Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult

Book Review – Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

3/5

Why do teens hate so much? Why is there a need to be a part of the popular crowd? Why do kids get bullied? Just because they are different from you? Why is there a need to bully and humiliate someone? Why so much hate and discrimination? These were the questions I was gripped with, while reading Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.

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Peter, a 17-year-old boy, has been bullied, shamed, humiliated publicly his entire school life. On the first day of Kindergarten, his new Superman lunch box was thrown out of the bus. One day, he enters the school, armed, and shoots everyone in his way.

The book deals with the repercussions a bullying incident can have on a person. The book deals with how the kids are obsessed with being included in the popular crowd. The ones who aren’t a part of their clique? They are to be laughed at, to be made fun of. What do you do when complains of such incidents to the school officials only makes it worse? What do you do when you’re the one constantly being detained for self-defence? The book deals with abusive teenage relationships. The book deals with the dynamics of a parent/kid relationship. If your kid complains to you about being bullied, what do you do? Do you threaten him to toughen up or do you stand up with him against the bully? What do you do if suddenly your kid has stopped opening up to you? If your child is a murderer, how do you forgive him? Yes, the book deals with many issues.

Above all, what do you do if you’re being bullied every single day of your life?

Though many questions raised and answered, I found the book a bit slow. There was no action, like in her usual works. Nothing was happening, no decisions were being made. Last 100 pages were splendidly gripping, that’s when the courtroom action began. It is surely worth a read.

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

A book review of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

3/5 stars

Working on my resolutions, I recently finished reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Truthfully, I had started the book a year ago. Then, the reader’s block kicked in. I picked it up again with the sole aim to complete it, and I did!

The book is about the life of an orphan, Jane Eyre. At a very young age, she is forced to live with cruelty in her Aunt Reed’s household. Soon, she is sent off to Lowood Charity School for her education, and she has trouble adjusting to the lifestyle of the school. Despite all these hardships, Jane graduates and gets recruited as a teacher in the same school. When a better offer comes along with the post of a Governess, she leaves for Thornfield where she meets Mr. Rochester. And the tale of love and dark secrets begins…

The main characters in this book are lovely. You admire and fall in love with Jane’s spirit. You can’t help but fall in love with the way Mr. Rochester loved Jane. And despite all the shortcomings, you would like to forgive them all. The love is strong with this one.

Jane Eyre is a ride. I remember, when I first started this book, I was hooked. I couldn’t stop reading it. The struggles of Jane, the unhappiness in her life, it was very well expressed. I was finding the narration quite engaging and impressive. I gobbled up the first half in two weeks. And then returned the reading slump. I couldn’t read it, I couldn’t read any book. So now, a year later, I picked it up and decided to give it another chance. Did I like the second half of the book? No. I found it very difficult to read. My interest kept dwindling off after every few paragraphs. The story wasn’t enticing anymore. The narration seemed boring, the writing quite difficult. And who mentions that the book has a happy ending in the blurb cover? Hello, every heard of spoiler alert? Overall, I came to the conclusion that this was an okay read. I am quite glad I completed this book, though. It was loving, a bit heartbreaking but an okay read. The one thing I can certainly say I like in classics is their dialogue exchanges. Oh, they can make anyone go weak in the knees!

 

Lyrebird – Cecelia Ahern

Lyrebird – Cecelia Ahern

Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

Review – 1/5 stars

When you eagerly wait for a book and it turns out to be disappointing. You should know, I am a huge fan of Cecelia Ahern’s books. When I received my copy, I was smitten with the beautiful cover and very excited to start the Lyrebird journey.

whatsapp-image-2017-01-21-at-12-41-49-pmThe book is about the life of Laura who is living isolated among the mountains in a small cottage of the town. She mimics. From the coffee machine to the melody of birds, she can mimic each and every sound perfectly. When a documentary team of Bo, Solomon, and Rachel discover her talents, she becomes the subject of their documentary film. The story enlarges as Laura’s secrets are revealed and how the public reacts to her talents.

Personally, I refuse to believe that Cecelia Ahern has written this book. I haven’t liked plenty of her book storylines, but her writing has always been beautiful. This book isn’t.   It’s cringeworthy, irritating and by far her worst. I am hugely disappointed. All of the characters were annoying. Especially, horny Solomon. I am used to falling in love with the male leads of Cecelia’s books. Bo’s character which I am sure was invented to gather hate, was the only one I liked. I couldn’t even read a dialogue without wanting to close the book. I wouldn’t recommend this book. May she write better novels in the coming years.

