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The Green Mile Part 1 – “Two Dead Girls.”

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My first Stephen King novel, and I’m not regretting it one bit!

Two Dead Girls is the first of a horror series- The Green Mile.
A short and interesting read, and will leave you wanting to run up to the store and by all seven sequels at once.
The story is beautifully tragic. It’s narrated by a prison worker, who’d supervised hundreds of executions by passing an electric shock through the body of the ‘walking dead’ as they called them, or those condemned to death.
The only horror books I’ve read have been the likes of “Goosebumps”, as a child ofcourse. So this is my first official thriller/horror series.

A Black man, Coffey, who is much huger than the normal human being, is taken into custody for the murder of two young, innocent girls, oblivious to their dark future.
The narrator then realizes that the convict is actually very repentant of his deeds, but now, cannot “take them back.”

One does certainly feel bad for Coffey, but what has been done, cannot be undone. A gripping, must-read for those who enjoy thrillers.

“I guess sometimes the past just catches up with you, whether you want it to, or not.” -Stephen King, Two Dead Girls.

 

Paper Towns

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With the John Green fad going on, what better book to review, than Paper Towns?
This is my third John Green book, and to be honest, the plot was very similar to Looking For Alaska. A not-very-interesting boy, who falls in love with a wild girl, who’s all mysterious and full of this enthralling energy.
I certainly do love the way Green introduces his characters.  He even brings out their personalities very well. Just as his novels are, even Paper Towns is full of funny conversations, witty comebacks, lots of (slightly pretentious) metaphors.
Quentin Jacobsen has been love with his neighbor Margo Roth Spiegelman since forever. As children, they always hung out together, but as High School happened, Margo broke all communication with Quentin, whose thoughts still revolved around Margo.
Margo was a mystery to everyone, even to her best friends.
“Maybe she loved mysteries so much, that she became one.” See? I absolutely love John Green’s quotes. (Yes, I can be VERY cheezy, but nevermind that)
Margo is full of wanderlust, she wants to tour the world, unravel new places, new mysteries. She was care-free. She never revealed her true self to anybody, until one night she turned up at Quentin’s window and took him on the most adventurous trip he had ever had. It was the first time she revealed a small bit of her true self to someone.
But the next day in school, Margo once again has become a mystery, a girl Quentin once knew.
The beginning of the book is beautiful, somewhere in the middle it gets a little dragged, and the ending? I think the ending, even though it was kind of an anti-climax, stayed true to all the characters, it was realistic.
All together, I didn’t LOVE the book, neither did I hate it. It was a nice book, John Green’s humor, and his quotes/slightly-pretentious-metaphors being the highlight. The book certainly does get you thinking about a lot of things.

“I’m starting to realize that people lack good mirrors. It’s so hard for anyone to show us how we look, & so hard for us to show anyone how we feel.” –John Green, Paper Towns.

Death On The Nile

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Author: Agatha Christie.
This was my first and only Agatha Christie novel, and the suspense kept me turning pages alright.
A charming young lady, with all the riches in the world, with everything possible to live for, with nothing more to ask of, is brutally murdered on a cruise-ship, on the river Nile, as the name suggests.
Her husband had earlier been the love interest of another lady, a good friend of hers, but she ‘stole’ him from her.
Was it her friend who murdered her? Was it the husband, to inherit the riches? Was it the maid, to steal her jewellery?
A ship, full of people who could have committed the deed, but Hercule Poirot, the Belgian-French detective, with his sharp skills of deduction, and excellent usage of gray matter, is here to enravel the dark mystery. This is a classic crime-fiction novel.
I’ve even read the graphic novel version, and liked it too! This is certainly a good read for lovers of crime-fiction, and ofcourse, lovers of our very own Hercule Poirot!

To Kill A Mockingbird

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Author: Harper Lee.

If you haven’t heard of this book you’ve either been living under a rock, or you’ve just been introduced to Literature.
Anyhow, it is a book you will end up reading at some point in your life. This book is set during the Great Depression in America.
The book’s been narrated from the point of view of a young girl. The innocence is replete in her words. Her father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer, and seemingly perfect, with all his morals and virtues very much intact. He’s also an understand father. So all in all, a perfect gentleman.
He takes up the case of Tom Robinson, a black man, accused for a grave, disgusting deed he never committed. He had been framed.
Atticus Finch made it his aim to have Robinson acquitted.
What lies in Robinson’s fate? Will the all-white jury speak in favor of a black man?
Atticus’ neighbours completely isolate him in lieu of taking up the case of Robinson.
Finally this book teaches us what we’ve heard a number of times – Never judge a book by it’s cover, to never hold grudges or stand prejudiced towards someone, unless they’ve actually done something to gravely hurt you. Lee’s aim was to make us understand, that we must stand up for what our heart thinks is right, and not what the society wants us to think is right.

