Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Reasons Why I Love Blogging

Reasons Why I Love Blogging
Image Source : Ashley Ella Design 
Blogging is time-consuming. It involves a lot of thinking to produce different, but brilliant ideas, write down the drafts, read it umpteen times, ask advice or opinions on it from someone you trust (have you done that?) and publish it. You put so much effort into it and become delighted when you know that at least one person has benefited or read it. I get that weird funny face from people, when I tell them about Blogging. It's exasperating. I also have been recommending Blogging as a hobby or as an outlet to share the passions to many. Lately, I have been enjoying it a lot, it has a number of benefits. 

EXPRESS YOURSELF
This pretty little corner in blogosphere allows to express myself - a shout-out to the world. I can express my thoughts, ideas and views on topics I love, that normally, I do not discuss with any ( because, I couldn't find anyone with the same interest ). It can be either ridiculous or good at times. Anyhow, I enjoy it a lot. The posts in my lovely blog are the voices in my head.

KEEP A TRACK OF ACTIVITIES
It helps me to keep a record of the books I have read recently. I can easily analyse the topics I have covered and decide the next subject.

IMPROVE KNOWLEDGE
If not profound, you need at least a decent knowledge on things you brag about or write down in your blog. Can not go on longer without productive or helpful topics. Thus, it helps us to read and learn more.

BETTER WRITING SKILLS
If not profound, you need at least a decent knowledge on things you brag about or write down in your blog. Can not go on longer without productive or helpful topics. Thus, it helps us to read and learn more.

IMPROVE THE WAY OF THINKING
As I said earlier, You think deeply and share the inner most and sincere musings with readers. The desire to write a better post every time will improve the way of thinking and take you to the next level. You stop writing for the sake of updating and the posts you write will reflect the effort you put while making it. 

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS OR IDEAS
We all are passionate about something. You will have more knowledge in your area of interest, may have new or variety ideas that you long to share with someone. The Blog is the perfect medium for such activities and it lets you share it with the entire world. 

MEET NEW PEOPLE WHO SHARE THE SAME INTEREST
Does it disappoint you when you can't find a group/ person sharing the same passion? I was once; when I had no book-loving pals. Blogging has introduced me to a large group of Book addicts and helps me to be updated with the latest happenings. I participate in different activities and having loads of fun. Why don't you try?

INSPIRATION TO OTHERS & YOURSELF
Supporting, Encouraging and Appreciating comments you get from your lovely readers will boost up your creativity and inspire you to write more. It can also be an inspiration to your readers to come up with the ideas and share it with the world. A Blog helps you get connected with everyone easily and quickly.

CONFIDENCE
Boom! Your confidence will go up high as you constantly interact with the readers. A word of appreciation can really perform the wonders. 

Did I miss anything? Why do you like blogging? I would love to hear from you all.

Happy Blogging!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught on Strong Women


Top Ten Tuesday Hosted @ The Broke and the Bookish

          Jane Eyre - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
“Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! - I have as much soul as you, - and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you!”
Katniss Everdeen - Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
"My spirit. This is a new thought. I’m not sure exactly what it means, but it suggests I’m a fighter. In a sort of brave way. It’s not as if I’m never friendly. Okay, maybe I don’t go around loving everybody I meet, maybe my smiles are hard to come by, but i do care for some people.”
Elizabeth Bennet - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”
Anne Shirley - Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery
“It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”
Sara Crewe - A little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
“Whatever comes," she said, "cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.”
         Jo March - Little Women sereis by Louisa May Alcott
“Love Jo all your days, if you choose, but don't let it spoil you, for it's wicked to throw away so many good gifts because you can't have the one you want.”
Hellen Keller - The Story of My Life by Hellen Keller
“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”
Anne Frank - The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
“I've found that there is always some beauty left -- in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.” 
 Aibileen and Skeeter - The Help
"You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”
 Sayuri - Memoirs of a Geisha
“The heart dies a slow death, shedding each hope like leaves until one day there are none. No hopes. Nothing remains.”
What's your topic? 
Did you like my list? 
Who is your favorite female protagonist from the books and tell me why?

 Happy Reading!

Monday, 24 August 2015

Musing Mondays ( August 24 )


Musings Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn @ A Daily Rhythm.

I’m currently reading
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
I love Gaskell's eloquent novels. A BIG Thanks to BBC's movie version, my mind can easily see the vivid descriptions and enjoy them more.

