“All that mankind has done, thought, gained or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.” Thomas Carlyle
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” William Styron
Am back after a very long break with a big apology! Well let me start my journey of blogging again with my favorite topic (and hopefully yours too ;-)) BOOKS. All kind of books. When I was a little girl I discovered the Hardy Boys ad Nancy drew series. Ever since, I’ve loved to read — both for fun and to improve my mind or to just relax. And I’m always looking for the next great book. I love books, the way they feel in my hands, the words they carry, the stories they tell, and that unique smell they possess.They really take you some place else. Its like watching a movie in your mind. It feels magical!
Read can be pure joy, if you’re reading a good book. By that, I don’t mean good literature — I mean anything that captures your imagination, that compels you to read more, that tells you a good story, that creates wonderful characters, that builds new worlds.
My Favorites 10!!!
I always find it hard to review books that actually mean something to me. Books that leave a mark. Books that I’ve fallen in love with. Books that I close with a heavy heart.
It’s so easy to rant and rave when you don’t like a book. But what do you do when you love it? There are some books I cant get enough of (though the list is longer than this). Their words stick to my mind like a stereo on repeat and often tempt me to read then again. I have few of my favorites to share from my personal listopia.
1. The Inscrutable Americans by Anurag Mathur- A hilarious and poignant novel about an Indian exchange student’s year at a small American university. I truly enjoyed this novel. The concept of a naive lad from a remote corner of India coming to America, trying to understand it first, and then trying to blend in with the new place is brought up in a simple but witty language of fun.
2. The Pigeon Project by Irving Wallace- A very old novel with a great story about a doctor who invents a way for people to live to be 150 years old or more. The plot deals with dueling governments who want to secure the technology for themselves, and for the benefit of their countries only, while the doctor wants to make the recipe public, so everyone has the benefit of it. The plot takes some great twists and turns, and it ends with a interesting event.
3. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves holds a mirror up to reflect what we’re really made of, both in what we do to each other and to other animals – from lab rats and rabbits sacrificed for cosmetics, to beagles exposed to radium and monkeys with their eyes sewn shut, to battery chickens and terrified cattle. But this is no simplistic tub-thumping polemic.
4. The Collected Works Of A.J. Firky by
5. God Is A Gamer by Ravi Subramanian- The author’s research regarding the world of Bit coins is extensive. God Is A Gamer is a perfect Friday night read and trust me, this time you won’t need Coffee or tea to accompany you while reading this one, the book is packed with an adrenaline rush which will not let you sleep till you finish reading it.
6. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini- Khaled Hosseini has written a majestic, sweeping, emotionally powerful story that provides the reader with a most telling window into Afghan society over the past thirty-odd years. It’s also a moving story of friendship and sacrifice, giving Western readers a rare glimpse into the suffering and mistreatment of Afghan women that began long before the Taliban came to power.
7. Digital Fortress by Dan brown- Was hooked by this and couldn’t put it down. Twists and turns, exciting technology, this fast paced book is great to read if your fond of techno thriller.
8. The Immortals of Meluha: The Shiva Trilogy by Amish:- Amish is an Indian version of Dan Brown. The three books in this Trilogy are beyond anything I’d read in a very, very long time. It is very helpful for the reader to be familiar with the Hindu myths and its ancient culture. This book made me fall in love with lord Shiva!
9.The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields- Reimagines the midlife world of Edith Wharton and the impact of her affair with a young journalist on her longtime friendship with disapproving literary secretary Anna Bahlmann, in a tale told against the backdrop of Gilded Age Paris.
10. I Bought the Monk’s Ferrari by Ravi Subramanian- One more witty and interesting novel by Ravi Subrmanian has caught my eye. Excited and nervous, an untried young man of twenty-three boards his first flight from Bangalore to Delhi. Looking out of the window as his plane takes off, he sees on the road below, fast fading from his vision, an immaculate, bright-red Ferrari. And so begins the quest of a lifetime: the quest for his very own Ferrari.
Books I Wish To Read Before 2015 Ends!
Some new and few old, I think I have missed out on quite a few interesting writes which I wish to read through this year. Here are few in my buck-list which can interest you to read as well.
1. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb- The most talked about biography of last year. A girl who stood up for her self and her right for education amongst the harsh dominance of the Talibans and paid the price for it. I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.
2. Yes Please by Amy Poehler- In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on relationship and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice.
3. The Book Theif by Markus Zusak- Made into a movie now the book thief is a small story, about:a girl an accordionist some fanatical Germans a Jewish fist fighter and quite a lot of thievery.
4. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein- A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life…as only a dog could tell it.
5. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See- In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The main storyline in this book is about the horrible patriarchal practise, foot-binding, that took place in China in the past.
6. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller- Catch-22 is just plain funny, and that makes it wonderful all on its own. But it’s also a really great read, because it skillfully points out the absurdity of war.
7. Landline by Rainbow Rowell- Landline is the story of Georgie, a sitcom television writer in LA on the verge of getting her own tv series to write, along with her best friend Seth. When Georgie tells her husband Neal that she can’t join him and the family in Omaha for Christmas, he does the unexpected and leaves with their kids without her.
8. The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams- It’s about a mysterious battered suitcase in Violet Grant’s life and what happens because of it.
9. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris- Me Talk Pretty One Day the author manages to weave all of his funny and true stories with the idea that humans have a problem with communication. His strange experiences with people will make you question how you communicate on a daily basis. (And he manages to pull it off with the reader barely noticing. How’s that for improved communication skills?!)
10. The Fault in Our Stars by Jhon Green- Warning: This book will make you weep and weep, until there’s no more weeping left to do and all you’re left with are the characters, story, and beautiful language that will inevitably inspire you to live life and really enjoy every moment. I’m waiting!
15 bookish things you got to do before you die! :-P Have managed to do few still long way to go!
- 20 D.I.Y bookish (& sophisticated) crafts
- Participate in creating or create your own Little Free Library
- Read at least 10 classics.
- Write atleastt 5 poems and 5 stories by yourself. Get into creative writing once a while!
- Go to a book seminar.
- Stamp 25+ books.
- Send/Receive 25+ Post cards.
- Have a book-themed party
- Join a book club.
- Try meeting at least 5 authors.
- Volunteer or work at a bookstore or library.
- Guest post for a big deal book website or magazine.
- Host a blogging event like Read-a-thon, Book reading event etc.
- Write thank you notes to authors whose books make a difference.
- Plan a book reading vacation with your fellow book mates.