Books of the month…

This is to share about the books I read this month. Some made me to laugh, some made me to think, some put me to deep sleep and some made me to wonder why did i waste money on this trash. Actually I wanted to write a decent review on each book, but it’s always the time that prevent me from doing anything sensible. So here are some short comments on the books.  At the end of the post you can find my best choice of this month. Of course nobody cares about my best choice but still I write about it.

 

• The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s guide to galaxy by Douglas Adams

It is a science fiction comedy series. If you are so intrigued by space, planets, aliens, space shuttles, time machine….etc then here is the book that would intrigue you more. The first three books were hilarious and made me feel like sneaking around some planet far beyond Pluto. The next two books were hopelessly obscure and insensible. So at the end I rather felt like, thrown back again to dust packed earth from Pluto at the speed of light.

 

 

• PS – I Love you by Cecelia Ahern

Yet another poignant love story. Usually in the love stories two people would first fight, then fall in love, then when everything is proved to be happy, fate would play it’s crucial cameo role and kill one of the happy birds leaving the readers with wet eyes. However, this book is different because to spare the readers wet eyes, the author killed the hero (Gerry) even before the story begins. But before our Hero die, he do the most romantic act by writing 10 wonderful lover letters to his wife Holly, each stated with the post script I love you. These sweet letters helps depressed young Holly to bring back her lost happiness .

PS – Impressed by Gerry’s Love letter, I watched the movie. Kudos to the director!. As usual a flawless ruination of the story ! ( like any other movie adaptations from book)

• The Inscrutable Americans by Anurag Mathur

If you have chanced to read one of my earlier posts, you would have known by now how much I was humiliated by this book. If you want, you can still read my sore experience here

Then coming to the book, yes I liked it. The protagonist Gopal made an indelible impression in my mind. A quick read !. Quite funny.

 

 

 

• Artemis fowl by Eoin Colfer

This is the first book of Artemis fowl Fantasy series. It is about the most daring adventures of most criminal masterminded 13-year-old boy Artemis fowl II. Artemis is a ruthless intelligent boy whose main goal is to acquire money through illegal conspiracies to regain his father’s lost possessions.

I am too old to read the book. But, it doesn’t matter as long as my mind remains naïve and silly I can read these sorts of books too. Currently reading the second book in the series, which is also too good.

 

• Happiness sold separately by Lolly Winston

Already I wrote a post on this book here . Therefore, I don’t want to bore you again with the same book.

 

Great collections of Mark twain

After my disastrous experience with Charles dickens works, I decided to treat classics as sleep inducers. However, this book surprised me.This book is a collection of numerous short stories (around 90 stories I guess) of Mark Twain. I read 27 stories this month. Most of the stories are sarcastic witty satires. I especially liked the stories – The story of good little boy, the story of bad little boy, How I edited an agricultural paper, Journalism in Tennessee ….etc.I hope I would complete the rest of the stories next month.

 

The other aspect I liked about this book is – “its monstrous size”. This book can practically used as a weapon to knock out anyone. Just throw the book at your foe, the next second you can see your rival lying unconscious. Alternatively, you can also use this books as a pillow to sleep.

 

• Srirangathu Devathaigal by Sujatha (Tamil)

It’s a author’s account of intriguing personalities and incidents, he came across during his adolescence in his native place Srirangam, hence the title “Srirangathu Devathaigal” (Angels of Srirangam). Sujatha has beautifully penned down his adolescent account. The innocence of his boyhood is brilliantly retained in his words. Some stories were poignant and some were hilarious. I could relate myself to many of his stories and that made me feel nostalgic. One of the best books!

• Arthamulla Indumatham by Kannadasan (Tamil)

Actually I haven’t completed it. Just read the first volume of this series. It’s about Kannadasan perception on Hindu Philosophy. Though some of his beliefs are interesting to read, some seems to be contradicting with my own. I cannot make a right judgment on this book because it is more about spirituality and philosophy. Spirituality is something which I hardly think about and concerning philosophy, which so far helped me only to get confuse more.  But who knows, I may like this book more if I read this after 20 years. Till then let me live with my own philosophy and leave my mind in peace.

 

Now it is time to say my best choice of this month. It is none other than Sujatha’s Srirangathu Devathaigal. Probably the only book (among the list), I could relate myself more. Sujatha’s witty and touching stories made me enjoy more compared to the rest of the books and want me to read more of his work.

11 thoughts on “Books of the month…

  1. Hi Vani,

    That is a good collection of books to read in a month….

    In case you are interested, then couple of pointers for your further reading:

    1. ANABASIS by Xenophon (Books 1 – 7) – (The Persian Expedition)
    Freely available online at http://www.allempires.com/Ebooks/

    Currently, I am reading this book. It is a true account of Greek mercenary soldiers, who fought in the Persian kingdom against the ruling king, lost the war and after that lost their leaders through treachery, now find themselves in the middle of hostile tribes and the Persian king intent on seeing their end and thousands of miles away from their home and they have to walk (fight) their way back home. It is a story of how they go through the process and find their way out. It is a good read in leadership and people management.

    I do not know how it compares to a modern day novel but to know that it is actually a historical account adds more credibility to it.

    The thrill in reading the book is enhanced, if the reader keeps wondering what they would do in the many circumstances that the soldiers find themselves in and compare it with the decisions taken by the soldiers. There are many such decision points.

    2. The Rules of Work – By Richard Templar
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rules-Work-Definitive-Personal-Success/dp/0273662716

    I have read it a few times. It is worth buying and the reader can go through it often, as it is an easy read.

    It is about how to manage oneself in office. There is nothing in the book that is not obvious but the way it is presented makes it very useful. Do not expect any rocket science but regular common sense but common sense is not all that common.

    Assuming that you are starting off in your career, the book will be worth your time. However, it is important to have the right expectations that the book will be a simple, easy to digest and common-sensical list of points to manage onself better in office, nothing more.

    In case, you happen to read any of the above two books in the coming days, let me know how you find them.

    – Discoverer

  2. Hey..so many books in a single month….ur indeed a voracious reader!!!!!!
    I normally take upto 2 weeks for medium sized books-even if they are extremely extremely intresting!!!!!

  3. Hey…you are indeed a voracious reader! I am addicted to books too but I confess I can’t read so many in just one month…
    Artemis Fowl is brillaint. Each book is awesome…but I found The Eternity Code the best. That’s the third.
    Eoin Colfer is a brilliant writer- although not as popular as other fantasy writers. I personally think Colfer’s a lot better than Rowling. Have you read any of Colfer’s other books?
    P.S. Might I make a suggestion? Why don’t you join our club? We’d be happy to welcome you- you can post just this sort of blog on the club forum.

  4. @Aparajita, I have just now started to read Colfer’s books. He has great sense of humor and he overrules Rowling in that aspect. I am about to read “Eternity code”🙂

  5. Is this Vani,

    Hi …from uk.
    dont know how to say ..a good reader you are.
    I havent started yet but i have lots of experience.
    May check your site always in future.

    there was a story about a son and mother in srirangathu devadaigal finally that son dies in the age of 35.Have you gone thru with it.was very lovely and deliberatley left mistakes will be there.but truth about real life always has too many moral breakges.

    senthil anand.

  6. Hi Vani – I own Srirangathu Devadeigal and a few other books by Sujatha and I have to more than agree to the fact that this book is an amazing read.. though not a very avid reader of Tamil books.. this book amazed me so much that I could not put it down.. I finished it in a single day.. you should also read Sujatha’s Sirukathaigal.. its brilliant.. I really miss him..

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