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This week in Literature (13th-19th Aug)

Hey guys! I’m back with another weekly update on the literary world.

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Trust me, there are waaayyyy too many to list down here and I’m just feeling too damn lazy to copy paste em all. I picked out the covers i loved of hahahaha. Kinda how i usually select book lmao.

 

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So I’m almost halfway through the book and I’m loving it! I love the drama that revolves around the elite classes, the hilarious banter on the dresses of the middle class people and the petty issues all the people in the book basically have. It’s like reading a Chinese version of Seventeen Magazine, except that the writing is witty, classy and superbly done.

The movie is ofcourse, filmed with ludicrous extravagance and colorful dynamism by Jon M. Chu, the man behind buzzy, disposable delights like Step Up 3D and Jem and the Holograms. The setting (Singapore) and the ensemble cast (which doesn’t feature a white actor after the first scene) are breaths of fresh air, but so is the fact that Hollywood can still churn out a winsome family rom-com when it wants to.

More over, after the directors turned down Netflix’s 7-figure pay-day from Netflix in order to air the movie on a big screen shows that they are clearly not going for money or fame but actually want to break the Hollywood stereotype and want this movie to be a big break for movies with an Asian cast. Considering that the stakes for CRA are crazy high, it’s phenomenal that the movie is going on theatres and giving out a much larger message.

The movie came out 2 days ago on the 15th of August in Canada. (I don’t know if it’s out yet in other parts of the world though). I personally, can’t wait to watch it!!!

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In an interview, when asked why Gillian Flynn’s female protagonists have such disturbed personlaities, she replied she wanted it exactly that way. She was tired of seeing the “chick-lit” way of girls getting the guys and living happily ever after and wanted to break the archetype. Flynn is now a producer on the HBO series and wants to write about dark, complex characters. She admits that “Gone Girl” opened a door to a wider variety of female characters.

“I sat down to write the opposite. I mean, you never hear Camille (the protagonist) in Sharp Objects, talk about her show-wear. The girl we see is battling with her demons from her past – including her fraught relationship with her mom.”

Piece of advice: “If you think there’s a women not talked about enough in literature, just write it! That, to me, was the whole point.”

And personally, that’s some really wise words Flynn!!!

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Novelist Sir VS Naipaul, who won the Nobel Prize in literature, has died aged 85, his family have said.

Sir Vidia, who was born in rural Trinidad in 1932, wrote more than 30 books including A Bend in the River, An Area of Darkness and his masterpiece, A House for Mr Biswas.

His wife, Lady Naipaul, called him a “giant in all that he achieved”.

She said he died at his home in London “surrounded by those he loved, having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour”. (source: BBC)

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The honorary titles of “State Author and Poet” are bestowed every two years as a way to celebrate reading, writing and the arts. This year, in Albany, the Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that Colson Whitehead will serve as state author and Alicia Ostriker will be state poet.

Whitehead is a novelist whose most recent work is “The Underground Railroad.” He will succeed former state author Edmund White.

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Ostriker has written 16 poetry collections, with her latest titled “Waiting for the Light.” She takes over from former state poet Yusef Komunyakaa.

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That’s all for now guys. I’m heading off to sleep, university has started and the good-ol-days of lazing around have just ended. (sad sniffs)

-See ya’ll later!!!

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Norwegian Wood – Book Review

Haruki Murakami is my favourite author and Norwegian Wood is my fav book of the year so far. This book was perfection. From the plot and story-line, to the characters and the writing-style, Murakami did everything perfectly. (I’m ignoring the weird sexual tension that circulated most of the characters, though).

My rating: 4.5/5 stars

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This week in Literature (6th-11th Aug)

Hi guyss!! I’m here with some really really exciting idea for a weekly post. So this isn’t going to be your usual weekly meme where we talk about top 10 things or Goodreads Monday, even though we all know those are my favourite kind of posts. But sometimes I just crave for a little something different, you know, and after a lot of thinking and brainstorming I have come up with this kickass idea of sharing news and gossips about literature and drama.

It’s supposed to be like a newspaper, except that it doesn’t include all the boring talks about electricity shortages, politics or some street crime. Its going to be solely literature where I will very briefly discuss what’s going on in the literary world; from authors to new book releases and book-turned-movie adaptations to just about anything literary. How about that??? I love to keep myself updated with literary news usually, so it would be awesome to share those little snippets with all of you as well!

