Buy Borrow Bypass: Kickass Ladies Edition

Book Riot does this great feature called “Buy, Borrow, Bypass” and I like it, so I’m going to do that here.

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

Don’t recognize the name Felicia Day? Don’t worry – you’re not alone. You might be familiar with her face from such Joss Whedon-helmed projects like Buffy, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, or Dollhouse, though. Or maybe you remember her red hair in seasons seven, eight, and nine of Supernatural? Or somehow you’re really into MMORPG and watched The Guild??? (Didn’t think so.) If Day’s name or face doesn’t ring any bells, it’s safe to assume you probably won’t be into her debut, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), either. The book functions as a timeline of Day’s life, but feels less autobiographical and more like a play-by-play of her spectacularly odd adolescence, amounting to the origin story for the mythos that’s sprouted up around her. Is this because pop culture looks at Day as some kind of online creation and not as an actress who just happened to make it big by becoming Internet Famous™? Or maybe because it’s easy to get confused between real-life Day as Codex playing World of Warcraft and The Guild Day as… Codex… playing a fictional World of Warcraft??? I didn’t go into the book expecting much, but it was still kind of disappointing.

Verdict: BYPASS

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) / Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

I’m smooshing Mindy Kaling’s two biographies – 2011’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and 2015’s Why Not Me? – into one review because I have the same feelings about both of them, i.e., they’re awesome. Kaling is someone about whom I’ve learned great things via GIFs on Tumblr, and her memoirs (basically Parts I and II) really only exaggerate her cool factor. (Is that still a thing? Let’s make it a thing.) Instead of writing about her life linearly from point A to B, she structures both books as a collection of essays and anecdotes about making a living as a female comedian in Hollywood, first as a writer on The Office and then as showrunner for The Mindy Project. Through her writing, Kaling comes off as a person who knows how to 1) successfully navigate the male-dominated film industry, 2) do so with both grace and humility, and 3) be funny as hell in the process. She’s definitely worth a read if, like me, you haven’t had the chance to officially meet via a television screen.

Verdict: BORROW unless you’re already a fan and then BUY

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We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

If you aren’t already feminist-leaning, Adichie’s print adaptation of her 2013 TEDx Talk might not convince you why you should be – but you should read it anyway. In 52 pages, Adichie succinctly explains what the word feminist means to her and why she considers herself one. Although her speech’s title definitely comes off as click-bait (if you’re feeling brave, just scroll through the video’s comments), the words themselves don’t. Adichie makes it easy to nod along and feel empowered to create change, just by acknowledging one’s own privilege in gender, race, or economic class. At its core, feminism isn’t a complex theory that one needs an advanced degree to understand; hopefully, if enough people read We Should All Be Feminists, maybe it won’t feel like one.

Verdict: BUY

Five Favorite: Laugh-Out-Loud Funny Books

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

What makes something “funny” is a seriously suggestive and specific cocktail of sense of humor, timing, and vocabulary – something which print does not necessarily get across; punctuation just can’t always carry the weight of cadence or facial expression the way auditory and visual mediums do. Nevertheless, there are some books on my tbr list that purport to be funny enough that I at least crack a smile (if not actually laugh). Here are my five favorite.

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Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

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

NakedNaked by David Sedaris

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Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

YesPleaseYes Please by Amy Poehler

Have your own five favorite LOL funny books? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!

Top Ten: Books on my Fall TBR List

logo-TopTenTuesday Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was books on my fall to-be-read list.

Let’s just get this out of the way – I am probably not going to read all of these books. According to GoodReads, I only read an average of 1.2 books per month – but, hey! four of those 11 books were books two through five of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series – which boosts my average pages per month to 606. So maybe I’ll read more than, like, three books from now until the end of December.

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Captain America: Winter Soldier
vol. 1 & 2 by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting
I have been so totally infatuated with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and MCU and Sebastian Stan’s portrayal of the Winter Soldier since I saw the film in theaters that I just need to have some feels with the source material and then watch the movie in the dark with some tissues. Okay? Okay. 
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The Casual Vacancy
by J.K. Rowling
Because I haven’t yet? And it’s not Rowling’s most recent book anymore?? And I want to know what all the fuss was about???
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Is Everyone Hanging Out WIthout Me? (And Other Concerns)
by Mindy Kaling
A huge release in 2011 (can you tell that I am way behind the times on reading new releases???) but it’s been on my tbr list since it was published and it’s just, like, time, okay?
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Just One Day by Gayle Forman
This series was honestly not on my radar until I became a (kind of) official book blogger, but I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews AND three novels in the series are published, so I can binge read. (Yes!)
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Night Film by Marisha Pessl
The plot sounds AMAZING and I absolutely adored Pessl’s previous novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, so it’s sort of a given that I at least check out Night Film (if not fangirl over it as well).
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The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
“An architect is hired to build hideaways for Jews during World War II.” I mean, COME ON. This novel sounds awesome and intense and, like – history!
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Shadow of Night and The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! CAN. NOT. WAIT. TO. FINISH. THIS. SERIES.
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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Mafi’s Shatter Me series is another trio that I’ve only heard about from other book bloggers, but everyone who’s read it has had über fangirl reactions – and, again, five novels are already published so binge reading, here I come!
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A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre
My one new release that also happens to be non-fiction – huzzah! I’m not a huge lover of non-fiction, but this book’s premise sounded too good to pass up.