Monday, February 29, 2016

Book 7/30 | Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

One Papa Poirot story a day, keeps the gloom of the day away. Don't you all agree? 'Poirot Investigates' is an anthology of 14 cases of the famous Hercule Poirot. Most of them are really good in true Agatha Christie style. Some are ok. If you trying to get out of a reading slump or looking for a quick read or an ardent Poirot fan like me, this book is for you. Click here to add this book to your Goodreads shelf.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Book 6/30 | The Song of Achillies by Madeline Miller

I am a huge fan of books based on Egyptian mythology and thanks to Madeline Miller's The Song Of Achilles, I am sucked into Greek mythology as well. Patroclus, the trusted companion (and lover) of Achilles narrates the story and through his eyes the demi-god-hero seems so humane with a warm heart. I would also highly recommend the audio book narrated by Frazer Douglas. His voice as Patroclus is beyond beautiful. It is amazing how he oscillates and modulates his speech between various characters and artfully brings them to life. Read or Listen but do not miss out on this captivating re-take on Homer's Illiad. Click here to add this book to your Goodreads shelf.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Book 5/30 | Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Gentle Reader, attempting to not just read but thoroughly enjoy a few classics from Boxall's 1001 Books You Must Read has been my dream for 2016 and so happy that the first pick - "Jane Eyre" turned out to be a spectacular choice. Why did I wait so long to read this book? Nobody knows. But it is better late than never. Isn't it? Many view it as a romantic story. But for me, it was much more that that. So many emotions washed through my mind while I read and as the story progressed, Jane became more dear to me than ever. Jane with her defiance to give up on life and her independence as a strong woman truly satiated the feminist in me. Words can't express how much I fell in love with this book but here is an attempt - mind blowing, beautiful, favorite-for-a-long-time-to-come, breath taking and is a classic for a very good reason. Click here to add the book to your goodreads shelf. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Book 4/30 | The Happiness Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau

Imagine pursuing a decade-long quest to visit all 193 countries in the world before his 35th birthday?. How about walking on foot across America or cooking a dish from every known cuisine of the world? All along, I wondered what does it feel like to have that passion and drive to take up such a challenge voluntarily? Is there more to Life than a mere 9 to 5 job? Yes. absolutely! In his book "The Happiness Pursuit", Chris Guillebeau shares many such incredible stories of extraordinary people who went on their quests. It is truly an inspiring and thought-provoking read. Whether you have a quest on your mind or not, the book is guaranteed to touch a chord and who knows, some like me may finally take baby steps towards the project they always wanted to do. Click here to add the book to goodreads shelf.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Book 3/30 | Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

It is a need of the hour. I was lagging behind in my 2016 reading challenge and was in search of books that were under 200 pages - short yet impactful. That was when I stumbled upon "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom. The tagline says it all: "An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson." It is a true story of a dying college professor Morrie Schwartz who meets his former student Mitch Albom every Tuesday where they talk about Life, Love and many other aspects that we tend to overlook, take them for granted. If you are like me, you will find a quiet spot of your home and read the last pages in absolute silence with tears in eyes. Because by the end, Morrie becomes your mentor and as chapters go by, it feels like he is talking to you too, not just Mitch. I am ending this Tuesday thinking about Morrie and his wise words. Click here to add it to your goodreads shelf.