Monday, 1 December 2014

Review: The Stand by Stephen King

The Stand: 

My Quick Thoughts: This was an audio book for me. Stephen King is never enough to read. There are only few writers who narrates the story as uniquely as he does. 

I picked this novel for two reasons, knowing the fact that I wont be able to finish in the time I gave to myself as I was in between 2 books. I still chose this as an audio book. Firstly, because of all his past works and secondly, its believed to be the best novel of all times. 

"The Stand" is a novel about an deadly virus that kills the world at large from a very bad cold that generates from a U.S Government Lab. It takes only few weeks for the entire humanity to succumb to the disease. Only few survives to show their appearance. Of course in a plot like this, we have good guys some bad guys, a total different and a new form of government.

All characters were amazing and fully developed. I actually started loving them and didnt wanted them to die. This is a novel about the battle between good and evil in a lengthy epic style. We have Mother Abigail on good side and Flagg on the devil side. Flagg's character was a nightmare. There's Harold, Nick, Lloyd, Tom, Stu, Fran and Larry to name a few character. M not going to spoil it by saying who belongs where. The only thing you need to know is Nick is kickass deaf and mute, Tom is cool. I didn't bother about couple of characters but started liking them as was listening along. 

So to wrap it up, this is just not the king's novel, it is "The King's Novel" broke all his previous records. Would without a doubt recommend this to all King fans. One of the best of 2014. 

Happy Reading !!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Review: Pegasus by Danielle Steel

Pegasus: A Novel

I got this novel when I was christmas shopping for my family last week at a book store. Books are the best gifts i can ever give to my children and myself too. Any day better.

Goodreads Review: 

Nicolas von Bingen and Alex von Hemmerle, titled members of the German aristocracy, have been best friends since childhood. Both widowers, they are raising their children—Nick’s two lively boys and Alex’s adored teenage daughter—in peace and luxury on the vast Bavarian estates that have belonged to their families for generations. While Nick indulges in more glamorous pursuits, Alex devotes himself to breeding the renowned white Lipizzaner horses that enthrall audiences throughout Europe with their ability to dance and spin on command, majestic creatures whose bloodlines are rare and priceless. But it is Nicolas’s bloodline that changes everything, when his father receives a warning from a high-ranking contact inside the Wehrmacht. A secret from the past has left the family vulnerable to the rising tide of Nazism: Nick’s mother, whom he never knew, was of Jewish descent. 

Suddenly Nicolas must flee Germany, wrenching his sons away from the only home they have known, sailing across the Atlantic for a new life in America. Their survival will depend on a precious gift from Alex, their only stake for the future: eight purebred horses, two of them stunning Lipizzaners. In Florida, where Nicolas joins the Ringling Brothers Circus, he becomes Nick Bing, with Alex’s prize white stallion—now named Pegasus—the centerpiece of the show.

In this extraordinary book, Danielle Steel tells the story of a family reinventing itself in America, while the country they left behind is engulfed in flames and madness, and men like Alex von Hemmerle are forced to make unbearable choices. Alex’s daughter will find sanctuary in England. In America, Nick will find love, his sons will find a future, and their left-behind world will eventually find them. A novel of hope and sacrifice, of tragedy, challenge, and rebirth, Pegasus is a brilliant family chronicle that unfolds across half a century—a masterwork from one of our most beloved writers. 

My Thoughts: 

A very a light read. Plot was boring, characters were too good to be true. In between the story keeps you engaged. Ending was interesting and I loved the way in the end horse saved the lives of two German families and reunited them once again, who got seperated during World War II. Overall its a good story, though, I've read even better books of Danielle Steel. This was not at that level. Should this novel have been editied once again before publishing? I'm sure would have been even better read.

Happy Reading !!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Brain Teaser

Example: 24 H in a D
Answer: 24 Hours in a Day.

1. 90 D in a R A
2. 15 P in a R T
3. 12 M in a Y
4. 5 T on a F
5. 23 P of C in the H B
6. 1000 Y in a M
7. 39 B of the O T 
8. 365 D in a Y
9. 26 L of the A
10. 13 S in the USF

Happy Thinking, People !!

Thursday, 9 October 2014


A Number that is
Divisible by just one
And itself is Prime

 Haiku: Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry typically characterized by three qualities. Three lines with 5-7-5 structure.


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

4 Books That Inspired Me

Every Smart and Thinking Woman Should Read These Four Books

There are many books that inspired me in the last couple of months, but would like to share 
"My Best Four"

1. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing:

The Story:  One woman's struggle to write a notebook that contains all the compartmentalized facets of her life—her childhood, her politics and her lovers.

Why It Inspires Me:  Lessing tried to do was to bring together a woman's brain and a woman's body, to show the delight in physicality. Womanhood is exuberant—and wonderful.

2. Memories of a Catholic Girlhood by Mary McCarthy: 

The Story: The nonfictional account of Mary McCarthy's idyllic childhood, cut short by the death of her parents.

Why It Inspires Me: McCarthy was orphaned by the influenza epidemic that followed WWI; both of her parents died in a flash. She was then raised by her grandparents in Seattle. The wonderful thing she does in the book is to tell what happened, and then to write about what might have happened. It takes 'memoir' to a whole other level. It gives you a shot of adrenaline; it makes you ask yourself, What was the transformational moment in my life when my story really begins?

