I read, therefore I am.

2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Meghana has read 1 book toward her goal of 75 books.
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This is a secondary blog where I will be reviewing books as I read (and re-read) them. Book suggestions are always welcome! You can find my primary blog at quietontheinside.tumblr :)

Meghana is currently reading:

Norwegian Wood
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Sacred Games
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Les Miserables
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Non Stop India
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I was with book, as a woman is with child.

C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces (via biblioslayer)

(Source: feellng, via bluestockingbookworm)

The trick is to teach yourself to read in small sips as well as long swallows.

Stephen King (via abookblog)

(via bluestockingbookworm)

doodlepoop:

The truest of romances.
Every once in a while, you find that book to help ya out :)

doodlepoop:

The truest of romances.

Every once in a while, you find that book to help ya out :)

(via quietontheinside)

brightlights-darklives:

My dad was complaining about buying me books yesterday and I said “well at least it’s books” and then the cashier goes “yeah it could be drugs”

(via bluestockingbookworm)

Book Review- The Magic Finger

Another tiny piece of Roald Dahl’s beguiling literary magic. It was a bit short for me as an older reader; I didn’t feel like I got to know the narrator well or understand her motives. But it is a perfect read for younger kids and beginning readers. The story itself is very straightforward and funny, with a clear-cut moral and emphasis on kindness to animals.

Rating- 3/5 stars

The most important thing is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary.

Book Review- Chicken Soup for the Soul- Indian Fathers

Every now and then, I like to take a break from reading literary heavyweights- especially those that can feel emotionally draining- to read some self help, feel good books. I’m a big fan of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which my Dad introduced me to when I was in middle school; the short, often poignant stories of complete strangers leave me smiling, thinking, and sometimes reduce me to tears.

Chicken Soup for the Indian Fathers’ Soul isn’t one of the best Chicken Soup books out there; there are too few categories and I guess I was expecting a greater variety of stories. The personal accounts here all began sounding the same, and it was a bit of a monotonous read. As usual, however, a couple of stories stood out and have stayed with me, but overall the book fell short of my expectations.

Rating- 2/5 stars

Book Review- The Catcher in the Rye

If I had encountered this book a decade ago, it would’ve ended up on my favorites list. 

Holden Caulfield is a brilliant, morose narrator, battling the isolation, impulsiveness, and existentialist angst of most teenagers. I loved him even when I didn’t quite like him, and his raw, emotional language was both annoying and endearing. 

Salinger has done an incredible job of personifying and humanizing the anger, ennui, and desperation of the adolescent experience. It’s no wonder that this book is a classic, and I highly recommend it to all readers, especially those in the younger age bracket.

Rating- 4/5 stars

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