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Friday, April 18, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: An Author I Will Cherish Forever.....Rest In Peace

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One of the world's most famous author and writer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, moved on to the other world today at the age of 87.

One of his most amazing books that I love even now and have re-read a few times is A Hundred Years of Solitude. Of course anyone who has read it will know the kind of magic the book spins. And it is quite impossible to explain about the book to someone who hasn't.

I know for a fact that wherever he may be headed now, after his amazing time here, he will continue to spin his magic....Rest in Peace sir....

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or The Murder At Road Hill House by Kate Summerscale: On The Cover




‘Absolutely riveting’ Sarah Waters

‘A classic’ John Le Carre

‘Terrific’ Ian Rankin

WINNER OF THE BBC FOUR SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE

Shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger

‘A beautiful piece, written with great lucidity and respect for the reader, and with immaculate restraint. A classic, to my mind, of the finest documentary writing’ John Le Carre

Monday, April 7, 2014

Nemesis by Lindsey Davis: First Page Mondays

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ROME AND LATIUM
SUMMER, AD 77

I find it surprising more people are not killed over dinner at home. In my work we reckon that murder is most likely to happen among close acquaintances. Someone will finally snap after years of being wound up to blind rage by the very folk who best know how to drive them to distraction. For once it will be just too much to watch someone else eating the last sesame pancake - which, of course was snatched with a triumphant laugh that was intended to rankle. So a victim expires with honey still dribbling down their chin - though it happens less often than you might expect.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Reading On Paper Or Reading On A Screen?





I have never really understood the concept of reading on a screen.

In my line of work, I spend at least 5 to 6 hours reading up things on the screen. In addition to that, I spend a few more hours creating content, that too on the screen.

That’s quite a lot of screen time for me, especially when I say that I do not understand why people read on a screen.

For me, reading is always synonymous with a collection of pages in your hand, a book, if you may, and flipping through the pages, living with the characters, making them your own, and understanding them slowly and steadily. Any time I want to relive a moment in a book, I go back to that page and read it again, caressing the page, feeling as if I am a part of that life that is living within the book.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Collection of Heng Souk by S R Wilsher: Excerpt and About


 I recently received an email from writer S R Wilsher, who is a debut author. His book, titled The Collection of Heng Souk, is an interesting read, that has the feel of a journal, but goes way in depth.

Here is a summary of the plot:

The story has as it catalyst the Vietnam War, but it is much more about the connection of the people, and the terrible effects wrought by war, rather than it is about the conflict.

At the heart of the story is a journal kept by a young US prisoner-of-war, Ephraim Luther and his torturous relationship with his captor, Heng Souk, who makes him dig the graves of the other prisoners.

The journal also reveals the fate of another prisoner, one who left at home a woman with an unborn son. Now forty, that child, Thomas Allen, who has just buried the man he believed to be his ‘real’ father, seeks to solve the puzzle of his long-lost family and his mother’s greatest secret. As he traces the elderly Heng Souk, he begins a perilous relationship with the man’s married niece.

Product Summary on Amazon:

When her father dies, Sun visits his estranged brother, Heng Souk to return a surprise package. Yet her frail uncle is a very different man from her tough and testing father. When she discovers in his possession a notebook written by an American POW detailing his torturous relationship with his captor, she is startled by what she learns.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon: On The Cover

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So this wonderful book I first heard of on BookTube (Youtube's book community) and happened to see it at a nearby book store. Obviously I picked it up....

I finished reading it and the review shall follow soon, but for those of you who haven't heard of it, here is what the cover jacket says....(but I feel it does not do much justice to the book as it is much more than this.)

Winner Whitbread Book of The Year

Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and Booktrust Teenage Prize

Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the British Book Awards.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Books I Have Recently Enjoyed

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So the last few weeks have seen me reading a lot, and I mean...A LOT!

I may have been exceptionally slow on the reviews here, as there is a lot of stuff I am juggling about right now, both professionally as well as on the home front.

Add to that the fact that both my daughters are home now for the next 3 months (the elder one has a long break as she is in the middle of changing school), and it's utter chaos!

I took up the Goodreads Reading Challenge this year as each year and my personal target for this year is 80. I have finished reading 26 books till now and am on the 27th right now...

So, here are a few books that I have really enjoyed reading in the recent past.....

