#Bookstagram 8: The Wisdom of Sundays

Ever since I was a little girl, watching the Oprah Winfrey Show was one of my favorite after school activities. Although I was too young to fully appreciate it for all its glory, I loved watching this woman dole out advice, talk to celebrities, and best of all give away amazing presents to her studio audience. I absolutely loved her (and love her even more now), and I grew up watching her. I found the likes of Gaby Bernstein, Pastor Joel Osteen, Suze Orman, and many many more, only because of the Oprah show, and what an impact it has made on me! Its impossible to fully articulate.

Even now, when I find myself feeling emotionally or spiritually drained, I find myself watching SuperSoul Sunday with Oprah, where she has insightful and soulful conversations with all of her friends, AKA all the people whose books I read or whose videos I watch.

So when she was out and about promoting this book way back in October, I placed an order for it right away.

It was OPRAH, so I didn’t need to wait for reviews, I just knew it would be good, so I pre-ordered the book, and waited patiently for 2 months, and it finally arrived yesterday, ON CHRISTMAS DAY! Needless to say I was overjoyed and spent the rest of the evening reading.

Right off the bat, I can tell you this, this will be one of those books that I will read over and over and over again in the years to come.

 

#Bookstagram 8 – The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey

Not only are the words contained within it the exact thing you’d want to read when you’re feeling a little depleted,  the packaging is beautiful, rustic but richly luxurious, just like one would expect Oprah’s book to be, each page is covered with photos taken all over her property, where they film SuperSoul Sundays.

Reading this book was like talking to an old friend, one who knew you before everything, and one who can cut through the BS and get straight to the heart of the point.

Favorite Chapter on the first read

What else can I say, other than, its one of the best books I’ve read this year! Highly highly highly recommend everyone to read it!

Happy Reading!

xo

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#Bookstagram 6 – We should all be feminists

While waiting for a clear shot of the Super moon last night, I found (and read) this little book with a punchy title – We should all be feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  I picked it up mainly because the title piqued my curiosity (I ALWAYS judge books by their covers, what can I say).  Needless to say, the word Feminist mostly has a negative connotation to it, feminists are thought of as angry women who hate bras and men – over simplification, I know – but those are the stereotypes.  Irrespective of stereotypes, I’m never quick to label myself (or others) or jump to make arguments for either side, simply because I know that real life has too many nuances to it, and nothing is entirely too virtuous or completely evil.

Having said that, this book was a pretty insightful and quick read, it talked about the insidious ways in which disparity exists in the world.  There were parts of it that definitely had me nodding in agreement, and parts which didn’t quite do it for me.  All in all, I would certainly read texts on this subject again.

Would I recommend this book – I say, to each his own!  If this is your kind of book, go for it. If not, that’s okay too.

Cheers!

xo

Book review with a twist – WWAD?

What would Audrey do?

What would Audrey Do? Timeless Lessons for Living with Grace and Style, by Pamela Keogh is one of the books that I’ve been very excited about in recent times.  And my overall reaction after reading it has been less than delighted (I’m just as shocked as you are!).  Now its not a horrible book that I couldn’t even finish, or a bad book in terms of content, it IS about Audrey Hepburn, after all.  At the very least, the subject matter pleases me enough to not hate it.

My book review with a twist will be in the form of listing out Pros and Cons.  Starting with Cons, so we can end on a good note.

Cons:

  • The writing style of using the Royal “We” got annoying quick;
  • Names dropped where none was called for;
  • Its about 100 pages too long – a LOT of the parts are repeated (over and over again) throughout the book;
  • It practically paints Audrey as a mythical saintly being, there’s even a chapter in called “St. Audrey” (for heaven’s sake!).  To me that was very Un-Audrey! (oooh the delicious irony of it all);
  • Typos – this made me both mad and sad.  It made me wonder if it was even edited;
  • Speculative – the parts which actually attempted to answer the titular question, is the most annoying part (which is ironic).

Pros:

  • Its got biographical parts on Audrey’s life which I didn’t know about before;
  • The style and makeup tips (yay! These were my absolute favorites);
  • The Cover, look and feel, of the book is pretty and pink;
  • Its about the lovely Audrey Hepburn.  Enough said.

A book (any book) has the power to evoke so many emotional responses from its readers.  The ones that make me feel like it ended too soon, or leaves me reaching for it over and over again, are the real winners!  Unfortunately, I don’t feel that about this book.  But it wasn’t horrible, so that will do for now.

Happy Reading!

xo

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Book- The art of the good life

The art of the good life

My first reaction, to books with titles like this which promise to reveal age old universal secrets of greatness or mindfulness or some such popular keyword of that time, is to scoff with derision.  One might assume that this is because I’m naturally inclined to roll my eyes instead of embrace new ideas.  I’m not.  However, such titles come off as presumptuous and a bit full of its own virtues.

Having said that, The art of the good life by Rolf Dobelli turned out to be one of the best books I’ve read in the recent past, and one which I will likely recommend to everyone I know.  I’m humbled and will happily accept that my initial reaction based only on the title was wrong.  There are certain books that compel you to read it over and over again, because the messages in it are so simple yet essential that you would never want to forget any of it.  This is one such book.

The concepts are simple, but told with a witty and often hilarious way that you can’t help but enjoy with an inadvertent smile, while taking mental notes on the author’s advice.

Almost towards the end of this book, I found that this is the second in a series of such books by this author, the first one being The art of thinking clearly, needless to say I am off to amazon after this to place my order for it.

And on a completely vain note, the book is beautifully packaged, a white hardcover with lettering in Gold.  Ah its a beauty, indeed.  Right up my aesthetic alley.  Highly recommended to anyone who is reading this.

Happy Reading!

xo