fiction · Horror · Mystery & Thriller · Short Stories

Four Past Midnight

"And didn't they say that, although curiosity killed the cat, satisfaction brought the beast back?"― Stephen King Why I’m Reading this Book? I don't need any excuse to read Stephen King . Whenever I'm disappointed in books and have strings of bad books in a row, I turn to Mr. King. Only reason I sometimes hesitate… Continue reading Four Past Midnight

fiction · Mystery & Thriller · Small Book

The Promises We Make in December

"I was just a kid , and I didn't understand yet that dying people say things they don't mean, and they make promises they can't keep."― T.W. Grim  Why I’m Reading this Book? I'm a long time listener of NoSleep podcast. It's a horror podcast and sometimes some story really strikes a note. Story that I… Continue reading The Promises We Make in December

Award Winners · comic · fiction · Graphic Novel

Lore Olympus: Volume One

“Hades, all the fine suits in the world won't change the fact that you stink of death.”― Rachel Smythe Why I’m Reading this Book? I'm incorrigible in my quest of reading Goodreads choice award winners for this year. Even though , two of them, "Beautiful world, where are you" and "The final girl support group" disappointed… Continue reading Lore Olympus: Volume One

fiction · Mystery & Thriller

The Judge’s list

“Fierce obsession with anything, and especially something as traumatic as a murder, was not healthy.”― John Grisham Why I’m Reading this Book? This was the book which prompted me to read Whistler first. I kept seeing its promotion on kindle and I thought the premise was intriguing. Whistler wasn't interesting enough, but I'm getting on with… Continue reading The Judge’s list

Award Winners · comic · Non-Fiction

Broken ( in the best possible way)

“Becoming your own friend means taking care of yourself the way you would someone that you love. And that’s hard. But it is necessary.”― Jenny Lawson Why I’m Reading this Book? This is my third attempt in reading award winning books (Goodreads choice award winners for 2021), which so far was fruitless with Beautiful world where… Continue reading Broken ( in the best possible way)

Award Winners · fiction · Horror

The Final Girl Support Group

“Sometimes you need the money more than you need to live with yourself.”― Grady Hendrix Why I’m Reading this Book? This book is the Goodreads Choice Awards winner in Horror category. Other award winning book I read was beautiful-world-where-are-you and it was a total bust. But I still naively believe that there must be something in these books… Continue reading The Final Girl Support Group

Award Winners · fiction

Beautiful World, Where Are You

““That's the thing about work, if it was any good you'd do it for free.””― Sally Rooney Why I’m Reading this Book? This book is the Goodreads Choice Awards winner in Fiction category. Last year Midnight library was the winner and I liked it, so I thought to end the year with an award winning book.… Continue reading Beautiful World, Where Are You

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