Thursday, 12 December 2013

The Empty Envelope by Ron Roy




Goodreads Review: 

Dink keeps getting envelopes in the mail addressed to "D. Duncan." But the letters inside all start with "Dear Doris" and don't make any sense! Josh and Ruth Rose think someone's playing a trick on Dink. But Dink is sure there's more to it than that, especially after Doris herself shows up and demands her letters!

My Thoughts:

Very very very easy read. Actually I read this book to my 6 year old this evening. He got this book from his school library for me to read it to him as a bed-time story. 

A to Z Mysteries Series: Early mystery series for kids, very popular with kids, because of the variation in the stories, and the uniformity of the characters. Mystery lovers must read. 


Happy Reading !! 

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Review: Beverly Hills Maasai by Eric Walters




Goodreads Review:

In his sequel to Alexandria of Africa, Eric Walters brings exciting new characters to life, with the urban jungle of Los Angeles as their backdrop.

It's the ultimate clash of cultures when Nebala, a Maasai warrior, leaves behind Kenya and, with two fellow Maasai, and crosses the world to compete in a marathon in the most famous zip code in the world: Beverly Hills, California. Reunited with their friend Alexandria, now their guide to strange, new surroundings, the trio are confronted with life in fast-paced, extravagant Beverly Hills, and customs and attitudes the Maasai find by turns baffling and amusing. Beverly Hill Maasai is another heartwarming, fast-paced, and thought-provoking novel from one of Canada's most popular young adult writers.

My Thoughts:

One day Alexandria gets a strange call from her friend Kenyan friend Nebala who is in California. Things were not gud in Kenya since she left. No rain, people and cattles are starving. The only solution for the three Maasai warriors was to win the Beverly Hills Marathon to improve their village condition.

Now the challenge for Alex and her friend Olivia was to help Maasai enter the Marathon. How did they help? What difficulties they had to face? And last but not the least, did they win the Marathon? If yes, how did they win? Reading this book will answer all your questions.

I loved this book. It is as engaging as the first book was. Its really interesting to see how characters change from one book to another. 


Happy Reading !!


Monday, 7 October 2013

Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson




Goodreads Review: 

A disgraced college lecturer is found murdered with £5,000 in his pocket on a disused railway line near his home. Since being dismissed from his job for sexual misconduct four years previously, he has been living a poverty-stricken and hermit-like existence in this isolated spot.

The suspects range from several individuals at the college where he used to teach to a woman who knew the victim back in the early '70s at Essex University, then a hotbed of political activism. When Banks receives a warning to step away from the case, he realises there is much more to the mystery than meets the eye - for there are plenty more skeletons to come out of the closet .

My Thoughts:

Awesome read. Always enjoy time with Banks. Terrific story line and beautifully plotted novel. Robinsons books keep getting better and better with great complex story line. He is one of the author whose books i never turn back to read the summary. If the novel is by Peter Robinson, m IN, no second thought.Great mystery novel. Its like  a Sudoku Puzzle to my brain. Enjoy !! 


Happy Reading !! 

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Dreams Fade Away




Dreams fade away when
sun rises, leaving me to 
wonder, wat's hiding.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

IT by Stephen King



Paperback, 1090 pages
Published August 7th 1987 by Signet (first published 1986)
original title: IT
ISBN 0451169514 (ISBN13: 9780451169518)
edition: language: English
urlhttp://www.stephenking.com/library/novel/it.html


Goodreads Review: 

The story follows the exploits of seven children as they are terrorized by an eponymous being, which exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey. "It" primarily appears in the form of a clown in order to attract its preferred prey of young children. The novel is told through narratives alternating between two time periods, and is largely told in the third-person omniscient mode. It deals with themes which would eventually become King staples: the power of memory, childhood trauma, and the ugliness lurking behind a façade of traditional small-town values.

My Thoughts: 

To b honest, this book is really scary, but an amazing read. Its a very very long read about 1090 Pages, but worth it. IT by all means is NOT a simple novel. As its said, "The most important things are the hardest things to say" some times u just donno how to put it in words. Words sometimes diminishes the value of the feel. 

IT is a story about seven children who lives in Derry, Maine in 1958. They are not strong, not so popular, and definitely not the smartest. They call themselves  "Losers". They encounter a horrible force in their hometown. Force, that look like a clown. Force that adult dont want to see. How these children confronts and defeats IT is what this book all about. So, go ahead, grab a copy and start reading as to what happen and how it happen and what happened NEXT ... 


Happy Reading !!

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Review: The Heist by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg


Title: The Heist (O'Hare and Fox, #1)
Authors: Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
Publication date: June 18, 2013
Publisher: Bantam
Genre(s): Adult (Chick Lit/Humor)
Source: Publisher (Random House Canada)
Format: Finished Copy
Pages: 320

Goodreads Review: 

FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox—an international crook she wants in more ways than one.           

