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Good Reads : Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

e looked over to me and asked me to stop. To restrain myself. That last part was said through gritted teeth. And that made me laugh even harder. I was reading Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling and restraining myself from a freshly frosted cake would have been easier than not laughing at her writing. But I laughed in a totally annoying way, almost like I was laughing underwater and found myself gurgling. It was way ugly.

The next morning, JD looked at me and said I was overreacting. I spit out the lather and asked how a person can overreact while brushing her teeth. No, the made it sound like it was the funniest thing ever written. Now, I can admit I have a totally random sense of humor, but I've come to grips with the idea JD and I have completely opposite senses of humor. Like, North and South pole different. But this book? This book is seriously funny. It'd make Mona Lisa laugh. Twice.

After a heated conversation about Kaling's writing, I twisted JD's arm and made him admit how humorous the book is. Fine, he said, it's funny, but I didn't laugh like you did...I just smiled really big. Oh! Smiling! Yes, that aptly describes JD's reaction to things I think are funny. He smiles.

I guess I'll take it. A smile. Although I'm sure he'll so regret it when I'm trying to be funny and he doesn't laugh because as long as he merely SMILES, I'll feel like I'm the next Eddie Murphy.

Regardless if we share a similar sense of humor, here's a few books I've read this month that I think you'd definitely enjoy.
*A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Wow. That's all I can say about this amazing read. Hosseini also wrote the The Kite Runner and though I heard great things about it, I never got a chance to pick it up. When my friend, Shannon K, sent me her copy of Setting Sun, I knew it had to be good. Not only was it good, it was mind-blowingly good. The story spans ten years in war-torn Afghanistan and chronicles how two women's lives intersect and the unlikely friendship that forms, resulting in finding purpose, redemption, and love. Ah-maze.
*Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. Need I say much about this book? No, but I will. Mindy stars in "The Office" as Kelly Kapoor, but she's also one of the show's writers and completely hilarious. It's similar to Tina Fey's Bossypants in that its comprised of personal short stories about her life, but their lives are so different, which results in their stories being independently funny and overall a great read. And I probably shouldn't admit this because it sounds creepy, but I so wanna be her best friend after reading more about her life.
*Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Okay, so I don't like creepy things. In fact, I once got scared from an episode of Little House on the Prairie and couldn't sleep for a week. I'm weaksauce. I debated buying this book because the photos included in the book were freakishly eerie. And yet I found them making me think and feel differently about my own photography. So I bought it. The fictional book revolves around Jacob finding a series of odd photographs and wants to know more about his family's history. What results is a Harry Potter meets X-files meets meets Back to the Future adventure story. These types of stories aren't really my cup of tea, but it was an enjoyable read nevertheless.
*The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan. I told JD good books make me think, but great books make me feel...and this book? It's like Feel Station Central. The book is a dictionary filled with alphabetical short stories and powerfully written, so, clearly, I was filled with writing jealousy. It's an easy read and quite enjoyable, so if you're looking for a stocking stuffer for a book worm, this is it!

