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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

#CoverJacket The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir Who Got Trapped In An Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas


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Armed only with a counterfeit 100-Euro note, Ajatshatru the fakir, renowned conjurer and trickster, lands in Paris. His mission? To acquire a splendid new bed of nails. His destination? IKEA.

And there he decides to stay, finding an obliging wardrobe in which to lay his head. Only when he emerges from his slumber does he discover that is locked in, unable to free himself and heading for England in the back of a truck.

So begins a magnificent and bizarre adventure for the intrepid fakir. Even while he flees the revenge-crazed taxi driver whom he conned on his arrival, and falls further in love with Marie Riviere, the Parisian beauty whom he tricked into lunching with him, he finds time to befriend a group of Sudanese immigrants, travel to Italy in a suitcase, writes a novel on a shirt, and fly to Libya in a hot-air balloon.

Witty, moving, surprising and joyful, this novel reminds us that heroism abounds, and is to be found in the most unlikely of places.

- Debolina Raja

Monday, January 23, 2017

#FirstPageMondays Blood Wedding by Pierre Lemaitre




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I have just started reading this one and trust me, if you have not read his works before, he is an amazing crime and thriller writer who will play with your mind big time, and I mean BIG TIME !

So here goes, and yes, it is a highly recommended read...

SOPHIE

sitting on the ground, back against the wall, legs extended, struggling for breath.

leo is lying across her, utterly still, his head resting in her lap. with one hand she strokes his hair, with the other she tries but cannot quite manage to wipe away tears. she is crying. the sobs rise to become a wail, she lets out a howl that comes from deep within her belly. her head sways gently from side to side. at times her misery is so intense she pounds her head against the wall. pain offers a temporary respite, but all too soon she breaks down again. leo is perfectly behaved, he does not stir. she bows her head, looks at him, hugs him to her belly and weeps. no one could imagine the depths of her misery.

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this morning, like so many others, she woke with tears streaking her face and a hard lump in her throat though she had no particular reason to be upset. tears are an everyday occurrence in her life: she has wept every night since she went mad. were it not for the fact that her cheeks are damp every morning, she might think that her nights were spent in deep and peaceful sleep. but waking to find her face bathed in tears and a tightness in her throat is a simple fact of life. since when? since vincent's accident? since his death? since the first death, so long ago?

 she props herself on one elbow, wipes her eyes with a corner of the sheet, fumbles for her cigarettes but cannot find them, then suddenly she realises where she is. everything comes flooding back, everything that happened yesterday afternoon, last night... immediately she understands that she must go, she must leave this house. get up and get out, but still she lies there, rooted to the bed, incapable of the slightest movement. drained.

- Debolina Raja

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Kindle E-Reading Trends In India For 2016


I love this image above, it is so me....If you know me you know this is just the way I am, if you love me, you will let me be like this ;) Just saying..

So recently, Kindle India revealed some interesting eBook reading trends for the year 2016 based on actual consumption in the country. I was surprised of course yes, but then, with books, it's so much about personal choice, preference, taste and even marketing, that one can't really have a general attitude on it. Check this out...

According to Kindle India, some interesting facts that emerged are:

Chetan Bhagat’s One Indian Girl is the ‘Most Wished For’ and ‘Most Borrowed’ on Kindle Unlimited



The top bestsellers were:
1.       Cometh The Hour by Jeffrey Archer - I've read too much Jeffrey Archer for now, so later maybe
2.       Everyone Has A Story by Savi Sharma - Nope, definitely don't want to read
3.       The Sialkot Saga by Ashwin Sanghi - Nope again, definitely don't want to read
4.       This Was A Man by Jeffrey Archer - Same as above, maybe will read Jeffrey Archer again in some time

The top genres were:
1.       Literature & Fiction - my favourite category yes
2.       Romance - No
3.       Health, Mind & Body - No, don't want to read really
4.       Children & Young Adult - Always an interesting reading category
5.       Business & Economics - Some books are damn good!

Best read cities of India were:
1.       Mumbai - yippee, am here
2.       Delhi - yes, I am from here
3.       Bengaluru
4.       Chennai
5.       Hyderabad

Obviously Kolkata will not feature here, coz people there are more into real books than Kindle ;) sorrrrryyyyy!!!!!

- Debolina Raja

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cover Jacket: A Week In December by Sebastian Faulks


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So yesterday I went to this huge book sale at Churchgate, Mumbai, which was more like a books by weight event. And I came back richer by 10 books!!! :)

I had never heard about the author Sebastian Faulks, nor had I heard about the book, but I saw this beautiful cover and realized its a book called A Week In December. The cover jacket looked incredibly beautiful and the description looked super interesting. I've already started reading it and am sure I'll finish it very soon....it's quite interesting to say the least.

So yes, here's a look at the description at the back cover..

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London, the week before Christmas 2007. Seven wintry days to track the lives of seven characters; a hedge fund manager trying to bring off the biggest trade of his career; a professional footballer recently arrived from Poland; a young lawyer with little work and too much time to speculate; a student who has been led astray by Islamic theory; a hack book-reviewer; a schoolboy hooked on skunk and reality TV; and a Tube driver whose Circle Line train joins these and countless other lives together in a daily loop. With daring skill, the novel pieces together the complex patterns and crossings of modern urban life, and the group is forced, one by one, to confront the true nature of the world they inhabit. Sweeping, satirical, Dickensian in scope, A Week In December is a thrilling state of the nation novel from a master of literary fiction.

