Friday, January 25, 2013

book club

This week,I read:

Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!
In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.
(thanks to her website)

A super fast read that had me laughing out loud a lot;plus I could definitely hear Mindy's voice while reading. She is so funny and not ashamed to show it off and she seems so easy going and normal. I will admit though that I skimmed closer to the ending because it became a bit dull but overall it was a fun read. I give it a B.

Eileen Goudge's The Replacement Wife
The Replacement Wife
Camille Hart, one of Manhattan’s most sought-after matchmakers, has survived more than her fair share of hardships. Her mother died when she was a young girl, leaving her and her sister with an absentee father. Now in her forties, she has already survived cancer once, though the battle revealed just how ill-equipped her husband Edward is to be a single parent. So when doctors tell Camille that her cancer is back—and this time it’s terminal—she decides to put her matchmaking expertise to the test for one final job. Seeking stability for her children and happiness for her husband, Camille sets out to find the perfect woman to replace her when she’s gone.
But what happens when a dying wish becomes a case of “be careful what you wish for”? For Edward and Camille, the stunning conclusion arrives with one last twist of fate that no one saw coming.
At once deeply felt and witty, The Replacement Wife is an unforgettable story of love and family, and a refreshing look at the unexpected paths that lead us to our own happy endings.
(thanks to her website)

I am still conflicted with my overall liking/disliking of this book;the beginning was great and I was captured by the characters and the whole storyline but then it just started making me mad. Edward became a cliched man and pissed me off, I saw the ending(s) coming from far away and I just ended up feeling sorry for the kids. I give this a C.

Alyson Richman's The Lost Von Gogh
The Last Van Gogh
The Last Van Gogh recreates the impassioned final months of Vincent Van Gogh’s life and the tragic relationship with his final muse. Both a love story and a meticulously researched historical novel, The Last Van Gogh explores the complexities between patient and doctor, painter and muse.
(thanks to her website)

A fast read that gives a unique look at a possible side of Van Gogh,lovely characters and a picturesque setting.You root for Marguerrite the whole time; I enjoyed reading this quick-paced book;I give it a B.

Happy Friday!


  1. Let me guess, does the man fall in love with his replacement wife and then the original wife doesn't die?

  2. I loved the book by Mindy Kaling, she's a hoot!

  3. I gotta read Kaling's book! Eep. So many people have read it now!


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