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Goodreads Reading Challenge 2016

My 2016 Reading Challenge hosted by Goodreads.com began with the start of this amazing year. This year, I challenged myself to read 150 books, incrementing the amount of books from last year’s challenge(2015) by 25. At first I wasn’t event sure that I’d be able to complete the challenge and then after doing a good start and reading a proper amount of books and then failing to find overcome the procrastination of not reading, I found myself in a fumbling three months back. I was behind in the challenge by almost a decade of books and was ready to give up. I am below par as not exceeding my limit of 150 books this year in contrast with the last year in which I exceeded by a good margin.

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Book List, sports

5 Books on Sports I read in 2015

Other than reading books, I am passionate about football (for americans: it’s soccer) and there isn’t a year I do not find books to read and satisfy by obsessiveness of the game. Here are 5 books worth take a look:

Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola’s First Season at Bayern Munich by Martí Perarnau

This a well written insight on football coaching genius.

My Rating 4 out of 5

The Nowhere Man by Michael Calvin

The book shines rays on the hidden world of one of the most important roles in the game of football, Scouts.

My Rating 4 out of 5

Another Bloody Saturday by Mat Guy

This is a book celebrating all that is great with the game of football, as seen through the eyes of clubs and fans rarely bothered by satellite television cameras and the riches of the elite game, a vibrant world of humour, warmth and friendship worth far more than all the wealth of the Premier League.

My Rating 4 out of 5 Continue reading “5 Books on Sports I read in 2015”

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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

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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.

Book List, Crime & Mystery

5 Crime Fiction Novels I read in 2015

I love reading Crime Fiction novels. They are intriguing, a dynamic pace is maintained by most of the authors in their works and they are often surprising.

Hanging Garden is Rankin’s complete novel and is 9th John Rebus novel, and becomes more fascinating.

My Rating 5 out of 5!

It’s winter and what will be better, if not be in Russia. At least Tom Rob Smith’s Child 44 can take us there. Stalin’s Soviet Union, a paradise in books but not in reality. This thrilling novel is the first of Leo Demidov’s trilogy.

My Rating: 4 out of 5  

Another gripping novel, full of thrill and after reading it, there will be some amount of adrenaline rush left inside you. Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

My Rating 4 out of 5 Continue reading “5 Crime Fiction Novels I read in 2015”

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5 Classics I read in 2015

To know what an ultimate pleasure sometimes a book written at least a hundred years before, or more, is known only to those who read them. There is a reason why these books are still surviving, generations after generations. Thus, here are five classics book that I read this year and I think are worth taking a look again.

Middlemarch is George Eliot’s magnum opus. The 800 page novel, it took me almost 9 days to finish reading it. Eliot’s writing is witty and sublime. This book examines multiple themes such as the role of education in the lives of characters and how it affects them. And as Virginia Woolf said, “The magnificent book that, with all its imperfections, is one of the few English novels written for grown-up people.”

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Macbeth by William Shakespeare is an intriguing tale.

My Rating 4 out of 5

The semiautobiographical Martin Eden is the most vital and original character Jack London ever created. Set in San Francisco, this is the story of Martin Eden, an impoverished seaman who pursues, obsessively and aggressively, dreams of education and literary fame.

My Rating 4 out of 5 Continue reading “5 Classics I read in 2015”

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OCTOBER- Monthly Recap

Book Reviews

          

Guest Post

A Little About Me by Susanne Leist

Essay

Why bother Reading More?

Lists

3 books to read from Net Galley

Books

September- Monthly Recap

Book Reviews:

         

Author Interviews:

Shweta Taneja

Essay:

Reading Books in the Digital Age

Guest Post:

How Numbers Can Tell Stories by Aubrey Leaman

Book Lists:

5 Books to Feed Your Brain

Five Books to Read in Gothic fiction

eReaders, Essay

Reading books in the Digital Age

I’d like to thank you guys for sharing your experiences with reading ebooks on your e-readers in the post, Buying an EReader, Worth? Two weeks back, after taking in full consideration that an e-reader will be good for me, I finally got my hands on Kindle Paperwhite 2015. It’s good, lightweight, lighter than my smart phone. Reading continuously for hours, doesn’t strain my eyes any more and I am very glad with features distraction free-reading. No more email or messages to interrupt me if I am reaching a climax of some mystery.Twitter113961e

There are a lot of free ebooks available on websites like Project Gutenberg. Then there is an option for NetGalley lovers, to send the books they have been approved of, directly to their Kindle(s). Having multiple dictionaries on the go is a good option. Battery life is good, haven’t really tested it. The testing part is still in progress but I have read five books on it since the day I have bought it and got it fully charged before doing any reading and the battery bar is still there, hanging around 20 to 25 percent.

Another feature that fascinate me is the “Reading Time”. The device calculates the reading speed, taking into account, how many words you read in a minute which may vary depending on the complexity of the text, (like reading Milton’s Lost Paradise or Dante’s The Divine Comedy) but there is an average that it will continue to do so. If the book is in Kindle Format, that is azw/azw3 or DRM free like mobi, it will show the time remaining in completing the chapter and the book separately along with amount of book you have read in percentage.  Continue reading “Reading books in the Digital Age”