Summer Library Challenge: Library Survey

Welcome to the first week of the Summer Library Challenge! Check out the Summer Library Challenge page for all details of this awesome event.

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Library Survey

1. What’s the name of your library and how close is it to where you live?

– My library is Just Books and it has 9 branches in my city. The branch that I visit is Just Books Wanowrie. It’s less that 10 minutes away from where I stay.

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Summer Library Challenge

 

Summer Reading Challenge is hosted by The Book Monsters. This challenge encourages library reading. It will run from 1st June to 31st July, 2014. There will be a lot of challenges and twitter chats and being a regular library reader I really think it’s going to be one hell of a read-a-thon. I love my library and I owe this post to it 🙂

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My Goals:

  • To read atleast 15 library books from 1st June to 31st July.
  • To review all those books on my library’s site and help them in the overall book ratings.
  • To try and get my hands on some genres I’ve never read before.
  • To visit atleast 1 event hosted by my library.

Sweet Summer Read-A-Thon

Hi guys, from June 9th – June 15th, Hannah at The Book Tower will be hosting the Sweet Summer Read-a-thon. To participate in this event all you have to do is make a post or a video saying what your goals are for the week and share your link on the sign up post over on her blog.

9-15 June’ 2014

My Goals

  • Read a classic.
  • Read 100 pages a day.
  • Review one of the books from requests sent by authors.
  • Visit a new blog everyday.

My TBR List

  • Entranced by Nora Roberts
  • Breath Of Aoles by Alan Spade (author’s review request)
  • Holding The Dream by Nora Roberts
So friends these are my goals and TBR list, feel free to share your own.
Have a great day!

TTT: Ten Books That Will Be In My Beach Bag This Summer

Hi, everyone! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This weekly event is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Today’s topic is Ten Books That Will Be In My Beach Bag This Summer.

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Ten Books That Will Be In My Beach Bag This Summer:

1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.

2. Looking For Alaska by John Green.

3. Holding The Dream By Nora Roberts.

4. Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams.

Book Review: Memories Of Midnight

 

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Sidney Sheldon
Sidney Sheldon
Author: Sidney Sheldon
Release Date: 1990
Genre: Thriller | Mystery | Suspense
Pages: 291
ISBN NO.: 978-81-7223-489-8
Publisher: Harper Collins
Preceded By: The Other Side Of Midnight

Liebster Award

I am very thankful to Aishwarya of My Kitchen Moments for nominating me for Liebster Award. As all of you are well aware, this award means a lot to any blogger. I am truly honored and very grateful! If you haven’t already, please check out her blog; I’m sure you’ll love it. I always look forward to all her delicious and mouthwatering dishes!

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For those wondering what “Liebster Award” is… Generated in Germany, this award is a beautiful way of recognizing lesser known blogs. And “Liebster” means, “dearest, beloved, sweetest, nicest, valued” etc.

The rules are simple and as follows:

  1. Thank and link back the person who presented the award to you.
  2. Have the award on your post.
  3. Answer the questions that has been asked.
  4. Award the same to up to ten other upcoming blogs.

Here are my answers :

1. Show us something you like around you or outside your place.

There are quite a lot of things that brighten my heart. Some of them are: my Arabian Jasmine Plant, Jalapeño Plant (and the cute lil’ budding Jalapeños), Palm Plants in my drawing-room, Sun-set from my balcony, etc. I’m more than delighted to share some pictures with you all 🙂

My Arabian Jasmine Babies
My Arabian Jasmine Babies

Musing Mondays #2

Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by Should Be Reading.

20140330-200647My Musing:

Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).

I am to receive the delivery of the 3 books I ordered on Friday, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, The Fault In Our Stars and Looking For Alaska. I bought these books for 50% off in a sale on Amazon.

Book Review: Daring To Dream

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Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts
Author: Nora Roberts
Release Date: 1996
Series: Dream Trilogy #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance and Fiction 
Pages: 366
ISBN NO.: 978-0-515-11920-6
Publisher: Jove Books
Followed By: Holding The Dream

Summary

Friday Finds #1

Friday Finds is a weekly event hosted by Should Be ReadingIt’s where you share the book titles you discovered or heard about during the past week. These can be books you were told about, books you discovered while browsing blogs/bookstores online, or books that you actually purchased. 

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My this week’s finds are three very popular YA books:

1. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Musing Mondays #1

Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by Should Be Reading.

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My Musing:

I’ve been desperate to get my hands on the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth. I’ve read hundreds of positive reviews for it and I really don’t want to be the only person on earth to have the trilogy only on the TBR list! Also I love YA

TBR Pile Reading Challenge

TBR (To Be Read) Pile Challenge is yearly event hosted by Bookish. It’s awesome and I would recommend all the book lovers to consider taking part. I’ll be fun 🙂

We all have those books. We buy them, win them, they're gifted to us. Then we put them up on a bookshelf and there they stay, collecting dust, waiting for the time when we'll finally decide to pick them up... 
Join us on a quest to dust off your TBR Pile and read all the books you've been telling yourself you'll read next time you'll get a chance.. This is your chance! And we've got PRIZES!!!
-By Bookish

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I am an avid reader and I always read all the books that I buy (actually I buy only those books that I really wanna read!) But sometimes I am gifted some books that I really don’t look forward to read. But one day or the other, I’ll have to read them as I hate giving away my books. So this is the reason I am participating in this challenge. The level I am taking up for this challenge is

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.

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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Source: Google Images

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

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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

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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