Posted in Month TBR Pile, Month Update

Month Wrap-Up: May 2018 and June TBR

Read in May 2018: 13
From my May TBR
 
Others
 

Reviews:

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki MurakamiBeautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Participated in Bout of Books 22

Book(s) of the month

Difficult to choose with so many 4 stars but I will go with these
June 2018 TBR
 

2018 Challenge Updates

  1. Read at least 40 books (Goodreads goal) – Goal completed – 48
  2. Read more classics (at least 15) – 6
  3. Read more owned books (at least 20) – 12
  4. Read huge books (at least 3) – Shantaram, Gone with the wind and one more – 0
  5. Re-read  books – 0
  6. Read more non-fiction/ memoir/ autobiography (at least 10) – Goal Completed – 13

Total number of Pages read this year: 11436

2018 ultimate reading challenge

  1. A book you read in school
  2. A book from your childhood
  3. A book published over 100 years agoHeart of Darkness
  4. A book published in the last year – Genuine Fraud
  5. A non-fic book You can do it
  6. A book written by a male author – The Gift of Therapy
  7. A book written by a female authorSunbathing in the rain
  8. A book by someone who isn’t a writer – When breath becomes air
  9. A book that became a film – The painted veil
  10. A book published in the 20th century Changing Planes
  11. A book set in your hometown/ region
  12. A book with a name in the titleA Man called Ove
  13. A book with a number in the title – Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
  14. A book based on a true storyDying Well
  15. A book someone else recommended – 1984
  16. A book with over 500 pages
  17. A book you can finish in a day – Ghachar Ghochar
  18. A previously banned book
  19. A book with one-word title – Malice
  20. A book translated from another language – Moonrise From the Green Grass Roof
  21. A personal growth book
  22. A memoir or a journal – Tiger tiger
  23. A book by someone from another country – The Notebook
  24. A book set somewhere you’ll visit this yearThe Blue Castle
  25. An award-winning book – Pulitzer Prize – Angela’s Ashes
  26. A book you read in school
  27. A book with a character with your first name
  28. A book with a place in the titleThe Mayor of Casterbridge
  29. A book set in the futureCinder
  30. A play – The live Corpse
  31. A scary book
  32. A funny book – Where did you go, Bernadette
  33. A book of short stories – Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
  34. A trilogy or series Me Before You
  35. A bestseller The Hate U Give
  36. A book you own but haven’t readHaroun and the sea of stories
  37. A book about philosophy
  38. An epic poem
  39. A Victorian novel
  40. A book of poetry
  41. A book with a colour in the title
  42. A book with an appealing cover – Everything everything
  43. A book about psychology – Love’s executioner and other tales of psychotherapy
  44. A book about science – The Mind’s Eye
  45. A graphic novelAsterix the gaul
  46. A self-published book
  47. A book from a different cultureShanghai Girls
  48. A young adult book – This sky
  49. A book of non-fiction essays – At the same time
  50. A book by an author you haven’t read beforeGifts
  51. A book set in a country you’ve never been to – Into the water
  52. A book set in the place you live today

36/ 52 Done

How was your May reading-wise? Leave a link to your wrap-up post and I’ll come visit.

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Posted in Top 10 of 2014

Best Books I’ve Read in 2014

This week long event is hosted by Two Chicks on Books, Rachel from Fiktshun, Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, Rachel from Reading YA Rocks and Nancy fromTales of a Ravenous Reader!

Today’s topic is: Best Books I’ve Read in 2014 

 

I had never heard of this book when I picked it up at my local library. It looked interesting and so I did. What a wonderful book it was. The writing is so close to the culture and so inertly beautiful that I wanted to read it over and over again. The content is powerful and painful at the same time, it makes you think.

This book was so unpredictable and powerful. I loved the plot and the writing was beautiful as well. It was a page-turner and very different from what I have ever read.

Leo Tolstoy. Need I say more? Such a punch packed in this little essay. A must-read for everyone. Read my full review here.

I put this book down twice after having read the first few pages because I just couldn’t get into it. Third time I not only read past it but finished it way quicker than I should a 500-pager. Loved the story, the characters. It keeps the mystery intact and is very unpredictable.

This book was on a whole new dimension. The plot was very innovative, the story completely threw me off. I felt for the characters. It made for an interesting read.

I heard this one and it hooked me from the very first chapter and didn’t let go! The characters were to-die for. I laughed so much. This book was a riot. Loved, loved, loved the plot.

>Another audio. The location, the narration, the way the characters retraces her past – it was very exciting. Read my full review here.

After being disappointed by Hopeless, Colleen Hoover had me by this one. It makes for a very different read. Although, I’m really not into Colleen’s insta-love style, this book had so much more going for it that I had to decide to ignore it and move on.

Such a charismatic, slow-read this one. Once in a while, I love to savor these and let the taste roll around in my mouth.

This one’s again very different from what I have read. I love when stories take their time unraveling, keeping you waiting by the tenterhooks for that one moment. And sometimes that moment passes you by and you never know what did it. I love those, do you? Read my review here.

What are your favorite books of 2014? Let me know by commenting below or leave a link so I can check yours.

Posted in 5 stars, Book reviews

A Letter to a Hindu by Leo Tolstoy

imagesDate Published: 1908
Pages: 17
Source: Amazon Kindle – Own copy

Goodreads Synopsis: About the subjection of India, its cause and cure, with an introduction by M.K. Gandhi.

