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URC 2015 #2 A book released the year I was born

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Its a sweet book, a mother-daughter story.

The daughter was told throughout her childhood and adolescence that her mother was no more but actually she was in prison, found guilty of murder. Then they meet after about 20 years.The story is basically about how Kelsey (the daughter) confronts the truth about Naomi (the mother), tries to understand Naomi’s point of view about the murder case she was involved in and the reason why she kept her existence a secret, rebuilds her bond with her mother and at last proves to the world that Naomi wasn’t a cold-murderess but had killed in self-defense. Not only the basic story was beautifully depicted in words but also gave a good insight about thoroughbreds, derbies and everything that happens in the business of horses (Naomi had a horse farm and sent her horses for derbies); something I didn’t have the slightest idea about.

My rating: 4.5/5

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URC 2015 #1 A book with love triangle

I am sooo obsessed with vampire fiction, that I started the reading challenge with one such book. And this book suited well with the aforemention criterion https://i1.wp.com/www.theworks.co.uk/images/9781444901504_Z.jpg

Yes, The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Nightfall; the sixth book of the TVD series.

No points in guessing the love triangle, we all know it, it’s Stefan-Elena-Damon love triangle. I sometimes get irritated at Elena’s “love swing” between the Salvatore brothers. But looking at the cover I can understand Elena’s dilemma; had I been given such ravishing choices to choose from even I would have been utterly confused. LOL

Jokes apart, I liked the book. It keeps me excited, i feel my passion rising whenever there is a love scene. At times, I would be scared, more because I used to read late at night, when everybody went off to sleep, in the dark. The mention of the “malachs” would creep me out; every time I used to feel the malach would jump on me.

In short, its much much better than Twilight saga. Vampire fiction is supposed to be something much more than mushy chick flicks with a flimsy female protagonist. I appreciate the character Elena, though she is an ordinary human girl, she fails to stand headstrong for her near and dear ones, she is even ready to protect her Vampire lover.

I like Caroline of the TV series than of the book series. In the book, she can be easily influenced, anybody can take advantage her, exploit her and she wouldn’t even realise. She is so desperate for men, she could sway away to anyone who would lay just a glimpse to her. That’s one point I didn’t like about the series. Other than I enjoyed reading the book.

My rating: 4/5

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Word of the Week (WOW) 28th June, 2015

Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. . It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.

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mellifluous/muhlif-loo-uh s/
adjective
1. (of a sound) pleasingly smooth and musical to hear.
2.flowing with honey; sweetened with or as if with honey.
3. having a smooth rich flow
Examples:
1. “her low mellifluous voice”
2. a rich, mellifluous voice that gets her a lot of work in radio and TV commercials
3.In or out of uniform his motion is languid, his voice relaxed and mellifluous, his movements deliberate, confident.
synonyms: sweet-sounding, sweet-toned, dulcet, honeyed, mellow, soft, liquid, soothing, rich, smooth, euphonious, lyric, harmonious, tuneful, musical;

rare mellifluent
“his low, mellifluous voice was instantly recognizable”
antonyms: cacophonous, unlyrical
Related forms:

mellifluously, adverb
mellifluousness, noun
Origin
late 15th century: from late Latin mellifluus (from mel ‘honey’ + fluere ‘to flow’) + -ous.

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Ultimate 2015 Reading Challenge

popsugar.com has posted a reading challenge that included a list of 50 books (technically 52) to choose your next book to read (Ultimate 2015 Reading Challenge). I started this in January itself but i hadn’t decided my reading list. Yes, its a challenge to decide a reading list that satisfy the criteria given. Still there are some i haven’t decided yet. So here is my reading list till now:

1) A book with more than 500 pages –

2) A classic romance – Pride and Prejudice

✓3) A book that became a movie – A Walk to Remember

✓4) A book published this year – Scion of Ikshvaku

5) A book with a number in the title – One Hundred Years of Solitude

✓6) A book written by someone under 30 – World’s Best Boyfriend

✓7) A book with non human characters – Vampire Academy

8) A funny book – Three Men in a Boat

9) A book by a female author – Shadow of the Raven

✓10) A mystery or thriller – The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side

11) A book with a one word title – Delirium

12) A book of short stories – To cut a long story short

✓ 13) A book set in a different country – Divergent

14) A nonfiction book – The Race of My Life: An Autobiography

15) A popular author’s first book – Looking for Alaska

16) A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet – If It’s Not Forever. It’s Not Love.

