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Month: January 2015

January- The Monthly Recap

This post is all about what was posted this month on Confessions of a Readaholic.

BOOK REVIEWS posted this month:


Book Review: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Genres: Fiction

“What in life is more personal than books?” -Gabreille Zevin

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is a stunningly written piece by Gabrielle Zevin, it’s a love letter to all the books ad readers. It displays a great example of the fact that a reader’s life is closely melded together with written words in the form of books.

On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto “No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World.” A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means.

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems has been stolen. (more…)


Book Review: House and Philosophy- Everybody Lies

House and Philosophy- Everybody Lies by Henry Jacoby
Genres: Nonfiction

After watching more than hundred monotonous episodes of HOUSE M.D., I still find Dr. Gregory House one of the most challenging and a bit complex protagonist/antagonist of all the television shows I have watched. Believe me, that’s what I have been doing on New Year’s Eve. Reading it.

House, if one closely observes, can be of those influential characters in the life of a curious person. Characters that would stick with you. Another one would be, Sherlock Holmes.

House and Philosophy: Everybody Lies, edited by Henry Jacoby is a collection of essays in the series created by Bill Irwin of philosophical examinations of various popular, even iconic television shows or films. The series explores a range of shows from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the function of superheroes in our culture to animated series like South Park.  (more…)


Book Review: When She Smiled by Ritoban Chakrabarti

When She Smiled by Ritoban Chakrabarti
Genres: Fiction, YA

Set among the scenic Shivalik hills of Shimla when mobile phones and internet were non-existent, this is a story of how an average young teenager comes to terms with his destiny.

When She Smiled is a perfect for a one day, light read and the narrative description of the content by the author is quite attractive. This ability would keep any reader interested into the book.

The plot revolves around Mrityunjoy Roy or Joy, a fifteen year old Bengali boy who has spent the last ten years of his life growing up in Shimla. While his family is completely academically oriented, he wants something more. Finally he meets Akanksha in school, who turns his world upside down with her gorgeous looks and mind-boggling smile. As fate would have it, she joins his Physics tuition, and thus begins the torrid year of puppy love, romance, heartbreak, tragedy, and self discovery. (more…)


Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams and Other Prose Writings by Sylvia Plath

Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams by Sylvia Plath
Genres: Fiction

Being endured by an obsession with Sylvia Plath, I had waited too long to get my hands on this book. This is book is interesting for a multitude of reasons. The main reason being it’s Sylvia Plath’s proses, not poems. Previously, I had read The Bell Jar and her Journals, and certainly I was more fascinated by her journals rather her only novel.

This collection of her proses, short stories and a few pieces from Cambridge notes which were sad but also enthralling, written in time and some published here and there while others not, starts with a Ted Hughes introduction. (more…)


Guest Post- Living in the Language Silently by Hán Ruì yà

If you guys remember that last year, last month, I informed about the guest blogger program I’ll be hosting this year. If  you did not, check the link: Guest Blogger Program. In short: Each month, I’ll be publishing a post written & submitted by a fellow blogger. For more details, or if you are interested in becoming a part of it, click on the aforementioned link.


Living in the Language Silently

by Hán Ruì yà

Perhaps WIT says, we all are living under the net of language, these words always make me feel uncomfortable. While sitting in a park, watching chirping birds, flowing streams, floral fragrances, colorful blossoms, blue sky or walking along the waves at a seashore, silence is everywhere in my surroundings.

Once I asked myself, “Are these sea-waves silent?” Perhaps. But they are making sounds; these waves are communicating with me; they are attracting me… silently.

I have been in search of silence since long. I want to be silent…; but how do I remain silent if I myself is full of words. Yes, my thoughts. After all silence itself is a seven letters word s-i-l-e-n-c-e. Oh! My God! How can I comprehend its meaning? I feel my mind is tossing like sea waves. Where is silence? How do I know its meaning? Where do I find silence? Who tells me?  (more…)

BOOK REVIEW: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas Genres: Fiction

This is my first David Mitchell novel and I went for it after watching bits from the movie of the same title the other night. The fact that six stories indulged, intrigued my curiosity to the highest node. Cloud Atlas to me, appeared as a puzzle more than a book. The hexa-combinational book offers a reader six adventures and promise him to have a delightful, mind-boggling experience. This promise is provided by David Mitchell’s writing. It is one of the best book written in last decade that focuses on the structural part and there is no doubt about it.

I can truly understand the feeling when a reader tempted to read Mitchell’s words, coming across the content page and notices the book offers six different point of views which are written over a journal, a series of letters, a novel, a movie, an interview, and the ordinary storytelling. Each point of view is place in a different time, starting from 1850s up to post-apocalyptic world. Each narration is different from the other, consciously, and that is where I thought I’d like to say, ‘Hats off to David Mitchell’. I, myself, tried imagining how an author could indulge himself into six recitals simultaneously and giving a radical touch to each of them. And there only two ways my imagination could hold up to. First, writing each part separately by keeping in mind to amalgamate them later. Second way is to write them as in their present form. I don’t know which way worked out for David Mitchell but whatsoever, it did worked out quite well. A clever idea. (more…)


The College Window

The glimmer of the evening rays

Heavy sun of summer, sleepy,

Goes past me up the college Wall.

Below, in the lawn

Insufficient grass, with a rose

Standing in the middle, assisted by a hundred thorns.

Beyond the lawn, adjoins a pavement; rough and soothe

On which passes the world with shadows down at their feet,

Going left and right.


The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

The Silence of the Lambs Genres: Fiction

This book does not lack even a drop of suspense. ‘Thrilling‘ is just another word to describe it. And yes, the more you read, the more you will find yourself surrounded by the likes of Clarence Starling, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, Jack Crawford, Dr. Chilton, in other words, the world of Hannibal created executively by Thomas Harris.

I remember watching The Silence of the Lambs, and then I had no idea in what I am indulging my curiosity. But it was fascinating, and horrifying, and more fascinating. Then came Hannibal created by Bryan Fuller which I can say just polishes one’s fascination and is adapted in a whole new way. Playing with original characters with elegance and style is what Bryan Fuller has done with it.  (more…)



How Google Works? by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg
Genres: Nonfiction

Ever wondered How Google Works? No? I am not talking about the search engine but the company itself which is altogether a different world. Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg are offering some insight on working of one of the most common brand/product used by ‘us’ for almost everything to get of the internet. Google, helps every child, man, gramps, to satisfy their curiosity by not only providing the search engine but various products. It’s been more than a decade Google is out there, and affecting and effecting our lives and from a business enthusiast and not from a tech enthusiast point of view, it is seems an essential read.

Eric Schmidt does not fail to explain the unique philosophy that has helped Google to be the successful enterprise that it has become. Both authors tries to give ideas on what other businesses can do to emulate the success of Google. The authors then explain how the confluence of three seismic changes – the internet, mobile, and cloud computing – has shifted the balance of power from companies to consumers. The companies that will thrive in this ever-changing landscape will be the ones that create superior products and attract a new breed of multifaceted employees whom the authors dub ‘smart creatives’, (more…)



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