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Dog Who Healed A Family by Jo Coudert: Review

 
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(*this lovely book was sent to me as a review copy by the publishers. I have not been paid for this and the review shared is my honest one)

Have you heard about this book? Have you read it yet? Have you seen anything about this anywhere? If yes, I am glad.

Surprisingly, I had not heard anything about this wonderful book called The Dog Who Healed A Family And Other True Animal Stories That Warm the Heart & Touch the Soul by Jo Coudert and published by Harlequin.

When the publishers asked me whether I would like a review copy, I instantly said yes, the reason being that I am a huge dog person, and absolutely love animals (the crawly ones aside please.) So I said yes and within the week this lovely book was a part of my family. The picture of the dog on the cover reminds me of my very own pet, whom I lost almost a decade back. He looked just like this too, so it was quite an emotional moment for me to pick this one up.

Before I tell you more about the book and my thoughts on it, here are the specifics:

Details about the book:
Title: The Dog Who Healed A Family
Author: Jo Coudert
No. of Pages:172
Publishers: Harlequin
Genre: Non Fiction
Price: INR195

The book has the following 18 true stories

Monday, March 3, 2014

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer: First Page Mondays

 Here is the first page from the incredible book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.

If you haven't read it yet, I definitely recommend you do.....I am looking forward to watch the movie now as well....

WHAT THE?

What about a teakettle? What if the spout opened and closed when the steam came out so it would become a mouth, and it could whistle pretty melodies, or do Shakespeare, or just crack up with me? I could invent a teakettle that reads in Dad's voice, so I could fall asleep, or maybe a set of kettles that sings the chorus of 'Yellow Submarine,' which is a song by the Beatles, who I love, because entomology is one of my raisons d'etre, which is a French expression that I know. Another good thing is that I could train my anus to talk when I farted. If I wanted to be extremely hilarious, I'd train it to say, 'Wasn't me!' every time I made an incredibly bad fart. And if I ever made an incredibly bad fart in the Hall of Mirrors, which is in Versailles, which is outside Paris, which is in France, my anus would say, 'Ce n'etais pas moi!'

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer: On The Cover

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I got into this amazing book by a book lover on YouTube...this was highly praised and recommended, and being just a few pages into the book, I can say this is one you absolutely must read....

As of now, here's what's on the cover jacket....If you have seen the movie let me know about it...I will watch it once I finish reading....

..........................

'Dazzling' - Arena

'Heartbreaking' - Daily Telegraph

'Spectacular' - Observer

'Utterly engaging. From the very first page it is a hugely involving read....a heartbreaker: tragic, funny, intensely moving' Spectator

In a vase in a closet, a couple of years after his father died in 9/11, nine year old Oskar discovers a key.....

The key belonged to his father, he's sure of that. But which of New York's 162 million locks does it open?

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Earthly Joys by Philippa Gregory: Sneaky Peeky Sunday


I am currently reading The Earthly Joys by Philippa Gregory and here's the page I am on now....

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Summer 1628

The message came in the middle of June, one of the best months of the year for a gardener. John had started his day's work in the rose garden, dead-heading the blowsy blooms and tossing the petals into a basket for the still room. They would be dried and used in pomanders, or for scattering in the linen cupboards to scent the duke's sheets. Or they might be claimed by the cooks and candied to decorate the duke's sweetmeats. Everything in the garden, from drowsily humming bees to falling rosy pale petals, was the duke's and grew for his pleasure. Except he was not here to see them.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Book Thief Official Trailer: Book Vs. Movies


Yes, the movie The Book Thief is releasing here tomorrow and I simply can't wait to go and watch it. In case you haven't read the book or don't know what it is about, here is the REVIEW
 
- Debolina Raja Gupta

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Dog Who Healed A Family by Jo Coudert: First Page Mondays


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The Dog Who Healed A Family And Other True Animal Stories That Warm the Heart & Touch the Soul by Jo Coudert shall forever remain one of my most loved books ever.....

I am so glad and thankful that the publishers sent me this book for a review! Can't believe I never heard about it earlier...

In this post, I am sharing the first page...will soon come back with many more tidbits from this lovely book that you absolutely must read...

The Puppy Express

Curled nose to tail, the little dog was drowsing in Nancy Topp's lap as the truck rolled along the interstate. Suddenly Nancy felt her stiffen into alertness. 'What's the matter, old girl?' Nancy asked. At seventeen, Snoop had a bit of a heart condition and some kidney problems, and the family was concerned about her.

