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Happy New Year! — December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

Its 1:14 AM in Dubai, U.A.E. What an auspicious time to begin writing the first post of 2014!

2 + 0 + 1 + 4= 7

Which is a really beautiful number. Seven Harry Potter books, Seven days in a week, Seven colours in a rainbow, Seven wonders of the world. 

Wishing all my readers a very Happy New Year!!

Hope that 2014 brings enough happiness to last you throughout your lifetime!!

Live more, Laugh more and Love more.

Read more and Love books More.

Happy Reading!



My Say- Paper Towns — December 28, 2013

My Say- Paper Towns

Paper Towns

My first review. I thought I should write a review of something I absolutely loved reading. So, my first review had to wait. I bought the book one month back, and read it within three days, only because my exams were going on. As with any excellent book, I couldn’t put it down. Oh, John Green you have managed to make me your fan just by reading two books written by you.

From the back of the Cover: Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life–dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge–he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues–and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

Quentin Jacobsen is a very likable character and I could relate to him. The whole book was from his point of view, and I believe that John Green could not portray Quentin Jacobsen in any other way. He is perfect. The book starts perfectly, with a prologue that creates enough suspense to keep you reading the start of the book, which isn’t especially exciting. After Margo Roth Speigelman takes Q on a crazy adventure ride, the book just keeps getting better. I absolutely loved the way Margo talked about paper towns and how she felt that everyone was made of paper. After Margo runs away from home and leaves a trail of clues behind her, Q realizes that the real Margo wasn’t the same Margo he always knew. The clues in the book are wonderfully placed. My favourite part of the book was the road trip to ‘Paper Towns’ which was eventful and exciting. The clues in the book are wonderfully placed. The ending is tragic, but that was expected from John Green.

All in all, I LOVED the book and I can read it for another two hundred to three hundred times more. Minimum.

Quotes I loved:

1:“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.” 

2:“The last time I was this scared, I peed myself.”
“The last time I was this scared,” Radar says, “I actually had to face a Dark Lord in order to make the world safe for wizards.” 

3:“It is so hard to leave-until you leave.” 

As usual, the quotes from this book are extremely relatable. This has to be one of my favourite books ever. And loving this book has made me explore more about John Green and I discovered yet another Potterhead.

John Green is officially my favourite author ever, after J.K. Rowling.

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Don’t: give up, stop helping others, stop loving life and books —

Don’t: give up, stop helping others, stop loving life and books

I may be too young to say anything at all about life, but I do think that people should try to do the following things to the best of their ability.  Like my cousin says- I get the philosophical bug sometimes. And this is one of those times.
One: Don’t ever give up on anyone or anything.  You’ve gotta get up and try and try( I love that song by pink)
I won first place in an English elocution competition at school after trying for three years. (I’m not boasting or anything) and trust me that day was the best day of my life. Winning after trying hard for so long is much better than winning something for the fiftieth time. It gives you joy to think that you’ve finally achieved something.  You will succeed. No matter what may come. Just keep trying..
People are a whole different matter. Don’t give up on friends or family. By that I mean, if there are broken relations and you’re sandwiched in the middle, do your best to get them together. The only possible way is through.  Now, if you’re the reason a person is getting sandwiched, chuck your ego in the trash can and throw it into space. Then walk to whomever you’re fighting with and go hug him or her. This is for minor fights which teenagers often find themselves in. I’m not really sure if this will work in the case of adult issues relating to property etc.
Two: Don’t stop helping. If you help at least fifty people, when you need help, even if forty-nine people turn their backs on you, there will be one person who might help you.
My goal is a hundred people because if one of them does agree to help me and I end up accidentally setting their house on fire, I’ll have backup.
Whenever I’ve tried to help people, I’ve never really benefited from it. In fact, I think I would have been better off if I hadn’t helped them at all. But I still haven’t stopped helping and I don’t suppose I’m going to stop anytime soon. Helping people is relieving because the joy you get when you receive a smile, after helping someone is priceless.
Three: Try the Harry Potter series. Give it a chance. It is the most beautiful adventure you can be on. Trust me and a gazillion other people on this. Really.

i wish

Harry Potter- The boy who lives — December 7, 2013
Catching up with the loves of my life- Books — December 1, 2013

Catching up with the loves of my life- Books

John Green. He should be THE writer for young adult books. I was clearly stumped after reading The Fault In Our Stars. Despite the fact that I read it from my computer, it did leave an impact on me. (I do not like reading from the computer, or any electronic device, for that matter.) I thought that if I read the actual book, I would not have been able to control my emotions. (I did shed quite a few tears for the book, but still, I am sensitive that way.)

I always wanted to get my hands on any of John Green’s books, but I never got the chance. During my vacations in India, I searched and searched for his books, but to my dismay, I did not find even one. So, I indulged myself in other books.

One of them was Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. I was very impressed by the way the story progressed. At first, I was a little bored by the amount of explanation given in the book, and I found it too much to absorb at once. My reading speed was extremely slow initially but the last few hundred pages were thrilling and I had to sit up till two at night on a working day, (and even take the book  along with me when I went to the bathroom.). After the book, I decided that I wanted to read more of Dan Brown. So I borrowed The Da Vinci Code from my friend and started reading it. For the first time in my life, I have been reading the same book from the past month. And now, I am waiting to finish this one so I can start a new one. (I’m not really good at reading two books at once.)

Today, I was sitting in the bus when my friend came with The Abundance Of Katherines in her hand, and I was hyperventilating. She kindly gave me the book, and those twenty minutes in the bus were amazing. Despite the fact I had read only 21 pages of the book, I was floored and wanted to finish the whole book right then. 

But, it was my ill fate that brought me to the end of the bus journey, and I was forced to return the book to her. There are very few books that leave you stumped and already a fan of it by twenty-one pages. And I’m waiting for Tuesday, so I can read another fifty pages during the bus ride.
Meanwhile, I also read The House Of Hades by Rick Riordan. I read it online because I was too eager to find out what happened. I heard that it was coming to the U.A.E only one month after the U.S. release. On October 8th, I found a copy of the House Of Hades, online. I felt victorious for some reason. I couldn’t enjoy the book completely because I was literally running through the book to finish it off. The reason I was so determined to finish the book has another story. Last year, my friend read the Mark of Athena and Told me the worst part of the book. She spoiled it all for me. I was furious, and since that day, I vowed to take revenge. I had my tests going on at that time, I couldn’t completely commit myself to it, but three hours for two days, and I was done with the book. So, I went and spoiled it all for her, and watched as all she could do was shoot mean, vengeful glances at me. 🙂

My chances of reading more books are not much, because, the life of an Indian Tenth grader, doesn’t allow much time for the Loves of my life. 😦