Sometimes I am annoyed by myself. The reason is simple, I buy books that I don’t read. Ever. I never really go for a book shopping for more than two books a time, and once or twice I have been I made sure that I have read them all. But there are some books or the other when in time I glance on my shelf that brings back the happiness of buying it but the guilt of not reading it. I must day, I like buying books. Books which are lesser known. Books in series. Books with yellow pages, rusty covers and that smell!
I don’t think I am harming them in any way even if they are lying soundlessly on my shelf. That’s what we readers do and we do it by having good intentions in our conscience. We have the best of intentions and never the worst of intentions when buying books. Sometimes it is a result of a peculiar obsession. Either obsession with the cover, or that smell, or the writer. Continue reading “Buying Books I Don’t Read”
This post is especially dedicated to my not so book-loving-but-movie-loving friends. I’m concluding a list below of books that are turning into movies this year. I want you to read them before you watch them. Every year many of the movies that I watch and like are surprisingly based on books. I always like the idea of reading a book that is soon turning into a movie. After reading the book, when the movie comes out, I compare the visualisation shown in the movie with my imaginary visualisation of that book.
Release Date: March 20 | Watch Trailer
Divergent Series fan, mark your calendars. I remember watching it, I felt it did a good job even though I am not a fan of the series.
Release Date: March 27 | Watch Trailer
Newlyweds George and Serena move from Boston to North Carolina in 1929 to start a timber business. The pair is ruthless in building their empire, and when Serena finds out that she can’t have children, she sets out to kill George’s illegitimate son. Characters will be played by Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. Continue reading “Books betiding into Movies in 2015- Part 1”
In the post, ‘2014- The Year in Reading and of Reading Resolutions’, I told as soon as I am decided on my reading goals, I am going to tell you about it. Well here it is. The major one. I have pledged to read 125 books this year, at least. As usual, I will be using Goodreads.com to track down my reading challenge. It’s a great website for book-nerds, for tracking your lifelong books and yearly also. Go check it out.
I have even started contributing towards my reading goal by reading Macbeth by William Shakespeare and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. On reading Macbeth, I have come to realise that it is not the best work of William Shakespeare and certainly not better than Hamlet. Still quite sharp and adequate and short read for wintry nights. The latter one I read in a day, was all over me. I could think about any other thing once I started reading The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry which is very-well written, a nerdy book for book nerds and anyone who likes to read. is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love. And believe me, it won’t take anyone much time to read it. It’s a perfect to-be-read-in-one-day that you can do anywhere. Well to sum up: “Every word the right one and exactly where it should be. That’s basically the highest compliment I can give…” to it.
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This Monday certainly came quite fast for me. The weekend got over faster than the light travels. Still I managed to read two books, Drive and Driven both by James Sallis last week. Today I got Tess of D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy from my college’s library. I have this nostalgic feeling of reading something which will fill the void inside for quite a long time now. Yesterday, I even spent an hour on my laptop browsing the collection of eBooks I have but I was unable to decided on a particular title. So I thought it’d be better to read something in paperback. Also, it feels boring to me on reading on a laptop and that’s the reason I used my phone as an eBook reader earlier to read but it got broke last week. Thus I had to find some other way to get back to my reading, and paperback is the best.
I hope Mr. Hardy’s words do me the favor and I’ll indulge myself into it instantaneously.
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
by THOMAS HARDY
The more I read, the more I realize that a book should be wrought with a special physiognomy but also it should be astonishing. Far From the Madding Crowd is one example of the aforesaid. This was my first book of the author Thomas Hardy, his poetic way and his way of portraying a scene gives a reader the feeling repletion. Many a times, the reader would be astonished by the way of illustrations Thomas Hardy provides in this particular title. The way he pulled images, I was bewitched by his art.
Far from the Madding Crowd is basically the story of Bathsheba Everdene and how her three suitors affect her life. Looking at the protagonist Bathsheba Everdene, considering her wit and intelligence how she ends up choosing to marry the worst of the three suitors is hard to imagine. But that’s what drives the plot forward. Otherwise, this book would have been ended in just two or three pages. Following the protagonist made me think about how little we know about that special someone we marry.
The book provides few little queries at some point or other and it is necessary to understand the motive and think for an answer to it. Especially, that point where he talks about ‘how woman may be treated in bitterness’. Also, there is a lot of psychological insight about human nature and how we often make the wrong choices based on superficiality.
The characterization is thorough and well maintained till the end. Hardy clearly shows how even a small character can define and refine the plot. Even the titles of the chapters were well written and make a huge difference on how the plot is advancing fashioning up the curiosity of reader to read more.
I would say the book was not much of a heavy read, is enjoyable to read when you are in the mood for a classic or some pastoral mayhem.
Mistress by James Patterson
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Finally the most awaited order of this month has arrived. I was eagerly waiting for the below books from past four days, and they were giving me sleepless nights. They are in order:
The Complete Father Brown Series by G. K. Chesterton
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Divine comedy: Inferno by Dante
Fathers and Sons by Ivan S. Turgenev
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained by John Milton
What do you guys have to say?