Archive for June, 2009

Friday Finds

Posted: June 26, 2009 in Uncategorized

MizB at Should Be Reading hosts this fun meme. So what are your picks this week? Did you find any book that you would want to add to your TBR? If yes , then join in ..

The Only True Genius In The Family – Jennie Nash “Though she lives in the shadow of her legendary landscape photographer father, and is the mother of a painter whose career is about to take off, Claire has carved out a practical existence as a commercial photographer.

Her pictures may not be the stuff of genius, but they’ve paid for a good life. When her father dies, Claire loses faith in the work she has devoted her life to-and worse, begins to feel jealous of her daughter’s success. Then, as she helps prepare a retrospective of her famous father’s photographs, Claire uncovers revelations about him that change everything she believes about herself as a mother, a daughter, and an artist.”

Love From Your Friend , Hannah – Mindy Warshaw Skolsky

“Hannah’s best friend, Aggie, moves away and doesn’t answer a single one of her letters. Determined to find a new pen pal, Hannah picks an address from a box on her teacher’s desk. It’s a boy, but his first letter is so dopey, Hannah isn’t even going to answer it. Instead, she writes to President Roosevelt. Before long, Hannah has a whole lot of pen pals–and finally discovers the perfect friend, in the most unlikely place.

In this absorbing epistolary novel, Mindy Warshaw Skolsky takes readers back to the late 1930s, and into the life of an irrepressible and unforgettable heroine.”

So,what did you find this week ?

My Favorite Read – June 25

Posted: June 25, 2009 in Uncategorized

This week’s choice for My Favorite Reads hosted by Alyce At Home With Books is Louisa May Alcott’s Good Wives .

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott has been read by almost all, but the same cannot be said about its sequel Good Wives. Though I like Little Women much more than this book , Good Wives being a sequel does a very good job of letting us know what happens to our favorite characters. The March girls have grown up and are moving in to the outside world and learning to lead life away from their parents protective surroundings. There are some surprises thrown in but the narrative is just like the first book. Sequels sometimes can spoil the taste for the original work but this book does complete justice. Actually after finishing this I even read off Little Men and Jo’s Boys which take the story forward and I have no regrets of doing that.

I think people who have read Little Women should read Good Wives..

Book: The Forest Of Hands And Teeth
Author: Carrie Ryan
Binding: Library Binding
Publishing Date: 2009/03/10
Publisher: Delacorte Press Books For Young Readers
Number of Pages: 320

Book Cover Says :

In Mary’s world, there are simple truths.

The Sisterhood always knows best.

The Guardians will protect and serve.

The Unconsecrated will never relent.

And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village. The fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

But slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power. And, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.

Now she must choose between her village and her future, between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded by so much death?

My Views:

I am not a zombie book fan. Its definitely not my favourite genre. Now you might want to ask why did I even read this book then? My colleague with whom I share the examination room at the hospital had gone outside for coffee and had left her book on the table and I just picked up to see the blurb on the back cover. ‘Zombie book’ I said to myself , not my type of book but really beautiful cover. I had seen the cover on some of the blogs either on the reading list or on the giveaways so I started reading just out of curiosity.

I finished the book and you must have guessed it by now as I am reviewing it here. My friend was kind enough to lend it to me as she was almost done with it .So I read the book all through the journey home and finished it in almost 2hours.

This book holds you from the first line.Writing is beautiful and appealing . Here’s a sample :
As a child growing up, I learned in my lessons from the Sisters that just before the Return They—who They were is long forgotten—knew what was coming. They knew that something had gone horribly wrong and that it was only a matter of time before the Unconsecrated swarmed everywhere.”

What makes it a unstoppable read is the story line itself. Its never slow or mundane. It keeps moving ahead and you try to keep up with it. First I tried to figure out Mary’s strange world , then the people around her, her family , her friends , her village, the secretive sisterhood . It took me a while to assimilate and understand but when I got there I just wanted to know why was all this happening in Mary’s village and what was the secret behind The Forest Of Hands And Teeth, the behind the Unconsecrated. Mary’s curiosity helps us find many answers. For the zombie fans there is action , quite a lot. What else did you expect ? It has some gory descriptive passages but its never overdone, just enough to make it a somewhat scary read.

Mary, the narrator comes across as strong willed young woman who even in the toughest and the hardest of the times shows extraordinary courage. Inquisitive and daring she takes us with her in her journey to find the truth about her world..

All through the book , I never lost interest and that’s a real plus point . Its a Young Adult Fiction but I think there is no harm in a adult reading it. Its enjoyable and gripping.

Author’s Website : Carrie Ryan

The Teen Book Video Award Finalist 2008 :

Book: Before I Die
Author: Jenny Downham
Binding: Library Binding
Publishing Date: 2007/09/25
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
Number of Pages: 326

Book Cover Says:

Tessa has just a few months to live.

Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It’s her To Do Before I Die list. And number one is sex.

Released from the constraints of ‘normal’ life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up.

Tessa’s feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, her new boyfriend, all are painfully crystallized in the precious weeks before Tessa’s time finally runs out.

My Views :

I thought a lot since I completed reading this book. I could think straight only once I was done crying. Trust me I cried so much that my sister thought something bad must have happened. When I told her it was the book that I had just finished , she refused to believe me ,so I handed her the book. Now , I am waiting when she is going to have her episode , so I can tell her that its not me , it’s the book. Jenny Downham’s Before I Die is the kind of story that I am sure is gonna touch the lives of people who read it.

Tessa is going to die and you get to see her live the remaining days of her very short life ,trying to fit in all the things she feels she must do before she says her final good-bye. She has made a list of To Do things..There are things in her list that any teenager is warned not to do ,but she wants to do it and her reason is simple ‘she is going to die’ and she needs to experience all that is worth living for.

The book very beautifully explains the pain felt by her father, who masks it by going in to denial about his child’s illness , trying to see if some newer therapy can work. A younger brother who feels may be she should hurry up and be done with . A teenager who has so much to do but has such short time leaving you praying for some miracle to happen. I really wanted some life saving therapy to work for this girl. I really did.

This book makes us realise one thing, that life is precious filled with beautiful things , we don’t appreciate fully because we are too busy. Too busy to see the sun rise or sun set , too busy to appreciate the first rains , too busy to return a smile , too busy to have a life.

This book according me ,needs to be read by all , no matter how old you are. I actually wasn’t able to put all my thoughts in this because it’s so difficult . You just to need to read it to know what it is.

Keep box of tissues at hand. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Everything Austen Challenge hosted by Stephenie at Stephanie’s Written Word . I just needed a reason to read Austen again 🙂

About the challenge :

The Everything Austen Challenge will run for six months (July 1, 2009 – January 1, 2010)!
All you need to do is pick out what six Austen-themed things you want to finish to complete the challenge. You can choose books by Jane Austen , any of the movie adaptations , sequels or even the other Austen themed books.

My list for the challenge

Books By Jane Austen :

1. Northanger Abbey

2. Sense And Sensibility

3. Emma

Movies :

1. Persuasion

Books Inspired By Jane Austen’s Works:

1. Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

2 Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo