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The Rule of Fifty?

When a friend from my book club emailed me a link with Nancy Pearl’s Rule of Fifty, I heaved a sigh of relief!
I have always been a voracious reader and for me it was a cardinal sin to leave a book when once started. I had to finish it and this habit of mine is responsible for reading hours wasted on books that were not up my alley.

With the Rule of Fifty, I felt empowered. I could start a book and if it did not appeal, I could put it away for another time. And then again if it did not talk to me, the book found it’s way to the charity stalls where another victim awaited.

When I think back, I realise that even though Nancy Pearl helped me value the importance of my time, her rule brought out an impatient and to some extent, intolerant approach. I was too quick to give up. Page 50 helped me decide and in the process I lost out on reading some extremely good books which are slow starters, but take you right up there to the highest level of skilful writing.
Social networking came to the rescue, where book lovers could post reviews and ask others what they felt. Had it not been to, ” hang in there and don’t give up”, ” it gets better by page 98″ or ” it’s a fabulous book, it grows on you”, I would have lost out on reading some of the books that I love- Amitav Ghosh’s The River of Smoke, Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red and most recently Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries.
Ask us and we here at The Good Book Corner will review the book for you. As readers you too can give your reviews and help others decide for themselves based on what you say. You can catch us on our Facebook page or write in to us at info@the
Happy Reading!!!!!
With all due respect to Nancy Pearl.
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About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

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