Archive | May 2012

The Da Vinci Code

The Louvre,Paris:the elderly curator of the museum has been violently murdered in the Grand Gallery.Harvard professor Robert Langdon is summoned to decipher the baffling codes which the police find alongside the body.As he and a gifted french cryptologist,Sophie Neveau,sort throught the bizarre riddles,they are stunned to find a trail that leads to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci-and suggests the answer to an old-age mystery that stretches deep in the vault of history.Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine code and quickly assemble the pieces of the puzzle,a stunning historical truth will be lost forever……..

An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe. An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last.
While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.
Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci—and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle—while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move—the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever.

If u`ll visit the Goodreads site then u wont get a good response.But i truly liked it.But i liked The Digital Fortress more than this.But not comparing these two would be better as they are totally different.I loved the way they both reach the end of the mystery but i didnt find the ending to be so good.But overall its a must read novel.Just because of a few ups and downs i dont think u can waste Dan Brown`s intelligent efforts.So i`ll give it a 9/10.There are some pictures given below which u`ll read about in the novel.I searched for them on the net,hence u`ll find them here.

The Painting of the Vitruvian Man-by Leonardo Da Vinci.

http://www.goldennumber.net/fibonser.htm This link is about the Fibonacci Series.

The painting The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci.

                              This picture depicts the place of the Holy Grail under the inverted pyramid.Refer to the very last chapter of Da Vinci Code.

Madonna of the Rocks-Leonardo Da Vinci.

Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci.

We also have a movie based on the same tile The Da Vinci Code.If u have any questions related to this u can always ask me.Mainly the questions would be related to the Holy Grail.Do tell me how u found this book and tell me ur views on the same.Happy reading to all the bookaholics. 🙂

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

An awe-inspiring, often hilarious, and unerringly honest story of one mother’s exercise in extreme parenting, revealing the rewards-and the costs-of raising her children the Chinese way.

All decent parents want to do what’s best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children’s individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua’s iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, her way-the Chinese way-and the remarkable results her choice inspires.

            This is Sophia,Amy and Lulu(from L-R)
Here are some things Amy Chua would never allow her daughters to do:

  •   have a playdate
  •   be in a school play
  •   complain about not being in a school play
  •   not be the #1 student in every subject except gym and drama
  •   play any instrument other than the piano or violin
  •   not play the piano or violin.

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is an eye-opening exploration of the differences in Eastern and Western parenting- and the lessons parents and children everywhere teach one another.

Okay so the mother is way too hard for the girls in their upbringing.But i like this book.Actually i haven`t experienced any of the Chinese parents yet so i don`t know whether all of them are hard or just some.But i am saved as my mother is not that way.She scolds me but not shouts at me and stuff like that.So parents are different,some are easy some are tough,and some are very very very tough like Amy Chua.I`ll rate it a 9/10.But would not like if anyone gets a scolding like this even if its for the best.Are your parents especially ur mother like Amy? Do comment on it.Visit this link http://amychua.com.Happy reading to all the bookaholics. 🙂

Anne Frank-The Diary of a young GIRL

Think of beauty still left around you and be happy…-Anne Frank

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annex” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

I read this when i was in class 8.We were supposed to read this in our summer vacations.3 years later today i have again ordered this book.I am truly very small in rating this book as its not something for pleasure.It`s the bitter truth of past and how people suffered so much.This was actually not supposed to be a diary but Anne Frank`s father,a survivor of the war published this.Its an amazing diary of a little girl who died at a young age of 15.How jews were treated so badly.

This book is not just meant for reading but understanding as well.Jews are equal as all of us.Hence we should give them equal respect and love.Discrimination on these basis should be eradicated from the roots so that the world doesn`t has to face such kind of a horrendous past.See below the real pictures of Anne Frank`s memory….

So do read this book,its excellent.I`ll rate it a 10/10 because i simply loved it.Do tell me your views on this.Happy reading to all the bookaholics……. 🙂

And then there were none

Its a short review but it definitely explains all.First there were ten: a group of strangers invited to a private island, cut off from the rest of the world(which is quite scary), who have nothing in common – except a murderous past. Then there were none: one by one, an unknown person is killing them off(i really got confused with the end). They’re the only people on the island, so they must assume the murderer is one of them, and only the dead are above suspicion. Or are they? Agatha Christie’s chilling, thrilling mystery novel, And Then There Were None, will leave readers on the edge of their seats, turning the pages for more.

