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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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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Finders Keepers: Book Review by Asha Seth

Review Also Available on: Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon Author: Stephen King| Genre: Thriller | Pages: 370 The Plot: Morris Bellamy loves John Rothstein for the Jimmy Gold books that changed his life. Morris Bellamy hates John Rothstein for selling out on Jimmy Gold, his favorite character. Morris Bellamy kills John Rothstein, burglarizing through his house of decent cash and all his…

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How to Win Friends and Influence People: Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Dale Carnegie| Genre: Non-fiction, Self-help | Pages: 288 The Blurb: Dale Carnegie’s first book is a timeless bestseller, packed with rock-solid advice that has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. As relevant as ever before, Dale Carnegie’s principles endure, and will help you achieve your maximum…

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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared: Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Jonas Jonasson| Genre: Humor, Fiction | Pages: 396 The Plot: Allan Karlsson has turned one hundred year old and has a plan up his sleeve. But little does Allan Karlsson know of the adventures that await his climb and disappearance from his old age home in Malmköping in Sweden. What follows are the accounts of…

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Nine Lives: Book Review by Asha Seth

Review Available on: Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon Author: William Dalrymple| Genre: Non-Fiction | Pages: 275 The Plot: In portraits of people we might otherwise never know William Dalrymple distills his twenty-five years of travel in India to explore the challenges faced by practitioners of traditional forms of faith in contemporary India. For two months a year, a man…

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Writing Inspiration #32

I like authors who lay emphasis on the importance of reading. Stephen King said the first thing he ever did was put out the television and get to the book. Ernest Hemingway was always reading. He would read almost everything he could lay his hands on. J K Rowling never read a book that didn’t…

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Inkredia: Book Review by Asha Seth

Review Available on: Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon Author: Sarang Mahajan| Genre: Fantasy | Pages: 405 The Plot: In the small hamlet of Brida, Luwan just about manages to make ends by collecting herbs living atop a hill. It is when he denies paying taxes to the henchmen of Lord Gruwak, that he invites trouble, for himself and his…

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Elephants in the Room: Book Review by Asha Seth

Review Available on: Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon Author: Suraj Laxminarayanan| Genre: Crime Fiction | Pages: 600 | Buy now The Plot: A gang of amateur hoodlums plan a bank robbery as an escape to their larger-than-life miseries. What they failed to plan however is – what if a seasoned gang walks in the same day…

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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared: An Excerpt

You might think he could have made up his mind earlier, and been man enough to tell others of his decision. But Allan Karlsson had never been given to pondering things too long. So the idea had barely taken hold in the old man’s head before he opened the window of his room on the…

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Survival Sandstorm: Book Review by Asha Seth

Review Available on: Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon Author: Mehul Jangir| Genre: Historical Fiction | Pages: 175 The Plot: A Soviet Air Force Pilot, Ivsker Vodkech, has a job up his sleeve to deliver German hostages into allied hands at a British Unit in Ghana, South Africa. But they meet a catastrophic sandstorm and what follows…

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Forlorn but not Forgotten

Getting back after you’ve fallen down is easy. Getting back trying to live after life’s mercilessly clobbered you in the back, is a different deal altogether. One can’t begin to live just like they did. You realise you can’t so readily trust, not even life. Taking dad away from me was worse than betrayal. I…

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The Art of Writing Book Reviews

As book-lovers, most of us readers also love to review the books we read. Reviews not only help to record our experience of the book, but also help the reading community in deciding what books to read and why. But that is only as long as a book review is done right. The first book…

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A Room of One’s Own – An Excerpt

Believe me—and I have spent a great part of ten years in watching some three hundred and twenty elementary schools, we may prate of democracy, but actually, a poor child in England has little more hope than had the son of an Athenian slave to be emancipated into that intellectual freedom of which great writings…

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Of Mice and Men – An Excerpt

Lennie came in through the door. He wore his blue denim coat over his shoulders like a cape, and he walked hunched way over. “Hi, Lennie,” said George. “How you like the pup now?” Lennie said breathlessly, “He’s brown an’ white jus’ like I wanted.” He went directly to his bunk and lay down and…

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Delhi is not far – An Excerpt

In Pipalnagar there is not exactly despair, but resignation, an indifference to both living and dying. The town is almost truly reflected in the Pipalnagar Home, where in an open courtyard surrounded by mud walls a score of mental patients wander about, listless and bored. A man jabbers excitedly, but most of the inmates are…

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How I made 5000 Followers in 2 Years

Dear Reader, You & I, we haven’t met but you are more than a friend. We haven’t shared a talk but you are my secret keeper. You’ve been patient when I had to rant, and lent me peace of your words when I was low. Could I find a truer friend? Because you’re someone just…

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Tsundoku

And each time I end up telling myself not this time not again Mum’s going to yell Dad’s going to be mad ♥ I end up stopping myself Pull my outstretched arm back I won’t fall for you this time not again and yet when you look at me from behind the bookshelves a mere…

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The Book Lover

She read books. Devoured the words. Let sentences consume her. Drowned in the writer’s thoughts, she experienced a liberation she long sought. ♥ She read books. Wallowed in their magic. Allowed the stories to fill the gaping holes. And heal scars the world her branded upon her soul. ♥ But more than anything, she read…

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If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller: An Excerpt

The novel you are reading wants to present to you a corporeal world, thick, detailed. Immersed in your reading, you move the paper knife mechanically in the depth of the volume: your reading has not yet reached the end of the first chapter, but your cutting has already gone far ahead. And there, at the…

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Best Bookish Quotes for Reading Motivation

As voracious readers, at times, we feel weighed down by our reading commitments and challenges. So for all such readers like me, here’s a little nudge to keep you going. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from famous literary people we’ve grown to love. For those who read incessantly without the need for…

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