Classic · fiction · Small Book

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

“All endings are also beginnings. We just don't know it at the time.”― Mitch Albom Why I’m Reading this Book? This is another book from the list I’m following, https://www.listchallenges.com/bbcs-top-100-books-you-need-to-read-before-you-die . It did seem interesting as it’s talking about life after death, also it was a small book, so I started... Synopsis Story of Eddie, who is maintenance… Continue reading The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Cultural · fiction · Graphic Novel · Library Challenge · Small Book

The Arrival

― Shaun Tan Why I’m Reading this Book? I’m reading this book as part of my Omaha public library challenge for 2021 under the ‘about Refugees or the Immigrant Experience’ category.  Synopsis This book is without words. An immigrant story is told in pictures. But story is so poignant that words really don’t feel necessary. My Review…… Continue reading The Arrival

Award Winners · Cultural · fiction · Library Challenge · Small Book

The Nickel Boys

“because for him to do nothing was to undermine his own dignity.” ―  Colson Whitehead Why I’m Reading this Book? I’m reading this book as part of my Omaha public library challenge for 2021 under the ‘Award Winning book’ category. Also, my brother Piyush Sharma has read it and recommended it as a very good book, so there… Continue reading The Nickel Boys

Classic · fiction · Sci-Fi

Neuromancer

“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.”― William Gibson Why I’m Reading this Book? This book was in the surprise bundle I received from my library. Based on my reading activities, this book was recommended to me. It is a small book, but I'm not that much into… Continue reading Neuromancer

Classic · fiction · Horror · Mystery & Thriller · Short Stories · Small Book

The Birds: and Other Stories

“I saw myself, for the first time, as a very worthless, very trivial human being, traveling here and there about the world to no purpose, doing unnecessary business with other human beings as worthless as myself, and to no other end but that we should be fed and clothed and housed in adequate comfort until… Continue reading The Birds: and Other Stories

Biography · Classic · History · Non-Fiction

12 years a slave

“Life is dear to every living thing; the worm that crawls upon the ground will struggle for it.”― Solomon Northup Why I’m Reading this Book? This book popped up in some book club reading challenge for a month. I forgot which one, but I got the book from the library and after 1 month of delaying… Continue reading 12 years a slave

Memoir · New York Times Best Books

The Beauty in Breaking

“thank you to the ground that relentlessly rises up to meet us as long as we’re willing to take the next step.”― Michele Harper Why I’m Reading this Book? This year I’m following most notable books list from New York times (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/books/notable-books.html), because sometimes I get bored reading classics all the time and need to know… Continue reading The Beauty in Breaking

Classic · fiction

A town like Alice

“It’s no good going on living in the ashes of a dead happiness.”― Nevil Shute Why I’m Reading this Book? This is next book from the list I'm chasing, https://www.listchallenges.com/bbcs-top-100-books-you-need-to-read-before-you-die . I grabbed it on Kindle as it's a classic and off I go... Synopsis Novel follows the interesting life journey of Jean Paget from World… Continue reading A town like Alice

comic · Library Challenge · Small Book

All my friends are dead. (Series)

“I’ve 3,284 friends...I’ve just never met any of them face to face.”― Avery Monsen and Jory John Why I’m Reading this Book? These books are from second category (Illustration) in the Omaha public library challenge for 2021. Name of these books were very fascinating considering these are children’s books. And that’s what made the choice for… Continue reading All my friends are dead. (Series)

Classic · fiction · Sci-Fi

Dune

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will… Continue reading Dune

Award Winners · fiction · Small Book

The Midnight Library

“The only way to learn is to live”― Matt Haig Why I’m Reading this Book? This book is Goodreads choice award winner in Fiction section for 2020. This year I've set the goal of reading all these choice award winner. This is my second book from the list. Synopsis Nora Seed is a depressed person. All… Continue reading The Midnight Library

Award Winners · fiction · Library Challenge · Mystery & Thriller

The Guest List

“In my experience, those who have the greatest respect for the rules also take the most enjoyment in breaking them.”― Lucy Foley Why I’m Reading this Book? I first came to know about this book when it was announced as a Goodreads choice award winner in Mystery and Thriller section for 2020. Then I signed up… Continue reading The Guest List

Classic · fiction · Play

Pygmalion

German and Spanish are accessible to foreigners: English is not accessible even to Englishmen.― George Bernard Shaw Why I’m Reading this Book? Pygmalion is a very known play written by George Bernard Shaw. As usual with a play, it's small and since it has been adapted in musical and movies, it's no doubt a good one.… Continue reading Pygmalion

fiction · Short Stories

The Short Fiction of Nella Larsen

She has spoiled his life; first by living and then by dying.Nella Larsen Why I’m Reading this Book? I’ve read Passing and Quicksand first and found them amazing. So, I have to read other works by Nella Larsen. It’s amazing that she has such a short collection of published work, but each of her stories… Continue reading The Short Fiction of Nella Larsen

