Wild – Cheryl Strayed

wild-cheryl-strayedTitle : Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Author : Cheryl Strayed

ISBN-10 :  0307476073

ISBN-13 : 978-0307476074

Paperback : 315 pages

The Plot :

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Review :

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, as the name suggests is a book about finding yourself. It is a journey of self-discovery that the author goes through where she is able to dig deep into her past and her fears. Although I did find certain sections of the book a little slow at times, overall it was a good read.

What I loved about this book were the picturesque descriptions. The one important lesson I think I took away from the read was the realisation that forgiving ourselves for past mistakes is the only way to move on and embrace how they change and define us.

Buy the Book From : https://www.amazon.com/Wild-Found-Pacific-Crest-Trail/dp/0307476073

Find Out More About the Author : http://www.cherylstrayed.com

Find Out More About the Movie : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2305051/

 

 

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

thepictureofdoriangrayTitle: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Author: Oscar Wilde

ISBN-10:  1515190994

ISBN-13: 978-1515190998

Paperback: 140 pages

The Plot:

At eighteen, the handsome Dorian Gray has his portrait painted, which prompts an admirer, Lord Henry Wotton, to declare that life is nothing without beauty and sensuous gratification.

Suddenly scared of growing old and ugly, Dorian makes the fateful wish that the painted image should age rather than himself. Then – fearless of the consequences – he launches on a life of excess and depravity.

Wilde’s cautionary tale, published in 1891, describes how every sin that Dorian commits is reflected in the portrait. The painting is banished to his attic, where the image finally becomes so loathsome that Dorian tries to destroy it.

Review:

The Picture of Dorian Gray is written by Oscar Wilde. Need I say more? I found the concept of the book intriguing and that is what made me pick up this book initially. I enjoyed the character of Henry Wotton and his sense of humor the most. The end was not something I was expecting but made the read even better.

What I loved about the book is right from the get go it is witty and charming and makes you take some time out and think. Every line is like poetry. Some sections were so beautiful that I kept re-reading them and marveling at the language. Overall I loved it and it has become one of my favourite books and so I highly recommend it!

Links:

Buy the Book From: https://www.amazon.com/Picture-Dorian-Gray-Oscar-Wilde/dp/1515190994

Find Out More About the Author: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Wilde

Find Out More About the Movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037988/

The Hundred Secret Senses – Amy Tan

Titlethehundredsecretsenses: The Hundred Secret Senses

Author: Amy Tan

ISBN-10:  0143119087

ISBN-13: 978-0143119081

Paperback: 368 pages

The Plot:

Olivia Yee is only five years old when Kwan, her seventeen-year-old-half-sister from China, comes to live with the family and turns her world upside down. She is bombarded day and night with Kwan’s stories from the world of Yin – romantic tales of ghosts who were once bandit maidens, strange accounts of missionaries and mercenaries from another world. Olivia just wants to lead a normal American life.

For the next thirty years, Olivia unhappily endures visits from Kwan and her ghosts, who appear in the living world to offer advice on everything from restaurants to Olivia’s failed marriage. But just when Olivia cannot bear it anymore, the revelations of a tragic, hundred-year-old family secret gives her the opportunity to reconcile these ghosts from the past with the dreams of her future…

With a sharp eye for the tragi-comedy of those whose lives are caught between two cultures, Amy Tan weaves an extraordinary and inspiring tale. In prose which blends the deceptive simplicities of fairy tales with vivid characterisation and a sly, poignant humour, she proves once again that she has no rivals – Amy Tan is the quintessential storyteller.

Review:

Another amazing book by Amy Tan. A beautify story narrated equally well with a mix of humour and emotion, it was an amazing read. Parts of it made me chuckle while parts were heartbreaking. I loved the characters, especially Kwan and her stories of distant lands and times.

