My Dream Bookish Panel

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Hello everyone! Around a month back, I was asked who’d be on my dream bookish panel. I was absolutely filled with glee when I got the opportunity because.. come on! Imagining what our dream bookish panel would look like is nothing short of a treat for us bookworms.

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I would host this panel of mine at the beautiful city of Kolkata – my home! It is pristine and culturally apt to receive this wonderful bundle of talent. A beautiful discussion with the backdrop of Prinsep Ghat or Victoria Memorial, to name a few settings, would be just heavenly. And now without any further ado, let’s get on with this exciting post!


India.. India!

I live in India and I’ve always felt that Indian literature doesn’t get the spotlight that it deserves globally. Since I don’t have the means to attend the big panels which take place around the world, I’d like this post of mine to focus more on my country’s gems.

 

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The Indian authors who I’d love to have on my panel are :

• Ruskin Bond – I’ve grown up reading his stories and for me, his stories encapsulate the beauty of my country and the people living in it. His words have the power to transport you to a blissful and calm sense of mind

Vikram Seth – This man, to his credit, has written one of the longest novels to be ever published in a single volume in English language. Apart from all of his literary credentials, he is also a public supporter of Gay rights. We need more people like him in our country to talk on important issues like this.

Shashi Tharoor – He is a former diplomat and a politician. Now, I don’t always agree with all his views but he is a captivating speaker. He is an acclaimed author of fiction as well as non-fiction and it is a dream of mine to listen to him live.

• Arundhati Roy – Aside from  being the author of the Man Booker Prize winning novel The God of Small Things, she is an activist for human rights. She has always been there to take a tough stand on various issues and I’ve always found her to be extremely inspiring.

| All of the Indian authors would have a discussion on Indian literature – the highs, the lows and what more should be done to make it reach a larger audience. This panel would be moderated by Barkha Dutt (a journalist of excellent par). 

 

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I can’t have a dream bookish panel without including my favorite authors from across a varied range of genres.

FANTASY

It’d be impossible for me to complete this dream of mine without including my all time favorite author J. K. Rowling. She is so exuberant and a force of nature. Her stories inspire me and have made me who I am and it’d be an honor to listen to her just narrate her life story (and yes, I wouldn’t a few additional Harry Potter information.. shh!)

DYSTOPIA

The name which comes to my mind is Suzanne Collins. I love her world building and it’d be so incredible to have her on a panel and discuss the nuances that involve with making such a character driven story.

YOUNG ADULT 

John Green.. John Green .. John Green! I love his vlogbrother videos on YouTube and I love his TED talk. In my opinion, he has a great way of resonating with the youth and that’s something that I’d definitely like to have on my panel.

CONTEMPORARY 

I absolutely love Jenny Han and E. Lockhart. They’d be incredible additions to the panel with their own personal way of making their characters absolutely realistic.

THRILLER / MYSTERY

Gillian Flynn, Tess Gerritsen and Dan Brown . These three names appear on the top of my mind when I think this genre. They write such well-detailed psychological thrillers and they’d be such invaluable additions to the panel.

ADULT FICTION

My dream wouldn’t be incomplete without including Khaled Hosseini and Jeffrey Archer. I can vouch by these two authors. I absolutely love their writing and they have such vast amounts of knowledge and have so many important topics to talk about.

| I would have all these international authors have a panel discussion on how they came about to write their own books and just share a general experience of their careers. It’d be a fun and interactive discussion, for both the authors and audience. This would be moderated by Sarah Dessen. 

 

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Now.. my dream panel wouldn’t be complete without including a few of my favorite characters. I want these people – Hermione Granger, Sherlock Holmes and Percy Jackson. It’d be an explosive trio.

| I give these three characters the liberty to talk about anything that they want. This panel would be moderated by the symbol of wisdom – Albus Dumbledore. 

 


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So what do you think of my dream bookish panel? Tell me about YOUR dream bookish panel. Who’d feature on yours? 

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Beat The Backlist Reading Challenge 2017

There is just a few more hours left to ring in the new year (or it might already be, depending on where you live) and with it comes a whole new world of possibilities. The best part : A CHANCE TO READ MOOOORE. I always see so many book challenges floating around the internet but I’ve never had the time to take part in one. Till now. As I scavenged the internet for reading challenges, I came across one that was a perfect fit for me : Beat The Backlist Challenge presented by Austine @ novelknight. 

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This challenge asks only one thing : To read books which have been published before 2017. My TBR pile has just been increasing and increasing and this challenge gives me the perfect opportunity to try to bring it under control. You can find all the information here.

Now, I’ll tell you this : Austine is an absolute genius. To make things a little more competitive, she has created another challenge : Win The House Cup Challenge.

