Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today's Topic is Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who ____.

I decided to make a list of bookworm characters. When I was done, I wanted to make an another list of characters who loved to write. These are the names, I could come up with.

Ten Character who loved to read:

  1. Jo March from Little Women
  2. Catherine Morland from Northanger Abbey
  3. Matilda Wormwood from Matilda
  4. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter series
  5. Belle from Beauty and the Beast
  6. Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  7. Tyrion Lannister from A Game of Thrones
  8. Klaus Baudelaire from A Series of Unfortunate Events
  9. Liesel Merminger from The Book Thief
  10. Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables

Ten Character who loved to write:

  1. Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit
  2. Jo March from Little Women
  3. Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  4. Carrie Bradshaw from The Carries Diaries
  5. Julie Powell from Julie & Julia
  6. Skeeter from The Help
  7. Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables series
  8. Eleanor Lavish from A Room with a View 
  9. Laura from Larkrise to Candleford Trilogy
  10. Krish from 2 states
Do you know any other characters?. What list did you make today?. Please share it below.

Happy Tuesday!!!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

I had forgotten the last time I giggled, while reading a Classic. The book 'The Importance of being Earnest' by Oscar Wilde made me laugh again. I expected it to be just an another serious play, when I wanted to read it for the Popsugar reading challenge . On the contrary, it turned out to be a humorous one.

The play tells the story of two gentlemen, John and Algernon and their 'bunburying'. John pretends as a man called 'Earnest' in front of his love interest Gwendolen, her mother Lady Bracknell and her cousin Algernon. John reveals his true identity to Algy, when he is caught in a suspicious situation. John tells that 'Earnest' is his imaginary troubled brother, who is always in need of his assistance and how it helps him to escape from the duties and responsibilities to his ward Cecily Cardew and her governess Miss Prism.Then Algy also confesses about his imaginary deceased friend 'Bunbury,who helps him to visit the country often. John smells trouble when Gwendolen accepts his proposal, telling her desire to marry a man named 'Earnest' . He fails to tell the truth. In the mean time, Algy goes to the coutry to visit John's house. He acts as 'Earnest' in front of them. A number of funny incidents take place, when John and Gwendolen also suddenly appear at the Manor house, thus creating a chaos over 'Earnest' at the house.

Unlike the other classics, this is simple and easy to read. I took nearly two hours to finish reading it(with small breaks in between). A quick read!. The dialogues are so funny and made me laugh out loud. But thinking again, I find the ironies in them. Oscar Wilde used the sarcastic dialogues to mock at the social customs of the Victorian era. I think that we can still find many 'Earnest' in the society and women senselessly wooing on them (isn't that absurd?). The newspapers tell such stories daily. This is a timeless and brilliant satire. This play reminds us to be earnest.

I also watched the movie version(2002) starring Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, Jude Dench and Reese Witherspoon. There were slight differences from the book. Anyhow, I enjoyed watching the characters on the screen. It was really entertaining.

To sum up, this is an enjoyable book. Recommend this to all Bookaholics. If you have already read the book, please share your views on it.

Happy Reading!!!

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It is for all those who are fond of lists. I love making and reading lists. I have missed many 'Top Ten Tuesdays' :( . 

Today's topic : Top ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors. So here is my list..

Charles Dickens
He is my favorite author. I adore his works. My favorites are Bleak House, A Christmas Carol and Little Dorrit.

Jane Austen
I love Jane Austen and her literary heroines <3.

Elizabeth Gaskell
Ah! British Classic books are my weakness. I have read Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford and North and South . Ageless Vintage classics!.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Musing Mondays

Musings Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm. It asks to choose one of the following prompts to answer.

  • I am currently reading...
  • Up next I think I'll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week...
  • I'm super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I'm really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can't wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ____, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week….
You also need to answer a random question.

This Week's Random Question is : Do you use your local library? What do you like(or dislike) most about it?

Nah!. I have an inclination to keep the books I read with myself :P. I treasure them. So, I either buy or download the copy of the book. I always buy a pile of books each time I visit a bookstore . Nothing else can make me feel too good ;). However, I am planning to get a membership in a nearby library next month. It will help me with the library book reading challenges.

I am currently reading…

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Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

                 I watched the movie Bridget Jones's Diary last year. Enjoyed watching Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones and Colin Firth as Mark Darcy. I love epistolary novels and movies. So I had added it into my Books To Read list. Last Day, I downloaded a copy of the book. Guess what??!! I am already half through it :).

Around the World in 80 Days  by Jules Verne
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Re-reading for the Popsugar Reading Challenge 2015 ( A book with a number in the title ).

What are you reading this week?.Do you have any musings?. Please do share it. Don’t forget to check the original post if you enjoyed this.

Blissful Monday!!!

Friday, 17 April 2015

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2015

I love reading challenges. It helps me to choose the books when I am confused and the thought of finishing off the challenges makes me enthusiastic too. I wished to join many challenges this year. But my shoulder pain treatment made me stay away from the computers. Thank God! I feel much better now. I joined Goodreads book challenge last month. I had to limit the number of books though. Now, I am planning to do one more challenge, Popsugar Reading Challenge 2015.It gives a wide range of books to choose from. It will be fun.It is never too late to join, isn't it? :). Here is the list!.
(I have already completed a few this year :P ).

