Saturday, December 31, 2011

Books Read till date in 2011

December......(4) 66

4) To Desire A scoundrel by Tracy Summer
3) A Scandalous Past by Ava Stone
2) True North by Mary Force
1) Ryan's Return by Barbara Freethy

November....12 (62)

12) The Best Of Me By Nicholas Sparks
11) A Fair of the Heart By Stacey Joy Netzel
10) Wild Justice by Liz Fielding
9) Not What She Seems Victorine E. Liske
8) All's Fair in Love and Seduction by Beverly Kendall
7) A Fair to Remember by Stacey Joy Netzel
5) The Fairy Tale Bride by Kelly McClymer
4) Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers)
3) I'll Be There by Deborah Grace Staley
2) Heart of a Knight by Barbara Samuel

1) Simmer All Night by by Geralyn Dawson


October.....13 (50)


13) Here to Stay by Debra Webb
12) Twice a Rake by Catherine Gayle
11) A Scandalous Past by Ava Stone
10) When Night Falls by Margaret Daley

9) Without A Word by C. Kevin Provance
8) My Sister's Voice by Mary Carter
8) A Hint of Rapture by Miriam Minger

7) Just The Way You are By Barbara Freethy
6) Lady Deception by Rizzo Rosko

5) A Husband for Margaret by Ruth Ann Nordin
4) Maddy's Oasis Lizzy Ford

3) A Bride for Tom by Ruth Ann Nordin
2) Sold to the Highest Bidder by Donna Alward
1) Highland Blessings by Jennifer Hudson Taylor


September....3 (37)

 3) Lonely Millionaire by Carol Grace
2) The Inconvenient Duchess by Christine Merrill 
1) The Frenchwoman by Barbara Paul

August...2 (34)


July.....0...(32)



June----4 (32)


4) The Bride's Baby by Liz Fielding
3) Silent Partner by Jennifer Chase
2)  The Nesting Dolls by Gail Bowen 
1)  Other Eyes by Barbara D'Amato

May---12..(28)

10) The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly(CF)
9) The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger*
8) Before I Go to Sleep by S J Watson*
7) Room by Emma Donoghue**
6) His Lady Mistress by Elizabeth Rolls
5) The Italian's Inexperienced Mistress by Lynne Graham
4) Married by Mistake Abby Gains
3) Speed Dating by Nancy Warren
2) Homespun Bride by Jillian Hart
1) The Wicked House of Rohan by Anne Stuart

April (10)....16

10) Wrecker by Summer Wood**
9) The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
8) Baby Bonanza by Maureen Child (e-book)
5) A Very Special Delivery by Linda Goodnight (e-book)

6) Blue by Lou Aronica (e-book)*
5) Once a Cowboy by Linda Warren (e-book)
4) The Brides' Baby by Liz Fielding 
(e-book)
3) Irresistible Forces by Brenda Jackson (e-book)
2) Slow Hands by Leslie Kelly (e-book)
 1) Slow Ride: A Rough Riders story by Lorelei James 
(e-book)

March (2)...6




January (4)


4) Blood Over Badge by Wayne Farquhar ((Crime Fiction, Suspense/Thriller)
3) Dead Head by Rosemary Harris (Cozy Mystery)
2) Silent Kill by David Fingerman (Crime Fiction, Suspense/Thriller)
1) Blood of My Brother by John LePore (Crime Fiction, Suspense/Thriller)

Saturday Snapshot: December 31, 2011




My cousin Rachita, is 20+ years younger than me. We met after 17 years and we find that we are so much similar, in almost everything.

Posted for Saturday Snapshot, hosted by Alyce of At Home With books

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Booking Through Best of 2011



What were your favorite books of 2011?

Here is my top 5:

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Top Ten Books I Read in 2011

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, we get a theme to list our top tens. 

This Week's Pick: Top Ten Books I read in 2011


I had a massive reading slump. (I still have it.) My reading came down to 63 books from 96 read in 2010. And that was a down slide from 150+ books read in 2009.  In 2011 I haven't really picked up any memorable books. I read a lot of trashy, light stuff to get me to reading but with no avail. I might as well pick the Top Ten (No, these are definitely NOT trashy reads):


** ones are VERY good!

Teaser Tuesday: All Her Father's Guns by James Warner

"Well," I said, "sometimes you just have to trust your gut."

