Wednesday, June 24, 2015

More Books ....

Can You Keep a Secret? - Sophie Kinsella

I must admit that I love Kinsella's books just like I adore those damsel in distress kind of movies starring Sunny Deol... a lady in trouble and a strong man offering to help this weak person.. as she can not take care of herself and needs a MAN to help her out ... and all that crap, then they fall in love and live happily ever after. Remind yourself to leave your feminism aside and enjoy this book... (4/5)

Confessions of a shopaholic - Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella's books are like deserts ... you love them but feel guilty once indulged. The female leads in her books (generally) are extremely stupid and millionaires happen to fall in love with them anyways. As if the entire goal of womankind is to find a rich boyfriend. Anyhow, I enjoyed reading the book immensely as I have seen so many shopaholic people who take maximum pleasure in owning things without thinking if they need it or not. I give it 4/5.

The Martian - Andy Weir

This probably was the first hardcore science fiction that I read and I simply loved it. There is a movie being made on this book starring Matt Damon, can't wait to see the film. I give it 5/5.

Rang Manache - Va. Pu. Kale (Marathi book)

Glad that I can read and understand Marathi and can enjoy marvelous books by Marathi writers Va. Pu. Su. Shi. and Pu. La. (4/5)




Friday, June 19, 2015

Book Reviews again

Essentialism: the disciplined pursuit of less - Greg McKeown

Self help books - author telling you how awesome they are, these amazing people they have helped, they share their secret with you - how everything is going to change blah blah blah. But to be honest self help books do work. These self indulgent people (and who isn't?) make us feel motivated, inspired and positive even if they chose to ramble 500 pages on minimalism.

Essentialism talks about how to simplify your life, thinking, purpose and cut out all the extraneous stuff that continually distracts us and focus on what is really important (including people). I liked the book. I would definitely recommend it (4/5)

The Girl In Blue - P.G. Wodehouse

I like P.G.'s books. His humor is always subtle and situational. 3/5.
 
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain

I am not a big fan of Twain's books. I found it quite boring. 1/5

I am Malala - Malala Yousafzai

Malala and her father have quite a story of bravery. I hope that the women in Pakistan will get to enjoy the same privileges as I do. But I am reviewing the book here and I didn't like it even a bit. I wouldn't recommend it. 1/5.

Love Story - Erich Segal  

I was expecting a masterpiece after hearing about its reputation as a great romance novel. Just because something is well known doesn't make it great I guess. 1/5.

Landline - Rainbow Rowell

I read this book because it was voted best book of 2014 (fiction category) on Goodreads. I mean this book voted the best book of the year??? I am dumbfound, must be something wrong with me to say that it was the worst book I ever read (and I have read quite a few). Read at your own risk! 0/5.




Monday, June 08, 2015

Book Reviews

Here are short reviews of books that I 'finished' reading -

On Writing - Stephen King

A must read for everyone who wants to venture into writing. Highly recommended - 5/5. (I haven't read any other books by Stephen King so I don't know how he writes his stories.)

Devotion of Suspect X - Keigo Higashino

This book won a lot of awards for best mystery novel, movies are made on this story. I couldn't keep the book down. Absolutely superb. I give it 5/5.

Dollar Bahu - Sudha Murty

Can not believe Penguin published this book. Absolutely crappy story full of stupid characters and situations. Only book worth reading by Sudha Murty is 'How I Taught My Grandmother To Read'. I give it 1/5.

An Appetite for Wonder: The making of a Scientist - Richard Dawkins

I am a big fan of Dawkin's books but I didn't quite enjoy his autobiography. It was boring to read about his entire family starting from great great grandparents to know names of his each and every teacher. I wouldn't recommend this book. 1/5

1Q84 Book 1: Haruki Murakami

Absolutely mind blowing  book by Murakami, couldn't keep it down. Fell in love with all the characters instantly. I give it 5/5.

1Q84 Book 2: Haruki Murakami

Since I loved first book in this series I had to read the second part which was a complete let down. I was annoyed to the core to have read this book. 1/5.

1Q84 Book 3: Haruki Murakami

How does one give up something mid way (except for classics)? I had to find out what happened to the characters I fell in love with in Book 1. How does it end? I would recommend to not read the first part which will save you from all the irritation of having to read 3 books! Murakami is being considered for Noble prize in literature??? 1/5