Monday, October 19, 2020

Nothing Like I Imagined by Mindy Kaling

Hello friends! If you follow my on Goodreads, you know that I read in a lot of different genres. I've been trying to read more spooky/paranormal books during the month of October, but I just couldn't help myself when I saw that Mindy Kaling's new series of essays was available on Kindle Unlimited. Keep reading to find out some of my thoughts.

Book Summary (from

In this hilarious collection, Mindy Kaling considers her new role as single mom, the perks of not having a husband, and her struggle with social anxiety. In between, the beloved actress, writer, and Hollywood power-bruncher gets Kanye West'd at her best friend's birthday, thwarts an "only in LA" crime, and learns what it means to have it all.

My Thoughts:

I'm a big fan of Mindy Kaling for a variety of reasons. The Office, The Mindy Project, Her writing, her great instagram aesthetic, and the fact that she seems to have it all! She's doing what she loves and creating great media while also having children on her own and creating her own little family.

What's not to love?

This collection of essays that she published with Amazon Publishing is a great look into Mindy's thoughts on parenting, marriage, social anxiety, and more. They also have he

Fun fact - if you check out the stories on Kindle Unlimited, you can also listen to them on Audible for free! I did this and listened to them while I went on my evening walks with my dog. It's fun because Mindy narrates them herself so you get to hear her inflection as she reads the stories to you.

I really enjoyed the content of Mindy's stories, but I also really enjoyed how she writes. I mean, she's a TV writer! She funny. She just has a funny outlook on life and a creative way of getting it all out.

As I mentioned before, I find Mindy really inspiring because she seems to really have it all. I loved her story Help Is On The Way, where she describes how her feelings about motherhood changed between pregnancy and childbirth. Originally, she felt like her maternity leave was going to be just her and her daughter, but after talking with her friends, she learned that maybe having a nurse come and stay with her wouldn't be such a bad idea.

I also enjoyed hearing Mindy speak so frankly about social anxiety and being a homebody. That's not something I really expected of her. I guess it's not something I really expect to hear from anyone in show business. I always imagine that the only true homebodies are people like me, who sit at home with their pets and their books and their Netflix accounts.  


These essays were entertaining as well as informative. I feel like they gave us an even closer look into Mindy's life. I appreciate the fact that while she's generally a private person (I mean, she just had a second baby during quarantine and no one besides her and her family/friends knew about it) but she also felt comfortable with sharing these life stories with the public.

If you like Mindy and appreciate her sense of humor and wit, I think you will enjoy these stories. They're short. They're sweet. But they're entertaining, and that's exactly what I was looking for.

Until next time,

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