Reviews of books by relationship gurus, dating experts, and cautionary tale-tellers.
The Shawshank Redemption is a rare and excellent inspirational film, I have seen many times, still feel a lot.
The Shawshank Redemption is a rare and excellent inspirational film, I have seen many times, still feel a lot. The plot of the film is very simple: Andy, the banker who was falsely accused of murdering his wife and her lover, was sentenced to life imprisonment and came to Shawshank prison. His difference attracted the attention of black prisoner Reed and eventually formed a good friend.
Book Review: Short-Circuited in Charlotte by Amy Patricia Meade
I was given a free e-copy of this novel by NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. The next installment in Amy Patricia Meade’s Vermont series takes classic mystery high-tech! When US Forest Ranger, Nick Buckley, is invited to the Creator’s Cavalcade to present his employer’s environmental initiatives, his wife, Stella, sees the science and technology driven event – which takes place on the grounds of a luxurious nineteenth century estate – as a holiday from the drudgeries of new homeownership and small-town life. However, when the Cavalcade’s Founder and Director, Philip Morehouse, is found dead in his bed of an apparent heart attack and the inventor of geodesic yurt housing is discovered bludgeoned to death, it quickly becomes apparent that this will be a working weekend for both Buckleys. With a cast of characters that includes a Steampunk designer, a robotics engineer, an Italian fiber optic artist, a recycled materials percussionist, a glass-blowing anatomist, and a French chef who is a master of molecular gastronomy, it’s clear that everyone at the Cavalcade possessed both the brains and technological know-how to make Morehouse’s death seem accidental. But did they? Was Morehouse’s death due to an ongoing heart issue or something far more sinister? And how could his death be linked to the brutal bludgeoning of a man who sought to use his creation to shelter the homeless? Only by embracing her inner “geek” can Stella solve the mystery behind both men’s unfortunate demises. But can she do so before the killer strikes again? And, more importantly, can she do so before the Cavalcade’s all-vegan menu drives burger-loving Nick to drastic measures? (Goodreads synopsis)
In Case You Were Wondering...The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
If you think this book has an interesting title, it's because it's quite an interesting book. I recommended this book when you are in a reading slump because not only is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time a pretty quick read, but it switches up the format you are used to when picking up a novel (even by looking at how the chapters are numbered you will understand what I mean). It is so engaging that I devoured the 274 pages in just one sitting. If you are trying to get back into reading, I would highly recommend this be a first pick to help you do so.
Why Alexander Proud says London isn’t what it used to be
Imagine being 21 again “When I left University and went looking for excitement, culture, nightlife and beautiful young things, I chose London.” Alexander Proud says that back then he couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.
His Secret Obsession is a hugely popular relationship guide for women.
James Bauer’s His Secret Obsession is a hugely popular relationship guide for women. The dating guidebook for women, His Secret Obsession, is enormously popular.
Who is John Waters? The Prince of Puke? The Sultan of Sleaze? The Pope of Trash? I thought I knew the answer to that first question long before I read anything that he put between the covers of a hardback book. And yet, here I am, looking at a copy of “Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder”, still baffled by the man and his work.
Murderbots And Humans
'The Secret Axe' was the title of the first story I ever wrote as a child. I was obsessed with all things secret as a kid. Secret series by Enid Blyton - Secret Island, Secret Seven - was my favourite growing up. What got me into reading was Alibaba and the forty thieves. I was in first or second grade, and my dad was reading that story to me. One night he was busy and could not read to me, but I could not wait, so I took the book and pieced enough words together to understand the story. And since then, there has been no stopping me. I read on the dining table. I read on the couch. I read on the bus. I was afraid to sleep in a room by myself, but I became fearless when I had a book to finish (because it meant I could read even after bedtime). Books have been my true friends throughout my life - summer holidays, when I was alone in the US, tough times during my MBA. Even now, I feel at home when I walk into a library because everybody there shares the love of books.
The Stranger in the Mirror is the memoir of the legendary producer-director, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.
The Stranger in the Mirror is the memoir of the legendary producer-director, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. Co-written by noted marketer-author, Reeta Ramamurthy Gupta, this book chronicles the richly experiential, multi-faceted life of one of India’s most celebrated and feted directors who has made critically acclaimed films like Rang De Basanti, Delhi-6 and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
There Are Other Worlds Than These
Oh, My Love For The Dark Tower Series The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King is one in a million books that will capture your heart and attention. Stephin King and his persuasive writing make you fall in love and hate the lead character, Roland Deschain, all at the same time.
The Girl Under the Stairs
Harry Potter saved my life when I was 10 years old. I am sure I do not speak for only myself when I state that Harry Potter was a huge part of my childhood growing up. I remember dressing up in my Hermione costume to stand outside the bookstore at midnight to get the next book, I remember how my friends would dress up with me to wait in line at the theater for the next movie. I still remember the excitement radiating through my body. My generation grew up with Harry, side by side. We learned with him, we rooted for him, we cried with him. I am the Harry Potter Generation, and this is why I believe this fandom is the best, and I Always will.
What I'm Reading: September
I have always been a voracious reader. Some of my favorite memories involve being read to and my mom taking me to the public library where I could get any book I wanted. I have continued being a book lover as an adult although I incorporate more audiobook versions now to multitask.
'Conversations with Friends' reminded me it's okay to be human
You might've heard of Sally Rooney's honest and raw best-selling novel, Normal People, but you may not have heard of her 2017 debut novel, Conversations with friends. The latter is the story of four characters and their confusing relationships, who seem to stand on the line between right and wrong without ever getting off balance.