November Wrap-Up: All the Audiobooks!

As I looked back on my Goodreads account today to see exactly what I read in November I couldn't believe that the only books I'm finished were audiobooks. I guess I shouldn't be too shocked since after the election I had some trouble getting the drive to actually pick up a book. Audiobooks are just much easier to get through when I'm running on the treadmill or taking my dog for a walk.

The first three audiobooks I finished were Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, and I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron. This was an unintentional theme of strong women, but it was exactly what I needed to hear. Lab Girl was heartbreaking but fascinating. Hope Jaren worked so hard to put her mark in the science world, while at the same time fighting against her bipolar disorder. Year of Yes was inspiring and made me laugh out loud more times than is appropriate while walking alone outside. And Nora Ephron has owned my soul ever since I saw You've Got Mail. This is the first time I've read one of her books and I wasn't disappointed. It was light, funny, relatable, and exactly what I need to hear. Nora recounts some of the funniest stories from her life and talks frankly about what it's like to get older.

I finished the month by listening to The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan, which is a sequel to Dash & Lily's Book of Dares. This book was a last minute addition from my book club because we read the first book last December. It was the perfect little book to get me in the holiday spirit! The last book I finished in November was Funny Girl by Nick Hornby, which is another book club pick. It's about a British girl in the 1960's who wants to be a comedic actor like Lucille Ball. It's the first Nick Hornby book I've read and it was just as funny as his movies.

There were plenty of other books I started in November (or earlier) but just haven't finished yet. (Slow reader, ya know?) I'll have a post soon about my December TBR and my plan to finish the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge before 12/31.

Let me know what you read during November in the comments!

Yes, Mindy Kaling, I'd like to be your friend.

This year I discovered the wonderful power of audiobooks, and how they can help an exceptionally slow reader like myself plow through many books in a short amount of time. Some of my favorite audiobooks this year have been celebrity memoirs, mostly because they are usually the readers and that makes listening to the book extra fun.

Today I finished listening to Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling, and it did not disappoint. One of my favorite things about her book was how she talked about the ups and downs of female friendships. How we can get jealous when our best friend lives far away and they start hanging out with other people, but at the same time you can get wrapped up in new and exciting friendships. These are all very real feelings and experiences I know I've been dealing with since I moved 1000 miles away from all my friends 3.5 years ago.

I also really enjoyed how Mindy talks about her confidence in her body. The media usually portrays her as being brave and bold for being what Hollywood considers plus size. And while I do think she's brave and bold, it has nothing to do with her size. All women in the spotlight have a microscope over them at all times, which must be extremely difficult. I love that Mindy is honest about this and doesn't try to act like it doesn't bother her. Instead she's learned how to roll with it, which sometimes means eating a few McMuffins in the McDonalds parking lot. (Hey, we've all been there.)

Overall I think Why Not Me? is a great book for girls that also feel a kindred connection to Mindy Kaling. Whether you admire her style, her confidence, or her humor, you'll find something to love about this book.