Geetanjali Mukherjee

Monday, July 31, 2017

What I'm Reading - July

I'm really grateful to get an advanced reader copy of this book from Net Galley. I didn’t know how badly I needed to read this book! I recognized a lot of myself and my journey in the story of how Kaia Roman lost her joy, confidence and sense of self, and how she went about regaining it one step at a time.

There were moments while reading the first couple of chapters where I wondered whether this was just another self-indulgent, privileged person trying to be happy and writing about it. But the book surprised me - and I found myself racing to complete it and then wanting to talk to everyone I met about it. I learned a lot about myself from reading this book, and realized how much I could benefit from the advice in the book.  I decided to start to apply some of the principles and could immediately see changes. I am excited to see what else I can implement, and have already shared some of the insights with my family and friends.

What I enjoyed about the book is that the author not only shares her own story, she presents lessons from psychology and research into happiness, and provides a step-by-step plan, that while doesn’t guarantee a total transformation, can set you on the path to finding your own joy. I highly recommend getting a copy for yourself (and all your friends) and starting your own Joy Plan today!

Nilofer Merchant - The Power of Onlyness

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley, and overall, really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend it, especially for recent graduates. 

In Nilofer Merchant's new book, "The Power of Onlyness", she shows you how to bring forth that which only you can do, bring out your unique gifts and talents, your 'onlyness', and share it to make a dent in the universe. I really enjoyed reading the book and the stories of individuals from around the world who have found a way to tap into their own uniqueness, embraced their 'onlyness' and have made a difference in their corner of the world, which then rippled outward.

Reading the book makes it clear that it isn't easy or inevitable that each of us can do this, but it is possible. Each of us have something that only we see, only we care about and only we can contribute. And the most important takeaway for me from this book was that it is not only possible, it's absolutely imperative for both our sake and that of humanity that we seek that out.

Michael Fossel - The Telomerase Revolution

This was another book that I got an advanced copy of, and was looking forward to reading. I am trying to increase my scientific and medical knowledge, and I definitely succeeded on that score. 

This book was incredibly eye-opening and both depressing and hope-giving at the same time. "The Telomerase Revolution" describes the current theories of what causes aging, debunks several myths and describes the role of telomeres in most aging-related diseases. Although at times the book uses more medical and scientific jargon than is palatable in a book aimed at a lay audience, the basic arguments and facts are easy to grasp. The detailed explanation of the havoc that aging can wreak on a person wasn't exactly pleasant to read. However, the optimism of the author in regard to slowing and even reversing many of these aging effects through the use of new medical breakthroughs felt contagious enough that by the end of the book I was feeling incredibly hopeful about the future of humanity's health. 

Some of the claims of the author felt like science fiction, but then we are living in a world where technology is upgrading so quickly that yesterday's science fiction is today's reality. And that is the point that the author makes as well - that some of the worst aging-related diseases that people suffer from could be curable in the next few decades.

This is the second book by Jenny Colgan I read, and I loved both, but especially this one. The characters were interesting, really well-developed and the setting itself felt like an additional character. I had to stop myself from reading it all through in one sitting! If you're going on vacation soon, I would highly recommend it!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

July Ebook Sale

Smashwords is still having its annual Summer / Winter sale. Which means you can get lots of ebooks  free or heavily discounted. My books are between 75 - 100% off as well -

Two of my books are free on Smashwords until the end of the month, and the rest are heavily discounted, between $1 and $2. It's a great deal. With Smashwords, you can download your book in any format, for any device.

Friday, June 30, 2017

What I'm Reading - June

This month I have been reading more books that I agreed to review - and have a varied collection to talk about.

Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella - I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool

I love Lisa and Francesca's line of humorous books and eagerly try to get my hands on the next one. Which is why I was quite excited when I got a copy of this book from NetGalley to review.

In the same vein as the others in the series, this book was a quick, fun read. In fact, I found myself trying to read it slower so I could drag out the experience. Reading the essays makes you feel like you know the Scottolines and want to get to know them more. I like to think that if I were to meet Francesca at a party, we would hit it off (if I were the partying kind, that is). And that Lisa is like the fun, slightly eccentric, next-door neighbor I would like to have. 

This book is a little bit more political than the earlier ones, and has less of a focus on family. While there may be obvious reasons for that, I did miss the family anecdotes from the earlier books. Overall though, a great beach or in-bed-with-cookies read.

Sandra L. Richards - Rice and Rocks

I haven't read a children's book in at least a decade, but something about this book made me want to read it. From the book description: "Giovanni’s friends are coming over for Sunday dinner, and his grandmother is serving rice and beans. Giovanni is embarrassed—he does not like “rice and rocks” and worries his friends will think the traditional Jamaican dish is weird."

Not only is it beautifully illustrated, Rice and Rocks is a light-hearted, fun story about an important topic - accepting ourselves and others and embracing differences. I highly recommend this book to children of all ages and commend the author for her unique approach to this subject.

Eliza Green - Feeder

The book was initially hard for me to get into, but a couple of chapters in I was hooked, and raced through the book as quickly as I could. I really liked Anya and Dom, and was rooting for them, and I was really intrigued by the world.

On the downside, I found the change of viewpoints jarring, although I understood the need for them, and some chapters dragged and could probably have been tightened.

I am torn by the ending - I was kind of disappointed, but also quite intrigued, and I definitely want to read the sequel. So, I guess in the end, I would recommend the book quite highly. The author is clearly a gifted storyteller and definitely draws you into the world of the story, leaving you wanting more.

I have been meaning to read one of Sarah Morgan's books, so was delighted when I got the opportunity to read an advance copy of her latest, New York, Actually. It is all that I hoped it would and more. The only reason I didn’t tear through it in a day or two was that I had tons of work around the time I started to read it, and I used the book as a reward for getting through a lot of it.

I loved the characters - obviously Sarah Morgan really understands the importance of characterization, and even her minor characters were memorable and well-crafted. Although after a certain point I could predict where the plot was going and what issues were going to come up, the journey itself was tons of fun and I loved every page. The lead characters were believable and well-suited to each other, and of course, I found myself rooting for them to work out. I would happily recommend this book to anyone looking for their next summer read!

Karen McManus - One of Us is Lying

This is my new favorite book! I got hooked from the first page, and sacrificed sleep and work and real-life responsibilities to tear through the book in a couple of days. One of Us is Lying by debut author Karen McManus is a perfect combination of YA and thriller, written in a compelling style. The plot is far from cliché or predictable, and the characters are interesting and believable. I can't wait for more from the author!

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