Archive for June, 2009

Teaser Tuesday

Posted: June 23, 2009 in Uncategorized

This weekly meme is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading and I am participating for the first time. 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 teaser for this week is from Jenny Downham’s Before I Die.

It’s a rule of mine not to get involved with dying people. They’re bad news.

Page 81

J.Kaye is hosting this weekly event at J.Kaye’s Book Blog . To see what other blogger have been reading head over to J.Kaye’s blog.

Books Read Last Week:

We Were The Mulvaneys By Joyce Carol Oates ( Took me 2 weeks to complete)

Snow Falling on Cedars By David Guterson ( To be reviewed )

If You Could See Me Now By Cecelia Ahern (To be reviewed )

Breakfast At Tiffany’s By Truman Caopte

Gently Falls The Bakula By Sudha Murthy

Books To Be Read This Week :

Before I Die by Jenny Downham ( YA Book Challenge)

Story Of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewiski ( Fill In The Gap 100 Project )

Emily of New Moon by L.M.Montgomery ( Young Adult Book Challenge)

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen ( Sarah Dessen Mini Challenge)

I am not sure if I will be done with Sawtelle so soon ,but will give myself another 5 days to complete it. I love Sarah Dessen’s work so I am looking forward to reading This Lullaby.

Review : Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Posted: June 21, 2009 in Reviews

Book: Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Author: Truman Capote
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Group (UK)
Number of Pages: 157

From The Back Cover :

“With her tousled blond hair and upturned nose, dark glasses and chic black dresses, she is top notch in style and a sensation wherever she goes. He brownstone apartment vibrates with Martini-soaked parties as she plays hostess to millionaires and gangsters alike. Yet Holly never loses sight of her ultimate goal – to find a real life place like Tiffany’s that makes her feel at home. Immortalized in a film starring Audrey Hepburn, Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s is full of sharp wit and in its exuberant cast of characters vividly captures the restless, madcap era of early 1940s New York. “

My Views :

I don’t want to own anything until I know I’ve found the place where me and things belong together. I’m not quite sure where that is just yet. But I know what it’s like…. It’s like Tiffany’s…. Not that I give a hoot about jewelry. Diamonds, yes. But it’s tacky to wear diamonds before you’re forty…

Now when Holly Golightly says this, you believe her. As much as you think she is lying about her past life , you have to believe her . You believe her sincerest desire to have the best of both the worlds. You wonder what’s with her name ..But still you believe her..

This the only Truman Capote I have read ,but I fell in love with the book. Not because of the movie ,because its such a lovely book. Holly is a call girl , a high society,older men preferring kind and she is hardly an adult herself (nineteen something hardly). She is lives life the way she wants to and tells people things they wouldn’t want to hear about themselves but that’s how she is. We get to meet her through her neighbour ,that’s our narrator, who befriends her and their frequent meetings give us a glimpse of Holly’s life.

So what’s her fascination with Tiffany’s?? Here’s what Holly has to say about it ,” What I’ve found does the most good is just to get into a taxi and go to Tiffany’s. It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there, not with those kind men in their nice suits… ” Now reading that line made me kind of sad. She needs to call a place home but hasn’t yet found it but she is not complaining she is just keeping a look out for that ,something special.You got to sympathise with her.

Narrator realises that there is more to Miss Golightly than that meets the eye but she hardly ever lets anything slip out. Its thru people that come in to her life ,that we are introduced to the real Holly..But do we really get to know her? That would be a good question. Enigma , was my word for her..I so loved her character. When I finished reading it, I just couldn’t get myself to believe that it had ended because it leaves you wanting for more of her quirkiness , more of her smart comments , you desperately want to know what happened to her . Because by the end of the book you are so into Holly’s life .. Now that is exactly what makes it a very highly recommended read..

Almost everybody has seen Audrey Hepburn in the movie and loved her but when you read it ,you will like her even more.Trust me I did..

Book: Th1rteen R3asons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Binding: Hardcover
Publishing Date: 2007/10/18
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Number of Pages: 288

Thirteen Reasons Why By Jay Asher

From Back Cover Of The Book :

Clay Jenkins returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers 13 cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he will find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen reader

My Views :

When I started reading Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why , I knew it was a good story based on all the reviews I had read but I just didn’t realise it would be so powerful.

Hannah Baker has committed suicide and she is making the people she feels are responsible for her miserable life and eventual death pay by making them listen to the tapes she has recorded and sent in to circulation.They need to keep circulating the tape or else they will all be exposed.
We see the events through the eyes of Clay Jenkins , Hannah’s classmate and colleague at her summer job. He has no idea why he is one reason why Hannah killed herself but is about to find out and soon enough.

Every character in Hannah’ life has been sketched really well. Hannah gives you her view about the person and we also get Clay’s views , pretty much completing the picture.Asher’s speed of narrative is just what needs to be. It brings up all of the teen DON T’S -alcohol , reckless driving , sexual abuse , peer pressure..Still it doesn’t preach that is what makes it so good. Actions and their subsequent consequences are just put up there so that we can analyse and see what went wrong.

The way Hannah is wronged and subjected to crude gossip is what happens to so many teenagers in school these days. They are misunderstood, they are not given a chance to explain themselves and even if they get a chance who is ready to believe them ,for gossip is so much more juicier than truth, isn’t it? The signs of coming suicide are almost always there but how many notice it and more importantly how many take a step towards these wounded souls is the question.

I couldn’t stop reading till I had finished it and I must confess that , though this isn’t a feel good book , it is one of those you are not supposed to miss.

My TBR Stock

Posted: June 19, 2009 in Uncategorized

My To Be Read Stack for the month of July and August :

Month of June is more than half way through and July is approaching and I haven’t yet finished some of my library loot .Above are some books I issued from my library and couple of which I own and plan to read in coming months. Some of these books come with very high recommendations and I can’t wait to get started.Have you read any of these books? If yes do tell me how you liked them.