What I’ve been Reading – Aug’21

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Finishing books on the TBR is great, but how awesome is winning a Gold at the Olympics? Neeraj Chopra made us proud by bagging a coveted gold in javelin throwing, and taking our overall tally to seven medals, the highest we’ve earned so far! It can only get better from here!

I’m not doing as well as our gold medallist but my reading pace has definitely picked up now. My old target of two to three books a week remains unattainable, but I can easily finish that many in a month. This time I feature only one writing-related book, and only two old authors whom I regularly used to read.  

The Days of Abandonment by Elana Ferrante

My first Elana Ferrante book – and it was as brilliant as I expected it to be. I know the standard recommendation would be for My Brilliant Friend but I happened upon this one and loved it. Married for fifteen years, Olga receives a rude shock when her husband leaves her one day. The book is all about how she spirals into depression and eventually comes to terms with it.

One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul

I bought this on a whim. Scaachi Koul pens this collection of essays about growing up as a second-generation immigrant in Canada. I don’t usually do negative reviews but this is one book I didn’t enjoy as much as I expected to. Some parts drove me to tears of laughter, but others left me cold. Maybe I’m just not the target audience for this kind of thing.

Hack Into Your Creativity by Michael Burns  

This popped up on my Amazon recommendations and it was awesome! Its an actual workbook of prompts with space below to write your responses to the prompts! I’ve already started attacking it with a pencil (so I can safely erase the rubbish I’ve written at some point!).

The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond

A short slim novella, almost a long story by one of our finest writers. Binya comes in possession of a blue umbrella that she loves and carries around everywhere with her. Ram Bharosa the local moneylender has his eye on it too. Will he manage to pilfer it from Binya or can she keep him from stealing her most cherished treasure?

The Cleverness of Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith

Regular blog readers will know of my love for AMcS and all his books that feature gentle British humour.  This particular book is a collection of short stories featuring characters from his other series, and opens with a short case mystery that comes to the ever famous Mma Ramotswe to solve.

I’m quite enjoying my reading, and purchasing a dedicated Kindle reader than the app on my phone has definitely helped.

What have you been reading? Do you have any more recommendations that I can add to my ever-burgeoning TBR pile? Let me know in the comments!

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