Book Summary

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte: Summary and Analysis

“But romantic notions will not do: I want her to have true notions.” Anne Bronte did not follow a romantic style of writing in her two novels, unlike Charlotte Bronte and Emily Bronte. Anne Bronte opted for realism. Anne Bronte was an extremely brave writer to depict alcoholism and adultery without window dressing it. ‘The… Continue reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte: Summary and Analysis

Book Reviews · Booker Prize Winner

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes: Book Review

I read ‘The Sense of an Ending’ by Julian Barnes soon after it had won the Man Booker Prize in 2011. Once I received the book, the most striking part was its minimal cover design. Though I was clueless on what to expect from a book that merely ran into 150 pages!  Least to say,… Continue reading The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes: Book Review

Book Reviews · Non Fiction

Five Takeaways from Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles

I wonder why it took me four long years to reach ‘Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life’ by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles. The book happened to me amidst the Covid-19 times, and instead of the paperback, I had the audiobook. My first ever audiobook experience! When I started listening to… Continue reading Five Takeaways from Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles

Book Reviews · Booker Prize Winner

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood: Book Review

As I held the copy of ‘The Testaments’ by Margaret Atwood, I was elated to think I am holding on to the most awaited sequel of a modern classic. ‘The Testaments’ was also the joint winner of the 2019 Man Booker Prize. However, the negative reviews were a bit dampening. Anyhow, I went ahead with… Continue reading The Testaments by Margaret Atwood: Book Review

Book Reviews · Fiction

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie: Book Review

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie, Harper Collins Publishers, 373 pages Nostalgia is what brings me to Agatha Christie books. I wanted to read ‘Death on the Nile’ for the sheer joy of revisiting Christie’s style of detective fiction writing. ‘Death on the Nile’ is the 17th book in the Hercule Poirot series, originally… Continue reading Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie: Book Review

Blogging Challenges · Reading Challenge

Signed up for Blogchatter’s Reading Challenge 2021

I love to read. Reading is a part of me but a reading challenge is NOT! In my boisterous likes and dislikes of books, genres, and authors, any set TBR goes for a toss. For the same reason, it is difficult for me to stick around with a book club reading schedule. Instead, what I… Continue reading Signed up for Blogchatter’s Reading Challenge 2021

Book Tags, TBRs and Blitz · Bookish Lists

Ten Books on my Re-Read list for 2021

Somewhere in our hearts, we always wish to re-read some of the best reads from the past. The TBR, however, keeps hoarding new releases and new recommendations. This means the re-read list is ignored and pushed much lower on the reading rack. So, my New Year resolution…if it had to be anything then it surely… Continue reading Ten Books on my Re-Read list for 2021

Book Reviews · Indian Fiction · New Release

Moustache by S. Hareesh: The winner of the JCB Prize for Literature 2020

A modern fable traversing the length and breadth of the below-sea-level farming areas of Kerala, set about a hundred years ago resurrecting forgotten stories, myths, and legends within the realm of magical realism. Undoubtedly, ‘Moustache’ was the most awaited read for me, especially after it won the JCB Prize for Literature 2020. ‘Moustache’ is written… Continue reading Moustache by S. Hareesh: The winner of the JCB Prize for Literature 2020

Book Tags · Book Tags, TBRs and Blitz

The End of the Year Book Tag

I wanted to do ‘The End of the Year Book Tag’ for some years now. It is such a fun tag that I have loved reading it on various blogs over the years. So, finally I debut with my answers on this popular book tag. 2020 has been like none other…and through this bumpy ride,… Continue reading The End of the Year Book Tag

Book Reviews · New Release

The Mathematical Investigations of Dr. O and Arya by Arya Okten and Giray Okten

As a child, I remember being terrified of Mathematics. As I got promoted each year in school, the numbers got bigger and became even scarier. When I received the ARC of ‘The Mathematical Investigations of Dr. O and Arya’ from Prof Giray Okten, I was more than glad to review this book. ‘The Mathematical Investigations… Continue reading The Mathematical Investigations of Dr. O and Arya by Arya Okten and Giray Okten

