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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.

Friday, November 22, 2013

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......

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Parenting: Illustrated With Crappy Pictures by Amber Dusick: Review

 
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(* review copy received by PR group, views expressed here are honest opinion of the blog owner and reviewer)

Some time back I received a mail asking me if I would like to review this very interesting book titled 'Parenting: Illustrated With Crappy Pictures by Amber Dusick'. To be honest, since I hadn't heard about the book earlier, my first thought was that this was going to another of those 'crappy' books that I have received for review in the past (no pun intended).

Parenting: Illustrated With Crappy Pictures by Amber Dusick: On The Cover



 This is surely one of the most interesting, witty and funny books I've EVER READ!!!! And not just in the parenting category...So if you haven't picked this up yet, go out right now and get yourself a copy!

Here's what's on the cover:

'Amber Dusick has transformed the truest, grittiest and most cringe-induced trials of parenting into something incredibly hysterical, poignant and meaningful.'
- MAYIM BIALIK, author of Beyond the Sling and actress, The Big Bang Theory

Friday, November 8, 2013

Picture Stories: Books and Bookshelves

 Reminds me of the secret library in Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Angel's Game and Shadows of the Wind

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- Debolina Raja Gupta

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri: On The Cover

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LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2013

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

Two brothers bound by tragedy.

A fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past.

A country torn by revolution.

A love that lasts long past death.

'The kind of writer who makes you want to grab the next person you see and say 'Read this''' - Amy Tan

'A writer of uncommon elegance and poise.' - Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Monday, November 4, 2013

A Fraction of The Whole by Steve Toltz: Review



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The first time I came across this book, I wasn't aware of it's status at the Man Booker Prize. A Fraction of The Whole by Steve Toltz is a 2008 novel that was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in the same year. The main reason I picked up the book was due to it's quirky story line Sane families are all alike - but every crazy family is crazy in its own way. Whoa!!! That sure grabbed my attention.

If you want to understand a bit more about the storyline, here's the cover jacket for you to read: CLICK HERE

Before we move on to the review, here are the details about the book:
Title: A Fraction of The Whole
Author: Steve Toltz
Publisher: Penguin
No. of Pages: 711

Type of cover read in: Paperback (also available in hardback)

The book is surely a huge book, given that it's over 700 pages, but the best part about reading it, especially if you're not the type of person who likes to read big books, is that the story is so interesting and the pages go by so fast, you won't really realise how much you'll end up reading.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Picture Stories: Books and Bookshelves

 I'll soon be needing this at my place!

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- Debolina Raja Gupta

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club by Liz Stauffer: An Excerpt


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Here's a look at an excerpt from the book Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club by Liz Stauffer.

Here's where you can read more about it: READ HERE



“Clare’s dead!”

Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club by Liz Stauffer: Sneak Peek

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So did you hear about this debut mystery novel by Liz Stauffer called Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club?

If you haven't yet read about this lovely book, here's a look at why you should surely try and get a copy for yourself....



Liz Stauffer’s debut mystery novel Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club, published by Sartoris Literary Group, was released on June 28, 2013.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Parenting: Illustrated With Crappy Pictures by Amber Dusick


Recently, I received this weirdly titled book from one of the PR firms. At first look, it was actually quite amusing, I mean, who writes a book with a title like Parenting: Illustrated With Crappy Pictures. Apparently, this mommy nameed Amber Dusick has gone ahead and done just that....

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: On The Cover

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So finally I start reading THE The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I'm not sure if a 30-something is expected to be reading this and I'm not sure if a 30-something is expected to be enjoying this, but if you're wondering, I'm ABSOLUTELY loving this book!

And this brings me to wonder about the kind of games that are played in the publishing industry world over. I mean, how much did you hear about the series The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer? Loads and loads and a huge overdose, right? At least I did......And what a disappointment it actually turned out to be...Though I did like the first book, I found the quality dwindling from the second and by the time I reached the last book in the series, I had already lost all interest. And I don't even want to talk about the movie adaptations - so pathetic, huh!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Eleanor Catton Becomes Youngest Booker Winner For The Luminaries

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Eleanor Catton won the Booker Prize for her book 'The Luminaries' on the 15th of October 2013, becoming, at 28, the youngest Booker Prize winner in the history of Britain's most prestigious book award.

Born in Canada and raised in New Zealand, she started working on the novel when she was 25 and completed it at 27. Though stunned at being announced the winner and describing her work as 'a publisher's nightmare', the book was described as 'dazzling' by the jury.

With 848 pages to read, the book is also the longest book to ever have won a Booker.

Her first novel, 'The Rehearsal', was nominated for various awards including the Orange Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize.

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Hang Out With Khaled Hosseini


For all you Khaled Hosseini fans...here's a chance you absolutely don't want to miss!!!

Join Flipkart on October 11th for an exclusive Google Hangout with bestselling author Khaled Hosseini - this will be taking place LIVE on our Google +, Facebook and YouTube pages! A must for fans of the "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns"!

If you'd like to ask him a question - leave it in the comment section, he'll be picking out his favourites to answer...


