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This blog relates to everyone who loves to read and cannot get enough of it. This blog connects with the masses and a huge number of people can follow it together. The authors' interviews are helpful in making us see them in a new light and getting to know some interesting facts about them. The section, Lispopia has many fascinating and chuckle some lists that will keep you engrossed. You can also find reviews of poetry, prose and essays that will give you some pointers that will change your whole perspective and opinion about them.
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BOOK REVIEW: Reading People by Anne Bogel

Pages: 226, Kindle Edition Published: 2017 by Baker Books Cover Rating: 4/5 Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes is the latest written flick by Anne Bogel. The title is so cliched and attractive at the same time that I decided to pick this book last week. For those of you, likewise me, are unaware of who is Anne Bogel, well, she is a blogger who excessively read books and share stuff like #bookstagram on her blog Modern Mrs. Darcy. The title of the book...

Pages: 226, Kindle Edition
Published: 2017 by Baker Books
Cover Rating: 4/5
Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes is the latest written flick by Anne Bogel. The title is so cliched and attractive at the same time that I decided to pick this book last week. For those of you, likewise me, are unaware of who is Anne Bogel, well, she is a blogger who excessively read books and share stuff like #bookstagram on her blog Modern Mrs. Darcy.

The title of the book is misleading to an extent but I love the fact the author has the power to attract readers. However, one of my later realisation about the title came when I completed reading the book. It’s actually directed towards the reader. “Reading People” is all about reading yourself by yourself. Yeah, now it might sound self-help and it certainly is but this book does not enforce “tips & tricks” like most do. The book shares Anne’s personal insight, about her career, her marriage, an HSP she is (wait till you read the book, I am sure you will grab one or two terms like these).
The book is develop on the basic idea of Introverts/Extroverts introduced by Carl Jung in the previous century. Anne introduces the concept in detail and along in the narration a reader can start to realise what type of personality the writer is. This, I believe is a great excersice and a useful to indulge themselves (from a reader’s point-of-view) such that when reading ahead, a reader can clearly classify themselves and gain insight on their own personality type. The author then covers most of the useful and pragmatic personality frameworks such as Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, and Enneagram.
She explains to readers the life-changing insights that can be gained from each and shares specific, practical real-life applications across all facets of life, including love and marriage, productivity, parenting, the workplace, and spiritual life. Her writing style is personal, relatable, casual and enjoyable. The pace of the book is picks up once a reader is introduce to various frameworks. I think this book will be helpful in any way to any reader who addresses it. There is something to gain (maybe more) and nothing to lose if you decide to read this book.
4 out of 5

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BOOK REVIEW: Age of Azmoq – The Valantian Imperium by Rajamayyoor Sharma

Reading a highly imaginative tale can go either way, the good or the bad. Out of the imagination comes the plot and the characters which form the complete story. The effort of the writer does not diminish itself, but these are the two main factors I look in every fantasy novel. Age of Azmoq – The Valantian Imperium by Rajamayyoor Sharma is a fantasy novel. Azmoq is a rare metal found on the planet. It’s the ultimate source and symbol of real power, and the Valantian Imperium controls it...

BOOK REVIEW: Age of Azmoq – The Valantian Imperium by Rajamayyoor SharmaAge of Azmoq - The Valantian Imperium by Rajamayyoor Sharma
on 17/01/2018
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 479
Format: eBook
Goodreads
three-stars

Reading a highly imaginative tale can go either way, the good or the bad. Out of the imagination comes the plot and the characters which form the complete story. The effort of the writer does not diminish itself, but these are the two main factors I look in every fantasy novel.

Age of Azmoq – The Valantian Imperium by Rajamayyoor Sharma is a fantasy novel. Azmoq is a rare metal found on the planet. It’s the ultimate source and symbol of real power, and the Valantian Imperium controls it all in Valantia. It is a tale that consists of magic and sorcery. and adventures that fill all 470 plus pages.

The storyline of the book is divided into forty-eight chapters. The quest begins when a youth living in the village of Villasboro, Devrath, the protagonist of our story is asked by his master to inquire about a stranger who is staying there for almost a year and a half. This quest then leads to further adventures such as the unveiling of the truths and secrets for the first time. I would not say the plot makes this novel exactly a page turner but yes, it is fast-paced.

There are subplots that consist twists and turns which both adds an advantage and a disadvantage to this novel. The advantage is that these subplots are intriguing and important. That is how a fantasy tale is told. The disadvantage is that sometimes it did get out of the track and was baffling.

The characterization is vast and it is hard to keep track of it. Though I guess it can be a challenge for the reader. The writing style is appreciable as the author has put a lot of effort in terms of that. I would not declare this book an absolute epic fantasy since it needs to improve few things I have mentioned. But yes, it is close to one and is a delight for the fans of fantasy.

