Autumn Reads: Join the Hallowe’en Party with Hercule Poirot

It had been one of my greatest regrets that in spite of being a fan of mysteries, I had never read the works of Agatha Christie. I was exploring the books written by her, and was about to begin the first Hercule Poirot book ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles‘, when another title caught my eye.Continue reading “Autumn Reads: Join the Hallowe’en Party with Hercule Poirot”

Autumn Reads: House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland – A Haunted and Brutally Beautiful Fairy Tale: Book Review

I have always been picky in the genres of thriller, horror and mystery. I tried to stick to the classics in these genres, and so far I was happy. It was my misfortune that every time I picked up a modern thriller or horror, the book somehow disappointed me. Encouraged by my book-club friends, IContinue reading “Autumn Reads: House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland – A Haunted and Brutally Beautiful Fairy Tale: Book Review”

Autumn Reads: Booktober Begins with Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Graveyard Book’

It’s October. The air is fragrant with the scent of autumn. It’s time for hot cocoa with pumpkin spice, and a few spooky books which get you in the mood for Halloween. I am celebrating Booktober this month. I have picked up a few books to read this month. My TBR list for this monthContinue reading “Autumn Reads: Booktober Begins with Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Graveyard Book’”

‘Sweet Bean Paste’: A Recipe for Brewing Meaning out of Life

When I read the blurb of this book, I had the idea that it was going to be that cosy, feel-good, light hearted book you need to read from time to time. I like stories that progress with a gentle, contemplative flow, and slowly unravel their best parts. I prefer characters who are ordinary people with all their human emotions, unique qualities and flaws which make them extraordinary.

Book Review: ‘The Girl Who Drank the Moon’, bringing magic to life.

I truly believe that when we need inspiration, we should pick a children’s fiction. I am a fan of reading children’s fiction and fantasy books. They always present a new perspective, and often they are more spontaneous in sketching the emotions involved in relationships than many of the modern adult fictions. ‘The Girl Who Drank the Moon’ is one such book…

‘The Interpreter of Maladies’: Eternal Stories of Human Emotions

There are some extraordinary books that tell the stories of ordinary people, their trials and triumphs, but strike a deeper chord. Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘The Interpreter of Maladies’ is one of them. The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in the year 2000, ‘The Interpreter of Maladies’ is a collection of 9 short stories. Most of the stories have Indian immigrants living in the USA as their main characters. Each story is poignant in its own way…