Every new week brings new excitement of reading books. Reading books help us to tolerate and survive the dullness and stress of the week. Since it’s Monday, my readers, what are you reading?
I am Currently Reading Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert.
I have been trying to read this books from past five months(when I first heard about it) and this weekend, I finally took a step forward. When I am reading a good book, it doesn’t take much time for me to finish that book. The Fault in Our Stars, beautifully written, light-read and fast-paced book, by John Green. This is my first piece of John Green’s writing and I must say I am impressed by his style and lightness of the book. The book’s about Hazel Grace Lancaster, and how a book about a cancer sufferer which brings two sufferers close. The other sufferer being Augustus Waters.
But there is some fault in the characterization. John’s characters, Hazel Grace and Augustus, sound more like 25 or 30 year old adults then 17 year old teenagers. The character of Augustus is more very mature according to his age. But then the wit John has used in his characters is wonderful to read. The sarcasm is outstanding. This made the dialog conversations between the main characters is realistic and fun to read. I could imagine the characters in front of me conversing to each other. It was that clear. Also, the book is for a quodophile(i.e. me). I also feel, John develop these mature characters as the book also targets young adults and which I feel is a very good thing. The young adults could add something new to their vocabularies and learn some small-small morals which this book provides and make a good impact on their attitude and personality through their whole life. This effort, of the author, I appreciate.
There was also one more fault with the book is that in the end it becomes too much emotional. And that aspect I certainly do not like. But hey, I am not the author, John Green is, and he has full rights to write whatever he wants. Also, he being a male writer, wrote the entire book in female teenager’s point of view. And I feel, he did a good job. Never once, I felt that something was too manly about his female characterization.
One thing is for sure, I ‘d like to read him again, and he is certainly one of the best new authors I read this year.
3.5 out of 5 from me.
Creator of the Boy Wizard, Harry Potter, J.K.Rowling has written a crime novel now, The Cuckoo’s Calling, released earlier this year under the pseudonym: Robert Galbraith.
Over the years, Rowling often spoke of writing a crime novel. In 2007, during the Edinburgh Book Festival, author Ian Rankin claimed that his wife spotted Rowling “scribbling away” at a detective novel in a cafe. Rankin later retracted the story, claiming it was a joke. The rumour persisted with The Guardian speculating in 2012 that Rowling’s next book would be a crime novel.
The story was broken by Richard Brooks, the arts editor of the UK’s Sunday Times.
Kate Mills, fiction editor at Orion Publishing, came forward to admit that she had unwittingly turned down the new Rowling work, and suggested that colleagues at other publishers had done the same.
She told The Independent that the book was well written but new crime novels are hard to launch these days.
The Cuckoo’s Falling follows a private investigator Cormoran Strike who investigates when a model falls to her death from a Mayfair balcony. the book received praise from crime writers including Ms McDermid, Mark Billingham and Alex Gray.
Harry Potter fan site The Leaky Cauldron claimed the book had sold just 1500 hardback copies before the author’s identity was revealed. The site also claimed that a second Galbraith book is to be published next year. Since the author’s identity revealed the book’s Amazon sales have gone up more than 150,000%.
And I am one those buyers as I look forward to the book. As an avid reader of crime fiction and to be more curious, I wonder how Rowling…oops, Gailbraith, has cope with the world of crime fiction.
A GAME OF THRONES by GEORGE R. R. MARTIN
George R.R. Martin, James Patterson, Ian Rankin, David Whitaker
ALE OF BOSNIAN BAR ( A Poem)
by Aman Mittal
Get drunk, live life
Have fun, love your wife
If you don’t have one, try somebody else’s
Welcome to the Bosnian Bar
Try some wine
Cheap beer makes you wild
Taste some whiskey
But don’t get too tipsy
Otherwise you’ll end up in trash
Smelling of puke and with no cash
With no clothes on, in the chilly wind of Bosnia
You might get pneumonia
Take care of your missus
She might get some kisses
If not you, then we’ll do
Welcome to the Bosnian Bar.
2013, a year it is! It’s been six months since the year started, since those words I started to read written by various authors. Six months time is long and but not enough to read. Still I managed to read thirty one books (till the last month, and yes I keep a log). So far, it has been a great reading year for me and thus I manage to compile a list of my top ten books I have read so far.
