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Books betiding into Movies in 2015- Part 1

This post is especially dedicated to my not so book-loving-but-movie-loving friends. I’m concluding a list below of books that are turning into movies this year. I want you to read them before you watch them. Every year many of the movies that I watch and like are surprisingly based on books. I always like the idea of reading a book that is soon turning into a movie. After reading the book, when the movie comes out, I compare the visualisation shown in the movie with my imaginary visualisation of that book.

Insurgent

Release Date: March 20 | Watch Trailer

Divergent Series fan, mark your calendars. I remember watching it, I felt it did a good job even though I am not a fan of the series.

Serena

Release Date: March 27 | Watch Trailer

 Newlyweds George and Serena move from Boston to North Carolina in 1929 to start a timber business. The pair is ruthless in building their empire, and when Serena finds out that she can’t have children, she sets out to kill George’s illegitimate son. Characters will be played by Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.  Continue reading “Books betiding into Movies in 2015- Part 1”

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ inspired items

Not since Harry Potter has a Young Adult novel attracted such a devoted fan-base as John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars. As an inevitable result of that, the book and a film adaption, has inspired countless homemade items that you can buy on various websites including Etsy and Amazon. Here is a lit of top ten items, which I think (not as a fan) is suitable for the TFIOS fans.

Numerous iPhone cases

Kitchen Aprons Continue reading “TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ inspired items”

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The BRUNCH BOOK CHALLENGE

#BrunchBookChallenge just tweet to @HTBrunch
#BrunchBookChallenge

I feel lucky that I have become an avid part of  #BrunchBookChallenge which is a Hindustan Times Brunch Magazine’s initiative to promote reading. The idea is to read at least 24 books in 2014. To participate one must tweet about his/her progress by tagging @HTBrunch and using the hashtag #BrunchBookChallenge.

There are surely some rules to follow:

1. Unless you are a child, you cannot include children’s books.  

2. No textbooks. Just so we’re clear, a textbook is any ‘manual of instruction for any subject of study’, you can’t include it. In short, your engineering/GMAT/IAS books don’t count.  

3. Graphic novels are allowed, encouraged in fact. If you’re reading comic books, then one volume (or a set of 10 comic books) may be counted as one.

They also recommend books as they did  to me once, The Love Affairs of Nathaneil P. by Adelle Waldman, which I am thankful to them. You can read whatever you want. More than 400 people are already participating. And if you get lucky, they’ll surprise you with goodies and stuff.

I am an active participant since the day one, and thus this is my progress so far:

1. Women by Charles Bukowski

2. Soccernomics by Stefan Szymanski and Simon Kuper

3. After Dead by Charlaine Harris

4. Accidental Genius by Mark Levy

5. What would your character do by Eric Maisel

6. The Evelyn Wood Speed Reading by Stanley D. Frank

7. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

8. The Art of Poetry by Shira Wolosky

9. The color of water in July by Nora Carroll

10. Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin

11. Manage your Day-to-Day by Jocelyn Glei

12. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman

13. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

14. 2k to 10k by Rachel Aaron

15. Paper Towns by John Green

It’s really fun to be a part of this challenge and a good motivation factor to read more. I’d like to thanks HT Brunch for starting this reading challenge and taking an initiative to motivate people read more.

Happy Reading!

Books, Fiction, Reviews

PAPER TOWNS BY JOHN GREEN: A BOOK REVIEW

Paper Towns by John Green is the second book I’ve read written by him. The previous, Fault in our Stars was unimpressive to me. Though this book impresses me than the previous one in some ways but there is a unacceptable vibe about this book. I’ll start with John Green, he is a good writer there is no doubt, his skill of writing is a bit ordinary but witty and humorous. The plot and scenes he challenges himself to write are not very realistic but hey, after all this what fiction is. It’s a lie. So there is no point in arguing over the that fact as many people believe he should write more realistic but being a fictitious writer he can write anything he wants. Harry Potter is not realistic so why should he?

