Indian American actress Mindy Kaling’s book of personal essays, “Why Not Me,” and Indian American actor and comedian Aziz Ansari’s debut book, “Modern Romance,” have been voted among the Best Books of 2015 by the readers of Goodreads, the free Web site where readers share their reviews and recommendations on a plethora of books, ranging from fiction to horror to graphic novels and poetry.
Readers cast more than 3 million votes for their favorites in 20 categories for the annual awards, including fiction, science fiction, poetry, cookbooks and children’s picture books, according to a report in CNN.com.
With 19,895 votes, Ansari’s “Modern Romance” won the Best Book award in the Nonfiction category, while Kaling’s “Why Not Me,” which earned 32,224 votes, was chosen as the Best Humor Book.
Kaling announced her win on Twitter Dec. 1 with a photo showing her holding a heart-shaped thank you note and a post stating: “Thanks readers for voting #whynotme as @goodreads Best Humor book of 2015!”
“The Mindy Project” star previously authored the New York Times bestseller, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” In “Why Not Me,” Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification, or most importantly, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.
“Modern Romance,” co-authored by Ansari and New York University sociology professor Eric Klinenberg, explores the changes that have taken place in dating since the Internet really took a hold, a topic that Ansari has been examining for years in his standup acts.