Up next I think I’ll read
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
(A fairytale Novel)

I bought the following book(s) in the past week
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Recently started reading Harry Potter series. Read my thoughts on Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone HERE

I blogged about ____ this past week…
A Birthday Special Post

Random Question of the week is:
Does your local library ever have book sales? What are the prices like? Tell us about any great finds you have found there!
Never heard of it.

Have you read/watched North & South? Did you like it? Why?
I would love to hear the reasons.

Happy Reading!

Friday, 21 August 2015

Six and Twenty


The day could not be anymore perfect, a Splendid Day!

IT's My BirthDAY!

Got up with the Larks, went to Church with Ma,returned Home and I was greeted by Papa and my dear Cousin, Issac, followed by a small prayer. Then, I cut the yummy special Carrot Cake - The special Carrot cake, I craved for days and Papa remembered to get me a BIG, scrumptious one.  My Goodness! It tasted like heaven. I am definitely ordering more cakes from that cake shop.

Soon after that, Pretty gifts and the Blessings were poured down on me. I was busy attending Phone Calls and Video Calls. Thank God for the Skype ( The Distance is no longer a Headache). Surprised to watch the video my cousins made for me. They literally made my day, overwhelmed by their love and warm greetings. 

Well, Well Dearies, the day had more surprises for me. My Brother and Sister-in-law had sent me the gifts I asked them to buy for me . Oh Yeah, I always tell him what I wish on my birthday and make him buy that. It's kinda a tradition (insert *GLEE* here). 

The most awaited and favorite gift of the Day was from Sweet, Cutie Husband, A darling pair of Earrings. Hmm, I am a lucky woman, ain't I?

I called it a day, by finishing off a the bowl of piquant Payasam, Ma Made with a tons of LOVE.

So, that's how I spent my Special Day.
Thanking Lord Almighty for the WONDERFUL DAY, He has been Gracious throughout the year, showering abundant blessings on me. 

Love,
 (The young woman, who turned Six and Twenty today)

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

In Between by Jenny B. Jones

In Between

Written by   : Jenny B. Jones
Published in : April 15th 2007
Genre          : Christian Fiction


SYNOPSIS


Can we overcome our past? 
Katie Parker is about to get a new life—whether she wants one or not. With her mom in prison, and her father AWOL, Katie is sent to live with a squeaky-clean family who could have their own sitcom. She launches a full-scale plan to get sent back to the girls’ home when she finds herself in over her head...and heart. When Katie and her new "wrong crowd" get into significant trouble at school, she finds her punishment is restoring a historic theater with a crazy grandma who goes by the name of Mad Maxine. In the midst of her punishment, Katie uncovers family secrets that run deep, and realizes she's not the only one with a pain-filled past. Katie must decide if she'll continue her own family’s messed up legacy or embrace a new beginning in this place called In Between.


MY THOUGHTS



Wow!

What was I thinking, when I picked this novel up? I think, I was looking for a light but pleasant read and once again, I chose to believe in the reviewer's words. Ah! (insert a sigh and a smile here) It was a right decision; very pleasing story!

I loved Katie Parker and her story. Her innocent, funny dialogues will give you ample of laugh-worthy moments. Katie's Mom is in Jail, Dad is AWOL, she is sent to live with new Foster Parents, James and Millie in a place called In Between. Katie's fears are depicted through her crazy imaginations, which made me love her from the beginning. Gradually, her insecurities are replaced by determinations and hard work to restore the happiness in Foster Parents's life. She realizes the mistakes she made, start choosing good friends, start working on scoring good grades, actively participate in church activities, which she detested once and learns to pray.

I enjoyed the change in Katie's attitude and personality. All the characters were ordinary, nothing unbelievable or extraordinary. This book has a great plot and excellent characters and heart-touching end, which can well up your eyes with tears. You will love each of them, especially the Foster Grandma, Mad Maxine, an energetic personality with a youth's heart and soul.

In Between is a 'make-you-feel-good' christian novel, which can help you brush up the 'Faith in God', deep in our heart. An important lesson is reminded through Katie's story, i.e. God has a plan and purpose for our lives and all things happen according to His plans.

I am looking forward to read the sequels soon. Recommended to teenage girls/adults.

My Rating

Happy Reading!




Monday, 17 August 2015

Musing Mondays ( August 17 )


Musings Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn @ A Daily Rhythm.

