Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice On Love And Life From Dear Sugar – Cheryl Strayed
Genre: Non-fiction, self-help, real-life, life advice
Tiny Beautiful Things is a reproduction of an advice column in The Rumpus, that used to run by the name of Dear Sugar. People would write in to the newspaper with their real-life problems, and a woman called Sugar would reply to chosen ones, with sage, practical advise. The woman, it was later revealed, was Cheryl Strayed, the author who went on to write the well-known Wild.
I don’t usually read Agony Aunt columns in newspapers and magazines and, so, didn’t think I would enjoy this book much. I picked it up solely because there were so many good reviews for the book, and I am happy I did, because it turned out to be one of the best books I have read in recent times.
Tiny Beautiful Things made me laugh out loud, gasp in horror, tear up, cry, sigh, and filled my heart with gratitude, all at the same time. It opened me up from within, made me think about my life afresh, struck chords deep within me, and made me look at the world through new eyes.
This is the sort of book I would heartily recommend to every single one of you. If there is just one book you can attempt to read in the near future, I would suggest you to make this that one.
Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop – Abby Clements
Genre: Chick-lit, fiction, foodie fiction, women’s fiction, contemporary fiction
When their grandmother Vivien leaves them her ice cream shop by the sea, Anna and her sister Imogen have no clue about what to do with it. Anna is well-settled in her corporate job, has just moved into her new apartment and is looking forward to a happy life ahead with boyfriend Jon. Imogen is happy with her boho life as a photographer in Thailand. What could they possibly have to do with Granny V’s shop? Or could they? This and more forms the storyline of Abby Clements’ Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop.
I picked up the book when I saw it at a discounted price at a store, craving for a light, easy read. And a light and easy read this did prove to be. The pages turn fast and easy, at no point stressing you out. I loved how the author has developed the characters – all with their own shades of grey and black.
The storyline, however, is way too slick and smooth. A problem just has to come up, and there’s a solution that crops up to it almost immediately. Anna and Imogen supposedly have very different temperaments, but there are absolutely no fireworks between them. The sisters are supposed to be completely inexperienced in the running of a shop and short on cash, but things miraculously fall into place… so much so that the book begins to feel like a dud after a certain point. That is exactly what happened to me.
Do check out the book if you want a simple read is what I’ll say. Just don’t expect it to be layered and complex and real. It’s a pleasant enough read if you don’t expect too much, and it will surely make you crave for some exotic flavours of ice cream in the process. It did, to me.
Have you read any of these books? I would love to know your thoughts about them!
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