The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

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As the name suggest, the novel is about Amy Byler – a single mother, and a librarian. Her life revolves around her two children – Cori(15) and Joe(12). She is engrossed in providing her kids a better life and a good education. The plot twist happens when her husband, after a span of three years, decides to come in her life to spend the summer with the kids. Initially, she was a little reluctant but after speaking to the children she agreed.
Another turn in the plot is Amy signing for a librarian conference to be held in New York for a week. Her life changes from hereon. In New York, she attends the librarian conference and reunites with her old friend, Talia. Amy was always fascinated about Talia’s job. Talia when listens to Amy’s life, asks her to be a part of “Momspringa”. Amy becomes the face of Momspringa and slowly she learns to overcome her failed marriage. She is now more open to new kind of life, dating, meeting new people, and dressing up.
The best part of the novel was her transformation during “Momspringa” and the letters from her daughter. The novel gets a little slow for me when Amy returns to New York for Momspringa. But it again picks up the pace when she leaves things in between and comes back to her kids. .
I won’t say novel’s ending is predictable but its something that I wanted it to be since the time I started reading it.

My rating:

4/5

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Dearest George

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This is perhaps my second read this year. I am really upset I haven’t read any good book so far (I know its too early to comment that). There is a very famous proverb “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. But how often you don’t judge the book by its cover?? I was at a bookshop (Crossword) going through the books, shelf by shelf and I encountered a hardbound book wrapped in a plastic so that no one can see what’s written inside. The illustration on the book cover compelled me to buy it. Also, the name “Alicia Souza” was little familiar all thanks to Facebook. I have seen a few ads on Facebook about Alicia Souza. They sell nice stationary (I have not used it, but that’s how it looks like).

I was in a hurry to unwrap the book and start reading it. I sat in a coffee shop and started reading the book. This book is a light and quick read. One can finish the book in an hour or so. It’s Alicia’s gift to her husband who does not likes PDAs. The book is about an over expressive girl [wife] who is madly and deeply in love with a boy [husband]. It’s about their day to day life and their pets, a dog named Charles-Brown and a guinea pig named Henry Oats. The book is quite illustrative but lacks the context.

My rating:

2.5/5

Who Moved My Cheese?

“If you do not change, you can become extinct.”

This is a book by Dr Spencer Johnson, which talks about how to deal with the change in work and personal life. This book is short but an effective read. The story revolves around four characters Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw. Sniff and Scurry are mice where as, Hem and Haw are little people who consider themselves special and smart because they have brains.

The story takes an interesting turn when the cheese at a cheese station gets over and how the four characters deals with the change. The messages written by Haw on the wall are inspiring.

For some, this book may be just a story of these four characters but if you look closely it actually talks about the changes we see or sometimes overlook.

This is a self help book where the cheese represents the changes and four characters represents our way of coping with the changes.

Inspiring. Motivating. Self help.

My rating:

4.5/5

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