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Confession: I’m not a sci-fi fan. That’s why when one of our book club members recommended Foundation by Isaac Asimov, I was quite reluctant to read it. Still, in the true spirit of trying all sorts of books (that I probably won’t read on my own), I decided to give it a go. It took me some time to adjust to this book but after a few pages I got hooked. What an engaging book! Finished it before anyone else did 🙂 My favorite character – Hardin! Really loved his epigrams. This is the first Asimov book that I’ve read and now I’m all set for the second book in the Foundation series (as soon as I finish reading the book selected for this month).

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A visit to the Liberty Books outlet is never a waste of time. It’s the place that I cannot ignore. Ended up buying this book during my last visit to their outlet. I started reading this book on Mar 27th but had to stop due to work commitments. Hope to finish it over next few days.

Dr. Samer Nashef is a senior heart surgeon with special interest in the issues related to quality of care in heart surgery. His book The Naked Surgeon talks about the power and peril of transparency in medicine. His writing style is fluid and non-technical making the book accessible to general public. He is very logical and methodical in presenting his work which I loved. The topic itself is quite interesting. Enjoying this book a lot!

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Went to Dolmen Mall for something and stopped by at Liberty Books. As expected, I ended up buying 4 more books 🙂 Finished reading The World According to Anna by Jostein Gaarder yesterday and started How to be Bored by Eva Hoffman last night. Have read 20 pages so far and I’m hooked! Felt like she was talking about the issues I’ve been thinking about. Hoping to find some practical tips to try.

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So, it didn’t take me a few days but only a few hours last night to finish reading Dr. Gawande‘s book titled “Complications” 🙂 What an engrossing read it was! I am now on to his next book titled “Better“. Started reading it this morning and am looking forward to lots of learning and food for thought.

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With lots of books in my collection still waiting to be read, I ended up buying 2 more books last week after a brunch with my university friends. Despite reminding myself to not buy more books, I ended up buying Dr. Atul Gawande’s books along with a small-sized coloring book. It doesn’t really help if you have friends who also love books.

I started reading Dr. Atul Gawande‘s 2002 book titled Complications over this weekend. Must say that this book was not exactly what I had expected. It was much more! It wasn’t just a recollection of a young surgeon’s experiences but a reflection on some very critical issues. I haven’t read anything like this before. It combines medicine, research, reflection, and moral/human questions. Must read if you’re interested in medicine, ethics, and issues and challenges facing caregivers and patients alike. Hope to finish this book over next few days.

Yesterday, I found a few video interviews of Dr. Gawande and thoroughly enjoyed them. Very thought-provoking!

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So, when I went to Gloria Jean’s on Saturday to meet my friends, I didn’t remember that they now have a Liberty Books corner there. Obviously, I had to end up at that corner if I was in the cafe for 4 hours 🙂 Despite repeatedly telling myself not to buy any book as I already have too many unread ones at home, I ended up visiting the book corner and, finally, buying One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern. I would say that the book found me as I had never heard of Cecilia or her work 🙂 Started reading it last night and so far it’s been a good read. Have only finished the 2nd chapter but the plot has started to reveal itself. Hoping it will be a good read.

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Finished reading Kamila Shamsie‘s novel Burnt Shadows. I’ve had one of her novels for years but, somehow, did not feel like reading it. This one came to me through a Facebook campaign for sharing books. This is the only book I received 😀 Decided to give it a go and enjoyed reading it. The novel spans 6 decades and is spread over 5 countries, starting from Nagasaki (Japan) and ending in New York (USA). Interesting how the characters are interlinked. Also, limited characters means enough space for getting to know each character. I’d give this book 3 stars out of 5 🙂

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