 Struggling to her feet, the dog stared straight ahead. She was a small dog, with a dachshund body but a beagle head, and she almost seemed to be pointing. A wisp of smoke was curling out of a crack in the dashboard. 'Joe!' she shouted at her husband at the wheel. 'Joe, the engine's on fire!'

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Wisha Wozzariter by Payal Kapadia: Review


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(*I received a complimentary reading copy of the book courtesy the PR team for the Crossword Book Awards. I have not been paid for the review and all opinions are my own)

Okay, so that part sorted (that the views shared here are my own and not paid for) I shall tell you all about this book that won the Crossword Award for the Best Book in Children's Books category.

A few weeks back, my daughter took the book with her to the Kahaani Karnival held in Mumbai and got it signed by the author. One happy kid! :-)

What really got me interested in Wisha Wozzariter by Payal Kapadia was the premise. It was a very 'realistic' setting, especially as my daughter is a voracious reader herself and reads day in and day out, including most part of the night when she is awake. Also the fact that she wants to be a writer when she grows up and is already writing her own little stories.

If you don't know what the book is about, here is a look:

10 year old Wisha loves to read day in and day out. She feels that reading is the best thing that could ever

Monday, February 3, 2014

Don't Blink by James Patterson and Howard Roughan: First Page Mondays

 Here's the first page from the book Don't Blink by James Patterson & Howard Roughan

Prologue

IN THE WINK OF
A BLINK OF AN EYE

ONE

LOMBARDO'S STEAKHOUSE ON Manhattan's tony Upper East Side was just famous for two things, two specialties of the house. The first was its double-thick. artery-clogging forty-six-ounce porterhouse, the mere sight of which could give a vegan an apoplectic seizure.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth: Review

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I guess I am a little late in reading the series (though the 3rd and final book came out only recently), but yes, after kind of enjoying the dystopian world, I did get to read the much talked about and much hyped dystopian series Divergent.

Written by author Veronica Roth, the series is a trilogy and features 3 books - Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant

The entire book tube community has been raving about this book (in case you don't know, book tube is the hugely strong book network on the video sharing community YouTube...they are a category in themselves!). I heard about this book from almost ALL booktubers whose channels I am subscribed to. The book is a YA and is set in a dystopian world. If you have read The Hunger Games, then the plot line of the book is loosely similar, but that is where the comparisons end. For one, this book is no where as gross or violent as The Hunger Games series. Of course it has the survival issues at play.

*I am reviewing the entire series here book by book and will not share separate reviews

Since there is much chance of spoilers if I discuss too much about the storyline, I won't be doing it here, so if you want to know more about the story, you can check some other places online :-)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Genres That Are Coming Up

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Of late I have been reading a lot of YA books. If you don't know what YA means, it is an abbreviation for the term Young Adult. This is a genre which is basically geared towards the college kids and well, youngsters who are now adults.

Earlier, I would always give these books a miss, as I felt being in my early 30s doesn't really make me 'young' enough to read YA any more. I was so wrong.

With some of the YA books that I read, I was absolutely hooked on. I gulped down the pages and waited excitedly for the next in the series. This is another typical YA book phenomenon, where books aren't just books, but are part of a 'series.' But no complaints. I absolutely loved them.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Divergent by Veronica Roth: First Page Mondays


THERE IS ONE mirror on my house It is behind a sliding panel in the hallway upstairs. Our faction allows me to stand in front of it on the second day of every third month, the day my mother cuts my hair.

 I sit on the stool and my mother stands behind me with the scissors, trimming. The strands fall on the floor in a dull, blond ring.

 When she finishes, she pulls my hair away from my face and twists it into a knot. I note how calm she looks and how focused she is. She is well-practiced in the art of losing herself. I can't say the same of myself.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Insurgent by Veronica Roth: Sneaky Peeky Sunday


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I just finished reading Divergent, the first book in the trilogy, and am now reading the second book that's Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

Here's the page I am on right now.....

'.......what they were planning - was he lying?

He must have been. I press the heel of my hand to my forehead. My brother chose faction over blood. There has to be a reason. She must have threatened him. Or coerced him in some way.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Divergent by Veronica Roth: On The Cover


 I just started reading the first book in the Divergent Trilogy by author Veronica Roth. The first book is called Divergent, and here's what's on the cover.

