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Month: June 2015

Monthly Recap- June

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

Book Reviews


Guest Post

Alex The Reading Troubles

Book Lists

Five Football/Soccer Books You Should Read This Summer


Things I have learned from Blogging

BOOK REVIEW: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Genres: Fiction, Classics

David Copperfield  by Charles Dickens is considered to be the most closest work resembling Dickens life. It is autobiographical. is the story of a young man’s adventures on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist.

There is a funny anecdote related to this book. At the time when I was reading David Copperfield, a friend of mine tells me that the first book Sigmund Freud gave his fiancee, Martha Bernays, on their engagement in 1882. At the moment, I wanted to question his anecdote but I thought it otherwise. I said to myself, ‘Why not read this 900 pages book and find the answer to that ‘why’ myself?’ And indeed I did.

The first half of the novel begins with the childhood of David Copperfield. The childhood starts of with his father’s death only when he is three years old. His mother, very young, pretty, and inexperienced, raises the boy with the help of her loyal maid, Clara Peggoty. Things go well, young David is growing up in a happy, loving home until his mother marries again. David’s stepfather, believes that firmness is the only way of dealing with boys. He ends up sending Davy away to a boarding school run by a cruel schoolmaster. (more…)


INFOGRAPHIC: The Anatomy of a Grammar Nerd

Thanks to Grammarly for the infographic. Do see what grammarly is, by clicking here!

BOOK REVIEW: Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
Genres: Fiction

The famous spy character of James Bond first appeared physically in the book Casino Royale written by Ian Fleming. It was published in 1953. Post war readers were thrilled by he Fleming’s mix of colour, escapism, sadism, sex and food, and both the author and his creation went to become world-famous entities (especially the character).

The plot involves a Soviet agent, a member of SMERSH- an organisation similar to KGB. His name is Le Chiffre and he lives in France. He has run into a trouble with his organisation for lavish spending of his assigned funds. He knows that he is a dead man until he recovers the money and comes up with a plan. He tries to make money by winning in casinos using his gambling abilities. James Bond, the best gambler in MI6 is assigned to play against Le Chiffre at the gambling table and to win money from him, thus prompting SMERSH to assassinate him.

One thing in the text of the book that will come across almost every reader is that Fleming uses compact sentences. Yet his third person narrative is enthusiastic and entertaining. He describes every character in crisp detail, sometimes going into their backstories from where the enthusiasm part comes. Fleming draws a vivid picture of cars, clothing, drinks, food, cigarettes, seaside towns, and French casinos. In Casino Royale, he even gives the reader baccarat and roulette lessons. (more…)


GUEST POST- The Reading Troubles by Alex


by ALEX 

Everyone who loves reading has to go through these reading troubles, once a while.  But since we love books too much,  we are willing to adjust. So, I’m going to list all those and ask you something regarding it.

  1. Withering

Books are as precious, beautiful and delicate as flowers. So just like flowers,  they wither too. Just look at your copy of your favorite book. As many times as you’ve read it,  the book has suffered. The bind is bent, pages are folded. It’s in bad shape, no doubt. But what can we do? We have read it so many times. The proof shows on the outside.

Which is the book on your shelf that is in worst condition?

  1. Foodie

Reading is big trouble for foodies. It’s really hard to read and eat at the same time. You can hold the book perfectly with one hand and eat with the other. But you have to turn the page too. And that’s the problem. Are you going to keep the book down,  turn the page and pick it up again or are you going to use that dirty hand and ruin the pages. I know the trouble of eating while reading. Never goes well. Suggestions?

  1. Book suggestions

People always come to you for suggestions. And it’s really hard. Because you don’t have just one favourite book that you can recommend to everyone,  you have dozens. So first thing,  recommending 20 books when the person asks for one. And going through your mental list like crazy,  deciding which one to suggest amd which one not. Leaving your favorite book out because you know it’s not of their taste and even though it breaks your heart,  you stay quiet. The worst thing is when the person doesn’t like or doesn’t even read the book that you recommended. Have you gone through such situations?

  1. Favorite Author

When someone asks you who your favorite author is,  you don’t reply. You just look at them as if they are crazy. Because is it even possible to have just one favourite author? Who are your favorite Authors?

  1. Lending

When you let someone borrow your book and they return it in a bad condition,  or worse don’t return it at all. You have to be really careful and graceful while telling them no because you just love your books so much. I don’t let anyone touch my books. My precious. Have you ever had any of your books returned in bad condition?

  1. Don’t have anything to read

This is a reader’s nightmare. Having nothing to read,  whether literally or metaphorically. Because sometimes you have a huge TBR pile and yet nothing to read. How many books are there on your TBR (to be read)  pile?   (more…)

Things I Have Learned About Blogging

It is going to be three years and some months this month in the business of blogging. I am glad I am still going on. Earlier when I started blogging I did not think much about how am I going to take it forward or will I ever run out of ideas and blog posts some day? That idea of running out of blog posts sometimes still haunts me today, mostly when I am not writing a blog post. It’s okay I guess with a blog and an audience(of course, you guys) comes a greater responsibility.

