• Books,  General,  Reviews

    Looking for Alaska

    The danger of reading multiple books from a similar genre in a short span of time is saturation. And when many of those books are by the same author, it isn’t surprising when certain patterns start to emerge. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but when the writer is hyperly self-aware about utilising those patterns in all his books (whether to subvert them or not), it gets really overwhelming. That is probably my biggest takeaway from my “YA month” (though granted, I only read the YA books that were already lying on my shelves/Kindle, and didn’t make any sort of…

  • Books,  Reviews

    If I Stay and Where She Went – Gayle Forman

    Life, in my humble opinion, does come down to choices. And that is one of the main underlying themes of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay and Where She Went duology, though both deal with very different kinds of choices. The more often I write reviews, the more I realise how much I don’t really like writing traditional ones (not that there is anything wrong with them, just a personal preference). So I’m going to try to see how I can coherently type all the thoughts and feelings that have been swirling around in my mind since I finished these two…

  • Books,  Films/Movies/Cinema,  Reviews

    Paper towns for paper people?

    Through a sort of trial and error process over the years, I have realised that one of the more reliable ways of getting myself out of a reading slump is a good book from the YA (young adult) genre. But that wasn’t what I was thinking of when I started Paper Towns which had been lying around on my Kindle for at least a year or more. Sometimes I close my eyes and randomly pick a title, whether from my actual or virtual shelves. The winner this time around was my second John Green (you can read about my experience…

  • The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
    Books,  General,  Reviews

    The Book Thief – Markus Zusak (Review)

    My post on November 10, 2012 comprehensively established the fact that I’m a big Markus Zusak fan, and also that The Book Thief was responsible for my initiation. Here is why – You know that feeling when you pick up a book to be immediately gripped by the first line? There are few that can maintain this grip, even fewer that can make you want to read until you reach the end, satisfied yet instantly disappointed that there’s no more. This fresh and unique take on the Holocaust is definitely one of them. It isn’t packed with the sort of action…

  • Fighting Ruben Wolfe - Markus Zusak
    Books,  General,  Reviews

    “… the edges of words, the loyalty of blood, the hands of brothers and the music of girls”.

    I’m probably not a very unique case when I say that The Book Thief alerted me to the existence of Markus Zusak, having never come across any of his books before in India. But from that very first page, I was hooked. There was an easy intensity to his writing that belied the deep and sombre content, and yet made it very easy to get sucked into the world of its narrative. There will be a separate post dedicated to my discussions about that, but this one deals with 2 books of his debut trilogy. I had picked up Fighting…

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