Audacious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. At first he did it for the money. Now he does it for the thrill. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail—particularly Kate O’Hare, who has been watching his every move. For Nick, there’s no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman . . . even one who aims to lock him up. But just when it seems that Nicolas Fox has been captured for good, he pulls off his greatest con of all: He convinces the FBI to offer him a job, working side by side with Special Agent Kate O’Hare.

Problem is, teaming up to stop a corrupt investment banker who’s hiding on a private island in Indonesia is going to test O’Hare’s patience and Fox’s skill. Not to mention the skills of their ragtag team made up of flamboyant actors, wanted wheelmen, and Kate’s dad. High-speed chases, pirates, and Toblerone bars are all in a day’s work . . . if O’Hare and Fox don’t kill each other first.

My Thoughts: 

M not a huge fan of Janet but i still like her books cuz they r fun and smart reads. In collaboration with Lee, they both created a magic. They make u laugh at a very serious situations, their humorous characters, witty writing kept me enjoying The Heist.

Frankly speaking, there are some twist and turns in the story and that's good actually. Gives your brains some work to do. While we keep guessing, Janet has another story to tell. When i read her book, i can sense her writing, and if I feel that its going otta track than it has to be a co-writer involved in it. Usually i dont like any author teamed up with a co-writer, but I must admit that these two have created a fire in their work. Can't wait for another book in the series.

Over all its a fun read, will make u laugh, will make u think n will leave u with no other choice than to give a good review and 4 stars.


Happy Reading !! 



Wednesday, 3 July 2013

BOOKS: My Best Companion (Haiku)



Four walls around me
Books, my best companions
M lonely? Says who ? 

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane



Goodreads Review: 

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.

My Thoughts: 

This story is about truth, love, sacrifice, joy, sadness, beauty. I felt all these things while reading. I lived inside this book as child. And didn't feel like coming out of this book. I felt like he entered my brain and pulled out  a beautiful nightmare.Its just this amazing read. Its a fast read, will keep u engaged till the end. A very heart touching story. At first i was a  bit disappointed and thought of giving up on this but kept reading n reading and didn't knew when i finished. That's the beauty of this novel.


Happy Reading !!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Review: 12th of Never by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro



Goodreads Review: 

It's finally time! Detective Lindsay Boxer is in labor--while two killers are on the loose.

Lindsay Boxer's beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career.

A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49yrs is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she's ever heard: An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he's convinced is real. Lindsay doesn't believe him, but then a shooting is called in-and it fits the professor's description to the last detail.

Lindsay doesn't have much time to stop a terrifying future from unfolding. But all the crimes in the world seem like nothing when Lindsay is suddenly faced with the possibility of the most devastating loss of her life.


My Thoughts 

If there is one author i keep coming back to read more and more is James Patterson. This is the 12th book in the Women's Murder Club Series. I did enjoy most of the books in the series but not all of them. 

I really liked all the different cases/crimes/story lines, I think there were four happening at once and found that really kept me interested. The book really flowed well from one into the other. I liked the developing relationships and breakdowns between the main characters and how not everything always works out well in the end. It gives it a bit more of a realistic feel

There was also the side story about Lindsay Boxers new born baby being sick and how that was resolved which was another interesting aspect to the entire story. Having said that I really didn't like how she went back to work when her baby was sick in hospital. I would have given the book 5 stars if it weren't for that. I know she is one of the main characters but............... Also I know it's a long time since my children were babies but I don't remember jiggling a newborn on my knee. But that's just being picky.

My kids were a totally a two different story, i can write a book on each of my boys ... lol .. 
P.s. Highly recommended not only to James Patterson fans but to all those who loves to read mystery and suspense. 

Happy Reading !! 


Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Review: And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini



This book has a very special place in my book-shelf, cuz its been Personalized by The Man himself. Yes, Khaled was here in Toronto last week in one of the most beautiful Chapters store I've ever seen. He was here for the promotion of his new release. Today its been exactly 8 days that I shared a stage with him. My awwww moment. Once in life time moment.

Goodreads Review:

Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most.

Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

My Thoughts on this:

Khaled is a gifted storyteller. I can say this because his this novel starts with a story. Just with the first few pages i knew i was in the hands of a master storyteller. I knew he is going to take me to a roller coaster ride and he makes sure that i reach my destination safe and sound.

I hate it when a good book ends. I feel like just keep reading , reading and reading !! This novel is one such. One more thing i want to add here is the way he portraits WOMEN in his books. OMG, I think, by far, he is the only male author who portraits women so beautifully like no one does. The same question was asked to him in the event I attended and he said, "May be i understand women very well." to which she said, "You are the only male who understands women so well. These days husbands don't understand their wives."  And everyone had a little laugh at that point.

