What makes a book a “must-read”?

Musing Mondays is a meme hosted at MizB’s Should Be Reading. This week’s musing is: What is the one (or maybe two) qualities a book must have for you to pass it along to your best friend as a “must-read”? Of course, the book depends on the person I am recommending it to. If itContinue reading “What makes a book a “must-read”?”

Top Ten Books that make Great Gifts

I was away for a couple of days and couldn’t find time to reply to the comments on my previous post. I’ll get to that a bit later, along with some serious blogging that I dearly missed. But let me start with a Top Ten Tuesday post – a weekly meme hosted at The BrokeContinue reading “Top Ten Books that make Great Gifts”

Stardust on the road!

Starting with this poem, which I’d first read in a Diana Wynne Jones novel, I spent the better part of a fourteen hour journey reading another simply amazing book by Neil Gaiman; Stardust. When I was reading Stardust, I was actually transported back to my childhood. It is a fairy tale for adults, and aContinue reading “Stardust on the road!”

Popsy: Nightmares & Dreamscapes

Popsy is a short story by Stephen King published in the collection titled Nightmares & Dreamscapes. While it certainly isn’t my favourite from the book (a review of my actual favourite coming up shortly) I did love it compared to most of the similarly themed stuff out there. Sheridan is a pitifully disgusting man –Continue reading “Popsy: Nightmares & Dreamscapes”

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

There were eyes painted on the church door, narrow red eyes, and ugly stone demons the height of a man stood on either side of the entrance, their teeth bared like savage dogs. “Welcome to the devil’s house!” said the bearded man with a mocking bow before opening the heavy door. Inkheart (Original: Tintenherz) isContinue reading “Inkheart by Cornelia Funke”

Top Ten Tuesday: Required Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. All you do is link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to theContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Required Reading”

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

(image courtesy: here) On Writing by Stephen King is actually two books. The first is a vivid description of his childhood and what got him into writing: his autobiography of sorts. In the second part he tells us what, how and how much to write. The title of the book might fool you into thinkingContinue reading “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King”

The Chronicles of Chrestomanci

The Chrestomanci Chronicles is an awesome fantasy series by British writer Diana Wynne Jonnes. I started and finished with Volume I (first two novels) yesterday, and I’m reading Volume II right now! And you know a book has got to be awesome, when Neil Gaiman calls it “…always perfectly magical.” If anything big happens inContinue reading “The Chronicles of Chrestomanci”