3 out of 5

three-stars

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BOOK REVIEW: Powerful by Patty McCord

The nature of business in the modern digital and information overload age is ever-changing. The foundation of Patty McCord’s book Powerful – Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility is that the as workplace progress, so should human resources. The author challenges the old, traditional corporate HR that include annual performance reviews, retention plans, engagement programs, etc. She clearly speaks her mind in the early chapters that these activities and actions are a mere...

BOOK REVIEW: Powerful by Patty McCordPowerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility by Patty McCord
Published by Silicon Guild on 09/01/2018
Genres: Nonfiction, Business, Entrepreneurship
Pages: 228
Format: eBook
Goodreads
three-stars

The nature of business in the modern digital and information overload age is ever-changing. The foundation of Patty McCord’s book Powerful – Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility is that the as workplace progress, so should human resources.

The author challenges the old, traditional corporate HR that include annual performance reviews, retention plans, engagement programs, etc. She clearly speaks her mind in the early chapters that these activities and actions are a mere waste of time and resources and why the modern day companies, irrespective of their number of employees should not practice them.

I liked this ideology. I feel this is the most positive point in the book. All that corporate mumbo-jumbo is a distraction and I have experienced it myself while working full time in previous years. It does stop an organization’s development process. Patty McCord’s pragmatic suggestions in managing a company are discussed in detail throughout this book.

Although the book starts stating that it is not a memoir, after reading it, I’d say that it is. It is written from the perspective of the author and her experiences in the organizations she worked. Especially, at Netflix. Another thing I did not like while reading is that the writing style is plain and it failed to create any enthusiasm in me as a reader and a learner looking to get something out of this book. While the practical insights shared from her own experience at Netflix in the book are a must-read, the way they are presented is not an ideal one.

3 out of 5

three-stars

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BOOK REVIEW: The Aryabhata Clan by Sudipto Das

The delightedness of reading a book depends on very few factors. One of them is how the plot unfolds in front of the reader and his mind. Afterall, every story has some of it. Without a storyline, a book or a novel is spineless. Sudipto Das’ latest work, The Aryabhata Clan is a great example of why storyline matters. The Aryabhata Clan is the second novel in the series after Ekkos clan. The genesis of the plot is coupled with some facts based on author’s research of ancient India,...

BOOK REVIEW: The Aryabhata Clan by Sudipto DasThe Aryabhata Clan by Sudipto Das
Published by Niyogi Books on 05/12/2017
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Historical
Pages: 476
Format: Paperback
four-stars

The delightedness of reading a book depends on very few factors. One of them is how the plot unfolds in front of the reader and his mind. Afterall, every story has some of it. Without a storyline, a book or a novel is spineless. Sudipto Das’ latest work, The Aryabhata Clan is a great example of why storyline matters.

The Aryabhata Clan is the second novel in the series after Ekkos clan. The genesis of the plot is coupled with some facts based on author’s research of ancient India, some 1500 years ago. The storyline starts in the present day New Delhi and takes its reader back in time as it advances. The plot is as follows:

The Islamic State has spread its tentacles in India, penetrating stealthily into the academia, media, and politics. The mastermind is Shamsur Ali, a physicist from Bangladesh. To destabilize India, he wants to create a sort of apocalypse, which the 21-year-old Kubha must prevent at any cost, come what may. Much of the plot involves Kubha. The book is murder mystery at the top and that brings the element of thrill on the table.

The interesting thing about the plot of this book is the amount of research author would have gone through. He has touched not only history, but linguistic, paleontology, and politics. There is a good amount of illustrations that explain the concepts involved in this novel.

The writing style is good, mostly involves third person narrative. The characterization in the novel does try hard to cope with loads of information and to advance the storyline at the same time. This does make few parts feel like a drag, but without these characters, this novel would not have been intriguing to read. The length of the book is around 470 pages and I think it is perfect.

I appreciate the effort author has put in creating a world of his own. This is what I want to see to in Indian Fiction and I am being outspoken about it for years. The thrill along with in-depth research sounds like pre-The Lost Symbol Dan Brown?). I do think the writer did try to satisfy most of his readers but with complex structures, you cannot and that is okay with me.

4 out of 5

four-stars

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BOOK REVIEW: Clarity is the Only Spirituality by Susunaga Weeraperuma

How often to do you think a human brain, your mind, is at peace? Not the ultimate peace, but the one from all the daily chaos that makes it scattered and eventually affects our decisions. Susunaga Weeraperuma who devotes different forms of yoga, organic gardening, creative writing, reading, and meditation, thinks has the answer to the above question and has come out with a book with the same level of wisdom to enlight his readers. The book starts on a high note and directly with the first...

