Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t

Hi, everyone! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This weekly event is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Todays topic is Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t.

I have only Eight books to add to the list will add more if I’ll recall any sometime! Enjoy reading the list and do share your lists or names of books as well in the comments section 🙂

1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

Reason: I thought that it was some cute lil’ book for kids, so I dismissed the idea of reading it (after 5 pages!). But as the time of returning the book to the library was coming near, I was getting more and more curious about this book’s hype. So finally I picked it up again 1 day before I was supposed to return it and completed it the same day.

After-Thoughts: I read it in one go because as I kept reading it I slowly slowly started liking it and by the end I fell in love with this book. I am glad that I read it.

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Book Review: The Longest Ride

 

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Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Sparks
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Genre: Romance
Pages: 449
ISBN No:978-07515-4997-3
Publisher: Hachette

Synopsis

Ira Levinson is in trouble.  At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash.  

Movie Review: The Ring Two

 

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Starring: Naomi Watts, Simon Baker, David Dorfman, Elizabeth Perkins, Gary Cole, Sissy Spacek, Ryan Merriman and Emily VanCamp.
Release Date: March 18, 2005
Running Time: 117 minutes
Language: English

Movie Review: Mama

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Directed by: Andrés Muschietti
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Nikolag Costar-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nélisse, Daniel Kash, Javier Botet & Jane Moffat
Release Date18 January 2013
Running Time: 100 minutes
Language: English

Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by the awesome authors of The Broke and the Bookish.

I am a sucker for amazing and cute book covers and I’ve always thought about putting them up in my study as a piece of art on the walls! Following are 10 book covers that I would love I’d to frame as pieces of art

Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art 

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Do participate if you have some great book covers in your mind 🙂

Book Review: The Lost Symbol

The Lost Symbol

Dan Brown
Dan Brown
Author: Dan Brown
Release Date: September 15, 2009
Series: Robert Langdon #3
Genre: Mystery, Fact fiction, Crime, Thriller
Pages: 509                   
ISBN NO.: 9780593054277
Publisher: Bantam Press
Preceded By: The Da Vinci Code
Followed By: Inferno

Living in a Void #1

As a child born in a super rich family I had a very different life as one would imagine. A quick background of my family: My great-grandfather, started an arms and ammunition factory by the name Dewas Gun Caps Factory which was then run by my grand father (Hari Raj Sing Rathore, who completed his degree in law from London and then spent some time in Indian military). When I was born My father was still living his life luxuriously, spending my grand father’s money being a total spoilt brat. My mother was a simple house wife who was always worried about the future of our family’s business (and was more interested in relatives than my father and me!). My grand father loved me a lot so did my father but my mom

From TB&CB: April 2014

TB&CB (The Baking & Cooking Bud) is my food blog where I share my kitchen experiments and experiences. I love baking and cooking and for me it’s therapeutic. Some of the followers of TCB are not aware of my other blog so here is a quick sneak peak into this month’s recipes from TC&CB.

Double Chocolate-Chip Cookies

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Double Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Book Review: The Other Side Of Midnight

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Sidney Sheldon
Sidney Sheldon

Author: Sidney Sheldon
Release Date: 1973
Genre: Thriller | Mystery | Romance
Pages: 462
ISBN NO.: 0-446-35740-5
Publisher: Warner Books
Followed By: Memories Of Midnight

Book Review: The Body In The Library (Miss Marple #3)

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Author: Agatha Christie

Release Date: February 194 

Series: Miss Marple 

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 272

ISBN NO.: 978-0-00-729321-6

Publisher: Harper Collins

Preceded by: The Thirteen problems (Miss Marple #2)

Followed by: The Moving Finger (Miss Marple #4)

Blurb

When the Bantrys wake to find the body of a beautiful, young stranger in their library. Dolly Bantry knows there’s only one person to call: her old friend Miss Marple.

Who was the young girl? What was she doing in the library? And is there a connection with another dead girl, whose charred remains are discovered in an abandoned quarry?

Miss Marple must solve the mystery, before tongues start to wag, and the murderer strikes again.

Review

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After reading 4:50 from Paddington, I was expecting much more from this one, but unfortunately it’s not as good as other Christie’s books. It was a quick read and I guess that was the only good thing about it. As I’m planning to read all the books in Miss Marple series, I really hope that the rest of the books are better than this one.

Personally I won’t recommend it to anyone. This book is definitely not for me!

You can read this review at Goodreads.

Other Stuff

Opening Line: Mrs. Bantry was dreaming.

Highlights: It was a quick read.

Low-lights: The story itself!

Memorable Paragraph: None.

Final Thoughts: Not for me!

Earth Day

I checked out fb in the morning and realised that yesterday was Earth Day. I want to confess that I really didn’t know that it was this month. Well, now that I know when it was, I really feel that I owe our mother Earth this post (atleast)!

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I am thinking of celebrating it today. I love the idea of “days”, it really gives a reason to celebrate your liking or love for something. I was planning to get some cute ceramic pots for my plants and also a new plant or two. I have been postponing it for quite sometime now because of other commitments. But today seems to be a perfect day to do it. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than planting some plants and grooming the old ones! I am super-thrilled as it’s really making me feel good.

