Not a New Fact: few minutes of motivational reading especially in the morning is one of the many ways to start the day right. I have read about the benefits, but never actually tried it. Since past a month or so, am making a habit to read at least couple of pages of a good book before I step out of the door to handle the day's highs and lows. Talking of morning reads, The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy (former editor of SUCCESS magazine) perfectly fits in that category. The content is not only motivational but has small, effective actionable steps which work their magic over time. For Example: I have been maintaining a Weekly Rhythm Tracker for the tasks I want to accomplish, awarding points each day and rewarding with cash by end of the week. It has now become like a fun game I play with myself. So far, I earned 55$ of cold cash ready to be splurged of anything I want, guilt-free. Again, as Darren Hardy said, Compound Effect is always working. For good or bad, with or without acknowledging. It is up to us to steer the energy in the right direction by making good choices. Click here to add this book to your Goodreads shelf.
Ok. True Story: I downloaded this book as a morning read. Something that will help me start the day right. Look at the title - 'Year Of Yes'. Doesn't it sound like an inspirational read to you guys? One chapter everyday and chew over the message conveyed. That was my plan. What happened instead was I couldn't stop with one chapter, read whenever I can; where ever I can, laughed so hard in public places where people gave me stares and in spite of a crazy 10-hr work day week, I finished the book in three days. I should have expected this. C'mon it is Shonda Rhimes we are talking about and whatever she does is just brilliant. The narrative of this book is so casual that I felt she was actually talking to me. I read some other reviews and not everybody liked the tone & tenor. I liked it. The book is about how she tackles her biggest fears head-on.
P.S - I used to be a huge Grey's Anatomy and Scandal fan but not anymore. I still love Shonda and the show she produces - How to Get Away With Murder. Click here to add this book to your Goodreads shelf.
Since 2014 when one of my friends introduced me to @crazyjewishmom Instagram account, I have to say, I was hooked. "Mother Can You Not" is a memoir of sorts filled with real incidents happened between the author and her mom, who by the way in 1990's was a successful Hollywood director. With many funny, cringe-worthy, laugh-out-loud and heart warming moments (all at the same time!), it was an easy, breezy read. By the end, my own nervy mother seemed like a saint (read as Mother Theresa) when compared to Kim. LOL! Click here to add this book to your Goodreads shelf.
Year 2016, I decided will be an year dedicated to my beloved character - 'Jeeves'. I will be making a sincere attempt to read as many books (if not ALL) I can from the Jeeves series. My Man Jeeves is the first one and is a collection of eight stories: four of them feature Bertie + Jeeves and other four are based on Reggie Pepper, an earlier version of Bertie (I think!). Story plots are ok with very few laughs here & there and am just hoping it would get better as I pick the next book - The Inimitable Jeeves. Click here to add this book to your Goodreads shelf.
Three days ago, while casually browsing my IG feed I got to know about @simondavidthomas 's #1938club via my friend Arpita's @bagfullofbooks post. The concept is quite simple - choose a book published in the year 1938 and read/review it during the week of April 11th. I took a detour from what I was reading and quite hurriedly made a small list of short books of 1938 (as I had only couple of days to finish) and went to San Francisco Library to see what's readily available for check out. 'Appointment With Death' by Agatha Christie, one of her lesser known works was the only choice. Now that am done with it, here is what I think about the plot. The story is about the dysfunctional Boynton family and a motley of other guests who come to Jerusalem as tourists. The head of the family, the vicious Mrs. Boynton dies in suspicious circumstances and Poirot resolves to find the killer in 24 hrs. Being an ardent Hercule Poirot fan, I was a little disappointed that his character comes into action only after half way through the book in Part II. Part I is a build up for the crime to happen. An OK read when compared to other Agatha Christie books.
Very Good Lives by J K Rowling is a book I picked up on a whim, out of sheer curiosity. It is essentially her 2008 Harvard Commencement speech with pretty illustrations. She shares her hardships growing up, talks about embracing failure and importance of imagination. The content may not be necessarily life-changing but certainly feels like a funny yet inspiring pep talk. Read the book or watch the commencement speech video available free online. The proceeds of the book sales go to JK's Lumos charity, a non-profit international organization which works to end the institutionalization of children around the world. Click here to add this book to your Goodreads shelf.