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My Favorite Reads

Posted: July 8, 2009 in Uncategorized

Alyce from At Home With Books hosts My Favorite Reads every Thursday where you showcase a book , read long time back ,enjoyed it but haven’t blogged about.

My choice for this week is Jewels by Danielle Steel

From the book jacket :
On Sarah Whitfield’s seventy-fifth birthday, memories take her back to New York in the 1930s. To a marriage that ends after a year, leaving Sarah shattered. A trip to Europe with her parents does little to raise her spirits, until she meets William, Duke of Whitfield. In time, despite her qualms, William insists on giving up his distant right to the British throne to make Sarah his duchess and his wife.

On their honeymoon, the newlyweds buy an old French chateau, but not long after, the war begins. William joins the allied forces, leaving Sarah, their first child, an infant, and their second child on the way, in France. After the Nazi forces take over the chateau, Sarah continues to survive the terror and deprivation of the Occupation, unwavering in her belief that her missing-in-action husband is still alive.

After the war, as a gesture of goodwill, the Whitfields start buying jewels offered for sale by impoverished war survivors. With Sarah’s style and keen eye, the collection becomes the prestigious Whitfield’s jewelry store in Paris. Eventually, their jewelry business expands to London and Rome, as their family grows. Phillip, their firstborn, is stubborn and proud; Julian, their second son, is charming and generous and warm; Isabelle is rebellious and willful; and Xavier, unusual and untamed, is the final unexpected gift of their love. They each find their own way, but will be drawn to the great house of gems their parents built.

In Jewels, Danielle Steel takes the reader through five eventful decades that include war, passion, international intrigue, and the strength of family through it all.

My Views :

I know many people have stopped reading her books as the storyline has become quite repetitive but I chose this book as it somewhat different from what she has been writing recently.Also because this book got me started on reading trail of nearly 60 Danielle Steel books which take up a place of pride on my book shelf. Who doesn’t like romances and when you need so light, refreshing read , these books are the best medicine.

You will love Sarah Whitfield for her innocence initially and for her strength and determination in the later part of the book. Even though it’s a romance it is a page turner all through. Perfect book for leisurely reading.

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.

Teaser Tuesdays

Posted: June 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

This weekly meme is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading . 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 choice this week is Master And Commander (Aubrey Maturin Series) by Patrick O’Brian

‘It is curious that you should find foreign languages difficult, sir,’ said Mr Maturin, who had
no views to offer on the weather, ‘for it seems reasonable to suppose that a good ear for
music would accompany a facility for acquiring – that the two would necessarily run

What are you reading ?

Posted: June 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

J Kaye hosts
What are you reading on Mondays . To see what other bloggers are reading head over to J. Kaye’s . Last week I had decided to read some books and listed them on this meme but I ended up reading quite a few different books instead 🙂
Here’s my balance sheet or should I say book sheet :

Books read last week :

Before I Die by Jenny Downham

Story Of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewiski ( took around 3 weeks but finally finished it)

Emily of New Moon by L.M.Montgomery

The Forest Of Hands And Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

Man Woman And Child – Erich Segal

13 Little Blue Envelops by Maureen Johnson( managed to finish this by Sunday)

Books To Be Read This Week :

Luxe – Envy by Anna Godbersen

Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Silas Marner by George Eliot

Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

The Everything Austen Challenge starts this July so I think I will start it with Jane Austen Book Club..Due to my hospital duty, I wasn’t able to review all the books I read . I plan to make it up this week.Hopefully..

So, what are you reading this week?

Books, Books , More Books

Posted: June 27, 2009 in Uncategorized

I have had a bookish week. Not only did I read books , I was also gifted books by my family . Now who doesn’t like gifts and that too books!!! My family knows that nothing would make me more happy than a box full of books . So that’s what I got for my birthday. I am so happy that , just before sitting down to write this I was doing a happy dance with my lil sister. I know it’s so non adult behavior, but who cares. I am HAPPY !!!

Here’s what my book box contained.

Ya , I got Twilight Series also. I must be the only one around who hasn’t read it yet..I also happened to get Sookie Stackhouse Complete Book Set but I think I will pass it on to my sister as it’s not my genre.Also the very beautiful Anne Of Green Gables Set which will probably go to my niece (until then I can savour them) . As of now I don’t have a camera with me, so I am just posting these pics from Amazon . I can’t help showing off.