“Everything is blowing up around us, but there are still those who care about a broken lock, and others who are dutiful enough to try to fix it… But maybe that’s the way it should be. Maybe working on the little things as dutifully and honestly as we can is how we stay sane when the world is falling apart.”—Haruki Murakami (Samsa In Love)
It’s such a great feeling when you’re reading a book that’s so good you can’t put it down. Even though your eyes are droopy and you’re getting really tired because it’s late at night, but you still want to find out what happens.
“ Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss. ”— Nora Ephron (via afraid-of-my-darkest-desires)
This was my first time reading a book by Erich Segal, and I really enjoyed it.
I come from a family of doctors, and with my interest in science and the medical profession, I found this book very engrossing. The look into the secret lives of doctors, who’re merely human after all, was both humbling and profound. The amount of work that medical students have to do, the daily pressures of healing the sick, and the private demons that doctors struggle with daily- this book examines all that, and more, through the lens of a highly readable story.
“When we meet and I discover that we have read and loved the same books, we are instant friends. We know a great deal about each other already if we both read. I imagine this is why I strive so hard to get people around me to read. If you don’t read, I don’t know how to communicate with you. I know this is a shortcoming. Perhaps my mother, who worried that reading would make me socially stunted, was half right. I can never express who I really am in my own words as powerfully as my books can.”—
Donalyn Miller, in The Book Whisperer.
She is doing what she is talking about — she says better than I could my experience and my life!
I thought this book got off to a slow start. The first sentence of the novel is arresting and enticing, and that’s what led to me buying it: "I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was an instrument of my mother’s death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany."
…but it wasn’t until after the first 100 pages that I truly began to appreciate the intricacy and grace of Irving’s writing.
The next 500 pages race by, full of brilliantly insightful prose, detailing things about family, friendship, love, religion, and God, that most people could never articulate.
I’ve copied down numerous quotes from this book, and added it to my Goodreads favorites shelf. I know it’s a book that’ll keep me going back, for its wisdom, beauty, and sheer comfort.
I LOVED Amy Chua’s article in the Wall Street Journal, which I read ages ago. Her memoir has been on my to-read list ever since it came out. And now that I’ve raced through the book in a couple hours, I can frankly say I found everything I was looking for- candid insights, Chua’s beliefs and motivations, and the reactions of her daughters- all packaged in the author’s compellingly honest prose.
The book races along, chronicling the sometimes hilarious, sometimes unbelievable, and sometimes wrenching story of an Asian American family, while attempting to explain what drives perfectionism and why. I found that Chua’s story helped me understand my mother better- as the author repeatedly explains, Indian parents are not that different from Chinese ones when it comes to demanding and achieving excellence :)
A delightfully tongue-in-cheek novel that everyone can relate with, in one way or another.
For a Picoult novel, this was quite a disappointment.
While the author managed to make this a page turner with her trademark prose and the intriguing Amish setting, the plot was almost non-existent and disappointingly predictable. There were also some superfluous elements thrown in- ghost sightings, weird relationship drama(s)- that contributed nothing to the story whatsoever.
I will continue reading books by Picoult, because she’s an extremely gifted author- I have reread her House Rules and My Sister’s Keeper more time than I can count. However, I wouldn’t be able to reread this particular novel of hers even if I got paid for it. It’s uninspired and fell flat of my expectations as a reader.
Several times while reading this 500+ page novel, I experienced a strong sense of deja vu and was confused about whether I’d read this book earlier and forgotten about it. I could accurately predict many twists and turns in the plot. It took me a while to realize that this came from reading (and nearly memorizing) Archer’s famous novel, Kane And Abel, which is one of my favorite books of all time.
Sons Of Fortune follows the lives of two highly intelligent, gifted twins who were separated at birth. The drama in this novel would make for a very successful Bollywood movie, replete with Archer’s compelling prose and heartwarmingly beautiful coincidences.
Archer is a competent, gifted storyteller, but I’ll be sticking to his Kane And Abel rather than Sons Of Fortune :)
Hosseini’s newest book bears the hallmarks of his two earlier works- the beauty and pathos of his native country Afghanistan, the intensely compelling characters, the lyrically beautiful prose.
But I must say I preferred reading The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, and the latter book is by far my favorite of Hosseini’s works. His newest novel lacks the blinding clarity and character development of his previous books, and this might be due to the fact that the pages are populated with far too many superfluous protagonists. The plot is further weighed down by the fact that his multiple characters crisscross countries and time, making it difficult for the reader to keep up and make connections.
I enjoyed reading this book, but it fell short of my (admittedly high) expectations and ATSS remains my favorite work by Hosseini.
“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”— James Baldwin (via littledallilasbookshelf)
“We are never the same people we were once, before we’ve read a book. It will change you in some way, maybe even in the littlest way which will go unnoticed, but it will change you.”—anonymous (via the-bright-eyes)
I’m not usually a fan of psychology self-help books, and when I started reading this one, I thought it would be no exception to the rule. The author has included sensational examples of child abuse, and simplified the parent-child relationship to a caricature of its original form.
Or so I thought until I was halfway through this book.
Once Susan Forward moved into the true “self-help” part of Toxic Parents, I was blown away by her experience and insight into her chosen topic. Delving deep into a family’s psyche is a tricky business, but she accomplishes it with ease.
My favourite part of Forward’s writing is that she promises no quick fixes, and makes it clear that readers and abuse survivors should proceed with caution. A well written book for anyone who knows/ suspects that they might have been abused, in any way or form, by the people who were supposed to love them best
I tried to like this book. I really, really did. Months after I first picked it up, I’ve finally managed to finish it, and the only emotion I feel is relief.
Malcolm Gladwell has written a well researched book about how socioeconomic epidemics start off with a specific “tipping point,” and he characterizes the important players involved (Innovators, Mavens, Connectors, and Salesmen). The novel is replete with interesting anecdotes and facts, and in theory, it should have been a fascinating read.
In practice, however, most of this book is redundant because the author keeps repeating the same things over and over again. It really got on my nerves towards the end. There are only so many ways you can re-phrase the same basic phenomenon before your readers start losing interest. He should’ve written a long-ish essay or article instead of ambitiously making this a 300 page book.
Is it well researched? Yes. Is it informative? Only the first half. Do I plan to reread it? No.
I’m so glad a friend gifted me this book! Entertaining, fast paced, and witty, Good Omens is a treat to read.
I wasn’t too excited about the book at first- reading about an impending Apocalypse isn’t usually my cup of tea. But with their charming satire and hilarious stereotyping of Good and Evil, Gaiman and Pratchett had me hooked from the first page.
I enjoyed the novel’s wealth of witty footnotes and allusions.
The only reason I didn’t give this book five stars is that, halfway through, I began to get irritated by all the redundant characters. They were unnecessary and detracted from the plot, which then culminated in a watered down, rather anticlimactic ending.
Recommended for those who enjoy intelligent humor, apocalypse related fiction, and satire.
I love classics, and I love Oscar Wilde’s dazzling sarcasm.
This book is full of the beautiful dialogues and metaphors that constitute Wilde’s signature style, and the handsome and anguished Dorian Gray is a very appealing character. The vain Dorian sells his soul for everlasting youth and beauty, landing him into a crazed world of hedonism, shallowness, and lingering dissatisfaction.
Wilde is a master and he does not disappoint in this famous work. I highly recommend it to all those who enjoy reading classics, Wilde, or both :)