"There's nothing in your gut but e. Coli, Cal. I'd say the last thing that company needs right now is a charismatic leader."

~Page 45,  All Her Father's Guns by James Warner

Monday, December 26, 2011

Mondays: Mailbox/What Are You Reading?/Musings

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at A Girl and Her Books. Jenny Q  is hosting it  on her Let them Read Books blog for the month of December 2011.

I received only one book after so long, thanks to the author:

Tho' It Were Ten Thousand Miles by by William.H.A. Williams:
Seamus O'Rouke's obsession with a girl he discovers on You Tube turns into love when Fiona MacKenzie turns up on his Midwestern campus. While the sixty-five-year-old Irishman's pursuit of this twenty-year-old folk singer is against all reason, rhyme does play its role. Seamus is adept at wielding poetry, as well as music, art, gourmet meals and fi ne wine, in his campaign for the heart of his green-eyed auburn-haired beauty.

Fiona is haunted by the earlier death of her Scottish father and by the resulting loneliness, which she tries to hide beneath her usually self-confident exterior. She tries to keep from being overwhelmed by Seamus' larger-than-life personality. Gradually, however, her skeptical common sense gives way before the onslaught of this unreconstructed Irish Romantic.

I also downloaded free kindle editions from Amazon. You can check those out for NOOK too. Have fun looking out for interesting titles at Pixel of Ink. (I have subscribed it on my Google Reader). 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. I am STILL in the midst of reading:

The Boat by Nam Le

The Litigators by John Grisham

Finished reading: 

To Desire A scoundrel by Tracy Summer

Did you get any books for Christmas? If so, what were they?

If you didn’t, what books are you most looking forward to reading (and/or buying) in the new year?

I did not get a SINGLE book for Christmas. I plan to buy a few Jo Nesbo novels in the new year. And few other new crime fiction writers....

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Saturday Snapshot: December 24

My cousin's wedding, which I attended on 4 December, 2011. The second pic is from the reception held on 7th December, 2011. My grandma passed away after the wedding. Glad she could meet her newest grand daughter in law!

Anand and his beautiful bride, Soumya
youngest cousin Rachita, Anand, Soumya, moi and Jhili, our sister in law

Posted for Saturday Snapshot, hosted by Alyce of At Home With books

Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday Find: The Bitch by Les Edgerton


The Bitch by Les Edgerton

The Bitch explores the dark choices that Jake, as a two-time offender faces to save both his life and his soul--life imprisonment if caught for the third time under the federal ha-bitch-ual criminal law--known to outlaws as "The Bitch." Choices that may cost him everything and everyone he loves. What are the limits of loyalty? What is the spiritual process by which a savvy hair designer deteriorates into a mass murderer? A work in the cold existentialist tradition of Sartre and Camus, and the transgressive fiction of Celine, The Bitch struggles for answers and, on finding them, a way out.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Booking Through Gifts

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Any books you’re hoping to get for the holidays this year?
How about giving? Are you giving any good ones?

I will not be getting ANY books as gifts unless I have a fairy God mother, which I don't have. No one is keen to buy books for me. I wish there was someone out there who did that and gifted me ALL the Jo Nesbo novels, published till date.

I have bought a lot of books for my nephews, nieces and friends. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the BookishEach week, we get a theme to list our top tens. 

This Week's Pick: Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings 


I want ALL the crime fiction written till date! Now ten is not enough but let's curtail the list:

1) Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

2) White Dog by Peter Temple

3) The Red Coffin by Sam Eastland

4) The Drop by Howard Linskey

5) Lying Dead by Aline Templeton

6) The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd

7) Watch the World Burn by Leah Giarratano

8) Headhunters by Jo Nesbo

9) The Track of Sand by Andrea Camilleri

10) Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mondays: Mailbox/What Are You Reading?/Musings

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at A Girl and Her Books. Jenny Q  is hosting it  on her Let them Read Books blog for the month of November 2011.

I also downloaded free kindle editions from Amazon. You can check those out for NOOK too. Have fun looking out for interesting titles at Pixel of Ink. (I have subscribed it on my Google Reader). 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. I am STILL in the midst of reading:

The Boat by Nam Le
What’s one book you always recommend to just about anyone?


Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday Salon: No secret gifts, nothing.....