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Praise for the book:

'During times of momentous change, men of letter are driven to produce works that fictionalise the state of the nation, linking individuals with historic events. The 19th century gives us Thackeray's Vanity Fair, Dickens's Our Mutual Friend and Trollope's The Way We Live Now; the 21st has given us Sebastian Faulks's A Week In December' - Sunday Times

'A compelling tale of contemporary London' - Guardian

'Hilarious....The satire is so vicious that at times it's like reading a Tom Sharpe novel.' - Daily Telegraph

'Perfectly constructed...a pleasure to read.' - Sunday Telegraph

- Debolina Raja

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sneaky Peeky Sundays: Silenced by Kristina Ohlsson


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This is the first book I am reading by the author Kristina Ohlsson and yes, I know for a fact that I will check out all her other works and read them. The reason I picked up Silenced by Kristina Ohlsson is because she is a Swedish author and the book is in the thriller/crime genre. The other Swedish author I have read and absolutely loved is Steig Larrson, and obviously I have loved his Millennium trilogy, which included the books - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest. So I definitely wanted to read more books by Swedish authors. And am I in love !!!!!




I am halfway through the book almost and am absolutely loving it, so here's the page I am on now...

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not like that with Lena. She's 'mine' in an entirely different way. And I'm hers. We shall always be together.
 Psychologist: Always? Is that the way you feel today?
 Alex (forcefully): That's the way I've always felt. For as long as I've known her. We shall always be together.
 Psychologist: Does the thought of that make you feel secure or stressed?
 Alex: Secure. If I woke up tomorrow and she wasn't there I wouldn't be able to go on. She's my best friend and the only woman I've loved unconditionally.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

I'm Not A Show Off, I Just Love To Read


Those who know me personally know that I am never ever without a book. No matter where I am, traveling, at home, at work, or even going out to meet friends, I almost always have one or two books with me, depending on the size of my handbag. Of course I also end up holding books in my arms and hugging them to my chest :)

The other day I was standing at my building's gate, waiting to pick up my younger one and of course reading. What else am I supposed to do just standing and waiting???? I know these looks I get from people walking by - what is she doing standing here and reading!? why is she reading!? who is she trying to show off to!? has she totally lost it???

and come on, I don't really give an explanation any more. everyone has the fingers, and I have too, and even if I don't necessarily have to hold up my hand to their face, I can still do it mentally and by sharing a stare down, isn't it? ;)

That said, I was telling my friend how this woman gave me a weird look when I stood reading, as if I was spooking her out with my red-tinted hair, my big tattoos and my reading on the street. And how I had stared back at her and given her a top to bottom lookie...

My friend said that if he didn't know me personally or didn't know any better, he would have thought I am a show-off....

Hmmmm..... that was pretty unsettling. I would have never thought people think like that... As in, someone on their own, reading away to happiness, how is that being a show off?

But yes, I do get it that not everyone likes to read, and may find it weird when someone seems to be engrossed in books all the time....

Well, just too bad for them then. I'm happy in my own sweet bookish world, the lesser real people the better for me.

And while at it, let me show off a bit by saying how well I am doing on my Goodreads challenge for 2017...am already about 6 books done for my 100 books reading challenge for the year :)

So yayayayayayaaaayyyyyy ;)

- Debolina Raja

Monday, January 2, 2017

The Virgin's Lover by Philippa Gregory: First Page Mondays


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Anyone who has been on this blog earlier knows that I absolutely love Philippa Gregory and her books, especially her historical fictions, the ones that are based on the Tudor dynasty. So here's another from the same series, of course you can easily read them as stand-alone books and don't necessarily have to follow it as a series.

I bought it on Amazon, so you too can check out the link shared above to get the best deals. And yes, as it is difficult to find her books in India, I always end up buying them on Amazon.

As of now, here's the first page of the book The Virgins' Lover by Philippa Gregory. I just started reading it this morning and am only a few pages in, but can already tell you that it's an absolutely interesting one, as with all her other books. Enjoy...

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Autumn 1558

All the bells in Norfolk were ringing for Elizabeth, pounding the peal into Amy's head, first the treble bell screaming out like a mad woman, and then the whole agonising, jangling sob till the great bell boomed a warning that the whole discordant carillon was about to shriek out again. She pulled the pillow over her head to shut out the sound, and yet still it went on, until the rooks abandoned their nests and went streaming into the skies, tossing and turning in the wind like a banner of ill omen, and the bats left the belfry like a plume of black smoke as if to say that the world was upside down now, and day should be forever night.

 Amy did not need to ask what the racket was for; she already knew. At last, poor sick Queen Mary had died, and Princess Elizabeth was the uncontested heir. Praise be. Everyone in England should rejoice. The Protestant princess had come to the throne and would be England's queen. All over the country people would be ringing bells for joy, striking kegs of ale, dancing in the streets, and throwing open prison doors. The English had their Elizabeth at last, and the fear-filled days of Mary Tudor could be forgotten. Everyone in England was celebrating.

 Everyone but Amy.

 The peals, pounding Amy into wakefulness, did not bring her.......

- Debolina Raja