Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

When you are in mood of a quick yet not so short looking book, you can pick E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars. It is a different book I have read in a long time. It is not something you usually read neither it is written in that way. I can tell you it is a modern suspense novel.

Here is some blurb: The story is about the Sinclair family. Cadence is the eldest granddaughter of the family so rich that they never mention money. Every year, the Sinclairs spend their summer on a private island, where the grandparents have built four houses for themselves and their three daughters, plus a smaller building for their cooks and cleaners. The story is about the ‘liars’,  Cadence, her cousins, and cousin’s cousin. The quad of them spend these summers together at the island on a tiny beach. Soon a tragedy unfolds that affects the Sinclair family which concerns the ‘liars’.

The pace of the text in this book is extraordinary. The length of the chapters too short. The characterisation can be easily visually experienced by any reader reading this book. The description of the characters is enough for the reader to wove them in his own imagination.  It is written in first person and is narrated by the protagonist herself. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart”

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Spotlight: Debt by Rachel Dunning

DEBT

By Rachel Dunning 

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Expected Release Date:

March 2016 

What’s it about?

I pay my debts, and I expect others to.

I was raised in the slums of London, I knew nothing of privilege. My father was murdered when I was seventeen. Morty figured my father’s passing meant I would automatically take on dad’s debts. I refused.

And I paid for that refusal.

So did my sister. Continue reading “Spotlight: Debt by Rachel Dunning”

Books, Dystopia, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Circle by Dave Eggers is a dystopian novel. Even though it doesn’t contain any epidemic wash out that is affecting humanity on a large-scale or affected by some alien species(people from another planet), yet it is a science fiction, sub genre dystopian novel. It is closer to the reality, set in not afar future, and is about the daily musings we deal and care about: anonymity! Anonymity from the internet, which nowadays is a synonym for the term world.

The blurb is simple. The Circle is an organisation specialising in technology related to internet. It’s basically like Google. To get hired to work for Circle is once in a lifetime opportunity just for the developers and engineers in real world. The Circle is all about its California Campus,  social media, banking, and their universal operating system resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. Even the employees have ranks and ratings that determines their popularity inside the Circle.

Mae Holland, our so-called protagonist is given this opportunity. She works hard, day in, day out and is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. But things starts to change. Mae is introduced by an unwanted event to the company’s one of the founders and  who will change the way the privacy is handled in our lives.

The quite the liked whole idea of the story even before I started reading the book. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Circle by Dave Eggers”

Book List

5 Books on “Writers and Writing” I read in 2015

Today’s book list is based on the “art of writing” which I have read this year.

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

I know, most of you know about this one, and I regard this book as one of the best on the art of writing I have read so far.

My Rating 5 out of 5!

To learn about the craft of writing is from the masters. Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors does provide some insight on writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Zadie Smith, Joan Didion, Franz Kafka, David Foster Wallace, and more.

My Rating 4 out of 5

The book, How Proust Can Change Your Life has the most fascinating subject: Marcel Proust.

My Rating 4 out of 5

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Books, classics, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Most of the times when you see a book, you read its blurb at the back of the cover and then only few remains in your memory. Until you go to a deep sleep or you pick the book and start reading it. That’s what happened with me when I took William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury in my hands.

The title of the  novel is taken from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, act 5 scene 5. It’s a tragedy. This is not a spoiler, I am just making you aware of what you have to deal with once you are deep down a hundred pages. The tragedy is about Compson family in America, featuring Caddy, Benjamin, Quentin, and Jason. Four siblings who are synonyms of rebel, immature, sensitive and obsessive, and brutal. It consists of four chapters, and the first two ones are the most difficult ones I have read.

The first chapter use a narrative technique known as the Stream of Consciousness. You might have seen it in James Joyce’s Ulysses but in Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, the mode is at its best. Nobody could have written it better. Or someone might, but that’s just a rational hypothetical converse. The second chapter is the silver lining between intelligence and torment. It stretches the narrative technique to its extreme. There are no punctuation at times to associate with the stream of text so one has to read it very carefully. The non-linearity of both the chapters will highly demand one’s attention. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner”

Book List

5 books I read on “Reading Books” in 2015

Reading is a fascinating activity but a very time consuming one. The time spent in reading books is though worth if you learn from the books you are reading. If you are not, leave it and better pick another. That’s the good thing about reading books. You are never out of options. So here are some books on the art of reading:

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

My Rating 5 out of 5!

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs

My Rating 4 out of 5!

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Best of Confessions of a Readaholic 2015

It’s time to look back upon the best of Confessions of a Readaholic 2015- ‘best’ being the composition of articles you read and shared most and those I took pleasure in writing.

What to Learn from Dante’s Inferno?

Read the article here

The Unknown van Gogh

Read the article here

Marcel Proust on Reading and Dying

Read the article here Continue reading “Best of Confessions of a Readaholic 2015”

Books

Goodreads Challenge Completed, Me Too!

Last year, I did read some good books and a bit of great ones. My main aim to read as much diverse books, diverse being from different genre, and authors which I haven’t read before, was accomplished honourably. I did also read a few debut authors, which you can find me recommending in the ‘lists‘ posts before. The experience I gained from reading many different genres is like tasting every bowl of soup on the table yet the bowls keep on coming. There are many different flavours which I haven’t tasted before.

The habit of recording each and every book read on Goodreads is an amazing thing. Not only it motivates me to read more, but also keeps a full track of the days I managed to read them.

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A glimpse of the reading challenge I challenged myself.

The current year, I will be challenging a bigger number to myself and with all the life’s daily anomalies it will be one task to conquer.