As with her previous novels that I have read, ‘The Valley of Amazement’ and ‘Saving Fish From Drowning’, what I loved about this book was the way the story of the characters comes full circle, making the end all the more satisfying. A highly recommended read!

Links:

Buy the Book From: https://www.amazon.com/Hundred-Secret-Senses-Novel/dp/0143119087

Find Out More About the Author: https://www.amytan.net/

The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson

The 100 Year Old ManTitle : The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared

Author : Jonas Jonasson

ISBN-10 :  1401324649

ISBN-13 : 978-1401324643

Paperback : 400 pages

The Plot :

A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it’s not too late to start over . . .

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).

It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.

Review :

A hilarious read! I loved it from the very first page until the end. The main characters are so distinctly culled out and make such an impression. There were moments where I laughed out loud and for the rest I was chuckling. What I loved most were the cameos by some of the most powerful political figures on the century and how well it was woven into the plot line. All in all it’s a wonderful escapist read.

Links :

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Find Out More About the Author : http://jonasjonasson.com/

Yes Please – Amy Poehler

Yes PleaseTitle : Yes Please

Author : Amy Poehler

ISBN-10 :  0062268341

ISBN-13 : 978-0062268341

Paperback : 329 pages

The Plot :

Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central’s Upright Citizens Brigade? Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live, and in movies like Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, and They Came Together? Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation? Did you wish you were in the audience at the last two Golden Globes ceremonies, so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy’s one-liners?

If your answer to these questions is “Yes Please!” then you are in luck. In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy, Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice. With chapters like “Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend,” “Plain Girl Versus the Demon” and “The Robots Will Kill Us All” Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Honest, personal, real, and righteous, Yes Please is full of words to live by.

Review :

Having been an Amy Poehler fan, longer than I can remember, I jumped at the chance to read this book and it did not disappoint. It is hilarious at times, and wise at times. Peppered with incidents from her life and advise that is not the kind you roll your eyes at, this makes for a fun, quick read. The insight into some of the SNL sketches and the relationships that the cast members build up is shown beautifully in this book.

The thing I loved most about the book has to be its personal tone. I felt like I was having a chat with Amy in my living room. An extremely fun read for any Amy Poehler fan.

Links :

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/Yes-Please-Amy-Poehler/dp/0062268341

Find Out More About the Author : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Poehler

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The Lady of The Rivers – Philippa Gregory

Lady of the RiversTitle : The Lady of The Rivers

Author : Philippa Gregory

ISBN-10 :  1416563717

ISBN-13 : 978-1416563716

Paperback : 480 pages

The Plot :

When the young and beautiful Jacquetta is married to the older Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy. Her only friend in the great household is the duke’s squire Richard Woodville, who is at her side when the duke’s death leaves her a wealthy young widow. The two become lovers and marry in secret, returning to England to serve at the court of the young King Henry VI, where Jacquetta becomes a close and loyal friend to his new queen.

The Woodvilles soon achieve a place at the very heart of the Lancaster court, though Jacquetta has visions of the growing threat from the people of England and the danger of their royal York rivals. Jacquetta fights for her king and queen, as she sees an extraordinary and unexpected future for her daughter Elizabeth: a change of fortune, the white rose of York, and the throne of England…

Review :

After finishing the entire Tudor Court series by Philippa Gregory, I had very high expectations for this book, which is the first in the Cousins’ War series. In short it not just lived up but has been a really exciting read.

Philippa Gregory manages to weave in court intrigue, with history and amazing imagery from the 15th century beautifully, in this story about Jacquetta of Luxembourg. The choice of her as the protagonist is so interesting, since there isn’t too much information available about her. The book throws light on the perceptions of magic and witchcraft

Looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.

Links :

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Find Out More About the Author : http://www.philippagregory.com/

Find Out More About the Show : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2372220/

Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

LITOCTitle : Love in the Time of Cholera

Author : Gabriel Garcia Marquez

ISBN-10 :  0307389731

ISBN-13 : 978-0307389732

Paperback : 368 pages

The Plot :

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs–yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.