And The Mountain Echoed will have you hooked from the first paragraph till the last paragraph of the book. Another unbelievable piece of work by Khaled Hosseini which you don't want to miss.

Happy Reading !! 



Saturday, 18 May 2013

Review: Whatever You Think Think The Opposite by Paul Arden





There are some books which just makes you think. Think the impossibles and make it possible, see things happening which you think cannot. When you read n ask yourself, "What ?? How is this possible?" This is one of a kind. A kind of book which makes you think differently, looking from a different perspective. This book explains the benefits of making bad decisions. It shows how risk is security in life. and why unreason is better than reason.Its abt having the confidence to roll the dice.

Its a very short book with 142 pages. I read it in half an hour while kids were having breakfast. Just took a short break from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini which i started very early this morning. Anyways, back to the review.

There were some of the things i didn't agree with. For instance, one chapter says, "Don't go to University, Go to work." Well, he has his way of explaining this, and its up to us how we take it. 

There is this one interesting chapter i'd like to quote. 

ASK FOR A SLAP IN THE FACE. 

"If you show somebody a piece of your work and you ask them "What do you think?", they will probably say it's ok because they don't want to offend you.

Next time, instead of asking if it's right, ask them what's wrong. 

They may not say say what you want to hear, but the chances are they will give you a truthful criticism.

Truth hurts, but in the long run its better than a pat on the back." 


Would be interested to know your thoughts on this. 

Happy Reading !!

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Mother's Day




A baby asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?"

"Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you."

The child further inquired, "But tell me, here in heaven I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy."

God said, "Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel's love and be very happy."

Again the child asked, "And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don't know the language?"

God said, "Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak."

"And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?"

God said, "Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray."

"Who will protect me?"

God said, "Your angel will defend you even if it means risking it's life."

"But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore."

God said, "Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you."

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, "God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel's name."

"You will simply call her, 'Mom.'"




HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY :) 
HAVE A BLESSED ONE !! 


Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. 

To Participate you:
-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share two 'teaser' sentences from somewhere on that page
-BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS
 
This week's teaser comes from:
 
Second Honeymoon by James Patterson
 
 
 
"Olivia turned to her left to see the time. The clock on the nightstand said 12:30 a.m. She turned to her right to see the empty pillow next to her. She was alone."
 
My Thought:
 
I have this book on my Kindle on my iPod touch. Can't wait to finish this book. So romantic, so much passion. I hope I come up with great things to say !! Its strange I dont see anybody gave a review on this book, huh !! Looks like m gonna b first to review !!
 
Happy Reading !!
 
 

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Review: The Associate by John Grisham




SYNOPSIS: 

Kyle McAvoy grew up in his father’s small-town law office in York, Pennsylvania. He excelled in college, was elected editor-in-chief of The Yale Law Journal, and his future has limitless potential. But Kyle has a secret, a dark one, an episode from college that he has tried to forget. The secret, though, falls into the hands of the wrong people, and Kyle is forced to take a job he doesn’t want—even though it’s a job most law students can only dream about. Three months after leaving Yale, Kyle becomes an associate at the largest law firm in the world, where, in addition to practicing law, he is expected to lie, steal, and take part in a scheme that could send him to prison, if not get him killed.

MY REVIEW: 

John Grisham has nailed it. This book is more like The Firm. I heard  many bad reviews on this book. Now that i heard bad reviews, it becomes necessary for me to read it and find the good in it what others didn't see. I would read John Grisham anyways !! The story is a bit of cliche, bad guys, blackmail .. but hey, its John Grisham, what do u expect. Hez smart, intelligent, can read his readers mind, interesting character to read. But one this he has shown me in this story is that how the corporate laywer works in the real world. Their salary and they are billed hundreds of dollars in an hour. I was like, "Really"?? I would leave Medical field and become Lawyer right now !!" lol... Well, Jokes apart. I would recommend this book to all John Grisham fans. Another best story to captivate your mind. 

Good Night 
&
Happy Reading !!  

Friday, 3 May 2013

Review: Precious and fragile things by Megan Hart





Goodreads Review: 

Gilly Soloman has been reduced to a mothering machine, taking care of everyone and everything except herself. But the machine has broken down. Burnt out by the endless days of crying children and menial tasks, and exhausted from always putting herself last, Gilly doesn't immediately consider the consequences when she's carjacked. With a knife to her throat, her first thought is that she'll finally get some rest. Someone can save "her" for a change.But salvation isn't so forthcoming. Stranded in a remote, snowbound cabin with this stranger, hours turn to days, days into weeks. As time forges a fragile bond between them, she learns her captor is not the lunatic she first believed, but a human being whose wasted life has been shaped by secrets and tragedy. Yet even as their connection begins to foster trust, Gilly knows she must never forget he's still a man teetering on the edge. One who just might take her with him.

