Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Wassup on Monday?!

For other responses please do visit J.Kaye's Book Blog!

I am immersed in the story of Bella and Edward :)

Yeah! I finally started Twilight! I had my reservations, I really thought I will NOT like it :)
But I cannot be happier when I announce that Twilight is un-put-downable :)
Loving it so far!

I finished Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, and actually liked that one too! Review to follow soon!
What are you reading and what are you loving this week?!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sam's Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson

Sam' Letters to Jennifer
James Patterson
2006, 272 pages

From Amazon.com,

Jennifer returns to the resort village where she grew up to help a beloved relative-and ends up experiencing not one but two of the most amazing love stories she's ever known. The first is completely unexpected. In a series of letters that Jennifer finds, her relative reveals that she has concealed a huge secret for decades: Her great love is not the man she was married to for all those years. As Jennifer reads about this passionate partnership, she learns more about love's imperatives and secrets than she ever dreamed possible. And then comes the biggest surprise of all. At a time when she thought she could never love again, Jennifer lets her guard down for a moment-and is suddenly caught up in the greatest flight of exhilaration she's ever known.But, just as suddenly, she learns that this new love comes with an unbearable cost.Jennifer doesn't think she can survive the pain-but the letters she's been reading make her think that love may help her find a way.
This book was a part of Readers Digest Selected Editions, along with 3 other books that came as a set. I am thankful I read the abridged version, because I don't think I would have really finished the full version. No, don't get me wrong, I didn't completely hate the book but then...

This is the story of Jennifer who recently lost the love of her life because of an accident, for which she blames herself. She is shocked when she gets a call telling her that her great-grandmother had fallen and was in a coma. Jennifer is shattered at the very thought of losing Sam, her great grand mom. She leaves everything aside and rushes to Sam's beautiful house, where a bunch of numbered letters are awaiting her. As she meets up with Sam and lives in her house and aits for her recovery... she reads Sam's letters a few at a time. Through the letters, unfolds a story, she would have never known or thought about, about her grandmom. Through those letters she finds the courage to open herself to love and to life.

Somewhere I found it was similar to PS. I love You [ I have seen the movie]. Of course the story is different, but I couldn't help but compare.

Actually it is a very nice story. There are some questions that you really want answers too, and you just move through, to find the answers. Light, emotional read. But at times, I found it boring. And most of the times, I thought many of it was predictable.

So, you know I am kind of not sure, if i want to give it 3 or 2 star :)!

For being a quick read and nice story... I give it a 3 star :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Cover Attractions

Saw the above one while surfing Sarah Dessen's books :)

Saw the above one @ S. Krishna's and loved it! What do you think?!

What are the covers you are attracted to this week?! Find out about others at Marcia's


I won a copy of In Over Her Head @ Dar's Peeking Between the Pages!
She is been so nice to send me her copy :) :)

YES! and this post is to thank her :)

Thank you so very much for this lovely jesture and giving me a chance to win :) I really hope to enjoy this one :)
I know I will

Thank You Dar!

Did you guys win anything?! :) :) I did! I did! YAY!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Monday's here, what are you reading this week?!

Thanks J. Kaye for hosting this. Head over to J. Kaye's to see everyone elses responses!

I am reading -

Apart from this I am STILL reading some of the books from last week :'(
I finished 'When I was a soldier'! So that's the only good news I have :)

What are you reading on Monday?

Friday, June 19, 2009

T4MC Week 2!

Completed -
A Book about a Biblical Character [ 15 points]

A book I read just because I like the cover - [ 5 points]

A book by an author you have not read so far [ 10 points!] - pending book review
Total - 30 points! :) :)

I am slow, but I am definitely making progress! :)

Join this challenge!


