A book you want to finish

Page 410- “The kind of a book that you want to finish but you also want to read slowly”

I finished reading The Book Thief yesterday. Now imagine, completing a book like this when you are in public and that too in an almost overcrowded metro. A wrong decision there but I had to complete those last 50 pages because if I didn’t do that then I would have got time to read only late at night.

Something about the book- Just a short story about a girl called Liesel Meminger and believe me you’d want to read it. And this one won’t take much time! Why? Because you will find yourself turning pages, or scrolling if you read on electronic devices. An amazing journey with many different characters that I will remember for a long time. Would really recommend it.

Here is one photograph I took when I was reading it late at night- view it in HD here.


Book – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Yesterday I completed this book by Agatha Christie called “And then there were none“.

I’m not going to review it but I’ll write down my personal thoughts about this novel.I liked the story,it was amazing and hard to put down without knowing and anticipating what would happen next but I was a little disappointed in the ending of the story.I expected much more. It is however an amazing book,people who like fiction,mystery,thriller,suspense would love it undoubtedly.I gave 4 stars to it on my Goodreads.

Next up on my reading list is “To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins(Book Overview)

Started this book with great expectations and with hope of reading something amazing.I assure you that most of the expectations were met.Here is my little overview of the book from Goodreads.

the moonstone review screen

I haven’t read much classics,so bear with me if I miss a thing or two.This indeed a page turner and took me on an adventure of the gem named Moonstone,no way you could stop thinking about it and drawing out conclusions and constantly trying to solve the mystery of the gem.Ending will surprise you,I enjoyed every part of it.
The part I personally liked very much was of Ezra Jennings,though it was short but the misery of his life impacted me on great level.I loved almost all the narrations by different characters of the story and the most wisest of them all was that of Mr.Gabriel Betterredge.The book has amazing things to offer,I’d recommend it.

And if you have read this amazing book,then tell me your views too.

The Stone Monkey by Jeffery Deaver

The Stone Monkey by Jeffery Deaver
This isn’t a review but a quick follow up,purely based on personal views.I selected this book because it was in Select Editions by Reader’s Digest,although the first on the list was Step Ball Change by Jeanne Ray but I wasn’t in the mood of a romantic story so skipped to this one.

It is one of those books which sticks to the point and doesn’t go into unnecessary details(well most books don’t)but this one just keeps it pretty much accurate.Story in simple words is about a team in NYC trying to capture and arrest a Chinese human trafficker who’s coming to Long Island with a ship loaded with illegal immigrants.The story moves in a very sensible manner,focusing on the crime and also shedding good amount of light in the lives of the main characters.
There is much more than what I said,but I prefer leaving that part to the readers so they can discover on their own.The ending is great and leaves you satisfied.
A good crime mystery.Recommended to people interested in this genre (Mystery,Crime,Thriller,Suspense).

If you have read the book,then please tell me your views.

Next is – The Smoke Jumper by Nicholas Evans.

Guest Post #1 – Book Review.

This is from a friend Radhika Chauhan,you can visit her blog here.We often talk about books and she mentioned this book and I asked her to do the review,so it can reach to more people,more than one.She reviewed a book called Secret & Lies.

