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Month: March 2015

March- Monthly Recap

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




Five Procrastinations of Writing by Shweta Taneja


Wraith of Myself

The Voyage of Oblivion


Authors I have Read

Four Books to Read in March 2015

22 Thoughts I learnt by the time I turned 22


Top 15 Book Blogs in India

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BOOK REVIEW: The Isle of Youth by Laura van den Berg

The Isle of Youth by Laura van den Berg
Genres: Fiction

Laura van den Berg’s THE ISLE OF YOUTH is a collection of seven engaging short stories exploring the lives of women mired in secrecy and deception. Each tale is spun with urgency, and the reader grows attached to the marginalized young women in these stories. I have already confessed a few times that I do not read much short stories collection, but reading this one has affected my view regarding the short stories.

Brilliantly written, dark, unsettling stories with original voice, every narrator/protagonist dealing with their own loneliness in a way we all want to deal with. The best story I feel this collection conveyed me is entitled ‘Antarctica’  based on the Antarctic Peninsula, where a woman with holding others secrets, adrift by the lives of her closed ones, (more…)


22 Things I Learnt By The Time I Turned 22


When I turned 22 a few months back, nothing extra ordinary happened. I got up as usual, and spent my day while reading a book, as usual. But I did make a list of 22 things which I by putting enough effort or not, have learn by that day. 

1- Be honest to yourself.

2- First things are always messy but that doesn’t mean it can’t be good.

3- Read books, plenty of books.

4- Self-love and Selfish are two different words representing two different meanings.

5- Go to the movies you want to watch, even if you have to go alone.

6- Experiment with your hair as much as you can, because it’ll grow back eventually.

7- There are more than 7 billion people in this world, and if someone leaves you, it’s okay.

8- Pamper yourself with things you can afford.

9- Laughter makes us feel brave, so laugh.

10- Be lonely, shut the world for sometime and give yourself the attention you deserve. Loneliness is not a bad thing. It is normal and healthy. We learn who we are when we are alone.

11- World is round. Sometimes, what goes around comes around.

12- Curiosity is a gift to humanity. (more…)

BOOK REVIEW: The Hanging Garden by Ian Rankin

The Hanging Garden #9 by Ian Rankin
Series: Inspector Rebus #4
Genres: Mystery, Fiction, Detective

The Hanging Garden by Ian Rankin is the ninth novel in John Rebus series. I have never felt that I should read Rankin’s Rebus series in chronological order. I feel, by starting in the middle, going straight back to the first of books and then steadily moving forward, is what works for both John Rebus and me.

The novel opens on Guy Fawkes night as DI Rebus meets his daughter for a meal. As usual, Rebus is involved in the case of the alleged war criminal and lean about the crimes he may have committed. As Rebus investigates he researches the past and wonders about how it could have happened.

There is never a doubt for me on picking a Rankin’s novel and worrying about the plot(s). The way he does mesh-plotting, keeping his characters as real as possible. The setting in Edinburg with glimpses of it’s darkest side. I guess, you can rely on him enough. Then things take a turn. His daughter gets hit buy a car. He rescues a young Bosnian girl forced into prostitution and other less him to break the policeman’s golden rule to never get personally involved in a case.  (more…)


Fifty Shades of Grammar

Although it topped bestseller lists around the world, E. L. James’ erotic romance novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, was widely panned by critics for its poor use of language.

Recently, the Grammarly team reviewed the book for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, and learned that — although there were some mistakes — the errors were in alignment with similar gaffes in celebrated romances. Below, check out some of the most frequent grammar mistakes from Fifty Shades of Grey, as well as some quotes from classic romances that also make these mistakes — from Tender is the Night to Wuthering Heights to Pride and Prejudice. The language of love really is a language of its own!


Grammarly: Fifty Shades of Grammar

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GUEST POST- Five Procrastinations of Writing by Shweta Taneja

Five procrastinations in writing and how to strike them down


Writers are natural born procrastinators. We all know that feeling, the one which comes just before you actually start to write: Let me have another cup of tea, another day, another book, another little salty chip and then I will start. When I began my journalist career more than a decade ago, I was sure I couldn’t write an article. It took me five years of wanting to write fiction, a Master’s degree, two failed novels and millions of procrastinating moments to finally do something that all blogs, all writers keep suggesting: write. After a year of stalling, I started to write fiction and once I did, I couldn’t stop. In the last five years, I’ve written six books, four of which are published and two lie at various edit levels. The longest of this, my latest Cult of Chaos, touched 1,20,000 words at manuscript stage. Here I list down a few of these lovely time-sinks and how to get rid of them.

