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December 2019 Reads – Part 1

December was a good reading month, given that I had a lot of holidays. I read fiction, non-fiction and children’s books (next post).

Among non-fiction, I loved Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. This book is a creative person’s bible and reveals the pleasures and pains of a creative life. The other book, The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People by David Niven revealed 100 secrets for a happy life. Each secret was a statement followed by an example showing the application of the secret and supporting scientific literature or quotes.

Among fiction books, Miracle Creek by Angie Kim and Into the Water by Paula Hawkins were murder mystery/thrillers. Into the Water is a decent thriller but not as good as the previous novel, The Girl on the Train. Miracle Creek was a bookstagram favorite but it did not live up to my expectations because I guessed the ending within 30% of the novel.

A Woman is no Man by Etaf Rum and The Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia were good reads. A Woman is no Man touched me at a personal level, because the author painted a good picture about how culture, nationality and religion restricts the freedom of women. The Gods of Jade and Shadow is set in 1920s in Mexico and US and Mayan Mythology, with interesting characters.

Goodbye bookish 2019! Looking forward to reading great books in 2019.

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