BTT: What do you prefer?

I forgot its Thursday and I already posted something else. As a rule I don’t do two posts a day. But anyway. Do visit the other post and let me know what you think of Reader’s Digest Condensed editions.

Onto BTT.

Today’s questions is (are)
Which do you prefer? (Quick answers–we’ll do more detail at some later date)

Reading something frivolous? Or something serious?
Both, depending on my mood. Alternately perhaps.
Paperbacks? Or hardcovers?
Both, preferably paperbacks.
Fiction? Or Nonfiction?
Fiction, sometimes non-fiction, mainly memoirs
Poetry? Or Prose?
Prose. I don’t read poetry.
Biographies? Or Autobiographies?
Any. No, I think autobiographies.
History? Or Historical Fiction?
Historical Fiction
Series? Or Stand-alones?
Stand-alones. But sometimes series have their own charm.
Classics? Or best-sellers?
Both.
Lurid, fruity prose? Or straight-forward, basic prose?
Again both
Plots? Or Stream-of-Consciousness?
Plots, I think.
Long books? Or Short?
Short or medium for that matter
Illustrated? Or Non-illustrated?
Both
Borrowed? Or Owned?
Owned
New? Or Used?
Both, preferably old.
(Yes, I know, some of these we’ve touched on before, and some of these we might address in-depth in the future, but for today–just quick answers!)

Considering how much I love to ramble on I had a hard time giving the answers. I had to curb my urge to elaborate many times 🙂

What about you?

BTT: Unread

An idea I got from The Toddled Dredge (via K for Kat). Here’s what she said:

“So here today I present to you an Unread Books Challenge. Give me the list or take a picture of all the books you have stacked on your bedside table, hidden under the bed or standing in your shelf – the books you have not read, but keep meaning to. The books that begin to weigh on your mind. The books that make you cover your ears in conversation and say, ‘No! Don’t give me another book to read! I can’t finish the ones I have!’ “

Here is my bookshelf.

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As you can see there are 2 shelves. I categorize my books into read and unread because that’s all the space I have to segregate books. The lower shelf is the “unread” one. It’s has 3 rows of books, 2 of which you cannot see from the picture as they are stacked behind. If I had to guess how many books are in my Unread pile, it would be more than 100.

There are books which I desperately want to read. Here are some of them
The Handmaid’s tale
Middlesex
Fahrenheit 451
Where the heart is
River, cross my heart
Anne of Green Gables (2)Little Women
Autobiography of a monk
100 days in Baghdad
The Thirteenth Tale
Their Eyes were Watching God and so on and so forth.

In spite of all this, I would never say “Don’t give me another book to read”, no matter how many books I have 🙂 Though I think I should.

What about you?

BTT: Do you read Celebrity memoirs?

Do you read celebrity memoirs? Which ones have you read or do you want to read? Which nonexistent celebrity memoirs would you like to see?

uummm….generally no. I do skim through them if I come across any in the bookstore or the library. But I don’t really read them from cover to cover. Although I love reading memoirs, celebrity memoirs just don’t interest me unless they have something other than their movie careers in their books.

If models come under celebrities, I would like to mention one book that I have been searching for a long time but unable to find.

Desert Flower by Waris Dirie. I really do want to read this one. Her life story fascinates me.

desert_flowerFrom Publishers Weekly
Joining the current rage for model memoirs (see review above) is Dirie, a native of Somalia, who has for more than a decade stalked the world’s catwalks and appeared in numerous glossy magazines. This, however, is no fluff-job dictated into a tape recorder on transatlantic flights, then recomposed by a hired gun back in New York. Rather, it is a striking account of a personal odyssey that began in the Somali desert, where Dirie grew up without shoes, living amid nomadic tribes and tyrannized by patriarchal strictures. As a pubescent girl, Dirie was circumcised?a procedure described here in chilling detail?before escaping an arranged marriage to stay with an aunt in Mogadishu. Landing a job as a house servant in London, Dirie struggled to launch a modeling career while dodging British immigration authorities and the dreadful results of marriages of convenience. At the end of this affecting and at times very entertaining book, Dirie’s metamorphosis from desert nomad into jetsetting nomad culminates in a post as a human rights ambassador to the UN, where, these days, Dirie campaigns for the eradication of female circumcision and women’s rights around the globe. It’s easy to forget that Dirie’s memoir is a book about someone whose success has come from posing for the camera. Indeed, it is Dirie’s remarkable lack of narcissism or entitlement that makes her so captivating a raconteur.

