A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Place Called Here


Have you ever wondered where your missing stuff goes? One moment you have it and the next moment it disappears. Sometimes this happens to me and I search everywhere and later find it in another place. But I’ve never wondered and never thought that stuff would be landed up another place. But Sandy always wondered where that stuff goes and finally she finds the place, a place called “here”, where all the missing stuff lands up.



This was my first book of Cecelia Ahern and I really liked the concept, though the story can be slow at times. And it’s wonderfully written. The characters, I liked most of them, were built well.



I truly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to read more Cecilia Ahern. Here are the words that Ahern says in the last chapter of the book and it really touched me.



 

Sometimes, people can go missing right before our very eyes. Sometimes, people discover you, even though they’ve been looking at you the entire time. Sometimes, we lose sight of ourselves when we’re not paying enough attention.



We all get lost once in a while, sometimes by choice, sometimes due to forces beyond our control. When we learn what our soul needs to learn, the path presents itself.”   

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Peach Blossom Pavilion by Mingmei Yip

Tuesday, August 16, 2011
 
Peach Blossom Pavilion


The story of the Peach Blossom Pavilion starts with an elderly Chinese women telling her memoirs to her great-granddaughter. She articulates her childhood, her adolescence and her adulthood, how she was forced to become a prostitute in order to survive.
 
The plot is interesting; nevertheless there are some language issues that surface every now and then.  Also there are many Chinese metaphors to describe sex.  For example, metaphors are used like "letting his jade stalk enter your golden gate" and these phrases kept getting repeated.

However, I enjoyed the book and think fans of Memoirs of Geisha sure to be liked to read this book.

My Rating: 3 out of 5

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

Tuesday, August 09, 2011
The Last Song 
When I first started reading this book I was a little bored with it but about half way through it got a bit better. The story was pretty predictable and expected, but enjoyed the simplicity and pureness of his books.

I found out that the true love story in this book wasn’t between the Ronnie and Will, but between Ronnie and her dad. And I really enjoyed the relationship that grows between them.

I found out Nicholas Sparks was asked to write a new screenplay specifically for Miley Cyrus to play the main character. After he wrote the screenplay (The Last Song) he wrote the book.
 
This is another heartwarming story, and it simply tells us that it's not yet too late to build and grow a better relationship with the ones we love. It was a good easy read. It wasn't anything amazing but it was quick.

My Rating: 2.5 out of 5

The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The Tenth Circle


One of my friends recommended this book for me and I’ve read it several months ago. I’m not a huge fan of Jodi Picoult, but I like some of her books and this book is one of those. I love the way she narrates the story through many of the characters. It gives the reader such insight into each of their true thoughts and feelings.

The actions of the characters are so vivid and no one in the story is easily characterized as “good” or “bad”. It compels us to question each character’s actions, motivations, and how we would react in the same situation.

The most innovation and fascinating part of the novel is integration between graphic novel and text novel. Within the sections of the graphic novel are hidden letters, which put together make up a quote, and it encapsulates the theme of the book. It took me a while to put together those letters, because you have to hunt some letters hard.

Overall, I think this novel is a good read and well-written. I enjoyed this book and plan on reading more books from Jodi Picoult in the future. She is a well detailed and imaginative writer.



My Rating : 3.5 out of 5




And So It Begins

Monday, August 01, 2011

After wandering around other personal & book review blog sites, I’ve decided to start my own personal blog. This blog is where I post my thoughts about life, books, movies and other things. Simply I am planning to babble on about things that I am interested.

I like to call myself as a bookworm, since the most favorite thing in my life is reading, I am really addict to it and now it is a habit. Books bring me into another world and let me live through it and be someone else. I read almost anything, but in the past 2-3 years, I’ve really gotten into fantasy, paranormal romance, YA, adult fictions and historical fictions. Recently I really enjoyed reading few chick-lit books.

I like writing too but do not have a true talent to do it and I always struggle with words. So apart from reading my next favorite thing is movies. I mostly enjoy fantasy, comedy, family, drama, sci-fi, and romance movies.
  
Aside from books and movies, the one thing I really love and always try to make time to do is dancing. I always wanted to be a dancer from the day I can remember, though I couldn’t become one.

So this is me and my blog. I’m not sure people will read this blog or not but if you stopped by this way I warmly welcome you!