Reviews of the stuff I was reading!
It's So Easy: And Other Lies - Duff McKagan. I liked it, though more because it was an interesting memoir than because I was a Guns n' Roses fan as a kid (I was, but not a super-fan, and I knew zero about Duff). Just an interesting and unique story of a poor childhood, a fascinating career, and profound alcoholism & recovery.
The Hypnotist - Lars Kepler. Gratuitously bloody Swedish crime thriller, reasonably suspenseful, also unwieldy, overlong, crowded, wildly implausible in places. The story is told from too many points of view (a cop, the titular hypnotist, the hypnotist's wife, etc) which sucked, because--while the characters were well-developed, they were also insufferable. The cop was the only likable narrator. I actually put this book down for 2-3 days at a time between chapters, but was determined to finish because 1) I'm stubborn, and 2) once your library book is overdue, you don't want those 15 cents a day to be in vain. The Hypnotist would have been a lot better as an action/thriller movie--with Alexander Skarsgård playing the cop, please--and I actually can't help but think that the authors were thinking of selling the movie rights the whole time they were writing it . . . (the action sequences are so lovingly detailed it's as though a stunt coordinator is choreographing long distance, from his sick bed).
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) - Mindy Kaling (the actress/writer on The Office). Exceedingly lightweight, funny, and short. I was hoping for essays but it was more like chit-chat. Fun anyway.