I Know Why The Caged Birds Sing

Maya Angelou ****

Woman Biographies/Autobiographies are always very inspiring to me specifically. There is something very different as a female to read a woman going through life and the difficulties she faced.

Book Bio:

IMG_20160829_082952Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.

First off, 6 parts?? Really?? I know she is a very inspirational woman but may be 2 books is enough. The book was in itself really melodic. I couldn’t put it down, because it had a rhythm to it that I didn’t wanna bother breaking. I highly believe in people never actually understanding the pain others go through unless they’ve faced it themselves and even then it’s a different story. This book has that near perfection of telling a tale so beautifully that even the pain that the author went through somehow seems to feel like a necessity for the book to shine.

Reason for my 4 starts, not a five, is because I’ve been give part of a story. A very tiny part with a lot of great memories. It doesn’t give you that oh I know this women now kinda feeling at the end, which should be the point of any autobiography, i.e., to connect to the author beyond boundaries

Should you read it? Yes, it’s a quick read and also contains a lot of innocence filled moments that will make you heart flutter

Settling Up

Eryn Scott **

I usually never give out a 2 star, coz it’s a pain in the neck to get your book published and every effort requires points, but I felt quite disappointed in it.

Book Bio:

IMG_20160901_094750If there’s one thing statistics professor, Lauren Sinclair knows, it’s probability. And she understands her current equation all too well.

Desperate to get herself back into the dating game, Lauren relies on statistical analysis and a ridiculously detailed list to help her find the perfect man.

Her friend Mack thinks it sounds like she’s trying to find a car instead of a husband. What does he know? He’s a tattooed, totally-not-her-type Blackjack dealer.

But maybe this professor needs to learn that love is more than a numbers game

If that didn’t give you an easy enough idea about who she’ll end up with at the end, you probably will enjoy this book more than I did.

Quite amazed that it’s got so many good reviews on GoodReads but still here is my version. The minute I got into the second chapter I knew where this was leading and that kinda predictability ruins the entire story. Yes, romances are sometimes quite predictable but how they end up together sometimes will be an exciting story, which is so not the case here.

A woman who loves mathematics so much does eventually learn to rock climb for her ‘friend’ (Yea, you get the hint) who in fact leads to let go of her ways and ends up recovering his own life issues. Where did her mathematics obession go? Nowhere. The sole purpose of her loving numbers so much is to make her unique but that didn’t shine at all.

Should you read it? No, for everyone in general. Yes for people who are head over heels about romance novels which are highly predictable.

How To Win Friends And Influence People

Dale Carnegie ****

This was all over internet when I searched for productivity and must reads. There weren’t many lists I found that did not include this book.

Book Bio:

IMG_20160902_100926You can go after the job you want…and get it! You can take the job you have…and improve it! You can take any situation you’re in…and make it work for you!

Since its release in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold more than 15 million copies. Dale Carnegie’s first book is a timeless bestseller, packed with rock-solid advice that has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.

As relevant as ever before, Dale Carnegie’s principles endure, and will help you achieve your maximum potential in the complex and competitive modern age.

Learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.

It’s a self help book at the end of the day, and was written a long long time ago. A lot has changed since and change is the only thing constant. In a world filled with blood sucking monsters quite literally, I don’t think you could survive being kind to the guy who screwed up the mechanisms of the aeroplane you were in, mostly because he’ll never understand the integrity of his mistake.

Still, it has clear pin points to where you should be leading to after you’ve read this book. A lot of live examples and exercises help the book. But since it is a self help book, I’ll come up with an update about how applying these tips to real life has turned out for me.

For now, all I feel after reading this is that I’ve been a really bad girlfriend for having an argument with my boyfriend, which is doing a quite good number on my self esteem (in a bad way, just in case it wasn’t clear)

Should you read it? Yes, I think it’s worth your time. You might not end up being Zen about everything and have a happy perspective about every situation but it does help.

P.S. I’ve heard that Amazon pays the Author for every review they get. Even a simple ‘Good read’ will do that. So please leave your reviews on Amazon as well 🙂

Also all the pictures are from my Instagram account.


Grace Anne


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