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9-August-2018

Image result for not so nice guy  Oh boy, you have to read this synopsis because it is hilarious AF!

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As you all know the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Literary Prize is the UK’s only literary prize given to authors who have a flair for wit, sarcasm and laugh-out-loud moments in their books. Unfortunately this year, the Wodehouse prize was rolled over after the titles submitted for the prize failed to evoke the level of laughter that the Judges were expecting. It also should be noticed that in the past 18-years of the prize, the prize have been given to only 3 women.

“It is automatically assumed that men are superficially more funny and witty than women,” says Marian Keyes, the funny international best-seller who writes about modern women in the modern world, and yet has never been shortlisted for a Man Booker Prize or the Wodehouse Prize.

Pertaining to this issue, the English comedian, actress and the writer of the best-selling “Losing It”, Helen Lederer is launching her very own prize for funny female writers, the Comedy Women in Print Prize (CWIP).  This prize will longlist/shortlist and then eventually award the prize to the best, funniest female writer. The CWIP will offer two awards – a £2,000 prize for published female writers, and a £1,000 prize with a free place on the University of Hertfordshire’s MA in creative writing for an unpublished writer (the university where Lederer herself studied).

The prize will open for submissions on 24 August, with a longlist announced in March 2019, a shortlist in May and the winners unveiled next June.

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So apparently, this is the highlight event of the year in the United Kingdom. This year, it’s running from the 3rd-27th August, displaying a wide array of children and adult fiction. However, the gossip is that a lot of authors that wanted to attend this festival were detained at the airport, or were made to go through lengthy, humiliating checking processes. One of the author was told that he had too much money in his bank account, which looked suspicious for a short-time travelling to UK for a festival. (Huh???)

According to Nick Barley, the festival director, a dozen authors were asked to provide three years’ worth of bank statements to demonstrate financial independence, despite being paid to participate in the Edinburgh book festival, and having publishers and the festival guaranteeing to cover their costs while in the UK. Barley said any deposits that could not be easily explained were used as grounds to deny the authors’ visas; one had to reapply three times due to her bank statements.

A permit-free festival visitor visa is available to artists appearing at 45 approved cultural events, including Womad and the Edinburgh Fringe, which means they do not require a certificate of sponsorship and only have to show bank balances for three months. However, the book festival is not on the list. Barley said that while the festival could apply to be added to the permit-free list, he hoped other festivals across the UK would come together to campaign for a new system. (guardian)

For more details, read the article at The Guardian. 

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THERE IS A NATIONAL BOOK-LOVERS’ DAY?! WHAAAAT.

I sometimes feel like I’m truly a disgrace to this book community. I mean who doesn’t know about an event which revolves around the purpose of this blog and the bookosphere and something which I truly truly love! Omg now that I realise it, no wonder Book Outlet had a 24-hour sale on their entire stock. DAAMIT!

Anyway, now that i’ve missed the oppurtunity of enjoying the feeling (what was i even doing 2 days ago?!) how about you all share some funny, happening stories about YOUR day??? Another benefit of keeping myself updated with literary news: I get to learn new stuff haha!

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

This new Netflix movie is all about how books can bring people together even from miles apart and how a book club kept people safe and sane during the wake of World War II. It starrs the real life Cinderella Princess and Mamma Mia star, Lilly James as a London writer who is struggling to get ideas to write. She exchanges letters with a stranger over a book (how cool!!!) and decides that they should meet.

It’s a very cute movie, but nothing out-of-the-ordinary. The plot seemed to go tooo fast at times. Since I haven’t read the book, I can’t judge the movie too well, but it was more like 5/10 for me. If you all have read the book, as well as seen the movie, comment down your opinions!!

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I truly hope guys, that you all are appreciative of this little idea of mine.

If you want to contribute or write your own tid-bits of what’s going on in your part of the world, please feel free to!

Don’t forget to link back so that I equally have the chance to get to know morree. 

Until then,

Happy Reading!

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July Wrap-Up: it was definitely a good reading month!

Oh woah woah woah. July is already here, which means two months of vacations went by. WHAAAAAT? I swear time is flying by so quickly, i mean what even. I’m not done resting and being lazy, I don’t think I’m ready for a new semester just as yet.