The Deutsch Affair: Beginning

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Well first off lets be very clear that this post is about The German Language. I’ve done my schooling from St. Mary’s Convent Sr. Sec. School (till 10th grade) and Air Force School (11th and 12th Science) but unfortunately we never had additional language classes. As a result I know only 2 languages Hindi and English (somewhat Marathi) but no other language.

Rediscovering My Love of Drawing

My love for drawing started when I was a year old. I started by scribbling on the walls and floors. As I grew I started to use drawing books, pencils, crayons, sketch pens and then finally brushes and paints. By the time I was in 5th grade, everyone used to think I’ll also be an artist like my real aunt. But as time passed studies took over the creative side of me. But still I used to draw as and when possible. I never took any classes or tuitions for it, but I drew cause I loved to.

Then years passed and at the age of 16, sadly my parents got divorced. Well for me that was the end of a lot of things I loved, drawing and sketching being one of them. I started hating drawing (may be because it was somehow related to my dad and as I was with my mom and step-father, missing him was out of question). It wasn’t like I never gave it a try, I did but my drawing started to look horrible! And I hated it.

And Then There Were None

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Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie
Author: Agatha Christie
Release Date: 6 November' 1939
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 317
ISBN NO.: 978-0-00-728231-9
Publisher: Harper Collins

Summary

Ten people, each with something to hide and something to fear, are invited to a lonely mansion on Indian Island by a host who fails to appear but leaves a recording accusing all of undetected murder. Cut off by his orders, one by one each die according to a nursery rhyme Ten Little Indians. A confession in a bottle solves how nobody remains alive. 

Review

4Personally, I loved the book! It was simple and mysterious. Kept me guessing all the time, but somehow if you use your brains in the first few pages you’ll recognise the killer easy enough (I did), but what blows the mind is that, the person you guessed as the killer gets murdered quite soon!

That’s the real catching point for me because in the end its revealed that he was’t dead at that time and was the last one to die.

I liked the fact that Mr. Wargrave’s killing spree was triggered by the fact that there are various situations where the suspect gets away very easily even after being guilty.

I loved it and will suggest it to those who love mysteries and also to those who like short books that can be read in a day or two.

Read this review on Goodreads here.

Other Stuff

Opening Page: Ten Little Soldier Boys’ Poem.

Highlights: Undoubtedly, the suspense!

Low-lights: 2-3 points were left unexplained.

Memorable Paragraph: The Poem itself!

Final Thoughts: A good and light read.

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Theodore Boone

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Release Date: 2010

Genre: Legal Thriller

Pages: 263

ISBN NO.: 978 1444 71306 0

Indian Publisher: Hachette

Summary

A perfect murder
A faceless witness
A lone courtroom champion knows the whole truth . . . and he’s only thirteen years old
Meet Theodore Boone
 In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he’s one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk—and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom.
But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than expected. Because he knows so much—maybe too much—he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial. A cold-blooded killer is about to go free, and only Theo knows the truth.
The stakes are high, but Theo won’t stop until justice is served.

Review

Theodore Boone

Other Stuff

The Opening Line

“ Theodore Boone was an only child and for that reason usually had breakfast alone.”

Highlights

The easy flow of the story and the fact that how simply Theodore is shown doing complicated and mind-bending stuff.

Lowlights

None.

Memorable Paragraph

“ How could it be that he, Theodore Boone, knew the truth about the Duffy murder? Of all the people in Strattenburg, some seventy-five thousand, why him? The town’s biggest crime since something bad happened back in the 1950s, and he, Theo, was suddenly in the middle of it. ”

Final Thoughts

An easy read. Theodore, according to me, is an extremely adorable character. Will definitely recommend it to teenagers.

The Racketeer

 
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Genre: Legal Thriller
Pages: 386
ISBN No.978-1-444-75720-0
Indian Publisher: Hachette
 
 
Review
I read only the first 221 pages of this book… In the beginning I quite liked it but midway through I started getting bored and ended up giving up (which I rarely do). I felt it wasn’t really worth the time.
As I didn’t finish the book I am not going to write the summary (that’s obvious!) and not going to comment on the books writing style and all.
I would just like to say that if you want to read it… read it at your own risk!
 
The Opening Line: “I am a lawyer, and I am in prison. It’s a long story. ”
 
Final Thoughts: Not worth the time.

About Me

My name is Heena Rathore P., and I’m a 23-year-old B.Com. Grad. and a blogger who loves to read. I currently live in Pune, Maharashtra (India).

Married to the love of my life and since then living my dream life (All thanks to Vishal!)

Reading is something I love since childhood. And finally I am getting all the time I need to READ 🙂

If you want to know  a little more about me, read Behind The Curtains of The Reading Bud.

I would like to mention specifically that I don’t charge for my reviews and that I am not affiliated to a publisher.

 

My Approach:

I am quite brave about my reviews, I don’t have a problem saying anything from “I just didn’t like it’, to “This book was awful”! I don’t care because it’s much more important to tell the truth about my view. Besides, I feel obligated to give an accurate review.

Genre:

I’ll review pretty much anything that is Romance, Young-Adult, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Crime and Philosophical except paranormal, political and erotica.

I’m exceptionally difficult to offend, and I have few scruples about what I read, so as long as the fiction falls loosely within the mentioned categories, I’ll be happy to review it.