5 Most Annoying Cliches

“The word “cliché” was originally French for the sound of a printing plate, which prints the same thing over and over. ” (literaryterms.net) A cliché is a phrase, sentence or image that has been used again and again. It is often repeated ad nauseum so that it becomes annoying. Today I ask you to list the ones you find most annoying. Here’s my contribution: 1. Let’s … Continue reading 5 Most Annoying Cliches

5 Un-put-down-able Books

Who doesn’t love a good thrller? They’re not as ‘comforting’ as cozy mysteries but far more exciting. Here are 5 of my favourites: 1.The Testaments by Margaret Atwood 2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 3. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series by Stieg Larrson 4. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown 5. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides Note : The two Margaret … Continue reading 5 Un-put-down-able Books

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5 Features of an Ideal Bookstore

Most of are blogging community are avid readers. Although many people buy their books online now or don’t visit bookstores for fear of Covid , everyone can remember what fun they used to be . Today I ask you to imagine: your ideal bookstore and 5 awesome features you would like it to have Here’s my list : 1. An unlimited exchange policy. 2. A … Continue reading 5 Features of an Ideal Bookstore

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5 Books You Would Like to See Made Into Movies

We have been on the subject of movie adaptations of books for the past two Tuesdays. I thought why not extend the discussion and add a wishlist. You might be interested to know that Liberty Books, a bookstore in Lahore (my hometown) has a separate rack for books that have been made into movies. Here’s my list of 5 Books I would love to see … Continue reading 5 Books You Would Like to See Made Into Movies

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5 Most Hated Movie Adaptations

Last week we listed favourite movie adaptations and Paula of Light Motifs II asked me to organise a round up of 5 Most Hated Movie Adaptations Here’s a list of the 5 I hate most : 1. Persuasion — Netflix This has to be one of the worst (if not THE WORST) adaptations of Jane Austen’s novel that I have ever come across. The novel’s … Continue reading 5 Most Hated Movie Adaptations

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5 Summer Books or Movies

We are still on the subject of summer. Today, let’s list five books or movies enjoyed during this season. I have been reading a lot this summer so I have only listed books: My list Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood The Testaments by Margaret Atwood You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmoud Notes from a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig Lockdown by Peter May Continue reading 5 Summer Books or Movies

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Blogging Insights — New Format # 42 — “Read a lot”

TODAY’S QUOTE: “You need to read everything. Read fiction, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers. Read history, historical fiction, biography. Read mystery novels, fantasy, SF, horror, mainstream, literary classics, adventure, satire. Every writer has something to teach you, for good or ill. (And yes, you can learn from bad books as well as good ones — what not to do).”George R.R. Martin, via the author’s FAQ for fans MY … Continue reading Blogging Insights — New Format # 42 — “Read a lot”

“Z” is for Zero — A to Z Blogging Challenge

Zero can be considered the point at which a crime occurred. It may be murder, kidnapping, assault or theft. The point in time at which it took place is most important both in real life and in fiction. This zero hour or zero point is the moment in time when the investigation begins. Events leading up to it , also called the backstory, must be … Continue reading “Z” is for Zero — A to Z Blogging Challenge

“Y” is for whY

Why are detective stories the most popular genre in fiction? What makes them so popular? Escapism Crime fiction often has a faster pace than other genres. You can lose yourself in a page-turner and forget everything else. Puzzle solving Detective stories with their clues, alibis and red herrings pose a mental challenge. You might enjoy the intellectual puzzle and try to solve the mystery. Human … Continue reading “Y” is for whY

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“X” is for uneXpected — A to Z Blogging Challenge

Something readers of crime fiction expect from every book in the genre is one or more plot twists. The unexpected occurrences over the course of time keep you turning pages until you reach the end. Of course, you expect the author to come up with plausible explanations for the twists and turns in the plot. Continue reading “X” is for uneXpected — A to Z Blogging Challenge