Aunt Erma’s Cope Book – hilarious

Erma Bombeck’s “Aunt Erma’s Cope Book” is just what I’d expect from her – a highly recommended dose of humour. I nearly choked on my coffee while reading it, so I guess I shouldn’t read such funny stuff sitting my by myself in a public place without inviting strange looks…

Tales from the Puffugees – one for a lazy, pleasant afternoon

I’d started reading Jaspar Utley’s ‘Tales from the Puffugees’ long ago, but it was only recently that I could get it into my hands again. A collection of short stories, reminiscent of the Mulliner books by Wodehouse (the manner of narration, the set of characters that inhabit that world), I found the book enjoyable. The humour seemed effortless and flowing, and the style was like that of PGW. It’s a book you can curl up with, and enjoy while sipping some coffee.

(P.S. : My personal love for coffee/lazy afternoons/good books is making this opinion biased)

Gai-jin – another delight

I finally finished James Clavell’s Gai-jin, and really enjoyed it. (As I was reading, I kept thinking how complex the characters were… And for the first time, I ended up judging a character and then having to revise my opinion!). Definitely worth a read (though I suppose it would be better to read the series in proper order 😉 )

The mirror image ghost

I recently spent a couple of hours in the library reading ‘The mirror image ghost’ by Catherine Storr. The cover said it was a children’s classic, and as it wasn’t very long (and so I knew I could finish it in a couple of hours), I started reading it. It was quite interesting at first, but somewhere along the way, I started guessing what was going to happen, and maybe that is why I did not enjoy it thoroughly. But it is worth a read.

Angry white pyjamas

Robert Twigger’s Angry white pyjamas was a fun account of his efforts in trying to learn aikido – humourous and quite well-written. I skimmed through a couple of pages, but overall, it was enjoyable. (for me, at least!)

Looking for Alaska

I came across this book by chance (well, I ordered it thinking it was travel-related, but it turned out to be a story about a group of high-school students), but it turned out to be quite interesting. Worth the few hours I spent reading it.


Elie Wiesel’s Night got me wondering about people and humanity. Thought-provoking.

I should probably read the remaining parts of the trilogy first.