My Thoughts: 

Hmmm !! What I like about this book? Lemme think ... I was in between 2 or 3 to rate. I gave 3 because of her writing. Writng was good, the plot and the concept was also good. But it tend to be a bit more repetitive. 

There are couple of things that really bothered me. Firstly, the decision Gilly makes and secondly, some of the metaphors were not well written. These little things might not disturb others, they might ignore them, but m a bit more concerned in these writing skills. 

Overall its an OK read. Her writing was impressive, just that it went off at some places. Looking forward to read more of Megan Hart. 

Happy Reading !! 


Friday, 19 April 2013

Review: An Incomplete Education by Judy Jones and William Wilson.





"An Incomplete Education: 3,684 things you should have learned but probably didn't." 

Year of release: 2006
Pages: 700 

Apart from fiction book, i do read a lot of non-fiction books as well. Infact I should say "lots n lots n lots of non-fiction books. I started off with non-fiction to begin with. Non-fiction has helped me a long way in every step of my life. When i was pregnant, i read all the possible pregnancy books, same with when i had kids. I read "My 1 month old", My two year old", all books relating to their age, development, their mental growth, physical growth, potty training, behaviors and what not. Non-fictions are the best help by far. The best self knowledge, self understanding, self educating books. 

I still read lots of non-fiction but dont review them. This book here is very interesting. As the name say "An Incomplete Education: 3,684 things we shuld have earned but didnt."  Well, we will learn now. Its never too late. 

This book delivers the information from a variety of disciplines in the hope of filling the educational empty blanks. The subjects that this book covers is American Studies, Art History, Economics, Film, Literature, Religion, Psychology, Religion, Music, Political Science and World History. 

The information provided is very interesting and its an easy read. In some places i was really engrossed n some places was left laughing. The author has very brilliantly sorted out the most interesting information and chose those things that people should have learned but might never have absorbed. 

Just for fun, I am going to quote some of the interesting question which i came across and found the answers which i could hardly believe it was true and how ?? 

1. Were the ancients really scientists or did they make some lucky guesses?

2. Did Newton really watch an apple fall? And if so, so what ? And if not, so what ? 

3. Is science worth dying for? 

4. Did Galileo really drop a couple of lead weights from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, thereby proving sumthing or other? 

And on and on and on .... This is just the Science subject I put forth. There many subjects that I mentioned above to gain knowledge. The difference really is one of information vs. knowledge. This book provides information; it is up to readers to pursue real knowledge. And real knowledge cannot come from skimming through 700 pages and memorizing 3,684 facts. But this book is a fun read, and it's a good place to start in the journey toward knowledge.

Every author teaches u a lesson. We know this by how they capture our minds , how they engage us in their writings. This is the trade mark of an author and what I learned" "Write what others want to read, not what you want to write." 


Happy Reading !!

What is Success?



To me Success is : 

Setting goals but not in concrete.
Staying focused but turning aside to help someone.
Following a plan but remaining flexible.
Moving ahead but not too fast to smell the flowers.
Taking a bow but applauding those who had a part in your success. 

What is Success to you ? 

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Review: An Inquiry into Love an Death by Simone St. James





Title: An Inquiry Into Love and Death
Author: Simone St. James
Genre: Historical, Thriller, Paranormal
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade 
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
ISBN-10: 0451239253
ISBN-13: 978-0451239259

Goodreads Review: 


After her uncle Toby, a renowned ghost hunter, is killed in a fall off a cliff, Oxford student Jillian Leigh must rive to the seaside village of Rothewell to pack up his belongings. Almost immediately, unsettling incidents - a book left in a cold stove, a gate swinging open on its own - escalate into terrifying events that convince Jillian an angry spirit is trying to enter the house and is haunting the woods around Blood Moon Bay. If Toby discovered something sinister during his investigations, was his death no accident?

The arrival of handsome Scotland Yard inspector Drew Merriken leaves Jillian with more questions than answers - and with the added complication of a powerful mutual attraction. She suspects someone will do anything to hide the truth and begins to discover secrets that lie deep within Rothewell... and at the very heart of who she is.

My Thoughts: 

Again, one of those murder mysteries that left me guessing till the end. Through the entire read, i kept doubting on each an every character in the city who was involved in the murder including the Inspector. But things kept falling into places when the puzzle pieces were coming together.

The other thing that took my breath away was the plot n the writing. These were the two elements that attracted me n hooked me from the start. The way the suspense was forcing u to turn pages n pages, the way the writer added abt the World war and its effect on the England was incredible. 

Though it is an Adult novel with crossover YA appeal, i wud suggest this for the high school students as well. 

Happy reading !! 


Friday, 12 April 2013

Review: The Twelve by Justin Cronin





Hardcover: 568 pages
Published: October 16th 2012 by The Random House Publishing Group
ISBN: 0345504984 (ISBN13: 9780345504982)
edition language:  English
original title: The Twelve
series: The Passage #2

Goodreads Review: 

At the end of The Passage, the great viral plague had left a small group of survivors clinging to life amidst a world transformed into a nightmare. In the second volume of this epic trilogy, this same group of survivors, led by the mysterious, charismatic Amy, go on the attack, leading an insurrection against the virals: the first offensives of the Second Viral War.

