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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Portrait In Sepia by Isabel Allende: Sneaky Peeky Sunday

Am reading this gorgeous book right now titled 'Portrait in Sepia' by Isabel Allende. 

Hubby picked this up for me as a surprise from a very old style and old bookstore in Hong Kong - a wooden old atticy kind of bookstore..wow! Of course he knows my love for old books, books that have been with other keepers, who've been with other hands, yellowed pages filled with memories from some other reader, some other place. So it is that I'm now reading this 'old' copy of the book and absolutely loving this treasure of a book...Here's the page I'm on now...

'.....photograph the dark shadows in your nightmares,' Severo del Valle said as a joke, never suspecting that that would be my one objective for months, and that in the task of deciphering that nightmare I would end up in love with the world. My grandmother took me to the Plaza de Armas, to the studio of Don Juan Ribero, the best photographer in Santiago, a curt man as dry as stale bread on the outside, but generous and sentimental inside.

 'I've brought you my granddaughter to you to be your apprentice,' my

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Austenland by Shannon Hale: Review

 I received this book as a review copy from Bloomsbury. The book, titled Austenland by Shannon Hale is under the category chic-lit, and rightfully so.

While this is an older book that was published in the year 2007, it's again now been re-published by Bloomsbury as the movie is due for release in September 2013.

Details about the book:
Title: Austenland
Author: Shannon Hale
Publishers: Bloomsbury
No. of pages: 193
Genre: Chic-lit, romance

My first thoughts when I got the book in my mail and opened it was that wow, it's such a small book...definitely going to be a quick and cosy read. I generally tend to read books that are huge, at least 400+ pages, and most of my books are 500+ pages and with small font. This one, compared to them, was quite a baby when you take into account the number of pages

Friday, June 28, 2013

Me n My Books: Picture Stories

I'll definitely get this at my place...someday for sure!!!!

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Austenland by Shannon Hale: On The Cover

 *the book has been sent for review by the publishers.

Jane is a young New Yorker who can never seem to find the right man - perhaps because of her secret infatuation with Mr Darcy, as played by Colin Firth. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen fanatics, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined. Will total immersion in a fake Austenland be enough to make Jane kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr Darcy of her own?

 In this addictive, charming and compassionate story, Shannon Hale brings out the Jane Austen addict in all of us.

 'Gloriously satisfying' Glamour

'Allow me to direct you to the best Austen tribute since Karen Joy Fowler's The Jane Austen Book Club: Shannon Hale's clever and imaginative Austenland....Chick lit with soul'

My Favoureite Nook Around The House: My Books Shelves! :-)

Like I've been saying, my books are spilling all over and I'm now all out of space...the pics here are a couple months old and since then more books have been added...!!! Hubby is threatening to ban me from getting any more. So for the time being, here are a few pics of my favourite pieces in the house - my books!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Portrait In Sepia by Isable Allende: Sepia Notes

I'm currently reading this amazing family saga book called Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende. There's something about the sepia tone that has always fascinated me, and here are a few versions of the cover that I absolutely loved!

Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson: On The Cover

 The "updated story of the World's Greatest Entrepreneur...



'Richard is good-looking and very smart, which is sexy to start with. He also makes a billion dollars before breakfast - and still knows how to have fun.' - Ivana Trump

'Few people in contemporary business are as colorful, shrewd, and irreverent, and probably no one's nearly as much fun to be around....Branson embodies America's cherished mythology of the iconoclastic, swashbuckling entrepreneur.' - GQ

'Branson wears his fame and money exceedingly well: no necktie, no chauffeur, no snooty clubs. Boiled down to its singular essence, Richard Branson just wants to have fun.' Newsweek

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Books On My Wishlist

Recently, I was going through a book channel on YouTube and came across these lovely book recommendations, can't understand how I never got to hear of these! Right away, these are on my wishlist (I always make them in the hope that hubby will see and get the drift and most time he does) ;-)

I'm already out of space at home, and though I've been trying to smile-twist my way to get hubby to agree to increase some book shelves and let me have a full wall, it doesn't seem to be happening, so in the meanwhile, I need to figure out where to store new ones :-(

Anyways, I'm just sharing the book cover pics here in this post, shall soon come back with more info on the same..Let me know if you've read any of these and how you liked them...

 Testimony by Anita Shreve

Monday, June 24, 2013

Austenland by Shannon Hale: First Page Mondays

Here's the first page from the book Austenland by Shannon Hale.


IT IS A TRUTH UNIVERSALLY acknowledged that a thirty-something woman in possession of a satisfying career and fabulous hairdo must be in want of very little, and Jane Hayes, pretty enough and clever enough, was certainly thought to have little to distress her. There was no husband, but those weren't necessary anymore. There were boyfriends, and if they came and went in a regular stream of mutual dissatisfaction - well, that was the way of things, wasn't it?

 But Jane had a secret. By day, she bustled and luncheoned and e-mailed and over-timed and just-in-timed, but sometimes, when she had the time to slip off her consignment store pumps and lounge on her hand-me-down sofa, she dimmed the lights, turned on her nine-inch television, and acknowledged what was missing.