Classic · fiction · Short Stories

Quicksand

“These people yapped loudly of race, of race consciousness, of race pride, and yet suppressed its most delightful manifestations, love of color, joy of rhythmic motion, naive, spontaneous laughter. Harmony, radiance, and simplicity, all the essentials of spiritual beauty in the race they had marked for destructions.” Nella Larsen Why I’m Reading this Book? Quicksand is… Continue reading Quicksand

fiction · Small Book

Perks of being a Wallflower

“He's a wallflower. You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand.” ― Stephen Chbosky Why I’m Reading this Book? Came across this story through movie first. Didn’t find that exceptional, but in movie review, people were crazy about the book it was based on. I forgot all about it before I see the the… Continue reading Perks of being a Wallflower

fiction · Sci-Fi

The Martian Chronicles

“We earth men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things.” ― Ray Bradbury Why I’m Reading this Book? I’m smitten by Ray Bradbury’s writing since ‘Fahrenheit 451’ . This book is also mentioned as one of his good books. So, time to read. Synopsis Book details the accounts of inhabiting Mars by Human over the period… Continue reading The Martian Chronicles

Classic · comic · fiction · Small Book

Candide

“Optimism," said Cacambo, "What is that?" "Alas!" replied Candide, "It is the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst.”― Voltaire, Candide Why I’m Reading this Book? This book need no introduction. It’s a classic. But since it was written in French, I was biding my time to come to it. Finally one day… Continue reading Candide

fiction · Short Stories · Small Book

Night of the Rat

"There’s always something with everyone. There’s always something you have to accept, overlook, or dismiss. No one is the whole perfect package. No one comes without kinks." -- Tanya Thompson Why I’m Reading this Book? I’ve been referred to this book by my brother Piyush Sharma. He came across it as one of his reading… Continue reading Night of the Rat

Classic · fiction · Small Book · Uncategorized

Heart of Darkness

“We live as we dream - alone. While the dream disappears, the life continues painfully.” ― Joseph Conrad Why I’m Reading this Book? I was looking for a good but small book and while browsing for something like that, I came across this book. It was in the list of books which are so small there is… Continue reading Heart of Darkness

Classic · fiction · Horror · Short Stories · Small Book

The Monkey’s Paw and Other Tales

“To show that fate ruled people's lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow. ” ― W. W. Jacobs Why I’m Reading this Book? I’ve had this book for a while in my digital library, but it was taking a long time to come to it. Recently I’ve read ‘If it bleeds’ by… Continue reading The Monkey’s Paw and Other Tales

Classic · fiction · Small Book · Western

True Grit

“You must pay for everything in this world one way and another. There is nothing free except the Grace of God. You cannot earn that or deserve it.”  ― Charles Portis Why I’m Reading this Book? This book is mentioned as true american classic at various places. It’s also considered a short novel. Although, I don’t… Continue reading True Grit

Classic · fiction · Small Book

Passing

“She wished to find out about this hazardous business of “passing,” this breaking away from all that was familiar and friendly to take one’s chance in another environment, not entirely strange, perhaps, but certainly not entirely friendly.”  -- Nella Larsen Why I’m Reading this Book? Written during "Harlem Renaissance”, first published in 1924, Nella Larsen’s… Continue reading Passing

Classic · fiction · Small Book

The Wind in the Willows

"After all, the best part of a holiday is perhaps not so much to be resting yourself, as to see all the other fellows busy working.” ― Kenneth Grahame Why I’m Reading this Book? This year I want to read at least 100 books and to do that I’m constantly searching for good small books. I’ve… Continue reading The Wind in the Willows

fiction

Summer

“How I hate everything!”  - Edith Wharton Why I’m Reading this Book? I’ve recently read Ethan Frome and this book also came in the collection. This book is short too and I’m a little bit behind my reading goal, so I’m starting with it. Synopsis (No spoilers) Story is about a girl named Charity who… Continue reading Summer

Classic · fiction · Short Stories

The House on Mango Street

"Here there is too much sadness and not enough sky.” - Sandra Cisneros Why I’m Reading this Book? In my quest of reading short novels I stumbled upon this gem. I’ve read digital version of this book and since book was very small, I didn’t strain my eyes too much. My Review… This book is… Continue reading The House on Mango Street

Classic · fiction · Short Stories

The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories

There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. As well speak of a female liver. - "Charlotte Perkins Gilman" Why I'm reading it? I've come across this book when I was searching for short novels to finish my reading goal. This is the first time I've heard about this book… Continue reading The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories

fiction · Horror · Short Stories

Nightmares & Dreamscapes

"We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones." - Stephen King Why I’m Reading this Book? Because it’s Stephen King. I love his books. I’m amazed at so much imagination and wealth of literature produced by him. He still has the skill to captivate me in his stories. I’m not usually… Continue reading Nightmares & Dreamscapes

Uncategorized

My First Blog Post

Hello There !! Why I’m here? There is not always one reason. My family gave me this challenge to start blogging. Challenge accepted and here I’m. So, primary reason is this.I’m a big fan of books. Books give me pleasure like some gets from shopping. It’s an addiction. With this addiction, there comes an inevitable… Continue reading My First Blog Post