To do this, they must infiltrate a dozen hives, each presided over by one of the original Twelve. Their secret weapon: Alicia, transformed at the end of book one into a half human, half viral—but whose side, in the end, is she really on?

My Thoughts: 

I read The Passage #1, the first book in this series a month ago and m glad i didnt had to wait too long for The Twelve #2, the second book in his trilogy. The third one is coming in 2014 "The City of Mirrors" his final book. I would encourage u all to read the book #1 first and then continue to #2 cuz the way the two books are carried and continued is amazing. Its epic, plot, character, and the history. 

I dont easily rate a book to 5 until it call me for a nail-biting stand. The Twelve falls in this catagory. In the story, there came a point where i literally screamed and was cursing the characters and woke my husband up while my head was still in the book and in a loud voice said, "ouch !! look at this son of a **** ."  not realising that it was 3 in the morning. I hope the final installment will blow me away like the previous two did. 


Happy Reading !! 






Tuesday, 9 April 2013

My Shadow (Haiku)




Until winter comes 
Always so close next to me 
My faithful shadow





Reviews to follow: 




                                     




HAPPY 

READING !!





Friday, 29 March 2013

Review: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker



I got this book for 10 cents at the book sale at Central Library couple of weeks ago. I never miss this book sales, cuz all the books for which I was waiting weeks n months to come in my account, they sell it  for 10 cents. I have all James Patterson's Hour Series audio books in my shelf and many more. Always lucky in buying books. 

This is what happens in The Age of Miracles. The earth's rotations has slowed down, the days are 45 minutes longer, then 90 minutes, and at last 72 hours. Nobody knows whats happening, how its happening and what to do to stop this. Government institutes “clock time”, which means that everyone will keep living on the same schedules they’ve always kept, no matter what the sun is doing in the sky. As all of this is happening, thirteen-year-old Julia is growing up, nursing a crush on a boy at her school, going to piano lessons, watching her parents argue. Mother stocks up on canned foods and stores them in the back against the day that groceries are no longer available — and sometimes they are too occupied trying to find some semblance of normalcy to pay attention to what’s coming.

I would have enjoyed even more if science was surrounded in slowing and its effect but this was not the story about.  Overall its very interesting and easy read.


Happy Reading !! 



Thursday, 28 March 2013

Right Time




In the entire day while m busy juggling with my schedule, i think, "When is the right time? Right time for me to pen down my thoughts?" And when i get time, thoughts procrastinate to flow from my mind. I do have time to think, to make a map in my mind as to what i have to write, how i have to start and end. Its just the matter of sitting down and doing it is what takes time. There are 24 hrs in a day, sumtimes i think over-time and take it to 36 hrs if i needed to finish what I am thinking. 

I have always n always valued time. I have never been late anywhere (any major delays or cancellations), i have always kept my commitments. Always been there b4 or on time but never late. Now that I value my time, i value others time too. If I don't let others wait for me, I do not appreciate if others keep me waiting. 

I read this book "Time Management", not that i don't know how to manage time !! But time to time I like to refresh myself by learning those little techniques so I don't let time slip through my fingers. 

I've heard people saying "Time is Precious". I wonder how many people take time to evaluate it. I believe time always test us. Why? Cuz when we are doing certain thing, time is not going to give us over-time for that work. Infact we have to keep looking at the clock before time is up. 

If u have time to read this now, read it. Otherwise leave it for next time. Come and stop by when ever your time permits. But plz, do make time to come back and take time to read. !! 

Wishing you all great time with your family now and at any time !! 

And now, its time for me to move on with my time ... !!! Au revoir 

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Review : Alex Cross RUN by James Patterson

Its been long since my last post, got busy with my studies. But now that the main courses are over, m at little ease now. I don't promise but will surely be blogging EVERYDAY from now on. I will NOT be sharing my link on facebook, but will surely share it on my page "MY LIBRARY OF THOUGHTS" on fb.

