Archive for July 6, 2009

It’s monday and J.Kaye hosts this fun meme where we get to list out the books read last week and books to be read this week.To find out what other bloggers are up to, head over to J. Kaye’s..

Books read last week :

Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

My Life In France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’ homme

The Book Of Fate by Brad Meltzer

Percy Jackson And The Olympians : The Lightnening Thief by Rick Riordan

Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Books To Be read this week:

Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Sea Of Monsters( Which I am half way through )

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (Just started)

Silas Marner by George Eliot (somewhere close to the end)

Visions In White [Bride Quartet 1 ] by Nora Roberts

I am on leave from work due to bad cold , thanks to incessant rains . I now have lots of time to read. Guess I will finally finish some challenges.

Book: Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

My Rating : 4 out of 5

Book Available at : Flipkart , Amazon, Indiebound

Harry Potter fans have always wondered if they could ever love any other series as they loved HP . The answer to that is NO. Harry Potter is something you cannot replace, it was special. It will always hold that dear place in the reader’s mind but that doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy other fantasy series . My sister absolutely refused to read other books for a few days once she read the last book and realised that Harry Potter is never gonna make a come back but that was until she found Percy Jackson 🙂

Percy Jackson And The Olympian series is about Percy , a half blood ( heard term before ? ), a semi/demi god , who gets to know that his father is one of the Olympian gods. As if that info wasn’t shocking enough, he comes to know that his life is in danger from monsters who come sniffing for him.Percy is hurriedly taken to a summer camp, Camp Half Blood at Long Island, where half blood kids of various gods learn archery, Greek , sword fighting etc etc.A training camp for heroes. Percy who has been expelled from every school he has ever joined ,due to his ADHD and some really weird happenings ,finally realises he belongs here because all this comes naturally to him. While he discover which of the gods is his father , he also has to face his fate which has decided that he has a quest to undertake . Along with his friends Annabeth and Grover he sets forth to meet what destiny has en stored for him .

Book has a great deal of mythology which makes the reading fun and informative more so for kids . Legends are interwoven in present scenario with finesse. It’s the first one in the series and it does make you want to read the rest of them. There are places in the book where the narrative is jagged and you feel lost but the storyline makes up for that.The plot about prophecies and a powerful villain who is plotting to rise to power does give a sense of de javu but that’s where the similarities end. The book does stand apart in a league of it’s own. It’s more of bravery than magic.

Review : My Life In France

Posted: July 6, 2009 in Reviews

My knowledge of cooking is bare minimum. I am not ashamed of admitting that, ok fine a little bit ashamed but I never got a chance to learn. With occasional pasta , instant noodles and soups that I used to make in my hostel at the medical college , I am totally clueless about cooking. Mom doesn’t allow me in the kitchen , so by Indian standards I am totally lacking in one skill that every girl my age should have acquired. But since I read this book , I have started taking lessons from mom. Small step but I have finally begun.

Coming to the book. Just as it was about cooking , my knowledge about cooks wasn’t good either. I frequently came across the phrases like ‘You can be called a great cook only when you can cook like Julia Child’ when my friends talked about cooking (which they do so very frequently),I would be the only person in the group asking , who is that? I was so ignorant , that during these discussions I was totally ignored by my friends 🙂

Few days back I came across many blogs having Julie & Julia giveaway and curiosity got better of me. I wanted to know about this lady who had so much to her credit.Cook books, TV shows, a memoir co authored by her and a movie based on her life. If I didn’t read about her now,I knew I would be labelled a consciously ignorant fool . So I started reading My Life In France by Julia Child and Alex Prudhomme.

My opinion after I finished it : The book is great and so is Julia Child. An American woman who knew nothing about France , its culture , food or even language dived head on in to and emerged as an inspiration to millions. That’s one very very good story. It’s a story told in simple beautiful way that you feel as if you are reading something your friend has written for you. It makes you feel as if you have known her all along and she is just bringing you up to date with certain things you missed while chatting with her. Narrative gets 5 stars from my side.

Her experiences in the kitchen , her own and in her Cardon Bleu classroom are told in such a way that you can just picturise her learning proper preparation of glazed onions, crudites, salade verte , or the basic sauces. You feel for her when she learns all the difficult recipes for her examination to earn a diploma from the institute and her shock when she realises that the preparation’s asked in the practical exam are those very simple ones published on a small booklet handed to them during admission , which she had blissfully ignored. Her family life , her friends, her book Mastering The Art Of French Cooking , her relationship with her co authors has been dealt in a very honest way. You can’t help but admire this lady who made French cuisine what it means to common people today. It was there and it was good but she brought it to the masses.

I was so hungry while reading this book that I raided the refrigerator at least 3 times 🙂 All the dishes discussed in the book just push you to either cook something or get a reservation at a good French restaurant. I totally went for the second option. This time my friends were surprised as I knew what I was ordering and quite a little about the lady they so revered. So , thanks to My Life In France, I am no longer, the royally ignored one in foodie discussion of my group.