Crime Fiction Written By Women

If you are looking for a one-stop shop for an analysis of crime fiction by women and a mind-boggling number of recommendations for your TBR, this is it.

Women are writing the best crime novels, The Atlantic 

 

Poignant Reads Worth Your Time

We live in an age of information overflow. As I am typing this, my inbox is overflowing with unread emails from a dozen subscriptions, I have a substantial backlog on my Pocket account and also have a dozen random bookmarks for various articles online.

Amidst all this, every once in a while, you come across writing that makes you stop, take a deep breath and admire the sheer brilliance of the words that carry so much depth, so much meaning and insight. It is all that you would have thought about life but to put it so magnificently is quite another talent, a sign of genius.

These 2 articles are so wonderful that I have been sending it to everyone and nagging them to read it because it is truly worth it. When I’m sending it to people who are practically strangers, how can I not share it on my dear blog ?

Below are my favourite portions from both articles followed by the original links 🙂

And that is why I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the center of the universe.

There is much to be done, there is much that can be done. One person, … one person of integrity, can make a difference, a difference of life and death.

-Elie Wiesel

 

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

Don’t aim at success — the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run—in the long run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.

-Victor Frankl

 

Links to the articles

Elie Wiesel’s timely Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech 

Victor Frankl on the Human Search for Meaning 

 

Happy Reading ! 🙂

Hello , hello !

So I had given up on the blog for the simple yet powerful reason, “looks like no one is reading it anyway”. But over the past few week, I’ve had 2 people ask me why I haven’t been updating my blog and I log in to my WP account after ages to find 2 new followers as well.

The good news therefore is that there are at least 2 people taking the time out to read whatever I post. But if you are also someone reading this, lots of goodwill and hugs for you ❤

Some great reading has happened over the past few months though including Serious Men, Vanity Bagh and The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Yours truly also finally managed to read Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train (a bigger achievement being the fact that I successfully avoided spoilers all this time). 🙂

Going to post my thoughts on all those very soon but till then here is a great article on reading from my new favourite, Brain Pickings

Why do we need the things in books? The poems, the essays, the stories? Authors disagree. Authors are human and fallible and foolish. Stories are lies after all, tales of people who never existed and the things that never actually happened to them. Why should we read them? Why should we care?

The teller and the tale are very different. We must not forget that.

Ideas, written ideas, are special. They are the way we transmit our stories and our ideas from one generation to the next. If we lose them, we lose our shared history. We lose much of what makes us human. And fiction gives us empathy: it puts us inside the minds of other people, gives us the gift of seeing the world through their eyes. Fiction is a lie that tells us true things, over and over.

 

Baby Steps Back to Blogging

Hello everyone !! 🙂 I’m back ! (or as the post title indicates, making a spirited effort to resume operations here). What can I say ? I love this blog too much !

So first of all, for all my usual readers and “visitors” – how have you guys been these past few months ? I’ve realized that this is one of the most important questions anyone can ask anyone so lets share 🙂

Life for me has been hectic – both good hectic and bad hectic. Good because I’ve done so many different things these past few months that I’m proud and bad because there have been disappointments and potentially life-altering decisions (aren’t they the worst ?).

For the past few weeks, I have been helping out some friends with their WordPress website and that made me realize just how much I missed blogging. So I really want to get back – especially since this is one of the things that brightens up my day and motivates me to read more.

Since my last post, I have done some reading. Here is the list of books I’m yet to blog about

  1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote
  2. Karna’s Wife, Kavita Kane
  3. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
  4. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  5. The Catcher in the Rye, J D Salinger
  6. The Palace of Illusions, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  7. The Way Things Were, Aatish Taseer (Thank you FictionFan for convincing me to read it)

I have so much more to write about (including a surprisingly successful book-buying ban) but I’ll stop now.

If there are any wacky memes going around, link me up ! 😉 In the meantime, I’ll go and start adding books to the good old TBR.

Bout of Books 13 : Wrap-up

The progress report for my first Bout of Books

Bout of Books

My goals for the readathon were

To read at least 2 books such that I complete 1 fiction and 1 non-fiction

Sadly, I wasn’t able to complete the goal of reading one non-fiction but I read 2 books in total so it is kind of a 50-50 success. I’ll take it ! It is way better than my average so no complaints here.

Over the week I have read a total of 700 pages. I love how it has ended up being a round number 🙂

The books I completed are

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In addition to these, I managed to finish 30% of

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So that wraps-up my Bout of Books. How did yours go ?

Bout of Books 13: Goals and Update Post

This is also my 100th post on this blog 🙂 I’ve gone ahead and changed my theme to celebrate so let me know if you like it ! 

Bout of Books

Click to reach the BoB page

My goals for the readathon are as follows

To read at least 2 books such that I complete 1 fiction and 1 non-fiction

My tentative list is as follows

Does the Elephant Dance ? by David Malone

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

A Happy Death by Albert Camus

Pax Indica by Shashi Tharoor 

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi 

I will be updating my progress in this post. If you are doing Bout of Books, let me know your plans for this week ! 🙂 All the best !

