A couple months ago, one of my best friends and I were geeking out as per, and we decided we wanted to start our own book club (as you do). There's a whole other post to be written about the relief of finding people that are your particular breed of loser, but suffice it to say we were super pumped about the whole idea. So today, on the eve of our first meet-up (yep), I thought I'd write about the first book we read, 'Modern Romance' by Aziz Ansari.

So, this was my pick and I'll be honest - it was entirely superficial. I knew Aziz largely from Netflix and loved him on Parks and Rec, I'd also wanted to watch Master of None for a really long time. The book had intrigued me for a while and then I saw the cover and let's be honest, who doesn't judge a book's cover just a lil bit, right? 

The view I had of the book before reading was that it would be along the lines of a Tina Fey/Amy Schumer/Amy Poehler type memoir, filled with anecdotes and personal experience and witticisms and a lot of cute-ery. I was intrigued about the pair up with an actual sociologist, but figured this would mainly be to lend the book some gravitas, give it some authority and weight because, let's face it, modern romance is a big subject.

Once I started reading however, I'd learn quickly that this wasn't going to be the book I had anticipated. From pretty much the get-go, this book is academic - all graphs and number-crunching and case studies. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed it and found it all massively interesting, but if you're looking for a jaunty walk through the past exploits of Aziz Ansari's love life, you're in the wrong place. Sure, everything is peppered with his voice and the footnotes are pretty hilarious, but I'd say this falls more into anthropology and sociology than it does a comedy 'celebrity' book.

Which makes talking about it a little difficult - would I pick up this book again knowing what it is? Probably not, I don't think I would have even looked at it in the first place. But I AM glad I read it - it was really interesting, written in a really funny yet informed voice - I definitely think it was smart of Aziz to pair with Eric Klinenberg to write the book. You get all the irreverence and personable nature of the comedian, with all the research and consideration of someone whose job is the study of people and how we interact with one another. It's definitely a thinker, but not one I'd pick up to roll around laughing.

If you're big into your data, infographics and thought pieces, give this one a whirl. If, however, you're hoping for a stand up routine - you won't find it here. Modern Romance is one for the ponderers and questioners amongst us, not for those waiting to fall in love with a book. 

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  1. I love talking to a friend about a book we're both reading or have read - your book club is a great idea.
    Aziz is so funny so I can imagine this being excellent as an audio book in his voice. I like that it's a bit different from other comedy writers so it sounds really interesting.

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    1. Aw, thanks Jenn! It was a lot of fun discussing it with everyone last night - I'd definitely say if you're a fan of his you should pick it up. It's an interesting read for sure! T x

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