This one does exactly what it says on the tin! It’s a collection of essays/short stories all about the weird and wonderful happenings of everyday life.Quirky Essays for Quirky People by Barbara Venkataraman
on 13 May 2014
Genres: non fiction
Narrator: Carrie Lee Martz
Length: 2 hours 11 minutes
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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.
My Thoughts on Quirky Essays for Quirky People:
This is a fun collection of thoughts and random reminiscences from the author’s life. I found the more that I related to the story, the higher my enjoyment of them was. Each story is only a few minutes long and so makes for a fun time out during your day to listen to one or two.
It reminded me of listening to a dorky friend relate a quirky antidote where the laugh is always at their own expense. My favourite story was the one titled Your Account is Past Due which is all about the weird life of a debt collector. As I work in Finance, I was nodding my head in agreement with some of the random excuses she heard in the course of her job.
Another one that I really identified with was Dinner is Served which reflects on how hard it is to cater for friends when they all seem to have various food intolerances and allergies. YES! I know that feel, I’m pretty allergic for trying to keep it all straight in my head!
Some stories left me feeling a little underwhelmed (like the DIY one) but I feel that if you could relate to it then you would probably feel different about it. I just don’t have any interest in DIY and so it didn’t grab my attention. But the great thing about short stories is that I didn’t feel I wasted my time. In a few minutes it was over and then along came some that did make me giggle.
I did enjoy that the stories weren’t melodramatic, they were just natural happenings all lightened up with a little subtle humour. And who doesn’t enjoy a quick blast of humour for a little mini break during your day?
Who should read Quirky Essays for Quirky People?
I’d recommend this book to you if you enjoy quirky humour and crazy but fun insights into everyday life.
I was lucky enough to win a copy of this audio book over at I Wish I Lived in a Library. Thanks to Katherine for hosting the giveaway and to the author for sending me the audiobook.