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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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Book Review- The God Delusion

I’m very far from identifying as either an atheist or an agnostic, but I still really enjoyed this book. As a spiritualist and a science major, the theories and hypotheses in this work resounded with me, and since the author restricted himself to critiques of the three big monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), I don’t personally disagree with anything he’s written.

Dawkins is brilliant, witty, articulate, and truly passionate about the evils that blind faith can propagate. He includes jarring, compelling examples and anecdotes, and his frankness can be quite refreshing. The book made me think, smile, and frequently laugh out loud; I was in tears of laughter after reading his interpretations of the Bible, particularly some problematic sections of the Old Testament.

This is a book I would recommend to everyone, regardless of their religious affiliation (or lack thereof). Dawkins left me more knowledgeable and contemplative, and I’m sure I’ll be reading more of his work in the future.

Rating- 4/5 stars

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A tree and many readers / Un árbol y muchos lectores (ilustración de Marta Cabrol)

bibliolectors:

A tree and many readers / Un árbol y muchos lectores (ilustración de Marta Cabrol)

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teachingliteracy:

mildhorror:

Here’s the link for more information about the PS244 fundraising campaign

Here’s the link to the GIVE IT ALL TO ME Library Collection at OutofPrintClothing.com.

vintageanchorbooks:

"It always amuses me that the biggest praise for my work comes for the imagination, while the truth is that there’s not a single line in all my work that does not have a basis in reality. The problem is that Caribbean reality resembles the wildest imagination.”
Gabriel García Márquez from The Art of Fiction No. 69, The Paris Review

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diversityinya:

According to People magazineOklahoma teens Katie Hill and Arin Andrews, who are transgender and were in a relationship with each other during their transitions, will share their stories in two memoirs to be published Sept. 30, 2014, by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. The book covers, revealed today, are above.

Katie Hill told People"I don’t want this book to just appeal to transgender people or their allies. I want people to understand that there really is no such thing as normal."

I don’t know a lot about this couple but woohoo more YA books by trans people!

boom! both of these went on my goodreads list immediately 

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Book Review- The Hidden Pool

Been on a Ruskin Bond reading spree today, and it’s been great! I enjoy his books because of the simple narrative, his keen eye for detail, and the lovely perspective he sheds on life in the small towns of India.

The Hidden Pool is a short, breezy read about a friendship between three boys from very different backgrounds, and like all of Bond’s tales, it is refreshing in its originality and sincerity. Unconsciously, I was reminiscing about my own childhood friends, and that’s what Ruskin Bond does so well- he writes stories that remind us of our own, which is what makes his works seem so comforting and familiar.

Rating- 4/5 stars

Book Review: Tigers For Dinner

Picked up this book of short stories because it’s been a long time since I read Ruskin Bond’s work. As always, he didn’t disappoint.

The narrator is a young Bond, retelling the stories of his cook’s jungle adventures. The cook had previously worked for the famous hunter Jim Corbett, who he refers to as “Carpet-sahib.”

Like R.K. Narayan, Ruskin Bond has a real flair for invoking long forgotten memories and emotions. Their stories are simple and appear rather superficial, but they skilfully draw the reader into a beguiling, beautiful parallel world.

A quick, easy read that I’d recommend for adults and children alike.

Rating- 4/5 stars

written-permission:

I think my husband and I have had this exact conversation. Many times.

written-permission:

I think my husband and I have had this exact conversation. Many times.

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teachingliteracy:

elysemarshall:
This is so cute I don’t even know what to do with myself.

teachingliteracy:

elysemarshall:

This is so cute I don’t even know what to do with myself.

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