I am currently reading...

In Between by Jenny B. Jones

Up next I think I'll read…

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass

I'm super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…

Yay! 

I just wish to tell ya guys about a website I found recently, from where you can bag some free kindle eBooks. Oh, Don't be worried, if you do not own a Kindle, neither do I. Instead, I use the Kindle app (Free App from Amazon) to read the books. I downloaded a few books and so far I have liked both the novels I read. So, visit Bookbub, if you wish to grab some pretty good eBooks.

I blogged about ____ this past week….

My thoughts on Maids of Misfortune by M. Louisa Locke
( I downloaded it from Bookbub )

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Random Question of the week is : Have you ever won a copy of a book (other than for review)? What was the book, and what were the circumstances?

Oh NEVER! But I wish to win a book someday, have been participating all the Giveaways I can find.

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Do you know any websites to find some good regency books? Do tell me.

Happy Reading!




Thursday, 13 August 2015

Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery by M. Louisa Locke

Maids Of Misfortune

Written by    : M. Louisa Locke
Published in  : 3 December, 2009
Genre           : Mystery, Historical Fiction  

Source : Goodreads
It’s the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble. Annie’s husband squandered her fortune before committing suicide five years earlier, and one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns to pay off a debt. 



Annie Fuller also has a secret. She supplements her income by giving domestic and business advice as Madam Sibyl, one of San Francisco’s most exclusive clairvoyants, and one of Madam Sibyl’s clients, Matthew Voss, has died. The police believe his death was suicide brought upon by bankruptcy, but Annie believes Voss has been murdered and that his assets have been stolen. 

Nate Dawson has a problem. As the Voss family lawyer, he would love to believe that Matthew Voss didn't leave his grieving family destitute. But that would mean working with Annie Fuller, a woman who alternatively attracts and infuriates him as she shatters every notion he ever had of proper ladylike behavior. 

Sparks fly as Anne and Nate pursue the truth about the murder of Matthew Voss in this light-hearted, cozy historical mystery set in the foggy gas-lit world of Victorian San Francisco. 


I had been book slumped last week, did not know what to read as every story sounded so similar. I have been browsing for good suggestions and found a couple of eBooks on Amazon. Maids of Misfortune had a good number of reviews, raving about how intriguing plot it has, downloaded to my phone through the Kindle app immediately. Let me confirm that the reviews were honest because I kinda devoured this novel and did not want to put it down until I finished, it restored 'the reader mood', I missed in these last few weeks.

 The protagonist, Annie Fuller plays the role of a young widow who was broken before, but has become a strong independent woman later. She runs a boarding house successfully and also plays the role of a Clairvoyant, Sibyl, to earn more money to support the smooth running of boarding house, a secret known to a few. When one of her amiable client dies in a mysterious situation, she tries to probe into the mysteriousness of death and solve it. She does an undercover as a maid in the Mr. Voss house and investigate in the case with the help of a Harvard lawyer Mr. Dawson, the Voss Family attorney. 

Reading this novel was absolutely pleasure, it did not give a chance to find out who the real killer is till the very last chapter and left me mystified throughout the story. It really had an excellent flow, everything sounded so real. There was no unnecessary speeding up  of the story. It literally left me on a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter, made me think a character as the killer until the next one is portrayed with more sound proofs. 

I am happy, satisfied with the story, the characters were loving and warm-hearted, can feel the tense till the end and leaves us with a happy ending. I would sum it up as an Enthralling novel, recommended it to anyone looking for a jolly good read.   

My Rating

    Happy Reading!!!


Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Top Ten Authors I've Read The Most Books From


Enid Blyton 
Favorite Book : Five on A Treasure Island
Jane Austen
Favorite Book : Pride and Prejudice
Charles Dickens
Favorite Book : A Christmas Carol
Nicholas Sparks
Favorite Book : A Walk to Remember
Cecilia Ahern
Favorite Book : P.S. I Love You
Wilbur Smith
Favorite Book : The Seventh Scroll
Agatha Christie
Favorite Book : Evil Under the Sun
Bronte Sisters
Favorite Book : Jane Eyre
Chetan Bhagat
Favorite Book : Two States
Candice Bushnell
Favorite Book : The Carrie Diaries

Have you read any of these Author's novels?
Which one is your favorite?

Happy Reading!!!

Monday, 10 August 2015

Musing Mondays ( August 10 )


Hello Dearies!