According to the survey,this is one of the best novels written by Agatha Christie,the queen of crime novels.I loved this novel as there were minimum characters and you could always be clear with them.But i didn`t understand the end,maybe i was not concentrated enough to notice who the murderer was,but yes when i read it again i understood that.Its a must read novel for all who love crime and thriller novels.

I`ll rate it a 9.5/10 as it kept me entertained and thrilled me till the end.Do read it and tell me how you found this book.According to me its a fantabulous book.So happy reading to all the bookaholics. 🙂

 

To Sir With Love

Rick Braithwaite is a young black man, born in South America, who just got out of the Air Force. Now in Britain, Braithwaite is looking for a career, mainly to pay for food, but things do not work out as planned. He comes to know the malady of prejudice very well, as he is turned down from job after job. Braithwaite describes feeling “caught like an insect in the tweezers grip of prejudice.” Teaching becomes the therapy to set him free. When Mr. Braithwaite took the job as a teacher, he did not expect his students to be barbaric savages. Braithwaite has a hard time as he counters the cynicism of his impressionable students and, now and then, that of his colleagues also. The difficulties he faces, in getting students to focus on aspirations in the future rather than the upcoming weekend are painfully true. The need for inventive and genuine approaches to these educational challenges is abundantly clear. Gradually, he wins over the minds of his students as he tries to wipe clean their minds of prejudices. With hard work and dedication, he turns this class of delinquents into a class of young men and women with class. The whole time, Mr. Braithwaite realizes that it is not his skin color that is holding him back, but his attitude. He reflects that, “At first it was terrible, but gradually I’m learning what it means to live with dignity inside my black skin.”

This book was again recommended by our school so we had to read it.But let me tell you,its an awesome read and u`ll all love it.The theme and background of this book is completely different from the other books i`ve read,so i really enjoyed it.The lesson from this story we get is that all people in this world are equal.We should not discriminate people on the basis on color or any other ideological background.Hence with this good thought in mind,i definitely recommend this book to all.I`ll rate it a 10/10 for how Rick found his way through the people whom he loved and who hated it and criticised him.Its by E.R Braithwaite.We also have a movie based on it,so you can even watch that.

Do read it and tell me your reviews.This is a question for all-Do u believe in racial discrimination? or have u ever witnessed any such thing? If yes do tell the reasons.Happy reading to all the bookaholics. 🙂

Love Story

Love means never having to say you`re sorry….He is Oliver Barrett IV,a rich jock from a stuffy WASP family on his way to a Harvard degree and a career in law……She is Jenny Cavilleri,a wisecracking,working-class beauty studying music at Radcliffe.Opposite in nearly every way,Oliver and Jenny immediately attract,sharing a love that defies everything.yet will end too soon.A love that will linger in your heart now and forever.

This is a novel with a sad ending,but its an excellent one.If our school would not have made it compulsory to read it,then i probably wouldn`t have read it.But its a must read novel.Its short and crisp and very sweet.I dont like the part when Jenny dies,but there are so many frivolous rebukes between them that you`ll always find the book very encouraging and lively.There are many sweet and romantic-comedy moments and u`ll love it.I would definitely recommend it to everyone.

I`ll rate it a 9/10.Its written by Erich Segal.Do read this novel and tell me your comments.Happy reading to all the bookaholics. 🙂

Murder on the Orient Express

A man called Ratchett is murdered on the Orient Express.
He turns out to be a gangster known as Cassetti, who
killed three members of the same family (the Armstrongs)
and one of their employees. A Belgian detective, Poirot,
investigates. There are many confusing clues, but
he eventually discovers that all the passengers and a
conductor are in some way connected to the Armstrong
family and twelve of them are guilty of the murder. Poirot
decides not to tell the police, however, presumably because
he believes they are justified in their actions.

