Thursday, May 24, 2012

Reading, lately

Gobbled this up in one day, had to resist making D listen to me read the funniest bits out loud nonstop.

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I had to include the back cover, of course.

It isn't a biography, more like little essays, anecdotes and funny bits. It goes quickly and yes, it is light. In a good way.

One of my favorite quotes:
A note about me: I do not think stress is a legitimate topic of conversation, in public anyway. No one wants to hear how stressed out anyone else is, because most of the time everyone is stressed out. Going on and on in detail about how stressed out I am isn't conversation. It'll never lead anywhere. No one is going to say "Wow, Mindy, you really have it especially bad. I have heard some stories of stress, but this just takes the cake."
And this one:
I don't think it should be socially acceptable for people to say they are "bad with names." No one is bad with names. That is not a real thing. Not knowing people's names isn't a neurological condition; it's a choice. You choose not to make learning people's names a priority. It's like saying, "Hey, a disclaimer about me: I'm rude." 
Dustin has been telling me that for years, but this was much more convincing for some reason.

33 comments:

  1. I remember both those quotes from when I read it. Both great points.

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  2. I loved that book- so, so funny & sensible advice, too!

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  3. I've been playing the bad with names card for years. haha I guess I'm not fooling anyone.

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  4. I read this book last Saturday. I loved it. I feel like she and I could really be pals. She and Tina Fey are the kinds of women girls should be looking up to.

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  5. already chortling. can't wait to dive in.

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  6. I feel like I need to buy this immediately. It's the kind of light-hearted book I've been looking for!

    Kate x

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  7. i'm right in the middle... and i'm loving it! the bad names quote is one i read three times, before sheepishly admitting to myself that she is right - i'm not bad with names. lesson learned :)
    glad you loved it too!

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  8. I loved this book! I think my fav was when she made the stylist cut the gown for her People photoshoot! Have you seen the trailer for The Mindy Project? I can't wait for that show!

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  9. Hah! The back flap alone makes me want to buy it. I'm a little disconcerted that both quotes address faults of mine, though.

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  10. i have been trying to explain to people for a long time that being "bad with names" is not a real thing! she summed it up so well.

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  11. Ha! Thanks for sharing. I definitely need to add this to my list of summer reads.

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  12. This might be my favorite book ever. I am so glad others have started reading it too! I laughed out loud too many times reading this. Love Mindy!

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  13. Hahaha, I loved this book, and those two quotes are perfect. I'm bad with names too. I forget someones name immediately after they tell me it. I just haven't perfected my technique yet. I guess. Also, yes to the stress! Everyone is stressed out always. It's a good reminder to stop taking your stress so seriously.

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  14. She is so up and coming as an actor and a comedic presence, I'm totally picking this up from Barnes and Noble tomorrow!

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  15. Loved her book! I can't wait for her new tv show to start later this year, she's seriously so hilarious!

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  16. I read this a few months ago as a pick-me-up and really enjoyed it. One of my fav part was when she wrote about Amy Poehler and Will Arnett -- so sweet.

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  17. I have to get my hands on that book and finally read it. Every excerpt I've heard makes me laugh out loud.

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  18. that's funny, and love that back pic!

    i have to side on the 'bad with names' being legitimate lol. Perhaps some people are rude, but no one that knows me would accuse me of that, and i'm terrible with names! i'm a highly visual person and never forget a face, and i'm focused on the meaning behind someone's words, and their energy, so names, pht, gone.
    So someone else might remember your name, but i'd be sensitive to the fact that you're feeling sad today.

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  19. I tabbed both of those quotes when I read that book! It was such a funny and sweet read. Have you read Bossypants yet, it's similarly fun and endearing.

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  20. hahaha i love those quotes! i might need to pick up this book later today... love her thought process

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  21. Haha... sounds like it's a great book! I will definitely have to add that to my list. I'm reading Tina Fey's "Bossypants" right now and it's hilarious. You should definitely check it out if you haven't yet.

    xoxo,
    Rachael

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  22. I should use that disclaimer mor frequently.

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  23. I loved this book as an in-betweener! So fun to read... I also loved the part about Amy Poehler and Will Arnett. "Hey have you seen Arnett?" and her cackle. Cute.

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  24. I flew through this book! A great read to pick up when you need something light!!

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  25. I listened to the audio book for a week during my bike commutes - lots of laughing out loud like a crazy person. :)

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  26. I'm reading this book right now, too! I love the story about learning to ride a bike the best. And her rules to being someone's best friend.

    "I will give your boyfriend 5 chances before I'm allowed to hate him" hahaha.

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  27. Lol, I haven't read a book in a month (feel like my brain is atrophying), this is now added to my wishlist. I loved the last excerpt. Thanks for the rec;)

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  28. Loved this book - it's totally hysterical! You just made me want to re-read it. :)

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  29. I loved this book! It was so funny, especially the early years -- thank you for the recommendation. :)

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  30. I've been wanting to read this book since it came out! Thanks for the review.... Now I'm even more excited to pick up a copy.

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  31. Sounds great, thanks for the recommendation!

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