BOOK REVIEW: High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

‘Brilliantly Funny’

Nick Hornby, no doubt know how to make words look funnier and he does that brilliantly. When I read Hornby’s Fever Pitch, I was impressed by his writing which is simple yet satirical but not as much as by the book itself. After then, whenever I was in mood of some light and humorous read, I overlooked Hornby till recently when I had second thoughts and decided to give him one more chance.

To stop myself from anymore procrastinating, I give his first novel, HIGH FIDELITY, a bold shot. I must confess, I am glad that he displays fidelity in such a manner that I will never say no or overlook anything written by him that exists out there. I want to read them all. I am not only impressed by his humorous writing but the well crafted yet simple plot he used and a perfect piece for a light mood reading. By light mood reading I mean the book gets over in not more than a day and yes it did. Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Lincoln the Unknown by Dale Carnegie

Lincoln the UnknownLincoln the Unknown by Dale Carnegie

I read this book last week when I was in that desperate mood to read about someone extraordinary. And whatever I have heard about Abraham Lincoln before, it did motivate me to pick him up. Thus, I found this book written by Dale Carnegie called Lincoln The Unknown. In past, I have read about Carnegie’s obsession with Abe Lincoln and I thought his written words on his favorite personality might satisfy my desperation.
To some extent, it did. I started this book expecting more about Lincoln’s childhood and adolescent years. I was curious to know how Lincoln was in his youth. His struggles, and how did he cop up with them. But this book gives just enough insight on his tough years of adolescence. Continue reading

Librivox: A Reader’s ‘Audio-Heaven’ #2

This post is based on the Librivox: A Reader’s ‘Audio-Heaven’ #1 where I talked about what and why Librivox. Click on the link see for yourself. 

 

In this post, I’ll make sure that you get familiar with Librivox. Here are some tips for getting started on Librivox.

All the readers on LibriVox are volunteers, finding a good audiobook can sometimes be hit-or-miss. Here are some tips I’ve found useful when searching for audiobooks on LibriVox: Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

Over the past few weeks I have become increasingly curious about and fascinated by the mechanics of writing. My fascination is especially around the creative process inside in it. Thus, to satisfy this thirst I am intending on reading interviews, articles and books on writing. And that’s how I came across ZEN IN THE ART OF WRITING by Ray Bradbury. It is recommended in many articles and considered one of the motivational ones. So I thought, why not?

This is a collection of twelve essays by Ray Bradbury written at various points of time in his long, rich, fertile and impressive career as a writer. He shares the wisdom, experience, and excitement of a lifetime of writing through these essays. Many of the essays tell his own experience in writing one or another book. Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: One Minute Manager by Spencer Johnson ans Kenneth Blanchard

The One Minute ManagerThe One Minute Manager by Kenneth H. Blanchard

I followed Spencer Johnson from ‘Who Moved my Cheese?’ to the book, One Minute Manager, co-authored with Kenneth Blanchard, a simple, quick read that contain précised advice about how to manage oneself and people around him.

The book claims that millions of managers in Fortune 500 companies and small businesses nationwide have followed The One Minute Manager’s techniques, thus increasing their productivity, job satisfaction, and personal prosperity. These very real results were achieved through learning the management techniques that spell profitability for the organization and its employees which is what the book tries to focus. Continue reading

FIVE BOOKS TO READ IN SEPTEMBER – LIST#1

September is the beginning of fall. The weather starts chilling a bit, the days looks like they are getting shorter. I have never been fond of the month but I realized it has a lot to offer if I remain on terms with it.

Like these books which many of us might be waiting and many of us will love to get our hands on. Below I include a list of five books to look out for, in this month.

In Real Life: Love, Lies, & Identity in the Digital Age by Nev Schulman

Schulman’s book goes over familiar ground to people familiar with the documentary, his catfishing story, and the series, but it’s compelling stuff, basically because of the big, pulsing, ever human heart behind every case of a “catfish.”

So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures by Maureen Corrigan

Corrigan, a familiar voice as the book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air, takes on the Great American Novel as written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in this lively and entertaining book. We can travel with Corrigan to the real West Egg and find out why this book resonates, nearly a century after it was written. Continue reading

Librivox: A Reader’s ‘Audio-Heaven’ #1

If you read books and you surely get lost into them by procrastinating the world to continue to read ‘just one more chapter’. But the book-fatigue knocks in and tells you to stop. But you don’t want to. You want to read as long as you can breathe. That’s what you love to do, willingly. But what about the demon, book-fatigue?

There are times when it is tiring while reading. The strain in your eyes and a glimpse of ache in your back tells you to give yourself a little rest and think about the future. It’s not the last book you are reading on this planet. Many more to read.

To overcome that resistance you do think that there must be an alternative. What if I could hear them?

Hear the words as of they are music to ears, hear them and soothe my own thirst for reading. Well, when there’s a will there’s a way. Continue reading