I couldn’t read as much as I wanted to but I have started 2 books – Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Does the Elephant Dance ?

Number of pages read – 89

Total number of pages – 89

I got much more reading done and as a result, I finished Breakfast at Tiffany’s 🙂 Pretty happy with that ! I also managed to power through 50+ pages of Does the Elephant Dance ? and start reading A Happy Death by Albert Camus.

Number of pages read – 156

Total number of pages – 245

Book(s) finished – Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote 9889

A slower reading day compared to Tuesday. I continued with Does the Elephant Dance ? and A Happy Death. I’m searching my shelves to see if there are any light quick reads to up my tally but no luck so far.

Number of pages read – 86

Total number of pages – 331

Book(s) finished – Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

A very poor reading day. I managed to finish a chapter in Does the Elephant Dance ? but I seem to have hit a block with A Happy Death. Since Friday is going to be a busy day, it looks like it all comes down to the weekend.

Number of pages read – 28

Total number of pages – 359

Book(s) finished – Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

I couldn’t find time to read the whole day thanks to work and studies. By the end of the day, I was too tired to pick up any of the 2 serious reads I am currently reading. But then at night I suddenly decided that I should put in more effort – it is Bout of Books after all ! So I started Persepolis and read 55 pages at 11pm after watching The Mentalist 🙂

Number of pages read – 55

Total number of pages – 414

Book(s) finished – Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Saturday was the best day of Bout of Books. I managed to read over 200 pages of Persepolis. This is one book you have to read – it just draws you in and is amazing.  And since I am in love with Persepolis, it was a perfect entry to the Favourite BoB Read Challenge hosted by Once Upon A Chapter. I posted the photo on twitter and you can check it here.

Number of pages read – 259

Total number of pages – 673

Book(s) finished – Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Just managed to finish Persepolis and wasn’t too keen to read anything else

Number of pages read – 27

Total number of pages – 700

Book(s) finished – Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Bout of Books 13

I’ve decided to jump in and do my very first readathon ! *excited*

I haven’t figured out what “goals” I want to set yet but I do hope to get substantial reading done.

Are you taking part too ? Let me know !

And if you are new to this (like I am), check out their website for more details and do join in !

Bout of Books
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

A Year of Blogging

How time flies ! I have been blogging for a full year now ! Even I am quite amazed at that 🙂 I would have totally missed it had it not been for a lovely reminder from WordPress.

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First, it is a milestone for me because I am not a very consistent type. I do have the bad habit of just dropping things when my interest begins to wane. So going by my history, a year is quite a big deal 🙂

Second, blogging has been so important in sustaining my reading interest. Every time I get into a reading slump, I look for new recommendations/unique books and make an effort to start reading again. Also, how daring I have been with my choices ! A few years ago I was reading only crime fiction and now within the past year I have tried non-fiction, translated works and even a graphic novel ! Again, by my standards, that is quite a big deal 🙂

Finally, the most important part – the book blogging community. When I started I wasn’t sure that anyone would want to read my blog at all. I thought I would try it out and if no one responds, I’ll just quit writing. But I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of warmth I received from fellow book bloggers. Before I knew it I was doing memes, designing stuff, writing lengthy discussion posts and having a lot of fun 🙂

So, a sincere thank you to all my lovely fellow bloggers ! ❤ ❤ Thank you for all the support, without which I would have stopped blogging a long time ago.

Wishing you guys the very best in life,
The Resurgent Bookworm 🙂

Banned Books Infographic

Yes I know its not banned books week yet but I’m going to share this anyway – quite the blogging rebel now 😉

Source : Printer Inks 

Banned Books Infographic

Currently Reading – One Part Woman

I usually don’t write detailed posts on my current reads but this one has been in the eye of a storm recently so I thought I’ll share its background in detail.

Back in 2014, The Hindu had carried an article on books that discuss gender. As always I had added the books to my Goodreads TBR and then promptly gotten distracted by other books 😛

Little did I know that one of those books would snowball into a major controversy …. *cue dramatic music*

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Here is the blurb to help understand things further

Kali and Ponna’s efforts to conceive a child have been in vain. Hounded by the taunts and insinuations of others, all their hopes come to converge on the chariot festival in the temple of Ardhanareeswara, the half-female god. Everything hinges on the one night when rules are relaxed and consensual union between any man and woman is sanctioned. This night could end the couple s suffering and humiliation. But it will also put their marriage to the ultimate test.

Towards the end of 2014, there were protests demanding that the book be banned, the reason being that it portrayed the above mentioned temple and the community in a poor light. Copies of the book were burnt and the author was threatened.

In response to all this, Murugan announced that he had taken the decision to quit writing and requested his publishers to withdraw all his novels.

My curiosity has therefore been heightened and I’m already halfway through the novel now 🙂

Here is a summary of the events as they unfolded – “I am not Perumal Murugan ..

Here is the Goodreads link (in case you want to TBR it) – One Part Woman 

And here is an excerpt from the book – One Part Woman (excerpt)

What do you think ?