Thanks to Manali Desai for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review!
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Art of Being Grateful and other stories is a collection of eight very short stories and 20 tiny tales. The book is like a big basket of treats that tells us stories rooted in various themes ranging from little things in our daily lives that somehow end up being quite big. There are stories about us adjusting to a new home and family to self-happiness to love to adoption. There are stories about every thought that we’ve all come across during this worldwide lockdown party.
MY READING EXPERIENCE
To be honest, I seldom read books that are a collection of short stories. I usually prefer novels. However, I read this book during an extremely hectic week at work. And I couldn’t be gladder about it.
Since the stories were hardly one or two pages long, I can’t be talking about plot and structure, like I usually do. But the characters were pretty relatable and it felt like we all know such characters in our daily lives. And reading about those characters and their everyday struggles that seem very small and negligible but actually aren’t was wonderfully refreshing for me.
I liked how the author weaved her stories based on some morals. But she also stated them at the end of the stories. I’d rather have her work a little more on the stories themselves and leave the morals out of the book. The stories definitely had the potential to deliver the messages by themselves. The writing in the book was easy breezy and could’ve been better if the stories and the characters were developed a bit more.
Overall, it was a feel-good experience to read this book. I am going to cherish a few parts, for sure!
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Quick Question: Which short story do you usually recommend?