Bookgirl of Bookgirl's Nightstand was very sweet to award me with this wonderful award! I feel honoured and loved!
Thank You Bookgirl!
Now to pass it -

Beth F
Bethany {deadlock girl}
Jill {SoftDrink}
S. Krishna

If you have not read their blogs, you are missing out on loads of stuff!
Hope you ALL have a great day!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Between the Tides by Patti Callahan Henry

Between the Tides
Patti Callahan Henry
June, 2007

First and foremost a BIG THANK YOU to Softdrink for sending me this beautiful book. Patti Callahan Henry’s Between the Tides is an amazing story of self realization and of love.

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.

How True, right?

I loved this book, and it is one book that I don’t want to let go and give off to someone else.
The best thing I loved about this book is that each chapter starts with a famous saying such as the above and they are all so true and beautiful.
Though it was a little predictable for me, but I loved the way the story was told, revealing bit by bit just like unraveling a secret kept for years, just like arousing the feelings suppressed for years; just like finding those tears, that had dried years before.

Patti Callahan Henry has beautifully sketched the place where she wanted her main protagonist to live, and you can see its beauty through the words that bring it to life.

This is the story of a women who believed that she had done a big sin when she was a young little girl and lived with the guilt of it till her father, her mentor dies and asks her 3 simple questions through a letter he gives to his trusted friend and student. She on the journey of answering these questions goes back to the place where she belonged and finds out about things that she had never known.

I hope you guys read this book :)

Thanks again SoftDrink :)

PS- I love the book cover and that's the reason for a larger image :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cover Attractions

The cover is just simple and just so sweet! I love the kid and everything :)
It is just cute :)
I don't have the book, but happened to find it while browsing GoodReads

And I also fell in love with this cover which I saw at Alea's Pop Culture Junkie :)

I just LOVE it!What cover are you attracted to this week?!
Head over to Marcia's to know more about Cover attractions !

The Garden of Ruth by Eva Etzioni-Halevy

The Garden of Ruth
Eva Etzioni-Halevy
293 Pages
Published in 2006

From the blurb -
Sitting beneath a tree in ancient Bethlehem, Osnath, niece of the prophet Samuel, examines a dusty scrap of parchment she found hidden in her relative’s scroll room. Scrawled on the decaying page is an intriguing message addressed to Ruth the Moabite—great-grandmother of David, the future king of Israel. Compelled to discover the truth about Ruth’s life, Osnath begins searching for the identity of Ruth’s nameless lover and the secret that is cloaked behind his anonymity. But as she digs deeper into the past, she finds her inquiries blocked by David’s brother Eliab. What is the long-buried truth he fears will come to light? And what is the threat that Ruth’s story poses to his family’s vast inheritance?

First of all thanks a lot to the author Eva Etzioni-Halevy for sending me this lovely book. I have previously read and reviewed The Triumph of Deborah and loved it, so was looking forward to this one. And yes, I liked it too, maybe not as much as The Triumph of Deborah but loved it nevertheless.

The story of Ruth is well known for all who have read the Bible and I am not one of them.
The story starts with a young beautiful Israelite girl, Osnath traveling to Bethlehem to meet her extended family. Osnath has the ability to read and write, which is a rare quality possessed by women in those times. She is educated by her mother, who herself is a scribe and also by her father. She loves reading and writing scrolls and to her amazement finds a scroll room in there neighbors house. This is where she accidentally stumbles upon a few of Ruth's poems which depict her life. Another scroll adds to the mystery about Ruth's life which Osnath is determined to unravel. She is undeterred by the stiff objections from Ruth's descendants. Osnath knows that there is a secret that Eliab, Ruth's great grandson is trying to protect and she wants to know it and write about it too. Osnath gets help from her uncle Prophet Smauel and bit by bit uncovers the truth. In her journey to find the truth, she falls in love with Eliab's youngest brother David, who is destined to be the King. She later realizes her true love and fights for him just as Ruth fought for hers.

This story shows women of strength who fought for there causes among there own kin and others. It is a beautifully written work and an amazing story! Eva has done a beautiful job of showcasing the strength of women in times when there choices were very limited. This book is highly recommended.

