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Book-ed and Hooked: #MondayMusings #MondayBlogs

,Last week I was book-ed; hook, line, and sinker.  I received three books that I had ordered on Amazon. One being Khaled Hosseini’s – Sea Prayer, the other Twinkle Khanna’s – Pyjamas are Forgiving and the third, a parenting book by Dr. Laura Markham- Peaceful Parent Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting. 

My TBR (to be read) list is mounting, yet I can’t stop buying books. My bookshelves are spilling over. But every time I see a book store, or log on to Amazon, I need to buy myself a book or two, or more.

In the last couple of years my reading had hit an all time low, for reasons unknown to me. Probably I got busy bringing up my baby girl who is now all of ten and an avid reader herself. I’m so chuffed that this year I have managed to read more books than I expected to. Thanks to my blogging buddies like Ramya, Soumya, Shailaja; and a few others, and their wonderful reviews, I have pretty much returned to my reading habits with vengeance.

Here’s a what I think about the books I bought the last week.

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Sea Prayer – Khaled Hosseini:

Sea Prayer is a poetic rendition of sorts, by Khaled Hosseini to his son, Marwan. Each page is adorned with  magically mesmerizing illustrations by Dan Williams. Hosseini remembers his growing up days and the bustling city of Homs with its crowded lanes, its mosque and grand souk, in the days before the sky spat bombs and they had to flee. Sea Prayers is inspired by Alan Kurdi, the three-year old boy who drowned and was washed ashore the Mediterranean Sea, trying to flee. The book is Hosseini’s tribute to thousands of refugees who perished at sea, fleeing war and persecution. This five-minute read will tug the readers heart-strings, in more ways than one. This is one beautiful book to be displayed on your bookshelves, and not a Kindle buy please.

 

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Illustrations in Sea Prayer by Dan Williams

Pyjamas are Wanting – Twinkle Khanna:

It is the third book by the actress turned writer plus columnist, Mrs Funny Bones. Below average and extremely flaky writing that puts frivolous to shame. Read at the risk of dozing off in three minutes flat.

 

Peaceful Parent Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting – Dr. Laura Markham:

This came highly recommended by a dear friend and the director of the school her children go to. I’ve just read a few pages, and hoping to get started soon. I’m not particularly inclined towards parenting books, and prefer to go with my intuition. But I realised I needed this book, as my “yell quotient” had been sky-rocketing in the recent past.

 

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Big Magic- Elizabeth Gilbert: 

Meanwhile, I finished reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s, Big Magic, which is an eye-opener and a must, must read for every one. A page turner, with each page oozing words of wisdom on creativity and more. My copy has colourful post-its plastered across every paragraph. I promise you won’t regret reading Big Magic, but will thank me profusely for the recommendation.

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I usually don’t write book reviews, but of late I have been pretty much book-ed and hooked. So I just had to write a few lines.

What books have you read recently? Which is your current, favourite read? Tell me a bit about the books you are reading. Would love to hear your recommendations. 

 

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Linking up with Mel for #MicrblogsMondays and Corinne for #MondayMusings

Note: I hope Mel, Stirrup Queens will forgive me for over exceeding the sentence limit of #MicroblogMondays. I’m linking up for the first time and will be more vigilant the next time for sure. Promise. 🙂

 

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29 thoughts on “Book-ed and Hooked: #MondayMusings #MondayBlogs

  1. Shalini says:

    That’s amazing, Natasha. I trust their book reviews too! And that’s the reason I didn’t go for ‘Pyjamas’. Sea Prayer is on my TBR. I really need to buy it. But yup, my TBR has over 50 books now and that is definitely not putting me off from buying more. 😛

  2. Parul Thakur says:

    I love this post for not being the typical review. I haven’t read either of the three above and I won’t pick Khanna’s book.
    These days, I am reading Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariley and it’s a great book. Just that I am too slow and finding it hard to finish.

    • Natasha says:

      Hi Arvind, There was a terrible phase in my life when I had literally stopped reading books because of lack of time. I then recently chose to delete all social media off my phone and put my phone away post 9 PM.
      Life has been good thereafter, and I can be found buried under the pages of my treasured books.

      But then in your case since you read a lot of online resources, it’s great too.

  3. Anagha Yatin says:

    Sea Prayer and Big Magic now on my reading list after reading your review Natasha.
    As for what I am reading right now… to be honest, courtesy #Alexa campaign, I am reading posts by fellow bloggers. Waiting for it to get over so that I can get lost in the written world all over again!

  4. Soumya says:

    Oh Sea Prayer looks so fabulous! I cannot wait to get my copy.

    Pyjamas – I’m glad you realized it so early on. I read the whole book and kicked my backside.

    Big Magic – I was never a fan of ‘Eat Pray Love’, infact I hated it. So, I doubt if I would like this.

    I’m glad you are back to reading and I hope you do book reviews some day. I know you will be good at it.

    • Natasha says:

      Yes, it’s a quick, short read with some precious lines and illustrations, Soumya.

      I promise you, that you will like Big Magic. It’s not a novella, but an inspirational book on creativity, and on beholding and purposefully utilising the magic of our ideas, when they alight upon our shoulders.

      Even I did not like Eat, Pray, Love-left it half way through, at Pray. So honestly I’m not a Gilbert fan too, but this book had me floored. Trust me get your copy. Better still send me your address, I’ll send you a copy.

      Awww thank you for having faith in my book review endeavours. Means much. <3

  5. Corinne Rodrigues says:

    Love the look of Sea Prayer! However, since I’m very much a Kindle woman these days, I’ll have to pass on it. Haven’t read any of Twinkle’s books, but it’s sad when people start to churn out books just for the sake of it. I loved Big Magic too.

    • Natasha says:

      I started reading Kindle most of last year, but uncannily this year I’ve been stuck to paper back editions. Guess I’m still old-school, and love the whiff of paper, and the ritual of sticking post-its, using a pretty book mark.
      Not that I mend reading a Kindle edition either.
      But books like Sea Prayer need to be felt, savoured through their colours and experienced in all their beauty.

      Yeah, it seems celebs get away with just about anything. And what I hear now is that they are going into second re-print. Perks of being famous. Even a truckload of nonsense will sell.

      Thanks for stopping by, Corinne. <3

  6. kalpana says:

    I am not a big fan of Mrs. Funny Bones…her short and sweet columns are okay but books are unbearably boringggg. Khaled Hosseini’s Sea Prayer seems promising from your review. Must read it soon. And I loved Big magic by Gilbert, though didn’t like her “Eat,Pray,Love”… I loved your crisp reviews …to the point!

    • Natasha says:

      I’m carrying back that nugget of wisdom for myself, Shinjini. Thank you.
      I have post-its plastered on almost every paragraph. It is such a precious treasure to read.

    • Natasha says:

      Oh really! I would have to disagree with you on that Sunita. I personally think it’s loaded with wise words and a perfect guide for anyone wanting to embark the road to creativity.

  7. Rajlakshmi says:

    I wabt to read Sea prayer. The illustration is so beautiful that I will definitely buy a paperback. Although I am sure, it’s going to make me cry.
    Disappointed to know that pyjamas isn’t good. I was hoping for it to be entertaining.

    • Natasha says:

      Yeah it does break one’s heart, and yes rightly so, as the thousands of refugees lost at sea do deserve our obeisance and prayers.

      Who knows you may like it, Raj. Give it a shot. Some people I noticed loved it. Unfortunately or fortunately not me.

      Thanks for hopping by. <3

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