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An Apology

Posted: December 22, 2009 in Random Musings
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I am sorry for not having been actively blogging or replying to comments since a last few days but it’s been really hectic over here. My post graduate entrance exams are scheduled real soon . That means I am spending every available hour revising those hefty textbooks . I will be taking a small blogging break  until the second week of January 2010. I won’t get much reading done during these  days so there is no point saying I will be back with some reviews 🙂 I will try to catch up on what I have missed once these exams get over. Till then, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Plan Of Action

Posted: December 15, 2009 in Random Musings
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How much time do you take to write a review ,after you are done reading a book? I know that some of you  write it immediately on finishing the book while others take time. I come  in the second category. I have never been able to write a review as soon as I finish the book. I need the book to sink in . It takes me some time to be able to view it impartially. Once I have emotionally detached myself from the characters and the plot I write my review. Though I find my reviews better done this way, this method has a small glitch. I have loads of books for which I have to write reviews yet :)  Some really good books I read in 2009 are yet to be reviewed thanks to this week’s gap I give for writing my reviews and completely forget about it due to the number of books I read in a week . So I decided I need to take some discreet steps to tackle this situation at least for the coming year .So here it is :-

Plan of action :

1. Review of the books read , to be completed within 7 days of reading it ( I plan to use Google Calender to schedule this )

2. To take care of any back log on Sunday ,may be write short reviews for some books so that all my Read pile is covered for the week .

3. Immediately add the review to my Goodreads account ( I have been doing it but I think I need to be more systematic about this )

4. Update  the Spreadsheet of books read ,I have maintained for so quite some time now.

4. Maintain a Spreadsheet of my Challenges and  books read for those  and update it every week so that I know where I stand in respect to the numerous challenges I have signed up for 🙂

5. Also update my Ning Group Page

6. Lastly , I will try to stick to my present template 🙂 I know I pretty much changed it every alternate day for last few weeks but I was experimenting 🙂 and I think I have found the one I want to keep .

That must do well for the blog . I think I pretty much covered it all. Let me see how well I stick to these lofty goals 🙂

Now for some reading goals.

All the posts on reading goals for 2010 on various blogs I follow, got me thinking about my reading habits. I am very moody and choosy about the books I read and rarely diversify . I think it’s time I change that . I need to pick up some new genre for 2010. I discovered YA this year and let me tell you it is a wonderful genre  . Similarly I plan to add Memoirs , Graphic novels , Non Fiction and Historical Fiction in my Reading List. I am anti Vampire Zombie  books but I think I need to get over those prejudices . Yes Veens , I might actually read the whole Twilight series 🙂

 

So, how do you have any resolutions on your reading habits or blog improvements for the coming year ?

Bookish Discoveries

Posted: November 26, 2009 in Random Musings
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It’s been quite while since I made a wishlist of books. So I started searching around for books that might intrest me which I might want to read in 2010. I was overwhelmed by what I saw. Let me share what I found :

 


Happy Thanksgiving to all..

Today when I decided to go shopping with my sister , we  had no intention of a detour to the bookstore but it’s all pre written, destined  as  they say 🙂 and we happened to come across a second-hand bookstore ,just like that.  Out of curiosity we went in. Now , I will save you the rest of my tiresome story telling and tell you what we bought 🙂

If I had known I could get such great books at throwaway prices, I wouldn’t have spent a chunk of my salary on the books I got for myself last month. (though with tattered covers and some pencil scribblings and ink blots these books are good bargains as they don’t have these in my library  . Just wait till I figure out who  all had owned  these book  previously, then I am going to  go and give them my often repeated  lecture  on how to treat  books. )

This book store was a treasure trove and I am definitely going there for more , lot more . Now, between us we bought 15 great  books for about 1000 bucks. Can you believe that.( Here , we get new books for an amount of  400 or more each book , rarely less than 200 bucks ) Money well spent I must say .

Only thing was we just rushed to our room with the bag . Otherwise we would have to hear about how we are taking up all the  shelf space in the house by buying more and more books when we have enough for a lifetime  🙂

Suzanne’s Diary For Nicholas by James Patterson

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

The Death Of Ivan Lynch and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy (this is the one with lots of ink blots )

The Gravedigger’s Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates ( earlier owner’s name written all over the cover and over the top of the pages 😦 Don’t like it when anyone does that )

How I Taught My Grandmother And Other Stories by Sudha Murthy ( In great condition , looks new)

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby ( Pages are coming apart but I wanted to read this one 🙂  )

Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry ( I guess this had more than one owner )

Dollar Bahu by Sudha Murthy ( Cover is come off 😦  )

Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Birth Of Venus by Sarah Dunant ( This was the costliest book , in excellent condition)

Rape , A Love Story by Joyce Carol Oates ( My guess is they read it while eating , food stains  )

Gathering by Anne Enright ( Previous owner has even made notes 🙂 )

Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger (  Sis got this and has already started reading )

Sisters by Danielle Steel ( This is again my sister’s book , I might borrow it from here )

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks ( Tattered pages , scribbling all over the top columns but I wanted to read it and my library didn’t have this , so I got it )

Where do I find these ?

Posted: November 19, 2009 in Random Musings
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Before I started blogging , my reading choices were very limited to classics  , chick lit  and some much hyped bestsellers . After  seeing the reading lists of other book  bloggers I realised ,what I had been  missing  all these years. I started trying new genre, new authors and I must say I am very happy I discovered book blogging community.

One such book series I have discovered through the  blogosphere is The  Baby Sitter’s Club. The enthusiastic Amy from My Friend Amy’s blog recommended this series to all her readers which  made me go and find it in my library.I must say , now I understand why Amy was recommending it so highly. Within 2 days I am done with 2 books :)It is a young adult series but I am enjoying it .

I desperately want to read more of this series  and soon but the  problem is that my library just had two books in the series  and now I am stuck 😦

Where do I find the rest of the series ?  😦  😦 I guess it’s time for another trip to the book store .