“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”  – Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird.

Matilda

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Author: Roald Dahl.

Once again, a MUST READ for literally any age group.
Matilda looks like any other young girl, but has almost unrealistic intellectual capabilities. That’s what attracts you to her. She’s the kind that enjoys classics at the age of three- and what’s more, taught herself the English language at three! She’s a gifted child.

But what stinks for her, is that her parents are the MOST self-absorbed, egocentric, conceited, sexist human beings you will ever come across. So self-absorbed that they don’t realize their little one is a genius. Matilda has strong feelings of hatred for her dull-witted family. Their IQ levels simply do not match.

At school, another challenge awaits her. The beastly Mrs. Trunchbull. Not sure whether to call her a headmistress or a monster. She once made a boy eat an entire chocolate cake in front of the entire school, because he stole some of hers. She also spun a girl by her pigtails, for wearing pigtails to school.
But Matilda also has the most affectionate class teacher, who is her escape from the horrid world. She also happens to be in a very bad situation, but Matilda comes to her rescue.
In the end, sweet revenge is taken. I won’t tell on whom, but it surely was comical.

Roald Dahl’s style is different from the other authors, he can crack you up in a second. He was, and maybe even IS my favorite author. You can never grow weary of him, ever. He’s a master of children’s books.

“It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” – Roald DahlMatilda.

The Best Of Roald Dahl

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Author: Roald Dahl.
This book is a collection of 25 short stories, few of Dahl’s finest works! I personally am a huge fan of Roald Dahl, the dark humor and twisted nature of this book makes for an extremely gripping read. The  eeriness lingers in the atmosphere in all these stories, but the suspense remains sometimes till the very last paragraph. The inquisitiveness and anxiety about the (obviously) dark ending keeps you hooked until the very end, and most of the times the rest of the story is left to the reader’s imagination, which adds to the twisted, unique beauty of these stories, and leaves you wanting more and more and more. The ending is always shocking. Dahl’s style is humorous, classy, witty, enigmatic.  Be it the young man willing to put at stake his little finger for a Cadillac, or the man who lived even after having died, the storyline is always a class apart. This isn’t a book I’d suggest for children, but for you almost-adults and adults, it is a must read, especially if you’re of a twisted kind too! *wink* Highly recommend, it is a must have, and certainly perfect for those who enjoy sleepless nights.

The Diary Of A Young Girl

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Author: Anne Frank.

Anne Frank  may have passed into the greater world, but has left a huge piece of her soul behind. Through her diary, the reader gets to live life back in Hitler’s time, during the Holocaust, through Anne’s eyes. Her diary dates back to the WWII.
Anne was gifted a diary by her father on her 13th Birthday. She recorded every single day of her dreary life in “The Secret Annexe”, the family’s hiding place in an office building.
She is extremely mature and understanding for her tender years, but that slight hint of innocence still remains. She learns to adjust with another family in hiding with them.
Through all the adversities that the family is forced to face, one thing remains constant, hope. They constantly hope that one day they will be able to walk once again in the open, without the fear of being caught and killed.
The Frank family however is caught by the Nazis, and Anne, along with her sister, is killed.
This book makes you realize the injustice done to the Jews in Hitler’s time, it is a must read for all ages. 

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

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Author: Roald Dahl.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOR LITERALLY ANY AGE GROUP.
On a serious note though, especially if you’re a chocolate/candy/anything-sweet lover, you’ve landed upon the right book.
The book is about Charlie Bucket, a little boy, living in a little house, in a little town, with his not-so-little family, and gets a golden ticket into a seemingly MASSIVE chocolate factory.

Willy Wonka, a flamboyant, eccentric, innovative business man owns the biggest chocolate factory in the entire world, but his factory has been closed for a long time now. Strangely enough, the factory is still full-fledged and operational. How? I’ll let you find out yourself.
From ice-cream that never melts, to gobstoppers that are everlasting, he can create anything! He even built an entire palace out of chocolate. (Well it melted in a while, but that is a different story alltogether)
One day, he sends out a message saying that five golden tickets are in circulation, and the five lucky children to have this ticket, will have a full tour of his oh-so-mysterious factory, and a LIFETIME supply of his delicious chocolates. This is not the least surprising given his enigmatic nature.