Review :

I have been meaning to read this book for quite some time, and I finally managed to read it and it did not disappoint. I quite enjoyed the story spread across more than five decades. The author has a very unique style of writing that makes you feel he is sitting right beside you narrating the story.

I loved the subtle humour and the plot as a whole. The characters are quirky and the story as a whole is very readable. All in all I enjoyed the book.

Links :

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/Love-Time-Cholera-Oprahs-Book/dp/0307389731

Find Out More About the Author : http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1982/marquez-bio.html

Find Out More About the Movie : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0484740/

Deception Point – Dan Brown

Deception PointTitle : Deception Point

Author : Dan Brown

ISBN-10: 1416524800

ISBN-13 : 978-1416524809

Paperback : 752 pages

The Plot :

A shocking scientific discovery. A conspiracy of staggering brilliance. A thriller unlike any you’ve ever read….

When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory — a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable: evidence of scientific trickery — a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy. But before she can warn the president, Rachel and Michael are ambushed by a team of assassins. Fleeing for their lives across a desolate and lethal landscape, their only hope for survival is to discover who is behind this masterful plot. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all.

Review :

Another thriller by Dan Brown, that moves at a break neck pace. The story is fantastical yet believable. This book has his trademark mix of hateful and likable characters. It is different from I his other works yet has his stamp all over it. I turn to a Dan Brown when I want to be totally immersed and lost in a story and this book was ideal for it. Overall, I loved the book. Highly recommended.

Links:

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/Deception-Point-Dan-Brown/dp/1416524800

Find Out More About the Author : http://www.danbrown.com

The Hours – Michael Cunningham

The HoursTitle : The Hours

Author : Michael Cunningham

ISBN-10 :  0312243022

ISBN-13 : 978-0312243029

Paperback : 240 pages

The Plot :

Michael Cunningham draws on the life and work of Virginia Woolf to tell the story of a group of contemporary characters who are struggling with the conflicting claims of love and inheritance, hope and despair.

The novel opens with an evocation of Woolf’s last days before her suicide in 1941, and moves to the stories of two modern American women who are trying to make rewarding lives for themselves in spite of the demands of friends, lovers and family.

With rare ease and assurance, Cunningham makes the two women’s lives converge with Virginia Woolf’s in an unexpected and heartbreaking way. As the Novel jump-cuts through the twentieth century, every line resonates with Cunningham’s clear, strong, surprisingly lyrical contemporary voice.

Review :

Having seen the movie before reading the book, I had great expectations for it, and it truly lived up to all the high hopes. The story beautifully transitions between these women spread across eras. The common thread that runs through the three stories is Virginia Woolf’s book ‘Mrs Dalloway’.

For me, this was one of the rare books that had me dumbfounded and thinking for long after I had finished it. A quick one sitting read, but with such a deep meaning, this is definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year. Highly recommended!

Links :

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/The-Hours-Novel-Michael-Cunningham/dp/0312243022

Find Out More About the Author : http://www.michaelcunninghamwriter.com/

Find Out More About the Movie : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0274558/

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

The GoldfinchTitle : The Goldfinch

Author : Donna Tartt

ISBN-10 :  0316055433

ISBN-13 : 978-0316055437

Paperback : 775 pages

The Plot :

Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, miraculously survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is bewildered by his new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years he clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the criminal underworld.

As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. Alienated and in love – and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey, through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph – a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.

Review :

This has to be, by far one of my favourite books so far. The story is heart wrenching and hauntingly beautiful. It is written beautifully and leaves such a lasting impression. The characters are so distinct and human that you can’t help feel for them. What I liked best about the book was how beautifully it ended. There were small parts where I felt the character was rambling and could have been cut from the book but overall, I think it was an amazing read. Highly recommended.

