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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!
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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.