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Time Out!

Am off tonight, finally!!

Will be back in June 🙂

Happy Holidays to me and to you 😉

I’ve downloaded the first in the trilogy of The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind. It came highly recommended by my friend Heather and I already love the little I have read!

Happy Reading 🙂

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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WWW_Wednedays 17th April 2013

WWW_Wednesdays4I have been neglectful of this Blog for a while, mostly because I’m caught up with NaPoWriMo on my other one H is for Happiness! And also, and more importantly, because I’ve taken a break from reading (YES! I cannot believe it’s true myself!). I’ve read 32 books so far this year – and I needed a break. But I’ve finally got my hands on a copy of our Bookclub read for the month – Elizabeth Noble’s The Reading Group and have started reading it last night 🙂 It felt wonderful to get back to reading again 🙂 I’m travelling for most of May and June – so although I’m sure I’ll read a bit, I don’t know how much! Perhaps I’ll be reading signs and directions more than stories 😉

I’m planning to download a few mysteries, to take on vacation with me. I’m thinking Dorothy L. Sayers, a Louise Penny maybe – you get the drift. Suggestions are welcome 🙂

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

The Reading GroupWhat are you currently reading? The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble – my Bookclub read for this month.

What did you recently finish reading? The last book I read was Truman Capote‘s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. My review here.

What do you think you’ll read next? I honestly have no clue! You’ll know as soon as I do 😛 I’ve been meaning to read Lolita and have bought a copy but the timing doesn’t feel right yet and to me timing is everything when reading 🙂

Happy Reading People 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2013 in www_wednesdays

 

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www-Wednesdays 3rd April 2013

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Hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? Nothing! For the second week in a row! Am doing NaPoWriMo this month, and this is also a busy Birthday month for the family, so I’ve decided to take it easy. I’m traveling next week and what with all that’s going on – I don’t know whether I’ll get much read! I can’t believe I’m actually thinking this and writing it down 😛 Maybe I’ll scout around from some mysteries and read those on my Kindle 😛 or at least re-read an old favorite. As I type I’m staring at The Corrections yet again! I really must begin it 😛

Breakfast at Tiffany'sWhat did you recently finish reading? I just finished Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. I loved it 🙂 Holly Golightly is unforgettable and iconic and reminds me of Marilyn Monroe! I plan to see the movie asap! Read my review here.

What do you think you’ll read next? Your guess is still as good as mine! Still haven’t got The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble for my Book club although my friend is done reading it. 

I hope you have been reading more than I have! What have you been reading People?

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2013 in www_wednesdays

 

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Breakfast at Tiffany'sI’d heard paeans about Breakfast at Tiffany’s but had never seen the movie nor read the book. I’m kind of glad I didn’t read it until now when I’m much more capable and inclined to understand and accept Holly Golightly and her unconventional life choices! Even as I read, I kept visualizing Audrey Hepburn in her LBD and pearls from the movie poster, while imagining Marilyn Monroe in my head! I wasn’t in the least surprised when I read that Capote was desperate to have her play Holly in the movie! To me Holly and Marilyn seemed interchangeable on paper and in life! I watched My Week with Marilyn right after I finished, and the movie just strengthened those feelings!

But I digress…Holly Golightly actually kind of reminds me of Jay Gatsby – misfits both, unforgettable and ionic. In fact for most of the book I was wondering what kind of story would result from their meeting! But I digress again 😉 This is one of the best character sketches I’ve come across in literature! Capote has managed to make Holly poignant, bruised, vulnerable and just intensely human. Her background purposely (at least that’s how it felt me), left ambiguous in details but with hardship and tragedy  definitely implied, so that when Doc Golightly appeared, I was suitably shocked as I’m sure Capote intended! Her hectic haphazard lifestyle, her indulgent nature with men, her intelligence carefully kept under wraps, her compassion, her devotion to her brother, her charming honesty combined with a vicious streak, and her seeming disdain for society, make her a tantalising character. She has an almost breathless quality to her, like she’s in a hurry to get somewhere that’s just out of reach! Reminds me again so much of Marilyn Monroe! Vulnerable, lost and yet steely in an intangible, unreal sort of way!