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2015 (27/50) completed 
  1. A book with more than 500 pages 
  2. A classic romance   North and South
  3. A book that became a movie Perks of Being a Wallflower
  4. A book published this year   The Most Famous Illegal Goose Creek Parade
  5. A book with a number in the title   One Wish in Manhattan
  6. A book written by someone under 30 I Wish For You
  7. A book with nonhuman characters Animal Farm
  8. A funny book In Between
  9. A book by a female author  The Help
  10. A mystery or thriller  Maids of Misfortune
  11. A book with one word title Pollyanna
  12. A book of short stories And Thereby Hangs a Tale
  13. A book set in a different country A Room with A View
  14. A nonfiction book 
  15. A popular author's first book 
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet Lady Susan
  17. A book a friend recommended   Eleanor and Park
  18. A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book 
  19. A book based on a true story 
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  21. A book your mom loves 
  22. A book that scares you 
  23. A book more than 100 years old 
  24. A book based entirely on its cover The Wish List
  25. A book you were supposed to read in school but you didn’t What Katy Did
  26. A memoir 
  27. A book you can finish in a day Alice in Wonderland
  28. A book with antonyms in the title 
  29. A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit Austenland
  30. A book that came out of the year you were born 
  31. A book with bad reviews 
  32. A trilogy 
  33. A book from your childhood 
  34. A book with a love triangle Bridget Jones's Diary
  35. A book set in the future 
  36. A book set in high school 
  37. A book with a color in the title  Christmas at Lilac Cottage
  38. A book that made you cry 
  39. A book with magic  Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  40. A graphic novel Emma (Manga Classics)
  41. A book by an author you've never read before  Little House in the Big Woods
  42. A book you own but have never read  
  43. A book that take place in your hometown 
  44. A book that was originally written in a different language 
  45. A book set during Christmas A Christmas Carol
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials 
  47. A play The Importance of Being Earnest
  48. A banned book To Kill a Mockingbird
  49. A book based on or turned into a TV show 
  50. A book you started but never finished 

Happy Reading!!!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Animal Farm by George Orwell

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I never fancied the novels which have animals as the main characters. Imagined them to be boring and ignored always , except Winnie the Pooh . Last Week, I was checking different book lists in Google. Animal Farm, a dystopian novel written by George Orwell was seen in most of the lists. So, I decided to add it into my TBR list along with The Wind in the Willows and Charlotte's Web and try reading them. Downloaded a copy of the Ebook from Goodreads and finished it in a few hours, when I started reading it. A thought provoking and fascinating story!.

Animal farm is the story of a group of animals revolting against the owner to get rid of their laborious lives and how they were manipulated by the selfish leaders, whilst working towards their dream new world. I had read that George Orwell wrote this book based on Russian Evolution and the characters are metaphors he used to represent the leaders at that time. I am not a History or Politics Person. But I was able to relate the issues to the incidents we hear daily.We all dream to have a better future and work hard towards it. At some point, we realize how we are manipulated by the leaders to secure their positions and feel helpless, when we are silenced by the laws and forced to simply let them manipulate us. It happens everywhere, starting from a small office. This book demonstrates totalitarianism .Happy that I did not read this book earlier. I would have thought of it as just a story with many animals in it. But now I understand the hidden meaning in this. It is a very relevant story .Now, I know why 'Animal Farm' is included in most of the book lists.

I liked the character, 'Boxer', a dedicated and hard working horse. He believes in hard work and finds hope in the words of leaders. It was disappointing to read that he did not receive what he deserved at the end. Expected the story to have a happy ending. But this one has a sad and ironic ending. The developments of the story were so intriguing.'Animal Farm' is an impressive and powerful work by George Orwell and can always be enjoyed by the readers.

Happy Reading!!!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

This is an uplifting and inspiring story of an orphaned little girl named, Pollyanna.

Pollyanna goes to live with her mother's sister, Aunt Polly, when her father dies. She lost her mother when she was too young. Aunt Polly is wealthy and rich. But the lost love affair has turned her into a bitter woman who believes only in performing her duty, not in love and care. She arranges a little attic room for Pollyanna, to keep her away from the house. Pollyanna grew up as a poor girl. She had hoped to live a better life with her aunt. She is dismayed, seeing the attic room. Then she remembers the 'glad game', taught by her father, who was a missionary.It is about finding a reason to be glad, in every situation. Then, she tries to be glad for the view through the window and also for finding no mirrors, which would have shown her freckles. Pollyanna's constant chatter and innocence help her to make friends and she spreads the gladness to them, through 'glad game'. Many learn to find a silver lining in every dark cloud, playing the game, but not Aunt Polly. Everything changes, when an accident happens to Pollyanna.

