subscribing, click here. Don’t forget to use the code Paola15 for a special 15% off!


Bubbles & Books Box – September 2016


Bubbles & Books is a monthly subscription box that delivers romance novels, artisan-crafted soaps, and other book- and bath-related goodies right to your door for only $24 per month!
Their current box selections include: The Bad Boy Box, The Luxe Paranormal Box, and The Swept Away Box.
Shipping is free to the U.S. and $4.99 to Canada. Use the promo code ROMANCEME to gey 20% off your first box!
If you love steamy baths and even steamier romance books, then Bubbles & Books is for you!


What’s inside the Bubbles & Books Box?

The Box

Bubbles & Books ships via USPS between the 10th and 15th of the month

First Look
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My September 2016 Bubbles & Books Box  selection was as follows:


Stash Tea Spice Dragon Red Chai Herbal Tea

Reading Nook Soy Candle by From the Page

Loofah Sponge by Liz & Nat All Natural Soaps

Gem & Honey Infused Bath Salt by Wild Honey Apothecary

Dark Blood by Isabella Starling

DARK BLOOD runs through her veins,img_2631
and the beast is on her trail…

For the first time in her life, Bianca Da Costa feels free, even when she is bound by chains. Kidnapped from under her mobster daddy’s nose, she has no way of escaping the Hound – the Abbate crime family’s most vicious hitman.
But maybe she doesn’t want to escape. Maybe her savior is the dark beast himself… And to face him, Bianca will have to look right into the eyes of the monster.

Matteo Salini is trained to kill. Pumped with drugs and used to blood, he doesn’t expect to flinch when he has to take Bianca’s life. She’s beautiful – there is no doubt in that.
But Matteo has women servicing him left and right, and he doesn’t need a spoiled mafia princess to screw with his head. Bianca is much more than that, though, and her tenderness finds its way under Matteo’s rough skin. She might be his only chance of redemption.

She’s his prisoner, he’s her savior.

Bubbles & Books Box did a fantastic job with their selections this month and I am already looking forward to seeing what the October box will include! If you are interested in subscribing, click here.