How do you do?

My days are getting busier each week, finding difficult to participate in the ongoing reading challenges. So I have decided to back out of them all and to read books as I used to do before(being a mood reader is kinda difficult). Later, I also realized how much I miss reading Classic novels, no other book can make me feel really good. There's something about those beautifully written novels. Thus, I have decided to read/re-read a Classic Novel each month, sounds good Right?
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Musings Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm

I am currently reading...

Maids of Misfortune by M. Louisa Locke ( Free e-book, I downloaded from Amazon. I really needed a break from the books I usually read and hope this one would help )

Up next I think I'll read…

Hmmmm........
Not sure. :(

I bought the following book(s) in the past week...

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Random Question of the week is : Do you read in the water (bathtub, pool, etc)? Why, or why not?

No, I haven't yet. Because, I never felt to do so. I may try reading in the bathtub, but never by pool or beach. I do not fancy it (afraid of deep water bodies).

Can you suggest me a good novel?
What are you reading this week?

Have a lovely week!

Happy Reading!!!


Friday, 7 August 2015

Austenland by Shannon Hale

Austenland
Written by     : Shannon Hale
Published in  : 2007
Genre             : Romance, Fiction, Chick-lit
Jane is a young New Yorker who can never seem to find the right man-perhaps because of her secret infatuation with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen fanatics, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined. Will total immersion in a fake Austenland enough to make Jane kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?
Uff! Finally, I finished reading it (Sigh). Frankly speaking, I chose the wrong one to start with the Austen in August event. I have been doing the preparations ever since it was announced @ Roof Beam Reader, ordered this book the same month and have been anticipating to read it. But it did no good to me, indubitably!

I love Jane Austen novels, she is one of my favorite authors and admire her works, indeed. It's the first time I decided to read a Austen inspired novel and it did let me down. 


Austenland tells the story of Jane Hayes, a Janite thirty-something woman obsessed with Mr. Darcy, played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice'. Her infatuation makes it difficult for her to find a perfect husband, which resulted in thirteen failed relationships. Her rich, Great-Aunt Carolyn, who knew Jane's problem, leaves something in her will to Jane -- A trip to Pembrook Park, where she can actually live the fantasies of Regency era in a Austenland. There she meets the swoon-worthy gentlemen and well mannered ladies, but not able to recognize whether they are acting or being real. Hoping to get over with the Mr. Darcy obsession, she tries to go on with the flow and enjoy the Regency life for three weeks. Her days in Pembrook park become more interesting when she meets Martin, a gardener and Mr. Nobley, a real version of  Mr. Flitzwilliam Darcy.

First of all, I have not seen the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice yet, simply because I like the 2005 version of it and I have never been infatuated with any of those period drama heroes (well, may be a bit with John Thornton from North and South). Even if you do, why feel ashamed of it?. Jane tries to hide her P&P DVD inside a houseplant?! Really?? I just don't get it.

Let's talk about being a fanatic or lunatic over the Regency era. It's true, I admit. I did live in that same fantasy when I read more Classics and was addicted to BBC period dramas ( That's how I became an Anglophile). Visiting English villages is my dream. However, those (silly) dreams did not conflict my daily life,you see. I could not follow the part where she held on to the fantasies and messed up her gorgeous life.  

Jane goes through many ups and downs while living her dream, starts to consider it as a therapy to cure her craziness and be done with Mr. Darcy syndrome. There was nothing intriguing in this novel, even her dallying with Mr. Martin and the romance with Mr. Nobley.

Forget the flaws of this book.I am being a cruel critic today. May be, it's a wonderful novel and it just sounds dull inside my Janite mind, it's just me comparing Austenland with Pride and Prejudice, the best novel ever written!

Austenland is a quick , fluffy, light-hearted read, has witty conversations and a good comparison between living in a dreamy-world and the real-world. Nothing much to tell about Austenland. I recommend it to all those Regency era admirers.  

*The End*

My Rating (2/5)

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Book Suggestions for Beginners



"Papa, I want a book with pictures in it" , I constantly pestered him for story books as a little girl, adamant about reading books with colorful pictures (No black & white images, Thank You) and he remembered to buy two different books every week, so my brother and I wouldn't fight over reading it first and also devoured the BIG library books Ma brought every month and the horror stories my brother got from his school library. It was fun and welcomed me into the wide and wild world of Bibliophiles.

