Thursday, November 20

The bookworm's newsletter- Part one

I have been catching up on quite a bit of reading in the last few weeks.. Some unexpectedly enjoyable ones and some that threatened to crack my cranium (and hence promptly abandoned)..

My top 4 for the month ..


No 4: Shopoholic in Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella

I lmmensely liked cofessions of a shopaholic and that’s why decided to read the next one in the series as well. It was a riot … breezy and funny.Just like what a chick-lit should be. This book chronicles the adventures of Becky in the shopper’s paradise of NYC.. How she gets embroiled in more shopping and wreaks havoc on her already skyrocketing debt levels is what the story is mostly about … It’s a totally fun read and I suspect a lot of girls might relate to the stuff.. I did!!

No 3 : The white tiger by Aravind Adiga

Unexpectedly, I didn’t like it too much. A lot has been said and written about the book, but to me honestly, it was a let down. The book is fast , racy and un-putdownable, but somehow , didn’t work for me. Adiga tells the story of a social entrepreuner writing a letter to the Chinese premier about how he climbed out of darkness (poverty)to the world of light. Corrupt landlords and politicians, prostitutes with blonde wigs, Adiga’s take (ok the protagonist!!) all the dirt in India.. You’ll find it all in the book…

No2: Tis’ by Frank Mc Court

This is an adorable sequel(part one is Angela’s Ashes) to the memoir of Frank, an Irish Immigrant who makes America his home. Frank is 19 and lands in America , not knowing what to do with himself. The desire to do well is all he has with him. He takes up odd jobs, serves in the army and finally ends up becoming a teacher after getting a degree. Amazingly witty and totally irreverant style kept me in splits. Frank’s adventures as a teacher with a brogue accent is endearing . Truly enjoyable .

No1 : Angela’s Ashes

My “favouritest” book for the month!!. Angela’s ashes is a coming of age story of Frank, an Irish lad , so poor that he is permanently malnourished.His father drinks away all the money , but promptly keeps furthering his progeny putting the family through assorted misfortunes. What I liked about this book is that Frank has Zilch remorse about being poor. Incredibly witty and funny. Frank has a unique style of writing and doesn’t use quotes for any of the dialogues.Incidentally, the book won Pulitzer Prize in 1997. Fun read.

Now, the unfortunate ones that didn’t make it.. ;-) Actually these got abandoned

The Golden Notebook by Dorris Lessing.
Got abandoned as the book just meandered on and on about socalism and about a writer who had 4 differently coloured books for compartmentalising her life... I found the book incredibly depressing and 100 pages into the book got tired of all the intellectual –socialist-babble .
Now , I know Is that I’ll never be a socialist. Ever.
The author won the Noble prize for Literature in 2007. Maybe, I can’t stand “Intellectual” and “intelligent” books. Honestly, the pace was very slow and hence had to chuck it out ;-).

Istanbul – By some guy whose name I don’t remember.
I picked it up as it had a lot of pictures and had never read a memoir of a city before.I decided to abandon it as it was incredibly boring… The author talks about his family ,their weird mannerisms and Istanbul in general. I really don’t know what the book is actually about, as i never got beyond the 30th page .. If someone does read it , do let me know..

And I have picked up these weird book-worm-habits. I have to update my book shelf on Shelfari the minute I finish reading a book. I have also started reading 2 books at a time. I swap between books , if the going gets boring.. Talk about quirks !!

Next on the agenda are A thousand Splendid suns and Veil of roses. Incidentally, I loved Kite runner( i know i digress quite a bit.My ex-bosses have always told me that.)

Someday, I will own all the books there are in the whole-wide-wurld!!! Silver-fishes, dog-eared pages, musty smell of old books, glossy magazines..Aha !!.. How orgasmic can it get ?;-)

Would love to hear your pick for the month .. do drop in a line.

20 comments:

avdi said...

I am reading The Hungry Tide right now. Alas, I read the best of Amitav Ghosh, The Sea of Poppies first, and his other books havent measured up, but this is pretty good. Sometime back I read The Life and Times of Altu Faltu by Ranjit Lal.. tht was awesome, you can read my reviews on thepinkbee.blogspot.com

I do feel like picking up the last two books you mentioned. Let me see if I can procure Angela's Ashes first.

praddy said...

was about to go buy the Adiga's book this weekend, maybe i shouldn't now :D

I liked both the books Kite runner and the Thousand Splendid suns, the former the better, watched the kite runner as a movie but it was a letdown!

Any more dreams about the something-is-wrong-with-her-eyes-otherwise-she's-hot girl ????

vimmuuu said...

Paattii, you should be reciting the lines of Ramayana and Mahabharatha at this age. you would atleast get 'Moksha' !!! :D

Smita said...

I simply lvoed the shopaholic series...in fact have noe read each book o the author been wanting to write on them....


And u didn't like White Tiger :( anyways lemme see if i can find the top 2 books.

And amen to your wishes girl :)

Bedazzled said...

Avdi ..Amitav Ghosh has been on my must read list for a while.. dat has to be next..altu faltu sounds like fun .. will hop into u r space and check out the review.. thanks for the reccos.