Bibliotherapy Series

Inspirational Quotes from Famous Books #CauseAChatter

An inspirational quote works like a balm when our normal motivation seems to be exhausted. A great inspiring quote is a ray of sunshine on a dull day. So, I wanted to compile a little list of inspirational quotes from books for the ‘bibliotherapy series’ that I write every month. In the earlier posts, I… Continue reading Inspirational Quotes from Famous Books #CauseAChatter

Book Reviews · Indian Fiction · Short Story Reviews

Five Must-Read Short Stories by Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore’s short stories are a perfect depiction of Indian society, set in the time of British rule. Of course, he typically kept the plot and storyline confined within the geographical and cultural boundary of Bengal. But, what cuts across the cultural reference is the emotions of women in each of his short stories. His… Continue reading Five Must-Read Short Stories by Rabindranath Tagore

#MyFriendAlexa 2020 · Bookish Lists · Classics

Bronte Sisters: Their Books and Writings

Charlotte Bronte wrote in ‘Jane Eyre’, “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” The Bronte sisters had a unique point of view on class and gender. These three sisters shaped their writings based on their life experiences and created one of the most… Continue reading Bronte Sisters: Their Books and Writings

Book Reviews · Fiction

Five Amazing Places in Dan Brown’s ‘Origin’

‘Origin’ was a much-anticipated read for me. I am unabashedly a big Dan Brown fan owing to the memories of reading ‘Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Angels and Demons’. Though the book I read before ‘Origin’ was a bit of a dampener, ‘The Lost Symbol’ compared to the previous two books. Even so, I looked forward… Continue reading Five Amazing Places in Dan Brown’s ‘Origin’

#MyFriendAlexa 2020 · Book Reviews · Classics

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: Book Review

I had been procrastinating the decision to read this book for a very long time…that is until I saw the movie trailer of ‘Little Women’, the book adaptation by Greta Gerwig! I jumped in, read the book, saw the movie, and loved both! Coming to the book, ‘Little Women’ is like a fable for adult… Continue reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: Book Review

Bibliotherapy Series

Poetry as a Healing Therapy

I have been writing about books and their therapeutic impact through a blog post every month since January 2020 under the ‘Bibliotherapy series #CauseAChatter’. (If you wish, you can read the previous posts here.) Today’s post is ‘Poetry as a Healing Therapy’. ‘Bibliotherapy’ essentially believes that books or literature help to heal. Reading great books,… Continue reading Poetry as a Healing Therapy

Bookish Lists · Movie Reviews

Five YA Book to Movie Adaptations

I wanted to write about my dreaded ‘Did Not Finish’ list and then I realized that it was a synonym for the YA books on my shelf. Obviously, the question propped up inside my head - Am I too old to read YA books? Seriously, I tend to miserably slacken while reading a YA book… Continue reading Five YA Book to Movie Adaptations

Book Reviews · Bookish Lists · Classics

The Penelopiad and Circe: Two Retellings of Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’

‘The Penelopiad’ by Margaret Atwood and ‘Circe’ by Madeline Miller changed the narrative set by Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ ‘Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy.’ – The Odyssey by Homer ‘The Odyssey’ by Homer… Continue reading The Penelopiad and Circe: Two Retellings of Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’

#MyFriendAlexa 2020 · Bookish Lists

Books Read by Fictional Characters

You read a book and the fictional character in your book reads a book too! Don’t you love it when this happens… It is exciting to find fictional characters relishing a book or just a small plot of a book or get inspired by another work of fiction.   Another charm in knowing a fictional… Continue reading Books Read by Fictional Characters

Book Reviews · Classics

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: One of the best Classic books I’ve ever read

“Food! Food! Why did the stomach have a longer memory than the mind?” War isn’t poetic or romantic, not even in literature. ‘Gone With the Wind’ by Margaret Mitchell makes such a compelling read in its realistic portrayal of the American Civil War period. ‘Gone With the Wind’ had been on my TBR for a… Continue reading Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: One of the best Classic books I’ve ever read