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.

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Happiness sold separately by Lolly Winston

A couple of months back, I picked up this book in a secondhand book shop with out the slightest hint of the story or about the author. I generally do not buy books blindly. Because sometime reading even most recommended book would turnout nightmarish. When I was blinking before the heap of the books in front of me that day, I eyed this book by chance. Somehow, I was impressed with the book cover and bought this book. Since then it has been laying in my shelf and I never bothered to read it until yesterday.

 

 

Happiness sold separately by Lolly Winston is a story about love, marriage, infidelity and infertility. The book begins with Elinor a 40-year-old attorney in Silicon Valley finds her husband Ted having an affair with his fitness trainer Gina. Elinor is not entirely surprised of her husband’s affair. After miserably failed to have children because of infertility problems, both Elinor and Ted ware exhausted and grown detached. Ted’s affair is an indication of their failing marriage. Things get complicated when Elinor becomes pregnant again and Gina’s son Toby finds strong attachment to Ted. With little twist and turns, the story ends touchingly.

I liked the book. It was a sheer surprise I finished it in a day. So it must be evident it is a page-turner. Lolly Winston has narrated the story at each character’s point of view. Therefore, at the end, surprisingly you will not blame any characters but only feel pity for them. Some of the chapters were depressing but it was mended by characters sense of humor and sarcasm. Overall, a safe bet for an easy read.

So it is time to change my premonition and start experimenting with new books and authors.