Book Review: A Smidge of Crazy by Barbara Venkataraman

A Smidge of Crazy by Barbara Venkataraman

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BOOK INFO

Title: A Smidge of Crazy
Author: Barbara Venkataraman
Publisher: Independently published
Publish Date: March 14, 2018
Genre: Humor
Series: na
My Rating: 3/5


BOOK BLURB

A collection of humorous insights into important topics ranging from being targeted by annoying ads (“Nowhere to Hide”), to resorting to symbols when you’ve forgotten your words (“At a Loss for Words”), to figuring out what door that extra key opens (“My Extra Key”). Other essays examine how sitting is the new smoking (whatever that means), what it means to have stamina, and why it is just so hard to focus when you have the attention span of a gnat.

A Smidge of Crazy by Barbara Venkataraman
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MY REVIEW

A humorous collection of essays. A variety of topics told in amusing ways. Some laugh out loud funny parts, and plenty of nodding your head in agreement parts. A quick and entertaining read.

List of essays:
1. “Nowhere to Hide” – internet ads
2. “At a Loss for Words” – words and symbols
3. “A Smidge of Crazy” – sounds that annoy
4. “My Extra Key” – mystery key
5. “Let Them Eat Cake” – cake decorating
6. “Mental Health Day” – doctor appointments
7. “Don’t Mind Me — As I Read Over Your Shoulder” – Kindle tracking
8. “The New Me” – activism
9. “A New Year’s Tale” – busyness
10. “The World Turned Upside Down” – activism
11. “Ode to Howard Parks” – vigilance
12. “Try to Focus” – scatterbrain
13. “What’s Your Thunder?” – fears
14. “Family Ties” – small world
15. “Sitting is the New Smoking” – whatever that means

I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Quirky Essays for Quirky People by Barbara Venkataraman

Quirky Essays for Quirky People by Barbara Venkataraman

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BOOK INFO

Title: Quirky Essays for Quirky People
Author: Barbara Venkataraman
Publisher: Independently Published
Publish Date: May 13, 2014
Genre: Humor
Series: na
My Rating: 3/5


BOOK BLURB

For the first time, all in one place, the award-winning books, “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” and “I’m Not Talking About You, Of Course,” PLUS seven bonus essays. What a collection! If this doesn’t make you smile, then you’re not even trying.

“A Trip to the Hardware Store”
These humorous essays explore such quirky topics as: disastrous home repairs, (“A Trip to the Hardware Store”), an unfortunate dinner party (“Dinner is Served”), the truth about lazy people (“Lazy Bones”), the weird life of a debt collector (“Your Account is Past Due”) and obsessions with gadgets (“Gadget Girl”). Other essays examine how surreal the aging process is (“Where Did the Time Go?”), why you shouldn’t judge a person by their job (“Beyond Belief”), and how to complicate simple transactions (“High Finance”).
“I’m Not Talking About You, Of Course”
A collection of humorous insights into important topics ranging from annoying pet people (“I’m Not Talking About You, Of Course”), to analyzing your inner child (“Irrational Fears”), to living like the Amish in the aftermath of a hurricane (“A Jolt of Electricity”). Other essays examine just how much damage can be caused by a sneeze (“It All Started with a Loud Sneeze”), why it is so complicated to buy a tube of toothpaste (“Ask Me No Questions”), how a parent’s obsessive hobbies can become an inescapable vortex (“Crazy Hobbies”), and why spending the night in a sleep clinic is like being abducted by probing aliens (“Nightmare at the Sleep Clinic”).

Quirky Essays for Quirky People by Barbara Venkataraman
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MY REVIEW

A humorous collection of essays. A quick read that covers a variety of topics – friendships, work, aging, and some random thoughts thrown in for good measure. All quirky, and some laugh out loud funny.

List of essays:
1. “A Trip to the Hardware Store” – home repairs by dad
2. “Dinner is Served” – a dinner party
3. “Lazy Bones” – lazy people
4. “Your Account is Past Due” – debt collector
5. “Gadget Girl” – kitchen gadgets
6. “Where Did the Time Go?” – life with an aging parent
7. “Beyond Belief” – restaurant jobs
8. “High Finance” – settling bills, sister style
9. “I’m Not Talking About You, Of Course” – pet ownership
10. “Irrational Fears” – fears
11. “It All Started with a Loud Sneeze” – aging
12. “A Jolt of Electricity” – living without electricity
13. “Crazy Hobbies” – a parent’s hobbies
14. “Ask Me No Questions” – too many questions & upselling
15. “Friends in Low Places” – frogs
16. “Martha, I Let You Down” – cooking dinner
17. “No Right Answer” – friendship with a writer
18. “Words of Wisdom” – family secrets
19. “The Sweet Life” – candy radar
20. “If I Had to Choose” – insects
21. “You Think You Know a Person” – bacteria
22. “A Case of Age Discrimination” – aging
23. “Bittersweet” – chocolate
24. “Nightmare at the Sleep Clinic” – sleep clinic experience

I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person by Barbara Venkataraman

Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person by Barbara Venkataraman

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BOOK INFO

Title: Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person
Author: Barbara Venkataraman
Publisher: Independently Published
Publish Date: January 5, 2015
Genre: Humor
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

Fear not, Gentle Writer, Mrs. Grammar Person is here and she has the answers to all of the questions you never thought to ask. As a dedicated and serious grammarian, she will do what it takes to be entertaining and enlightening, but never vulgar or coarse. Heavens, no! Where are her smelling salts? Warm and witty, Mrs. G.P. makes grammar interesting with rhyming, wishful thinking, story-telling and a champagne toast. You are cordially invited to join her for a spot of tea!

Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person by Barbara Venkataraman
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MY REVIEW

Mrs. Grammar Person explains grammar rules in a humorous and engaging way.

An informative and unique source to explain common grammar questions. Easily read in one-sitting, this short book covers a variety of grammar topics.

I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.