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The participants will be reading for their house. You can get all the information about this here. There will be points assigned to all the participants and I am just in love with the idea. It’ll be complimenting the Beat The Backlist Challenge and isn’t compulsory to participate in. I’m going to be reading for my house : GRYFFINDOR.

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There are also going to be Scavenger Hunts (YES. YOU HEARD IT RIGHT)! You can get the information about them here.

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Now, without further ado.. I present to you my TBR list for the BTB Challenge. This is in no means a final list. The list is a starting point for me and other titles will be added as time goes. I hope to read 100 books this year. That is the number of books that I’ll be challenging myself to read in Goodreads. But for the time being, here is my list :

  1. Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen

2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

3. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

4. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

5. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

6. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them : The Original Screenplay by J. K. Rowling

7. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

8. Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith

9. Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler

10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

11. Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer

12. The Last Don by Mario Puzo

13. The Martian by Andy Weir

14. November 9 by Colleen Hoover

15. One Summer by David Baldacci

16. A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro

17. Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

18. The Rent Collector by Camron Wright

19. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

20. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

21. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

22. The Vegetarian by Han Kang

23. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

24. The Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

25. The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg

26. The Zoya Factor by Anuja Chauhan

27. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

28. The Conversations We Never Had  by Jeffrey H. Konis

29. The Tales of  Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling (The review can be found here.)

30. Mrs Funny Bones by Twinkle Khanna (You can find the review here.)

31. Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan

32. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 

33. Charring Cross Road by Helene Hanff

34 . Anant Dot Com by Govind Sharma

35. The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad by Twinkle Khanna

36. The Mahabharata Code by  Karthik K B Rao

37. Kitty Hawk by Iain Reading

38. The Suitable Inheritor by Pushpendra Mehta

39. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

40. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

41. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

42. The Menagerie and Other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries by Saradindu Bandyopadhyay 

43. Playing It My Way by Sachin Tendulkar

44. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

45. And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini 

46. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

47. 8 Days A Week by Niraj Satnalika

48. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

49. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

50. Marley and Me : Life and Love With The World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan

51. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

52. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

53. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

54. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

55. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

56. Breathe by Abbi Glines

57. The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank 

58. Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

59. My Wife’s Diary by Deepanshu Saini

60. The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni 

61.  In wartime by Tim Judah 

62. Deception Point by Dan Brown (You can find the review here.)

This is the skeleton list that I’m going to start with, adding and removing as we go. All the media used in this post belongs to Austine @ novelknights.

Happy new year, everyone. I hope we can all go beyond the train wreck that 2016 has been and achieve more in this coming year. I leave you with this beautiful quote by Lord Neil Gaiman : 

” May your year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful. And don’t forget to make some art (write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” 

Homecoming : A non – bookish post

Inspiration does strike you at odd times. Extremely odd times, indeed. It is past 2:30 am now and just ten minutes ago, I was watching Game of Thrones. But I suddenly felt  that itch to write again. That same itch which I feared had left me. A lot has happened since I last wrote and I don’t want to bore anyone with all of that. Instead, I’m going to write a letter to the person inspired me to write right now.

Dear you,

I can’t believe how much you’ve grown up since I last saw you. I’m serious. It has been a couple of months since I came across you on Facebook by a stroke of absolute luck and I still can’t believe my eyes that it is indeed you. I remembered a kid. A fragile looking little kid. What I saw was a fully grown boy. And I have to say this – the years have been good to you. Exceptionally good to you.

Talking to you again felt so good. At least on my part.. I don’t know about yours. I enjoy every moment of our conversations. Thank you for making me believe in myself. It’s nice to know that there are people in this world outside of my family and close group of friends who still believe in me. Thank you for not belittling me unlike so many.

I’ve never really said sorry to you for all that has happened in your past. We’ve never been that close for me to broach on that topic with you. You didn’t deserve all of that but I hope you’ve made peace with it all. And I hope you never again have to deal with that type of sorrow.

I’m actually proud of you. Of how far you’ve come. I see you writing all these beautiful arrangements of words with such enthralling pictures and I get amazed. I know you’re destined for great things and I can’t wait to see you succeed in life. Also, your birthday is in a couple of days.. so : Happy birthday, dear.

With loads of love,

From that bibliophilic nerd.

Milestone! :D

I know that I haven’t been active on this blog for the past couple of weeks. I’m going to start blogging as soon as my examinations finish next week. I just wanted to do a quick post to thank all of you. WHY, you ask?

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MY BLOG HIT A 100 FOLLOWERS YESTERDAY!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS! This is so surreal because I started this blog only three months back and I already have a 100 followers! AHHH! I love all of you so much. Stay tuned! 😀

 

I’m Officially a College Student!