Roald Dahl has brought out the personality and behavior of his numerous characters in the most lucid and humorous style. He comes up with his very own words, like scrumptidelumtious, Oompa-Loompa, and whatnot.
This book is one hell of a roller-coaster, and I guarantee that you’re left with a longing desire to explore the miracle that is Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory (And devour all the chocolate there is, ofcourse).

“Everything in this room is edible, even I’m edible, but that is called cannibalism, my dear children, and is in fact frowned upon in most societies.” –Roald Dahl, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

 

The Princess Diaries

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Author: Meg Cabot.
The Princess Diaries was one of my favorites as a 7th grader. It is perfect for teenage girls, and even older, if you like cute, girly books. It’s almost like a chick-flick in the form of a book. In fact The Princess Diaries also has a bunch of movies!

Mia Thermopolis (I love her name, for no reason in particular), is a normal teenager, living with her inferiority complexes and insecurities, when she discovers that she actually is a princess. How fairy-tale like, right? But fairy tales always make you happy (make me happy, atleast) and revive your girly, I-want-to-be-a-princess-some-day side.
Her transformation from a shabby, under-confident teenager, to a gorgeous, dignified, but humble princess is beautiful, and Meg Cabot has a very humorous style.  Mia’s grandmother trains her in the ways of a princess, and oozes charm.

There are many books in this series, each with a very interesting story. Mia eventually falls in love, and there is also an aspect of romance in the later books.
It all makes for a perfect fairy tale story with a  happy ending, and every one lives happily ever after. (See what I did there?)

This is a must read for teenagers! Highly recommend. I’d always read this in the library periods in school.

The Hunger Games

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Author: Suzanne Collins.
‘The Hunger Games’ is the tragic but awfully awe-inspiring story of Katniss Everdeen, the epitome of mental strength. She lives in District 12, which is dictated my The Capitol. Her family strives hard to make both ends meet, and her father had died in a mine accident.

The Hunger games is an annual quest for survival, a fight until death. Only one person can survive, only the victor lives. Two tributes are selected from each of the twelve districts, as a punishment for the rebellion against the ruthless Capitol.
Both Katniss and Peeta make their way to the Capitol, and then enter into this quest for survival, The Hunger Games. As they slowly make their way through the deadly games, we also see a romance develop between the two, and two strangers now begin to understand each other. Katniss also remembers Peeta had helped her long back in times of dire need. He had saved her life.
Will they make it through alive? Which one of them will live? This I leave for you to discover yourself.

Highly recommend this for teenagers, the english is very good and easy to understand. The story is extremely gripping, and takes the reader’s imagination on a wild trip.

“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.” –Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games.

The Magic

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Author: Rhonda Byrne.

Have you read “The Secret” from Rhonda Byrne? I was introduced to this book a few years back where she introduced the reader to the concept of The Law of Attraction. In her latest book, “The Magic”, she focuses on how gratitude can change our lives, that we will attract all we have ever desired through the practice feeling gratitude.

The book begins with a reminder of how we felt magic in life as children, how as adults, we want to be around kids just to feel that magic again.  As in The Law of Attraction, “like attracts like.” So, if you are grateful for what’s in your life, the law of attraction will attract more of that into your life.

Byrne writes that all the major religions have gratitude at their core, so The Magic is to count your blessings and be grateful. The more gratitude you give out, the more abundance you will receive.

To some, it may seem like a sermon, but if you truly believe in the power of manifestation, it will certainly work for you.
Highly recommend to lovers of philosophy.

 

The Fault In Our Stars

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Author: John Green.
TFIOS is the moving and gripping story of Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, both teenage cancer patients. They meet in a Cancer Support group through a mutual friend Isaac. Augustus is the most perfect boy, extremely understanding. As is quite obvious by now, they both end up falling hopelessly in love with each other.

The times they spend together, their witty conversations, the imperfect but perfect-in-their-own-way moments, although a little cheezy,  are bound to bring a smile to your face. 
John Green uses beautiful quotes and metaphors that just blow you away, it’s one thing I love about all his books. This book is an emotional rollercoaster, one moment you’re smiling, another you can feel a slight tear run down your cheek.

The storyline is nothing different, it is the usual with a slight twist. Two teenagers meet, spend time with each other, fall hopelessly in love, and spend a lot of time together.
The ending is something very much expected, but presented in such a moving and beautiful way, that it is bound to make you spend a few minutes just thinking, and if you’re the emotional kind- it’s bound to make you shed a tear!

Overall, it makes for a good one-time read. Even though extremely cheezy and slightly unrealistic, it is perfect for a lover of romance and tragedy.

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” 
― John Green, The Fault In Our Stars.