Most people that know me know that I have two books, okay you caught me, three books that I call my favorite, and I just can't pick which actually takes the prize. One reason I love all of these books is because they are strong female authors, but another reason is because they are so much like me.
The first book is Lean In by Sheryl Sandburg. I have talked about this book so many times that I am not sure if a single person around me doesn't know who this is. As COO of Facebook, she has been a pioneer for women's rights in the workplace. I laugh sometimes when I say that too. I have always been so conservative, but when I ventured into more professional roles, I learned just how bad equality issues really were. I had no idea that I would have to stand up and defend myself and my work ethic against a man. I especially didn't know that there was a difference between pay for a man with a family and a single woman. Sheryl's book gave me the confidence to stand up for myself. She also opened up some very important discussions about roles in the workplace and home.
I hated The Office. I admit it. I really tried to watch it. I sat in my apartment one summer when I was 29 convinced that I was going to watch it and that the only reason I didn't like it before, was just because an ex-boyfriend did like it. I couldn't be more wrong. I want to say I got to episode 3, but I don't even know if I got that far. I got to where Dwight dismantled a CPR mannequin during a safety class.
I wanted to like the show, but not for Steve Carrell. I was a fan of The Mindy Project and I knew of her on-again off-again romance with BJ Novak and I wanted to see it come to life on screen back when she was Kelly. I had to stick with Mindy. I loved TV Mindy, but I was really a fan of real life Mindy. Her book of essays were on point. She was talking like she was any other single woman that was absolutely sick of being alone and judged for going to McDonalds, she hated being a bridesmaid, and she was tired of being considered heavy.
The first time I read her second book, Why Not Me?, I sat and read it in one sitting. I felt like I could hear Mindy's voice in my head. I took that book everywhere. I read excerpts to my friends and family. I bragged on it like it was my own. Mindy Lahiri may be a hot mess, but Mindy Kaling is a hero.