12 Books By Women From The Entertainment Industry That You Should 'Add To Cart'

Alisha Fernandes , 09 Jan 2018
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In this, the month of resolutions, the one I most keen to stick to my guns about is reading more. Books are life. There’s so much good content out there and the stories are endless. So, this year, I have decided to focus on ‘women in entertainment’ as a specific section, and reading one book a month within this category. Here’s a quick look through my picks of a-book-a-month for the year 2018, each one shining the light on incredible women and their even more incredible life stories.

January: Bossypants by Tina Fey

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Tina Fey (2011) BOSSYPANTS London. Sphere 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 4 out of 5 stars The Internet site, Barnes & Noble write, "Before Liz Lemon, before 'Weekend Update', before 'Sarah Palin', Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on 'Saturday Night Live'; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence. Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy." Haven't seen much of Tina Fey's TV work other than her impersonation of that US politician, Sarah Palin. Have also seen her other skits on the YouTube "Saturday Night Live" channel! Haven't read any of her stuff before although I did find the "Mean Girls" movie hilarious and I think she might've written its script. Funny lady. Her writing reminds me a lot of Jenny Lawson. It's sarky piss-taking observational humour that I love and like Jenny Lawson, Tina Fey has got it in spades! Too many laughs to pick from to give an example. However, the chapter, "A Celebrity's Guide to Celebrating the Birth of Jesus" is pretty special! Laughed a lot and her career-path was interesting to read too – SNL, 30 Rock, Mean Girls… It's all in there! Enjoyed reading this one I did. #TinaFey #Bossypants #TinaFeyBossypants

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Kick-start the year with a little Liz Lemon flavour courtesy the legendary Tina Fey. 

February: To The Moon: How I Blogged My Way To Bollywood by Malini Agarwal

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And the first copies have arrived!!! #tothemoon – How I Blogged My Way To Bollywood first copies have arrived! Thank you @harpercollinsin! And to the best editor ever! @shreya_punj 😘 Get your pre-order copy NOW on @amazondotin! Link in bio. Yay! #book #MMToTheMoon #autobiography #bollywood #blogger #AskMissMalini #MissMalini #author #mystory @amanarora_25 🤓🦄💖🚀📚 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #bosslady #girlboss #buildyourempire #dreamitwishitdoit #followyourpassion #livingthedream #bloggerlife #firstbook #IndianAuthor #IndianBlogger #bucketlist #ikigai #bollywoodblogger #fashionblogger #entrepreneursofinstagram #thinkdifferent #successtips #entrepreneurslife #MissMalinistory ⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Bosslady Malini Agarwal made another dream of hers come true (thanks to Harper Collins) with this book on how she became MissMalini. Such fun insider stories to be uncovered! I can’t wait.

March: Love, Loss And What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi‘s memoir is all about her immigrant identity, how food ties into that and interesting anecdotes from behind the scenes of Top Chef.

April: How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh

Lilly Singh‘s success is a product of her confidence, oodles of sass and a whole lot of hustle.

May: Mrs. Funnybones: She’s Just Like You and a Lot Like Me by Twinkle Khanna

Mrs. Funnybones is just more of that, peppered with anecdotes from her life, inside Bollywood and out.

June: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler is just brilliant. HIlarious, and brilliant. From sex and relationships to friendship and being a parent, she’s covered it all.

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

Why Not Me? that you can move on to.

August: Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham

Someday, Someday, Maybe was a fictional coming-of-age story of an actress trying to make it in New York City. But her second book is a personal account on life, love and The Gilmore Girls. 

September: The Perils Of Being Moderately Famous by Soha Ali Khan

Soha Ali Khan‘s hilariously honest title for her book made me want to read it from the get-go. Of course, she’s the daughter of famous late cricketer Tiger Pataudi and movie star Sharmila Tagore and sister to Bollywood hero, Saif Ali Khan as well as sister-in-law to Kareena Kapoor Khan, but this book allows you to get to know Soha herself better.

October: The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

This highly personal book contains as much sarcasm and hilarity as you can expect from Amy Schumer.

November: Not That Kind Of Girl by Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham‘s honest and revealing memoir is beautiful, brave and bare.

December: Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Witty and interesting, Anna Kendrick‘s book is akin to taking a peek inside her brain. What could be more entertaining than that?

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