I tried yesterday, I couldn’t write a word. I have writer’s block.
No, you don’t. A writer’s block is a myth, created by star-struck media or lazy writers. There’s nothing like it out there. Yes, there would be some days when you stare at the screen, your hands spread over the keyboard and nothing sensible will come. When you know you have to delete every single word you’ve written. But it’s these ‘blocked’ days that will lead to a glorious day when your fingers are flying over the keys. The day you can’t write always leads to the day you do. Keep writing nonsense if you can’t make it sensible, but write. Start by putting one word after the other.

I can’t write in this noise
Have you seen a baby pop off into dreamland in the middle of a party? Become that. Let nothing physical—noises, voices, areas, homes, cafes or offices—take you away from your writing. Don’t think you can write only in certain conditions. You can write all the time, everywhere. All you need is discipline and focus. Try and write everywhere you go for a month. That’s all it takes to develop the habit.

I need a better grasp at language
I was convinced about this for the longest time (the time spend in thinking about writing and not writing itself). Then one day, when I voiced this to a friend of mine, she told me to consult a thesaurus or a dictionary. You are not writing grammar, you are writing stories. Concentrate on expression the story you’ve decided to tell, through the limited language you have in your grasp. Writing in a language, improves your skill in that language, your spelling, your grammar. You will see the difference yourself. Another way to improve in the language is to read other authors, see how they express things, how they use mere words to touch a core in you. Read and learn. (more…)

The Brunch Book Challenge Part- 4: Completed

Last week, after reading two Laura van den Berg’s books: Find Me, and The Isle of Youth, I have completed this year’s HTBrunch Book Challenge 2015. Originally the challenge was to read 30 books and a few rules to follow. Below, I am presenting of the books that I have read to complete this challenge:

1) Macbeth by William Shakespeare

2) The Stories Life of A. J. Firry by Gabrielle Zevin

3) The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller

4) Strip Jack by Ian Rnakin

5) What If? by Randall Munroe

6) Doctor Who and The Daleks by David Whitaker

7) Middlemarch by George Eliot

8) Letters of Vincent van Gogh

9) Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

10) How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton

11) Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag

12) Rita Hayworth and Shashank Redemption by Stephen King (more…)

Book Review: Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
Genres: Fiction, Classics

To truly enjoy reading literary classics you have to be transported back to a place and time that’s very different from our own. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte is a perfect platform. It’s a tale of the experiences of a governess. The story is a semi-autobiographical work of Anne Bronte who, before getting published was a governess herself.

Published in 1847, is a novel about a young woman, in Victorian England, Agnes, is the younger daughter of an impoverished clergyman. Her parents had married against her mother’s family’s wishes and when their fortune was wrecked Agnes determines to help out by working as a governess.

The first family she works for are the Bloomfields. Mrs Bloomfield tells Agnes her children are clever and very apt to learn. In fact they are terrible children, utterly spoilt and cruel. I found their brutality shocking, the more so since Anne was writing from her own experiences. One of the most vivid scenes is where Agnes kills a brood of nestlings to prevent Tom Bloomfield from torturing them. (more…)


POETRY- The Voyage of Oblivion

And who has seen the moon

Will see the dawn too, soon

But what I cannot promise

Is the sun at noon.


It is the Isle of mystery

Where you have been dumped

And duped by the whole humanity

Relentlessly forgotten

Left all by yourself.


In other sense you are free

Fromm all those norms and taboo

From every injustice and corruption

That you were forcefully made part of

Without a standing ovation.


You can take of the self

There is water and air and peace

Nothing else that you need

While you build the ship for you will need it

Build the ship and name it death.

Four Books To Read in March 2015

The earlier two months have went quite smoothly in terms of reading books. I  have been concentrating in reading a lot of fiction rather than non-fiction this year. Here are four titles releasing this month that I am waiting for:

Ishiguro, is back with his first novel in a decade after his last novel, Never Let Me GoThe Buried Giant.

In this, a lot of writers from Geoff Dyer to Anna Holmes, take a wide variety of approaches to explaining why they’ve decided not to have kids.

This book follows two families in Berlin in the years preceding WWI.

This one, sounds and looks hilarious to me.  It’s basically the story of the writer J.C. Hallman discovering and reading the author Nicholson Baker, who himself wrote an influential book about reading John Updike.


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