Poles Apart by Terry Fallis

BLOG“This is how the whole thing started.”

Eve of Equality is a feminist blog that gains an incredible following after it is recommended by a popular TV host.  It tackles important issues related to feminism in a way that is smart, funny, and thought-provoking.  The big question is  who is the blogger behind Eve of Equality?  Who is Eve?  The answer to that may come as a surprise to many.  Eve is Everett Kane, a freelance writer and feminist.  The meteoric rise of his blog’s popularity comes as a shock to him and takes his life in an exciting direction.

The premise of this book is really interesting, and with Terry Fallis’ reputation for funny, tongue-in-cheek stories I was expecting an enjoyable read.  Poles Apart did not disappoint.  It is fun and light-hearted, with an array of amusing characters.  Exploring feminism from Everett’s point of view was thought-provoking, although I did not agree with him on quite a few points.  I feel there were opportunities for him to learn and come to a few realizations, unfortunately however, this did not occur.  The story also goes into detail about Everett’s blog and how he approached its set-up and general operations that may especially appeal to bloggers.  Poles Apart is a fun, fast-paced read with an interesting take on feminism and the blogging world.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

BLOG“This book will take you two days to read.  Did you even see the cover?  It’s mostly pink.  If you’re reading this book every night for months, something is not right.”

With her signature humour and delivery, Mindy Kaling takes us through her childhood experiences, her career evolution, all the way to the fashionable, fabulous and famous person she is today.  She includes stories about childhood bullying and friendship, her love of comedy, the highs and lows of starting out in NY, as well as her time working on The Office.  Throughout the book she also provides various lists (Best Friend Rights and Responsibilities) and random observations/thoughts (In Defense of Chest Hair).

Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? is funny and highly enjoyable.  It’s been said many times but it’s true, Mindy is simply the best friend you want to have.  All her stories/observations are told in a conversational way and with such humour that it feels like she’s speaking directly to you.  I feel a lot of what she talks about and the points she makes is very relatable.  It’s also one of those rare times I want to listen to the audio version as well because it’s likely hilarious.  If you’re looking for a fun, light and entertaining read that will make you laugh, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is a great option.

P.S.  It did take two days to read.

Favourite quote: “This section is about my attempts to get day jobs.  At first I called this chapter “Mama’s Gots to Pay da Bills,” but I thought that title made it sound like maybe I had been a stripper or had a brood of illegitimate children.”