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!
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.
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.
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.
Ok. I admit. As a 30+ year old, am not allowed to give a real review on any of the Wimpy Kid books. The intended audience is age 8+. Confession: I fell in love with this series when I borrowed my little niece's book couple of months back and read it in one sitting. The story is about a boy named Greg Heffley and his troubles at home, school and life in general. 'Cabin Fever' is the 6th installment in Wimpy Kid series and the book has a perfect wintery setting: a holiday bazaar, Santa Claus, an anticipation for gifts in a household getting ready for Christmas and an unexpected snow blizzard. In the midst of it, Greg is secretly worried that he will be punished for an accidental vandalism. Read for the fun of it. To remember how it was being little many moons ago. Life is definitely not easy when we are just a kid. ;-)