✓17) A book a friend recommended – Rage of Angels

18) A Pulitzer Prize winning book –

✓19) A book based on a true story – Lajja

✓20) A book at the bottom of your to-read list – Five Point Someone: What Not to Do at IIT

21) A book your mom loves – Prothom Protisruti

22) A book that scares you – Cujo

23) A book more than 100 years old – Little Women

✓ 24) A book chosen based entirely on it’s cover – Paper Towns

25) A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t – Matilda

26) A memoir – Joseph Anton: A Memoir

✓ 27) A book you can finish in a day – Swami and friends

28) A book with antonyms in the title – Angels and Demons

29) A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit – And the mountains echoed

✓30) A book that came out the year you were born –True Betrayals

31) A book with bad reviews –

32) A trilogy – Shiva Trilogy

33) A book from your childhood – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

✓34) A book with a love triangle – Nightfall

35) A book set in the future – Cinder

36) A book set in high school – Frostbite

37) A book with a color in the title – Blue Smoke

38) A book that made you cry –

39) A book with magic – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

✓40) A graphic novel – The Vampire Diaries #1

✓41) A book by an author you’ve never read before –  A Million Miles Away

42) A book you own but haven’t read yet – City of Bones

43) A book that takes place in your hometown (or surrounding area) – Feluda’r Goendagiri

44) A book that was originally written in a different language – Pather panchali: Song of the road

45) A book set during Christmas – Home for Christmas

46) A book by an author with your same initials – The Good Earth

✓47) A play – Medea

48) A banned book – The Satanic Verses

49) A book based on or turned into a TV show – The Originals: The Rise

50) A book you started but never finished – Eleven Minutes

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Word of the Week (WOW) 21st June, 2015

Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. . It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.

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Mondegreen

mondegreen\noun\mɒndəɡriːn\plural noun: mondegreens\

1. a misunderstood or misinterpreted word or phrase resulting from a mishearing of the lyrics of a song

2. A mondegreen (also sometimes spelled “mondagreen”) is the accidental mishearing of a phrase in a poem, or song in such a way that it acquires a new, and usually humourous meaning.
Origin
1950s: from Lady Mondegreen, a misinterpretation of the phrase laid him on the green, from the traditional ballad ‘The Bonny Earl of Murray’.
Examples:
1. “There’s a bathroom on the right” is a mondegreen of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “There’s a bad moon on the rise.”
2. “I led the pigeons to the flag” (for “I pledge allegiance to the flag”)

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Goodreads Book Reading Challenge

Its only June and I have completed my Goodreads 2015 reading challenge of reading 15 books this year. I set only 15 because I thought I wouldn’t get time to read much. But I did ( *grin* ). ok, here are the books I have read since January:

  1. Nightfall (The Vampire Diaries: The Return #1) – L.J. Smith      4-stars
  2. The Vampire Diaries DC Comics #1     3half-stars
  3. The Vampire Diaries DC Comics #2   3half-stars
  4. The Vampire Diaries DC Comics #3   3half-stars
  5. The Vampire Diaries DC Comics #4   3half-stars
  6. The Vampire Diaries DC Comics #5    3half-stars
  7. True Betrayal – Nora Roberts  4half-stars
  8. The Ramayana – R.K. Narayan  2-stars
  9. Lajja – Taslima Nasrin       3-stars
  10. World’s Best Boyfriend – Durjoy Datta     4-stars
  11. The Mirror Crack’d from side to side – Agatha Christie  4-stars
  12. Rage of Angels – Sidney Sheldon      4half-stars
  13. Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) – Richelle Mead  4half-stars
  14. A Walk to Remember – Nicholas Sparks  5-stars
  15. Medea – Euripides  2-stars

(P.S. the ratings are according to the rating system formulated by Heena Rathore P. of The Reading Bud )

I know that the list has too many vampire fiction, but what to do ? I love them.

I won’t review the books in the conventional way they are because I am awful in writing reviews. So I am just going to share some opinions regarding them.

I read The Ramayana and Medea only because I had to for my Additional English exam. Medea is much simpler than Sophocles’ plays and short too. But it isn’t meant for me. Regarding The Ramayana, Was I reading for my own interest then maybe I would read “Sita” by Devdutt Patnaik rather than R.K Narayan’s version because in my opinion Patnaik’s version is more critical and I would rather be more critical on mythology.

Coming to my favourite The Vampire Diaries I liked L.J. Smith’s and the TV versions more than the DC comics version. The comics have all new story but they couldn’t grasp my attention as much as L.J. Smith and the TV show could.