Links :

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/The-Goldfinch-Novel-Pulitzer-Fiction/dp/0316055433

Find Out More About the Author : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donna_Tartt

Find Out More About the Movie : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3864056/

The Legend of Sheba – Tosca Lee

The Legend of ShebaTitle : The Legend of Sheba

Author : Tosca Lee

ISBN-10 :  1451684045

ISBN-13 : 978-1451684049

Paperback : 336 pages

The Plot :

Her name is legend. Her story the epic of nations. The queen of Sheba.

Here is a tale that is told. A desert queen journeyed north with a caravan of riches to pay tribute to a king and his one God.

The story of a queen conquered by a king before she returned to her home land laden with gifts.

This is the tale you are meant to believe.

Which means most of it is a lie.

The truth is far more than even the storytellers could conjure. The riches more priceless. The secrets more corrosive. The love and betrayal more passionate and devastating.

Across the Red Sea, the pillars of the great oval temple once bore my name: Bilqis, Daughter of the Moon. Here, to the west, the porticoes knew another: Makeda, Woman of Fire. To the Israelites, I was queen of the spice lands, which they called Sheba.

Review :

Knowing shockingly little about Bilqis, the Queen of Sheba, myself I loved the details and history in this book. Tosca Lee has managed to convey a lot of history in a few pages. The rich setting and the beauty of Bilqis is conveyed so well it is almost palpable. The amout of research involved definitely shows, especially since there isn’t much information available freely about the Queen of Sheeba.

It is well written and the story is intriguing. A little slow for my tastes but definitely worth a read.

Links :

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/The-Legend-Sheba-Rise-Queen/dp/1451684045

Find Out More About the Author : http://www.toscalee.com/

The Sands Of Time – Sidney Sheldon

sands of timeTitle : The Sands Of Time

Author : Sidney Sheldon

ISBN-10 : 0688065716

ISBN-13 : 978-0688065713

Paperback : 412 pages

The Plot :

Spain. A land of eternal passion and unceasing bloodshed. From the vengeance of a pitiless tyrant, four women flee the sacred, once-safe walls of a convent: LUCIA, the proud survivor harbouring a murderous secret from the savage clan wars of Sicily…GRACIELLA, the beauty still unpurged of guilt from one reckless, youthful sin…MEGAN, the orphan seeking perilous refuge in the arms of a defiant Basque rebel…and TERESA, the believer haunted by a faith that mocks her with silence. Leaving innocence but not hope behind, they venture into an alien, dazzling world, where each will encounter an unexpected destiny — and the truth about herself.

Review :

I have been a long-time fan of Sidney Sheldon and so I decided to re-read this book. It did not disappoint. As always his plot line and characters are rich and the book kept me glued to it from start to finish. A quick read, it is full of excitement. It is a classic Sidney Sheldon. A definite must read for anyone who enjoys his writing. This would indeed make an amazing movie!

Links:

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/The-Sands-Time-Sidney-Sheldon/dp/0688065716/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0

Find Out More About the Author : http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/features/sidneysheldon/books.html

 

Angels and Demons – Dan Brown

Angels and DemonsTitle : Angels and Demons

Author : Dan Brown

ISBN-10: 0743486226

ISBN-13 : 978-0743486224

Paperback : 572 pages

The Plot :

An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. An unthinkable target. When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to his first assignment to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol — seared into the chest of a murdered physicist — he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati…the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy — the Catholic Church.

Langdon’s worst fears are confirmed on the eve of the Vatican’s holy conclave, when a messenger of the Illuminati announces they have hidden an unstoppable time bomb at the very heart of Vatican City. With the countdown under way, Langdon jets to Rome to join forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to assist the Vatican in a desperate bid for survival.

Embarking on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome toward the long-forgotten Illuminati lair…a clandestine location that contains the only hope for Vatican salvation.

