The blogathon is officially over. Well thank god! I’m relieved I don’t have to wake up and think of a post. I’ve missed a few days of posting but still it was really fun. I loved reading all the posts from the other bloggers who participated in this blogathon. Please keep posting even if the blogathon is over :)) Thank you Seema for hosting this one! I intended to have a nice long thank-you-how-lovely-this-blogathon-was-post but then I just had a heavy lunch and slept it off 😀
Category: Blog Marathon
I have missed the past few days of the blogathon. Well what can I say? I am quietly mourning Federer’s loss in the Australian open and that’s made me go off posting here.
As a quick Federer fix, I have been insistently watching youtube videos of his best shots and reading articles. But that still doesn’t make up for all the missing action 😦
Mailbox Monday 1
Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued.
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week… Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish list
Here’s what I have received so far in my galley:
from Random House UK, Ebury Publishing
Even a goldfish can dream of adventure…
From his enviable view from a balcony on the 27th floor of an apartment block, Ian the Goldfish has frequent – if fleeting – desires for a more exciting life. Until one day, a series of unfortunate events give him an opportunity to escape…
Our story begins, however, with the human inhabitants of Ian’s building. There is the handsome student, his girlfriend and his mistress; an agoraphobic sex worker; the invisible caretaker; the pregnant woman on bed rest; and the home-schooled boy, Herman, who thinks he can travel through time.
And as Ian tumbles perilously downwards, he will witness all their lives, loves, triumphs and disasters…
A truly original, philosophically joyful and charming novel with the unlikeliest of heroes. This is Tales of the City as seen by a goldfish.
from Diversion Books
Gary Grossman, author of the wildly popular Executive series, returns with a high-octane thriller that digs into the history of the Earth to find the secrets people are willing to kill to keep concealed.
In the summer of 1601, Galileo Galilei made a startling discovery in the mountains of Eastern Italy that, if made public, could shatter faith in religion, bring down governments and lead to worldwide turmoil.
For more than 400 years the secret has been guarded by a small group of incredibly powerful people, willing to do everything in their power to keep these discoveries from being made. But now, a university dig in Montana headed by paleontologists Quinn McCauley and Katrina Alpert threatens to expose the secret Galileo unearthed, the event that caused him to turn his study to the stars, and the hidden reason the scientist was convicted of heresy by the Inquisition.
McCauley and Alpert find themselves in a global game of cat-and-mouse, seeking answers for a mystery that has endured for centuries, hunted for what they might discover.
OLD EARTH weighs age-old arguments between science and religion in a tense thriller that spans time and questions recorded history.
Monday Musings – 2
Musing Mondays are hosted by Miz B.
Musing Mondays asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer each week…
Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:
I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…
I am currently reading: Crash and Burn by Lisa Gardner
My name is Nicky Frank.
I’m in hospital after crashing my car. I am afraid. The only thing that I can think about is Vero. I know I have to save her but why couldn’t I find her? She’s just a little girl.
The man standing in my hospital room tells me we are married but there is no Vero. That six months ago I suffered a traumatic brain injury which caused changes to my personality. I have dramatic mood swings, an inability to concentrate and large gaps in my memory. I’m much easier to anger these days. And I drink. All of which he says explains the car accident and my confusion.
Now a Sergeant Wyatt Foster is investigating. He has questions about the car accident. He has concerns about my husband. And he’s worried about a missing girl.
He would like to know what happened to me. So would I.
My name is Nicky Frank. This is my life.
Watch me crash and burn.
What a bad start
to the day! Woke up to see Federer struggling the in fourth set tie break against Seppi in the Australian Open. In a few minutes it was all over. Just who is is this Seppi? What a big upset! The double faults and the unforced errors. It wasn’t Roger’s day at all.
Now what am I going to do next week?
A weeks ago, the Son and dad had a discussion about old age and death. I thought he was too small to have this conversation but his dad went ahead and told him that people die after they are too old.
A few days after this S comes to me as asks:
S: Will you die before me?
Me: :trying to be evasive: Why do you ask? Don’t worry about it.
S: You are older. So you would die before me.
S: What happens after we die?
Me: trying to be cheerful: Well, you are reborn again as a brand new baby.
S thinks for some time and I am sure that he will cry or get sad about his mommy dying before him.
S: whispering: Can you please tell Ganpatibappa not to make me into a baby girl after I die?
Me: What? Why? Why are you thinking about that?
S: Please can you tell him that? (still whispering)
I then turn my head up in the general direction where Ganpatibaappa is supposed to be and say: Please Ganpati, don’t make Shantanu a baby girl in his next life.
Me: Why don’t you want to be a baby girl in your next life?
S: I don’t want to be a girl because girls have babies and the doctor has to cut open the tummy to get the baby out. I don’t want my tummy cut. It would hurt a lot!
And here I was worried about him being sad thinking about his mommy dying !
Day 20: Wise words
So it was a normal Monday morning. There was the normal rush for getting to school on time, pack the lunch boxes, get the breakfast done etc. We were well within time when I asked Son to change into the uniform.
Me: Come on S, let’s get ready, where’s your uniform?
S: It’s okay, we have time. Please help me with the clothes.
Me: a bit flustered, … Okay come on hurry up now!
S: Okay okay don’t get angry.
Me: more flustered – Am not angry!
S: Yes you are. You are always angry.
Me: (Angry but hiding it.) Am not angry, maybe I am. That’s my thing – being angry! Like your thing is to watch the iPad all the time and dad’s thing is to….. (wondering what to mention here)
S: (in a very quiet voice) Dad’s thing is to calm you down.
Hubby smirking in the background having heard all this talk!
Monday Musings – 1
Musing Mondays are hosted by Miz B. But I found this first on Smitha’s book blog
Musing Mondays asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
• What are you currently reading? What do you think you’ll read next? What did you recently finish reading?
I recently finished reading two books:
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert. It’s a nice funny little romantic book with lots of yummy dishes to drool over.
Curtain call by Anthony Quinn. This one is not a straightforward historical crime novel. The period of 1930s London’ society is intriguingly woven with the plot. This a portrait of motley of (not all delightful) characters and their stories that are interlinked and eventually cross.