The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

The White Tiger details the cast system in India and the rise of a person from the lowest cast to an upper cast.  When I mention this book, people say, oh.  It’s like Slum Dog Millionaire.  Uhmmm.  No.  I don’t think so.  It’s very different.  It starts off with our main character writing a letter to the premiere of China before the […]

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.  Let’s get into it. Not literally.  Literally would not be possible as it’s fantasy, but what a fantasy it is. Before I continue with this review, please check out the podcast version of this review. When I started The Starless Sea, I felt entranced and enchanted.  I looked forward to the most […]

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

American Dirt by Jeanine Cumins is an important book for our times.  Yes, the book has been likened to the modern day version of The Grapes of Wrath.  I’ve read those reviews and sometimes the expectations can be high. Below is my podcast audio of this review. I can’t recall what my expectations were but American Dirt […]

Ikigai by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles


Ikigai by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles.  What is Ikigai?  Ikigai translates to a reason to live.  Here’s the review of the book Ikigai.  If you prefer to listen to the podcast version, click on the audio below or the link to the podcast where this episode can be found. Ikigai is a book that […]

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

China Rich Girlfriend review comes from the script of the podcast by Living a Life Through Books. For more episodes by Living a Life through Books, click the link to her podcast. Hello everyone and welcome to living a life through books reviews.  I’m your host Dr. Shahnaz Ahmed and my friend Monique who talked about […]

Road trip from St. Louis, MO to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

The best time to take this road trip is the end of September or beginning October for obvious reasons – Autumn. The main reason we went was two-fold: fall colors and the Agawa Canyon Tour Train. The day after the tour train, when we did the road trip up to Wawa, that was quite spectacular. […]

Crescent City Books, a bookshop in NOLA

I would have added this to my “road trip” post, but this one is a combination of my wandering spirit and living a life through books.  So, I made a new post.  The thing is this.  Ever since I started living a life through books, through my travels, I have found myself in bookstores.  I’ll […]

Christmas 2018 Special

Hello everyone.  I’m Dr. Shahnaz Ahmed with Living a Life through books and happy holidays Welcome to our last special and last episode of this year.  This is our Christmas special. I want to say, just getting here to this point, at the end of this year, feels surreal.  What started out as an innocent […]

Take Me Away

Hello.  This is Dr. Shahnaz Ahmed with Living a life through books. Today, is a dreamy journey.  Or maybe not dreamy at all.  It’s about those great moments in a book that make you re-read those lines over and over and over again like you can’t get enough of that one scene.  I’m going to sound […]