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Ultimate Book Reading Challenge 2015 Results

2015 is over, here’s my Ultimate 2015 Reading Challenge outcome: 30/52

1) A book with more than 500 pages –

2) A classic romance –

✓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: Two states

✓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 – The Code of the Woosters

✓9) A book by a female author – It happens for a reason

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

✓11) A book with a one word title – Medea

✓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 –

15) A popular author’s first book –

16) A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet –

✓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 –

22) A book that scares you –

✓23) A book more than 100 years old – David Copperfield

✓ 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 – Haroun and the sea of stories

26) A memoir –

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

28) A book with antonyms in the title –

✓29) A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit – The House on Mango Street

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

31) A book with bad reviews –

32) A trilogy –

33) A book from your childhood –

✓34) A book with a love triangle – Nightfall

35) A book set in the future –

36) A book set in high school –

37) A book with a color in the title –

38) A book that made you cry –

39) A book with magic –

✓40) A graphic novel – Kite Runner

✓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 – Chronicles of Death Foretold

✓45) A book set during Christmas – A Christmas Carol

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

✓47) A play – Trojan Women

48) A banned book –

✓49) A book based on or turned into a TV show – The Vampire Diaries #1

✓50) A book you started but never finished – The Alchemist

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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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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