Sunday, December 2, 2012

Bookish updates!

Hello people! Hello blog! Apologies for the long absence. Believe me, I was still stalking the blogosphere even if I wasn't writing anything. Long time no review, so I thought I'd make some updates on what I've been up to. Well first, I've been quite busy with college. Still am, but I was thinking, why make it as an excuse? True, it's been a bummer all along and it's making me read less than I'd like to, but it's my responsibility to stop it from being a spoilsport, right? ;) (Does this explain why I'm here, writing this, instead of going through those horrendous notes on what remotely resembles Greek as I think I have a test tomorrow? :P )

Anyway, I got some amay-zzing books recently. Some as birthday gifts, some borrowed from the library, some impulse purchases, and I won a book too! As I haven't really made my 'Recent Book Grabs' post for quite some months, I think I'll put the whole pile here (yeah, I'm going through some major craziness-hike situation). Don't freak out if it seems huge, it's the past few months' collection! 



Three of these are from the library (Spitfire, The Mermaid Chair and Fahrenheit 451). 
I got the Vampire Academy books, Life of Pi, Bartimaeus andddd INSURGENT on my birthday! (Thank you awesome family and friends!). 7 books have been the courtesy of Random House publishers, The Wildings from blogadda.com, some purchases that were recommended and well, you see the pile! ;)

Next, I totally loved Breaking Dawn part II movie! Eeeep! I have honestly, not been much of a Twilight fan and I loved the last book the most, just because it had new characters, suspense, twists, action and a happy ending. I love books with these elements! The movie definitely stood out from the rest, it was beautiful, the characters were awesome (Renesmee!! OMG *cuteness*) and Bella as a vampire is great. It's when this series ends that you realize how it's all wrapped up nicely, how things happened and why they happened. Pretty. :) 

And oh that song 'A Thousand Years' by Christina Perri! *drooling!* It's so "awwwww" :D See if you still haven't! 


I also happened to be totally excited to watch the movie, Life of Pi, considering I'm reading the book. I wanted to first finish the book and then watch the movie, but I really wasn't getting the time to read more than 10 pages a day and with adequate background of the story, I went and saw it! I don't know what others feel about it, but I loved it. I'm generally a sickler for books-turned-movies and always find them awesome, but this one story is really 'profound'. I just don't have any other word for it. Makes you appreciate your life all the more and makes you believe in things you never thought could happen! I'd recommend this movie. :) 


And oh! A Jack Reacher movie is coming out in December! Based on Lee Child's crime mysteries, it's a movie featuring Jack Reacher (portrayed by Tom Cruise!), the fictional hero. Do watch it! 

Finally, a couple of people (or more) have, at some point written to me as to how they've been reading this blog and getting to know about a lot of books and that I'm 'influencing them to read books based on these reviews'. Well, let me begin by saying that this is what makes me truly happy! I know how bad it is when you like reading and you have that yearning for more but none around you feel that way. Or how they call you a 'dreamer' and laugh at your fantasies. But what I think is, one shouldn't just let them get the better of you. Read even more, do what you say you'd like to do, create things, laugh with them. You'll be happy because you wouldn't have any regret and honestly, you wouldn't care if they don't understand. Some people just don't get it. ;) So if you feel bummed about how your friends don't read, you do. Start a blog and interact with people online who do read. I've read loads more than I did earlier, just because I started this blog. It's amazing, really how such a small wonder can change the course of things. Just try it once, no? :)

Hope to get back soon with another review!

Happy reading! :)

19 comments:

  1. Oh, Man! Finally... I was starting to get worried about you not posting anything on either of your blogs! But, phew...you're sorta back.

    Secondly, don't talk about movies...seriously, I've been dying to watch both the movies you mentioned but unfortunately, the plans 'flopped' so I'm all sad *sulking*...

    Anyhoo... the pile of books, :O Awesome!!! seriously... when I move to delhi, I'm definitely breaking into your house :P :P

    Please, be back soon :) :) Oh, and ll the best for that test!!
    XOXO

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    1. BTW, I forgot to mention that the song : totally awesome!

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    2. Hey Ruya! Thanks for your lovely comment. Yes, that song is awesome! :D
      Yes, the movies are even more awesome! Don't just sulk, go out and watch them! ;)

      And gosh. Thanks for the warning. I'll put up an alarm system soon ;)

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  2. Whoaa. That sure is a huge haul! Even I wanted to read Life of Pi before watching the movie.. and yet I couldn't resist it.. so I went ahead and watched the movie..Now I have to get my hands on the book.Will be waiting to read your review for Causal vacancy and Fahrenheit 451(this one has been in my to read list for quite some time)
    If I haven't made myself clear yet.. I love your blog :)

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    1. Thanks Anisha! I'm glad you like it :)

      Yay that you liked the movie too! :)

      I'll read those soon. Though I'm thinking I'll keep The Casual Vacancy for some time later.

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  3. WOW!!! Some list that was.. I so so so want to read Life of Pi before watching the movie. And yes you blog is truly influential specially when I am looking for some new books to be added to my to-be-read shelf.

    Will be waiting for your reviews...! :)

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    1. Aww thank you for your super cute comment Me! :)
      Do read that book!

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  4. great stack of books!! i really want to see life of pi!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, it's definitely worth watching :)

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  5. Good to read from you again Ashna, I loved "Life of Pi" too, yeah it's simply profound & a fantastic movie released after a long time in history. :) Thanks for sharing your stuff with us friend. Keep posting such insights... Take care! All the best for college work & may you get free hours for reading to your heart content ;) (But maybe, even after that you will crave for more, right?) :)

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    1. Yes of course! ;) I'm desperately waiting for the winter break, that's the time I'll have all day to read! :D
      Thanks for the comment :)

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  6. Wow! So many awesome books, Ashna! <3 First of all: HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!! <3 Yay yay yay! You're very lucky to have amazing family and friends that truly knows your hobby so they can give you the books that you want! ;) Vampire Academy is amazing! (ADRIAN!!) Insurgent, OMG! <3 Life of Pi, yay! That's a very strange book I think, but I can't wait to watch the movie either! x)

    Happy reading, Ashna! Hoping to see you around the blogosphere more! x)

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    1. THANKYOU Hilda! :D I really am very happy with all these books! I'm actually *dying* to read the VA series and Insurgent, just waiting for the winter hols as I do not want any interruptions ;)

      Thanks again! :)

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  7. Great collection. Between, I just read the Fahrenheit 451's blurb on Goodreads. And I am just hoping you picked it up at the American Center.

    And by your love of vampires, have you read the vampire diaries series or seen?

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    1. Haha! Yes, I picked it up from there. Will let you know when I return :)

      Vampire Diaries, not yet :| I want to, though. Holidays! ;)

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  8. Hey Ashna....yes I agree Life of Pi is an awesome movie....I see you have got A Thousand Splendid Suns in your book stack....you will love it, it is such a wonderful book by Khaled Hosseini.
    Another lovely book that I read recently is A walk across the sun by Corban Addison...simply awesome!!!

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    1. Oh thanks Avina. I'll check that book out! :D

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  9. You've got some great reading ahead. I loved the Life of Pi, I haven't seen the movie yet though.

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    1. It's kind of cool! The picturization: awesome! :)

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