3 Books that made me cry  #3B1G

3 Books that made me cry #3B1G

My husband finds it funny that I can cry when reading a book.  As he is not a reader,  I forgive him for he doesn’t know what he is missing.  Tell me,  have you ever cried when reading a book?  I do get swayed with the emotions in the book.  My husband also likes to listen to the stories I have read.  And when I tell some of these emotional stories,  I cannot hold back.  I do get a bit carried away.  I cry and laugh with the characters in the books.  I get too involved.  Here,  I am bringing you three books which made me cry buckets.  Only those,  which I am sure will make others cry too.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

 

This book is set during the World War 2 in Nazi Germany.  It is about a 9 year old girl Liesel who loved to steal books.

This one is on every list which says that it will make you cry.  The last couple of hundred pages were terrible for me.  I couldn’t read through my tears.  In fact,  I had to keep a handkerchief to wipe off the tears.  It is still one of my favourite books.  Maybe,  I should read it again.  And this time,  no tears.

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Featured : BookOkay.com – Price compare website for books

Featured : BookOkay.com – Price compare website for books

For those who have spent hours surfing the various websites to get the cheapest book deals,  BookOkay.com is an answer to your prayers.  On this website,  prices of the same book from the different websites are compared for you to make your choice easily enabling you to purchase directly.

The brainchild of Tushar Gugnani who has some amazing futuristic plans for the website.  Thanks Tushar for answering my questions.

Tell us about BookOkay.com
As the world is moving towards e-commerce, the ease of getting things at your home is becoming more and more easy. E-commerce shopping is truly a gift for book readers. Since the number of books published and getting published every week is huge, it is impossible for offline stores to manage the inventory. Online stores have solved this problem. Discovering and getting to know about books is very easy over the internet. But with that comes a confusion of where to buy the books from. Since the profit margin of books are usually high, different sellers sell it at different discounts, and this is where BookOkay comes to the rescue. We have built a system of book discovery and price comparison for book readers of all kinds, so that it becomes easier for them to buy their books from a single site instead of hopping on different sites and checking prices.
Why/how were you inspired to start this?

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Looking forward to 2017 with Reading Indian Translations Challenge #ReadTranslations

Looking forward to 2017 with Reading Indian Translations Challenge #ReadTranslations

2016 finally goes to sleep and I do not want to really wake him up or go back to talk to him.  But still,  2016 was better than 2015 for me.  I had entered the year 2016 bedridden from surgery.  The focus of the past year has been primarily to recover from it and get back to a normal life,  which I did.  The only good thing about being bedridden was I could read the whole day and no one would bother me.  It was the best thing for me as I moved into 2016 reading the most beautiful ‘The Book Thief’ by Marcus Zusak.  I took just two days to finish that massive book.  And I read a whole lot in January as there was nothing much to do otherwise.

I had set up a target of reading atleast 2 books a month and with 44+ books,  I surpassed the target very easily.  This year also,  my target would remain the same.  I plan to read atleast 2 books a month.  I hate to pressurize myself to read.  With the many reading challenges around,  I was unable to find one I was comfortable in.  So,  I am planning to do the #TSBCReadsIndia challenge.  The plan is to read a book from each state of India written in a regional language and translated.  I am sure this hashtag has some very good recommendations.

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7 Indian Women authors to follow in the New Year

7 Indian Women authors to follow in the New Year

It’s the end of the year and I see people generating their resolution lists, challenge lists, wrap-up lists. So, I decided to come up with a different list.  A list of Indian Women authors for you to follow.  Do not just follow the most publicised authors.  High marketing doesn’t lead to good books.  Good sales, maybe,  but not really good books. And there are many excellent writers who never see the popularity they deserve.

So, why women authors?

I feel Indian authors need visibility and the women authors need even more.  In this post are featured women authors who are relatively new and have only one or two books published.  I look forward to reading more books from them in the future.  Here they are – Continue reading

Books for grown ups with Children as leads #3B1G

Books for grown ups with Children as leads #3B1G

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A children’s story which is only enjoyed by Children is a bad children’s story – C. S. Lewis

Harry Potter series

How many of you is not a fan of Harry Potter?  Well,  if you haven’t read the book,  did you watch the movie?  I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when I was in my late twenties.  The magical dust of the wizarding world took some time to settle down.  I used to walk around thinking,  could it be really true? Though the first book is thinner,  it is still one of the best.  I sped through reading the other ones,  but it is still the first one that I remember.   The younger generation thinks it is a children’s book.  No,  we were equally flummoxed when we read it first.  No one needs a recommendation to read a Harry Potter book.  But, if you haven’t read it or not seen the movie (remember the movie is only 1/5th of the book),  you are missing a lot.

Diary of a young girl / Diary of Anne Frank

I had almost not picked up this book,  but it was the only book whose name was familiar at my local library.  It was the time of no internet.  I picked it up and being my first non-fiction,  I took some time to adjust to it.  It is a heart wrenching tale considering the end is very grim.  But, still it is a must read.  I was happy to note that my son had this book in his curriculum when he was 14,  the same age as Anne Frank when she wrote the diary.  I don’t think this book is only for children.  It is a book to be read, to understand the human spirit and how it can overcome any difficulty.

The Book Thief

This book needs no introduction on this blog.  I have reviewed it,  I have also featured it as a World War II book.  It is also has children as the main characters.  Liesel is only 9 in this book and she lives through the World War II giving a view of Hitler occupied Germany.  It is one of my favorite books and I highly recommend it to everyone.

Why do we get attached to books with children as the leads?  Could it be, there still resides a child in each one of us,  in our hearts,  deeply buried in a corner?

Let me know your recommendations.