The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Review- 4/5

Rhonda Byrne like each one of us has been on her own journey of discovery. In the book “THE SECRET” she tells us about the law of attraction.

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The law of attraction is the belief that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life. The book tells us how we can achieve anything we want in life. Its all about how positive you are about that particular thing. Its all based upon how much positivity you can attract towards yourself. As it is rightly said, “You are the maker of your own future” this book teaches us that if you really want something it’s 100% up to you how you can attract it towards you. There is no room for negativity. This book has inspired and changed many lives. It’s a true form of motivation.

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MUST HAVE BOOKS IN YOUR SHELF

 

  • Robert Kiyosaki: Rich Dad Poor Dad
    This is a classic. If you have not read this book, get it today. It will totally change the way you think about money. It is a must-have.
  • Oprah Winfrey: what I know for sure
    This is a thought-provoking book. A well written, easy to read book that will make you look at things differently.
  • Ted TurnerCall Me Ted
    Most of us know him as the founder of CNN. He is also the former owner of Atlanta Braves. Call Me Ted is the story of his exciting journey as a young man, working with his father and moving on to radio and finally, television.
  • Richard BransonThe Virgin way
    His book impacts best practices in business.
  • Peter Thiel: Zero to One
    He is the co-founder of PayPal. This is a must have read for all startups.
  • Stephen Covey:  The 7 Habits of Highly effective people
    This is a very popular book. If you are into self -development, and you should be, this book is for you.
  • Napoleon HillThink And Grow Rich
    This is a best seller. The title of the book says it all. A great and inspirational book.
  • Michael Dell: Direct from Dell
    A story of humble beginnings. Read this classic to learn and understand great ways to run your business.
  • Bill Gates: Business and the speed of thought
    This is a story about business and technology and a must read for every entrepreneur.
  • Dale Carnegie: The Leader in you: how to win friends and influence people.
    This book is widely popular. It breaks down how to become likeable and teaches easy tricks to influence people successfully.
  • Seth Godin: Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable
    Randall Rothenberg, says this of Seth Godin, ‘Seth Godin may be the best intuitive marketer alive today.’ In this book, he ‘urges you to put a Purple Cow into everything you build and everything you do, to create something truly noticeable.’
  • Boone Pickens: The First Billion is the Hardest
    This an admirable tale of loss and comeback.

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.”