 SHE TURNS
TO FACE
THE FUTURE
IN A
WORLD
THAT'S
FALLING
APART

THREE
FLYING
BIRDS.....
ONE FOR EACH
MEMBER OF THE
FAMILY
I LEFT BEHIND.

The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna: Review

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*Bloomsbury India sent me a copy of The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna to read and write about.

The first thing that struck me about the book was the gorgeous cover. It is a beautifully illustrated cover, very old stylish and simplistic, yet artistic and just plain gorgeous! I loved the detailing and the mix of colours. Very pretty cover.

The details about the book:
Title: The Hired Man
Author: Aminatta Forna
No. of Pages: 304

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Year Published: 2013

About the story:

The novel is set around the year 2007, with memories that take the reader back in time.

The Hired Man is essentially a story of memories, of new relationships being formed, and the aftermath of war on those who are left behind. The story is set in the quiet Croatian town of Gost, a beautiful place that is surrounded by nature. In this quiet town arrives a stranger with her two teenaged kids. Next to her home, lives a man with his two hunting dogs, who are all the company he needs.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Crossword Book Gifts: Books I Received From CrossWord


The Crossword Book Awards 2013 was announced recently and there were some really great books that were battling it out for the title.

I browsed through the titles and there were some that I knew could absolutely not be missed out. So, when I told this to Crossword, they promptly sent me the books that I had top-listed :-)

The complimentary books I received from Crossword are:

A Life in Words by Ismat Chughtai (translated by M. Asaduddin) - I just finished reading this and the review is coming up soon

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Harlequin India Passion 2013: Aspiring Authors Auditions 2013 On Till 25th Jan 2014


About Passion 2013:

So the most awaited writing audition is back! With 9 stories already published, Harlequin brings back Passion Aspiring Authors Audition Season 4, to give another chance to all those aspiring authors who couldn't make it earlier and want to give it a shot this time!

This year, the categories have been made open for the following genres:
  1. Romance
  2. General Fiction - which can include drama, thriller, comedy

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna: On The Cover





From the Orange Prize-shortlisted author of The Memory of Love

‘Forna is a writer of great talent’ Monica Ali

Gost is a small town surrounded by mountains and fields of wild flowers. The summer sun burns. The Croatian winter brings freezing winds. Beyond its boundaries an old house which has lain empty for years is showing signs of life. One of the windows, glass darkened with dirt, today stands open, and the lively chatter of English voices carries across the fallow fields. Laura and her teenage children have arrived.

A short distance away lies the hut of Duro Kolak who lives alone with his two hunting dogs. As he helps Laura with repairs to the old house, they uncover a mosaic beneath ruined plaster and, in the rising heat of the summer, painstakingly restore it. But Gost is not all it seems, and in the silence something stirs: memories of conflicts long past stull suppurate beneath the scars.

 



- Debolina Raja Gupta

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

My Daughter and Her World of Books

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My 06-year old princess is forever reading (and I am sure the just-turned 05-month old is going to follow the 2 book worms in the family - obviously!) ;-)

While I am constantly wondering where I will stack up my books in the near future, I am crazily running out of space, and even after giving away more than 50% of my books recently (sad sad), I have some 300+ books that shall always remain, and add more to the family.

So, it's not a surprise that my elder one has a penchant for books. She has already finished reading various Enid Blyton series, the Amelia Janes, Horrid Henry's, Enid Blyton story book collections, Noddy was done ages ago, Roald Dahl she loves and so many more authors that she is regularly discovering and loving and adding to her collection.

I absolutely love this being a book lover myself. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Review




Since I am obsessed with reading book, of course there are tons of books I come across that make a special impact on me, and earn a special place in my heart forever. And because I am obsessed with books, I am also always on the lookout for some amazing book recommendations.

One book that I recently picked up based on a recommendation was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. And it is also the first book I finished reading in the year 2014.

The first thing I will say about this book is that it will leave a big impact on you. The book is categorised under the young-adult novel section and is a big book. It is nearly 600 pages long and is filled with layers and layers of thoughts, understanding, feelings and story-telling genius that will come undone depending at what age you are reading it. So if you are reading it in your late teens you may peel off some layers, while you will read through some more layers when you read it as a young adult or around your mid-20s. If you read it even later, as I did, you will really really enjoy the book in more dimensions than you could before. There is just so much to take in that I can’t say it’s fair to categorise this as a young adult novel. The ‘tag’ may put off some more mature readers, thinking it to be kiddish, but that is truly not so!


Picture Stories: Books and Bookshelves


 Old books.....I can never love them enough...

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- Debolina Raja Gupta

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The First Book I Read in 2014: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


What a great way to begin reading in the year! The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is clearly one of the best books I've ever read. So brilliantly written, so thought provoking, heart wrenching and heart warming, and amazingly witty and sarcastic and witty - all at the same time....

I am so glad I decided to pick this one up....shall remain one of my top favourite books ever!

Do tell me which book you read the first this year :-)

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Book Wish List for 2014

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Yes, so the new year is almost HERE!!! And as always, I have my book wish list read :-)

So, here we go....
  1. Testimony by Anita Shreve
  2. Cell by Stephen King
  3. The White Hotel by D M Thomas
  4. Then we came to the end by Joshua Ferris
  5. Their eyes were watching god by Zora Neale Hurston
  6. Fight club by Chuck Palahniuk
  7. Flight behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver
  8. State of fear by Michael Crighton
  9. Snow by Orhan Pamuk
  10. Red by Orhan Pamuk
  11. Go ask Alice
  12. Bridge To Tabithia by Katherine Patterson
  13. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  14. Paper scissors death by Giliana Campbell Slan
  15. Lullabies for little criminals by Heather O Neil
  16. A child called A by David Pelzer
  17. The tale of the time being
  18. The knife of never letting go
  19. Mr. Penumbra's 24 hour bookstore by Robin Sloan
  20. An abundance of Katherines by John Green
  21. I'll be seeing you by Suzanne Palmieri Hayes
 - Debolina Raja Gupta

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak: First Page Mondays


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One of the first things that I realised about this book is that there are no negative reviews about it, at least none that I have come across yet. Almost everyone who has any idea of what holocaust or the nazi regime talks about, has read this one. I have just begun reading it, and yes, it's fantastic, and a must-read....

So here's what's on the first page of The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Sunday, December 29, 2013

My Top 10 Books of 2013

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Well, the year is almost up! So it's that time of the year when we do a book wrap up of all the wonderful books we came across...And there have been so many great books I read this year. Look around the blog world or on YouTube and you'll come across some really amazing books that you must absolutely read if you haven't. 

This is not a list of books that have been necessarily published in the year 2013, but are books that I have read this year. So, without any more word space being eaten up, here we go...

My Top 10 Favourite Books of 2013 (in no particular order, but mostly in the order I read, with the first book being the one I read the earliest this year)

Friday, December 20, 2013

Crossword Book Award 2013 Winners

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As I had mentioned in an earlier post, I received an invite to attend the Crossword Book Award 2013 but could not attend this year as I have a very new baby at home :-)

But that does not mean I didn't follow what happened at the awards.

For starters, the event was hosted by the very lovely Suchitra Pillai and featured a brilliant performance by Taufiq Qureshi.

This was the 12th year of the Awards, and also the year that saw the highest number of entries ever received in the history of the Book Award. The entire judging process took over 6 months which included shortlisting the books, before finally proceeding to announce the winner. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: On The Cover

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So after hearing soo soo much about this one, I finally bought and am in the middle of reading The Fault in our Stars by John Green. Of course I would recommend everyone to read this, but let me tell you, the book will break your heart....

If you have no clue of what the book is about, or even if you do, here's what's on the cover jacket:

'Electric...filled with staccato bursts of humor and tragedy' - Jodi Picoult

Friday, December 13, 2013

Guest Post by Author Marianne Harden of Malicious Mischief

(*this is a PR-generated post and the author of the blog/post takes no responsibility. I have not read the book and the views or information shared are not mine. This is simply a post to make you aware of the book.)

Author Marianne Harden's debut romantic mystery book is out. It's called Malicious Mischief and is the 1st book in the Rylie Keyes romantic mystery series.

Here, she talks about the character from her book and what she created in store for them......

To know more about the book and to participate in an interesting giveaway, CLICK HERE 

“YOUR FEAR BECOMES YOU”

We can run, but we can’t hide from our fears. Neither can characters in books. Writers won’t let them. Thus, I decided, to better acquaint you with several character in MALICIOUS MISCHIEF, 1st in the Rylie Keyes romantic mystery series, I would share what scares the heck out of them.
~ Marianne Harden


Picture Stories



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Wow......now imagine sitting here and taking out a book of your choice and reading away :-) !!!!!

