Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Hard Luck

Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney, Finished reading on November 29, 2013

 

Synopsis

“Greg Heffley’s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard-luck story?”

Review

Well, Another gem from DWK series. I was wondering at what stage I will get bored reading this series. I just realized the answer. Never, ever!. Its one book which I would love to re-read with my daughter. You are never ever too old for wimpy kid Diaries. All it takes is one day to read this book. Just like its successors, this book too is a laugh riot.

4.5 It is…

Book 1 – Diary of a Wimpy kid

Book 2 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Rodrick Rules

Book 3 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Last Strain

Book 4 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Dog Days

Book 5 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid – To Do Book! (I can not believe I bought this too!)

Book 6 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Ugly Truth

Book 7 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Third Wheel

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The Book of Tomorrow – Review

The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern, Finished reading on 28th, November 2013

Synopsis

“Tamara Goodwin has always got everything she’s ever wanted. Born into a family of wealth, she grew up in a mansion with its own private beach, a wardrobe full of designer clothes, a large four poster bed complete with a luxurious bathroom en-suite. She’s always lived in the here and now, never giving a second thought to tomorrow. But then suddenly her dad is gone and life for Tamara and her mother changes forever. Left with a mountain of debt, they have no choice but to sell everything they own and move to the country to live with Tamara’s Uncle and Aunt. Nestled next to Kilsaney Castle, their gatehouse is a world away from Tamara’s childhood. With her mother shut away with grief, and her aunt busy tending to her, Tamara is lonely and bored and longs to return to Dublin. When a travelling library passes through Kilsaney Demesne, Tamara is intrigued. She needs a distraction. Her eyes rest on a mysterious large leather bound tome locked with a gold clasp and padlock. With some help, Tamara finally manages to open the book. What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her world to its core. Told in Cecelia’s imitable style, The Girl of Tomorrow is a mesmerizing and magical story for this autumn.”

Review

I have read Cecelia Ahern’s P.S I Love You and The Girl in the mirror. Both the books belongs to entirely different category and I was not particularly impressed by any of the two.One was a chic-lit and the other was a fantasy. I remember P.S I Love you is the only film which I liked better than the book. I picked up The book of tomorrow, because I liked the cover (Ya, I know never judge a book by its cover, But sometimes you just can not help it.).

The Book of Tomorrow is a delicious read with magic and mystery blended to my taste perfectly. I enjoyed the narration even though it’s a little long at some places but then it added very well to the different shades of the characters beautifully. Tamara Goodwin a spoilt teen stood out differently for me, may be because of the cocky attitude and the quirky replies. The characters were different and well portrayed. Just that I found the ending a little low compared to the entire book rhythm. It could have been a little more well polished or may be well cut. Well, the book was good enough to give me an anchor during my postpartum depression days. I would go with a four for this book and would have fetched a perfect five it the ending was as per my expectation.

****

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi Eisenberg Murkoff and Sandee Hathaway

 

“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” provides expectant parents with a wealth of information on month-by-month development, making love during pregnancy, preparing for labor and delivery, and breastfeeding and bonding afterward.

Includes information on working while pregnant. In-depth coverage of complementary and alternative birthing. A chapter for fathers. Information on how pregnancy affects your lifestyle. Information on pre-conception, alternative families, second pregnancies, and HMO’S. A look at the Best-Odds diet, which is better suited to the needs of busier women with less time.“

Am I supposed to write a review for this book? I suppose not. well, its just a note of recommendation, that’s it. During my pregnancy, this book has been a god given gift. So many things, explained and detailed in simple way, will assuage your fears and anxiety in those months. Many myths will be busted and you will definitely end up saying ‘oh that’s why!!!’ so many times while reading the book. Must, Must have for any pregnant ladies.

The Great Indian Love Story – Review

The great Indian love story by Ira Trivedi, Finished reading on 15th November 2013

 

Synopsis

The Great Indian Love Story is set in a world where appearances mean everything and nothing is as it seems. There’s no time for love in a world that revolves around the latest Ferraris, the hottest nightclub, diamonds, single malts, cocaine and ecstasy. In this whirl of wild parties, sex and drugs we meet Serena Sharma who lives her life one debauched night at a time, always falling for the wrong men. Her life is a roller-coaster ride: her father’s death followed by her mother’s remarriage, a broken heart and a lost love. Adding to this is her torrid affair with Amar Khanna – a trophy husband, coke addict and serial adulterer. Riya, jaded by her unsuccessful attempt to find a job in America, returns to Delhi to find the city of her childhood changed beyond recognition. Striking an unlikely friendship with Serena, Riya finds her complacent torpor shattered. the Great Indian Love Story is also the story of Parmeet, Serena’s mother, who looks for passion outside her marriage with disastrous consequences, and S.P Sharma, Parmeet’s husband, who is driven to violence by her infidelity.

