BOOK REVIEW: 2 AM at the Cat’s Pajamas

I received a copy of this book from Bloggingforbooks.org in exchange of an honest review. And I am so overwhelmed with their gratitude to give this amazing, vivid piece of fiction as a review copy. The book is yet to be released and the expected publication is August, 5, 2014.

The title, 2 A.M. At The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino is as provoking as the book itself. It’s a story set on Christmas Eve’s eve, a day in the lives of three characters: Madeleine, a 9-year-old who is mourning for her mother’s death and just wants to sing. Her teacher, Sarina, who has just moved back to Philadelphia after a divorce, and is nervously hoping to reconnect with people from her past, and Lorca, owner of The Cat’s Pajamas, a legendary jazz club in danger of closing. As these three lost souls search for love, music and hope on the snow-covered streets of Philadelphia, together they discover life’s endless possibilities over the course of one magical night. Continue reading

TUESDAY TOP TEN: 10 Stories to read at The New Yorker

The New Yorker relaunched its website yesterday with complete makeover signifying the first step in the magazine’s new focus on the web. Part of that initiative is the magazine’s decision to open up its archives to the general public for the next three months. Until the website puts up its metered pay wall sometime in the fall, the New Yorker editors will be releasing curated collections of stories periodically.

I am pulling out with a list of Ten Stories that I have read since the archives are free to access (and yes, I tried not to sleep as I had the intention to read all the stories in the archives but being a human I finally dozed off) and I think you should take a look in the New Yorker Archives. Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

For several years, I avoided reading FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelly because the name had been caught up in endless clichés and had been inextricably linked with the horror genre, which I consider a bad form of fiction. However, being obsessed on reading more Gothic Fiction and the author herself I decided to give it a read and I confess that I am sorry I have waited for this long.

The story behind the writing this great piece of Gothic Fiction is as animate as the book itself. In 1816, at Lord Byron’s villa on shores of Lake Geneva, Lord Byron himself and his guests Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, and John Polidori. Byron, inspired by some fireside readings of supernatural tales, suggested that each member of the party should write a ghost story to pass the time. The incident is well described by the author herself in the Author’s Introduction to the book: Continue reading

TWITTER Hashtags Every Reader Should Know

Hashtags are the most important element to use Twitter successfully. Hashtags allow you to find new readers, connect with others who share your interests and to find out about upcoming books. They can help you to raise your reading knowledge and the opportunity of interacting with other readers.

You need to be smart when using hashtags – don’t over use them, be natural and never spam people.

Below are #hashtags that every reader should know: Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Horn! The Collected Reviews by Kevin Thomas

A book is a collection of words, those words can be numerous and further expressing numerous ideas. But the idea behind Kevin Thomas’ HORN! THE COLLECTED REVIEWS is exceptional and matchless. As suggested by the title, this book is a collectible of book reviews by captivating illustrations and no more than a handful of words.

Fiction and non-fiction, cutting-edge and popular books; the one quality these works have in common is that they have attracted Thomas’ remarkably perceptive gaze and pen. This is a paean to reading by a thoroughly unjaded, committed amateur of the art, seriously appreciative of each book’s unique attributes. The works he selects are ones he admires: and he excels at conveying the excitement and respect they inspire in him. What a list he’s compiled: Jonathan Lethem, Jim Shepard, Rachel Kushner, Renata Adler, Georges Perec, David Graeber, Julian Assange, George Saunders, Hilton Als, Oliver Sacks, Cheryl Strayed, Dennis Cooper, Joseph Gordon- Levitt and Jennifer Egan are just a few of the authors whose work is here brilliantly distilled. Continue reading