This year due to too many things in my platter, I forgot all about Book Bloggers Holiday Swap. I did not know about the sign ups until that closed. So this year I am left with no Secret Santa gifts. Oh I will send to Veens, no matter what but I get nothing! It isn't what one gets, it is about that feeling of closeness with someone you have not met in real life. So this year I am gonna miss that. 

However, I will definitely buy books for myself. We all need to pamper ourselves and I will do that! I was out of Delhi for more than a week, to attend a marriage. My reading has taken a backseat, although I am in the midst of too many novels!

Today I plan to read and also write a poem or two! 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Saturday Snapshot: December 17

My Grandma, Lalita Rath (23/11/1916---15/12/2011) left behind a huge family. Six daughters, three sons, four sons in law, three daughters in law, sixteen grand sons, twelve grand daughters, seventeen great grandsons and fourteen great grand daughters....

We are all so blessed to have had her in our lives......Now she will bless all of us, from above.....

Here I am not grieving. But I am celebrating her long life. She left a legacy behind and we are glad to have each other. 

December 7, 2011
Posted for Saturday Snapshot, hosted by Alyce of At Home With books

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Booking Through Character or Plot

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What’s more important to you? Real, three-dimensional, fleshed-out fascinating characters? Or an amazing, page-turning plot?

As I read a lot of crime fiction, Plot is very very important for me. With a good plot, the novel fall apart. I simply cannot go on reading it. With a strong plot, characters don't play much role as everything falls into place.

However, characters are very important for literary fiction....and I will leave that for another day...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays: A Fair to Remember by Stacey Joy Netzel

“No, Sugar. Off. Sugar! Come!”

That didn’t sound good. He fought to free his arms from under his body and succeeded just as the brute made a horrible retching noise and something spilled onto his back..


~A Fair to Remember by Stacey Joy Netzel

Top Ten Books I Want To Give As Gifts

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the BookishEach week, we get a theme to list our top tens. 

This Week's Pick: Top Ten Books I Want To Give As Gifts (and to who...even if you won't actually give them!)

Here I go:

1) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll to any kid I know who hasn't received it from me in the last few years.
2) Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson to my nephew (he is 23 years old and has been eyeing the trilogy on my bookshelf)
3) Tin Tin Albums to my good friend, Suchis (well, I am NOT going to part with my collection ever!!)
4) Poetry books to myself. I need to read poetry more and more.
5) Twilight series to the nearest river. Those really need to be thrown into obscurity
6) Technical books to my brothers
7) Cook books to my sisters in law
8) Short story collections to my mom
9) Fashion magazines to many of my friends
10) A Book of Photography to someone VERY special

Monday, December 12, 2011

Mondays: Mailbox/What Are You Reading?/Musings

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at A Girl and Her Books. Jenny Q  is hosting it  on her Let them Read Books blog for the month of November 2011.

I also downloaded free kindle editions from Amazon. You can check those out for NOOK too. Have fun looking out for interesting titles at Pixel of Ink. (I have subscribed it on my Google Reader). 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. I am in the midst of reading:

The Boat by Nam Le
What kind of books do you like to read? 
Why? Provide specific examples.


Crime Fiction. Any kind!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Saturday Snapshot: December 3

Party Time in School! 
Posted for Saturday Snapshot, hosted by Alyce of At Home With books

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Booking Through Moods

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Do you find that your mood affects the things you read? Like, if you’re in a bad mood, do you tend to indulge in reading that will support it or do you try to read things that will cheer you up? Do you pick different types of books on dreary, rainy days than you do on bright sunny ones?

For that matter, does your mood color what you’re reading, so that a funny book isn’t so funny or a serious one not so deep?

I never thought of myself as a mood reader but lately I find I am one. I read more of romances when I am in a reading slump. It gets me back to reading. I pick up graphic novels when I want a light read. I choose heavy stuff when I am travelling. It keeps me totally hooked. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays: The Best Of Me by Nicholas Sparks

"You might not understand but I gave you the best of me, and after you left nothing was ever the same.. I know you're afraid, and I'm afraid too."

Author: The Best of Me
Author: Nicholas Sparks
ISBN: 9780751542974
Publisher: Sphere/2011
Pages: 292

The Notebook was the first book I read by Nicholas Sparks and The Best of Me is the second one. I have not read anything in between except for watching Message in a Bottle, which too was by chance. I received The Notebook as a gift and Hachette India sent me The Best Of Me. 

