Top 5 Reads of 2013

I had set a target of reviewing twenty books when I began a new inning at blogging this year. Surprisingly, at the end of the year I realized that I have achieved the target. It fills me with immense pleasure to share with you the five best books I had a scope to read for review this year.

Author: Sid Bahri Genre: Fiction/Romance Publisher: Srishti

Author: Sid Bahri
Genre: Fiction/Romance
Publisher: Srishti

Author: Aporva Kala Genre: Fiction/Philosophy Publisher: Srishti

Author: Aporva Kala
Genre: Fiction/Philosophy
Publisher: Srishti

Author: Michelle Cohen Corasanti Genre: Drama Publisher: Prakash Books/Fingerprint

Author: Michelle Cohen Corasanti
Genre: Drama
Publisher: Prakash Books/Fingerprint

Author: Somnath Batabyal Genre: Crime Publisher: Harper Collins

Author: Somnath Batabyal
Genre: Crime
Publisher: Harper Collins

Author: Devapriya Roy Genre: Contemporary/Women Publisher: Harper Collins

Author: Devapriya Roy
Genre: Contemporary/Women
Publisher: Harper Collins

What were your best reads? Hope you had a great reading year too. Happy reading in 2014!

First Reads Challenge 2014

Image Courtesy: b00kr3vi3ws.in

Image Courtesy: b00kr3vi3ws.in

I had participated in the Indian Quills Reading Challenge 2013 without giving it much of a thought. In fact, I had set a very modest target for myself as I knew I’m a slow reader. And, I didn’t review every book I read. With all the writing and editing targets to be fulfilled, reading debut authors had become cumbersome throughout the year. Most of them came to me for reviews, I approached some of them out of my own interest in their books, others were won by me in contests/giveaways. These books have clambered for space in my cramped up old bookshelf. I had no idea a year ago that I would be reviewing books and reading such a huge number of authors for the first time.

In the wee hours of December, I think I’m ready for the next challenge. DDS of b00kr3vi3ws has come up with her next edition of First Reads Challenge for 2014. I hadn’t participated last year as I wasn’t sure about reading too many Indian debut authors. This time I’m geared with review requests and scourging new authors for interesting books. DDS has set challenge levels which makes it all the more challenging. I know I’m nowhere near the biggies of book reviews, so I’d again set a minimal target for 2014.

Challenge Level:
Amateur : Choose to read 1 – 25 New Authors
Lover     : Choose to read 26 – 50 New Authors
Expert    : Choose to read 51 – 75 New Authors
Fanatic   : Choose to read 76 or above New Authors

I’m happy with being Amateur for now, though I might upgrade the level if there’s any chance in mid-2014.

If you like to read and review, join us in this journey of reading authors for the first time and writing about their work.

Reading by November

Well, I keep reading books every month, and loads of them. Some for pleasure, others for review. That doesn’t mean the books for review aren’t for pleasure. It is just that, the books for my own mental peace are the ones I don’t have to write reviews about.

A group of book lovers and bloggers decided to write a meme about the books they were reading that month. I had to join, for they are my friends. Here’s a (tentative) list of the books I am going to read this month. Most of them are by Debut Indian Authors as I have decided to participate in the Debut Indian Authors’ Month – Readathon 3 organized by the Tales Pensieve. The others are an addition to the list. I might add more, as they come. I’ll be updating links to the review as I keep posting them through November.

Image : Self

Image : Self

The Secret Proposal – Aniesha Brahma

The Vague Woman’s Handbook – Devapriya Roy

A Vision of Angels – Timothy J. Smith (Ebook)

The Storm in my Mind – Ayaan Basu

The Price You Pay – Somnath Batabyal

The Weight Loss Club – Devapriya Roy

Once Upon The Tracks Of Mumbai – Rishi Vohra

Caretaker – A.X. Ahmad

Love and Death in the Middle Kingdom – Nalini Rajan

Govinda – Krishna Udayasankar