February- Monthly Recap

This post is all about what was posted this month on Confessions of a Readaholic.

BOOK REVIEWS:

                    

GUEST POST:

The Joy of Discovery by Avinash Gupta

ESSAYS:

The Unknown Van Gogh

BOOK LISTS:

Seven Books Turning 10 in 2015

Five Objects I have used as Bookmarks

Books Betiding into Movies Part-1

Books Betiding into Movies Part-2

The Brunch Book Challenge Part-2

The Brunch Book Challenge Part -3: Halfway Through

Stephen King On Writing

Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is a part memoir, part writing manual, and part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. This book is essential for both who love to write or who love Stephen King.

This book binds together three very different parts: an autobiography, the part teaching the art of writing according to Stephen King, and a description of the author’s current (circa 2000’s) life and work. I haven’t read much of the King’s fiction book, but On Writing:A Memoir of the Craft displays what a great talent he is in the world of written words.

King offers advice in between the text for aspiring writers along with his own story of becoming a writer and continuing to live life as one. His advice on being a writer:

I don’t believe writers can be made, either by circumstances or self-will (although, I did believe those things at once). The equipment comes with the original package. Yet it is by no means unusual equipment; I believe large number of people have at least some talent as writer and storytellers, and that those tales can be strengthened and sharpened.

On realising the fact that hard work is essential and why continue to write even ‘when you don’t feel like': Continue reading

Guest Post- The Joy of Discovery by Avinash Gupta

The Joy of Discovery 

by AVINASH GUPTA

I have no right to speak in favor of book stores. Last year, of the commendable fortune of my modest income that was spend on books, smaller portion was actually contributed to the bookstores. Amazon and Flipkart enjoyed the larger share, and the reasons were simple:

  • Change in the content consumption pattern.
  • Way cheaper than the book store.
  • Amazing service (can you beat on click delivery of Amazon for my kindle)
  • Change in style in discovering the book

Of all the above, I want to focus on the 4th point. Now we select our books from the book recommendations by fellow bloggers, by goodreads timeline, through tweets and through Facebook book crushes. I mean, when was the last time when you went to the bookstore and said, “It looks like an interesting book” and took that book home with you. If you have not done it for long time, then I will highly recommend you to do so. The pleasure of discovering the book and the happiness when it turns out to be a good read is pure gold.

Here are the books that I discovered from the book stores and reading them gave joy of an adventurous sailor:

Indian Voices of the great war: Soldiers Letters 1914-1918 by David Omissi

This book is chronological arrangement of the letters that Indian soldiers wrote back home during the First World War. These letters are translated in English from various Indian languages like Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Nepali and Tamil. This grant effort by David Omissi makes a great read. Continue reading

The Brunch Book Challenge- Part 3: Halfway Through

In the post, The Brunch Book Challenge- Part 2, I told you guys the pros of getting lucky to be a part of Hindustan Times weekly magazine, HTBrunch’s #BrunchBookChallenge. You have to tweet about your progress by tagging @HTBrunch and using the hashtag #BrunchBookChallenge and giving details of the book you have read. It’s that simple, of you read.

However, this year, the challenge has itself been a bit toughen up. Instead of reading 24 books, the participant has to read 30 books and of course, these are the rules to follow:

1. Unless you are a child, you cannot include children’s books.  

2. No textbooks. Just so we’re clear, a textbook is any ‘manual of instruction for any subject of study’, you can’t include it. In short, your engineering/GMAT/IAS books don’t count.  

3. Graphic novels are allowed, encouraged in fact. If you’re reading comic books, then one volume (or a set of 10 comic books) may be counted as one. Continue reading

Book Review: Middlemarch by George Eliot

The magnificent book that, with all its imperfections, is one of the few English novels written for grown-up people

Virginia Woolf

It took me almost 9 days to finish reading Middlemarch. It’s huge, but George Eliot certainly knows how to play with a reader’s imagination by practicing the art of puppetry through her characters. Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life, a novel of more than 750 pages (of course, depending on the edition) is a work of realism. This massive novel is composed out of eight books that reflect a form serialisation. Starting with a short prelude that introduces the character of Dorothea to the finale in which the post-novel providences of the main characters are examined.

Middlemarch is an unfolding story of the lives and loves of one Midlands town, as well as a reflection on the bigger political issues and changes in mid-19th century England. But the real pleasure of the novel lies in its skilfully drawn array of characters: from Dorothea Brooke, a young woman  who can find no acceptable outlet for her talents, Edward Casaubon, the pompous scholar, to Nicholas Bulstrode, the banker with a sleazy past, to Tertius Lydgate, the idealistic young doctor seduced by vanity. The events of the novel are the events of their relatively modest lives: courtships and marriages, ambitions, careers, deaths, bankruptcies, economies and thrifts, successes and failures. It is a long novel, full of incident and surprise.

Middlemarch is there in almost every book list that tell of the best novels written. It is also considered a George Eliot’s masterpiece by various critics across this planet. In an article on The Guardian, I found the best ever short-description of the book ever given by anyone: Continue reading

Books betiding into Movies in 2015- Part 2

In the last post “Books betiding into Movies in 2015- Part 1“, I offered you a list of eight books that are going to be some wonderful movies this year, or at least I hope. Well here are few more.

Me Before You

Release Date: Aug. 21

I think this book is one of the most popular books of the 2014, though I it’s still in my TBR list. In this love story, young Louisa forms a bond with Will, the paralyzed man she is employed to help. Emilia Clarke (yes the Targaryen) is playing Louisa.

Frankenstein

One of my favourite book from the pile I read last year. Another added to ‘must see movies list’. Daniel Radcliffe will play Igor, the hunchback assistant to Victor Frankenstein, James McAvoy.

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The Brunch Book Challenge- Part 2

This month started on a higher node as I received a carton of books for being a participant and completing Hindustan Times weekly magazine, HTBrunch’s #BrunchBookChallenge 2014. The idea was to read at least 24 books in 2014. To participate one must tweet about their progress by tagging @HTBrunch and using the hashtag #BrunchBookChallenge and giving details of the book one has read. There is no one checking out on you whether you are reading the book yourself or not, but I would suggest to have some self-respect and be honest wit yourself.

A carton of Books!

A carton of Books!

Thus, HTBrunch sent me 24 books, few customised bookmarks (we had a chat on the different uses of a bookmark, didn’t we?) a few posters and some more goodies.

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On opening the package

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