Prads..Wow .. somebody is taking my pseudo-review seriously ;-) ..have to watch kite runner movie .. do u have tirutu dvds by any chance ? .. sadly no more dreams of that gurl and hey i have started liking Shanno Shanno .. kinda grows on you ;-)

Bedazzled said...

Vimmuuu.. Bugger off ;-).. thats no way of talkin to granny ..Plots of Mahabaratha and ramayana are more scandalous than most books.. i lost my pal set and i am going crazy..

Smitha ..i was a lil sceptical when i got the shopaholic book.. how much can someone write about shopping?? but then kinsella writes with such flair and ingenuity .. it was so adorable ;-)
.. was surprised about white tiger myself.. it wasnt too bad .. just that i didnt find it original and good enuff to deserve a booker

praddy said...

bhar

you dont become my competitor..let me alone dream about her :P

I have the movie somewhere down in the collection, will get it for you some time..but let me warn you, the book was better.

lol..appadi vanga..so u start liking shanno..most Rahman songs r like that..grows on u - *smug look*

Just call me 'A' said...

ahhh i love reading. i've recently picked up:
a hat full of sky-Terry Pratchett
no one belongs here more than you-short stories by Miranda July
Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
the curious incident of the dog in the night-time - Mark Haddon.
Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert

ahh if i had the world's books in my bookshelf i'll be happier than a fish in water.

Bedazzled said...

Prads..dont worry .. you can have her :-)..Hope your nose hasnt grown ..*smug look*.

A.. I havent read any of those books.. do let me know what you think about the books once u r done ..

mirrorcracked said...

Italo Calvino's "if on a winter's night a traveler..."
Oh, you're gonna love the book! I kissed the book after I read it! Hehe!

Nautankey said...

Aah reading...a good way to timepass at old age..wat say :P.

I have stopped reading bcoz i am afraid may get influenced by them when i write some stuff for stage. Still i read all these book reviews on blogs so that I can show off to the girls at aapice that i knwo a lot abt literature :P..so thanks a ton parks

Bedazzled said...

nikhil .. will read that one once i am done with 4 books i ve picked up ... i am bankrupting myself becos of my reading habit ..;-)

Vinod .. Dey dey ..adangunga da .. evana paathalum taking digs at my old age :-(.. good to be of service saar..how goes the rehersals?

Nautankey said...

Rephrase plz from " taking digs at my old age" to "taking digs at your real age" :P

If someone asks literary doubts will bug u for more services :). Rehearsals going goood..hopefully can sell a considearble amnt of tickets to u,ur kids n grandchildren...

Nautankey said...

And an award for the seniormost blogger of chennai from a lesser mortal :)

http://nautankey.blogspot.com/2008/11/it-eez-awards-time.html

The Seeker said...

Hey first timer here!!!

Am reading The white tiger now.. Got it after reading a lot about that!!! Just going like an ok read!!! The kite runner is an amazing read.. holds you right from the start...

Bedazzled said...

seeker .. thanks for dropping in. do lemme know what you think about the 2 books

Siladitya said...

Did Steve Harvey copy the book title Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man

and theme from an earlier book?



Book with same title & theme copyrighted and published by Sharon P. Carson in 2003





CHICAGO, IL – Sharon P. Carson the author of the original title: Act Like A Lady –Think Like A Man, watched the February 27th episode of the Ophra show on which Steve Harvey was promoting his book of the same title. She was hoping that Steve would reveal to Oprah where he got the title and the theme for the book. It just seemed odd to her that his book had the same title and theme as her book that was copy written in 2003.



Upon subsequently purchasing the book, she found some interesting parallels and realized that it is not unusual for a high profiled person to take a great title and theme, rewrite a book and use their celebrity status to sell it. This she says happens too often to the unsung poets, authors and entrepreneurs of the world.



Steve wrote in his book that his hope was to “empower you with a wide-open look into the minds of men”. Sharon P. Carson wrote in her book in 2003 that her hope was for women to gain some insight into how men think in terms of relationships. Sharon also noted that in chapter 8 of Steve Harvey’s book titled “Why Men Cheat” he came to the same conclusion that she did in chapter 37 of her book, titled “Why would a man cheat”, and the answer was, “because they can”.



Sharon actively promoted her book before the release in January 2009 of Steve Harvey’s book, and would not like to see her promotion efforts hindered. She feels that her book has much to offer from a woman’s perspective and seeks to empower women to practice self love and tough love in relationships.



Before the publication of Steve Harvey’s book of the same title, Sharon bought the domain name: www.actlikealadythinklikeaman.com from which she has been selling her book. She has also held seminars with women at a Chicago University in promotion of her book, and can be viewed on the following youtube clip as she was being interviewed on a cable television program about her book in 2007 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxVVQX15X2Y.



Mindful of all the self - published poets and authors who have a hard time finding publishers for their works, Sharon is currently consulting with attorneys regarding her options, and hopes that her book with the first and original title of Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man will finally receive the recognition it deserves for the wisdom, encouragement, and empowerment that it provides to women.

Haiku Poems said...

nice template bt u have to post more pic.
Haiku Poems

Deepa said...

I too did not like White Tiger. Have blogged about it too.

Bedazzled said...

Deepa.. i dont really know many people who didnt like White tiger..Now i have company !:-)