Spoils of War: Bibliophiles and Their Book Haul.

It was a momentous occasion for book lovers in the city yesterday. In case you missed it Harper Collins India hosted a garage sale on 24th at their Faridabad factory. It was expected to continue till today but the stocks ran out by 12 pm on the first day itself. While people expected madness at an event offering books at throwaway prices (25 bucks for paperbacks!), nobody quite anticipated the mayhem they were greeted with. Even the most punctual bibliophile amongst us who reached the venue by 9:30(10 being the opening time) were met with a crowd gathered in full battle attire armed with suitcases, trekking backpacks and a fervent gleam in their eyes. It was a sweaty affair waiting in long lines. Readers tried to infuse the tedious air with a pinch of humor and nerdiness. We spotted one guy screaming ‘HODOR’ at the confused guard while he tried to sneak in through the exit. Another girl was seen muttering ‘my precious” to her LOTR box set. She was among the lucky few; the box sets were all gone by the time the second batch came in. Delhi weather and the paucity of space did not make it a pleasant experience for many, but us bibliophile took pleasure from gloating over our hard earned spoils of war . I asked some of them to share their book haul and experience with us.  Here is a peek for your vicarious pleasure!

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Season Review: The Royals (Season 2)

Season Review: The Royals (Season 2)The Royals by disha
Series: season 2
Genres: drama
Format: television

The monarchy in London runs a tight ship as to say. But like every family they have their secrets and dark sides. It's a thriller that has you asking, "What's gonna happen now?" or "Whats gonna happen next?". Let's hope our royal family can keep it together for the sake of their country!

Disha reviews:

This 10 -episodes season was so much better than the first one and the last episode was hands down the best episode that has come out so far. I am now eager to watch the third season which will release later this year.
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Anime Review: Your Lie in April

Anime Review: Your Lie in AprilYour Lie In April Series: 22 episodes
Genres: drama, psychological, Romance
Format: anime

Music accompanies the path of the human metronome, the prodigious pianist Kousei Arima. But after the passing of his mother, Saki Arima, Kousei falls into a downward spiral, rendering him unable to hear the sound of his own piano.

Two years later, Kousei still avoids the piano, leaving behind his admirers and rivals, and lives a colorless life alongside his friends Tsubaki Sawabe and Ryouta Watari. However, everything changes when he meets a beautiful violinist, Kaori Miyazono, who stirs up his world and sets him on a journey to face music again.

Based on the manga series of the same name, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso approaches the story of Kousei's recovery as he discovers that music is more than playing each note perfectly, and a single melody can bring in the fresh spring air of April.

My Review for Your Lie in April a.k.a Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso review:

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Season Review: The Royals

Season Review: The RoyalsRoyals (Season 1) by disha
Genres: drama
Format: television

Drama about a fictional British Royal family set in modern day London, who inhabit a world of opulence and regal tradition that caters to any and every desire, but one that also comes with a price tag of duty, destiny and intense public scrutiny.

Starring: Elizabeth Hurley, Joan Collins, William Moseley, Alexandra Park

Disha reviews:

I started watching this show because it was developed by the guy who created One Tree Hill (which was definitely one of the good contemporary shows to hit our tv screens) and because the guy who played King Peter in the Chronicles of Narnia plays Prince Liam in the Royals.
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Audiobook Review: Why Not Me

Audiobook Review: Why Not MeWhy Not Me? by Mindy Kaling, Greg Daniels, B.J. Novak
Published by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group on September 15th 2015
Genres: HUMOUR
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed

In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it's falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you're constantly reminded that no one looks like you.
In "How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet's Confessions," Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, ("Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn't the land of appropriate–this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman's traditional hair color is honey blonde.") "Player" tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. ("I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.") In "Unlikely Leading Lady," she muses on America's fixation with the weight of actresses, ("Most women we see onscreen are either so thin that they're walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.") And in "Soup Snakes," Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak ("I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.")
Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who's ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who've never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.

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Book Review: Billionaire Blackmail

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Billionaire BlackmailBillionaire Blackmail by Alison Aimes
on July 11th 2016
Genres: Romance
Format: ebook
Source: Publisher

After a childhood spent on the streets, ruthless billionaire Nik Valenti has had his share of dealing with crooks. He thought that was behind him. Until the woman he's been casually dating turns out to be the biggest con artist of them all. Now, with pride, money, and his company's survival at stake, he won't rest until she's experienced his own brand of justice.  
Sara Turner knows she's no angel, but a few deliberate omissions...well, compared to the rest of her family, that's choir girl behavior. But now the one man whose heart she'd hoped to steal is accusing her of embezzling from his company. Worse, he wants answers. And he's come up with a foolproof way to ensure he gets them. One Sara must accept if she doesn't want to end up in jail.
Nik might be trying to save his company, but he has a tough time ignoring the way Sara makes him burn. The passion between them is all-consuming, and each time he peels away a layer, he discovers there’s more to her than first meets the eye, but he can’t give in to his need. Nik will put everything on the line to find the truth...except his heart.

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Guest Review: Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

Guest Review: Gitanjali by Rabindranath TagoreGitanjali: Song Offerings by Rabindranath Tagore, W.B. Yeats
Published by Digireads.com on January 1st 2005
Pages: 80
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought

"Gitanjali," or Song Offerings, is a collection of poems translated by the author, Rabindranath Tagore, from the original Bengali. This collection won the Nobel prize for Tagore in 1913. This volume includes the original introduction by William Butler Yeats that accompanied the 1911 English language version. "Gitanjali" is a collection of over 100 inspirational poems by India's greatest poet.

Gitanjali review Rabindranath Tagore

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Penguin Classics Instagram Giveaway!

Genres: Classics
Format: book

Hey Guys! Sorry I’ve been a little inactive this month and forgot to post a giveaway for May but I’m going to make up for it , promise!

So even though I couldn’t post here I’ve been pretty active on my instagram handle @writerandtales  and I passed 100 followers recently! YAAAAAAY

So as a thank you and as a sorry for being so inactive I’ll be making up for it with some book goodies.

I already have a UK giveaway up on my blog . UK people please go and enter the giveaway for the YA novel Orangeboy. No follow required.



There will be TWO winners. One will get Fathers and Sons and the other will get Crime and Punishment. (The books are pictured above are the ones you will get)

As I am really really happy with my Instagram followers this is going to be more of an Instagram followers appreciation giveaway.


  • INDIA only
  • TWO winners
  • You need to be a follower of @writerandtales Instagram . All others are extra entries
  • Please read the terms and conditions in the Rafflecopter

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