Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Baker's Dozen: Unknown Authors 2017

I purchased a number of books from the World Book Fair at Delhi. Predictably, a majority of them were crime/ mysteries. Some of the authors and books, I had heard about but never read but there were quite a few totally unfamiliar to me. Have you read these books or authors? What do you think of them?


Previous A Baker's Dozen.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Changes in the new year...

A new year has dawned and it is time for some changes, starting with the look. And from now on, I'll only be posting about those books on this blog that I really want to talk about. For the rest of my reading, it is going to be a couple of lines on goodreads.

Here's wishing you all a very Happy Lohri.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

First Read of 2017: Biography of Bhagat Singh by M.M. Juneja

My last read of 2016 was the Complete Tribunal Proceedings of the Lahore Conspiracy Case that had revolutionary Sukhdev's remarks in the margins. I am glad that the first book that I read in 2017 is about Sukhdev's closest friend: Bhagat Singh.

M.M. Juneja's biography of India's most famous martyr doesn't add much to all that has been written about Bhagat Singh down the ages but has one or two interesting chapters like Bhagat's love for books (he was never without one) or the reminiscences by his compatriots who remembered him as a fun-loving youngster.


Publication Details: Hissar: Modern Publishers, 2008
Pages: 208
Source: JNUL [954.035092 J953 Bi]

Reading Challenge: Birth Year 2017

One of the challenges that I am excited to have back is the Birth Year Reading Challenge in which we celebrate the birthyear of either ourselves or a loved one by reading the books published in that particular year.

This time round, I am honouring my absolutely wonderful bhuaji (paternal aunt) who recently celebrated her 84th b'day.  So 1933, it is. And some of the books that I might read (not pledging myself to them though):

1. Down and Out in London and Paris by George Orwell.
2. Hag's Nook by J.D. Carr
3. Flush: A Biography by Virginia Woolf
4. Lost Horizons by James Hilton
5. The Hog's Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts

But then I might not read any of the above :) and just read In Quest of the Ashes by my-favourite-cricketer-of-all-time- Douglas Jardine.

 If you too want to celebrate a loved one's birthday, you can light the candles on the cake over here @Hotchpot Cafe.

And yes, everybody  gets a return-gift too.  Our hostess, J.G., is very-very generous.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Reading Challenge: Full House

Excited to join the Full House challenge, once again this year. Here's what our gracious hostess Kathryn @ Book Date has to say about the challenge: "Complete the card below.  You can do it in any order you wish.  You are allowed "one free exchange", if there is something on the square you really dislike you may change it to something of your choice. Once you have played this free choice that is it. Mention the exchange in the final summary post."

 This is going to be tough for me as I have hardly ever read a Western nor do I have any idea about a 2017 release. But hey that's what a challenge is all about, right?

Reading Challenge: Back to the Classics

Signing-Up for the 2017 edition of the Back to the Classics challenge, hosted @ Books and Chocolate.

I'll try to read books in as many categories as possible:

1.  A 19th century classic - any book published between 1800 and 1899.

2.  A 20th century classic - any book published between 1900 and 1967. Just like last year, all books MUST have been published at least 50 years ago to qualify. The only exception is books written at least 50 years ago, but published later, such as posthumous publications.

3.  A classic by a woman author.

4.  A classic in translation.  Any book originally written published in a language other than your native language. Feel free to read the book in your language or the original language. (You can also read books in translation for any of the other categories).

5.  A classic published before 1800. Plays and epic poems are acceptable in this category.

6.  A romance classic. I'm pretty flexible here about the definition of romance. It can have a happy ending or a sad ending, as long as there is a strong romantic element to the plot.

7.  A Gothic or horror classic. For a good definition of what makes a book Gothic, and an excellent list of possible reads, please see this list on Goodreads.

8.  A classic with a number in the title. Examples include A Tale of Two Cities, Three Men in a Boat, The Nine Tailors, Henry V, Fahrenheit 451, etc. An actual number is required -- for example, Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None would not qualify, but The Seven Dials Mystery would.

9.  A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title.  It can be an actual animal or a metaphor, or just the name in the title. Examples include To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, The Metamorphosis, White Fang, etc. If the animal is not obvious, please clarify it in your post.

10. A classic set in a place you'd like to visit. It can be real or imaginary: The Wizard of Oz, Down and Out in Paris and London, Death on the Nile, etc.

11. An award-winning classic. It could be the Newbery award, the Prix Goncourt, the Pulitzer Prize, the James Tait Award, etc. Any award, just mention in your blog post what award your choice received.

12. A Russian classic. 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, so read a classic by any Russian author. 

Reading Challenge: PoC 2017

Glad to join once again one of my favourite challenges: PoC (Person of Color) challenge which involves reading a book about or by a person of color.

I am aiming for the 2nd stack which means I'll be reading 7-12 books for this challenge. Hosted by Sistahs & Satire, you can find the details over here