2017

1.Modern Mrs Darcy Challenge 2017

Completed both lists on Dec 20,2017

The Green List : 12       

1 Nancy Drew The Bungalow Mystery

2 Magnus Chase #1 The Sword Of Summer

3 Nemesis by Jo Nesbo

4 Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

5 Yes, I will accept recollections.

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

6. Ignited Minds by Dr.Abdul Kalam

7. I read my most favorite genre.(Why would I read something I avoid?)

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

8 Hogwarts#3 by J.K.Rowling

9 The Second Son by Lee Child(Jack Reacher 15.5)

10 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis

11 A Season of Ghosts by Ruskin Bond(Had it up my TBR for over a year)

12   The Killing Floor (Jack Reacher #1) by Lee Child                                          

The Red List: 12

1. I really don’t find them relevant in my list. I read Chanakya’s Chant by Ashwin Sanghi that won a few awards here.

2 The devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho

3 A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

4 A play:The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter

5 The Tumour by John Grisham

6 The End of the World by Nesly Clerge

7 Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

8 Tales of Beedle the Bard, Hogwarts #2 & #1 by J. K. Rowling

9 A similar author, if not from the same group.

Bravely Fought the Queen by Mahesh Dattani

10 Nemesis Knight by Michael D.Young

11 Goodreads Choice:Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

12 The Room by Harold Pinter
2.British Council Summer Reading Challenge:

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2017

Never really could withstand a loose thread in the world,,I guess.The British Council India has launched their Summer book Challenge, urging children to read 6 books and posting reviews about them in about 6 weeks.Don’t want the medals,I guess,and will neither inform them I’ve started.But the challenge is great.You can look it up here

Start Date:June 09,2017.

End Date:June 11,2017

Status:Finished

Tally:

1.The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde:

Funny,comical, brilliant.

One of the most famous Comedy of manners,the impact upon the reader is huge.It is one of the very few novel that actually makes you guffaw.The Characterization is unparalleled, especially of Algernon, Jack and Lady Bracknell.The girls add their own charm.Extremely well written.

My Rating:4.5/5

2.The Grown up by Gillian Flynn:

Twisting, suspenseful, gets in on our thoughts.

Gillian Flynn’s yet another masterpiece. Beautifully written,keeps us guessing till the last page.Smart boy,too good to be his age;and the dumb girl who does not fit in.Yet you do not complain,for the masterful characterization is intended purposefully. Wonderful read!

My Rating:4/5

3.Small Wars by Lee Child (Jack Reacher 19.5)

Tactful and Brilliant as usual.

When we see Joe in the beginning, we almost fret,nervously worrying if he has gone rogue.Child ,as usual,brings his hound dog into the scene and gets the job done in ways that will blow your mind.Genius!

My Rating: 4/5

4.Not A Drill by Lee Child(Jack Reacher 18.5)

One of the least interesting of all the Reacher stories,but Lee Child’s cauldron never fails to brew the strongest ale.It is different,true,and different in a way that leans to the likeable.Reacher,one of the most famous heroes of our age who has gained nearly a cult-like status,is in Canada.But being the thrill magnet he is,there is a problem deep in the pristine forests.Reacher delves down to rescue.

My Rating:3.5/

5.High Heat by Lee Child(Jack Reacher 17.5)

Suave, smart

It is a bit hard to believe that a 17 year did everything that the story claims to be,even when it is the enigmatic Reacher.The story is marvellously attractive,almost picturesque and clings to our teen-imagination if one decides to take the leap of faith.Fast paced and attractive.Read it for your own fun.

My Rating-4.5/5

6.Deep Down by Lee Child(Jack Reacher 16.5)

Wonderfully well written,as if it has been conceived over ginger ale.

Military secrets.Big gun needed.Diplomatic talks.Really smart people.

Yes,the hint is obvious.You will call the Cult hero Reacher to infiltrate.If only the grey cells were needed at all before Reacher smells burnt milk and reaches the conclusion before any hotshot even gets to think.And that’s not all.He saves a great deal of intel and bottoms(sorry,Public blog!)Action ripples across the entire novella,even beyond.Definitely recommended.

