Delhi Book Fair Haul: 2018 Edition

It happened again! I bought more books.

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It was the Delhi Book Fair last month, and this is the haul post. Yes, haul because I got quite a few books and some stationery items that made me very happy. Full disclosure, I still haven’t read a lot of the books that I got last year. But here I am, buying more beautiful books to add to my collection, and I don’t regret it one bit!

I’ve never been one to follow the tradition of buying just as many books I would read. It was a rainy day, and only I know how I reached the fairgrounds. Because there was muddy water almost up to our knees at one point, and even entering became a challenge. But we had a strong will. Not to sound too full of me, but we triumphed. The day got gradually better because the weather was pleasant and well Books! So, following are all the cool things I found. I’ll mention the Goodreads rating and the price of the books for your reference.

  • The first two books from the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth. Divergent(Goodreads Rating 4.3/5) and Insurgent(GR 4.1/5).

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I was stoked to find that the particular stall didn’t have the next two in the same theme to complete my series. Rs 150 each. Continue reading “Delhi Book Fair Haul: 2018 Edition”

Honest Book Review: The Nightmare, by Lars Kepler (Fiction, Suspense Thriller, from Swedish author)

The Nightmare by Lars Kepler was the eleventh book that I read in 2017. This was more than what I achieved in the last three years combined, which excited me and encouraged me to keep on going. I was well on my way to the 12 Books for the 12 Months of the year goal that I had set up for myself. It is the second book in the series although it can be read as a stand-alone book because the storyline doesn’t quite depend on the first one. The first book was The Hypnotist, which was a fast-paced thriller, and so my expectations with The Nightmare were also pretty high. The books are written by the Swedish husband-wife authors Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril together. The titles for both were very mysterious which is part of the allure of the books.Now, onto the actual review. The Nightmare still follows Joona Linna, the Swedish detective who is now investigating another case.

It starts off with the death of two very different people that Joona believes as a hunch, must be connected. The death of a journalist’s sister who’s on a boat, and the apparent suicide of the General Director of the government agency that handles permissions of military exports. Joona has to fight for the right to be the detective in charge of the proceedings of these two murders but his initial insights prove true, landing him the cases. He starts at the home of the Director, finding crucial clues that could lead him to the killer, and some similar but disturbing similarities on the boat murder.

Parallelly, the story of how the Killer is proceeding is also outlined in separate chapters, and he is always one step ahead of Joona Linna – in destroying evidence and throwing him off his trail. The whole concept revolves around the fact that how the Killer is The Nightmare, killing ruthlessly, and keeping on his mission no matter who gets hurt. I’ll divulge that the whole story is about a photograph, that can spell the downfall of some very influential people involved in illegal activities.

The chapters are small, concise and alternate between Joona Linna, the killers, and the survivors of the boat murders. Yes, there were survivors. Which is also how the story progresses. The readers are aware of the mind games and plot twists that push forward the narration. The writing is still easy, which is also thanks to the simple translation from Swedish. The plot is easy to follow. But some moments described in the book are very difficult to digest. It is most bashed for the scene where the new Director of the military exports department is able to identify the melody by the hand placement of a musician in a band, just by looking at a photograph. It may seem like a lot, but some such elements have been added to up the drama in the novel.

Overall, the book is a nice suspense thriller, where the readers also get to learn a lot of crime-related terms, and how investigative agencies work. Or might work, devoid of the drama and high-octane sequences. It lives up to the expectation of being a sequel, even though the books amazingly work as standalone masterpieces. You can find my review of the first book, The Hypnotist here. Fun titbit: Lars Kepler is the pen-name of the Swedish husband-wife writing duo, Alexander and Alexandra Ahndoril. With a Goodreads rating of 3.8, I and a lot of the reading population will recommend The NIghtmare. It is a light read, page turner and unique in concept. Although, bear in mind that not everyone seems to love this fiction style so individual preference will always stand. Because the ending is almost predictable, and the twists are not for everyone.

My rating: 3/5
Suspense Rating: 4/5
Simplicity of Writing: 5/5
Logic Realism: 3/5
Recommendation: Well, yeah!

Some of my other reviews are:
Pride and Prejudice
Of Love and Other Demons
The Alchemist

All my book reviews are here.

Currently Reading: I’ll Never Get OUt of this World Alive, by Steve Earle

Do I Like Nora Roberts?

I asked my honey
Do we like Nora Roberts.
Saying yes meant eternity
bound in those books,
And to say no was death.

This is a very different style of prose/poetry I chose to post. I don’t know what brought this on, including a real author in my personal expressions. But the truth is that some people have given rave reviews of the books, while others have been sure to say that the genre wouldn’t appeal to me. The Irish series seem inviting, but I’m still struggling with the decision. In the meanwhile, an awkward post! ūüėČ

Not Your Average Book Haul! (feat. Stationery)

I went to the local book fair a few days ago, which has been a bi-annual tradition of mine for the last few years. This one was the International version, which meant they featured books of different authors from a lot of different countries, which I would appreciate if I knew any other language. Jokes apart, I saw some coffee-table books and photographic ones that were different and that I loved! This post will be my Book Haul and some stationery bits that I could not refrain from buying.

Another reason why this Haul is extra special is that it includes books that my very thoughtful friend gifted to me, mere days after the Fair. I was so excited because she got me two of the very books that I mentioned in my 2018 Book Bucket List.

