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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Books I Read In January 2015: My Monthly Reading

The Reader "Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." - Roald Dahl





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The year 2015 started great for me on the reading note! While I have set myself a goal of reading 90 books this year, I managed to read 13 books in the month of January itself.....quite happy about it, though there were a few short stories that I read this time (I am generally not into short stories and mostly read books that are at least 400+ pages) so this was quite the change.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: On The Cover

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'A tense, moving, and wondrously strange first novel. The photographs and text work together- brilliantly to create an unforgettable story.'- John Green, author of The Fault In Our Stars

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of peculiar photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen year old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he

Monday, January 19, 2015

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: First Page Mondays

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I've heard just so so much about this book on BookTube that I had to get it. It's hard to get this in India. I've never seen it in any bookstore anywhere and the prices online were too high. Thankfully there is Amazon and I had created an alert to know when the book would be available on a discount. I just got it yesterday and am already in love with it....will read it soon and tell you all about it....

For now, if you have no idea about this book or what it is about, here's a look at the first page from the book Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen. The first of these came as a terrible shock, and, like anything that changes you forever, split my life into halves: Before and After. Like many of the extraordinary things to come, it involved my grandfather Abraham Portman.

 Growing up, Grandpa Portman was the most fascinating person I knew. He had lived in an orphanage, fought in wars, crossed oceans by steamship and deserts on horseback, performed in circuses, knew everything about guns and self-defense and surviving in the wilderness, and spoke at least three languages that weren't English. It all seemed unfathomably exotic to a kid who'd never left Florida, and I begged him to regale me with stories whenever I saw him. He always obliged, telling

Monday, January 5, 2015

Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami: First Page Mondays

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This is the fifth book I am reading by this wonderful author, the previous ones being Dance,Dance,Dance and the 1Q84 trilogy. Here is the first page from Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami.

Sputnik

On 4 October 1957, the Soviet Union launched the world's first man-made satellite, Sputnik I, from the Baikanor Space Centre in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Sputnik was 58 cm in diameter, weighed 83.6 kilograms, and orbited Earth in 96 minutes and 12 seconds.

 On 3 November of the same year, Sputnik II was successfully launched, with the dog Laika on board. Laika became the first living being to leave the Earth's atmosphere, but the satellite was never recovered, and Laika ended up sacrificed for the sake of biological research in space.

 from The Complete Chronicle of World History

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In the spring of her twenty-second year, Sumire fell in love for the first time in her life. An intense