In my hiatus from here, I've been doing lots of reading, and TV watching, and thinking, and missing writing, but also not being able to write for some reason. And now today, all of the sudden, I'm ready to come back. Except that it isn't all of the sudden, because I've been thinking about you constantly, and about all of the things I want to share with you.

Confession: I gave up on Sloane Crosley's second book. Remember how I said I wasn't that into it? Yeah, I really wasn't into it. I kept trying to be and wasn't. So oh well. I'm sure I'll return to it at some point. But since then, I've picked up some awesome books.

According to my calculations, I've finished four books since last week spoke. Which isn't a whole heck of a lot, or at least not as much as it could be. But I've half read some others, and I've been watching some good TV (share that with you soon!), so I'm okay with it.



The Essays

Naked, by David Sedaris.
Classic. Funny. Answers the question of what being at a nudist colony is really like. What more could you ask for? Plus, as always, if you listen to the audiobook he reads it, which makes everything better.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), by Mindy Kaling.
True story: I started reading this I forget why. Probably someone in my news feed was talking about it or something, and I just got it on a whim. I read like half of the first story and immediately decided that I needed to start watching the Mindy Project. Which I did, and if you follow me on Instagram (which you maybe should?), you might have noticed that I lovee it. I also loved the book. I wholly recommend doing both together, show and book. Then you understand why Mindy chose to be an OBGYN on her TV show, and you can compare Danny to her list of what a man should be like (I love her list so much, btw. Can I please just delete my OK Cupid profile and put her list on there instead?). I'll be honest, sometimes Mindy can be a bit annoying. I find that at times she over does the fat jokes, and if you've read the book and watched the show, you do get some repeat jokes. But, the book feels really honest, and you get a real sense of her as a person, which I appreciate from a celebrity book.

The Fiction

I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You: A Novel, by Courney Maum (is this title in answer to Mindy Kaling's? I never realized this until now!). I try to avoid describing what books are about at all costs, because generally I find summaries to ruin things. I try, instead, to give you a sense of what you might like about it. This book gives you one man's perspective on what it's like to be a lying cheater, and what it feels like to see your marriage fall apart and what it feels like when you try to put it back together. There's a lot of internal dialogue, which might bother some people, but I think it works here. There's art, there's French mother-in-law's, the setting jumps between America, England, and France, and you get a sense of what Western Europeans felt about the Iraq War. I wanted to see where everyone landed, and I wanted everyone to be okay.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple. This book was super fun to read. If you like books with multiple points of view and/or books comprised of interesting forms, this is for you. The world of these characters felt super real and super fleshed out and tangible and the characters had interesting histories and why we read everything we read all made sense in the end. Just read it.

What have you read and loved lately?

Yours Truly, Jen

What I'm Reading | I Am Having So Much Fun Without You, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, & Naked

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