The Song of Achilles: Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Madeline Circe| Genre: Mythology | Pages: 378 The Blurb: Achilles, “the best of all the Greeks,” son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence.…

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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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1984: An Excerpt

It struck him that in moments of crisis one is never fighting against an external enemy, but always against one’s own body… On the battlefield, in the torture chamber, on a sinking ship, the issues that you are fighting for are always forgotten, because the body swells up until it fills the universe, and even…

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Become a Brand: Book Review by Asha Seth

Review Available on: Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon Author: Sorav Jain| Genre: Non-fiction| Pages: 293 The Blurb: Personal branding helps you build an online reputation and add value to your business. One might strive to establish a personal brand by posting content regularly on social media. But this alone would not yield expected results. #BecomeABrand…

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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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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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The Book Thief: An Excerpt

“I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn’t already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race—that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the…

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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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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 Checklist for Choosing a Book to Read

If you are a voracious reader like me, there is no end to how many times you’ll get this asked by fellow readers, book lovers, and the likes. Not exaggerating. Seriously! Not boasting either. Honestly! I have no one way to answer this. But with the increasing number of times I am asked this; now…

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The Red Address Book – Book Review by Asha Seth

REVIEW AVAILABLE ON: INSTAGRAM | GOODREADS | AMAZON Author: Sofia Lundberg| Genre: Historical Fiction | Pages: 304 The Plot: Doris Alm is 96 years old and living through perhaps, the last days of her life. She is reliving the past few decades that she has preserved in her RED ADDRESS BOOK, with memories of her life, but most importantly, of people she’s…

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Birthday Girl: Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Haruki Murakami| Genre: Short Stories | Pages: 48 One rainy Tokyo night, a waitress’s uneventful twentieth birthday takes a strange and fateful turn when she’s asked to deliver dinner to the restaurant’s reclusive owner.  Birthday Girl is a beguiling, exquisitely satisfying taste of master storytelling, published to celebrate Murakami’s 70th birthday. Usually, I pick up Murakami on a well-planned…

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