Critics have praised the exhilarating blend of relentless adventure, scholarly intrigue, and cutting wit found in Brown’s remarkable thrillers featuring Robert Langdon. An explosive international suspense, Angels & Demons marks this hero’s first adventure as it careens from enlightening epiphanies to dark truths as the battle between science and religion turns to war.

Review :

This is the first novel of the Robert Langdon series which introduces us to the Harvard professor of Symbology. Like any Dan Brown thriller, it is fast paced and very very addictive. It is what I would call a genuine page turner. It sucks you in from the first page and leads to an amazing climax. Over all highly recommended.

Links:

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/Angels-Demons-Dan-Brown/dp/0743486226/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

Find Out More About the Author : http://www.danbrown.com

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Angel Of The Dark – Tilly Bagshawe

Angel of the darkTitle : Angel Of The Dark

Author : Tilly Bagshawe

ISBN-10: 0062073419

ISBN-13: 978-0062073457

Paperback : 304 Pages

The Plot :

LAPD Detective Danny McGuire could never forget the face of Angela Jakes and the nightmare she endured—raped, beaten, and tied to the murdered body of her elderly husband, multimillionaire art dealer Andrew. His obsession nearly cost McGuire his sanity, even after the stunning young widow disappeared without a trace. Ten years later, living in France and working for Interpol, he’s put the past behind him . . . until Matt Daley, Andrew Jakes’s estranged son, walks into his life.

Digging into his father’s still-unsolved murder, Matt has uncovered three identical slayings, and soon he is joining forces with Danny to pursue a brilliant, elusive killer across the globe. But in Hong Kong everything starts to crumble as Matt is irresistibly drawn to the most recent widow, beautiful Lisa Baring, whom Danny suspects may be someone far more sinister than just another victim . . .

Review:

Having been a Sidney Sheldon fan for some time now, I was disappointed with this book. The story was predictable yet implausible. It is a fast paced read when you have nothing better to read. Although the book starts well, the end is not at all impressive. Overall, I would say not worth it.

Links:

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/Sidney-Sheldons-Angel-Dark-Sheldon-ebook/dp/B005UD1G2I/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1&qid=1389576285

Find Out More About the Author : http://www.tillybagshawe.com/

The Other Queen – Philippa Gregory

The Other QueenTitle : The Other Queen

Author : Philippa Gregory

ISBN-10 :  1416549129

ISBN-13 : 978-1416549123

Paperback : 448 pages

The Plot :

Fleeing violent rebellions in Scotland, Mary looks to Queen Elizabeth of England for sanctuary. Though promised protection, Mary, perceived as a serious threat to the English crown, is soon imprisoned by her former friend as a “guest” in the house of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick. The newly married couple welcomes the condemned queen into their home certain that serving as her hosts and jailers will bring them an advantage in the cutthroat world of the Elizabethan court.

To their horror, they grow to realize that the task will bankrupt their estate and lose them what little favour they’ve managed to gain as their home becomes the epicentre of intrigue and rebellion against Queen Elizabeth. And Mary is not as hopeless as she appears, manipulating the earl and spinning her own web of treachery and deceit, as she sharpens her weapons to reclaim her Scottish throne—and to take over Queen Elizabeth’s of England.

Review :

Told from the alternating perspectives of Mary Queen of Scots, George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, and his wife, Bess of Hardwick, this is sixth and last book in the Tudor Court Series by Philippa Gregory. Like the other books in the series, this one is beautifully written, giving a rare glimpse into the Elizabethan court.

The characters are mesmerizing and the plots are rich. What I loved about this book was the three different perspectives of looking at the same incident. The author beautifully juxtaposes the different ways of looking at a situation that is tainted by loyalties and personal gain. A definite must read. It leaves you craving for more.

Links :

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/The-Other-Queen-Philippa-Gregory/dp/1442304731

Find Out More About the Author : http://www.philippagregory.com/

The Tudor Rose – Margaret Campbell Barnes

The Tudor RoseTitle : The Tudor Rose

Author : Margaret Campbell Barnes

ISBN-10 :  1402224680

ISBN-13 : 978-1402224683

Paperback : 336 pages

The Plot :

Her choices will decide the fate of a kingdom.