Hi guys! 

This is in no way a book related post. I’m writing this post to let you all know that my college has started! Okay.. Classes haven’t started yet. I’m now in the college hostel (actually in the courtyard because this is the only place where I’m getting my network -_-). We had a campus visit yesterday and today I have some registration process to complete. This is the first time that I’m staying away from home and I have been feeling home sick. 😦 I’m now less sad than I was on Monday so I’m making progress. 🙂 I brought F.R.I.E.N.D.S Season 5 with me and I watched a couple of episodes yesterday. It makes me giggle and laugh and I’m so glad that I did bring it with me. 😀 I’m not really sure why but F.R.I.E.N.D.S feels like home.  My roommates all seem good and I’ve been making new friends. 🙂 

I have also started reading An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and  I really like it. I should be back with a book post in a few days. Till then.. Adios, amigos! 🙂 

Stay safe. Stay happy , all. 🙂

June Wrap Up + July Foresight + Milestone + Thank YOU

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The idea of starting a book blog to share my love for books was something that had been in my mind for nearly a year. With the name planned in May (with help from my bestie), all I needed was a post to officially kick it off – and so I did exactly that in June! And the response has been so great from the blogger community. So I thank you – each and every one of you for reading, liking, commenting and following. Thank you for supporting me.

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I crossed 50 followers a couple of days back so again – thank you thank you thank you thank you so much.

June was a really relaxing month. With no school and no studies, I had the full month off to do anything that I wanted to do – and I did exactly that! I watched a LOT of shows. F.R.I.E.N.D.S is one of my favorite shows ever and even though I’ve been watching it since seventh grade, I had always wanted to watch the whole series in chronological order and I finally made headway on that wish! I watched the full first and second seasons and am nearly done with the third season too. God, I just love that show! I also watched the full first season of Supergirl. Even though I wouldn’t call it “great” plot-wise, it is still a good enough show with a multitude of kick ass female characters (GO FEMINISM). I’ve also been watching the eighth season of Masterchef Australia (another one of my favorite shows). And I finally jumped into the GoT bandwagon but I’m still on the first season. Winds of Winter is a long way! I also spent a lot of time doing two other things that I love : cooking and drawing.

Now, in terms of reading, I finished : The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks(3.5/5) , The Maze Runner by James Dashner (4.5/5), Cinder by Marissa Meyer (4/5), All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (5/5), Revolution 2020 by Chetan Bhagat (4/5), Allegiant by Veronica Roth (4/5), Paper Towns by John Green (2/5) and Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell (4/5). I also read about seventeen books of the Life With Archie comics! (I LOVE COMICS) So it has been a great month reading wise. I was able to read a lot of books that were on my tbr list. I also started The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho but I haven’t been able to go past 82 pages of that book because it is just too spiritual-y  for my taste.

I hope to carry this reading momentum forward in July too. I’ll be starting college after two weeks (EEEEP!) and I’ll have to be away from home. I’m excited and scared and nervous as hell. Hopefully, I’ll be able to adjust nicely to my new life. I’ll also have to start packing soon and boy, that is going to take some time!

So how was your June? Learned anything new or had any new experiences?  🙂

Uninspired? Yes, me.

Lately, I’ve been feeling quite uninspired. I’m on my summer break and  I had planned to catch up on my reading/writing during this time. Even though I’ve been reading a LOT, I haven’t been feeling like writing.

I’ve been using Wattpad as a platform for applying my writing skills (the little bit that I have, that is) since 2014 but in the second half of 2015, I wasn’t able to write anything for the lack of time. It has been more than a month since my exams have finished but I’ve not written anything new. I have two unfinished stories on there : Margarita With a Straw and Eighteen. I also have a finished work : Biggest Mistake.

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I had got quite a good response for MWAS and I KNOW how the rest of the (unwritten) story is going to progress but I just don’t feel like writing. Why? I presume for my lack of inspiration. You see, music has always inspired me. I guess, I can say that it has been a whetstone for my (limited) imagination. But it has been quite some time since I’ve heard something new which has fired up my brain, so as to speak.

So today, I’m asking you a favor. Tell me your favorite songs. Songs which inspire you, encourage you. Songs which make you feel like you are on the top of the world. Songs which give you the sense of determination. Songs which make you believe in yourself. I don’t care if it is a new or an old song. I don’t care if it has been sung by an artist I’ve never heard of. I don’t care which genre it is. I just need something that will inspire me again. So PLEASE help me my fellow amazing bloggers!

P.S. Please don’t think that I’ve made the covers. I asked some talented girls to do it for me : @katerina__xx (the first two covers) and @purebloods (the last one).