Monday, April 26, 2010


Hi Guys!
Sorry for being absent or so LONG! And I am going to be absent from the blog world for a bit more time... the reason?!
Our bundle of joy arrived on April 12th, 2010 at 1:50 PM
We have a baby boy and he is fine and doing great. I am fine too!

Here is a pic of him that we took on the 1st day :)

I hope all of you are having a great time... I certainly am having a helluva of a time being a mom!

"It isn't the big pleasures that count the most; it's making a great deal out of the little ones."— Jean Webster

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Song of the Whales by Uri Orlev

The Song of Whales 
by Uri Orlev, Hillel Halkin (Translator)
Publishing on April 12th, 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Hardcover, 128 pages 

Michael’s grandfather has a secret—a secret that’s almost too strange to share . . .

When Michael moves to Israel, he leaves loneliness behind and steps into the light of his grandfather’s magic. Like a sorcerer’s apprentice, Michael learns how to blur the lines between dreams and reality when his grandfather hands down the most precious of gifts—a gift that allows Michael passage into his grandfather’s dreams.

Written with a quiet simplicity that wins the reader over at once Uri Orlev writes in a style so sure and yet so unassuming that it is certain to linger in reader’s minds long after turning the last page.
My Thoughts
It is not always that you get to read about dreams. And this little book for kids does just that. This book is about Michael or Mikha'el (Mee-kha-EL - that's how his name was pronounced in Israel) who has to move to Jerusalem from Washington because his parents want to be near his old Grandpa. Michael is not like kids his age, he doesn't have friends his age and mingles well with grown - ups and likes to help them with there work. His parents who are always busy with work have little to no time for him. He is worried about the move, but soon comes to like the new place and his Grandpa too.  His Grandpa becomes his only and best friend and loves his house as well. But his Grandpa has a secret, he can take anyone into his dreams! And he takes Michael with him into his dreams as well. From them on, every now and them Michael and his Grandpa have fun adventures in his Grandpa's dream. They both enjoy it immensely and slowly Michael comes to understand and adore his Grandpa more than anyone!

More than anything, it is the simplicity with which this story is told that tugs at your heart. The importance of dreams and the need to "repair" the sad and bad ones is beautifully brought about. To put in a little sweetness in to a sad dream, or to mix in a bit of hope into it... that we have the power to change the dreams... is beautifully portrayed in this small story.

There is something very nice and sweet about this story and my review, I am sure, does not do it justice it deserves. But I would definitely want to get hold of the book and read it to my kid someday. I like to believe that this will definitely be something that we will both enjoy. 

Highly recommended for kids and older kids like me ;-).
Thanks to NetGalley for my copy of this book. 

"It isn't the big pleasures that count the most; it's making a great deal out of the little ones."— Jean Webster

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Cover Attractions...

Hello Guys! Today's cove attraction is for this very CUTE cover I found on GoodReads.
I just love the doggie on the cover :)  :)

Everyone says the first year of marriage is the hardest . . . but what would you do if you found out that you were never really married in the first place?
In this irresistible romantic comedy from award-winning author Beth Kendrick, three wildly different women form an unlikely friendship as they try to decide whether they'd do it all again.

They've had the white dresses and the fancy receptions. But now that the honeymoon's over, Stella, Casey, and Erin have each had to face some hard truths about the men they've married and the lives they've chosen. So when the news breaks that the pastor who presided over their weddings failed to file a few critical pieces of paper, none of these newlyweds are rushing down to the courthouse to legalize their vows. Instead, the brides share their hopes, disappointments, and secrets while grappling with that pivotal question: Should they stay or should they go?

"It isn't the big pleasures that count the most; it's making a great deal out of the little ones."— Jean Webster

Friday, April 02, 2010

Hannah's List By Debbie Macomber

Hannah's List
By Debbie Macomber
Publishing on April 27th 2010 by Mira
Hardcover, 400 pages

Make time for friends. Make time for Debbie Macomber. On the anniversary of his beloved wife's death, Dr. Michael Everett receives a letter Hannah had written him. In it she reminds him of her love and makes one final request. An impossible request: I want you to marry again. She tells him he shouldn't spend the years he has left grieving her. And to that end she's chosen three women she asks him to consider. First on Hannah's list is Winter Adams, a trained chef who owns a cafe on Seattle's Blossom Street. The second is Leanne Lancaster, Hannah's oncology nurse. Michael knows them both. But the third name is one he's not familiar with - Macy Roth. Each of these three women has her own heartache, her own private grief. During the months that follow, he spends time with Winter, Leanne and Macy, learning more about each of them...and about himself. 