Pollyanna reminded me of Anne of Green Gables. Both the characters have similarities like both are orphans, constant chattering, desire to look good etc. But I did not enjoy reading this as much I did reading Anne of Green Gables. The entire story is based on glad game. Pollyanna's father tells her that there are more than 800 "rejoicing texts" in the Bible. So if the Bible says that more than 800 times, then everyone ought to pay attention to that. And he teaches her this glad game , which is about positive thinking .It helps her to be optimistic always. She passes this game on to everyone she meets and they all find reasons to be glad in adverse situations. This book will cheer you up. It will teach you that not all comparisons are the thieves of joy. 

Here are the quotes I liked from the book:

“Just breathing isn't living!”

“... there is something about everything that you can be glad about, if you keep hunting long enough to find it.”

“... if God took the trouble to tell us eight hundred times to be glad and rejoice, He must want us to do it—SOME.”

“What men and women need is encouragement. Their natural resisting powers should be strengthened, not weakened…. Instead of always harping on a man’s faults, tell him of his virtues. Try to pull him out of his rut of bad habits. Hold up to him his better self, his REAL self that can dare and do and win out! … The influence of a beautiful, helpful, hopeful character is contagious, and may revolutionize a whole town…. People radiate what is in their minds and in their hearts. If a man feels kindly and obliging, his neighbors will feel that way, too, before long. But if he scolds and scowls and criticizes—his neighbors will return scowl for scowl, and add interest! … When you look for the bad, expecting it, you will get it. When you know you will find the good—you will get that…”

P.S. Try 'Glad Game'. It may cheer you up.

Happy Reading!!!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Lady Susan by Jane Austen

I was reading some book reviews, last day and came across the book Lady Susan's review by chance. I was completely taken by surprise, knowing the book was written by Jane Austen, one of my favorite authors. It was a shame that I had never heard it before. I decided to read it right away when I found out it is an epistolary novel. Thanks to project Gutenberg for making it possible.

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Lady Susan Vernon is penniless, after husband's death and is in a search of a wealthy husband for herself and her daughter Frederica. They stay with Lady Susan's friend Mr.Mainwarning and his family at Langford, where she creates a chaos using her alluring charm on two men at a time, the host Mr.Mainwarning, who is a married man and Sir James Martin, who is Miss Mainwarning's love. Lady Susan goes to Churchhill to spend time with brother in law, Mr.Vernon and family, whilst the situations become worse at Langford. At Churchill, she meets Mrs.Vernon's brother Mr.Reginald De Courcy, who thinks of  Lady Susan as an accomplished coquette and thus detests her . But Lady Susan succeeds in making Mr.De Courcy believe in her with deceitful manners and cunning conversations . Mrs.Vernon tries to stop her brother's growing fondness for Lady Susan, but to make him fall for Frederica who has feelings towards him. The story gets more interested when Sir James Martin visits Churchhill with an intention to marry Frederica. The incidents followed by that brings a brilliant twist and ends with an unexpected event.

The entire story is narrated as letters, written among the characters, which gives a clear understanding of their nature. Lady Susan is cunning, unscrupulous and cold hearted. In Mrs.Catherine Vernon words,
"She is clever and agreeable, has all that knowledge of the world which makes conversation easy, and talks very well, with a happy command of language, which is too often used, I believe, to make black appear white."
That's right!. Lady Susan tries to look like a concerned and worried mother always. She portrays her daughter as a spoilt child and as the torment of her life, whereas Frederica has been just a girl who did not get the love and affection she deserved. She is shy, sweet, fair and reasonable. Lady Susan uses her to get sympathy from others, especially men. She only cares for herself and thus fools others. An anti- heroine, she is!. The protagonists in Jane Austen novels have always fascinated me. But this time, I was  surprised to find out a self-centered heroine.

I liked the character of Mrs.Catherine Vernon, who is Lady Susan's sister-in-law. She is wise enough to understand the evil and good. Mrs.Vernon dislikes Lady Susan as she had tried to prevent her marriage to Mr. Vernon in the past. But she shows no revulsion against Lady Susan's coming to Churchhill. Catherine treats her guest as equal as everyone. Mrs.Vernon never falls into the traps of the mistress of deceit , but tries to save her brother and Frederica from it. She is a caring, sensitive and perceptive woman.

A book worth reading!. Pick it up and read if you can. I will never forget Jane Austen's anti-heroine.

Happy Reading!!!

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Come on, It's Easter. Let's Rejoice

“Wow! It’s a beautiful day!” – I said, looking outside at the shining sun.

Here I am, sitting in my room, looking outside through the dusty glass windows. Thank God! Finally the sun has come up. Overnight sandstorm has covered the streets with a thick blanket of sand though.

I can see few young men down there, cleaning their car’s windshield. And another group of people marching through the streets. They all seem pretty happy. Why they would be so happy? No doubt that it’s because the dark days are gone, and the sun has come out, so today is definitely a day to rejoice.

The joy of seeing a lot happier and energetic young people have made so happy as well. I could really feel lots of energy in me. It is so beautiful to have such fresh and blessed day. “What should I do now?” Should I jump around in my room? Or should I have a pillow fight with my hubby? Or do some Craft works? “What should I do now?” So much of energy in me.