Secrets & Lies by Jaishree Misra
The book Secrets & Lies by a prominent Indian author Jaishree Misra amongst many other things, is a poignant take of the two contrasting lifestyles of women: one as a powerful ambitious woman, a woman of the world and the other of a housewife struggling to find her own place in her own home. The book features four such women; Anita, who works for BBC; Bubbles, who is the wife of the billionaire business tycoon and has anything but love and respect at the click of her fingers; Zeba, who is a leading Bollywood diva and Samira, who is trying to keep her marriage from tearing at the seems. These four women who are so different from each other share a common childhood of growing up in Delhi in one of the most prestigious all-girls convent school, St. Jude’s. However, they share more than a common school, a disturbing secret of the death of their classmate Lily D’Souza who also happened to be a relative of their much respected and beloved principal Ms Victoria Lamb. Fifteen years after the incident, the four old school friends are brought together when they receive a letter from their now retiring school principal for an invite to the school reunion and her last desire to see her girls before retiring. Shocked by the letter as the four friends contemplate whether to attend the reunion or not, each one of them goes into the past and events which led to the death of Lily and how the horrifying incidence has shaped their life, affecting it more than they ever could have realized.
The book runs parallel between the era of the year 1993, describing the events that led up to Lily’s death and the present day 2008, describing how the four friends are handling their life ridden with guilt and regret. The book drives home a nostalgic feeling of the days of the familiarity of the convent schooling and this was the reason I personally loved it. The author has very delicately and passionately shaped the different lifestyles and feelings of the characters in a beautiful manner. The way she has woven together the contrasting lifestyles but the strong bond of friendship that binds them together is commendable. One of the best parts of the book is that it portrays the Indian woman, working or non- working, as a strong woman independent of the need of her husband’s affection and respect when none is given. I love how the characters grow to become an ideal image of that. This book is a benchmark in Indian fiction and I’m waiting for some more marvelous works from the author.
You can find more about the author at www.jaishreemisra.com
Radhika Chauhan

I want to be a writer.

The more I read the more I realize that I have absolutely no talent for writing but here I am trying my hand at it.Let’s see where I end up.I cannot write good and that means that I can’t take people where I want to take them through language,literature.      I’ve been reading lately and realized that I need to read even more and I need to write even more frequently which I don’t really do.Here is what I am going to do,i’ll list some books I recently read and they are in the latest order-

  1. The Unhandsome Prince by John Moore- I completed this book yesterday and I liked it because it was written in a very casual and friendly way,now this is just my view on it but yes the book was a great break from the normal world,and I say this because it has some business with magic stuff and people changing into frogs,I believe you should read this book if you get a chance.It has a light humor to it too.
  1. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink- I read this a week ago and also did a small review on it which was also my first book review ever,I hope you found it good.This book was completely different from “The unhandsome prince”,this was about a young boy getting into a strange relationship with a lady much older than him and it was a page turner I remember saying this in my review.This book explored more serious topics like that of world war and holocaust.It was a great read and one should give it a try before the decision of watching the movie based on this novel is made.

3.A walk in the woods by Bill Bryson- If you are a nature lover,animal lover or even an adventurer than you can absolutely consider reading this great book.Two guys come together and decide to go on trekking and the book covers everything right from the preparation for the trekking till the completion.I should add that it might inspire some readers to even go on a hike/adventure,I myself had this great urge to just pack my bag and go out and explore the wilderness or say the world.This book is a great journey and is sure to make you think about going on an adventure.Suggested for people who like and love nature,animals and adventure.

So these were the latest 3 books I read and they were great and all from different genre and they all somehow made me realized that I need to work hard really hard if I want to write great and connect with people.After much reading and writing I someday maybe able to write a great article,a great book,poem?

The book I am now going to read is Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell,if you’ve read this book then do tell me your views about it.Plus if you(the reader) has read any of the three books I mentioned earlier then feel free to share your thoughts with me and suggest me something good to read.And comment is compulsory for those who want to be writers one day,I just want to know on what level they are.

Book Review – The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

The Reader
by Bernhard Schlink

I completed this book around 15 minutes back and I really liked it.I’ll try and write a small review and spare me for any mistakes I might make because it’s my first time reviewing a book.

A friend of mine recommended the movie and I planned to see it but simply couldn’t and when I saw the book in my brother’s collection,I thought to give it a try.So the story starts with a 15 year old boy named Micheal Berg who is sick and is rescued by a lady named Hanna Schmitz.They develop a bond and their journey starts and you are pulled into their lives.The story is set in Germany.As the story progress you see how both the characters change and grow in their own way.Without revealling much I shall say the story touches a lot of topics one of them being holocaust.

The book touches every reader in a different way and for me it was kind of amazing.It had some elements which I find to be very true and even how the human nature is depicted,how imperfect and flawed each character is.For me it was a page turner and would suggest this to people to give it a try.

I enjoyed the book and hope you enjoy it too.Share your views if you have read it too.