Whenever I am in a reading slump where I don't know what to pick next, I go for my favorites like an Agatha Christie mystery or a book from Diary Of A Wimply Kid series which is like my guilty pleasure with guaranteed laugh-out-loud moments. In this edition, Greg is on a mission to make new friends since his bestie Rowley has ditched him for a girl. It turns out to be quite an ordeal with out of control situations which makes it an enjoyable read, as always! Hard Luck indeed for our poor Greg.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple has been on my radar for a long long time. Some simply loved and wouldn't stop gushing about it. Some absolutely hated it. And when I read Haathi time's review back in September, I thought let's give it a try. After finishing the book in just 3 sittings, I see now why the reviews were so polarized. Bernadette is a nutcase (to put it mildly) and her actions can either make you laugh uncontrollably or leave you utterly confused. Personally, I found her hilarious and very entertaining. Do it give it a try. Did you like the book? I would love to know why and if you didn't like, why?
Joy In The Morning (or Jeeves In The Morning) is one of The Guardian's 100 best novels for a very good reason. From the plot to characterization, it feels like an "unfortunate (yet perfect for the readers) concatenation of circumstances" as Bertie said. I read this book on my phone almost everywhere - on my bed, in the loo, in the car, during my lunch time at work and in every public place possible. I was laughing out loud not caring for the awkward stares from the passers by. There are so many good laughs on every page and hilarious circumstances that poor Bertie faces, of course with our Jeeves to his rescue.
Two paragraphs particularly stood out for me and it also shows the sheer brilliance of the author.
"Up in the morning bright and early at his Long Isalnd home. The bath. The eggs. The cereal. The coffee. The drive to station. The 8:15. The New York Times. The arrival at the Pennsylvania terminus. The morning's work. The lunch. The afternoon's work. The 5:50. The drive from the station. The return home. The shower. The change into something loose. The well-earned dinner. The quiet evening. Bed."
I had goosebumps all over as I was reading these lines as this was my daily schedule while working for Sony Music in New York City almost an year ago.
"Well, you prefect chump', cried Nobby, 'don't you know that that dishes him? Haven't you ever read any detective stories? Ask Lord Peter Wimsey what an alibi amounts to.'
'Or Monsieur Poirot', I (Bertie) suggested.
Then again, you also know my love for Agatha Christie's Poirot. I was all smiles and my heart leapt with joy.
If you did not read any Wodehouse novels, then start with Joy In The Morning. You will be pleasantly surprised by a literary mastermind called P.G Wodehouse. Click here to add the book to your Goodreads shelf.
@maidensofmurder is celebrating 100 years world's favorite detectives and when there is a #PartyWithPoirot, I was sure not to miss it. I picked up "The Mysterious Affair at Styles " out of sheer curiosity on how Agatha Christie introduced this Belgian sleuth to the world. It also gives us a good glimpse on how this quirky partnership between Poirot & Hastings started. A very elaborately staged murder with lots of cues & characters which ends with a court trial and boom! the culprit is out in the open in a classic Christie way.
No matter the age, Enid Blyton's books never get old and are always a pleasure to read. The Second Form at Malory Towers (Malory Towers, #2) chronicles the adventures of Darrell & her friends in their second year at Malory Towers in Cornwall - with new situations to face, new challenges to conquer and new friends/foes to be made in the process. An easy, enjoyable read, as always.
Woohoo! This is the very first time I reached my reading target even before the year ended. Guess my 3-hour commute to work each day is a blessing in disguise after all. Cheers to good books that nourish our soul and make our lives better.