Archive for June, 2009

Book:13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author:Maureen Johnson
Publisher : Harper Collins
Paperback: Oct 2006,
Pages : 318pg

From the book jacket:
Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it’s all because of the 13 Little Blue Envelopes.

Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.

In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat.

The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist.

Because of envelope 4, Ginny and her artist, a playwright/thief/bloke-about-town called Keith, go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous — though utterly romantic — results. Ginny isn’t sure she’ll see Keith again, and definitely doesn’t know what to think about him.

Could the answer be in the envelopes?

Ginny doesn’t know it, but adventures in Rome and Paris are in envelopes 6 and 8. The rules are that she has to open one at a time, in order, so perhaps it isn’t surprising that she discovers things about her life and love one by one. Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it’s all because of the 13 Little Blue Envelopes.

My Views:

Its fast, its funny , its entertaining, in some places its enlightening. Ginny Blackstone’s journey from New York to the beautiful locales of Europe is a story of growing up , understanding and discovering oneself. Ginny’s aunt Peg has given her 13 envelopes to be opened during various phases of the journey and through them Ginny learns about life and love and more importantly about her aunt Peg , who is now dead.

Ginny , who hasn’t ever travelled alone embarks on this journey with just a backpack of essential stuff sans any electronic gadget ( no phones, cameras ,laptops, music player or books) and a packet containing those 13 envelopes. What is written in the letters ? I am not give out everything here ,even though the book jacket gives out a lil too much..It’s worth the wait when you read the letters written by Peg just as they are supposed to be read. One after the other.

The best part of the book would be the travel. Europe is described really beautifully. It has made me want to visit those places so much..London, Scotland, Paris..

The style of writing though in third person never fails to keep you glued to the book. Ok, some places you do feel that it could have dealt with Ginny’s feeling in a more detailed manner but we can over look that. It is still a great book. If you get a chance to read it, please do.

Teaser Tuesdays

Posted: June 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

This weekly meme is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading . Anyone can play along. Follow these guidelines :

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

My choice this week is Master And Commander (Aubrey Maturin Series) by Patrick O’Brian

‘It is curious that you should find foreign languages difficult, sir,’ said Mr Maturin, who had
no views to offer on the weather, ‘for it seems reasonable to suppose that a good ear for
music would accompany a facility for acquiring – that the two would necessarily run

What are you reading ?

Posted: June 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

J Kaye hosts
What are you reading on Mondays . To see what other bloggers are reading head over to J. Kaye’s . Last week I had decided to read some books and listed them on this meme but I ended up reading quite a few different books instead 🙂
Here’s my balance sheet or should I say book sheet :

Books read last week :

Before I Die by Jenny Downham

Story Of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewiski ( took around 3 weeks but finally finished it)

Emily of New Moon by L.M.Montgomery

The Forest Of Hands And Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

Man Woman And Child – Erich Segal

13 Little Blue Envelops by Maureen Johnson( managed to finish this by Sunday)

Books To Be Read This Week :

Luxe – Envy by Anna Godbersen

Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Silas Marner by George Eliot

Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

The Everything Austen Challenge starts this July so I think I will start it with Jane Austen Book Club..Due to my hospital duty, I wasn’t able to review all the books I read . I plan to make it up this week.Hopefully..

So, what are you reading this week?

Books, Books , More Books

Posted: June 27, 2009 in Uncategorized

I have had a bookish week. Not only did I read books , I was also gifted books by my family . Now who doesn’t like gifts and that too books!!! My family knows that nothing would make me more happy than a box full of books . So that’s what I got for my birthday. I am so happy that , just before sitting down to write this I was doing a happy dance with my lil sister. I know it’s so non adult behavior, but who cares. I am HAPPY !!!

Here’s what my book box contained.

Ya , I got Twilight Series also. I must be the only one around who hasn’t read it yet..I also happened to get Sookie Stackhouse Complete Book Set but I think I will pass it on to my sister as it’s not my genre.Also the very beautiful Anne Of Green Gables Set which will probably go to my niece (until then I can savour them) . As of now I don’t have a camera with me, so I am just posting these pics from Amazon . I can’t help showing off.

Book: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
Author: Judy Blume
Binding: Paperback
Publishing Date: 1993/02/01
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Number of Pages: 160

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret By Judy Blume

“No one ever told Margaret Simon that eleven-going-on- twelve would be such a hard age. When her family moves to New Jersey, she has to adjust to life in the suburbs, a different school, and a whole new group of friends. Margaret knows she needs someone to talk to about growing up-and it’s not long before she’s found a solution.”

The sixth grader Margaret Simon , on the threshold of puberty finds that she has too many questions and doubts. The one she has chosen, to ask her questions is none other than God. Her liberal parents have given her the choice to choose her religion when she is old enough to do so( That’s because , they belong to two different faiths .Margaret’s father is Jewish and mother is Christian). Till then Margaret is just struggling to make sense of it all. Having grandparents of two different faiths has left her thoroughly confused . They are not making it any easy for her by trying to coerce her, towards their respective sides.

Along with it she has the usual preteen problems , not wanting to be the last girl who gets her periods in her school group , wanting to have a curvy figure like the older girls and also wishing for a boyfriend 🙂

The best part of the book is that it’s truthful. I remember being that age and all the emotions a twelve year old goes through. Book makes a real good read .Margaret is totally adorable. Her opinions and arguments are very well reasoned . I wish I had read this book during my preteen days but better late than never..