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Cleaning and Organising The Bookshelf


 So today I forced myself to at least try and clean up the books...it was long overdue!

With a 4 month old in the house and a 6 year old home sick from school, it was quite a challenge. Just a few weeks back I had given away half of my books to create space, and these babies were what I was left with. But I did manage to wade through the dust and the tiredness of it and finally, managed to sort out everything within an hour flat ! :-)



And here's what it looks like now....


Bit colour coordinated..... These aren't all the books though, I've kept some more in another part of the house... And yet again, I've taken out some more to give away..... So stay tuned as I share details about a blog sale (open to book lovers residing in India only, sadly!)


- Debolina Raja Gupta

Monday, December 9, 2013

Malicious Mischief by Marianne Harden: Book Blurb and Giveaway (Nook HD)


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(*all information shared in this post is courtesy the author's PR team and the writer of the blog/post takes no responsibility for the same - this is just an informational post about the book.)
 
If you're in the USA, here's a giveaway you don't want to miss!
Giveaway (Nook HD, US Only) Rafflecopter Code:

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory: Review


Recently I finished reading The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory. In case you don't know much about this book, you can read the cover jacket here.

I first heard about this book on YouTube as I was checking out some book videos. And from what I heard, the book instantly appealed to me.

I am a fan of historic literature, especially historic fiction, and I absolutely love getting lost in history and reading about people and cultures that were back then. Of course not all of it will be accurate, that's a given, and writers do have certain liberties. So once I heard about the book I really wanted to read it. Just to let you know, the book is historical fiction and much of it is REAL. Of course a lot of it is also fiction. I would say it's a wonderful mix of real and fiction.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Crossword Awards 2013 At Mehboob Studios, Mumbai


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This year, the Crossword Book Awards 2013 are being held on the 1st day of the Times Literary Carnival, at Mehboob Studios, Mumbai.

What: The Crossword Book Awards 2013
Date: 6th December 2013
Time: 7pm onwards
Venue: Mehboob Studios , Bandra

Crossword, one of India's leading book chain, is back with the famous and much-looked forward to book awards of the year, the Crossword Book Awards. India's very own answer to the Pulitzer, The Booker or The Commonwealth, the Crossword Book Awards is a platform that brings together the best names in the literary circles.

Some of the heavy literary names present this year will be:

Picture Stories: Books and Bookshelves


 Cute :-)

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- Debolina Raja Gupta

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Debt & The Doormat by Laura Barnard: Review

Author Laura Barnard with her copy of The Debt & The Doormat

(*I was provided a review copy of the book by the author. The reviews expressed here are my own and have not been influenced by the author. Also, I have not been paid for this)

I first heard about the book when author Laura Barnard wrote me a mail, asking if I would like to review her new book called 'The Debt & The Doormat.' From the synopsis, the book looked really fun, so I promptly agreed.

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory: First Page Mondays


 I've already read the first part in the series that's titled The Constant Princess. This is the second, The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. It's a six book series.

Here's the first page from the book:

Spring 1521

I could hear a roll of muffled drums. But I could see nothing but the lacing on the bodice of the lady standing in front of me, blocking my view of the scaffold. I had been at this court for more than a year and attended hundreds of festivities; but never before one like this.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Eureka! The Bookstore For The Young: Online Shopping for Kids' Books


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While browsing online, I came across this interesting online bookstore that's specially for kids! Now that's something....

My 6-year old daughter has finished most books that are in the age group till 10, and it's a constant struggle to find her more interesting books.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: First Page Mondays


 Here's the first page from the book I'm reading currently: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

You can also check out the cover jacket here to know more about the story...

NICK DUNNE
THE DAY OF

When I think of my wife, I always think of her head. The shape of it, to begin with. The very first time I saw her, it was the back of the head I saw, and there was something lovely about it, the angles of it. Like a shiny, hard corn kernel or a riverbed fossil. She had what the Victorians would call a finely shaped head. You could imagine the skull quite easily.
 I'd know her head anywhere.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: On The Cover


I heard about this book through another fellow book lover online and just the description was enough to make me order it....I just started reading it today and must say can't wait to keep reading more and more.....

Here's what's on the cover:

THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY......