Category Archives: 30 Day Book Challenge

30 Day Book Challenge | A Character I Relate Most To

I’m still a bit sick and I have start to study tomorrow. Boo. But I finished reading the Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, and I liked it, so that’s good. 😀

Errr… I don’t know. I haven’t related to a character since I was about 15! Which is strange and sad. This post made me a little sad, actually. It made me realise that I don’t read enough books with female protagonists. I am going to have to make a conscious effort to read more of that. To that end, I’ve decided to read The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing.

The person I was able to relate to a lot is Skeeter, from The Help by Kathryn Stockett. She has good intentions, and she really wants to make a difference but she’s kinda confused and a little clueless you know? I feel that. I totally do. 🙂

Hoot.

Sin

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30 Day Book Challenge | A Book I wanted to Read for a Long Time but Still Haven’t. ALSO: CAT!

Shit! It turned out in my sleep-deprived state, I skipped one day’s question entirely. That question was: A book you’ve wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t. Oh my god, I am making such a hash out of this, aren’t I? it was a terrible idea to start this during exams, but also a GOOD idea because I wouldn’t have blogged at all otherwise and my blog would have died. And that sucks

In other news, we’ve adopted a tiny stray cat in our hostel. She is filled with cuteness and I’m keeping her in my room for now and she’s being hyper-active, super-adorable and super-distracting for her. If I show you a picture of her, will you stop being mad at me for being a prat about the daily challenge? Please? :3 Here you go:

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She’s TINY as you can see and is the cutest thing ever.

Also, you peeps are going to see a bunch more book reviews now that my schedule isn’t so hectic any more so stay tuned for that. 😀

There are a lot of classics that I have wanted to read for ages but haven’t yet, but those are boring to talk about, aren’t they?

A book I have been dying to read for ages, because the premise sounds so beautiful is Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak. It’s also a banned book and I have this compulsive need to read banned books to discover WHY they’ve been banned. Also, I’ve found that they’re almost always beautiful and/or brilliant. Coincidence?

Anyway, this book is about a doctor and poet who falls in love with a nurse during the Russian revolution. It sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Yet, I always find myself putting this book down. This happens to me with all Russian literature. I think it’s because the structure of Russian books is so different the other books I read. They have a lot of secondary characters with backstories for all of them and it’s just bewildering to take in at a stretch. And at a stretch is how I best read my books. I’ll try reading it slowly, maybe take it on a trip or something and see how it works out. 🙂

That’s all for today, guys.

Hoot.

–Sin

30 Day Book Challenge | A Book I Wish More People Would Read

I have good news and I have bad news. The bad news is that I have a hacking cough that resurfaces every time I talk or laugh or breathe too hard. And if I take deep breaths, there’s a “znnnnnnk” noise coming because of phlegm I think.

But the GOOD news is that, after my exam on 17th I have a loooong break till the 24th and on the 24th is my last exam. And then I’m going to Shillong. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

A book I wish more people would read is Bitter Chocolate by Pinki Virani. It’s non-fiction and it is about child sexual abuse in India. It freaked me out so much. People need to learn the reality of our “chaste society” with “family values’ where a lot of children are taught that adults can do no wrong. See, family values have their place but let’s just realise that not everyone is well-meaning or genuine as we may be.

I was reading this during my internship in Delhi and I was staying at a Paying Guest accommodation when one of the girls in a neighbouring room asked me what the book was about. I told her it was about child sexual abuse and she asked me why I was reading something so boring. BORING. This girl was engaged to be married and in that moment, I feared for the safety of her future children (If she has any). I… it isn’t boring. It’s relevant and it’s a pretty huge problem.

Please read it. Awareness is the first step to making a change, you know? Yeah? Let’s protect the rights of children in our country (and all over the world), guys.

30 Day Book Challenge | A Book that Made me Fall in Love with Reading

So… I have an exam tomorrow And I’m running a temperature. Life’s good. I can’t write. I can’t.

The book that made me fall in love with reading is… Emily Climbs by L.M Montgomery. I talk about it here.

Also, Matildaaaaaa. And Harry Potter. (Duh.)

The book I read as an adult that made me fall in love with reading is Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova. Guys, it’s EXCELLENT. It involves a lot of art. I loved  it. I love the atmosphere, the characters, the plot… I’ll review it when I’m alive-ish. Read it ok?

That’s all. Ughhhhh.

I AM GOING TO FAILLLLLLL. Gahhhhhhhhhhhh.

30 Day Book Challenge– Day 21 | My Favourite Childhood Book

I really feel like this challenge is far too repetitive, don’t you? It could also just be because I ramble far too much and I talk about a lot of extra books and the novelty and suspense is just lost. Lost, I tell you!

Well, one of my favourite childhood books of all time is Matilda by Roald Dahl, but I’ve talked about this book A LOT.There’s also Harry Potter (of course) which defined the childhoods of an entire generation.

