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Mindy Kaling's favorite books of 2015 (and all time)

She's a busy woman, what with starring in Hulu's "The Mindy Project" and her own writing career. But Mindy Kaling still finds time to keep up on her reading.

Here the actress and author shares some of her favorite books (both of 2015 and all time) with TODAY, and explains why she loves them.

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"Inside Chefs' Fridges, Europe" by Carrie Solomon & Adrian Moore

"I love that it has amazing photographs of what you might think of as mundane but are really fun to look at. [It has] great, simple recipes. You also get to see these beautiful fridges."

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"Bridget Jones's Diary" by Helen Fielding and "The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P" by Adelle Waldman

"An amazing book but also one of my favorite movies," Kaling says of "Bridget Jones." "These make great gifts. They are both about modern romance, but 'Bridget Jones' is wish fulfillment."

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"'The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P" is so realistic and cringe-worthy in how well-detailed it is that I think they make a good pair of books to give somebody," Kaling adds.

Mariner Books

"Best American Mystery Stories" edited by Laura Lippman

"What's fun about this is you can read one before you go to sleep [and] have terrible nightmares, then wake up and want to read another one the next day."

"We Should All Be Feminists" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"I think a lot of people feel reluctant to say they are feminist, which to me is kind of a pity. And I think if you read this, then more people would be like, 'oh yeah, I'm a human, I'm a feminist,' and would not be so scared of the term."

"Why Not Me?" by Mindy Kaling

"It's in the humor section. But I think it should be in the classics section."

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"Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One With the Universe" by Yumi Sakugawa

"This is actually an awesome book because it started out as a magazine and it's kind of self-help, but it's beautifully illustrated. It's full of wisdom but it feels cool."

"Harriet the Spy" by Louise Fitzhugh

"Harriet the Spy" was my favorite book reading as a kid, and I think it's because I bear passing resemblance to Harriet the Spy, which is that I too do also look like a little boy with a round face and glasses. It's not a book about her being cute and fashionable or starting her own makeup company; it's about her being smart and using her brain, which I love. My dad used to read that book to me growing up."

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