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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Top 10 Books Of 2014

I'm not sure if they mean books are the perfect place to find love (love story, fall in love with the character/place/story) or if bookstores are the perfect place to find a good guy book nerd. Both work for me :)

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I've read so many wonderful ones this year, you can see my entire list of BOOKS I READ IN 2014 here.

Here are the top 10 ones I found this year (it's always a tough choice, but still, here we are!) Also, these are in no particular order.
  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  2. The Dog Who Healed A Family by Jo Coudert
  3. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (re-read)
  4. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Books I Read In 2014

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I wish I could open a bookstore like this..... maybe some day....quaint, musty and filled with amazing books, most of them old...... one of my most longer for dreams ever....

Anyways, 2014 was a year of many wonderful reads, so here's a look at what all I read this year:

  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  2. Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 
  4. The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes
  5. The Client by John Grisham
  6. A Life in Words by Ismat Chughtai
  7. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  8. Insurgent by Veronica Roth 
  9. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  10. Memoirs of A Geisha by Arthur Golden
  11. Don't Blink by James Patterson
  12. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  13. Good Enough Is The New Perfect 

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton: First Page Mondays


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Here's the first page from The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton


In which a stranger arrives in Hokitika; a secret council is disturbed; Walter Moody conceals his most recent memory; and Thomas Balfour begins to tell a story.

The twelve men congregated in the smoking room of the Crown Hotel gave the impression of a party accidentally met. From the variety of their comportment and dress - frock coats, tailcoats, Norfolk jackets with buttons of horn, yellow moleskin, cambric, and twill - they might have been twelve

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton: Sneaky Peeky Sunday


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I bought this book last year, after the much hyped winning history record by the author. But as I had just had my second baby, I found it difficult to concentrate. So gave it up for later.

Now, finally, have picked it up again, a full year later! So here's what I am reading right now in The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.

.......dejected. 'Yes' he said. 'But what could I have done? He had me tied up.'

 Balfour felt a sudden rush of sympathy for the other man, and regretted his previous ill humour. 'Ay' he said, more gently. 'He had you tied.'

 'After that,' Lauderback went on, 'nothing happened. Absolutely nothing. I went back to Canterbury. I waited. I thought about that d-ned twinkle until my heart near gave out. I confess I rather hoped that Carver would be killed - that the thug would catch him, so I would know the fellow's name before he came for me. I read the Otago Witness every day hoping to see the blackguard's name among the dead, may God forgive me. But nothing happened.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Sleepwalker's Guide To Dancing by Mira Jacob: Review


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The first reason why I really wanted to read this book was because of its gorrrrrgeous cover!!! Look at it, isn't it absolutely what the words 'book' 'reading' 'stories' 'words' is all about ..... Love it !!!

Coming back to the book, I was sent The Sleepwalker's Guide To Dancing by Mira Jacob by its publishers Bloomsbury. If you want to peep in a bit more inside the book, you can read the COVER JACKET HERE and a quick peek into ONE OF THE PAGES HERE.

The book is a lengthy one and has about some 500+ pages. The edition I received was paperback.

About The Story:
The main protagonist is Amina Eapen, a young woman of Indian origin who now lives in the US, is in her 30s and is an okayish wedding photographer. She isn't doing great career wise or personal love life wise at this point in life.

Her parents, who are in New Mexico, are barely on cordial terms anymore, though they share the same roof. Her father, Thomas Eapen, is a successful brain surgeon, while his mother, Kamala Eapen, is a homemaker, who believes she can tackle all problems of home and beyond by her cooking. The story starts to roll as Amina receives a call from her mother, asking her to come home as her father has been sitting on the porch and 'speaking to his mother.' Amina's grandmother is long dead, so it is a little concerning to her that her father is speaking to someone who isn't around. When Amina tries to probe if her father is unwell, her mother says that he is fine, but just that he is speaking to a woman who is dead.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Gaysia by Benjamin Law: First Page Mondays


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I have of course read books that have characters with alternative sexual preferences. I have read many stories that deal with non-straight sexual preferences, mostly of the gay kind.