 Sometimes, she watched Pride and Prejudice.

 you know, the BBC double DVD version, starring Colin Firth as the delicious Mr. Darcy and that comely, busty English actress as the Elizabeth Bennet we had imagined all along. Jane watched and rewatched the part where Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy...............  

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon: Review


The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon is a highly anticipated debut that's going to hit the stands on the 20th of August 2013.

I was lucky enough to get an uncorrected proof copy of the book from Bloomsbury, the publishers, and even though at first I didn't think I would end up liking the book, I ended up devouring it!

So before I move on to the review, here's what The British Fantasy Society has to say about the book:
'Marks the arrival of an extraordinarily talented British writer set to challenge the worldwide bestseller list domination of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series and Suzanne Collins' 'The Hunger Games.'

The Bone Season is slated to release in August 2013 and this is just the first in a series of seven novels, but already it has been sold in 18 countries and film rights have been optioned by The Imaginarium Studios, a film company led by Andy Serkis of The Lord of The Rings fame and Jonathan Cavendish, producer of Bridget Jones' Diary.


20. 08.2013

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon: A Sneak Peek



The Bone Season is the first book in a seven-part series of dizzying imagination.

Welcome to Scion, no safer place.

 THE YEAR IS 2059.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Book Tea n Me

 There was something so stunningly cosy about this picture I had to had to absolutely have it here on my blog! Obviously, the main focus of the pic here for me is the book.....can I ever get something like this for me? Wow.......and the fact that I absolutely am in love with old old very old books with yellowed pages and old time fonts doesn't help the craving !!!!

Oh what a pic...wish I can someday get a book like this....

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Creative Bookmarks: Picture Stories

 (*pic courtesy Pinterest...the author of this blog/post takes no claim for the same)

Came across this beautiful pic of creative and innovative bookmarks .... jewels and bling and bookmark combined together, what more could a girl ask for! An absolute stunner.....

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Monday, June 10, 2013

This Is Where I Am by Karen Campbell: Review

Bloomsbury India sent me this huge book for review, This Is Where I Am by Karen Campbell, and once I got it, even before I began reading it, I realized it was just the kind of book I would pick up at the bookstore and check – huge, paperback and all about family and relationships - just my kind of book.

So it was that I was really looking forward to reading this one.

Some details about the book:
Author: Karen Campbell
Title: This Is Where I Am
Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
Year: 2013
No. of Pages: 466

Before we get into the review, here's what's on the cover page.

I always love books that allow me to look into the life and experiences of another person, whether in similar settings or entirely different ones, and add to that a touch of family and drama and you have what I will call an absolute my kind of read.

One of the first words that comes to mind when I think of describing this book after having read it is 'embracing.' The story, that talks about two very different kind of people brought in contact, is a great example of all that is there about embracing - embracing life, embracing new possibilities, cultures, way of living, new relationships and people, learning to let go and look forward and embrace the future, learning to work through your fears and embracing a more open and stronger face to the world, embracing love, embracing closure, embracing the desire to move on, even if you don't always want to or feel like it.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Cosy Monsoons To Read

 The absolute weather for me to cosy up to a book and a warm cup of ginger tea.....Sitting at my balcony, looking out at the sea as the breeze comes in and as the clouds gather up to announce the first arrival of the monsoon - the rains to come for the next 3 months.

And of course, switching on a cosy lamp and forgetting the rest.....Bliss!

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

This Is Where I Am by Karen Campbell: On The Cover

Bloomsbury India sent me this lovely book to read and review called This Is Where I Am by Karen Campbell. 

I call it lovely coz it's an absolutely heart-warming and heart-touching book, the perfect book to cosy up to. I've just begun reading it and should review it here soon, so stay tuned.

For now, here's what the cover jacket says:


'One of the most powerful novels I've read in a long time,' HELEN WALSH

Glasgow. A city of colour and contrast. A place where two worlds collide - and are changed for ever.

When recently widowed Deborah Maxwell is assigned by the Scottish Refugee Council to act as mentor to Abdi Hassan, a Somali refugee, the two are drawn into an awkward friendship.

Monday, June 3, 2013

New Reads 2013 Courtesy Bloomsbury India

Bloomsbury India has been lovely enough to send me a few great books for my reading list. I recently received four new and really amazing books that Bloomsbury has launched in India this year. 

The books that I got for reading are:

Daniel Isn't Talking by Marti Leimbach: First Page Mondays

I just finished reading this amazing book called Daniel Isn't Talking by Marti Leimbach. You can get a small idea about the book here if you don't know about it already, and I will be sharing the review soon too, so do watch out - and yes, this is a much recommended book for all parents and for everyone, in general.

So now, without further ado, here's the first page of the book...have a look and go for it....

' My husband saw me at a party and decided he wanted to marry me. That is what he says. I was doing an impression of myself on the back of a motorcycle with my university sweetheart, a young man who loved T S Eliot and Harley Davidsons, and who told me to hand on to him as we swept down Storrow Drive in Boston, the winter wind cutting through our clothes like glass. If I allow myself, I can still remember exactly the warm smell of his leather jacket, how I clung to him, and how in my fear and discomfort I cursed all the way to the ballet.