But this month has been comparitively really good and productive, reading-wise. With me, i’ve always blogged more than I read and usually try to finish books faster so I could review them. But this time, I finished around 2 books a week and actually had NO time at alllll for reviewing. I’m so faaaarrr behind on my reviews, it’s crazy. But i did keep updating my progress on Goodreads, so maybe check that out?!

Anyway, let’s get to it:

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I worked at a Bookstore – and have found heaven on Earth.

Hello from an over-caffeinated, crazy bookworm!

So guys, I’ll get right to the point and tell ya’ll you can totally have a super-cool, kickass summer even if you’re not travelling for vacations. I mean it’s super sad when all your friends have flown out and you’re left grappling with boredom, right? But my friends,  that’s when bookstores in towns come to help!!!

Naa-ah not for book-buying or reading, but for doing a summer internship! Yupp, that’s right. I did a summer internship at every book-lover’s favorite place, Liberty Books! (For my Pakistani readers) I mean, who wouldn’t love to do that, man. In terms of retail jobs, I’m pretty sure everyone can see the immediate appeal: literary conversations, smart, relaxed customers, being surrounded with books! After spending hours amongst shelves full of Hemingway’s and Bronte’s and Murakami’s and Orhan Pamuks, I used to forget all about the throbbing pain in my head from the air-conditioning or the aching pain in my heels for standing all day long. Because who wouldn’t, after coming out of a literary bliss! So I’m just going to highlight a few tips that I would like to share with ya’ll:

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Well, this was an interesting read. Can’t say I didn’t enjoy it. It was as fun and intriguing to read as the Sorceror’s Stone and it definitely had two of my favourite scenes ever.

I LOVE THE WORLD-BUILDING. I mean, the whole wizards stuff, Hogwarts, Quidditch…everything I loveeee. LOVE. I just can’t believe I never read these books as a child. Moreover, I’m glad I don’t remember much from the movies either…think that’s why reading these is such a fun-filled ride for me.

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All About Reading Book Tag

FINALLY, FINALLY, FINALLY I FOUND A BOOK-TAG TO DO.

If you guys have been following me for a while, you must know that my love for booktags and answering questions is crazy great! I enjoy them so much, but for the past month I have been doing more book reviews than book tags. Actually, shit I haven’t done a booktag in ages. To my delight, I found the perfect book tag to do! As always, my inspiration and half of the tags done here have been taken from Kristin. She has such an amazing set tags, guys. You need a list? Go on to her blog!!

Here, this is her original post for this tag.  

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Fat Books I want to get done with by the end of the year!

This time, since my summer vacations have started, I’ve been on a major reading roll. Like I swear I’ve never read this much in my life. I’m usually a slow reader and get bored easily by doing one thing, but this time I am reading around 5 books at a time (check my goodreads!) and it’s actually been going good.

Just last week, I got this new edition for Anna Karenina and I was thinking to give it a go.

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Book Review: Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

 

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My Rating: 4/5

Am I on a roll here or what? Seriously, this is my fourth book review of the month and the third review in a week. WHAT THE……. I have never ever in my reading life been so efficient and since I’ve been reading my whole life, that kind of sluggishness suffices my entire life.

Jeez, I’m making serious progress here. All too shocked and proud?!

So I’ll quit babbling about my efficiency and before this turns out to be a “me post” , let us get into the reviewing part. Let me start with telling ya’ll THAT OH MY THIS BOOK IS SUPER AMAZING! I LOVE IT. From broken families and nice functional foster families, to

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Book Review: Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga – another unpopular opinion

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My Rating: 1/5

Synopsis:

Despite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she’d ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense – kinda – because Julian Oliver is Taliah’s father, even though her mother would never admit it to her.

Julian asks if Taliah if she will drop everything and go with him to his hometown of Oak Falls, Indiana, to meet his father – her grandfather – who is nearing the end of his life. Taliah, torn between betraying her mother’s trust and meeting the family she has never known, goes.

With her best friend Harlow by her side, Taliah embarks on a three-day journey to find out everything about her ‘father’ and her family. But Julian isn’t the father Taliah always hoped for, and revelations about her mother’s past are seriously shaking her foundation. Through all these new experiences, Taliah will have to find new ways to be true to herself, honoring her past and her future.

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