4 Stars!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

It's Monday! What are you reading?!

For everyone elses responses, please visit J. Kaye at J. Kaye's Book Blog. What am I reading this week?

Actually I am liking ALL of the books.

Call of the wild is an eBook which is about a dog. Now you know why I picked this up :)

When I was a Soldier is my first book for the Orbis Terrarum 09 Challenge. I am liking this one too :)

Mosaic is one book that I am really loving at the moment

Deception Point is enjoyable and a page-turner! But I must admit I liked the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Daemons much better.

Thanks J. Kaye!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The Four Month Challenge

**Updated books in the list**

About T4MC,

Virginie Says

So, I decided to make up my own challenge – mostly to push myself to get off the computer and read more! Plus, it will help me whittle down that TBR list…lol Here it is. Join if you like. It runs from June 1 to September 30.

5 Point Challenges

  1. Read a Chick Lit book

  2. Read a historical fiction book -- Footsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyer

  3. Read a book just because you like the cover ~~ Between the Tides

  4. Read anything by Jean Plaidy

  5. Read a book with a number in the title
  6. 10 Point Challenges

  7. Read a book about Royalty (biography or fiction) -- Nefertiti

  8. Read a classic
    Read a book by an author you’ve never read before ~~ Sam Letter's to Jennifer

  9. Read a celebrity biography/autobiography

  10. Read a hardcover book -- Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran

  11. 15 Point Challenges

  12. Read a book with a one word title ~~ Mosaic

  13. Read a book based on a Biblical character ~~ The Garden of Ruth

  14. Read a book that was made into a movie - Twilight

  15. Read a book by an author born in June, July, August or September ~~ Just Listen (Sarah Dessen)

  16. Read a book with a summer word in the title (summer, sun, sand, hot, etc.) -- The Girl who played with Fire

  17. 20 Point Challenges

  18. Read a book in a series AND the one after it ~~

  19. Read a Danielle Steele AND a Maeve Binchy book

  20. Read a book from the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list (http://www.listology.com/list/1001-books-you-must-read-you-die) ~~ Memoirs of a Geisha

  21. Read a book considered Christian Fiction

  22. Read a book of your choice BUT read it outside

250 Points total


I got to know about this challenge from Sandra's lovely 'Fresh Ink Books' :)

I have started with a 15 point Challenge, that is 'Read a book based on a Biblical character' -

I will be posting the review soon!

Total Points - 135!!


Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Cover Attractions

Cover Attraction is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.

Just like her, I also am attracted to a book by it's cover-art.
Something mesmerizing, something beautiful ot something witty; if it is an eye-candy, I will sure give it a try. Thanks Marcia for hosting this lovely event. Rohinton Mistry's much accoladed 'Family Matters' is my choice for the week :)

I have seen some lovely Cover Attractions, that are all feast to the eyes :), and here are some links -

Marcia's Cover Attraction ~ A Sweet Disorder by Jacqueline Kolosov

Dar's Cover Attraction

Gautami's Cover Attraction

See them all and enjoy :)

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Secret Vampire by L.J. Smith

Secret Vampire (Night World)
By L. J. Smith
242 Pages
Published in 1997

Poppy is a normal 16 year old, anxiously looking forward to the start of the summer vacations. But her life is turned upside down, when she is diagonised with pancreatic cancer and has a very little days to live. Poppy's best friend James, is devastated when he comes to know of his love's condition and decides to save her from death. James is a vampire and he can save Poppy by turning her into a vampire as well. But once James does that, Poppy and he will have to hide from Poppy's past, where she is dead and from the vampire - world ... the night world because among the vampires they believe in telling noone who they are, and they are not to fall in love with a human as well.

This is an engrossing fast read, with the thrills that keep you tugged somewhere comfortable with the book :)
For anyone who loves YA, Twilight kind of series; this book is for you.
I would love to read the next book in the seiies too :)
4 on 5 definitely.