From the Dogeared Pages

pic-books-magicI am a reader. Sometimes, reluctant; sometimes, raging. But, I am always a reader.

I can read six books in a month, and go without smelling one for a year. I am capricious that way. But, I know that books are kind. They are the most loyal friends. Ignore them, abandon them, and come back with no trace of regret. Even then, they will let you into their magical chambers. And hear no complaints!

Reading was not a part of my childhood. I watched TV. From soaps to movies, everything that the idiot box showed, I consumed. Adolescence was filled with things that don’t make me proud.

During my early twenties, a kind soul lent me his Tell Me Your Dreams. A few pages into the book, I realised I had discovered the joy of reading, and my love for words. (Ouch, am I confessing? Are you judging me?) 🙂

The precious habit had to be reinforced. Hence, I befriended Dan Brown, Sidney Sheldon among many other authors, who fuelled my passion, when the flame flickered. Their books might not have taught me great lessons. But, they strengthened my relationship with my newly-found love then.

Then came the daunting lists: Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels, Time Magazine’s All-Time 100 Novels, BBC’s The Big Read… I could fare a bit, and draw immense pleasure from reading Rand and Nabokov and Orwell and Hemingway… And, there was always time for RK Narayan and Rowling and Murakami and Wodehouse. Also for those adorable little children’s books.

It’s been a decade, since a book revealed itself to me. And, now, it appears that I have finally got the chutzpah to pen my thoughts on books. Today, I vow to earnestly try writing about the books that I am going to read.

However, I must warn you, my dear reader. The pedestrian articles might unnerve you. But, there is nothing more you may expect from a self-professed writer, who has chosen to write for… herself.

Thank you for stopping by!


7 thoughts on “From the Dogeared Pages

    1. Hi Delia,

      Thank you for writing. I like reading all sorts of books. But I am a big fan of children’s books and the ones on animals. I recently discovered ‘Dogsbody’ and wished I could read more books like that.

      I barely abandon books. Even, if it doesn’t agree with me, I ensure that I finish it. A habit that I like and loathe at the same time. 🙂

      It would be of great help, if you would recommend some books that are not too long. I am okay with any genre. Now that I am trying to read more, I am trying to stay away from the long ones.

      Many thanks. 🙂


  1. Short books then. The first 4 are around 200 pages:
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
    The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
    The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
    And a book told from a dog’s point of view (not YA I’m afraid) – The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.
    I loved all of them but the first one most of all. I think every book lover should read that.
    I hope you enjoy them.

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    1. Thank you so much, Delia, for the recommendation. The Art of Racing in the Rain is on its way. Ordered it last week. Can’t wait to read.

      Been wanting to read all the other for ages. I am currently reading Coraline by Neil Gaiman. Now that you have recommended these, I am going to consider this list my immediate to-reads. 🙂 Thank you so much.

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  2. I scrolled down to see what you started with, and now I am in shock. I didn’t realise that there were people like me. I too am like you when it comes to reading. I absolutely love it but sometimes I just ditch it for no reason at all! I like to think of it as me still reeling from the after effects of the last book. 😀 wonderful things they are! Anyway, great blog. I hope you don’t mind that I reblogged a post. Good day! 🙂

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    1. Hi Abirami, thank you for stopping by. Oh, yes, we are not alone when it comes to thoughts 🙂 And, looks like by reading habits have changed exponentially since last year. These days, I am reading like my days are numbered. 😉 But, we shall see for how long I would have this fever. 🙂 Keep writing, and have a good day.

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