Here's Alex Cross for you :



Details:

Title: Alex Cross, Run
Author: James Patterson
Published: February 2013
Pages: 407
Edition: Hardcover

Goodreads Review:

Kill Alex Cross was "Patterson at the top of his game" (Washington Post). Alex Cross, Run is even better. DON'T LOOK, ALEX CROSS Top plastic surgeon Elijah Creem is renowned for his skills in the operating room, and for his wild, no-expense-spared "industry parties," bringing in underage exotic dancers and models for nights of drugs, champagne, and uninhibited sex. That is, until Detective Alex Cross busts one of Creem's lavish soirees and ruins his fun. Now Creem is willing to do anything to avoid going to jail. DON'T THINK, ALEX CROSS But Alex doesn't have time to dwell on that case. A beautiful woman has been found murdered in her car, a lock of her hair viciously ripped off. Then a second woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window with a brutal scar slashed across her stomach. When a third mutilated body is discovered, rumors of three serial killers on the loose send Washington D.C. into an all-out frenzy. JUST RUN Alex is under so much pressure to solve these three grim cases that he hasn't noticed that someone else investigating him-someone so obsessed and so twisted that they'll do anything-ANYTHING- to get the vengeance they require. Alex Cross, Run is James Patterson's most unrelenting story yet-a white-hot, sensational thrill ride with the most extreme and gripping characters Patterson has ever brought to life.

My thoughts on this:

James Patterson has throughly studied peoples mind now. He knows what we want to read. And he continues to engage readers with what they like abt his characters. He uses his formula of short-chapters to keep creating page-turners. Characters r so beautifully drawn thats its so easy to be fascinated by them.

The conclusion holds ur breath and is shocking as always. By the end of the book he leaves all his doors open for the reader to continue reading his next book in the series. This is the true art of the author. As always, i will be waiting for his next book in the series.


Happy Reading !! 

Friday, 15 March 2013

Poetry Friday: Brain

"Poetry Friday" is hosted by Jone at "Check it Out". Here's my poem for today which m sharing from a book by Helen Vendler's DICKINSON.





The Brain - is wider than the Sky-
For- put then side by side-
The one of the other will contain
With ease- and You-beside-

The Brain is deeper than the sea-
For-hold them- Blue to Blue-
The one the other will absorb-
As Sponges-Buckets-do-

The Brain is just the weight of God-
For- Heft them- Pound for Pound-
And they will differ-if they do- 
As Syllable from Sound-"


I love this poem. Its words, its meaning, the way she has compared Brain to Sky, Sea and the weight of God. In the video below is the analysis of this poem. I have my own written explanation,  thoughts on this, but I was fortunate to find the video for you which is very similar to my thoughts.


Enjoy and Have a gud weekend !! 


Monday, 4 March 2013

Review: Calculated in Death by J.D Robb




Series: In death, book 36
Publisher: Putnum
Genre: Mystery Suspense
Release Date: February 26, 2013
My Rating: 4 out of 5

How did I get this book? Purchased from Chapters Indigo last week. 

A woman named Marta Dickenson, found dead on the stairs. Cops call it a mugging gone wrong but Lieutenant Eva and his partner Peabody had all the answers with the evidences. 

Marta was kind of woman who no one can imgine would be in someones hitlist. She was a beautiful wife and a devoted mother. When Eve found the blood in the building, she knew it was not a work of professional killer based on the evidences they found. 

When she went into Marta's office she found some files missing. She had to take the help of her husband Roarke to delve into the world of finance to find out who killed the innocent woman.

I can always count on J.D Robb the way he engages ppl in his stories with all twist and turns. It takes a while to build a momentum, but once its build, u dont want to put the book down.

Recommendation: Its needless to recommend this book to any J.D Robb fans. Its a series, they'll for sure read. 


Happy Reading !!





Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Teaser Tuesday



Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading  

To participate : 
1. Grab your current read.
2. Open to a random page.
3. Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page. 
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE  SPOILERS.

This week's teaser comes from: 





Until the End of Time

Author: Danielle Steel 

TEASER : "He killed her last night. Tony killed Debbie. He came home drunk and threw her down the stairs. She died of brain hemorrhage this morning. I just saw her mother." 

SUMMARY:  Two couples, four decades apart. One believes that if lovers die, they find each other again in another life or perhaps the will wind up as stars side by side in the sky; together forever. Who knows how it ends? 

MY THOUGHTS:  Even m curious to know how its gonna end. Can't wait to continue reading this novel. Got it today and planning to stay up all night n finish it. I love Danielle. Her novels are fast read, this is one reason that I can finish her books in one day or at the most two. Took a break to blog on this. 


Happy Reading !! 

Monday, 25 February 2013

Sun Rise (Haiku)




Sun, I can make you
Rise from West and set in East
Gift of love for Him !! 

Review: A Death In Vienna by Silva, Daniel




About the book: 

  • A Death In Vienna is the fourth book in the fictional Gabriel Allon series. 
  • Its based on revenge and justice themes.
  • 416 pages.
  • ISBN: 9780399151439

How did I get this copy?

  • Won a giveaway on a blog.

My thoughts on this: 

Very well written with complex plot with full of twist and turns which are not immediately obvoius. A story so unbe­liev­able that even those who suf­fered through it almost can­not believe it has happened. 