This was my first novel by Agatha Christie.Thanks to our school that recommended us to read this as a supplementary reading book.This book is very complicated as it has a list of characters of which u`ll definitely lose a track if u do not write it down somewhere.But those with good memory dont need to.This book is excellent as it has many elements and definitely a lot of mystery,confusion and suspense.I find it as one of the best crime novels i have ever read.So i`ll rate it a 9/10.Do read it tell me ur reviews,dont be lazy to just press the like button and not comment. 🙂 So happy reading to all the bookaholics.

 

 

 

 

The Romance Reading Challenge 2012

I’ve been waiting for this challenge! It’s hosted by Naida at The Bookworm.

Without further ado, here are the rules:

1. The challenge runs from January 1st, 2012 through December 31st, 2012.

2. “Romance” isn’t limited to steamy Harlequin novels. There is a huge selection of books in this category such as contemporary romance, historical romance, romantic suspense and paranormal romance to name a few. As long as the story has romantic love between the two main characters your selection will fit this challenge. The novels do not need to have a happy ending either, there can also be unrequited love.

3. Choose at least 5 novels to read. You can change your choices at any time. Crossovers between other challenges are fine.

All kinds of books count such as eBooks, Audiobooks…etc.

If you are looking for suggested reading see Best Romance Novels Today, Romance Novels on Wiki or Best Romance Stories.

In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with Jane Austen, Nora Roberts, Nicholas Sparks and Georgette Heyer.

4. Read the books at your own pace in 2012 then post the link to your review(s). You don’t need to have a blog, posting your reviews on Goodreads and LibraryThing counts as well.

Here are my choices that you can always see on my blog.

  1. Twilight Saga
  2. Vampire Diaires
  3. Morganville Vampires
  4. Blood Coven
  5. Blue Bloods
  6. Night World
  7. Vampire Academy
  8. House of Night
  9. Love Story by Erich Seagul

A to Z Book Challenge 2012

Technical Stuff
This challenge will run from January 1st, 2012 until December 31st, 2012.
You can join anytime.
If you are blogger, leave the link to your actual post about this challenge.
If you are not a blogger, leave a link to where you will be keeping track of this challenge.

So there are two different ways you can set up your own A-Z challenge.

A – Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the alphabet. For example: A – Atonement B- Black Beauty C – The Count of Monte Cristo D – Dances with Dragons etc.

OR

B – The lazy way (how I do it) : Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the books you are reading to the list. Hope that by the end of the year you have read one book for each letter. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find books to fit.

Since it is really hard to find titles beginning with X, the letter X just needs to be in the title somewhere.

So to join along….
1. Write a blog post about this challenge and whether you are going go with A or B.
2. Add the button to your blog.
3. Attach yourself to the linky.
4. Follow my blog so that you can see when I post the monthly challenge!

A– And then there were none

B-Battle Hymn of the Tiger mother-Amy Chua

C-Canterville Ghost:by Oscar Wilde

D-Digital Fortress: by Dan Brown

E-Eclipse:of Twilight Saga

F-Five little pigs:Agatha Christie

G-Girls that Growl:of Blood Coven

H-Hunted:House of Night series

I-The Initiation and the captive:of Secret Circle

J

K-Kiss of Death:of Morganville Vampires

L-Love Story by Erich Segal

M-Murder on the Orient Express:Agatha Christie

N-Nightfall:Vampire Diaries(The return trilogy),Night School:Blood Coven

O-One,Two buckle my shoes:Agatha Christie

P-Peril at the end house

Q

R-Revelations:of Blue Bloods series

S-Sleeping Murder

T-The Twilight (Saga):by Stephenie Meyer

U-Ugly Truth:of Diary of a Wimpy Kid,Untamed:of House of night

V-The Van Alen Legacy:of Blue Bloods

W-What Katy Did?:by Susan Coolidge

X

Y

Z

Eclectic Reader Challenge 2012

The Eclectic Reader Challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st 2012.The aim this challege is to read one book for each of the categories below.

