Friday, March 13, 2009

Book Review: February 2009

Its 13 Days too late but here is a review of the books I read in February and absolutely enjoyed. Hope you can pick some up too and have a good read : )

The books in the limelight last month were:

  1. Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander
  2. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ by Sue Townsend
  3. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen

Stuff White People Like
Christian Lander

I borrowed this from a dear friend in Bratislava with a recommendation tagging along and when a White guy recommends a book titled Stuff White People Like, you know its going to be a good read : ) .

This is one hilarious book…especially if you have even one White acquaintance. The book has about 150 short write-ups relating to stuff White people like (duh!!) and each of them is just as bone tickling as the other. That does not mean it is not true. Drawing largely upon facts, the book scores in the way the facts have been presented. Although it is centred on Americans, almost 80% of the facts apply to all white people…like a love for Sushi, tea, foreign language films, outdoor sports etc. If you can’t get your hands on the book, you should definitely visit the blog stuffwhitepeoplelike.com (which is what got converted into the book by the way ala Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan and You Are Here) and get your funny bone tickled while getting to know White people better. Highly recommended reading.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4
Sue Townsend

This one I borrowed too. From an equally dear friend. This one was recommended too. And so I read it : )

This book is very similar to Ginger Soda Lemon Pop in that it is in the first person and is about the life of a fictitious child (well, adolescent really). But this book is in the format of a real diary with dates and entries for each day. So it really reads like a journal a child growing up in England might maintain.

The book is funny on the surface. Like when Adrian is describing the day his Mother decides to become more assertive and hands him numerous chores to do, the diary entry reads – ‘…Just my luck to have an assertive mother’. Or when he is describing his Acne problem or when he sends his very profound poems to the BBC. But deeper down, it is a reflection of the society of the times when the book was written. It is a depiction of the dynamics of a family and the effect they have on a child’s mind. It is about humans and interpersonal relations narrated from an adolescent’s point of view. And in that one learns quite a bit even while enjoying the read.

As A Man Thinketh
James Allen

I had read about this book in Robin Sharma’s writings and had been meaning to read it for a while. In fact my note on the cover page of the book reads ’10-MAR-2007 Landmark’…and it is now that I actually finished the book at one go! What a pity!

As A Man Thinketh reads like a predecessor of The Secret. They both emphasize the same fact: we are and we get what we think about. Period. The only thing better about this book is that it is a very short book – all of approximately 40 pages in the copy that I have – and that means one can read of a life-changing philosophy in less than a day. The book did not hit me that hard since I already believe in all that it had to say. But to someone who doesn’t, it might come as a simple and stark realization narrated very elegantly.

Must be read for sure for the sheer inverse relation between the size of the book and the impact of the message it carries.

1 Thinkers Pondered:

Utsarg said...

"Stuff White People Like" sounds quite interesting. Will check out the blog soon.