3. The Bell Jar by Silvia Plath: 

The Story: A young woman suffers a breakdown while pursuing her dream of being a magazine editor. 

Why It Inspires Me: Plath made it possible for women to confront our anger and make literature out of it. She made it acceptable to declare our rage.

4. The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O'Brien: 

The Story: The coming-of-age story of two young Catholic girls in Ireland. 

Why It Inspires me:  This is a writer who is a woman, a lover, a daughter, a mother and she tries to bring all that together in her work. So few women writers were doing that in the 1960s. Instead, they were writing through a male persona, because they knew that otherwise they wouldn't be taken seriously. But as O'Brien says, 'I am the mother of sons; my sons have given me joy. I am a lover of men, and men have broken my heart—but they've also given me joy.

Which Books Have Inspired You and Why?  

Monday, 15 September 2014

I love Blogging

I know this title sounds weird after being silent on blog for a such a long time. Well, I've my own reasons for it which I'll share in my upcoming posts. This definitely didn't mean that i've left reading. I can never do that. In fact, anything but that. It's just that I was too busy enjoying life with family and my work (My new passion, new crush, new love.) Reading was and will always be there. Blogging took a back seat. Not too back tough, Third place to be exact I am content to blog when i can find time without sacrificing my family's time and work time. I still love n enjoy blogging so much so that i can't imagine ever stopping.

I've been blogging since 2011. Blogging came to me when I was a stay at home mom, taking care of my little one. As my little one grew older started going to school full time, I joined college too to continue my education. And thus, got busy. But now I think I've settled in my new routine so think I can come back with lots n lots of book reviews, some experiences,some laughter, some poems and so much to share. But just in case I disappear for a bit, assume m busy and will be back as soon as I can be.

Happy Reading !!

Friday, 15 August 2014


Impossible Things

I close my eyes and
Try to imagine all the 
Impossible things

Haiku: Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry typically characterized by three qualities. Three lines with 5-7-5 structure.

Enjoy my Haiku and share yours. 

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Review: Mr.Mercedes by Stephen King

Mr.Mercedes by Stephen King

Title: Mr. Mercedes
Author: Stephen King
Pages: 448
Genre: Fiction; mystery/thriller
Publisher: Scribner (Simon & Schuster)
Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Stephen King has been my all time favorite author, and remains so today. Mr. Mercedes is a multi-level story, combining mystery, crime, romance and psychology into one epic novel. You go inside the mind of the killer and follow along on this crazy journey that could end in an epic, bloody catastrophe.You’ll gasp, you’ll cry a little, you’ll hold ur breath, and then you’ll gasp some more as the story envelops you right until the very last sentence. Amazing work from an amazing mind! As usual, never disappoints u.

I'll be blunt when a writer or any profession for that matter has been around for over 35-40 years, their work gets a little sleazy,though there are always expections to rule like Clint Eastwood and James Patterson and John Grisham 

Mr. Mercedes, starts off with a psychopathic killer driving his car through a mass of people waiting in line for a job fair, murdering several and hurting others. He manages to escape and his case essentially becomes cold. The owner of the car whom he stole it from then kills herself, presumably from the guilt of leaving her car accessible.

Retired Detective Hodges then enters the story; he's experiencing a newly retired life which feels pointless until he is drawn into this case, basically by Mr. Mercedes himself, and decides to try to find the killer on his own. In the meantime, Mr. Mercedes has plans for more evil, so the retired detective's search for him becomes a race to save thousands of people.

Mr.Mercedes is his first book in this trilogy. The second book comes in 2015. And of course i recommend this book to all Stephen King fans. Hope you enjoy reading this book as much as i did.

Happy Reading !!

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Mr.Mercedes by Stephen King

"Waiting on" Wednesday : Mr.Mercedes by Stephen King

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by "Breaking the Spine" that spotlights the upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication is "Mr.Mercedes" by Stephan King. I so "cant-wait-to-read".

Goodreads Review:

Publication Date: June 3rd 2014 

In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the perp; and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedyBrady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Bradys next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

What's your "waiting on" pick? 

Happy reading !!

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Review: Sycamore Row by John Grisham

Goodreads Review:

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. 
The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row?

My Thoughts: 

M a die hard fan of John Grisham. How could he do this to his fans? How could he disappoint us sooo much? This book was so slow and boring unlike others. This is a sequel to his best selling novel, "Time to Kill".  I didnt understand why did he had to go back in 80's? How many of us had phones and cars back then? Anyways, Ending was powerful, I was completely hooked.But if u ask me what happen in between? I'd barely remember. It was too long n too detailed. Chapters which lead to the final chapters was tedious. There was nuthing in between that prepares u to the trail chapters. 

In short, First quarter of the book gets u hooked up, middle chapters let u down n lost, Final chapter put to back together and makes sense. I wont recommend this book to any person whose not a fan of John Grisham. But JG fans can get away with few glitches, like I was. 

M so badly waiting for sumthing that gets me hooked up from Cover Page to the Last page. Suggestions are more than welcome. Till then, taking a turn from Fiction to Non-Fiction. 

Happy Reading !!

Tuesday, 14 January 2014


Education is like the depth of an ocean,
when we swim in it, we will never drown.