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5 Things About Me

At the Laduree in Paris - April 2011.

1. I am often reading 2-3 books simultaneously. 

2. If I could find a paying job as a full-time reader I’d leave the finance world and my beloved Excel spreadsheets forever. But until that happens, I have to be content with updating this blog.

3. I live in Los Angeles. I hate Los Angeles.

4. My favorite books are:

A Fine Balance (Oprah’s Book Club)"" by Rohinton Mistry
My Sister’s Keeper: A Novel"" by Jodi Picoult
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
Madras on Rainy Days: A Novel by Samina Ali
A Thousand Splendid Suns"" by Khaled Hosseini

5. I have a husband and 6-year-old daughter. We have an arrangement – I tolerate them, they tolerate me. I make fun of them (and myself) on my original blog

20 Comments leave one →
  1. Pat Isom permalink
    May 29, 2011 1:13 am

    What do you like about A Fine Balance? I have it but haven’t gotten to it.

    I taught A Thousand Golden Suns in a comp class.

    I will forego The Paris Wife on your recommendation and just read the reviews in time for my book club ladies. We don’t discuss the book very much anyway. Everything else tho.

    I was in Paris last year in June!


    • May 30, 2011 4:07 am

      Hi Pat – A Fine Balance was a magical book! I usually don’t say this about Oprah’s picks but she really knew what she was doing with this one. From the imagery to the writing style to the relatable and admirable characters, I really loved the entire thing from start to finish. Let me know what you think when you finish it! Ameena

  2. May 30, 2011 11:15 am

    Correction. I haven’t read Ali’s book but now I will. You are right, A fine balance is magical as are all of his other books. Also, I’m sure you have, but have you read Thrity Umrigar’s books? I think you would like them too.

    • May 31, 2011 2:23 am

      I have read Thrity Umrigar’s books and I do love them. It’s so nice to find someone else who does too!

      • Laurie permalink
        August 28, 2013 7:48 am

        Hi Ameena! I really enjoy your blog, and your book reviews. Have you read “Cutting for Stone” and “The Poisonwood Bible”? Both books are at the top of my list and have had a profound affect on me. I highly recommend them!
        Happy traveling and moving!

      • August 28, 2013 12:51 pm

        Laurie – thank you for the kind words! I tried to read “Cutting for Stone”…I tried so HARD! But I could not get past the first 50 pages or so. Everyone tells me it really picks up so I need to give it another try. And thank you for the recommendation on “The Poisonwood Bible.” I have not read it but will definitely add it to my Goodreads list. Can’t wait to check it out. 🙂

  3. May 30, 2011 12:32 pm

    I haven’t read “A Fine Balance” – I want to now!

    Do you really hate LA? Where would you want to live? NY? …Paris? 🙂

    • May 30, 2011 4:43 pm

      London and NYC are at the top of my list of places I’d love to live…Paris is a close second!

  4. yours truly permalink
    June 15, 2011 10:15 pm

    this is so friggin cute ameena, love the book reviews….almost makes me wanna jump up and get to a book….if i could just be done w the dishes! loved your sense of humor you brought to this book review too, way to go….love your style!!

    • June 22, 2011 9:10 am

      I’ll come over and help you do the dishes…that way you can have some time to read!!

  5. yours truly permalink
    June 15, 2011 10:16 pm

    oh, and forgot to mention am loving the cover of this site….are you reading french books now;)

  6. seegirlsmile permalink
    July 2, 2011 11:05 am

    How do you learn how to do a proper book review? Is there a specific way to do it and something to read to find out ?

    • July 3, 2011 7:49 am

      That’s a really good question…on my own blog I utilize my own format but when I get paid to do book reviews for other sites I utilize the format those sites prefer. I hope that helps!

  7. July 5, 2011 2:07 am

    I normally visit your other blog ‘Fancy That…Fancy This’ but didn’t know you had a book review section or rather another blog. Well congratulation for being such a busy women. I guess I have to visit this site as often as I do on the other.

    Keep it up – your content brings a smile to my face 🙂

    • July 5, 2011 6:58 am

      Thank you so much for the kind compliment – I appreciate you reading!

  8. August 1, 2011 11:47 am

    “A Fine Balance” is also one of my FAVORITE books! Love “A Thousand Splendid Suns” too.

    • August 1, 2011 7:18 pm

      It’s so nice to hear others love these two books as much as I do!

  9. August 5, 2011 8:06 am

    I haven’t read a single book that you have read (except for the thousand splendid suns) and you MAY not have read the ones that I have. A perfect excuse to exchange books ,had we lived a little closer to each other. I would love for you to read” Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” by Amy Chua and do a review on your blog.

    • August 7, 2011 6:55 am

      I really want to read Amy Chua’s book, despite the fact that I haven’t heard good things about it. Her parenting tactics intrigue me. Yes, a book exchange would have been fabulous, if only we weren’t a million miles away!

  10. Laurie permalink
    August 28, 2013 4:31 pm

    Hi Ameena,
    Laurie again…I saw your Eiffel Tower pic, I hope so much to be there one day…however until i do, I can enjoy it a little vicariously through others!! A comment on “My Sister’s Keeper”- I did not read the book but saw the movie and almost could not stay for the whole thing. I have been an oncology nurse, and this movie broke my heart. I cried so hard I’m sure the book would be at least the same. I don’t usually avoid emotional books, but this was particularly difficult. I’m glad you enjoyed it, though. Again, have fun traveling, and have some tea somewhere spectacular for me, will you please?!

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