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BR 239: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Category: 1 – Read ASAP! (All Categories are 1 – Read ASAP!, 2 – BUY it!, 3 – SHELF it, 4 – SOMEDAY it)

Comments: Ready Player One was a fun and riveting read that I’m sure I’m going to revisit. The book has a lot of references to 80s pop culture that I didn’t get – it still was that good. Great fiction transports you to a different world – and, as I was reading Ready Player One, I felt fully immersed in the world created by Gregarious Simulation Systems.

It changed my point of view on Virtual Reality from a skeptic to someone who believes it is likely to change how we think of life on this planet. It also inspired me to read more fiction.

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BR 238: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

Category: 3 – SHELF it (All Categories are 1 – Read ASAP!, 2 – BUY it!, 3 – SHELF it, 4 – SOMEDAY it)

Comments: I read this over the holidays at the end of the year. It is a beautiful, poignant, story of a Mexican family who made it over the border to live a better life in the United States. I read it as a friend shared it as among her favorite books of the moment. Books have this magical ability to open your eyes to what someone else is going through.

This book does just that.

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BR 46: Harry Potter (series) by J.K.Rowling

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Comments: Fantastic series. The fan in me couldn’t resist putting this up just as soon as I watched the 7th movie of the series. The only reason this isn’t right at the top is because only after you read the whole series do you appreciate some of the deep learnings from the book.  Some of those learnings which have stuck with me –

1) We always have a choice between what’s right and what’s easy

2) ‘The biggest mistake that adults make is that they forget what it is to be young’

3) Harry’s loyalty to his mentor was admirable and was the reason he ended up being successful. Loyalty can make or break us!

4) Some may think being dragged into an arena for a fight until death and walking into the arena with your head held high makes no difference as the terms of the fight are the same after all. But, little do people know that it makes all the difference in the world.

5) Most adventures sound cooler than they were in reality. (I find this SO amazingly true!)

6) The most powerful force on earth is love.

Add on Mar 16, 2016: I am amused to find Harry Potter here as I think this blog became largely about non fiction books. I guess my love for the series found its way here. I think this book might be the last of fiction books I’ve written about here. For those who love this sort of this, A Song of Ice and Fire (popularly “Game of Thrones”)  series is a must read too!

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BR 23: The Godfather – Mario Puzo

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Comments: Who said you can learn from management books alone? This book, to me, is not the story of the Italian mafia don, nor is it the story of how the famed five families of New York controlled a big part of the city.

To me, this is the story of a man with a very strong will, value system (albeit with some values being questionable) attained power and despite being knocked down, masterminded his opponents by thinking many moves ahead. It is also a story of how vices can be our greatest enemies and what was most astounding was the importance of making sure every move is right one. One wrong mistake would lead to the loss of a life..

That’s a tough job.

A thrilling (and sometimes long winded) story of a Mafia Don and his family’s fight for survival and supremacy in the city of New York.

Add on Mar 16, 2016: I have no idea why I reviewed The Godfather here. I guess it was a special nod to one of my favorite works of fiction.