Archive for November 16, 2009


Can you believe it. I am about to sign up for another challenge.  It was too inviting and I love re reading books and getting the pages to fall apart , so here I go. I am officially signing up for The Flashback Challenge.

Challenge runs from Jan 1st 2010 to Dec 31st 2010 (they might start it early  )

I am about to take a big plunge and sign up for the Literati Level , that means 6 books. I re read so many books , that I am pretty sure I can finish this challenge for the year 2010 🙂 Also to make all this more fun there are mini challenges .

My List Of Books :

1. Doctors by Erich Segal – This one has to be re read because I love the story. It has some sequences which make me proud to be a doctor . I think I have already re read at it at least 7 times.

2. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell – Its been quite a while since I read it and I don’t remember it too well. I think it’s a reason good enough for re reading

3. The Mayor Of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy– I need to read this to remind myself  as to , why I like Thomas Hardy’s works  so much.

4.For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway – This was my first novel and I feel the list won’t be complete without this one.

5. Little Women  by Louisa May Alcott

6. Anne Of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

P.S- This post will be updated as and when the host updates the challenge details


Book : Oliver’s Story by Erich Segal

Category : Romance ( Not exactly)

Protagonist: Oliver Barrett IV

Summary of the book : from the dust jacket of the book

Oliver Barrett IV found the love of his life in Jenny Cavilleri. And though the time they spent together was brief, it was enough to last a lifetime. Or so Oliver told himself. Living without her for two years now, he still believes he will never love again. Until the day he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman, and suddenly the future seems very different than Oliver thought it would be.

Things I liked about this book: ( Can’t say I liked any thing so I am just giving my views )

I wanted to like this book , I really did . I had absolutely loved Love Story ( ya,ya I know , the tear jerking romantic story ) I knew this book couldn’t be as phenomenal as Love Story. Some books have that kind of impact but I had definitely expected something atleast close to the first book.I was throughly disappointed.

The book fell short on reasoning and realism. As a reader I just couldn’t identify with Oliver’s decisions. He was too much in love with his first wife Jenny  , granted .But he doesn’t want to take a step forward in to a new life. He doesn’t realise that not every person is alike  and not every girl is Jenny. Oliver just couldn’t handle the fact that Marcie has different prioroties in life. All he does is try to find her  in Marcie. I would have left the book within a few pages , had it not been for the curiosity of knowing what happens to Oliver eventually.  Wrong decision Shona. Should have left the book at the time I thought I had enough of over the board romance and cheesy emotions  🙂 Take my advice , go read Love Story and forget that the book has any sequel . Ok?

On my rating scale : 2 out of 5 ( I would have said 1 but Erich Segal is one of my fav authors)

Challenges for which the book is listed : None

Source : Personal Copy

South Asian Author Challenge is being hosted by Swapna at S.Krishna’s Books.

This challenge is to encourage people to read books by South Asian Authors – South Asia being India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.  The books can be from any time period, contemporary or classic.

Duration Of The Challenge : January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2010

My commitment level for the challenge would be 10 books. ( I do have a huge stack of books by South Asian Authors , so Iguess I can pull it off 🙂 )

Book List – Here are a few books on top of my mind and I plan to update the list  as and when I read the books

1. Between The Assassinations by Aravind Adiga

2  Swami And Friends by R.K. Narayan

3  Mahashweta by Sudha Murthy

4  Water by Bapsi Sidhwa







I am really very excited about this challenge. Thanks to Swapna , now can reduce  quite a few books from my TBR pile  and read those authors whose books I have piled up but haven’t had a chance to read.