Gabriel travels to Vienna to investigate the bombing incident in which two girls were killed and went in coma. He finds in the hospital a man named Max Klein who believes that its cuz of him why Lavon has been attacked. Max tells Gabriel the story of his survival of the Holocaust during which he met a man named Erich Radek who he has recently encountered after sixty years, a man who was then responsible for many deaths and for burying evidence of the genocide who is now a respected businessman living with another name and identity.

Silva's books r not only intelligent and sophisticated but credible. He takes historical research very seriously. 

Overall its a gr8 ride. for me it was a bt slow too. I took my own time to finish n review it. 

Happy Reading !! 

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Brain Health and Puzzles




When we hear the word "Addiction" it is usually associated with drug abuse, excessive drinking, smoking and even too much gambling are all negative activities that are addictive.But if there is one kind of addiction that is actually beneficial for adults and kids alike, it would be an addiction to sudoku puzzles. Not only sudokus, but also, crosswords, ken ken, kakuro to name a few. As I was doing my research on these kind of puzzles, I came across this site " Startdl.puzzle which has help me and my kid in our daily exercise. 

I started off with Sudoku, then Sudoku high-fives ( 5 puzzle in one grid), Sudoku Ball (I donno how many puzzle in one ball). Sudoku was followed by Ken Ken, Kakuro, Anagrams, Qbox ( Qbox game in this site has really captivated my mind. You just don't want to stop doing it.) and then there is "Quote lovers" , you name it. 

In my son's everyday routine, he has this site in his list. It is a must for him to solve any one of these puzzles a day, which has helped him a lot in his logical thinking skills. Since the puzzles entail the use of logic, common sense, and concentration, his brain is put out of the stupor of doing routine, mundane tasks. In other words, his brain actually gets a break and a good work-out. These puzzles keeps the brain cells healthier. 

Education is important, but studies actually show that students who do mental workouts like sudoku and other puzzles have higher IQs than students who do not. This only shows that doses of puzzles solving are more than just ways to pass time. They actually help in improving your ability to comprehend more complex ideas. 

Instead of watching TV, being on laptop and video games, hand them sudoku puzzles. Then, both you and your kids can defend your love of puzzle solving to those poor souls who do not understand the beauty, joy, and benefits of solving it.

The nice thing about doing a puzzle is that you know that there is solution. So lets solve some and find solutions !!!



These are some of my personal favorite puzzles: 

1. Ken Ken: 





2. Sudoku Ball:  I solved this in 2 hrs and 17 mins. 




3. Kakuro: 




4. Qbox: 




Happy Puzzling !!


Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Review: Love Story by Erich Segal



"Love means never having to say you're sorry" 


How this book came to me? 

Today I left my college early as I was done with my exam. I had more than enuf time to pick up kids from school, almost 2 1/2 hour. I stepped in the library and randomly picked this one and started reading without wasting time. 

The very first sentence itself gave away the ending of the book, "What can u say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died?" and of course I do wanted to know what had happened in between. Its just 130 pages and finished in less than 2 hrs. 

My Thought:

This love story is no different than any other love story. A typical love story where two college mates, date and fell in love and against all odds, gets married. Face all the life challenges together and sails through the turbulent times. When the time comes for them to live happily ever after, the "Death" calls. 

But the way Erich has portrayed the two characters is amazing. You almost yourself experience love, despair and evrything else that Oliver faces and overcomes. 

Being in relationship and being in love is two different things. This story make u feel that love is true, it does exist, and its so beautiful. This is a must read for those who want to know the difference between casual romance and pure love. 





Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Review: Cross Roads by Wm Paul Young



This is Young's second book. First was "The Shack" Cross Road is very similar to The Shack, very spiritual, religious oriented. Books like these need to be read very slowly, patiently and carefully, cuz there is always a message n lessons in such fiction books which relates to our every day to day life.

This book has reminded me of my mom who had Cancer n later went in coma, right in front of my eyes. I can totally relate, not much, but a lot, cuz of being there, doing that, seeing that !! May her soul R.I.P 

However, let's talk about Anthony Spencer, the main character of this story !! The problem with him was that he was a very selfish, paranoid, egoistic, ambitious, sociopathic, self-made businessman, who never valued his family, never valued love, who cut himself off from the people who loved him, his ex-wife, his daughter and his son who died at a very young age. A brain tumor and cerebral hemorrhage leaves his body in coma and landed him in ICU. Here he interacts and encounters with the Holy spirits, who reveals the state of his heart to him, and gives him an opportunity to be transformed. Transforming his life from being egoistic to helping others, love others. This is what we take at the end of the day with us. Tony is now visiting in minds of those surrounding him. And what happens when Jesus himself tells Tony that he could heal one person? Will this selfish man win or he will experience a change in his heart? 

There is this beautiful lines at the end of the book which sums up the book.

" Imagery,” added Grandmother, “has never been able to define God, but it is our intention to be known, and each whisper and breath of imagery is a little window into a facet of our nature.  Pretty cool, eh?”