My Thoughts: This book traces the life of a 40 something Pediatrician, Michael who has lost his beloved wife, Hannah of 11 years and whom he loved immensely. Even after an year, he is still sad, broken from inside and not ready to accept her non-existence. He accepts the fact that she is dead, but it is not ready to let go. Hannah's brother and Michael's best friend hands him a letter from Hannah. Hannah had asked Ritchie to wait an year and then give this letter to Michael. In the letter, Hannah asks Michael to move on with his life and goes as far as listing 3 probable women he could date. Knowing him, she is sure he needs this help more than anyone else. And thus Michael to honor Hannah's last wish meets and spends time with the 3 women.

Michael is a guarded and stubborn person who is not ready to let go of the grief that he has in his heart because of the loss of his wife. He holds on to it and his past and is not ready to acknowledge the fact that it is futile. He feels that if he was happy again, he would be guilty. All through, Hannah just wants him to let go of her and remember their times together as beautiful and just move on. She wants him to let go off of his guilt and walk towards happiness.

I definitely thought this was a slow read in the beginning but on the entry of the 3 women and there individual stories it suddenly became interesting and a great read. Of course it is a bit predictable but I really liked all the 3 women. There individual relationship problems, were lessons from which I learned a lot. Of course, Macy is a favorite and her quirkiness is her charm and it is a great experience seeing Michael winning over his emotional struggle and feeling happy. 

All in all, it was a nice, fluffy and cozy read. I am sure it will put a smile on anyone's face and you get to learn a thing or two about relationships as well. Recommended.
On a side note, I don't like that cover but it is relevant to the books plot :)
Thanks to NetGalley for my review copy.


"It isn't the big pleasures that count the most; it's making a great deal out of the little ones."— Jean Webster

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Shorty Talks: The Yellow Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Hello Everyone, Welcome to Spring into Short Stories week 2! And today I am featuring The Yellow Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. 
While reading on the author, this piece of information from Wiki dear, helped me understand the story a tad bit more ~~

Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (July 3, 1860 – August 17, 1935) was a prominent American sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform. She was a utopian feminist during a time when her accomplishments were exceptional for women, and she served as a role model for future generations of feminists because of her unorthodox concepts and lifestyle. Her best remembered work today is her semi-autobiographical short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper", which she wrote after a severe bout of post-partum depression.
When I first started reading this short story, I was not really sure what it was about. I only knew that it came with great recommendations from all the people I know read loads of great short stories. I rarely do any background check on any story I read. I just read a review, like it and then mark the story (if available online) to read. So the narration at first had me a bit confused. Well, I was worried, maybe this is the short story that will make me rethink about my love for this genre? Maybe I was on my short story reading block? I just could not get into the story at all for the 1st few paras. But I need not have worried, the story is not something that will draw u in immediately and is not one of those feel good, lovely stories, that I have made a pattern of reading. This one was a lot different and in a good way. 

This story is narrated by a women who is suffering from postpartum depression. Her husband who is a doctor brings her to a ancestral type beautiful house (which he has rented for 3 months), so that she can have a change of scene which might help her in getting better. This narrator of ours is not allowed much outside, inspite of the loveliness of the surroundings and there is another lady in the house who takes care of everything including the child. Our narrator does not get to see her baby as well, but is not really affected by it at all. Apart from a visit from her mother and family, they don't have any visitors either. The room in which she is put up is huge, airy and sparsely furnished with stuff taken from other rooms, but the thing that enlivens narrators imagination is the horrid yellow wallpaper in the room which is partially torn out by the kids who used to live there before them. She takes much interest in it and starts to see the pattern as though it had a life of its own. She is forbidden from writing, but she writes about the paper and other sundry things when her husband and the other lady are not around, and these journals make the story. As she gets obsessed with the paper, it creates a life of its own and what really happens next is for you to find out. 

I think if I had known what it was about, i would not have ventured into reading it. I mean think about my situation, I really do not want to read about postpartum depression! But it was not bad, not at all. It is a difficult story, I mean it is hard to sum up my feelings on it. I recommend it wholeheartedly. But this is not because it is my favorite, but because it si something that needs to be read. To be felt, actually. 

This will definitely be a story which will stay with me and who knows I might even reread it :)

I hope you guys take time to read it.

"It isn't the big pleasures that count the most; it's making a great deal out of the little ones."— Jean Webster