Thursday, January 21, 2016

[Books Read in 2016] Weird Things Customers Say In Bookstores by Jen Campbell

Book 2/30 | I picked up this book just for my curiosity and it turned out to be such a funny, easy read. There are times you would wonder about the bizarre things customers ask and truly I have a new found respect for booksellers now. Here's one of the many hilarious conversations from the book:

Customer: Do you have any books containing passages which would be suitable to read out at a funeral? 

Bookseller: Sure, I'll help you look. 

Customer: Thanks. 

Bookseller: And I'm sorry for your loss. 

Customer: Oh, don't worry about it; it's just my daughter's guinea pig.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

[Books Read in 2016] Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Book 1/30 | Big Magic is a book for those who want to lead a creative life. As simple as that. Anyone who are in need of that much needed nudge, encouragement, permission or inspiration - whatever you call to ultimately do what they want to do. Read a little everyday and it is much easier to appreciate Liz's new perspective. There were so many beautiful sentences in the book that I had to note them down in my journal, to explore my own creative self and in turn have the courage to embrace both my curiosities and fears in equal measure.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

[Books Read in 2015] Dream the Impossible Dream (Zen Pencils Vol Two) by Gavin Aung Than

Ending the year and my 2015 reading challenge by skimming through and absorbing many good thoughts from my favorite inspirational comics by Zen Pencils. If you are new to Gavin's blog, then you got to get his books and/or visit his website with the same name to see how awesome they are!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

[Books Read in 2015] Peril At End House by Agatha Christie

This is my third Agatha Christie book for 2015 (here are my first and second) and as always I am mesmerized by the writing and the reveal of the murderer. Peril at End House is eighth book in Hercule Poirot series and is an intriguing read. It was quite refreshing to see a vulnerable side of Poirot as he struggles to use his good old brain cells until he succeeds to catch the culprit by the end.

Friday, December 18, 2015

[Books Read in 2015] Mrs. Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna

It has been just over 6 months since I started reading actor-turned-writer Ms.Twinkle Khanna's tongue-in-cheek TOI column - 'Mrs Funnybones'. Now, in her new book where each of the chapters are humorously named from A to Z, the author gives us a glimpse of her world with a hilarious take on various everyday incidents. It is a very quick, afternoon read with couple of LOL moments. Probably not worth $14.83 (paperback) but surely worth spending $2.15 on a Kindle edition.
P.S - the copy pictured above was bought by mother for 250 Rs in India and sent to me.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

[Books Read in 2015] Still Writing by Dani Shapiro

There are tons of authors out there who talk about the perils and pleasures of 'Writing'. Some are preachy. Some thoughtful. Some give practical advice on how to overcome the infamous writer's block. I have read a few just out of curiosity and among all of them I really loved Dani Shapiro's "Still Writing". She has an incredible and beautiful writer's voice who churns gorgeous prose with such vulnerability yet full of clear wisdom, raw honesty and enough encouragement. I truly believe that there is a budding writer in each one of us and highly recommend this amazing book to all. Just like I did, you might even order a copy and keep it on your nightstand for that much needed inspiration in the most lonesome times.