A to Z Challenge 2020 · Blogging Challenges

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: A letter to the book cover #A2Z Challenge

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood haunts you like none other in the dystopian genre. I couldn’t sleep for the nights I was cliff-hanging on Offred’s story. I wasn’t distinctively drawn towards dystopia until, of course, Orwell’s 1984 happened to me. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ had been on my list for long and then, one day… Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: A letter to the book cover #A2Z Challenge

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: A Letter to this Classic #A2Z Challenge

Great Expectations is one book that binds us as one community. Irrespective of our native tongue, we all have our little Great Expectations-read-in-school anecdotes to share. Don’t we? I love this book to the core. And, I may not probably put up the cover of my copy of the book for it is in tatters… Continue reading Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: A Letter to this Classic #A2Z Challenge

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Forrest Gump by Winston Groom: A Letter to the Book Cover #A2Z Challenge

In this letter to the book cover, I have to work backward. ‘Forrest Gump’ the book happened to me after the movie. As a child from the 90s growing up in India, I didn’t have much access to English movies. And, when I did, I was completely bowled over by Tom Hanks. At one point… Continue reading Forrest Gump by Winston Groom: A Letter to the Book Cover #A2Z Challenge

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman: A Letter to the Book Cover #A2Z Challenge

The covers are of very little help, because they always say only good things, and I’ve found out to my cost that they’re rarely accurate. ‘Exhilarating’ ‘Dazzling’ ‘Hilarious’. No.’ I read this line in ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman and was sure to include this book if I ever wrote about book… Continue reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman: A Letter to the Book Cover #A2Z Challenge

Book Reviews · Children's Books · New Release

I’m Joking by Tom E. Moffatt: More than 500 Original Jokes for Kids

This is definitely one book you need in the present times; simply to lighten the mood amid corona stress. ‘I’m Joking’ has more than 500 jokes written by Tom E.Moffatt and with illustrations by Paul Beavis. The blurb says that the book is intended for children aged 8 and up, but even I laughed my… Continue reading I’m Joking by Tom E. Moffatt: More than 500 Original Jokes for Kids

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Dubliners by James Joyce: A Letter to the Book Cover #A2Z Challenge

James Joyce, the name synonym to Ulysses and with it, the fear to ever accomplish the task of reading it in one’s lifetime. I wanted to begin James Joyce’s journey with an easy step. Then, I found ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ in one of the book fairs and was drawn… Continue reading Dubliners by James Joyce: A Letter to the Book Cover #A2Z Challenge

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Circe by Madeline Miller: A Letter to the Book Cover #A2Z Challenge

Circe was published in 2018, and before this, accolades had abundantly flowed in Madeline Miller’s way for ‘The Song of Achilles’. The metallic bronze of the headgear on the cover of ‘The Song of Achilles’ worked wonders and the same shade spreads across the whole of Circe’s cover. The book cover of ‘Circe’ simply stands… Continue reading Circe by Madeline Miller: A Letter to the Book Cover #A2Z Challenge

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Burmese Days by George Orwell: A Letter to the Book Cover #A2Z Challenge

The love for Orwell continues…the second book cover in the series is ‘Burmese Days’ by George Orwell. After Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, I had intended to read more of Orwell. The actual book on my TBR was Down and Out in Paris and London but then I landed on Burmese Days. Accuse the Book… Continue reading Burmese Days by George Orwell: A Letter to the Book Cover #A2Z Challenge

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Animal Farm by George Orwell: A Letter to the Book Cover #A2Z Challenge

I am beginning the ‘A2Z’ series with ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell. ‘Animal Farm’ is the second book from the Orwellian world, after ‘1984’ which I read. I came to George Orwell quite late in life. I think I have the brown coloured book jackets (the ones that would read Complete Works in twenty-volume series!)… Continue reading Animal Farm by George Orwell: A Letter to the Book Cover #A2Z Challenge

Book Reviews · New Release

The Road to Delano by John DeSimone: A compelling historical fiction and thriller

‘The Road to Delano’ is a historical fiction and thriller written by John DeSimone. The story is about Jack Duncan as he unearths the mysterious death of his father during the Californian grape strike. The beauty of the story is that the author takes us to the countryside in America and sets the plot in… Continue reading The Road to Delano by John DeSimone: A compelling historical fiction and thriller

