My Year So Far

10530695_10206047787810709_2057383171907282146_nAs for reading, 2014 was a dull year. Although I desired to read a lot, and revisit some of my favourites, I couldn’t fare well. But, much to my delight, 2015 has been incredibly kind. While February bids adieu today, I realise that I have managed to read 11 books already. I must treat myself soon. Maybe, Chocolate Sundae would do. No, perhaps, I must buy one of those expensive books in my wishlist. 🙂

I intend to write about all the books that I am going to read from March. I am not too comfortable to call my stories ‘Book Reviews’. I am not there yet. However, regardless of the structure of the articles, I reckon that I would enjoy writing about books. That’s a good excuse itself, isn’t it?

So, here is a quick note on the books that I have read so far this year.

Harry Potter Books:

harry-potter-sorcerers-stone-new-uk-childrens“You haven’t read HARRY POTTER?”

“Which Harry Potter character are you? You DON’T know?”

“You can’t understand the joke because you haven’t read Harry Potter!”

“Man, are you serious? Why didn’t you read Harry Potter! Crazy!”

The world went berserk, and I was blissfully ignorant of the awesomeness of the Harry Potter books. Friends found me strange. They believed that I was being haughty, and that I found Harry Potter juvenile. But the truth was that I was clueless about why I didn’t read Harry Potter for so long. Honestly! Such a shame! A couple of months ago, a dear friend initiated me into Potterdom. Now, after having read all the seven books, I admit that I had missed a lot all this while. But, the good news is that there is no deadline really. One is never too old to read Harry Potter. I am glad that I finally met the boy and his friends. Oh! They are fascinating, aren’t they?

And, Rowling is a witch herself. She seemed to have cast a spell on the books. They enchant the readers. What is the name of the spell? Legentium Delectationem!

Also, this quote kind of explains what I tried articulating.

Sometimes books don’t find us until the right time.
– Gabrielle Zevin

My most favourite quote from Harry Potter is:

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time:

So many of my friends recommended The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and after reading the book, I realised why they all had loved it. Christopher, the narrator, is a teenager. His outlook on life is painfully logical, and sometimes less pragmatic. His narration is unnerving at times. But, as a story, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is outstanding. Some thoughts of Christopher are so riveting that while reading, I felt like I was being woken up from a comfortable dream. I had to ignore the Maths problems and solutions, which appear every once in a while. I am not a big fan of Maths puzzles anymore. Otherwise, the book is indeed a great read.

A couple of my favourite quotes:

I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.

I think people believe in heaven because they don’t like the idea of dying, because they want to carry on living and they don’t like the idea that other people will move into their house and put their things into the rubbish.

The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.

I like dogs. You always know what a dog is thinking. It has four moods. Happy, sad, cross and concentrating. Also, dogs are faithful and they do not tell lies because they cannot talk.

Gone Girl:

21480930I was so addicted to Gone Girl that I couldn’t put it down even when I was at a wedding. 🙂 I haven’t watched the film yet, and I also avoided reading any reviews about the book, so my surprises were not spoilt when I read Gone Girl. I loved Nick and Amy equally. Oh, well, yes, she was abnormal. But, I had to buy her views about so many things with respect to marriage. They made a lot of sense. Her Cool Girl rant was my favourite. Gone Girl is one of the books that I intend to re-read soon. The narration was brilliant. I read that Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Object is outstanding too. I have added it to my TBR.

My favourites quotes. And, there are going to be too many of them. Sorry. 🙂

It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters.

Sleep is like a cat: It only comes to you if you ignore it.

A lot of people lacked that gift: knowing when to fuck off.

It’s humbling, to become the very thing you once mocked.

Like walking through a door. Our relationship immediately attained a sepia tone: the past.

Fifty Shades of Grey:

Oh, yeah, so, I read this book. And that’s all I can say about it.

Dogsbody:

A dear friend recommended Dogsbody, because I am ardent animal lover. I draw immense pleasure from reading books that involve animals. 🙂 It’s the first book that I read of Diana Wynne Jones, and I am delighted to have been told about her. What a brilliant writer!

While I was reading the book, I thought I would write a blog about it. The writing was beautiful. The story was extraordinary. And, it’s only natural for an animal lover to rave about a well-written book on a dog. So, I wanted to write a detailed blog.

After a long day, I finished reading the book, and promptly went back to read the introduction written by Neil Gaiman (as advised by him). When I read his last sentence – “I hope it (the book) made you happy and sad” – it dawned on me that it was not an introduction, but an ode to this heartwarming story, and to Diana Wynne Jones.

Having said that, now I realise no other article about this book can convey anything deeper than Gaiman’s. *wipes tears*

In a month, I am going to read Dogsbody and still try writing a detailed story. 🙂

Favourite quote:

It was not a creature at all, it was a planet, the most beautiful and kindly he had known. Of course he had talked to Earth. He had done so every time he scoured around the meadow or splashed in the river or sniffed the air. And Earth had talked to him in return, in every living way possible – in scents and sights, in the elegance of Tibbles, the foolish charm of Patchie, in Miss Smith’s brusqueness, in Kathleen’s kindness, in Basil’s roughness and even in Duffie’s coldness. Earth contained half the universe and had taught him everything he knew.

Thank you for dropping by. 🙂 I am currently reading Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, and I hope I would write about the book soon.

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