The Regrets – Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Amy Bonnaffons| Genre: Paranormal, Romance | Pages: 296   For weeks, Rachel has been noticing the same golden-haired young man sitting at her Brooklyn bus stop, staring off with a melancholy air. When, one day, she finally musters the courage to introduce herself, the chemistry between them is undeniable: Thomas is wise, witty, handsome,…

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A Song of Achilles – An Excerpt

“I will go,” he said. “I will go to Troy.” The rosy gleam of his lip, the fevered green of his eyes. There was not a line anywhere on his face, nothing creased or graying; all crisp. He was spring, golden and bright. Envious death would drink his blood, and grow young again. He was…

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The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories: Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Angela Carter| Genre: Short Stories | Pages: 214 The Blurb: In The Bloody Chamber – which includes the story that is the basis of Neil Jordan’s 1984 movie The Company of Wolves – Carter spins subversively dark and sensual versions of familiar fairy tales and legends like “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Bluebeard,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Beauty…

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Misery: Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Stephen King| Genre: Psychological Horror| Pages: 369 The Blurb: Misery Chastain was dead. Paul Sheldon had just killed her – with relief, with joy. Misery had made him rich; she was the heroine of a string of bestsellers. And now he wanted to get on to some real writing.  That’s when the car accident…

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The Rape Trial: Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Bidisha Ghosal | Genre: Crime Fiction | Pages: 548 Nearly a decade has passed since Rahul Satyabhagi, heir to the mega Satyabhagi business empire, had raped Avni Rambha, bested her in court, and gone on to become a men’s rights activist, and the who’s-who of Badrid Bay had breathed a sigh of relief that…

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Two: Book Review by Asha Seth

Review Available on: Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon Author: Gulzar| Genre: Historical Fiction, Indian Fiction| Pages: 200 The Blurb: It’s the winter of 1946. A truck leaves the village of Campbellpur after news of the impending Partition pours in. It is carrying people who don’t know where they will go. They have just heard words…

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The Book Thief: Book Review by Asha Seth

Review Available on: Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon Author: Markus Zusak | Genre: Historical Fiction | Pages: 584 The Blurb: It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still. By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single…

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10 Most Anticipated Books of 2020

Better late than never! Hey readers, this post is tad delayed, I know, but here I am, thrilled to talk about the most anticipated books of 2020. What’s more exciting than starting the new year with hundreds of new books to watch-out for! While 2019 ended on a pleasant note for me in terms of…

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11 Difficult Books I Read in 2019

Early this month, I shared a blog post on the Best Books I Read in 2019. Following that, I knew I had to do a list of books that I found challenging, that I struggled with, and perhaps, that didn’t hit a chord with me. When you read as much as 90 plus books in…

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Robinson Crusoe: Book Review by Asha Seth

Review also available on: Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon Author: Daniel Defoe| Genre: Historical Fiction, Adventure| Pages: 298 The Blurb: Robinson Crusoe is a fine Englishman living in England who cherishes a dream of going to the sea. Although his family does not support his idea, he flees nonetheless, on a ship to London. After two…

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The Master and Margarita: Excerpt

The tongue can conceal the truth, but the eyes never! You’re asked an unexpected question, you don’t even flinch, it takes just a second to get yourself under control, you know just what you have to say to hide the truth, and you speak very convincingly, and nothing in your face twitches to give you…

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The Passage: Book Review by Asha Seth

Review Available on: Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon Author: Justin Cronin| Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy| Pages: 766 The Blurb: First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation,…

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Writing Inspiration #39

This particular advice I have read from almost all the legendary writers I admire. And that is  – when you sit down to write, sit devoid of rules and regulations, sit without grammar and punctuations, without erasers and cutters. Just pour your heart out. Let it all come out tumbling down on paper, freeing your…

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12 Best Books I Read in 2019

2019 was quite productive, as far as reading is concerned.  After many years, I managed reading decent number of books. It was back in 2012, that I had managed reading 105 books but wasn’t totally happy then because most books were mere experiments with new modern-day debut authors and the books turned out to be…

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Once Upon a River: Book Review by Asha Seth

Review Available on: Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon Author: Diane Setterfield| Genre: Fantasy | Pages: 464 The Blurb: On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger.…

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Like a Flowing River – Book Review by Asha Seth

Review Available on: Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon Author: Paulo Coelho| Genre: Philosophy, Non-fiction, Memoirs | Pages: 496 The Blurb: Like the Flowing River is an intimate collection of Paulo Coelho’s reflections and short stories. These are powerful tales of living and dying, of destiny and choice, of love lost and found. The Review: I have read…

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End of Watch: Book Review by Asha Seth

Review Available on: Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon Author: Stephen King| Genre: Supernatural, Thriller | Pages: 496 The Plot: In End of Watch, book three of the Bill Hodges Trilogy, the diabolical “Mercedes Killer” Brady Hartsfield drives innocent people to suicide through a gaming app, and if the founders of Finders Keepers – Retired detective Bill Hodges and…

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Rebecca: Book Review by Asha Seth

Review also available on: Instragram | Goodreads| Amazon Author: Daphne du Maurier| Genre: Gothic, Suspense | Pages: 397 The Plot: A handmaid falls in love with a dashing widower Mr de Winter and accepts his marriage proposal and becomes the lady of Manderley. Little does she know about the past and haunt that the country…

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Your Destination has Arrived – Book Review by Asha Seth

Review Available on: Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon Author: Barry Cheema| Genre: Philosophy | Pages: 378 The Plot: Bruno, a K9 (police dog), gets a human life as a reward for his phenomenal act of bravery. He can stay in this human body forever, provided he fulfils a condition in the given time. But while…

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On Bookish Giveaways…

I love books but can’t say the same for giveaways. And that is because of the few instances in the past when I’ve entered in giveaways but never made it. My lack of interest thereafter was profound, and not because I never won, but because I came to a calculated conclusion that one had to…

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The Only Story – Book review by Asha Seth

Author: Julian Barnes | Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance | Pages: 272 The Blurb: First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn’t know anything about that at nineteen. At nineteen, he’s proud of the fact his relationship flies in the face of social convention. As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become…

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