It is about two teenagers who are from opposite sides of the tracks, love each other fiercely yet are forced apart. They come together again after 25 years to their hometown to attend the funeral of a person they both loved, but at different points of their lives. Amanda is married with three children and Dawson Cole has remained the way he was, single and very much alone. There is no place for anyone in his life. 

There are three stories running in this novel, which are all nicely tied up in the end. Tuck and Clara, who we know only via Dawson and Amanda's thoughts, Bonner family, who survives despite odds and Dawson Cole, who can't escape his family. And Amanda, who is torn up to make choices. 

One can't help liking Dawson better than Amanda, and although I guessed the ending, I didn't want it to go that way. There are moments which touched me and I was blown over by Dawson's selfless love for Amanda. I am not a fan of mushy romances but I think I will pick up more of Sparks' novels.

Top Ten Books On My TBR List For Winter

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the BookishEach week, we get a theme to list our top tens. 

This Week's Pick: Top Ten Books On My TBR List For Winter

I read pretty much anything. So I don't make a reading list. Maybe I should. So let me think:

1) The Diplomat's Wife by Pam Jenoff
2) The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff
3) A Foreign Affair by Caro Peacock
4) Carrie by Stephen King
5) Tempest in the Tea Leaves by Kari Lee Townsend
6) Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
7) Blacklands by Belinda Bauer
8) Storm Prey by John Sandford
9) Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
10) Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Mondays: Mailbox/What Are You Reading?/Musings

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at A Girl and Her Books after a tour, she is hosting it  on her Mailbox Monday blog for the month of November 2011.

My friend gifted me the following three books:



The Diplomat's Wife by Pam Jenoff
The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff
A Foreign Affair by Caro Peacock

I also downloaded free kindle editions from Amazon. You can check those out for NOOK too. Have fun looking out for interesting titles at Pixel of Ink. (I have subscribed it on my Google Reader). I downloaded the following 8 free e-books:

Twas The Night 
Surrender the Wind 
A Regency Holiday
Open Season (Joe Gunther Mysteries)
Mad Money (Madeline Carter)
Entangled
Mary's Son: A Tale of Christmas
The God's Wife 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. I managed to read a few  e-books via my kindle on PC on my laptop! I finished the following:

the best of me by Nicholas Sparks

Will you be buying books for the holidays, this year? If so, for whom, and why?

No, I am buying books for anyone. Not even for myself...In fact I am giving away some of what I own!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Saturday Snapshot: November 26

Staff Meeting after school hours in the Library
Click on the photo for a bigger image. Posted for Saturday Snapshot, hosted by Alyce of At Home With books.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Book Blogger Hop/Follow Friday

Follow Friday, is hosted byParaJunkee,  Book Blogger Hop, is hosted by Jennifer (Crazy-For-Books), and Follow Friday 40 and over is hosted by Java.

Parajunkee asks  "It’s Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. so we want to know what you are Thankful for – blogging related of course! Who has helped you out along the way? What books are you thankful for reading?"

One can't name just one blogger, book or an author. I am thankful to all of you, and all those books I read and going to read...

Do feel free to explore my blog. You will definitely find something that interests you as I read wide range of genres, except maybe for a few. I also write poetry. You can read that on my other blog, rooted. Now go, explore both of my blogs! And follow them, if you like!! I follow blogs I like via Google Reader...

Enjoy!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays: My Sister's Voice by Mary Carter


"You have a twin sister. Her name is Monica. Go to Benjamin Books. Look at the poster in the window."


Title: My Sister’s Voice
Author: Mary Carter

ISBN-13: 978-0758229205
PublisherKensington/2010

Pages: 352

Book Blurb:


At twenty-eight, Lacey Gears is exactly where she wants to be. An up-and-coming, proudly Deaf artist in Philadelphia, she's in a relationship with a wonderful man and rarely thinks about her difficult childhood in a home for disabled orphans. That is, until Lacey receives a letter that begins, "You have a sister. A twin to be exact. . ."

Learning that her identical, hearing twin, Monica, experienced the normal childhood she was denied resurrects all of Lacey's grief, and she angrily sets out to find Monica and her biological parents. But the truth about Monica's life, their brief shared past, and the reason for the twins' separation is far from simple. And for every one of Lacey's questions that's answered, others are raised, more baffling and profound.

My Views:

Watch out for it!