If u are one in those million people who picked "The Shack", then u shouldn't give a second thought on this one. 

I got this copy from Chapters, Indigo. Actually i ordered it from library, but I was way way behind for my turn and I couldn't wait. I thought of keeping it in my shelf, but after reading it, I decided to donate it to the library, cuz I don't want others to wait to read this. 

Of course a MUST read !! 

Happy Reading !!




Thursday, 31 January 2013

Broken Heart (Haiku)




She lost Him, (Her Love)
Like a pebble in the sea
Lone heart silence speaks ...

Friday, 25 January 2013

Review: Life of Pi by Yann Martel




There were two reasons as to y I picked this book. First being heard gud things abt it, got my curiosity. The other reason, when the movie hit the theaters and that lead to my attention. I chose book over movie, cuz for me book is any day better. I can't give my 3 hrs to movie but can happily give 6 hours to book. 

My Thoughts: 

Pi Patel (Piscine Molitor Patel), age 16, Indian boy who is from Pondicherry, India and is a son of zookeeper, is the only sole survivor of the cargo ship and returns to the land after 227 days. He spent 227 days in the sea and he shares his boat with Zebra, Orangutan, Hyena and an adult Royal Bengal Tiger. By the end of the novel he provides two different explanations for how things went and what happened.

1st Part:

The first quarter of the book is about his spirituality. His spiritual growth. He is Hindu but how he discovers and adopts Christianity and Islam. 

2nd Part:

The next part was about his childhood in Pondicherry. That moved very slow and I just became more n more impatient to move forward. His childhood experiences were entertaining and a little humorous but again a little too draggy and nor did i find writing too compelling as well. As the story takes it's course through his childhood, there comes a time when his father announces that they r going to sell their zoo and move to Canada. I was convinced that the Life of Pi is going to change. 



3rd Part: 

From here the novel is very different. Pi and hid family and all their zoo animals embark on a Japanese freighter bound to Canada, but ship never makes it. The only animal left are Zebra, Orangutan, Hyena an the tiger and of course Pi. One by one all the remaining animals meet their demise until only Pi and tiger are left. 




Its a novel of suffering, spirituality and survival. I recommend this book for the lover of adventure stories. Trust me, m not one of them but, I loved this one. Just enjoy this book with active and open imagination by not going deep into religious aspect of the story. 

Upcoming reviews: 

1. The Broker by John Grisham ( Audio) 
2. You Made Me Love You by Joanna Goodman (Book)
3. Private London by James Patterson (Book) 
4. The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer (Audio)
5. Cross Roads by Wm. Paul Young (Book) 


Happy Reading !! 

Friday, 18 January 2013

Review: Her Best Friend by Sarah Mayberry

Sometimes the cover, and the title of the book says everything. "Her Best Friend" is one such. The cover of the book reads "Her Best Friend" .... "More than friends" ..... "He's back, he's hot and he's single .. oh, my!" 




Most of them associate Harlequin books to be cheap indulgences for lonely night .. it may be true, but for me its a piece of chocolate. They a very hilarious !! And it also depends on when, u r reading? What time of the day? And it makes a lot of difference when its a book format or an Audio format. Book like these, in the audio format sounds very funny. Face it, sometimes u r in a mood of Harlequin. Without much ado, here's my thought on this novel.

Plot: Will it be friendship or romance? What's a girl to do when she's secretly in love with a friend and he's married to someone else? She gets over it. That's what Amy Parker has done. Rather than lose her best bud Quinn Whitfield with an ill-timed, crazy confession of affection, she's taken the smart route. She's eased away from him. Just enough to get past the unrequited bits. And you know, it's working.

Until the day Quinn announces he's now single. That's right. He's single. And he wants to hang out. With her. Get reconnected the way they used to be.

Oh, this is so not good for Amy's equilibrium. Daily doses of Quinn remind her of everything she loves about him. But if he's free…and she's free…well, maybe the time has come for one of those crazy confessions.

What I think ? It made me laugh, it made me think, some parts added to my dreams. You feel an instant connection between Amy and Quinn. I thoroughly enjoyed the re-living of their childhood, like when Amy first noticed Quinn's transformation from boy to man. Your sympathy goes out to Amy for her unrequited love for Quinn. I mean, c'mon, we've all had that feeling where you like someone and that person doesn't give you a second peek. And when Amy loses Quinn to her other friend! Well, that just sucks! After all, nobody likes being the third wheel. 

I'm reminded of the "Jerry and Elaine" relationship on Seinfeld. They went out, broke up, and became the best of friends--the kind you can't imagine living day-to-day without. Can you imagine that? Most people who break up can't be friends, even if that's where it started, because it's just too weird for them. But Jerry and Elaine pulled it off. Friendships are the best!

Love is not only for lovers, it is also for friends who love each other better than lovers and still be friends. 

Happy Reading !!