And so although in real life I might want to steer clear of a Holly Golightly, I would inevitably be drawn to her, like moth to flame, only to be burnt by her brightness! But I would never forget her and I would never regret loving her, coz of course I would – love her I mean! How could I not?! She has definite ‘charisma’! Oodles and oodles of it! I love how Capote keeps the writing simple befitting her complex persona. I love why she loves Tiffany and I get why ‘Cat’ is just ‘Cat’ and I feel her inner loneliness, her desperate quest for love and her gritty determination in that pursuit. And so although my rational self recognises that she’s on an inevitable path to self-destruction, my romantic’s soul is rooting for her against all odds!!

She symbolises the yearning we all carry within us and the fragile hope that someday, somehow, we will find our own Tiffany – and feel free to ‘buy that furniture and name the cat’. Now for the movie and the utterly, completely delectable Ms. Hepburn 🙂

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book…

“I knew damn well I’d never be a movie star. It’s too hard; and if you’re intelligent, it’s too embarrassing. My complexes aren’t inferior enough…”

“I don’t want to own anything until I know I’ve found the place where me and things belong together.”

“I want to still be me when I wake up one fine morning and have breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

And my favorite, where Ms. Golightly explains her strategy for tackling the ‘Mean Reds’!

“What I’ve found does the most good is just to get into a taxi and go to Tiffany’s. It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there, not with those kind men in their nice suits, and that lovely smell of silver and alligator wallets. If I could find a real-life place that made me feel like Tiffany’s, then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name.”

Amen!

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in Non-Booker Reviews

 

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The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning by Hallgrimur Helgason

A corker of a book this! You’ll either love it like I did or be totally uninterested in the fate of a Croatian hit-man on a forced sabbatical who finds himself in Iceland! But somehow I find that hard to believe 😛

The Hitman's Guide to HousecleaningSo we have Toxic the Hitman, who wonders whether it was him that poisoned his name or the name that poisoned him! Yup! He is quite the philosopher is our Toxic! Perhaps that is just what endears him to me, in addition to Helgason’s brilliant writing and original concept of course 🙂 Toxic has just had a goof-up of sorts in his chosen profession and has been asked to leave NYC and lie low by his Boss. Things get a little complicated however and through a set of ‘unavoidable circumstances’ so to speak, he ends up in Iceland instead of his beloved fatherland Croatia. What follows is a wild ride, both for Toxic and the reader, as he attempts to maintain a LPP (Low Public Profile) in this country of endless summer light and deals with its weirdly wonderful  and accepting people, their tongue-twisting language and their perfectly peaceful existence!

This is Helgason’s first book written in English but nowhere does it seem tentative. If anything he is innovative with his wordplay, coining phrases like ‘thrust-trust’ with panache 😉 He knows what he wants to say and he finds the perfect voice and vocabulary for Toxic. With lines like “I’m an environmentalist. I don’t want to add an unnecessary gunshot to the already noisy city.” and “I see myself as a hunter. I shoot pigs for a living.” he sets the darkly humorous tone of the book and makes Toxic one of the most fascinating characters I’ve come across in fiction recently. And although the entire premise is fantastical and the characters over-the-top, Helgason keeps it real with his witty, pithy and seminal writing! I found it hard to stop once I got started! It’s clever writing too. Every time I thought Toxic was settling down into one way of life, something happens – an event, an action, a thought – that shows me otherwise and warns me that you can get a man to stop killing perhaps, but you can’t quite get the killing out of the man! There’s a particularly chilling scene with a dog that left me gasping in horror at the event and in awe at his writing skills!

And yet Toxic manages to come across as strangely endearing. I found myself rooting for him even while I was horrified of the things he was capable of. Perhaps it’s because of his past in war-torn Yugoslavia, where as a young boy he has witnessed and committed atrocities of the worst kind. Perhaps it’s his wicked sense of humor, or the fact that he is honourable towards women, or his willingness to accept his crimes and even repent given the right circumstance! It’s hard to explain because nowhere does he come across as a softie. Perhaps it’s that all that Icelandic love that has rubbed off on me 😉 Whatever it is – there’s a definite, undeniable connect between Toxic and the reader that enhances the reading experience. Like I said – clever writing!

