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Amanda Quraishi

Joined 1 year, 6 months ago

I'm a middle-aged, eclectic book reader who enjoys both physical/paper books and audiobooks from lots of genres. I'm especially partial to all manner of science fiction, as well as nonfiction books on sociology, psychology and zen. I also love a good short story.

In my experience, book people are generally good people. Happy to be here.

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Amanda Quraishi's books

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2024 Reading Goal

12% complete! Amanda Quraishi has read 6 of 50 books.

Benjamin Radford: Tracking the chupacabra (2011) 5 stars

Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction and Folklore is a non-fiction book …

Well researched and written

5 stars

I picked this up to get some basic knowledge of the Chupacabra for a project I'm working on and found this book to be extremely useful as an overview of the topic. Written from a skeptical, scientific point of view, the author is brutally honest about where facts are ignored and overlooked. At the same time, he comes at the subject with genuine interest and enthusiasm. I enjoyed reading this a lot more than I thought I would.

Stephen King: On Writing (Paperback, 2012) 4 stars


5 stars

I have never read a Stephen King book in my life but I enjoy reading about writers' experiences with their craft. This book was wonderful. Part memoir, part nuts-and-bolts practical advice, it was thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end. So much so that now I'm waiting on a couple his fiction books at the library. Who knows, maybe I'll turn into a fan?

Jennette McCurdy: I'm Glad My Mom Died (Paperback, 2022, Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Publishing) 4 stars

A heartbreaking and hilarious memoir by iCarly and Sam & Cat star Jennette McCurdy about …

Well-written, very disturbing

4 stars

I'm not a JM fan or anything but my kids watched that show. I just needed a quick palate cleanser and this was available from the library. I'm glad I read it though. I have a lot of respect for her now.

  1. The writing is excellent and far exceeded my expectations.

  2. Honestly, I'm not sure how we as a society can continue justifying permitting kids in the entertainment industry. It's always bad. ALWAYS.

On Writing (and Writers) (Hardcover, HarperOne) 5 stars

A definitive collection of wisdom on every style of writing and a celebration of the …

Surprisingly enjoyable

5 stars

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy C.S. Lewis' writing in general, but I assumed this would just be a stuffy book of 'wisdom' from a person who wrote in a bygone era. Instead it is filled with practical advice, as well as some delicious opinions about other writers. Don't miss the section where he fanboys out like crazy over Tolkien. Good stuff.