I am also a huge Jacqueline Wilson fan. ❤ It was quite serendipitous that I got to reading her books. They were available in my library and my mum picked one out for me and I was HOOKED. I think the one I read first is The Story of Tracy Beaker, which is funny, adorable and heart-breaking. Tracy Beaker remains Jacqueline’s most popular character to date. 😉 My favourite Jacqueline Wilson books, however, are are Midnight and Secrets. They’re both a little angsty but I read them at a time when I was an angsty, insecure little girl (I’m still angsty and insecure, by the way. I’m just older and better at hiding it. )and they REALLY helped. My copy of Midnight literally fell apart because I read it so frequently.The thing I loved best about the Jacqueline Wilson books was that she referenced a lot of books that her protagonists were reading, sometimes fictional and sometimes real. And I went ahead and read most of the real books that she mentioned.

That’s how I was introduced to, among other books, A Little Princess by Frances Hogdsen Burnett, which is the most beautifully heartwarming story I’ve ever read. I love it. It’s very sad in parts, but I worshipped Sara and I actually learnt to be less angsty from her. She’s wonderful. This book does not fail to make me cry every time I read it, sometimes out of sorrow, and sometimes out of sheer joy. Sweetest book ever! I cannot wait to introduce it to my children. I am going to build up a massive children’s library for my kids, by the way. It’s going to rival my own library and I will take greedy, nostalgic dips into their books after they’ve gone to bed. -sighs contentedly-

30 Day Book Challenge– Day 20 (ish) | Book Turned into a Movie and Completely Desecrated

I have an exam tomorrow, guys, and I haven’t done any work! God. Wish me luck! On the other hand, the other stuff that was bothering me has been sorted out. So yay! 🙂

I don’t watch too many book movie adaptations because I’m scared of being disappointed. More often than not, they do desecrate the movie, don’t they? I also watch a lot of romantic comedies and not too much serious stuff, because that’s what books are for! I actually only started to watch movies a lot more this year because I felt like I wasn’t doing the cinema medium justice. I saw a bunch of movies in the theatre this year (Around 5 I think? Or 6.) and it’s about the same number I’ve seen in the theatre the last 4 years, I think. So yes.

The movies i did try to watch are the Harry Potter movies. And my least favourite one is the 6th one. I never finished watching it, as a matter of fact. My friend had a DVD and she was trying to get me to watch it, and I just… didn’t want to. And then I saw the scene with Harry in the diner where he flirts with the waitress and I was like, what?! That’s exactly what didn’t happen! I love the scene with the Dursleys at the beginning of the book and they just removed it. Why? Why would they do that? Why are they making Harry flirt instead? I don’t know! It’s inexplicable! Abominable!

Uh… yes. Strong feelings. 😛 -tries to calm self-

So yeah. That’s my answer I guess. 🙂

Hoot.

–Sin

30 Day Book Challenge | A Favourite Book Turned into a Movie

I have had the most terrible last few days. I was sick and I still had to study because my exams started today. I had a huge fight with an important person on Saturday and I had to pull a number of all-nighters to manage my backlog while sneezing 15 times a minute and sniffling into wads of loo roll.

I have a few other problems in college too, that I do not want to talk about on here. But I have been extremely stressed… Sometimes, problems just come in groups and life goes terribly downhill. And time just spirals out of control… Speaking of which, I saw Interstellar today!!! Maybe I’ll talk about that in a later post. 🙂 Anyway,I’m getting life back on track, or trying anyway, and things are looking up. I know it’s cheating if the 30 day Book Challenge is not done consecutively… but I kind of want to do it anyway. Can we just sort of ignore my little hiatus and pretend it never happened? Please?

My favourite book which has been made into a movie is Matilda by Roald Dahl. It’s categorised as a children’s book, but let me tell you this. I reread the book in October and I still found it clever and funny. It’s one of my favourite books of all time.

The interesting thing about this movie is that I saw it before the book, which is something I very rarely do. In fact, I make a conscious effort not to do it. The thing about this movie though, is that I saw it at camp and it was actually divine because I hadn’t watched any TV for about 8 days by then, which was extremely impressive for little Sindhu, who was almost as devoted to her cartoons, as she was to her books. (Let’s face it. I still love me my cartoons! Phineas and Ferb, anyone?)

Anyway, when we realised there was a movie showing, we were thrilled and it was this whole experience, you know? We sat with our friends instead of with the groups we were sorted into. We were sprawled all over instead of sitting in neat rows. I was away from home and from my books, for the first time. And this movie, it just blew my mind! I had no idea it was a book until a couple of years later, by the way. But the movie is adorable, funny and clever, just like the book, even though they changed things, as movie-makers are wont to do… (Why is that??? It annoys me no end! Let’s discuss this more in tomorrow’s post about the movie which massacred the book, okay?)

I haven’t re-watched the movie since that time nearly 12 or 13 years ago (Good God!) but the whole thing is etched clearly in my memory. Maybe I should re-watch it? Do you guys think I’ll still like it? I hope so…

Hoot.

–Sin