Thursday, October 20, 2016

Book 34 | Where'd You Go Bernadatte? by Maria Semple

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? 

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Book 33 #1947Club | Joy in the Morning (Jeeves and Wooster #8) by P. G. Wodehouse

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.

I read this book as a part of 1947 Club Challenge.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Book 32 | The A.B.C Murders (Hercule Poirot #13) by Agatha Christie

Another book I read for #PartyWithPoirot this week is "The ABC Murders", one of those books I downloaded because of a pretty cover and an unusual name. The story begins with an anonymous letter Poirot receives about an impending murder. Slowly, it becomes a cat-and-mouse game with a psychological analysis of a mad-man and a surprising whodunit twist at the ending. Narrative slows at a few places but all-in-all a good read.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Fish Zentangle Art for World Mental Health Day

Fish Zentangle Art for World Mental Health Day

Here is a finished Zentangle art project after a long time - 'The Fish In The Pond'. It took me around 4 days drawing few minutes here & there (while watching TV, drinking tea etc) and the whole effort was so worth it.

Today is World Mental Health Day. And I want to highly recommend Zentangle to everybody out there as it is a deceptively simple way to inner focus and relaxation. Big words, I know but in this day and age of our stressful lives, we need a tool like this. It has helped me a lot and am sure it will bring joy into your lives too. 😊 There are tons of online resources to get you started. Start with simple patterns for just 15 minutes a day.


Book 31 | The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1) by Agatha Christie

@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. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

[Zentangle IAST # 165] Add Some Color

Tangle patterns used: PIB, Flux and Verve for IAST # 165

Book 30/30 | The Second Form at Malory Towers (Malory Towers, #2) by Enid Blyton

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.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Book 29/30 | The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Want Harry Potter action in a Roald Dahl style? Then this book is for you. At nearly 480 pages (for a children's book, I think it is quite long), the plot of the first book in a series of three, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart could have been summed up in about 250 pages. That said, the writing is great with endearing characters in an interesting setting. And that's what kept me going until the very end. It is a story of four gifted children who are hand-picked via a series of exams and puzzles by Mr. Benedict to defeat an evil mastermind who is all set to spread sorrow and destroy the world. Though the story line drags at some points, overall it is an immersive read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.