Top Posts of 2016!

In terms of blogging, 2016 was a wonderful year for this blog and me. What I did the whole year? Well, I read books, blogged about them, met new bloggers, and read their intriguing blog posts.

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Read in February 2017

Will 2017 be the year we finally get our hands on The Winds of Winter? I am eagerly waiting for it and I am sure you excited too. Thus, while we both wait for George R. R. Martin to finally disagree with Game of Thrones TV show’s producers and to show gratitude towards the thirst of his fans and readers, we still have plenty to read and crave for in particular genre of science fiction as well as fantasy.

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Meditating with Marcus Aurelius

Writing a review of Meditations is a hard task since there is too much to describe and discuss in one post considering the idle length of a blog post, or of a book review or to have your attention till the end of the post, but it is not enough. I rejected the idea of writing a review before writing this review, several times. But as Marcus Aurelius said:

At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: ‘I have to go to work – as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for – the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?’

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD. He is considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers and what we read today as Meditations is actually a personal notebook written by Marcus, for himself. He divided his work into 12 shorter volumes that comprise today the Meditations. One might question, what to learn from a man who is now a part of wandering dust, who is dead for almost 18 centuries? Wisdom. Wisdom is the crux of life.

In each of the 12 volumes, Marcus’ writing is clear as he describes the virtue of one’s life as a plot that progress as the essence of how universe as a whole works. In his journal, he reminds himself with understanding of universe is recursive in nature.

Everything have always been the same, and recuring, and it makes no difference whether you see the same things recur in a hundred year or two hundred, or in an infinite period.

There is no point in loathing how one’s life is and Marcus writing helps one in endurance. He offers wisdom on how tackle endurance without affecting one’s mental or physical state, constantly reminding us of the solo life we have. From the start of the book, Marcus focuses on the logos, the reasoning, the rational part of our minds, our thoughts our actions, each totally depended on one another. He emphasis the importance of work and discourages the distractions and desires we all have to deal in time. The presence of oneself, the conscious moment, and in that moment he encourages one to be patient and control our actions accordingly. His words shine a beam on the tolerance of nature and how one dislikes, disapproves of another, and reminds us that everyone have faults, thus, one should not concentrate his physical and mental energy on anger.

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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?

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The Unknown van Gogh

Read the article here

Marcel Proust on Reading and Dying

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Top Ten Books in 2015- A Half Yearly List

2015 is going well for me in terms of reading. I have already some books ahead of my schedule to read 125 books this year and I am confident that I will be able to complete the challenge before the year comes to an end. This year I have read a variety of books. Fiction, non-fiction, many kind of sub-genres. Another good thing to happen is I have met many fellow bloggers who from time to time recommend me titles that I would have not known otherwise and I have picked some of them and I am glad and thankful for their recommendations.

Thus, here I am evaluating ten best books I have read so far in the year.

Find Me

Laura van den Berg’s debut novel FIND ME is a rare novel. You won’t find it on everyone’s bookshelf, and if you do, make a plea to let you read it, stop everything, and start reading.

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

The steadiness of this novel is will make you fond of the writer.

The Hanging Garden

One of the best Rankin’s book.

Norwegian Wood

Mesmerizing Murakam’s words.

Bird by Bird

Anne Lamott’s book is necessary for anyone who aspires to write for his own inner peace.

Kafka On the Shore

Another mesmerising Murakami’s mesh for a reader to experience. His words, the structure, the flow of text, the plot, and the characters together build that mesh.

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

It’s Shawshank Redemption and it is as good as the movie.

Zero to One

Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress and a new way of thinking about innovation.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

A great fiction story for the love of books.

The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

One of the most amazing collection of letters I have ever read.

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten books of 2014

2014 has been a mixed bag year for me in reading. I have read a variety of authors, especially a lot of new authors this time, took non-fiction seriously and some interesting books on recommendations. My challenge to myself to read 100 books this year is on track and so far, as the year comes to half, I have read 49 books.

My 2014 goodreads.com Challenge, so far…

The challenge bar on the goodreads.com tells me that I am “one book ahead of the schedule” which means I am doing well. Thus, here  I am evaluating ten best reads I had so far in the year.

 

10. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Winner of Man Booker Prize 2009, Wolf Hall is amazing story written surrealistically from the POV of Thomas Cromwell.  

9. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

An exciting thriller, unfolds the story of an identity-less man. If you like the movie, you will love this book. 

8. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

An important book in the history of man kind. Totally sci-fi and easy to visualize. True story which suites every era of man kind. Continue reading “TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten books of 2014”

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten Books to read in the time of the World Cup

The summer has become hotter with the start of the FIFA World Cup 2014. Four days already and more than 40 goals in groups stage fixtures. Yesterday, Germany was fun to watch though. Thus, in the time of this major event, I have concluded a list of ten football (soccer) books a reader ( also a Football Nerd) can read when not watching the fixtures.

The Damned Utd by David Peace

Extraordinary sport’s writer, David Peace’s extraordinarily inventive novel tells the story of a world characterized by fear of failure and hunger for success set in the bleak heart of the 1970s.

Soccernomics by Simon Kuper & Stefan Syzmanski

Using insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology, and business to cast a new and entertaining light on how the game works,Soccernomics reveals the often surprisingly counter-intuitive truths about soccer. Continue reading “TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten Books to read in the time of the World Cup”