I must say I enjoy blogging. I enjoy writing posts, I enjoy keeping a word limit for every post and trying not to exceed it, I enjoy sharing my views and opinions, and I enjoy when people give their feedback. I am glad to made some friends here.

I think there were times when I used to think that I will soon burn out and stop blogging but I guess if you take your time in doing the thing, you never burn out and run off the ideas. Another thing this blog drives me to do is to read books. Books and books and more books. I can say because of the blog I have read a vast variety of books. I get to know about a new book which I have never heard or read, almost every week. (more…)

BOOK REVIEW: The Witch Of Portobello by Paulo Coelho

The Witch Of Portobello by Paulo Coelho
Genres: Fiction

I hardly ever read Paulo Coelho books. I was disappointed by his world-renowned book The Alchemist. And then came The Aleph. But there is one book, one book that is different from every other Paulo Coelho’s book. The Witch of Portobello. It is a very different form of a book. It requires your full attention and you will be pleased. It is the only Coelho’s book I am ever going to recommend to you.

This the story of Athena, a mysterious woman, the story itself told by many different flesh entities who knew her or did not know her at all. She was born in Romania and her parents, a successful industrialist family of Beirut adopted her, as their much-loved, much-wanted daughter, who grew in wisdom and beauty. From an early age she had a strong religious vocation and knew all the gospels by heart, which was a blessing and a curse.

Athena had the secret desire to become a saint someday. She had everything one can ask for, and yet it didn’t satisfy her restless soul. Her adopted mother, who was always ready to take care of her, give her all the love and comfort she could and want to see her win in whatever she does though didn’t understand her. Early marriage to a man she meets at a London college, her son birth, leaves church on which she had deep faith from her childhood. (more…)


BOOK REVIEW: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Genres: Fiction, Classics

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is written in 1892 as journal of a woman who failing to relish the joys of marriage and motherhood, is sentenced to a country and is forbidden by her doctor and her husband to write. The novella can be regarded as the an autobiographical work of the author, Charlotte Perkins Gilman. She was a prominent figure during the first-wave feminist movement in the United States. Much of her life’s work was influenced by the experiences of her early life.

Narrated by an unnamed protagonist, the journal records are basically a reality of the protagonist’s own beyond the hypnotic pattern of the faded yellow wallpaper, a pattern that has come to symbolize her own imprisonment. Gilman formulated her protagonist’s struggle with her own experiences with depression and patriarchy in mind.

The book covers dark emotional turmoil of the narrator.  (more…)


Book Notes: Zero to One by Peter Theil

Zero to One presents an optimistic way of thinking about innovation. In this book Peter Theil talks about the progress that can be achieved in any industry or area of business. Theil is known to us for investing in the Facebook and for co-founding the infuriating Paypal and Palantir. Thiel does best when commenting on startup structure and strategy, musing on monopoly and value. This book is a refinement, with new ideas added, of notes from a class that he taught at Stanford. While reading the book I took some notes for myself. These notes are indispensable to me or to anyone who is working in the industry of technology.



BOOK REVIEW: Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Genres: Fiction, Classics

Bleak House is a novel by Charles Dickens, published in 20 monthly instalments between March 1852 and September 1853. The title, ‘Bleak House’ isn’t exactly an invitation for a reader to pick it up, and not a famous one either in terms of other Charles Dickens novels, especially A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations. Even though it is not as famous as Dickens other novels yet it is one of the vast book and includes engaging variety of minor characters and sub-plots.

The novel starts by a description of a murky November day in London. Thought out the novel Dickens’ descriptions of fog over the London in various words and styles is extraordinary. This novel share the brilliance of Dickens’ manner of writing, wit, plots and sub plots and yet it is different from his all other novels. The first base of Bleak House being different is that it is not Dickens’ regular morality tale. Bleak House has been called the first detective novel in English, and there is a mystery to be solved, avaricious lawyers, a blackmail attempt, a thoroughly nasty old man who spontaneously combust whether because of his drinking or his wickedness is never entirely clear.

The book is driven forward by two figures alternatively, one an unknown, unnamed narrator and Esther Summerson who is one of the major characters of the book. Capable and affectionate Esther Summerson knows nothing of her lineage since having been brought up by her godmother. Her life is one of misery and solitude until she is placed under the care of her guardian, Mr. Jarndyce, an eccentric, warm-hearted bachelor. Mr. Jarndyce’s two other wards, cousins Richard and Ada, adore Esther as well, and she finds herself completely happy and loved for the first time in her life. (more…)



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