Buy it here – Amazon India | Amazon US | Flipkart | The Book Depository | Add on Goodreads

My View:  In my search for ‘Eleven stories by Leo Tolstoy’, I stumbled upon this treasure. The title intrigued me. I am a Hindu after all. Seeing a personal letter (well, almost) from no less than Leo Tolstoy will get anyone’s heart beating faster and me being an ardent fan, ‘ahh’ is the word. I might have had too much on my to-do list but then this short little letter somehow made some time for itself to be read and I have no idea how everything else shifted to the back burner. 😉

An introduction by Mahatma Gandhi gives way to the book. On a personal note, I am not a big fan of his actions. His beliefs, possibly, but some of his actions just didn’t go down well with me and few of his words in the letter found their way to despise me. But I carried on.

And then came Krishna and Tolstoy, two of my very favorite people or perhaps a semi-God and an author but well who goes by the decree. I love them both! And I completely agree with their beliefs. The quotes by Krishna reminded me why He was the one who had inspired my pen name while Tolstoy’s writing reminded me why Anna Karenina is my all time favorite book and he my all time favorite author.

His words rang true to me and I found myself nodding  in agreement. His letter written in 1908 still holds true to this day. But it now assimilates the whole world and is not limited to a Hindu or an Indian. It might well include Israel and Russia and Ukraine and the entire world population. ‘Love’ is the word. Violence and war should give way to love because that’s what is natural and pervasive.

This little letter might hurt a few sentiments because at a point, it even questions one’s beliefs in Gods and religion but all for one’s belief in an even higher aim of life – love. I somehow agree with all that Tolstoy has to say because God is a belief but love is natural. God one learns about but love is an instinct, something we are born with.

I wish Tolstoy was alive. He seems like my dream man. 😉 On a serious note, I realised why I had fallen in love with him years ago when I read Anna Karenina. And it’s time I pick up more of him. I’m craving now.

5/5 stars – Absolutely fantastic. Loved it!

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Author Bio:

Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой; commonly Leo Tolstoy in Anglophone countries) was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction. Many consider Tolstoy to have been one of the world’s greatest novelists. Tolstoy is equally known for his complicated and paradoxical persona and for his extreme moralistic and ascetic views, which he adopted after a moral crisis and spiritual awakening in the 1870s, after which he also became noted as a moral thinker and social reformer.

His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him in later life to become a fervent Christian anarchist and anarcho-pacifist. His ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You, were to have a profound impact on such pivotal twentieth-century figures as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Book Tag

I have been Book Tagged!

Rules:
1. You must post the rules.

2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create ten new questions to ask the people that you have tagged.

3. Tag ten people and link to them on your post.

4. Let them know you’ve tagged them!

Questions given by Kimberly

Questions:

1. What was your favourite book as a child and why?

I loved Sweet Valley High Books. They were so interesting.

2. Why did you first start your blog?

I love reading books so reviewing and sharing my opinions, getting to know other bloggers seemed liked the next best step.

3. What genre of books best describes you?

Romantic comedies or travel books. 🙂

4. Who is your favourite author?

Can’t name one. There are so many! But I love Paulo Coelho, Leo Tolstoy, Sophie Kinsella and Kirsten Hubbard to name a few.

5. If you could meet any author dead or alive who would it be?

Tough one! Perhaps Alexander McCall Smith, Lisa See, Julia Child, Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen.

6. If you could be a character in a book who would you be and from which book?

Bria from Wanderlove

7. Do you stick to one genre or are you all over the map with your reading choices?

I’m all over the map with mystery, romance, classics, paranormal to non-fiction.

8. Do your family/friends follow your blog?

Well, in real life, I don’t have friends who read as much as I do, so no one is interested in my book blog. Bah!

9. If you had one piece of advice to tell a newbie blogger what would it be?

Spruce up on the html knowledge, you are so going to need it. Also, be prepared because maintaining a blog requires time and patience.

10. What is the most rewarding thing about blogging for you?

The lovely followers, their comments, the discussions I have with them going back and forth and of course, my blog keeps nudging me to read and post more often. 🙂

My Questions:
1. What is that one book you want to recommend to everyone (I love to add more books to my TBR 😉 )
2. Who is your favorite author(s)?
3. How do you gain and maintain your followers?
4. Do you follow a routine for your blog (like a meme etc.)?
5. What genre you most enjoy reading?
6. What is the book(s) you are looking forward to reading this year?
7. Is there a book you find yourself going back to often?
8. How does your family/friend/spouse react to your reading and blogging?
9. What is that one book you have thrown on the wall saying ‘I’m not going to finish that!’?
10. What accessories do you need while reading (pet, tea, cookie etc.)?

I tag:

Krazy Book Lady
Nightly Reading
The Little Blue Pig
Letters Inside Out
Mermaid Vision
The musings of Almybnenr
Harlie’s Book Blog
MartinaBookaholic
Lady’s Book Stuff
Love of Books

P.S. I know my classic week turned out to be a bummer and I’m slowing down on posts. It’s just that textbooks are distracting me right now (wait, shouldn’t it be the other way around) as an important exam is coming up. I have loads to read and review, just be patient with me for a while. Thank you!