Genres

  1. Literary Fiction-The adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  2. Crime/Mystery Fiction-Death on the Nile
  3. Romantic Fiction-Twilight Saga
  4. Historical Fiction-Oliver Twist
  5. Young Adult-Vampire Academy
  6. Fantasy-Morganville Vampires
  7. Science Fiction-Digital fortress
  8. Non Fiction-A night to remember,The diary of a young girl
  9. Horror-The Canterville Ghost
  10. Thriller /Suspense-Harry Potter
  11. Classic-The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  12. Your favourite genre-Vampire fiction fantasy,Blood Coven

So i find this challenge very interesting and innovative.It allows us to or rather pulls us from one path of reading the same genres and take us to the different path.Do see my reading list each marked with the reading challenge badge or marked with it.Happy reading to all the bookaholics.

Bucket Full of WISHES

Yeah even i have i bucket full of wishes……if not a bucket then atleast a glass full of wishes 🙂

Everyone wants to do some or the other things in life before its too late,so here`s mine,yeah i`ll keep on updating my list because i never know wat all things i might do or add.

  • Jump from a plane(ofcourse with a parachute..otherwise i wont be able to fulfill my rest wishes.

  • Jump from a height in water.But to do this my heart shud be strong which isnt right now.If i try it out now all my organs will come out of fear. 🙂
  • Meet Robert Pattinson,Kristen Stewart,Ian Somerhalder,Paul Wesley,Nina Dobrev.(I told u all i am a die hard fan of vampires)

  • I want to watch the movie Bucket list and Titanic as i havent watched either of these two.(Yeah i know,not watching Titanic is a shame.)
  • I want to be chef.Its on my list as i dont know what i`ll end up being later.

  • I want to learn driving a car.Yeah i can do so the next year when i turn 18.
  • I want to have a big and beautiful wardrobe with all the beautiful and best dresses.
  • All the best vampire novels should be on my shelf.(Yeah i have 98% of them but what abt the rest 2%?)
  • I have a casio/piano and i know how to play many songs ,actually some songs,but i want to learn more and know the knack of playing the piano.
  • Take self-defense classes.It wud be fun and also useful later.
  • Buy a chilli pepper spray.I always plan to buy one but end up doing nothing.
  • I know how to swim,but i left swimming as i suffered from typhoid due to this.But so what when i`ll grow rich i`ll have my personal pool.
  • Oh yeah for a pool i have to be rich because a bungalow with pool is very expensive.So i want to become rich definitely with hard work.
  • I want to visit the temples of South India,they are very famous and breathtaking.
  • Then what abt Maldives? I want to go there also.Its another beautiful island with corals etc.I love beaches but i dont like the hills so much,round and round makes me dizzy at times.
  • I want to visit the Madame Tussauds.
  • Help any organisation namely Goonj,to help the underpriviledged.You cant be happy without helping others.Can you?
  • I want to buy lots of novels and read them and then post their reviews here and get lots of comments and follow-ups.
  • Go on a shopping spree.Am a spendthrift,but still i do save money.So shopping is the best option to blow it all off and also a bookstore.
  • I love camel riding.Whenever i visit Jaipur(in India) i always do camel riding.Scared to death when it rises and sits.But still i love camel riding.
  • I want to learn salsa dance.In one second the dancers are here and in other second they are there.But for that i need a good body figure which i dont have(so wat i`ll be thin in future).So lets put this wish for  later.
  • Skating is another thing i wish to learn.I hope i will fulfill all these wishes.
  • Oh God how did i forget this and didnt put it on the top of this list.I want to witness snowfall.Yeah i know i havent but its not too late.I`ll definitely visit a place at the time of snowfall.
  • Fishing is an awesome thing to do.This is one thing i would definitely want to try out first.
  • Horse-back riding is also a good sport,i hope the horse wudnt mind my weight. 🙂
  • I want to go on a cruise.I went once in Dubai.
  • With the thought of Dubai how can i forget the desert safari.It was awesome and terrifying.So i want to try it out again.
  • I want to visit the Seven Wonders Of the World.
  • Visit the rose garden in Chandigarh,India.
  • I want to visit the Rashtapati Bhavan and the Mughal Garden in New Delhi.

                                        

  • I want to learn how to fly kites.
  • On my friend`s reminder let me tell you i want to wear a golden and deep heavy maroon bridal dress on my marriage,with a delicate diamond necklace.I hope i get this dress at the right time. 🙂

Oh God i think the bucket is over-flowing so why not i pen down now and add on more later.Thnks for keeping patience,and do tell me urs to do list.Do leave a comment. 🙂