The publishing industry, especially in India, is one that is fraught with uncertainty. Which book will be accepted? Which will go through the process? Which will be a success? Nobody knows. Not even the people who back them. But when things do click and books become blockbuster hits, there’s no looking back for the author as well as the publishing houses. Because isn’t it what every book-related person lives for? Isn’t it a dream to write, and help a book become a bestseller?
The first thing that comes to mind when one says ‘World War II’ is the Holocaust. The worst kind of genocide ever, the mere thought of it sends shivers down my spine. And after reading WWII stories like The Book Thief and All the Light We Cannot See which gave me different angles into how we look at the carnage that spread over 6 years, one would think I would have learnt my lesson and not picked another one like that.
Wrote this review a long time ago – sometime in the middle of last year. But things happen and I couldn’t get to posting this. But better late than never!
My notion of immortal or undying love is that it’s a sort of a cheesy, overdone concept that people just can’t seem to get enough of writing about. In literature, at least. It might have happened to people in real life – I’m not denying or mocking it. But the number of times that people have used this idea actually boggles my mind. Himanshu Rai’s I am Always Here With You is yet another story that uses this timeworn concept and tries to bring some iota of unseen emotion to it.
When I started reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, I’d heard too much good about it to have put off reading it any longer. I’d bought the Kindle version of this book when it was available for a cheap price over a year and a half ago. But then, I went ahead and bought the paperback from BookChor (which I’ve mentioned in my video for the June Book Haul) because physical copies are awesome.
I had requested a copy of The Man on the Middle Floor from NetGalley based solely on its cover. And I read it a long time after I got it. So long that I only hoped that it justified my faith in the unknown.
The Woman in the Window, the latest thriller to be taking the reading world by storm, had my attention, too. Which is why I went ahead and bought it, to see for myself if it was worth the hype. This is A.J. Finn’s debut novel and I knew nothing about it before I dived into it. Except that it is a thriller, of course. 🙂
I had requested a copy of this book from NetGalley a long time ago and received it half-a-long-time ago. When I decided to read it, I didn’t remember what it was about Two Women that drew me in. Was it that the title had ‘women’ in it? Was it that, for a change, the story was ALL about women? Was it the cover that pulled me in? Whatever it was, I was glad I forgot because then, I could be surprised if I liked it. Or if I didn’t.
Last month, I read Aashish Gupta’s debut novel, Demons in My Mind, loved it, and wanted to do an interview with him. He very kindly obliged and answered all my questions.