BOOK REVIEW: Clarity is the Only Spirituality by Susunaga WeeraperumaClarity is the Only Spirituality by Susunaga Weeraperuma
Published by Fingerprint! Publishing on 02/2018
Genres: Nonfiction, Philosophy, Self Help
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback
Goodreads
three-stars

How often to do you think a human brain, your mind, is at peace? Not the ultimate peace, but the one from all the daily chaos that makes it scattered and eventually affects our decisions. Susunaga Weeraperuma who devotes different forms of yoga, organic gardening, creative writing, reading, and meditation, thinks has the answer to the above question and has come out with a book with the same level of wisdom to enlight his readers.

The book starts on a high note and directly with the first chapter. The author addresses the title of the book in the first chapter and goes on talking about ‘attention’ span of a human mind in the first chapter. The whole book is divided into eighteen chapters. Broadly, these chapters are about the importance of communication, religious tolerance, forgiveness, giving, societal activities, utilizing time, books and solitude, stress, chastity, and death. Each chapter is an essay which describes author’s experiences with the title or the subject.

Sounds a like a self-help but I think it is not a traditional one. Moreover, it is a collection of essays that revolve majorly around one thing, YOU. The writing style is easy to understand and cope with. The flow of each easy is interesting as the author tends to build a story and then dives deeper into the matter. The length of the is around 220 pages but that does not make it a light read. It is time-consuming and heavy.

Some of the essays do no conclude well in my opinion. They resemble the writer’s personal opinion in particular situation or in life but that is not true for everyone. There are things which can be generalized such as the way he talks about stress, not many have done in their work. That kind of effort is appreciable. Having a strong opinion is good, but nothing is constant except the change. Forcing down one’s opinion and passing it to the reader as a proclamation tells a lot about the writer and is disappointing. Overall, most of the essays are good to read.

3 out of 5

three-stars

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BOOK REVIEW: Macbeth by Jo Nesbø

The latest addition to Hogarth Shakespeare Project is Jo Nesbø’s Macbeth. For those who do not know, Hogarth was launched in London in 2012 to retold one of the greatest stories of all times by modern day bestselling authors of today. Hogarth was founded by Virginia Woolf and her husband Leonard Woolf in 1917. This modern-day adaption of Shakespeare’s original play, sharing the same title is set in the 1970s. The book starts in a vividly poetic style. It is a crime plus noir...

BOOK REVIEW: Macbeth by Jo NesbøMacbeth by Jo Nesbø
Series: Hogarth Shakespeare
Published by Hogarth on 05/03/2018
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 512
Format: ARC, eBook
Goodreads
five-stars

The latest addition to Hogarth Shakespeare Project is Jo Nesbø’s Macbeth. For those who do not know, Hogarth was launched in London in 2012 to retold one of the greatest stories of all times by modern day bestselling authors of today. Hogarth was founded by Virginia Woolf and her husband Leonard Woolf in 1917.

This modern-day adaption of Shakespeare’s original play, sharing the same title is set in the 1970s. The book starts in a vividly poetic style. It is a crime plus noir version of the play that was written almost 400 years before. It focuses on a police force attempting to shed the drug problem in the local town. A drug lord, who keeps the whole town by the strings as if they are his puppets and him, the puppeteer. He has connections that get him what he wants. Absolute power. A major portion of the main cast is introduced in the first chapter. A Lot happens in the first few chapters which set the speed of the novel.

The titles so far have been published and the upcoming one!

Macbeth is the captain of the SWAT team. Duncan is the commissioner. Banquo is still Macbeth’s friend and Lady Macbeth renamed as ‘Lady’. There are those three witches which turned the life of Macbeth upside down by implanting the seed of greediness. It does seem Nesbo enjoys a lot by giving these characters a life of their own. The character of Duff, the original Macduff, is developed along with the plot to rain down Macbeth. In the original play, his character was not entirely developed. Nesbø fills this gap in his work.

There are a lot of similarities with the original play. Both sets of characters share almost identical traits. The plot has the identical flow but what makes this book interesting in my opinion is the way it is written. Each and every detail unfolds in front of a reader like an offspring. There are detailing that as a reader you would not expect the author to go into even though you have read the play and know a lot about the plot. Just like the development of characters like Macduff. Every character, now in 21st century breathes on his own. The length of the novel signifies that it is big but I think once you immerse yourself in the book, you will forget about it.

It stays true and close to the original plot. This is the reason I like this book so much and enjoyed reading it. Fans of Shakespeare’s Macbeth will find a delight in this modern-day retelling. Fans of Jo Nesbø’s will appreciate the hard work the writer might have gone through while retelling the tale.

5 out of 5


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five-stars

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