Archive for October, 2009

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon

Posted: October 23, 2009 in Dewey's Readathon

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After giving it a lot of thought, I finally decided to participate in the read-a-thon. I am not sure if I will be able to read for 24 hours but I will definitely try to put in as many hours as I can.

Here’s my list :

1. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

2. Enna Burning by Shannon Hale

3. Charlotte’s Web by E.B.White

4. Forget  About It by Caprice Crane

5. The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve

6. Tales Of A Drama Queen by Lee Nichols

7. Emma Vol 1 by Kaoru Mori

8. Emma Vol 2 by Kaoru Mori

9. Wake  by  Lisa McMann

10. Book Of Lies by Brad Meltzer

11.Moving Day (Allie Finkle’s Rules For Girls #1) by Meg Cabot

Updated to add :

I realised that I have to keep a few lighter books in reserve just in case I feel I can’t read any of these listed books or need a change so I got a few from the library and borrowed 2 from a friend.

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Diary Queen by Catherine Gilbert  Murdock

The New Girl ( Allie Finkle’s Rules For Girls #2) by Meg Cabot

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

Laziness at its best

Posted: October 23, 2009 in Uncategorized
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I was bitten by challenge bug a few months back when I decided to participate in as many 6 challenges. I know it was a foolish act.I should have only taken up as many challenges as I could handle. Something inside told me to go ahead. I started off well but in between I lost the urge to read  the book  for sake of enjoying it rather I started reading it to just complete the challenge. Big mistake. I just couldn’t resist such great challenges.Then after sometime when I took a break and started reading again I just read without writing reviews for the books I completed. Result being a  pending posts for nearly 35 books.

On a happier note I have completed most of  my challenges but am lazy ( read supremely lazy ) to write the reviews.So here I am looking it a huge  pile of completed books which I have got to review and I am too lazy to type it all. ( Its a tough job you know)  You must be wondering how can anybody be so lazy . But then you haven’t met me 🙂

I know I will crib and whine for some time but I will get it all done and hopefully soon .

Lesson to be learnt : Take part in challenges that are perpetual , without a deadline. In that case you have a lifetime to write the review 🙂

Told you laziness at its best 😉

Friday Finds

Posted: October 23, 2009 in Weekly Events
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Friday Finds

MizB’s weekly event makes me keep a track of all the great books I found while bloghopping and also to thank all those wonderful bloggers who reviewed or showcased these books.

First book would be The  Septembers Of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer. I found the review at Divya’s blog where she has described beautifully the essence of the book.Can’t wait to read it.

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Next find will be Every Last Cuckoo by Kate Maloy which I found at Swapna’s blog . She has called it a wonderfully written book and a throughly enjoyable read. I have already put it on my TBR list.

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These were my finds for the week..What did you find intresting?


Book : Goose Girl (Books Of Bayern 1)
Author : Shannon Hale
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Category: Young Adult , Fantasy
My Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis (From Good Reads):

She was born with her eyes closed and a word on her tongue, a word she could not taste.

is helpless and cannot persuade anyone to assist her. Becoming a goose girl for the king, Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life under her aunt’s guidance learning to communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani’s journey to be married in a foreign land, AniAni eventually uses her own special, nearly magical powers to find her way to her true destiny.

From the Grimm’s fairy tale of the princess who became a goose girl before she could become queen, Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original, and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can lead the people she has made her own.

Review:
Fairy tales are for little girls. Right? Not always. Sometimes , adults like me happen to take up these stories and thoroughly enjoy them. Shannon Hale’s take on Grimm’s Goose Girl makes a delightful read.We all know the Goose Girl story but here it’s presented in a more believable way with realistic touches to turn of events.

Ani’s development from a quite child to girl who knows her mind and does what is right is one of the best character development I have seen. It took me a while to get in to the story and also to understand Ani but the tightly woven plot kept me gripped.

A talent of animal speech is not a requirement for the post of a queen . It’s is something you would rather not have. But Ani can’t help it as she is gifted with it. It is this gift of hers that keep her away from her rightful authority over the throne and makes her politically very intelligent mother to send her off as the bride to crown prince of Bayern. Little does Ani know the journey she is embarking on is the one that will bring her face to face with some of the best and worst kind of people and in the process moulding her in to a person , her mother would have wanted to have as a queen.

Affection, love , friendship, betrayal and loyalty are well sown in to the book which made me want to finish it in one sitting. While reading it I was wanting good things for Ani, wanting her to have a life she so much deserves , feeling how long will it be until justice is done. Such is the impact of the book that you get totally involved in it.

This was my first Shannon Hale book and I know it won’t be the last as I have Enna Burning waiting on my book shelf.

Cover Attractions

Posted: October 21, 2009 in Weekly Events
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This fun meme is hosted by Marcia.

Here are my cover attractions for the week.

Synopsis:

Haunted by an ancestor’s tale of near death on a distant battlefield, James Carl Nelson set out in pursuit of the scraps of memory of his grandfather’s small infantry unit. Years of travel across the world led to the retrieval of unpublished personal papers, obscure memoirs, and communications from numerous Doughboys as well as original interviews of the descendents of his grandfather’s comrades in arms. The result is a compelling tale of battle rooted in new primary sources, and one man’s search for his grandfather’s legacy in a horrifying maelstrom that is today poorly understood and nearly forgotten.

The Remains of Company D follows the members of Company D, 28th Infantry Regiment, United States First Division, from enlistment to combat to the effort to recover their remains, focusing on the three major battles at Cantigny, Soissons, and in the Meuse-Argonne and the effect these horrific battles had on the men.

This is an important and powerful tale of the different destinies, personalities, and motivations of the men in Company D and a timeless portrayal of men at war.

Synopsis:

What really happened to Anastasia Romanov?

Anastasia Romanov thought she would never feel more alone than when the gunfire started and her family began to fall around her. Surely the bullets would come for her next. But they didn’t. Instead, two gnarled old hands reached for her. When she wakes up she discovers that she is in the ancient hut of the witch Baba Yaga, and that some things are worse than being dead.

In modern-day Chicago, Anne doesn’t know much about Russian history. She is more concerned about getting into a good college—until the dreams start. She is somewhere else. She is someone else. And she is sharing a small room with a very old woman. The vivid dreams startle her, but not until a handsome stranger offers to explain them does she realize her life is going to change forever. She is the only one who can save Anastasia. But, Anastasia is having her own dreams…

These are my favorites for the week..Do tell yours …