Happy New Year and Reading Projects 2015

Happy New Year!!!!!

Gone 2014 and Welcome 2015 with new reads and projects… The year 2014 passes out with starting this  blog and many unwanted surprises though wish that year 2015 brings new hope and possibilities…. Have already spoken about one challenge I will try to finish before the year 2015 ends.  But its not the one challenge I want to finish but  more to go for this year.

So, here goes my project lists:

 Challenge # 1.   100 Books

 Challenge # 2.   Man Booker Prize Winners

Till date I have read only 4 Man Booker prize winners, so on that note have to start reading them all before the next prize is announced!!!!

 Challenge # 3.  Reading Challenge 2015

Challenge # 4.  Heavy Weight Champions  

Most terrifying reads for me are Great Literary works and classics, So I like to overcome this fear by reading at least 4 books out of these 5 possible candidates( with some minor changes in future).

1. The Count of Monte Cristo  by Alexandre Dumas

2. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

3. Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts

4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

5. Macbeth by William Shakespeare

P.S: anyone can suggest some great work to be read.

If you have any goals for 2015, please feel free to share! Also , pleases suggest some books you feel I should read ….Super excited for this year, I hope you are too.

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Reading Challenge 2015- Part 1

Now that the year 2014 is about ti finish. This year I started my blog to challenge myself to read more diverse books and only for Reading, Reading & Reading more books……

For next year, 2015, I have a very ambitious plan for reading challenge. Not one but 3 different challenges I will try to live up with. So the first challenge is to read books from the different types of books mention in the picture. Since last month, I have been doing some extensive research, collecting books and brainstorming with the concept to read some unique titles by Known or Unknown authors.

All I can say lets the year 2015 begin with a bang loads of books so let’s roll!!!!!

 

P.S: Suggestion on books are always welcome.

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Karma and Other Stories by Rishi Reddi

Many of us as jaded reader reflexively do the old custom of eye roll up when we hear about a new book which falls in the “ Diaspora fiction” category- meaning it’s all about immigrant angst, dislocation, etc. But reading Rishi Reddi’s Karma & Other Stories reminds that how unfair we are to think of all such writing and novels as stereotype – but each work should be judged on its own merits rather than quickly downgraded to a category/genre and dismissed because the category is seen as saturated.

Rishi Reddi’s Karma & Other Stories is collection of seven stories about Indians, living in US (broadly in Boston area). The cover description “a multigenerational tapestry…depicting members of an Indian American community struggling to balance the demands of tradition with the allure of Western life”, doesn’t reveal how gently observant and captivating these stories are. Each story is either told in person or has a central character who is the point of entry into the narrative, and the author proficiently draws the reader into these lives. She did this by not much through lengthy descriptions or reflections but through small conversations that are laced with concise but subtly provocative observations- about the implications of a glance or a hurtful remark. The feeling is real here for the interplay between the characters- the intense moments of anger that comes with a person’s realization that a close friend couldn’t share exactly the same attitude and values; a quiet reunion which follows shortly on the heels of an argument.

International and multigenerational characters of these unique stories long for the comfort of the past while building friable and unfamiliar new lives in America. Always finding the right balance between traditional Indian culture and the attraction of contemporary Western life becomes a high stake juggling act- a gamble which cannot be win always.

A widow flees her son’s comfortable American life and returns to her birth village; a 15-year long acquaintance with the town’s librarian tempts a middle-aged housewife to consider the unthinkable; assimilated college student condemns her best friend for consenting to an arranged marriage.

Lonely, miserable, hopeful and Proud, Reddi’s characters and stories that frame them not only animate the struggle between new way of life and traditional ones but also bear witness the common ground we all share. The book also give us a reminder that we live in a world where people travel more extensively than at any early point in human history, where an increasing number of people are moving out of their comfort zones and setting down in new places to which their grandparents or even parents, might have regarded with suspicion.

Rishi Reddi is able to transcend the confines of immigrant literature, choosing instead to examine the universal themes of love, loss, family, and duty, marks Karma and Other Stories as a resonant and gifted debut.

 

Rating: 4/5

 

 

Apocalyptic Novels- My best 5 ……

Hunger Games, 28 Days Later, The Walking Dead, World without End…..

As a reader, we are drawn towards apocalyptic stories for many reasons, like constant talks & debate about Global warming or our melting icebergs. The endgame is part of our social consciousness, as it should be. But it’s also a kind of fun to imagine what we’d do when facing nature calamity like World War Z or The Maze Runner. Will we stop and help our fallen friends from Zombie, or just turn around and run over heels???

Here is the list of my favorites Apocalyptic Novels:

The Passage, Justin Cronin

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A top-notch apocalyptic epic set in modern times. The U.S. government creates a drug from bats and injects it into death-row inmates to create super-soldiers, but instead creates virals — Cronin’s realistic reinterpretation of vampires. The first in a trilogy, the novel follows the escape of the virals and the spread of the virus to survivors living in a compound a hundred years later — all with a little girl to save the world. No wonder filmmaker Ridley Scott bought the movie rights before the book hit store shelves.

I Am Legend, Richard Matheson

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Favorite tale of the endgame takes us into Robert Neville’s world, years after a pandemic disease triggered a vampire apocalypse. Living alone in the ruins, it’s a soul-searching thriller of a man scavenging by day and fending off vampires at night. Matheson’s 1954 novel was instrumental in creating the modern apocalyptic genre. An alcoholic Neville slowly claws his way from depression by searching for the root of the disease in order to help the infected — and in so doing becomes a target of the dominant species on the planet: vampires. A tour de force widely panned at its release, I Am Legend sits atop my list of the best apocalyptic novels.

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

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The 2007 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, McCarthy’s tale of the endgame really struck me in the gut. Years after an unnamed catastrophe wipes out mankind, the story follows a father and son’s struggle to survive on a scorched planet, fleeing the Appalachian winter for the southern coast. Not only is the environment their enemy, but so are the survivors — horrible, twisted people. It’s impossible not to root for the boy as he and his father search for a single shred of hope in such a terrifying, burnt landscape. The Road is a haunting literary masterpiece.

The Stand, Stephen King

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Originally published in 1978 and re released in 1990, it’s King’s longest book (1,152 pages). The U.S. Army accidentally releases a weaponized version of influenza, wiping out the population. Two groups of survivors are then driven across the devastated United States — one to meet the unforgettable Mother Abigail in Nebraska and another to meet Randall Flagg in Las Vegas (one of King’s all-time baddies), with a hell of an explosion at the end. King at his scary best.

 The Postman, David Brin 

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A superb post-apocalyptic novel where the main character dons a postal uniform and wanders into a town, bringing hope by being mistaken for a sign of the rebuilding USA.

What are your favorite book(s) from the Apocalyptic one’s ?

 

Does Gender Determine What Books We Read????

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Books are been read by men and women both. While both the genders are reading around the same number of books per year, their sex may be determining the gender of the authors they gravitate towards. Recently Goodreads did a study on 40,000 of their most active readers on their website and found that not only women are more likely to read books by women authors, but this year, they read 2 times as many books published in 2014 as men.

Lot of factors which may contribute to these statistics, including the debates that readers really do judge a book by its cover, and books written by female authors tend to have less gender- neutral cover art.

So here is the Goodreads inforgraphic to see who women’s top 5 male author’s picks were for this year and how J.K. Rowling crossed the gender divide.

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