Book Review: A Smidge of Crazy by Barbara Venkataraman

Posted August 2, 2019 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Memoirs, Non-Fiction, Review / 0 Comments

Book Review: A Smidge of Crazy by Barbara VenkataramanA Smidge of Crazy by Barbara Venkataraman
Narrator: Sara M. Sapp
Series: Quirky Essays for Quirky People #2
Published by Self-published on 07-18-19
Genres: Memoirs, Non-Fiction
Length: 59 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Author
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Overal Rating: four-stars

A collection of humorous insights into important topics ranging from being targeted by annoying ads ("Nowhere to Hide"), to resorting to symbols when you've forgotten your words ("At a Loss for Words"), to figuring out what door that extra key opens ("My Extra Key"). Other essays examine how sitting is the new smoking (whatever that means), and why it is just so hard to focus when you have the attention span of a gnat.

This is the second volume of a collection of humorous essays inspired by Barbara Venkataraman’s own life and circumstances. If you enjoyed the first book, you will also like this one. The stories are a mix of humorous and bitter but they are always told using a light tone, irony, and the indispensable final punch.

They are 15 very short stories, ideal for a light and quick listen. I think I especially enjoyed ‘My Extra Key’, ‘Mental Health Day, ‘Try to Focus’, and ‘What is your Thunder’. I found easy to relate to Barbara’s stories, and I laughed out loud at her down to earth recollections.

It was the first time I listened to Sara M. Sapp, but her narration was very similar to Carrie Lee Martz’s in the first book, employing a light and sometimes snarky tone, a style that perfectly matched the stories.

If you enjoy funny and light short stories, this book is for you. It will also make you think about how important can be the simple things in life.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Story (Plot)
Overall: four-stars