Book Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’ by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson A Short History of Nearly Everything Review

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It’s just one mindgasm after another!

Many years ago, I noticed this book on my shelf… and ignored it. Over time, it vanished from sight. I don’t know what happened, or where it went. And didn’t much care.

For my last birthday, my sister gifted me another copy. Once again, it languished for almost a year on my long list of ‘books to read’… until one fine day, two weeks ago, I opened it to start reading.

And that was that. I was hooked. Instantly. Irretrievably.

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Book Review: Koi Good News – By Zarreen Khan

‘Koi Good News’ is a deliciously humorous peek into the pregnancy of a Punjabi couple, Mona and Ramit Deol.

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Crafted in a unique storytelling style, you’ll find yourself flipping alternately from inside one’s head to the other’s, getting to see the same incident from two different perspectives. Once you get the hang of it, this is fascinating.

And at times, incredibly funny!

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Book Review: Keep Calm And Mommy On by by Tanu Shree Singh

Keep Calm and Mommy On by Tanu Shree Singh Book Review

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“That is exactly what motherhood seems like sometimes – velvet bugs scattering from a broken jar.”

I laughed out loud. Both at the vivid imagery that sentence evoked, and at the ironical fact it evinced… that parenting is a journey fraught with peril and pitfalls.

It’s a really long ‘examination’ on the subject of ‘Life’ – one that lasts a good twenty years or more… One where a hapless mom or dad can only hope and pray to pass graciously, not come out with shiny honors!

Because the “exam questions” are really, really tough.

  • Am I an adequate parent?
  • Is there a defined parenting path I followed?
  • Did I ensure optimal levels of “cognitive functioning”?
  • Have I “charted their trajectories” properly?

How CAN we, as parents, ever hope to answer them?!

But this book lets you dare to dream bigger.

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Book Reading Journey : Books We Grow Out Of – And Then Grow Back Into

It’s interesting how a book reading journey evolves. Here’s my book journey…

Noddy

Right out of kindergarten, Noddy’s brightly colored storybooks and his Toyland friends became good pals – to visit as often as possible in the library.

Secret Seven and Famous Five

At age 7, it was fun to solve ‘mysteries’ with the SS and Scamper. But a couple of years later, when the Famous Five (with Timmy) became my favorite series, the 7 seemed ‘childish’ by contrast.

William and Hardy Boys

Entering double digits, the rough and ready William and his Outlaws won my heart for adventure, alongside Frank, Joe and Chet. Nice, clean fun with just a hint of mortal danger, that paralleled our way of life in middle school.

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Why Do You Write Book Reviews?

Why Book Reviews

 

I’ve invested dozens of hours in writing book reviews. For various reasons.

Reason #6: To Pause and Think About The Book

In the midst of a hectic work and life schedule, I squeeze out time to read. And in the past, I hardly ever found enough time to ponder upon what I’d read.

Nowadays, I carve out time for doing it – by writing book reviews.

It’s a chance to revisit the book; recall favorite or insightful bits; re-live the experience. And then, share it in a review.

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