I enjoyed the Icelandic setting since it’s a country I know next to nothing about! Suddenly I feel the urge to up and away to this mystical Island, with its lunar landscape and population of Day 3 Girls, its citizens with friendly round faces and pebble eyes; where no one walks the roads, where there are no wars, and where the biggest event on TV is the Eurovision singing contest! An ideal retreat for retired hit men 😉 A fast-paced, easy flowing book that is a delightful refreshing read. Another great find while browsing Amazon 🙂

The quotes in the book quite understandably make more sense in context but there are a few that are just too hilarious not to share here!

“The Balkan animal, which is my soul, is always hungry for prey.”

“Stupidity is no disguise for the stupid.”

“He who kills a man of the church will be killed by a church.”

“Tasteless dressing and tasteful jokes. That’s Seinfeld for me.”

“Icelandic names are like Scud missiles. Their trails linger in the air long after they’ve reached their target.”

And my very favourite, “As with all his colleagues around the world, he speaks in Airish, the incomprehensive language of the skies.” This while referring to the Captain’s in-flight announcements 😛

Read it!

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in Non-Booker Reviews

 

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www_Wednesdays 27th March 2013

www_wednesdays43This last week has been exclusively dedicated to  E-books! How strange that is for one who still insists that she enjoys the ‘real deal’ better 😉 My next book will have to be just that!

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? Nothing!! can you believe that?! Uh Huh!! Nor can I 😉 Taking a break on Holi – The Festival of Colors here in India. Will probably start a new one tomorrow.

The Hitman's Guide to HousecleaningThe Unpleasantness at the Bellona ClubSpeaking From Among the BonesWhat did you recently finish reading? I just finished The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning by Hallgrimur Helgason this morningIt’s a darkly humorous, pithy, seminal read that had me laughing out loud right before twisting my guts into a knot from inappropriate anxiety over the well-being of a Croatian hit man under house arrest of sorts in Iceland! Thoroughly enjoyable, brilliantly funny and my first book by an Icelandic author!

And before that I read two more e-books, Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley, a Flavia de Luce mystery (The 5th in the series) and my first Dorothy L. SayersThe Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club. Both were utterly enjoyable and Sayers is yet another author I’m going to have to explore further. Lord Peter Wimsey is very much my kind of sleuth! It’s surreal, how reading seems to multiply books and authors on the TBR shelf 😉 But this one doesn’t scare me as much because she writes in my favourite genre – Mystery, and her style is reminiscent of Christie. Flavia of course was both exasperating and endearing as usual 🙂 can’t wait for Book 6!

The Reading GroupWhat do you think you’ll read next? Your guess is as good as mine! I’ve kind of deviated from my List, as is wont to happen when I wander into crime-land 😉 And working my way back to it is proving a tad difficult…but I’ll get there in the end! As a first step, I’ve actually bought Lolita. Now if I can bring myself to read it – we’ll see 😛 At some point in the near future will have to read The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble for my Book club! Am waiting for a friend to finish first.

What have you been reading People?

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in www_wednesdays

 

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www_Wednesdays 20th March 2013

www_wednesdays43Between last week’s post and this one – I’ve joined a Bookclub, and read my first e-book! Life is good 🙂

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? Having just finished a book last night. I haven’t begun a new one yet. Cant’s seem to make up my mind, but I don’t think it’ll be The Corrections as I had intended last week 😛

the-pigeon Travels with my AuntWhat did you recently finish reading? Two great books – Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene (my first E-book!) and The Pigeon by Patrick Suskind. Reviews here & here.

 

 

 

 

The Hitman's Guide to HousecleaningA Tale for the Time BeingWhat do you think you’ll read next? There are a couple of books I’ve found while browsing Amazon, always a dangerous thing 😉 The first is A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki and the second is  The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning by Icelandic author Hallgrimur Helgason. Both downloaded samples are intriguing and I’m in real danger of falling way back from my List 😛

What are you reading this week?

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2013 in www_wednesdays

 

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