1. THE GREAT GATSBY BY SCOTT FITZGERALD
I was flattered by the book and the philosophy behind it by Fitzgerald. How this book can be closely related to his private life and the time of 1920s is by reading the book. You might realize after reading it that you have not fallen in love with it or any of it’s characters. But that’s the beauty of it. That what resembles the lavish 1920s. It’s highly recommended by me.
2. NAMING OF THE DEAD BY IAN RANKIN
Ian Rankin is one of the most prolific crime fiction writer of 21st century. And this one is his one of the masterpieces’. He knows what to write. His characters know how to perform. He conveys the atmosphere to perfection. It was quite a page turning for me. This is the sixteenth novel of John Rebus series.
3. METAMORPHOSIS BY FRANZ KAFKA
It always bugs me why this story of Kafka is included in every literature course everywhere in the world. Well after reading it, I got my answer. Kafka displays a new concept by this story. A man to a bug, it was my first experience with German literature and proved to be wonderful in the end. Intense of the story is quite strong.
4. 1984 BY GEORGE ORWELL
After reading this, I realized this book is a conception of what reality is becoming. And thus, it is turning out to be true. Orwell wrote it after the World War II and till today I feel this book is applicable to our reality. The philosophy behind this book is intensive. But due it’s length, I got a bit bored.
5. THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE BY GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
Bernard Shaw, as he liked himself to be called, is a master of witty plays. And I read Pygmalion and Devil’s Disciple at the same time but the two are not comparable. Pygmalion is a straight set win while Devil’s Disciple is totally witty. I enjoyed Shaw’s inscription.
6. THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA BY ERNEST HEMINGWAY
This novella is one of the major works produced by Hemingway. It is one of his famous works but I did not feel why. In the starting I found difficult to indulge myself but when the story goes on, my was indulging deep and down in the sea with the old man. It’s a short read, and certainly a Pulitzer Prize winner.
7. INFERNO BY DAN BROWN
The fifth addition to Robert Langdon’s Saga. Angels and Demons was the first book I read written by Dan Brown. It’s still his best work. Inferno, is a fast read, which was not expected by me as Brown’s earlier works worked at normal pace. When it came out I was so excited as I had read pre-reviews about it’s relation to Dante. I started reading when it was five hours after it launched. And read it in tow sittings. I can say I was not impressed by this book as I was by Angels and Demons.
8. DAISY MILLER BY HENRY JAMES
It was my first of something I read written by Henry James. I had waited for it quite long, and made sure something of Henry James’ was on my reading list of this year. It is a novella and just a novella. I would love to read more written by him.
9. THE DARK ROAD BY MA JIAN
I am glad I read this book. Firstly, I wanted to try a new author this year, and unknown, at least for me. And Ma was one of them. Secondly, it was whole new experience of words for me, the plot, consequence, the atmosphere as the book is setup in China. Ma Jian is the author I am keen to read more and I am recommending this book toe everyone, but it’s a bit too long.
10. BEST KEPT SECRET BY JEFFREY ARCHER
I was recommend to him by a friend of mine a few years back. Then, I read only book but I started reading his Clifton Chronicles lately, and this one was the third in the series. Though it was the first book, Only time will tell which made get myself indulged in this series, I am waiting for the fourth one.
With half of the 2013 being a good for reading, I am excited for the other half. I am looking forward to read so many books and in mood of trying some new authors as well.
What have been your favourite reads so far in 2013?
The Artist of Disappearance by Anita Desai
A LIFE (A Poem)
by Aman Mittal
Touch it, it won’t shrink
As an eyeball does
Feel it, you can only feel
The feelings inside you,
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow,
Sometime it’s a landscape view
Blue stream of water
In between the hills
Day in, Day out
Followed by a bright sun,
Sometime it’s a portrait
Hanging on a wall
No movement and very still
A beautiful face
Wearing a set of pearls,
Else, you cannot drag it
Nor can you draw it
On a sheet of paper,
It has no shadow of it’s own
But reckons the one you have
Nor it can breathe
But breathe with your lungs
Nor it can see
But see through your eyes
Nor it can feel
But feels everything you touch
The Life is you.
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