Review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good LifeThe Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Self-help books never worked for me so far. It always ends up giving me a temporary high and I, as a person, tend to move on to other things pretty quickly. So I do not know where to label this book. As of now, I am pretty high on it and think whatever written absolutely makes sense. It has given me a completely new perspective to ponder and the last chapter was illuminating, to say the least. Having said that, I believe, help should come from within. Any outside motivation may or can act as a trigger or like a road sign to show the way forward. But to raise yourself from any adversity, it is our willpower that all it takes. The book may or may not help you. But you can definitely help yourself. I think the book says the same thing. I enjoyed reading the book and it has lent me a hand in the process of overcoming my emotional barricades. I would go for three stars.

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Review: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural HistoryThe Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very interesting book, which tells you in a no-nonsense way how insignificant we are in the earth’s history still how we possess demonic powers to alter the course of evolution. It leaves you with an eerie warning that we could be both the dinosaurs and meteoroid in the next extinction event. The book ends with a spine-chilling image of a ‘Frozen Zoo’ of extinct species. Everyone who wants to know about the Climate change and the human interference over the Life on Earth must read this book to get an elaborated view.
Wjem the USA decided to come out of Paris Climate Accord, I was really surprised to see some comments on social media, saying ‘Climate change is a hoax’. The more we progress, the more tunneled our vision has become. The book says it all, to know the truth, you just have to observe around you and you can see the change. I would go with four stars for the book,

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Review: The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure

The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic AdventureThe Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure by Caroline Paul

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Probably I am the least qualified person to read this book of adventures. Mostly I read about adventures on books and live it vicariously. Well, for me that’s adventurous enough. But this is one book which I recommend for my daughter to read right away after she turns teen. I would like her to be an adventurous one. The author of the book has given an impressive ted talk and if you hear it along with it, it would be an add on. Loved the book and needless to say I scored a zero on the Gutsy meter.

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Review: From Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness

From Science to God: A Physicist's Journey into the Mystery of ConsciousnessFrom Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness by Peter Russell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s a path-breaking book for me. The initial chapters are a pure gem and it gave me a completely new perspective towards everything. When we say ‘life as we see it’, you never know how limited that ‘seeing’ is. Linking science to God is not easy, especially when those are considered as opposite poles by current world view. Peter Russell’s transition is almost seamless. I would stress on the word ‘almost’ because the chapters on consciousness to God were mainly based on Author’s own experiences with meditation and his journey to east. There weren’t enough on those topics to convince me to go along with the author’s views. I will go with a four for this one. This may not be a go-to book for those who seek the ultimate meaning of life and everything, but the book can point towards the right direction.

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Review: Freakonomics

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

10 years back someone gifted me Freakonomics and ever since this had been on my TBR list. I read it, may be a chapter or so, 5 years back but never finished the whole book. So now when I read it, I realize that the 10 years younger ‘me’ would have read it and assimilated it in a different way than the now ‘me’. With age, the way you see book changes. The younger ‘me’ would have given a rating of 3 saying most of the things lacked relevance in my life and the now ‘me’ appreciate the gem of the book for what it is and is gonna give a rating of 5

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Review: Adulthood Is a Myth

Adulthood Is a Myth
Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The beauty of this book is I read ‘Adulthood is a myth’ with a newborn and a screaming preschooler around and still find it totally relatable. Every strip of cartoon would bring a smile to your face. I would recommend it to all the girls around who likes to see how their thoughts echoed on cartoon strips. It is a quick read and will be done in two hours tops. Cartoons are always my favorite and I go with a four star for this one.

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Review: Divergent

Divergent
Divergent by Veronica Roth

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When you are not charmed by neither the plot nor the main lead of a celebrated YA series, the verdict is in the air, ‘Age is catching up’. Initially the book gave me vibes of Hunger Games but few pages down the line, the initial appeal waned drastically. There were times, when I was too bored to read the lead’s monologues. It might be interesting for young readers with a healthy dose of virgin-girl-tough-guy scenes sprinkled with a bit of violence. Turns out that this series is clearly not my type. Not planning to read the second and third part of the book. Adios. May be will catch up with the movie.

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