Ira Trivedi weaves together sex, revenge, glitz, friendship and a chilling murder to create a potent cocktail in this gripping novel on the perfidious nature of love and power”

Review

I have read Ira Trivedi’s ‘What Would You Do To Save The World’ long back, around six years ago. I remember not being impressed by the author much. It portrayed a naïve view of things and narration was often silly. Coupled by the ‘brainy’ attitude of the narrator, it kind of made me rate it 1 or 2 I guess. This book, is a definite improvement of the overall package. First of all, the synopsis at the back cover of the book – Its just over selling. The story is nice but in no way its as glittering as shown in the synopsis. So a bit of caution there.

The story is being told from the perspective of different people.Riya, is the main narrator when the story starts. She kicks of the story and Serena takes it forward. I feel the emphasis and focus on Riya(Author tend to name her main character as Riya in all her books. that’s nice. ) as next-level Bridget Jones is just unnecessary. The book is crisp and story does not drag anywhere. But you get a lackadaisical feeling while going through the book. Another story, another book, which can be missed anytime if you have better picks. Will go with a two and half for this book.

**

The Ocean at the end of the Lane – Review

The Ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman, Finished reading by 12th November 2013

Synopsis

“It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond this world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed – within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three woman, one a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duck pond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang. The Ocean at the end of the lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving terrifying and elegiac – as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly’s wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark – from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman”

Review

This is the first book by Neil Gaiman I have read. But from reviews I gather he is quite well known. The story is about a grayed out memory of a 40 year old man who suddenly recollects it while sitting at the side of a Duck pond. Well blend of fantasy and magic. But I do not think that the story has enough meat to develop into a novel. Its just like ‘butter which is sparingly spread on a loaf of bread’.  Nevertheless it’s a good short story with lot of imagination and a good read in this genre.

The smell of the fresh milk, the softness of mashed potato, I loved the description of all such things in the books. It reminds you of something homely and close to your heart. Remember the book, Heidi which we all loved in our childhood just because you could actually smell fresh milk and cream and all the good village things while reading it. This book kind of brought back those feelings. I love the way author paid attention to these trivial joys of life and it just adds to the magic of the whole book. Also the book has a simplicity associated with it in every conversation.

I would love to read more from this author especially in the same genre. I would go with a 3.5 for this book, it’s a quick and gripping read.

***

The Perks of being a wallflower – Review

The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Finished reading on 12th November 2013

Synopsis

“The perks of being a wallflower is a story about what it’s like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school. The world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. Of sex, drugs, and the rocky horror picture show, of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known ad grown up”

Review

I picked up this book thinking that it’s a young-adult fiction with a quirky sense of humor. That’s what the impression I got when I skimmed through the reviews. But it turned to be a poignant story and reminded me of the book “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” (It has no connection with the story,  but may be the simple and same style of narration got me compare these two books).

Charlie, a 15 year old, is the central character of the story and story flows through a series of letters written by Charlie to an unknown person, describing the events happens in his life and the emotions he goes through. Charlie, as described by his friends, is a wallflower who struggles to participate in the world around him. Memories plays tricks on his temperament causing him to retreat further into his own shell. Eventually when the truth is discovered, I really like the reasoning he gives in the end. He assures his reader that he has moved on from the incident and there is actually no one to blame for the situation he is in. A Person can not decide where he is coming from, but he can make his own way and decide where to go from there. Its one of the best narrated books ever.

Charlie reads a series of books over the course of the story timeline. Though unlinked it goes without saying that, the characters he reads in that books someway or the other influences his thoughts or actions somewhere or the other. I like the following convo between Sam and Charlie. I always wonder how to describe a favorite book and it solved the mystery.

“How about your favorite book?”

“This side of the Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald”

“Why”

“Because it was the last one I read.”

Though the book deals with a sensitive topic in an exceptional way, it has a plenty of quirky incidents splattered around the story to give you a laugh. It’s a young-adult growing up story indeed but from the perspective of a cute wallflower. So I guess at the end of the day I got what I asked for but from a different perspective. Good that it turned that way.

****

Final Lap

Finally I am in the final lap.

Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful phase of my life, I think it is the same for almost all women. You feel cherished by everyone. I was never so pampered in my entire life I swear. Despite the physical ailments, you are always on a high.  My baby has grown up big from the size of a Poppy Seed to the size of a small pumpkin. Counting days to see the baby!

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