Another habit of my mine is to go completely gaga purchasing books. And, don’t even get me started on stationery – Me look-ey, me buy-ey! And, that has resulted in an overflowing bookcase and a not so full bank account. However, this time I was rational about each and every decision, like looking up Goodreads ratings for each book.; and gauging the practical use of each stationery item that I bought. I’ll start with the stationery:

  • Owl Hard-Bound Notebook in A5
    Okay, yes. I bought another diary, in another print, made of handmade paper that I will save for a rainy day. But, I’m also planning to make doodles, for which this would be perfect, handy and easy-to-carry.

Continue reading “Not Your Average Book Haul! (feat. Stationery)”

Book Bucket-List 2018!

2017 has been a good year reading wise. I read 16 books in total! 4 more than my target of 12 books for the twelve months. Although my favorite genre is horror, most of the books I read were fiction. I also ventured out of my comfort zone and read some different books just to expand my range of reading. I’ve listed all the books on the blog, and you can find their reviews and ratings here, based on my opinion.

I’ll admit that sometimes it was a bit difficult with a job, but I found most of my reading time while traveling for work. A lot of people prefer to catch up on television in their free time, but I chose books for the majority of last year. That doesn’t mean I gave up TV, of course! In fact, I may have watched a little bit more than normal, and there is a post coming about that as well!

The goal for 2018: 20 books! 

This post is on my Bucket List for 2018. All the books that I dream about, and plan on reading. They are in no particular order of preference. Some books I end up fancying by reading someone’s review, or Instagram book-fies. But mostly, Amazon and Goodreads recommendations based on my previous reads make the list. I don’t have a very fancy, photogenic bookshelf yet, but it serves its purpose. It looks pretty and my goal for 2018 is to ‘double-park’ it with more books! Another line of books along the front so I can feel proud of my bookcase-baby!

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Without further ado, here are the books that Amazon recommended or I fancy reading:

  1. Little fires everywhere, Celeste Ng
  2. Into the water, Paula Hawkins
  3. Before we were yours, Lisa Wingate
  4. Sleeping beauties, Stephen and Owen King
  5. Without merit, Coleen Hoover
  6. Beartown, Frederick Backman
  7. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  8. Rich People Problems, Kevin Kwan (Crazy Rich Asians #3)
  9. The Identicals, by Elin Hilderbrand
  10. The God of Small things and The ministry of Utmost happiness, Arundhati Roy
  11. The Great Gatsby
  12. The Fault in Our Stars
  13. Les Miserables
  14. Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
  15. To Kill a Mockingbird
  16. The Giving Tree
  17. One hundred years of solitude, Garcia Marquez
  18. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnell
  19. The Stranger, Albert Camus
  20. War and Peace, Tolstoy
  21. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

Following are my Goodreads Recommendations, along with their average ratings:

  1. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf  3.61
  2. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick S√ľskind¬†really liked it 4.00
  3. Middlemarch  by George Eliot  3.94
  4. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding  3.73
  5. Love’s Labour’s Lost¬† by William Shakespeare¬†3.54
  6. Moonfleet by John Meade Falkner 3.91
  7. The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse  4.12
  8. The Monk by Matthew Lewis  3.80
  9. The Young Man’s Guide by William A. Alcott¬†¬†3.53
  10. Seek: Reports from the Edges of America and Beyond by Denis Johnson  3.84
  11. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock  3.53
  12. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu  3.83
  13. Against Nature Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans  3.88
  14. Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas by Machado de Assis  4.23
  15. The Code of the Woosters (Jeeves, #7) by P.G. Wodehouse  4.36 avg rating
  16. The Fall of the House of Usher  by Edgar Allan Poe 3.94
  17. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror  by Robert Louis Stevenson  3.95
  18. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy 3.84
  19. The Late Mattia Pascal by Luigi Pirandello 4.00

Some of the books are available for free on the Project Gutenberg website, which makes me very happy indeed.¬†I’d love to know your suggestions about good books to read, or comments about any of the books I’ve mentioned. Or you can tell me I’m crazy for thinking I could read 20 books in 2018!

Huge Book Haul (Pics inside!)

I wouldn’t go the cliched way and say that books are life. But I will say that they make you who you are. Every story, every memorable line and every moving paragraph can bring on intense ecstasy or catharsis. And I will admit I have been so vastly affected by such books, or such thoughts you never only in the black and white of written word.

I have a high opinion of books because I believe that they are the truest sources of information, ideas, and influence. It’s no wonder I jump at the opportunity to buy some more books. Just one more, just this one and it ends up being a haul. I don’t expect anything else from myself either!

We had the local book fair two weeks ago, and I was lucky enough to go to it on the very first day. Having been to the last few made me realize that the first few days are the best. All the books are in stock, and you can have your pick of the lot, with not a lot of effort. I had gone in with a list of books based on their Goodreads rating – classics, fiction and modern ones and I am happy to say that a majority of my list was completed ūüėÄ Without further ado, here are my one million books! Continue reading “Huge Book Haul (Pics inside!)”

Fairy tales in childhood are stepping stones throughout life, leading the way through trouble and trial. The value of fairy tales lies not in a brief literary escape from reality, but in the gift of hope that goodness truly is more powerful than evil and that even the darkest reality can lead to a Happily Ever After. Do not take that gift of hope lightly. It has the power to conquer despair in the midst of sorrow, to light the darkness in the valleys of life, to whisper ‚ÄúOne more time‚ÄĚ in the face of failure. Hope is what gives life to dreams, making the fairy tale the reality.

‚ÄĒL.R. Knost

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