I’ve read Britney Spears mom’s memoir if her mom does come under celebrities. It was good. See my review here.

Sushmita Sen

Sushmita Sen

One autobiography I would be interested in reading would be ‘The butterfly’ by Sushmita Sen (which is not out yet). She is one actor I really admire. She was Ms. Universe somewhere around 1997, I think. And she is one of the very first celebrity women who had adopted a girl in spite of being single. That’s a huge thing here.

Other than that? Not really interested.

P.S: I almost forgot. I would really love to read Oprah’s Memoir/ Autobiography too. Or is there one already?

Oh ans yes, I’ve read Sidney Sheldon’s autobiography which I didn’t like so much. For me he was a Celebrity 🙂

Hot!!!

Now that summer is here (in the northern hemisphere, anyway), what is the most “Summery” book you can think of? The one that captures the essence of summer for you?
(I’m not asking for you to list your ideal “beach reading,” you understand, but the book that you can read at any time of year but that evokes “summer.”)

That is a tough question, the answer of which could depend each person’s perspective of what summer is. I like to read books that will take me away from the hot summer’s here. I would like to read a book that is based in the colder regions or the rainy ones, something like Chasing the monsoon. You get the point.

But if you ask me what books remind me of summer, I would mention books that remind me of lazy days and relaxed evenings. I would put most romances in this category. I don’t like to read anything heavy when it’s too hot, it’s gets difficult to concentrate.

As I said I would put all romances (Lisa Kleypas, Nora Roberts, Jude Deveraux, Sandra Brown etc, etc) as summer reads or even Young Adult books that do not deal with difficult subjects.

I hope I have answered the question correctly. Even if I haven’t, I can think of a cover that reminds me of summer though 🙂

I know it says autumn, but for me it’s similar to Summer. This is the book I’m reading currently (which reminds me I have to update the Currently Reading section) and although it’s somewhere between the end of summer and the start of the rainy season here, I find this a perfect distraction 🙂

What books remind you of Summer? Or let’s say, What exactly is Summer in your parts like?

BTT: Fantasy and Sci-Fi…

One of my favorite sci-fi authors (Sharon Lee) has declared June 23rd Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers Day.

As she puts it:

So! In my Official Capacity as a writer of science fiction and fantasy, I hereby proclaim June 23 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Day! A day of celebration and wonder! A day for all of us readers of science fiction and fantasy to reach out and say thank you to our favorite writers. A day, perhaps, to blog about our favorite sf/f writers. A day to reflect upon how written science fiction and fantasy has changed your life.

So … what might you do on the 23rd to celebrate? Do you even read fantasy/sci-fi? Why? Why not?

I don’t read much Sci-fi. It’s not that I don’t like it; it’s just that I don’t know what to read. The books I remember reading are The hollow Skull (loved it) and The Trechyon Web by Christopher Pike. And I’ve read Uglies too. I used to read a lot of Robin Cook in college. Does that come under Sci-fi? And Congo too. Its one of my favorite book and I love the movie too. This is as far as my Sci-fi reading goes. I might have read others but I can’t recall any at the moment.

I read Fantasy but not as much as I would like to. As always I can’t recall any names. And I’ve never heard of Sharon Lee. I have Un Lun Dun which is an Urban Fantasy and I’ve been wanting to read it for a long time. Lately I’ve noticed there are a lot of Fantasy books coming out in YA.

What will I do on 23rd? I don’t know. I might read or review a fantasy/ Sci-fi. What say?

Do you read Fantasy/ Sci-Fi? What will you do on 23rd?

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tempt_me_at_twilightOMG, I had to mention this. I just found out that the third book in the Hathway series Tempt me at Twilight is releasing in September this year. Yipieeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!

I’m at work and I literally feel like jumping but I can’t, so I’m doing the next best thing. Writing it on my blog 🙂
I’ve read the first 2 books Mine till Midnight and Seduce me at Sunrise and loved them. Although I wanted it to be on Leo, I’m happy with Poppy too.

Aaaaannnnnndddd I think its high time I start working on my blogroll

BTT: What niche books do YOU read?

But then there are books that only YOU read. Instructional manuals for fly-fishing. How-to books for spinning yarn. How to cook the perfect souffle. Rebuilding car engines in three easy steps. Dog training for dummies. Rewiring your house without electrocuting yourself. Tips on how to build a NASCAR course in your backyard. Stuff like that.
What niche books do YOU read?