When I read Vampire Academy for the first time I got bored. Actually it was my fault. I was stereotyping the novel, comparing it with other vampire fictions that I had already read, like the Twilight Saga and The Vampire Diaries series. When I discussed my views with one of my blogger friends, she advised me to first watch the movie. I really liked the movie, unconventional but really good. Then, I tried reading the book again, and its equally good.

The same thing happened with A Walk to Remember, I was bored on my first attempt. On my aforementioned friend’s advise, I tried again and I just loved it. At the end, my tears betrayed me but I sincerely felt for Landon and Jamie from within. I really enjoyed my first attempt of Nicholas Sparks’ writing.

True Betrayal, my first Nora Roberts book, loved the way the relationship between a mother and a daughter who meet after 20 years has been portrayed. The daughter was told throughout her childhood and adolescence that her mother was no more but actually she was in prison, found guilty of murder. The story is basically about how Kelsey (the daughter) confronts the truth about Naomi (the mother), tries to understand Naomi’s point of view about the murder case she was involved in and the reason why she kept her existence a secret, rebuilds her bond with her mother and at last proves to the world that Naomi wasn’t a cold-murderess but had killed in self-defense. Not only the basic story was beautifully depicted in words but also gave a good insight about thoroughbreds, derbies and everything that happens in the business of horses (Naomi had a horse farm and sent her horses for derbies); something I didn’t have the slightest idea about.

In World’s Best Boyfriend, there was nothing out of the box but I enjoyed the love-hate relationship of Dhruv and Aranya.

Lajja is based on a true story, the Babri Masjid riots in Bangladesh, but somehow it felt little bit of a drag to me. For pages together there were a list of names of some random Hindu people who were tortured by the Muslims, of  some random Hindu areas that were ransacked, burned or looted. Much less was told about the Hindu family which was given some limelight in the story.

I was planning to try Sidney Sheldon’s works when one of my friends advised that I could try Rage of Angels because it wasn’t Mills and Boon-esque like his other novels. And its actually good. The story depicts the protagonist as a strong minded lady, never afraid to face the world, a tactful lawyer, lawfully manipulating the law in her favour.  She is sensitive not fragile (her fragility was projected only when she lost her son). I like when women are depicted strong, determined, at par with men, not just as mere eye candy.

The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side is my second book by Agatha Christie but first of Miss Marple series. Miss Marple is old, not as active physically like the other well-known detectives, but mentally she is more active than normal 70 year olds (According to the novel “At Bertram Hotel” her age is aprrox. 74), she has a remarkable memory power, always has an incident in the present to compare with a parallel incident in the past, and the past maybe a long time back. Its really sad that there are only a few female detectives in the literary world, crime fiction fans need more detectives like her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Word of the Week 14th June, 2015

Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. . It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.

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chairdrobe\noun\

a chair filled with already worn to be worn clothes, and it acts as a makeshift closet or dresser.
Examples:
1. “when staying as bachelors we lived very simple life we could find everything on our chairdrobe!”

2. “That Chairdrobe enlightens that corner of your room!”

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That’s usually the condition of my room (so not womanly of me!!!!)

 

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Word of the Week 7th June, 2015

ord of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. . It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.

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Brilliant words

nonversation /noun/

1. A completely worthless conversation, wherein nothing is illuminated, explained or otherwise elaborated upon. Typically occurs at parties, bars or other events where meaningful conversation is nearly impossible.

2. The type of conversation held with another person when you really do not wish to talk to them. It consists of short and to the point replies which do not add to the conversation and make it hard for the other person to continue. It is usually to try and convey politely that you do not have the time for this oxygen thief who insists on bothering you.

3. When two people are speaking but neither side of the conversation has anything to do with the other.

Examples

1. I had the most painful nonversation with my girlfriend’s ignorant bigoted father.

2. the thing that I miss the most about school is the nonversations we friends had. Wish could get back those days…..

3. A typical nonversation (related to meaning no 3) goes as follows-

“So how are you today?”
“Okay.”
“What have you been up to?”
“Not much.”

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Word of the Week (WOW) 1st June, 2015

Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. . It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.

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saudade\noun\saʊˈdɑːdə

(Especially with reference to songs or poetry) a feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia that is supposedly characteristic of the Portuguese or Brazilian temperament

Example

1. “her songs are based on love poems and evoke a melancholy known to the Portuguese as saudade”

2. I often sit in one corner of my room, engulfed in saudade for my home, family, friends.

 

 

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