My Rating-4/5

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2017

3.Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge:

Let’s Beat this!

Titles Completed: 50

Finish Date:

The List:

1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

2.Way too long in TBR!

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

3. Batman #1

4.An Audiobook: Sherlock Holmes: Rediscovered Railway Mysteries and Other Stories by John Taylor read by Benedict Cumberbatch

5. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

6. The Call of the Wild

7. The Vegetarian by Han Kang

8. No Middle Name by Various

9. Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming

10. Batman #3

11. Mrs. Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna

12. Batman #2

13. Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

14.A book involving travel:The Post office ,a play by Rabindranath Tagore

15. My Journey by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

16.A book published in 2017:Sita:The Warrior of Mithila

17.A book with a mythical creature:The Dark Prophecy(Trialls of Apollo II)

Griffins,Dragons,Mythical Serpents

18. The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

19. Of Mice and Men

20. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D.Wattles

21. About one living non-living.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming

22. The Disciples by Martin Marriott

23.The Goblet of Fire

24.A book Set in Wilderness:A land of Cards,a play by Rabindra nath Tagore.

25. The Rogue Prince by George Martin

26. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

27. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

28. Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie

29. Blacken your Soul by Martin Mariott

30. The Pearl by John Steinbeck

31. The Castle of Ortanto by Horace Walpole

32. Nancy Drew and The Secret of the Old Clock

33. Book through time periods-Quidditch through the ages by J.K.Rowling

34.Through the Looking Glass

35. At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie

36.A book by Someone I admire:Devdutt Patnaik-99 facts about Ganesha.

I even admire Ganesha.

37. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them- The original screenplay

38.

39. Paladin Pawn by Michael D.Young

40. The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter

41. The Science of Becoming Great by Wallace D.Wattles

42. Trialls of Apollo #1 by Rick Riordan

43.

44. Christmas Caroll by Charles Dickens-a flash back of entire life, yes.

45. The Prisoner of Azkaban-Two different timelines.

46. Its certainly not something like I have read 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll

47. The Origin by Dan Brown-Robert Langdon

48. The Deathly Hallows

49. The Order of the Phoenix

50. The Science of Being Well by Wallace Wattles

51.A difficult topic-To let a loved one go,death!

The Half blood Prince

52.A Book on Mythology: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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2017

4. A Reading Tree:

Let’s do this!

Buddyread with a lot of people

Start :August 2017

End : November 2017

Status: Completed.

1. I choose to read The Tales of Dunk and Egg by George R. R. Martin

#1 The Hedge Knight 

#2 The Sworn Sword

#3 The Mystery Knight

2. I am exploring Fantasy.

#1 The Son of Sobek by Rick Riordan

#2 The Staff of Serapis by Rick Riordan

3. Was a tad doubtful about it. But ended up liking the text.

The Cockroach by Jo Nesbo

4. Not exactly a book club, but I dicussed this with a few people.

Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie

5. Mafia Queens of Mumbai by Hussain Zaidi

Not a typical memoir but a non-fictional account of Female Mafiosi in the Heart of Mumbai dominating what is traditionally a male-dominated sport.Intriguing!

6. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

Recommendations by a lot of friends in High School.

7. Exploring Australia and Aboriginal cultures through my favourite thrillers, of course!

The Bat by Jo Nesbo

8. The Betrayal by Harold Pinter

Pinter is a Nobel Laureate.

9. Not history, but prologue of a powerful fiction.

The Rise of Sivagami by Anand Neelakantan

10. George R.R. Martin- 

The Princess and the Queen

The Ice Dragon

The genre is redefined by this author. His writing has infinitesimal depths and piques your interests to read him no matter how hefty the books might be.

11. Americans, Blacks, Vagabonds

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Russians

The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

12. 1984 by George Orwell

13. I somewhat always wanted to read A Land of Cards by Tagore. It feels wonderful to have finally completed the anthology.

14. I challenged myself to read the Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

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