The plot in general is structural. Quite interesting in the starting. Especially the first part of the book is a high point. It’s a story which focuses on two teenagers who are to be pass out from their high school. Margot Roth Spiegelman an ordinary person, someone you would come across everyday, especially when we were in our high schools we have came across these kind of people, she is beautiful, she is famous in school, has a rich boyfriend, however on the other hand, Quentin Jacobsen is also a ordinary boy and very ordinary in comparison to Margo, has best two best buddies, Ben and ‘Radar’ who are his comfort zone. Paper Towns takes place in a subdivision of Orlando, Florida called Jefferson Park. The book is written in first person and narrated by Quentin or ‘Q’. John Green seems very fluent in writing as first person. Quentin has known Margot since they were young and when they were best friends. He put up with the fact that they weren’t friends anymore, until Margot decided to drag him into the madness of her midnight revenge. So, Quentin took on a detective’s perspective to find out why Margot vanished unexpectedly.

This book certainly made me think about how people can react to things differently. It showed how similar yet different everybody is. It surprised me to know that some people take the time to think hard about what’s going to happen in the future, and worry about it so much that they nearly lose their mind (as I sometime do). It was John Green’s writing that kept me reading it till the end. But the plot was very much stretched. Especially, a few chapters in part two and a few from last one. There wasn’t any necessity though. The book could have ended in just 260 pages instead of 305 pages. That’s what I felt after reading it.

The ending will come out as a surprise as it came to me. It is not a terrible ending but not a memorable one also. Though I quite agree with the character’s feeling towards the end. By the point he stands, is quite genuine and logical. But then again, the book should not have been that long.

The characterization in the book is imbalanced and not strong. But  John Green should be given credit for commanding the other characters especially, Ben and Radar, dynamically.  My favorite part from the book is when Quentin struggles in his friendship with his friend Ben and then their mutual friend makes him realize how people are different from each other and we should understand them accordingly. It make me think, we judge a bunch of people by the whole bunch and not individually. I mean why? A bunch of people is not similar to a bunch of grapes.

This is a good book. But it struggles in between. I read it in one go.

2.5/5 from me.

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THE BOOK PARTY

As being a READAHOLIC(and no, I don’t drink alcohol while reading),today, I am organizing a party with books for books. I’ve got 3 books to read this month. And I don’t think I’ll be reading more than two of them this month. I have read this month, till now, only two books in comparison to last month in which I read ten books. First, I want to thank NetGalley and Random House Publications for giving me the opportunity to read The Weight of Blood by LAURA McHUGH which has an expected publication date on March 11, 2014. I am certain that I will fulfill my job of complete reading it and giving a faithful and honest review back to the publishers. Second, is Paper Towns by JOHN GREEN a very amicable writer but his previous book which I read was an “okay, okay”. Third is the Julian Barnes’ Levels of Life, a recommendation  by a goodreads friend of mine. I am not hoping to disappoint her by not reading the book, but I cannot guarantee that I will finish the book this month.

So let’s see which are two are going to mingle with thoughts?

   

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BOOK REVIEW: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

I have been trying to read this books from past five months(when I first heard about it) and this weekend, I finally took a step forward. When I am reading a good book, it doesn’t take much time for me to finish that book. The Fault in Our Stars, beautifully written, light-read and fast-paced book, by John Green. This is my first piece of John Green’s writing and I must say I am impressed by his style and lightness of the book. The book’s about Hazel Grace Lancaster, and how a book about a cancer sufferer which brings two sufferers close. The other sufferer being Augustus Waters.

But there is some fault in the characterization. John’s characters, Hazel Grace and Augustus, sound more like 25 or 30 year old adults then 17 year old teenagers.  The character of Augustus is more very mature according to his age. But then the wit John has used in his characters is wonderful to read. The sarcasm is outstanding. This made the dialog conversations between the main characters is realistic and fun to read. I could imagine the characters in front of me conversing to each other. It was that clear. Also, the book is for a quodophile(i.e. me). I also feel, John develop these mature characters as the book also targets young adults and which I feel is a very good thing. The young adults could add something new to their vocabularies and learn some small-small morals which this book provides and make a good impact on their attitude and personality through their whole life. This effort, of the author, I appreciate.

There was also one more fault with the book is that in the end it becomes too much emotional. And that aspect I certainly do not like. But hey, I am not the author, John Green is, and he has full rights to write whatever he wants. Also, he being a male writer, wrote the entire book in female teenager’s point of view. And I feel, he did a good job. Never once, I felt that something was too manly about his female characterization.

One thing is for sure, I ‘d like to read him again, and he is certainly one of the best new authors I read this year.

3.5 out of 5 from me.

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BOOKS ON THE SHELF

I’ve got four new books on my bookshelf right now. Which to start is getting hard for me right now.