Sharing a few of my childhood favorites for the newbies in town.

Grimm's Fairy Tales
I am a fairy tales addict. I loved them as a kid and still I do, kinda hooked on to them. My story books were awash with colorful pictures, which made me read them over and over again. I heart each story that begins with 'Once Upon a Time' and ends with ' They Lived Happily Ever After'. My brother and I always begged Papa to buy more story books, because we didn't wish to miss any.Those princess and fiery dragons and fairies will transport any beginners into that far away land and let them know about that parallel world crowded with amazing magical creatures.

Aesop's Fables
Aesop's Fables is a collection of short stories with morals, written by Aesop, a slave lived in ancient Greece. Through simple stories, he shares a profound wisdom. Easy to read and understand by children.

Panchathantra
Panchathantra is a collection of folktales written by Vishu Sharma. The first story describes the origin of the book. A King approaches Vishnu Sharma , asking to teach his sons the important lessons of life. Thus, the Pundit explains his knowledge to three young princes, in the form of simple stories. Easy to read and understand. Many fables are also included.

The Wonderful Wizard of OZ
Haven't you heard of wizard of Oz yet? Then, you are missing something too good; adventures of Dorothy, a scarecrow, a cowardly lion and a tin woodman in the magical Land of Oz. Make haste! May those yellow brick road lead you to a fascinating journey in the Land of OZ.

Anne of Green Gables
For all the naughty little girls out there, I introduce Anne Shirley, an orphan who had oodles of Love for everyone she knew. Her crazy imaginations will make you chortle, her hard-work will inspire your little girls and fancy the swoon-worthy hero Gilbert Blythe. Enjoyable book for both children and adults.

Adventures of Tom Sawyer
To all the naughty little boys out there, Meet Tom Sawyer and his friend Huckleberry Fin. Their adventures will make you shudder(just kidding!) and make you wanna go on the next adventure with them. BIG Thanks to my textbooks, his stories were a part of my academics.   

One Thousand and One Nights
It is a collection of Middle Eastern stories. It will enthrall you with the stories of Alibaba and Forty thieves, Aladdin and his magic lamp and the seven voyages of Sinbad. I still like them all. Cartoons or books, I couldn't choose one. Get to know the Genies and Sultans better by reading this wonderful book.

Heidi
My brother and I loved Heidi, Peter and her Grand Father. Thanks a ton Cartoon Network! A heartwarming story of a little girl forced to stay with her cold Grandpa. Best Ever! (Do watch the cartoons too, if possible).

Alice Adventures in Wonderland
A talking rabbit in a waistcoat, smoking caterpillar, mad-hatter, talking mouse,Cheshire cat,Dodo,Queen of Hearts, the Duchess.... Sounds exciting, huh? Dearies, grab this book(the one with pictures in it) immediately and start reading soon. It will amuse you and make you literally wonder.

Harry Potter Series
I just started reading HARRY POTTER books, devoured the first book in the series last week and I loved it. It is a hyped book, so you must have already seen the movies/heard about it. Read the books, I wager they are more enjoyable than the movies.Just Magical!

What were your childhood favorites?

Happy Reading!!!


Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Ten Fairytales I Love or Fairytale Retellings I've Read/Want To Read

My Goodness! Today's TTT is a reminder to one'self, haven't read any of those enchanting fairy tale retelling novels yet! 

Fairy tales I Love

The Lady and the Lion by Grimm's Brothers
Ashputtel by Grimm's Brothers
Twelve Dancing princess by Grimm's Brothers

Fairy tale Retelling s I've Read

Ella Enchanted by  Gail Carson Levine
Stardust  by Neil Gaiman

Fairy tale Retelling s I want to Read

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Mass
The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
Uprooted by Naomi Novak
Stitching Snow by R C Lewis
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Entwined by Heather Dixon
Confessions of an Ugly Step Sister by Gregory Maguire

#ReadASAP

Happy Reading!!!




  

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Hello August!


Hello!

August is here and I am so excited, my birthday is near, hope my brother will present the book I have asked him to get as the gift. My favorite August has begun with simply delightful news, pray the days are sunnier this whole month. 

I have started reading Austenland (hmm.. not liking it though) for Austen in August and trying to catch up with the Emma Read-along, also plan to read Go Set a Watchman, waited too long but not anymore.. 

What plans do you have?

Happy August!