My Lil’ Book Corner

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” 
― Cicero

I love books. They were my first love…they still are. And I will have to thank my Maa for that. Thanks, Maa! Books have always been an integral part of my life since I can remember. I always preferred to take a book and find a corner to read it, without any disturbance, over any other activity – that’s what I did in most of my summer & winter holidays as a child.

For my coming days, I dream of setting up a library, or at least a room, full of my favourite books. I have plans to fill the walls, from top to bottom, with those books. Wouldn’t it be lovely to spend my ‘me-time’ in that room, inhaling the bookish smell and heading off to a faraway land, watching the lives of some fictitious characters from close quarters? A room like this maybe, eh?

original“I go back to the reading room, where I sink down in the sofa and into the world of The Arabian Nights. Slowly, like a movie fade out, the real world evaporates. I’m alone, inside the world of the story. My favourite feeling in the world.” 

― Haruki MurakamiKafka on the Shore

I had started this blog as a place to put down my random rants on all things around me. As with many other things, I started sharing my thoughts on books I read and some bookish rants too. And with this, I came across many like-minded book lovers, with love for similar kind of books and authors. Also, I got to know about many books which maybe, otherwise, I would not have been aware of. So this page is dedicated to all those people who stop by my blog and are solely interested in my bookish thoughts, reviews, and rants. Also, this page will be the place I will refer my friends to when they need my opinion on a book – to buy or read or gift. In my blog, I do not rate the books I read; I simply put down my thoughts on it – positive/negative/things that had touched my heart. I hope this effort of mine will help someone in some way .  And isn’t it wonderful to exchange views and thoughts on some wonderful books you have come across and want book lovers like myself, not to miss?

My Lil’ Book Corner is my place of reading, reviewing & recommending books and anything to do with books. I read books on romance, thriller, travel, mythological or historical backdrop, short stories, chick-lit and once in a while some non-fiction too. In fact I read anything that engages me till the last page. However, my first preference is always fiction, I love to get lost in a world of the author’s making. And hence, I prefer to read one book at a time – living the lives of the character as I make my way through a book till the end.

“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” 
― 
Anne LamottBird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Do come back for regular updates! 🙂

 A. My thoughts on books I had read (since 2012):

  1. Aruni Kashyap – The House with a Thousand Stories
  2. Shriya Garg – Take one More Chance
  3. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni  – The Palace of Illusions 
  4. Sid Bahri – The Homing Pigeons
  5. E.L. James – Fifty Shades of Grey 
  6. Manish Gupta – English Bites 
  7. Preeti Shenoy – 34 Bubblegums & Candies
  8. Vipin Behari Goyal – Tall Man Small Shadow 
  9. Madhumita Mukherjee – The Other Side of the Table 
  10. E. R. Braithwaite  – To Sir, With Love 
  11. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni – The Mistress of Spices
  12. Durjoy Datta & Nikita Singh – If It’s not Forever. It’s Not Love. 
  13. Clark Prasad – Baramulla Bomber
  14. Sheila Parker – The Spirit Within
  15. Anmol Rana – Seven Days without You
  16. Preeti Shenoy – The Secret Wishlist
  17. Faraaz Kazi & Vivek Banerjee – The Other Side
  18. Lestine – Unbowed
  19. Gillian Flynn- Gone Girl
  20. Priyanka Sinha Jha – Supertraits of Superstars
  21. Nilesh Shrivastava – No Man’s Land
  22. Dorothy Koomson – The Flavours of Love
  23. E. B. White – Charlotte’s Web
  24. Anandaa – A Cupful of Aha!
  25. Vipin Behari Goyal – Maya in search of her Tantric Father
  26. Sumeet Jain – Life is a Pack of 52 Cards
  27. Various Authors – Potluck : A Literary Collection of the Critique Group
  28. Sreemoyee Piu Kundu – Sita’s Curse – The Language of Desire
  29. Various Authors – The Milk of Female Kindness – an Anthology of Honest Motherhood
  30. Sarika Pandit – Bucketlist of a Traveloholic 
  31. K.B. Jensen – Painting with Fire
  32. John Green – The Fault in our Stars
  33. Ratna Vira – Daughter by Court Order
  34. Vipin Kumar – The Bluest Marble
  35. Shobhan Bantwal – The Full Moon Bride
  36. Harper Lee – To Kill a Mocking Bird
  37. Temsula Ao – Laburnum for my Head
  38. Varun Agarwal – How I braved Anu Aunty & Co – Founded a Million Dollar Company
  39. Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games (#1)
  40. O’ Henry – Best of O’ Henry
  41. Ernest Hemingway – The Old Man and the Sea.
  42. Rikin Khamar – The Lotus Queen
  43. Siddharth Dasgupta – Letters from an Indian Summer
  44. Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol
  45. A. B. Chakrabarty – Split Second
  46. D. Sathwik – In a Feeling Named Love
  47. Rajesh Parmeswaran – I Am An Executioner: Love Stories
  48. Pinky Acharya – Tat Tvam Asi
  49. Anurag Anand – The Legend of Amrapali
  50. Sriram Karri – The Autobiography of a Mad Nation
  51. Jojo Moyes – Me Before You
  52. Markus Zusak – The Book Thief
  53. Salil Desai – The Murder of Sonia Raikkonen
  54. Santosh Avvannavar – Title is Untitled
  55. Liane Moriarty – The Husband’s Secret
  56. Santosh Avvannavar – Surrogate Author
  57. Rishad Saam Mehta – Hot Tea Across India
  58. J.D. Salinger – The Catcher in the Rye
  59. Santosh Avvannavar – God’s Table: The Last Supper
  60. Rupa Bajwa – The Sari Shop
  61. Santosh Avvannavar – Black, Grey & White
  62. Kishalay Bhattacharjee – Che in Paona Bazaar
  63. Kunal Nayyar – Yes, My Accent is Real
  64. Ruskin Bond – Delhi is Not Far
  65. Twinkle Khanna – Mrs. Funnybones
  66. Rohit Sharma – 12 Hours (e-book)
  67. Parishmita Singh – The Hotel at the Other End of the World (graphic novel)
  68. Mulk Raj Anand – Greatest Short Stories (e-book)
  69. Samanth Subramanian – Following Fish
  70. Saraswati Nagpal – Draupadi: The Fire-Born Princess (a graphic novel)
  71. Agatha Christie – And Then There Were None
  72. Audrey Niffenegger – The Time Traveler’s Wife
  73. Anita Krishnan – Fluffy and Me
  74. Harsh Snehansu – Mango Chutney
  75. Jean Sasson – Princess
  76. F. Scott Fitzerland – The Great Gatsby
  77. Sonia Bahl – The Spectacular Miss
  78. Jhumpa Lahiri – Unaccustomed Earth
  79. Malala Yousafzai – I am Malala
  80. Ruskin Bond – The Blue Umbrella
  81. Ruskin Bond – Season of Ghosts
  82. Mitra Phukan – A Monsoon of Music
  83. Rachel Joyce – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
  84. Ruskin Bond – The Room on the Roof and Vagrants in the Valley
  85. Kristin Newman – What I was Doing While You were Breeding
  86. Blogadda.com – Six Degrees
  87. Rachel Joyce – The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy
  88. Sarnath Banerjee – Corridor (a graphic novel)
  89. Paula Hawkins – The Girl on the Train
  90. Scott Haas – Those Immigrants!
  91. Neil Gaiman – Coraline
  92. Bhaskar Chattopadhyay –  Penumbra
  93. David Michie – The Dalai Lama’s Cat
  94. Marjane Satrapi -Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood and The Story of a Return
  95. Rachna Singh – Band Baaja Boys
  96. Twinkle Khanna – The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad
  97. Ishani Malhotra – Until I Met You
  98. P G Wodehouse – Ukridge
  99. Stieg Larsson – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  100. Jatin Hazarika – Shadow Behind the Throne