This is officially the out and out completely gay book that I am reading right now, and one that also deals about transgenders, transsexuals, bisexuals, ladyboys, lesbians and more. And much as everyone has mostly tried to brush these off under the carpet or the couch, this is a very real read, especially as this is non-fiction and travel-based, where the author actually travels to a lot of gay destinations across Asia...including Bangkok, Mumbai, Thailand and Japan.

I've only just begun reading and am already loving it.....so here's a quick look at the first page...

OF ALL THE CONTINENTS, Asia is the gayest. Deep down, you've probably had your suspicious all along, and I'm here to tell you those suspicions are correct.

Let's do the maths.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey: First Page Mondays


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Really sorry I get late almost all the time in the Monday morning posts :( I think one of my new year resolutions needs to be that I am more punctual and regular with my posts.....

I read and obviously loved The 5th Wave and was waiting for the second book to come out. Here it is, The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey.

Check out what the first page says....

THERE WOULD BE no harvest.

The spring waves woke the dormant tillers, and bright green shoots sprang from the moist earth and rose like sleepers stretching after a long nap. As spring gave way to summer, the bright green stalks darkened, became tan, turned golden brown. The days grew long and hot. Thick towers of swirling black clouds brought rain, and the brown stems glistened in the perpetual twilight that dwelled beneath the canopy. The wheat rose and the ripening heads bent in the praire wind, a rippling curtain, an endless, undulating sea that stretched to the horizon.

 At harvesttime, there was no farmer to

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Sleepwalker's Guide To Dancing by Mira Jacob: Sneeky Peeky Sunday


The Sleepwalker's Guide To Dancing by Mira Jacob was sent to me by Bloomsbury to read and review. I am exactly halfway through the book.

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

She felt Jamie's gaze travel with hers, and the hair on the back of her neck stood up like it was being brushed the wrong way. She let herself look right at him. His hair radiated from his head in a beautiful nimbus, and she felt his face coming closer, the center of some oddly beautiful flower.

'What?' she said, and he jerked back in surprise.

He looked down at her hand. 'Are you going to smoke that?'

Her cigarette had a thumb-tip-sized ash growing on it. She flicked it, stuck it between her lips like a straw, and sucked. A cat with its claws out skidded down her trachea. For one moment she held it in, looking at

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Sleepwalker's Guide To Dancing by Mira Jacob: On The Cover


Just look at the cover.... isn't it absolutely stunning???  Very much what words like 'dream' and 'books' and 'reading' are supposed to look like I think...

This is one of the reasons that when asked which of their books I would love to review, I told Bloomsbury about The Sleepwalker's Guide To Dancing by Mira Jacob.

I'm almost halfway through and without further ado lets just move on to see what it's about as mentioned on the cover jacket...

Of all the family gatherings in her childhood, one stands out in Amina's memory. It is 1979, in Salem, when a visit to her grandmother's house escalates into an explosive encounter, pitching brother against brother, mother against son.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The City of Devi By Manil Suri: Review

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I first heard about Manil Suri’s The City of Devi when I was reading about an upcoming event on the publishers’ social media page. The premise seemed quite interesting, even though it did not give out too much information.

The book came out but somehow I did not get tempted enough to pick it up then. At a later time I was even part of a live chat session with the author himself. I wanted to know more about the book in terms of what he had written and why and how the thought process came about and all those things. Though it was interesting, I still did not pick up the book.

Recently, while I was reading some already amazing books sent to me for review by Bloomsbury, I was asked by the wonderful Priyanka if I would like to read and review some more books. Of course I am a sucker for good and interesting books so I said yes. This time, there was no escaping that book that I had failed to pick up yet. I asked for it along with a few others, and then began the interesting part.

I have read some very interesting genres of late, and one such genre that I really have enjoyed is the dystopian and apocalyptic one. I have also read a lot of YA books while I am no longer the Y but the A of YA (Young Adult). That said, I still enjoy them a lot and have read quite a few.

When I started reading The City of Devi I realized there was something in this book I hadn’t yet read in any Indian book – it actually had a dystopian setting, though not in the purest form, but that’s even better. Having read so many dystopian and apocalyptic books I was already aware what to expect.