So this is where you need to be: ASK KHALED

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger: On The Cover


And here's what the cover says on the much-acclaimed and now also a motion picture The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

'HERE'S THE NEXT THE LOVELY BONES.....A RARE BOOK' EVENING STANDARD

'A BIG RECKLESS NOVEL..UTTERLY CONVINCING' DAILY TELEGRAPH

'At it's core The Time Traveler's Wife is an old-fashioned love story. A terrific book.....startlingly original' OBSERVER

This is the extraordinary love story of Clare and Henry who met when Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty. Impossible but true, because Henry suffers from a rare condition where his genetic clock periodically resets and he finds himself pulled

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Catcher In The Rye by J D Salinger: Review

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Okay, so the book I'm going to talk about today is the hugely controversial cult classic The Catcher in The Rye by J D Salinger. 

Written in the year 1951, the book was originally meant only for adults, but became hugely popular with teenagers and adolescents alike, due to the theme of teenage angst, rebellion and isolation that runs throughout the story. The Catcher in The Rye has become one of the biggest literary names ever, with translations in almost all major languages of the world, and the book also made a compulsory reading in various courses. 

The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory: On The Cover


 I've recently started reading this lovely book called The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory. The book is the first in a series of 6 books that all talk about the royal Tudor rule in England. About a 100 pages down and I guess I'd be going for the rest of the series as well....

For now, here's what's on the cover:

Friday, October 4, 2013

Killing Floor by Lee Child: On The Cover


This is the second Jack Reacher novel I'm reading in the series by author Lee Child, the first being The Affair that's actually 'before' the happenings of the first book that is Killing Floor. I was so impressed with The Affair that I knew I would end up reading all in the series.

For the moment, here's what's on the cover of the one I'm reading right now, Killing Floor....do read it, as expected, it's awesome!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Debt & The Doormat by Laura Barnard: On The Cover

 the lovely author Laura Barnard with her debut novel The Debt & The Doormat

Author Laura Barnard reached out to me asking if I would like to talk about her debut novel The Debt & The Doormat. One look at the cover and the blurb and I knew this would be an interesting chic-lit novel to have, especially for those light, fun reads when you want something lovely yet light to read and enjoy.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

English Bites by Manish Gupta: Review

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(*Complimentary review copy provided by author)

Being a Majors student in English, it's obvious that I absolutely love the language and the literature that comes with it! In fact, my love for literature was one of the main reasons that I chose to go for an English Honours course, following it up with a Post-Grad (Major) in English.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale: On The Cover

 Charlotte Kinder's husband has just left her for another woman. Another woman called 'Justice.' Charloette is in desperate need of a change of scenery and luckily, her travel agent has just the thing: two weeks at Pembrook Park in England, where it is always 1816, and ladies are wooed by actors dressed as proper gentleman.

 Everyone at Pembrook Park is playing a role, but Charlotte isn't sure where roles end and reality begins. Hears are racing and stomachs fluttering in a tangle of intrigues that's increasingly tough to sort out. It's midnight in Austenland, and Charlotte is about to prove herself a heroine worthy of Austen.

 'A welcome, wittyglimpse of a side of Austen rarely exposed' Publishers Weekly

 'The kind of book to read on those days you just want to wrap up in a blanket and eat three pounds of chocolate' Deseret News

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Catcher In The Rye by J D Salinger: First Page Mondays

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If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: Sneaky Peeky Sundays

 Back to classics it is with Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, and here's the page I'm at right now...

...

I divined that my coming had stopped conversation in the room, and that its other occupants were looking at me. I could see nothing of the room except the shining of the fire in the window-glass, but I stiffened in all my joints with the consciousness that I was under close inspection.

Recent Book Haul: Flipkart.com and Amazon.in

Of course I can never stick to my plan or promise of not buying books for some time, can I? And especially when Amazon has finally launched in India, it was surely another ploy to tempt me...not that I would need much tempting when it comes to books ;-)

So here are the books that I just recently bought online......Flipkart.com and Amazon.in

Friday, September 20, 2013

A Fraction of The Whole by Steve Toltz: On The Cover





I've been raving about this book that made to the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize in 2008, so here's the cover jacket from A Fraction of The Whole by Steve Toltz

Sane families are all alike - but every crazy family is crazy in its own way.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Fraction of The Whole by Steve Toltz: A Look

 the book cover

 author Steve Toltz

Okay, so I am almost finished with this book called 'A Fraction of The Whole by Steve Toltz' and let me tell you this - this one is one of the craziest, smartest, funniest, wittiest and most amazing book I've ever read...and I mean EVER !

For starters, am surprised I never heard much of it, but the fact is that this was on the shortlist for the 2008 Man Booker Prize! I'm sure gonna keep an eye there from now and will share the same with you all as well.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Signature Of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert: Launch, Your Chance To Win A Pre-Release Copy and A Bloombury Goody Bag !!!!


If you've read the funny, chic-lit and witty novel 'Eat Pray Love', this is one news you're gonna love!

So what's up?
‘Eat Pray Love’ author Elizabeth Gilbert is ready with her third novel, ‘The Signature of all Things’