B. My bookish rants –

  1. Forgotten joy 
  2. Bookish Hangover 
  3. Which Species do You Belong to?
  4. Tinkle Tinkle Little Star
  5. My First Reading Challenge
  6. There is something about this smell 
  7. What makes a book good or bad?
  8. Books & Wine
  9. A New World
  10. Do you mark the lines?
  11. Mark Downs
  12. Why do you love it?
  13. Archie will die??
  14. Take that!
  15. My Best Books
  16. Challenge completed!
  17. Looking back at 2014 – A Bookish Journey
  18. What’s in a Name?
  19. A Hangover

C. Bookish challenges, memes, etc. I am a part of (since 2013) –

  1. WWW Wednesday hosted by MizB (the host discontinued it from 2015)
  2. IQR Challenge 2013, 2014, 2015 hosted by The Tales Pensieve
  3. This Week in Books hosted by Lipsy of LIPSY LOST & FOUND.
  4. 2016 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge

P.S. (1):- Coming Soon: I am trying to compile a list of all the books I have read till date, which is going to one huge task.

P.S. (2):- I am still a paperback/hardcover girl…yes e-readers haven’t impressed me as yet. UPDATE: I have started reading e-books on my iPad but still prefer my ‘real books’ any day 🙂

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18 comments

  1. I relate with you, even iam a paperback/hardcover girl, I cant imagine reading in a kindle, I cant do it, though I tried reading in my tab!

    1. @Novemberschild: e-readers can never beat the feeling of touching & turning the pages of a paperback/hardcover book. And then, there is the smell and also the feeling of owning a precious treasure too. 🙂 I am glad to find another blogger who thinks the same 🙂

  2. I’m not sure I could remember all the books I’ve read. I pass many of them on to friends and family to read, some return them, some don’t.
    I love holding a real book and smelling the pages, but I have to admit that for convenience sake, I do have many books on my e-reader. It is especially helpful when traveling because a. it is easy to fit in a purse or carry-on, b. I don’t have to lug several books around with me.
    What did you think of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS? I’ve got it in my TBR pile, but haven’t read it yet.
    Sending you hugs.

    1. yes that is one huge task. This is where Goodreads come to help me, if I come across a book I have read and forgotten about it, I add it to my Read-list.:)
      I agree on the convenience part of e-books. Maybe I too will convert soon! 🙂
      I loved THE FAULT IN OUR STARS 🙂
      Hugs to you too, Michelle! 🙂

    1. welcome to my space Abhyudaya! I am glad you liked it here and hope you will come back for more! 🙂
      And I would love to know how you found me in the big web world 🙂

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