The untimely death of King Edward IV throws England into a tempest of treachery. Elizabeth of York, the king’s oldest daughter, watches helplessly as her uncle Richard imprisons her two brothers – the would-be kings- in the Tower, never to be seen again. The mystery of what happened to the two princes rattles England, and King Richard III knows that the best claim to the throne lies with Elizabeth. Faced with the prospect of marrying a murderer, Elizabeth clings to the hope that exiled knight Henry Tudor can force a battle, avenge her brothers, and win her hand – and her kingdom.

The marriage of Henry and Elizabeth brings together the red rose of Lancaster and the white rose of York, producing a thornless Tudor rose. But the prospect that one of the doomed princes still lives haunts their lives, casting doubt on Henry VII’s crown. Elizabeth is torn between the ghost of a brother she can’t forget and the son whose reign will change the face of England.

Review :

Beautifully written, The Tudor Rose tells the story of Elizabeth of York, a strong Queen who birthed a dynasty and forever changed the face of England.

What I loved about the book is the characterization of Elizabeth of York. Despite being the only legitimate heir to the throne, Elizabeth has little power, for England is not ready to crown a woman as their monarch. Constantly fighting plots against her family by other member of her family, she brings together the Lancaster and the York roses and ends the feud between the cousins constantly fighting each other. She holds on to her hope that her brothers are still alive yet she knows that if they are alive it would mean her husband and sons’ claim to the throne would be lost. The quandary that she faces is beautifully described. A definite must read for any historical fiction lover.

Links :

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/The-Tudor-Rose-Kingdom-Birthed/dp/1402224680

Find Out More About the Author : http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/margaret-campbell-barnes

The Virgin’s Lover – Philippa Gregory

TVLTitle : The Virgin’s Lover

Author : Philippa Gregory

ISBN-10 :  0743256158

ISBN-13 : 978-0743256155

Paperback : 448 pages

The Plot :

From the author of The Other Boleyn Girl and The Queen’s Fool comes a stunning portrait of the first perilous years of Elizabeth I’s reign.

As a new queen, Elizabeth faces two great dangers: the French invasion of Scotland, which threatens to put Mary Queen of Scots on her throne, and her passion for the convicted traitor Robert Dudley. But Dudley is already married, and his devoted wife Amy will never give him up, but she cannot prevent him from becoming the favourite and the focus of the feverish plotting, pleasure-seeking court.

Blending historical fact with contemporary rumour, Philippa Gregory has created a dark and tense novel of Tudor times which casts Elizabeth I in a light that no-one has suggested before. Passionate, fearful, emotionally needy, this is a queen who will stop at nothing.

Review :

The fifth book in the Tudor court series, The Virgin’s Lover sheds a very different light on Elizabeth I. Personally when I think of Elizabeth I, I think of a confident queen who has decided never to marry and rules a kingdom alone. Her reign is known as the golden age. But here, Philippa Gregory shows you the other side of her. She shows her as a young regent who has just inherited the throne and the crown is shaky on her head. It shows her insecurities and fears, her wants and needs.

As beautifully written as any of her previous books in this series, The Virgin’s Lover is mesmerizing and action packed. It gives a beautiful look into a long gone era. A definite must read for any fan of historical fiction.

Links :

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/Virgins-Lover-Boleyn-Philippa-Gregory/dp/0743256158/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-16&qid=1429060982

Find Out More About the Author : http://www.philippagregory.com/

After Dark – Haruki Murakami

After DarkTitle : After Dark

Author : Haruki Murakami

ISBN-10 :  0307278735

ISBN-13 : 978-0307278739

Paperback : 256 pages

The Plot :

The midnight hour approaches in an almost empty all-night diner. Mari sips her coffee and glances up from a book as a young man, a musician, intrudes on her solitude. Both have missed the last train home. The musician has plans to rehearse with his jazz band all night, Mari is equally unconcerned and content to read, smoke and drink coffee until dawn. They realise they’ve been acquainted through Eri, Mari’s beautiful sister. The musician soon leaves with a promise to return before dawn. Shortly afterwards Mari will be interrupted a second time by a girl from the Aplhaville Hotel; a Chinese prostitute has been hurt by a client, the girl has heard Mari speaks fluent Chinese and requests her help.

Meanwhile Eri is at home and sleeps a deep, heavy sleep that is ‘too perfect, too pure’ to be normal; pulse and respiration at the lowest required level. She has been in this soporific state for two months; Eri has become the classic myth – a sleeping beauty. But tonight, as the digital clock displays 00:00, a faint electrical crackle is perceptible, a hit on life flickers across the TV screen, though the television’s plug has been pulled.

Murakami, acclaimed master of the surreal, returns with a stunning new novel, where the familiar can become unfamiliar after midnight, even to those who thrive in the small hours.

Review :

This book is a look at the lives of two sisters in the span of a single night. The story is open to interpretation.

What I loved about the book is the juxtaposition of the chapters where there is action and others where we are just silent observers of a scene where our presence is not supposed to be palpable. Don’t expect the book to be action packed, for it is more of an observation of the goings on in a single night.

Links :

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/After-Vintage-International-Haruki-Murakami/dp/0307278735

Find Out More About the Author : http://www.harukimurakami.com/

The Fault In Our Stars – John Green

The Fault in Our StarsTitle : The Fault In Our Stars

Author : John Green

ISBN-10 :  0141345659

ISBN-13 : 978-0141345659

Paperback : 336 pages

The Plot :

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Review :

I avoided reading this book for quite a long time, mainly because it seemed like a run of the mill teen book. But once I read it, I definitely enjoyed it. I loved the writing and the humour while dealing with such a serious subject. A quick read but it stays with you a while.

This is one of the rare books where I found the movie adaptation was equally good.

Links :

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Fault-Stars-John-Green/dp/0141345659

Find Out More About the Author : http://johngreenbooks.com/

Find Out More About the Movie : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2582846/

15 New Words for a BookWorm

Bookworm LogoFor our one hundredth post we decided to do something different.

Here is a list of 15 new words that we came up with that should, but don’t exist. Each of them sums up an emotion or act that a bookworm most definitely experiences at least once in their life.

1) Ripmorse – The guilt you feel when you accidentally tear part of a book.

2) Read-Job – The act of reading your favourite passage to someone to entice them to read the full book.

3) Readgret – When you finally get the books you have been waiting for a long time and then you don’t like it as much.

4) Readanesia – A word for not remembering whether something happened to you or you read it in a book.

5) Biblioitis – A word for the condition one suffers from when they keep saying ‘The book was better’ every time they see a movie adaptation of a book.

6) Biblirage – The despair you feel when someone spoils a book’s ending for you.

7) Reanter – A word for laughing in public because of something you’ve just read.

8) Bookship – The feeling of a close kinship with an author that makes you feel they’re writing just for you.

9) Readsnality – A word to describe a person’s reading habits.

10) Biblimiration – A word for the kind of crush that develops on a person after seeing what they’re reading.

11) Booksonate – A word for being so engrossed in a book that you begin thinking and speaking like its characters.

12) Biblishock – A word for the creeping horror you feel when someone informs you that they never read for pleasure.

13) Biblipile – A word for owning more books than you technically have space for.

14) Worderment – A word for reading a phrase in a book and needing to pause and just bask in its beauty for a moment.

15) Bibliotigue – The next-day tiredness you experience from staying up all night reading.

Loosely based on the Buzzfeed blog : 23 Words for Book Lovers That Really Should Exist