Saturday, June 15, 2013

2025 : The Self Illusion by Bruce Hood

This book by Bruce Hood is a strange book. Its part thesis and part technical, but if you can read through it, its one of the most rewarding books I have ever read. Its worth a million minutes of your time. It shall teach you how to observe yourself better.

There were so many parts of the book, whilst I was reading, I had to actually pause and think, and tell myself
"come to think of it, its true!!".

An absolute recommendation.

22May 2013Bruce HoodThe Self Illusion10/10Fascinating. Small book but very complex and extremely insightful. I have never known so much about myself from a single book.
21Feb 2013Dalai LamaThe Universe in a single Atom9/10Great Read. This book will buy you some peace Smile
20Feb 2013Rahul PanditaOur Moon has Blood Clots7/10Good Read. A good Kashmir memoir from a Pandit viewpoint.
19Oct 2012Arthur Clarke9 Billion Names of God10/10Fascinating. Very small story. Worth the 5 minutes you spend on reading – a thousand times over.
18Oct 2012JM CoetzeeLife & Times of Michael K8/10Good. Stark imagery and a stunningly dark book….a signature Coetzee work.
17Oct 2012Lisa GenovaStill Alice9/10Outstanding. You just connect with Alice immediately and her life becomes yours. You can see shards of her mind through the book.
16Oct 2012Arthur C ClarkeRendezvous with Rama9/10Outstanding. It hooks you on completely, and leaves with emotionally attached with Rama, quite some time after you have finished the book.
15Oct 2012Salman RushdieJoseph Anton7/10Good Read. Strictly only for a Rushdie fan.
14Sep 2012Walter IssacsonSteve Jobs9/10Excellent read. I found it inspiring and the book made Jobs a more humane person with an infantile ego
13Aug 2012JM CoetzeeDisgrace10/10Outstanding. My 3rd read of the book. If you have not read this book…I urge you to. Minimalism combined with stark imagery. Coetzee is cross between Kundera and Rushdie, my two other fav authors
12Aug 2012Randy PauschThe Last Lecture3/10Crappy. This is my third attempt at reading this narcissist take on dying. I have learnt more from the Jobs book than this shit tale. I have never finished the book.
11Aug 2012Garth SteinThe Art of Racing in the Rain9/10Fantastic. It starts of as a cute book, gets philosophical, and actually gets damn endearing and makes a bigtime emotional connect.
10Aug 2012Milan KunderaThe Unbearable Lightness of Being10/10Outstanding. My 3rd read….and 2nd in the last 2 years. What can I say? I plan to read this every year, at least once.
9Jun 2012Salman RushdieMidnight’s Children8/10Fantastic. My 4th read…..strangely I did not enjoy it as much this time around.
8June 2011Robert SpencerBooks on Islam (set of 2)6/10Engaging Read. But very Islamaphobic. I am genuinely interested in religion and philosophy, so I liked this history….but others might not.
7May 2011Milan KunderaThe Unbearable Lightness of Being10/10Outstanding. My 2nd read.
6May 2011Sylvia PlathThe Bell Jar6/10Read Once. Her poems are so much better.
5Apr 2011Salman RushdieThe Enchantress of Florence7/10Read Once. Only for fans.
4Mar 2011Stephen KingThe Shining9/10Haunting. Must Read. The movie and the book are both one of a kind.
3Mar 2011Michael OndaatjeDivisadero4/10Pass. Very mediocre book.
2Mar 2011Salman RushdieThe Satanic Verses10/10Outstanding.Controversies not withstanding. My 4th read, as a piece of fiction, this book is a masterpiece. Also, its really not disrespectful to Islam, all it does is use a bit of creative licensing while telling history.
1Mar 2011Salman RushdieShalimar The Clown10/10Outstanding. Fall in love with Kashmir.
Dec 2006Rohington MistryA Fine Balance10/10Outstanding. My own initial review at Post 197 - Book 6 – Rohington Mistry’s A Fine Balance

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