andrew’s book bag: december reads

[ 0 ] December 6, 2011 |

I love books. I truly believe words can feed the soul. And yet between my job, friends and other hobbies, finding time to read was hard. Choosing a book to bring on my commute? Impossible, given how large my library was growing. Ah, but then! Then I found myself in possession of an e-Reader, and now my love of books has been rekindled (no pun intended).

So I’ve decided to share my thoughts on a few of the titles I’ve been perusing. They range from fantastic to, well… let’s just say one of them is written by a former supermodel. If any of the books below strike your fancy, be sure to pick one up. Might as well save while indulging your inner-bookworm!

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

I have to admit I wanted to read this when I heard about the movie adaptation, but now it’s hard to imagine any movie doing a book like this justice. Shriver’s book is a collection of letters from a woman to her husband about their child, Kevin, who was the perpetrator of a school shooting.

It’s hard to say more without giving away crucial (and spoilerific) details, but it’s a definite must-read. Devastating, difficult and uncomfortable, but honest and captivating at the same time.



Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

I have to admit I had Tina Fey’s Bossypants in the back of my mind all throughout reading this. Both Fey’s and Mindy Kaling’s books offer a series of funny essays about their awkward lives both before and after finding stardom on TV. But while I think Kaling is hilarious on The Office, I can’t help but find Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? a little dull.

There are some funny anecdotes and insights (I like that her ideal best friend is someone who’ll refill your prescription in the middle of the night), but most of Kaling’s writing is about… sitting and writing. It’s not super exciting. Might be worth it if you enjoy Kelly Kapoor, but I think I’ll stick with Bossypants.


Modelland by Tyra Banks

And now for something completely different! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a fan of the super-ridiculous America’s Next Top Model and its egocentric host Tyra Banks. And I’d be lying if I said the novel’s premise – in which the confusingly named protagonist Tookie De La Creme is accepted into a magic modeling academy located on top of a mountain – didn’t fill me with glee (the non-musical kind).

Modelland doesn’t aim to be a thought-provoking Pulitzer prize winner and that’s okay. It’s absurd, campy and strangely self-aware coming from a woman who once gave away tubs of Vaseline on her daytime talk show. If you want a breezy read that doesn’t take itself seriously, you could do worse. I think.


What’s in your book bag this month? Share your recommended reads in the comments!

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