The 25 Must-Read YA Books For Everyone

The 25 Must-Read YA Books For Everyone

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There’s nothing harder for a true book lover than to choose the “best” YA books of the year. No matter what you do, there’s going to be a real, heartbreaking “kill your darlings” moment, to cite Allen Ginsberg. In the course of making this best-of list, I had approximately 2,763 of them. But what that means is so exciting for YA fans: The young adult books of 2015 were so memorable, creative, page-turning, romantic, thrilling, scary, powerful, and so on, that creating a list of the top 25 is a near impossible venture. So i’m just bowing down to YA lit authors this year for giving us this abundance of riches.

Still, there were some YA books that were positively undeniable. There were the books that everyone was talking about — from preteens to your grandmothers. There were the books that you recommended to everyone who was listening (and sometimes…

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Funny anecdotes of Mark Twain

When you finish reading a book, that is not the end of the journey. It’s only the beginning. You research about the book, read reviews, even write few. But above all, you are interested in the author. You google them, you read them, you stalk them, you worship them and you read all the books they have written. To celebrate this healthy author obsession, we are starting a series where every Monday we will bring you anecdotes, snippets of information from various authors’ lives.Mark_twain2

MARK TWAIN ANECDOTES

One day during a lecture tour, Mark Twain entered a local barber shop for a shave. This, Twain told the barber, was his first visit to the town.

“You’ve chosen a good time to come,” he declared.
“Oh?” Twain replied.
“Mark Twain is going to lecture here tonight. You’ll want to go, I suppose?”
“I guess so…”
“Have you bought your ticket yet?”
“No, not yet.”
“Well, it’s sold out, so you’ll have to stand.”
“Just my luck,” said Twain with a sigh. “I always have to stand when that fellow lectures!”

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Among his volumes of fan mail, Twain often found photographs of men claiming to be his double. By way of reply, he would send the following form letter:

“My dear Sir, I thank you very much for your letter and your photograph, In my opinion you are more like me than any other of my numerous doubles. I may even say that you resemble me more closely than I do myself. In fact, I intend to use your picture to shave by. Yours thankfully, S. Clemens.”

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Mark Twain did much of his writing in bed, irrespective of the time. One day, his wife entered the bedroom to inform him that a reporter had arrived to conduct an interview.

When Twain made no effort to get out of bed, she intervened: “Don’t you think it will be a little embarrassing,” she rhetorically remarked, “for him to find you in bed?” “Why, if you think so, Livy,” Twain rhetorically replied, “we could have the other bed made up for him.”

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One day during his tenure as the editor of a small Missouri newspaper, Mark Twain received a letter from a reader who had found a spider in his paper. He wondered whether this portended good or bad luck.

“Finding a spider in your paper,” Twain replied, “is neither good luck nor bad. The spider was merely looking over our paper to see which merchant was not advertising so that he could go to that store, spin his web across the door, and lead a life of undisturbed peace ever afterward.”

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One night a group of Mark Twain’s friends in New York, having recognized the date as that of his birth, decided to send him a suitable greeting. Unfortunately, the globe-trotting traveler was away and no one knew where he might be reached. After some deliberation, a letter was simply sent off with the address: “Mark Twain, God Knows Where.” Several weeks later a letter arrived from Twain: “He did.”

 

The Blue Umbrella – A Short Story By Ruskin Bond

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“Some books are so familiar, reading them is like being home again” – Louisa May Alcott

Very few books have that charisma that appeal to both kids and grownups and Ruskin Bond’s short story – The Blue Umbrella is one of them. The above quote holds a special place in my heart because we like to read books where we love to relate ourselves. This short story – The Blue Umbrella belongs to that category, a memorable story whose magic will keep on enchanting the readers for generations. Published in 1980, this short story is written by Ruskin Bond whose stories are more connected to hilly areas like Himachal Pradesh. The premise of this story is set in a small village of Himachal Pradesh where a poor little girl named Binya is smitten to a beautiful blue umbrella owned by a rich family. She trades off her leopard claw necklace…

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Why is donation of books important?

I love books, and I live them. For years now they have been my companion through tough and good times alike. How did I inculcate the habit of reading? For that, I am grateful to my parents for buying me those fairy tale stories when I was young. From then the journey began which has yet not ended, and I hope it won’t. There were times when I used to spend my entire monthly pocket money in the first week itself to buy books. It was a hobby, it was an addiction. A habit which proved to be more than useful to me. It improved my writing as well as communicative skills. My vocabulary improved considerably. I had a chance of proper education. I am grateful I had the chance to read.

It was pretty simple actually; I wanted to read books and I had resources to buy them. But, is every person that lucky? I say lucky because I was blessed as my  basic needs were fulfilled. It helped me flourish into a better person. My views improved, I had relevant opinions to offer on the current state of affairs.

Does every child has the resource to fulfill his or her dreams? I am afraid not. Give them a chance to fulfill these dreams, a chance to read, a chance to construct a better future. Help us reach out to those with lesser resources along with your aid. Donate your old and new books, academic textbooks, and even blank notebooks.

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