Blogging Challenges · Cause A Chatter

Books to make you 'Happy': Bibliotherapy #CauseAChatter

I started the series on ‘Bibliotherapy’ in January as part of the #CauseAChatter campaign by Blogchatter. At that point, my concern was to spread the message of therapeutic strength in reading books. My utmost concern was to reach out to people who suffer from depression and mood swings. But, today, the world has changed at… Continue reading Books to make you 'Happy': Bibliotherapy #CauseAChatter

Book Reviews · New Release · Non Fiction

Irrationally Passionate: My Turnaround from Rebel to Entrepreneur by Jason Kothari

‘Irrationally Passionate’ is a young, successful entrepreneur’s story of making it big, treading an unconventional path. This entrepreneur is Jason Kothari, with an impressive resume to make you delve right into the book. One look at the cover and you realize this isn’t going to be a philosophical sermon on entrepreneurship or how to become… Continue reading Irrationally Passionate: My Turnaround from Rebel to Entrepreneur by Jason Kothari

A to Z Challenge 2020 · Blogging Challenges

Theme Reveal #AtoZChallenge

Within the blink of an eye, we are here…inching towards April. April is a special month for bloggers as we brace ourselves for the marathon - ‘A to Z challenge’. As a blogger, I go through sluggish phases but April is one month where I cannot sit back. Blogging from A to Z throws a… Continue reading Theme Reveal #AtoZChallenge

Book Reviews · New Release

Head on Backwards, Chest full of Sand by Sandy Day: Livvy’s young naive love for Kane

I am not a fan of YA and it may have been long since I read one. I received the ARC of ‘Head on Backwards, Chest full of Sand’ by Sandy Day and was glad to read it. And, I must say I liked reading about Livvy, the 17-year-old protagonist and her naïve love story… Continue reading Head on Backwards, Chest full of Sand by Sandy Day: Livvy’s young naive love for Kane

Blog Hop #TheWomanThatIAm · Blogging Challenges

The Fictional Female Characters who made me ‘The Woman That I Am’

As the International Women’s Day approaches, I wanted to know more about ‘The Woman That I Am’ and I noticed that probably I am the sum of all the fictional female characters I have read so far; the ones who held my hand and showed a path at every turn of my life. Here’s my… Continue reading The Fictional Female Characters who made me ‘The Woman That I Am’

Book Tags · Book Tags, TBRs and Blitz

Leap Year Book Tag

It’s been quite a while since I did a ‘Book Tag’. Book Tags are so much fun and I always intend to do one, yet there is something or the other. So, I didn’t wish to miss out on the ‘Leap Year Book Tag’ when I saw this on Blair Leftly’s blog ‘Feed the Crime’,… Continue reading Leap Year Book Tag

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Bibliotherapy: Reading is Therapeutic #CauseAChatter

‘Emotional happiness’ is important. Thankfully, now-a-days, there is a buzz around attaining mental balance. It isn’t the dramatized period of acquiring material wealth and looking down upon others. Or, perhaps it is? I am not sure. But, if you think social media has further ruined the balance that one sought and those mushrooming beauty salons… Continue reading Bibliotherapy: Reading is Therapeutic #CauseAChatter

Book Reviews · Children's Books · New Release

The Healing Star by A. Kidd: Book Review

To begin with, I was mesmerized by the book cover. It is a beautiful fairytale-ish cover. The title says ‘The Healing Star’ and the girl on the cover is sweet little Julia with a net ready to catch a falling star. The Healing Star by A. KiddQuiet Storm Publishing, 240 pages ‘The Healing Star’ by… Continue reading The Healing Star by A. Kidd: Book Review

Blogging Challenges · Cause A Chatter

Blogchatter’s ‘Blogging With A Purpose’ #CauseAChatter: Theme Reveal

I had previously read many posts with the hashtag #CauseAChatter, a campaign by Blogchatter. #CauseAChatter is about blogging with a purpose, to give voice to highlight something one cares for. And, I have felt the sheer passion with which the bloggers wrote for the causes they stood for in the previous years. This time, I… Continue reading Blogchatter’s ‘Blogging With A Purpose’ #CauseAChatter: Theme Reveal

Author Interview · Book Tags, TBRs and Blitz

Wolf by Herbert J. Stern and Alan A. Winter: Author Interview

For someone like me who isn't interested in reading Biographies or Non-Fiction, Historical Fiction is a savior. ‘Wolf’ by Herbert J. Stern and Alan A. Winter was published on 11th February 2020 and I was glad to have received an ARC. It is an incredible book, where you meet Hitler up close and personal through… Continue reading Wolf by Herbert J. Stern and Alan A. Winter: Author Interview