Happy Monday!
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Anastasia Abramova - J, thanks for "The Lover's Dictionary" suggestion! You can't imagine how right this read was in my life right now :) I still can't get over the fact how this guy can write so emotionally yet unmistakably manly. Sigh... I want to write like that too :)  09.06.12 - 2:44am
Christa - Jasmine, Thanks for the book recommendations. I am reading "Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children" and so far its fantastic. I have to force myself to stop reading at night so I can sleep. Keep the recommendations coming they are great!  01.20.12 - 5:32pm
Joni- Denver Wedding Photographer - Ha! I laughed out load reading this because my husband and I have completely opposite senses of humor too. Thanks for the reading recommendations. I'll get right on these.  12.31.11 - 12:23am
Sabrina - Oh I envy you and your time to read...! One day I'll real an actual book again and not just listen to it while I'm driving :-)  12.20.11 - 8:47am
Ciiku - The Kite Runner made me cry. And if you enjoyed Splendid Suns.... you have to read Kite Runner. I do not know if you have mentioned it in your previous book reviews but if you have not read Still Alice, please do. Thanks  12.20.11 - 7:51am
Mona Alicia - I love to read and I'm always looking for good recommendations. Thank you! I've just added a couple of these to my library requests (I hardly ever buy books, got to be thrifty :) ) You might like the author Kate Morton. She wrote The House at Riverton Place and The Forgotten Garden. Both are very interesting books. They are historical fiction written in flashbacks, similar to the style of Water for Elephants, but I was impressed with how the author weaved together the different time periods, in The Forgotten Garden especially.  12.20.11 - 5:55am
Ren - If only I shared your passion for reading. I tend to get bored and fall asleep, lol, but so many people have been mentioning "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?". I think I'm going to look into it. =]  12.19.11 - 9:24pm
Tina Nandi - Oh, you *must* read The Kite Runner! One of my all time faves!  12.19.11 - 9:05pm
Ashley Goodwin - Funny, my friend Becca was scolding me the other day because I STILL haven't finished the Hunger Games, and I thought to myself "How in the WORLD does Jasmine do it? Find time to busy fabulous, stay on top of business, and READ?!?!" I mean, you plow right thru them! Always love your recs though. But tell me, what's your secret? I GOT IT! BIANCA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  12.19.11 - 8:59pm
Life with Kaishon - Always love your book recommendations. I usually read books like 4 years after they are out, basically, in 2015 I am going to read these books and love 'em. I am excited already!  12.19.11 - 2:37pm
Meredith Sledge - I always needs new books to read! Thanks Jasmine!  12.19.11 - 12:07pm
Debbie Schwab - Requesting "The Lover's Dictionary" now.  12.19.11 - 11:09am
Marie - Common've never read Kite Runner? Seriously?   12.19.11 - 11:03am
Shannon K. - I KNEW you'd like it. Or at least I thought I knew you'd like it :) So glad you did. Now...I MUST go get Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me. If you say it's funny...then I don't even doubt it for a second.  12.19.11 - 10:52am
Erin Snapp - Thanks so much for this blog!! I've heard many good things about the booke "Is Everyone Hanging Out with Me", so for sure I want to get this one...and I also loved your recommendation of "The Lover's Dictionary" Great blog for the perfect time of year!! Thanks a bunch  12.19.11 - 10:37am
LEOLAK - I won't tell you how long I've had A Thousand Splendid Suns sitting on my bookshelf...meaning to read it. Now I will certainly before the year is out. I loved Kite Runner (the movie didn't live up to the book for me). Thanks for the other recommendations...I saw Mindy Kaling on Chelsea Lately and she was hilarious...will add that to my list! Happy Monday!  12.19.11 - 10:07am
Claudia - Wow. How many books do you read per week... or should a say, per day?... Nice post :)  12.19.11 - 9:58am
Rachel Tatem - My husband is like you. He laughs out loud often and with great ferver... I am more like JD. I smile for hillarous and occasionally with something completely outlandish I laugh outloud. My husband get's just as flustered as you... It doesn't help that we also have different styles in humor.  12.19.11 - 9:28am
Leia Smethurst - Jasmine! I read Exposed and loved it. This may sound creepy, but I want to be YOUR best friend! We are so much alike, it was scary. I love photography, but I'm not that outgoing social butterfly that it seems every good photographer is. I'm shy, and would much prefer having someone do all of the people work while I just take the pictures. I have come out of my shell a lot this year though, so I think I'll be ok...thank you for telling your stories, I'm a big fan! Merry Christmas to you and JD.  12.19.11 - 9:04am
Gail - Any post that involves books is one of my faves!!! A few thoughts: 1) Sun trumps Kite Runner. You read the right Hosseini. 2) I bought Bumble & Bumble for Nick because of Mindy Kaling. I mean, he already had the peacoat and Converse so I thought, why stop there? ;) 3) One of my day job BFFs is obsessed with creepy things. We've talked about this book and it's on been on her must-read list for ages. Ooh and Tim Burton is going to turn this into a flick....ooohhhhhh...creepy!! 4) I dog-earred so many pages of Levithan's book, I bloated it to twice its size...THAT's how much I love it! Love YOU! Mwwahh! G   12.19.11 - 9:01am
Elissa - I have been debating about getting the Mindy Kaling book. You made up my mind for me! Can't wait to start it.   12.19.11 - 8:56am
May - "A 1000 splendid sun" is my fav book so far! every person who lived a war can relate to! As for the kite runner, it's a must read as well. Thank you for sharing and Happy Monday to you too :)  12.19.11 - 8:56am
Gabby / En Route Photography - I LOVED the Thousand Splendid Suns too and I think I even recommended it to you in one of your previous book posts! ;D Now I'm looking forward to read "Is everyone hanging out with me?" Thanks for the recommendation... I'm now reading the Millenium Trilogy from Stieg Larsson and the books are incredibly good!!!! HAPPY reading! ;) xxx  12.19.11 - 8:41am
Sara Lucero - Jasmine!! I'm so happy you enjoyed Mindy's book! I read it non stop and would make Steve stop in his tracks so I could read my favorites parts out loud to him! I think my very favorite moment in the book was the pond diving board story! "the sight of a fat child falling, lifeless, from a high distance into a pond is kind of an amazing sight, I'll bet." baaahahaha!!! That's the first time of many that I laughed out loud while reading her book. And yes, I did just grab the book and flip through the pages so I could accurately quote her! Ha Great read! Great, great read! :)  12.19.11 - 8:41am
elicia - I always love the books that you talk about here. :)  12.19.11 - 8:34am