pop culture, television

Watch The Mindy Project ASAP

Friends, have you subscribed to Hulu so you can watch The Mindy Project?

If not? WHY?

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Because I canceled my account about two years ago, in a cable-login-required fury (nevermind that I have cable, it was the principle of the thing!) and only got it back when Mindy made the switch to Hulu-only. That annoyed me at first, but watching this one show is worth it, to be honest. (And I even pay for the no commercials upgrade. ILY, Mindy Kaling.)

What I’m saying is: The Mindy Project is worth the monthly price of Hulu all on its own. And then you can also watch other stuff if you feel like it.

But really just watch Mindy:

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books, reading

How to Read More Books

Before I share a few tips on how to read more books, I’ll explain why I’m writing this at all: When I hear reading statistics about just how few books Americans are reading every year, it makes my book-loving heart hurt. According to a 2013 Pew report (“A Snapshot of Reading in America”), 76% of American adults read at least one book per year, which is actually more than I would’ve guessed. The average number of books read for everyone 18+ is twelve. T-W-E-L-V-E. That’s one per month and includes print, digital, and audio. If you’re a fellow data-nerd, take a peek at the report to see the numbers broken down by sex, race, age, education, income, and community.

Read More Books

If you’re reading this, I’m going to go ahead and assume that lack of literacy isn’t holding you back in life. But, it is a problem for some Americans in ways that matter to us all, like this one: Nearly 85% of the juveniles who face trial in the juvenile court system & more than 60% of all inmates are functionally illiterate. (!?!!?!!) For similar stats, check out DoSomething.org’s 11 Facts About Literacy in America.

Even if you’re not a kid about to grow up with a reading problem and spend your life struggling to stay afloat, there’s a good chance your life could be much improved if it included a whole lot more reading and books. And as someone who manages to read more than 100 books per year, I’ve got a few tips!

Five Simple Ways to Read More Often

  • Schedule it! Don’t just wait around for a magical, silent, perfect moment to crack open a book. Make it a part of your life and routine. That could mean going to lounge in bed a bit earlier than normal, finding a cozy spot during your lunch break, or keeping a book in your car for those times you end up waiting around somewhere and you’d normally pass the minutes playing on your phone.
  • Combine it with another routine activity! If you spend time each day exercising or commuting to work for a while, read while you do it! If your commute involves you driving yourself, listen to an audiobook. Those count too and some books are even better that way. (I highly recommend Mindy Kaling’s memoir in audio! And in every other format.)
  • Don’t hesitate to drop a dud! If you’ve read the first 50 pages of a book and it’s really not hooking you yet, switch books! It may be the wrong time for that particular book and you can try again another time, or maybe it’s just plain bad and you shouldn’t bother. It happens. Don’t let it ruin your reading flow.
  • Switch it up! Don’t feel like you have to read one book at a time. You might be someone who likes to have a novel and a non-fiction one going at the same time. Or multiple novels. Whatever! I avoid non-fiction at night, but love it earlier in the day. In bed, I’m all novels.
  • Challenge yourself! Set a reading goal! You can pick a number of books to read in this year. Or you can challenge yourself to check items off of a list of types of books to read.

That’s it! Off you to go read more books.

life

Reminders & Tips for Life

One of the absolute best parts of being an adult for me has been knowing myself so well, fully accepting who I am, and being happy about it. It’s awesome. There’s no reason to worry about what someone else is thinking about me and I’ve got zero hours to dedicate to not doing exactly what I want to be doing. This has gotten even easier in my thirties.

So, here’s my quick & simple advice for living a great life, being cool with who you are, and finding your slice of happiness:

I don't have any weaknesses gifFirst, stop thinking and saying negative things about yourself. Guilty pleasures? You don’t have any! There’s no reason to have guilt over watching a long-running TV drama or reading regency romance or whatever you prefer.

You like what you like & that’s awesome. (Hi, I still watch Grey’s Anatomy. Also, I’ve read dozens of romance novels this year and they’re fantastic.)

Also, basically always do this:

And say what you want:

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Bitch? Please, like you care if some jerk calls you that. Pfft. Never be silenced.

And take Tina Belcher’s advice:

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Think great things about yourself. That totally makes them true! You’ve got a life to live… no time for making yourself feel bad.

Also, sometimes boys are great (if you’re into that sort of thing), but…

It’s best to be good at being alone and taking care of yourself rather than waiting around for a dude to validate your life. (This is easier when you’ve got an awesome BFF, so find your platonic life partner ASAP. It’s a game changer.)

And ALWAYS THIS:

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Work hard, make things happen, ask for help when you need it, be positive, don’t hate on yourself, never give up, and WIN AT LIFE. It’s protocol.

pop culture, reading

Mindy Kaling & Fall TV

I love television and checking out new shows every fall is my fave.

“Each fall, the trade papers publish loglines of the upcoming TV pilots… Here are some of the kinds of shows the networks seem to be clamoring for lately…”

THE ABANDONED-SPINSTER CLUB
A confident workaholic named Marcia or Alex comes home to find her husband cheating on her with his secretary. The discovery always occurs in the middle of the afternoon, and the adultery is always happening in her own bed, in view of photographs of her kids. The rest of the series explores her journey to a new life as a sex-positive fortysomething. She gets a really fun assistant who’s an expert on all the new, slutty dating protocols. Also, everyone on this show spends a lot of time drinking wine while sprawled on couches. And they’re always wearing jeans and are barefoot, sitting with one foot tucked under them.

See Kaling’s piece in The New Yorker, Coming This Fall, for the rest:

  • Boy-Man Must Face the Adult World
  • The Staunch Oval Office Dame
  • Dad! Mom!
  • Hot Serial Killer Who’s Kind of Literary
  • Neurotic Sensitive Guy is Also Super-Unhappy
  • Remake of Gritty Israeli Show About Terrorism/Infidelity/Mental Illness
  • Talkative Chubster Seeks Husband

Book Cover of Mindy Kaling's Why Not MeSpeaking of Mindy Kaling, did you know she has a new book out next month?

Why Not Me? releases September 15 and oops, I’ve pre-ordered it three ways (hardcover, audio, ebook). Listen, y’all, I like to support what I love AND I like options.

The pre-orders were inspired by my multiple beloved copies of Mindy’s first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). (I highly recommend the audiobook!) We’re close enough in age that her pop culture references from growing up and life stages match up with mine so closely that the stories are a delight to laugh along with… sort of like watching Dawson’s Creek when it aired and the kids were my exact same age at the time. Perfection.