Archive for the ‘National Book Critics Circle Award finalist’ Category

I was born twice: first as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974. So opens Eugenides’ epic novel, Middlesex. Calliope “Cal” Stephanides was declared a girl when she came into this […]


It’s not often a book leaves me completely speechless. Wowed. Awestruck. Absolutely blown away. But then again, it’s not often that I come across a book like Michael Cunningham’s The Hours. Both, Claire and Rachel, recommended the book to me, saying I should read it once I finish Mrs. Dalloway. And then, I saw this […]


In January 2009, I was introduced to the wonderful world of David Mitchell by a friend, who lent me the surreal number9dream – a book I absolutely loved. She proceeded to lend me Cloud Atlas next, and it’s been sitting abandoned on my unread shelf for about a year now, as I’ve been reluctant to pick […]


Amy Tan’s debut novel, The Joy Luck Club, is the first book by her that I have read. It is also the first book I’ve read with strong Chinese references, so I wasn’t quite sure as to what I should expect from this book. The Joy Luck Club is the story of four Chinese women who […]


This is the final post on the Weekly Geeks Q&A from 13th June. It’s taken me about a month to ‘catch up’, and I will still have a trilogy to go. As I’m planning on re-reading His Dark Materials in August, I’ll hold off until then. Yes, I tend to procrastinate ever so often. I […]


So, I’m taking ages with the Weekly Geeks’ Catching Up, and for that I apologize. The third book I’m going to tackle is also one of my favorites, and I’ve been reading it every year for god alone knows how long. I also have three copies of this book – one which stays at work, […]


Last week’s Weekly Geeks encouraged us to ask the blog readers to ask questions about books we’re reading/books we’ve read, and not yet completed. I’m running extremely late, but, I am finally getting down to doing this. I was asked the below questions: From Becky: The Color Purple. Did you enjoy it? Would you recommend […]