For many of us, school is just around the corner! This week, I’m going to talk about some notable titles that are sure to inspire and entertain you when you need a break from your busy schedule.
The first book I want to review is Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me?. I picked this one up because I absolutely love the author; she has written and starred in some of my favorite TV shows and has proven herself to be a really cool gal as far as I can tell via social media.
I’d like to give Why Not Me? a solid 3 ½ stars; I felt that if one was to read it without prior knowledge of Mindy Kaling’s career as a successful screenwriter and actress, they would not be able to fully appreciate many of her anecdotes and references.
If this is the case for you, I would highly recommend picking up her first published book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, for an equally hilarious blend of celebrity realness, advice, and other tales from this queen of comedy. I feel as though it was written to be a more explanatory read in that anyone, fan or curious bookworm alike, would be able to enjoy it.
Earlier this summer, I reread a favorite series I had back in high school: The Abhorsen Chronicles by Garth Nix. The trilogy contains three separate books; Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen, all centering around the same world and branch of characters.
I’ve always loved fantasy stories, but what made these books stand out to me, especially in light of recent events, was the full-blown feminist ideals and glorification that was present throughout the series.
I realized that no other books, let alone in the genre of fantasy, had been so full of such a variety of rich female characters. It’s honestly staggering to read, in the same way that Wonder Woman was to see after a lifetime of male-centric story lines and supporting characters.
Even if you hate fantasy and the idea of reading about magic and things of that sort doesn’t appeal to you, please give these books a shot. Not only is the writing fantastic and the story engrossing, it’s an incredibly successful example of how characters don’t need to be men to be strong. Enjoy!