That’s a tough question with an embarrassing answer. I don’t think I read any Niche books. At least I can’t recall any.
I read books on Business Intelligence, its technical, something I work in, does it count?

Wait…I have a book on Kathak. I haven’t read the entire book but I guess it does count. For those who don’t know Kathak is a classical dance form. This book was given to me by my Dance Teacher; I don’t think it’s available in bookstores. But I do surf other books on Kathak in bookstores.

fundamentals_of_drawingOh…yes, one more. I own a couple of sketching books. One I remember is Fundamentals of Drawing. It teaches you how to sketch using pencils and color pencils too. It’s really cool. So yes, I do read such books too.

I have a book on witchcraft spells and occult. Don’t worry I don’t practice it; it’s just something I find very interesting 🙂

I don’t seem to recall anything else.

What about you? What niche books do YOU read?

BTT: How many books can you recall in 15 mins?


I saw this over at Shelley’s, and thought it sounded like a great question for all of you:

“This can be a quick one. Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.”
Okay, here we go

1. Kite Runner
2. A thousand splendid suns
3. Rebecca
4. Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell
5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
6. Congo by Michael Crichton
7. Shantaram by Gregory David
8. Island of Blood by Anita Pratap
9. Not without my daughter by Betty Mahmoodi
10. Do They Hear You When You Cry by Fauziya Kassindja
11. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
12. Legends of Pensam by Mamang Dai
13. A long way home by Ishmael Beah
14. Nefertiti by Michele Moran
15. Diary of Anne Frank

I took only 10 mins I swear. I’m sure I have missed many books that I would have added if I had the time. But this too was fun. This is going to be an interesting BTT.

What about you?

P.S. Please do me a huge favour and comment with your blog links on this post. I’ll be very grateful 🙂

Do you want to forget anything you’ve read?

In the perfect follow-up to last week’s question, as suggested by C in DC:

Is there a book that you wish you could “unread”? One that you disliked so thoroughly you wish you could just forget that you ever read it?

If a book is that bad, I’m sure I wouldn’t have completed it. There are so many DNF books that I can name. And I do regret buying them, but I don’t remember wasting time over a book that I would have absolutely hated.

Of course there were a few books which were okay overall but sucked at the end, but then I wouldn’t “unread” them because at least parts of it were good. And sometimes you do learn something from “okay” books too, about a place or a profession or something like that.

So no, I wouldn’t want to forget anything I’ve read. Even if I did have a book like that I would definitely remember the name of the author, so I don’t read anything by him/her again 🙂

What about you?

BTT: A Second First time?

What book would you love to be able to read again for the first time?
(Interestingly, I thought that I had thought this one up myself, but when I started scrolling through the Suggestions, found that Rebecca had suggested almost exactly this question a couple months ago. So, we both get credit!)

There are quite a few books actually.

Maximum city: I remember reading this book and being constantly shocked, surprised or amazed. You don’t find that in a lot of books. And it was very informative. I love books that provide information without boring you. This book was good. I would love to curl up with it and not wanting to keep it down, no matter how late it is in the night.

Legends of Pensam: I know I’ve mentioned this book way too many times lately. But I still remember reading it and pointing out sentences or passages to my sister. It exhilarating to discover that words can be so beautiful.

The first Nora Roberts book I’ve read: Unfortunately I don’t remember the name. But I want the feeling of discovering a new favorite author, loving the book so much and then discovering that she has written loads of other books which you can dive into.

What book would you love to read again for the first time?

Gluttony!!!

Book Gluttony! Are your eyes bigger than your book belly? Do you have a habit of buying up books far quicker than you could possibly read them? Have you had to curb your book buying habits until you can catch up with yourself? Or are you a controlled buyer, only purchasing books when you have run out of things to read?

Ha…yes, I buy books much much much faster than I can read them. My reading speed is very slow; it’s like 50 pages an hour. And I don’t get more than an hour to read everyday. So it takes me a week to read a 300 pages book. But sometimes I do read a lot. Like last month I read 13 books (don’t ask me how).

I have divided my bookshelf into 2 parts, read and unread. That’s as far as I can manage it. And obviously there is absolutely no space in my “to-read” section whereas the “read” section can accommodate at least 40 books more.

I have more than enough books to last me for a couple of years or more. But I don’t hold back on buying books. I do hold back on ARC’s though because a tall ARC pile will give me unnecessary tension. Having said that I like to have a lot of options for my next read.

So book gluttony??? Oh, yes!!!
But I wouldn’t say that’s necessarily a bad thing 🙂