Book Quotes: Rain in the Mountains

Rain in the Mountains: Notes from the Himalayas

Rain in the Mountains: Notes from the Himalayas by Ruskin Bond

      Rating: ❤❤❤❤


As I remember that this blog is A Reading Writer, and as I want to fuel my reading pace again, I’ll start to post quotations and wise words I loved from my recent reads, starting with Rain in the Mountains by India’s very own Wordsworth in prose, Mr. Ruskin Bond.

This book holds a special place in my heart as it is a gift from my beloved. He gave it to me on our first trip in the majestic Himalayas. The first few pages were read during our 12-hour night-shift train ride going back to Kolkata.

It made me laugh, cry, grimace, scared, blush, think, laugh, and think some more. Here are the best words, the top five quotes that I would like to share with you:

  1. “A Quiet Mind Lord, give me a quiet mind, That I might listen; A gentle tone of voice, That I might comfort others; A sound and healthy body, That I might share In the joy of walking And leaping and running; And a good sense of direction So I might know just where I’m going!”
  2. Some people become an integral part of our lives; others are ships that pass in the night. Short stories, in fact.

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  3. “When the earth gave birth to this tree, There came no sound: A green shoot thrust In silence from the ground. Our births don’t come so quiet— Most lives run riot— But the bud opens silently, And flower gives way to fruit. So must we search For the stillness within the tree, The silence within the root.”
  4. “I am still on my zigzag way, pursuing the diagonal between reason and heart.”

  5. “Little one, don’t be afraid of this big river. Be safe in these warm arms for ever. Grow tall, my child, be wise and strong. But do not take from any man his song. Little one, don’t be afraid of this dark night. Walk boldly as you see the truth and light. Love well, my child, laugh all day long, But do not take from any man his song.

©2018 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
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Book Review: Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova

Inside the O'Briens

“Reality depends on perspective, on what is paid attention to.”

43rd – Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova

 Rating: ❤❤❤❤ (Good read, definitely)

What is it about: Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s Disease.

Huntington’s is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure. Each of Joe’s four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their genetic fate. While watching her potential future in her father’s escalating symptoms, twenty-one-year-old daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adult life. Does she want to know? What if she’s gene positive? Can she live with the constant anxiety of not knowing?

As Joe’s symptoms worsen and he’s eventually stripped of his badge and more, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while Katie and her siblings must find the courage to either live a life “at risk” or learn their fate.

What I Love: How the story unfolds.

The explanatory prelude.

The suspense.

The rawness of the characters and their individuality.

The lovely picture of a family battling a hard disease with strength, love and hope.

What I Don’t Love Much: None. 4 stars rating is because I love Lisa Genova’s Love Anthony and Still Alice more. 🙂

Wise Words: “Once you can imagine these things, you can’t unimagine them.”

“Every breath is a risk. Love is why we breathe.” –Katie

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo and Story Summary: Goodreads and Unsplash

Book Review: P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

P.S. I Love You

“Shoot for the moon, even if you fail, you’ll land among the stars.”

42nd – P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

 Rating: ❤❤❤ (Good read)

What is it about: Holly couldn’t live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other’s sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed.

The kind of enchanting novel with cross-generational appeal that comes along once in a great while, PS, I Love You is a captivating love letter to the world!

What I Love: If you are looking for one easy read, this is the book for you.

It deals with one hard life evet but it still managed to be entertaining. The hopeful end completes the easy read aura.

What I Don’t Love Much: The main character. Her being confused is a bit annoying sometimes.

Wise Words: “Memories were fine, but you couldn’t touch them, smell them or hold them.”

“Seeming and being are not one and the same.”

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo and Story Summary: Goodreads and Unsplash

Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

Room

“Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.”

41st – Room by Emma Donoghue

Rating: ❤❤❤❤ (Good read, definitely!)

What is it about: To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

What I Love: With a unique theme, a unique storyteller, a unique set-up, this is indeed an epic read.

The characters will intrigue you and will make you root for them.

It is one heart hitting reads.

What I Don’t Love Much: The end becomes a bit confused.

Wise Words: “Everybody’s damaged by something.”

“People don’t always want to be with people. It gets tiring.” 

“Stories are a different kind of true.”

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo and Story Summary: Goodreads and Unsplash

Book Review: The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott

The Way Back to You

“The beauty of being young is that you can change your mind a hundred times and life is still before you with all the options.”

40th – A book about a roadtrip – The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott

 Rating: ❤❤❤ (Good read)

What is it about: Six months ago, Ashlyn Montiel died in a bike accident.

Her best friend Cloudy is keeping it together, at least on the outside. Cloudy’s insides are a different story: tangled, confused, heartbroken.

Kyle is falling apart, and everyone can tell. Ashlyn was his girlfriend, and when she died, a part of him went with her. Maybe the only part he cares about anymore.

As the two people who loved Ashlyn best, Cloudy and Kyle should be able to lean on each other. But after a terrible mistake last year, they’re barely speaking. So when Cloudy discovers that Ashlyn’s organs were donated after her death and the Montiel family has been in touch with three of the recipients, she does something a little bit crazy and a lot of out character: she steals the letters and convinces Kyle to go on a winter break road trip with her, from Oregon to California to Arizona to Nevada. Maybe if they see the recipients—the people whose lives were saved by Ashlyn’s death—the world will open up again. Or maybe it will be a huge mistake.

With hundreds of miles in front of them, a stowaway kitten, and a list of people who are alive because of Ashlyn, Cloudy and Kyle just may find their way to back to her…and to each other.

What I Love: This book begins with a promising start. Its engrossing and intriguing.

But as it..

What I Don’t Love Much: …becomes confusing. The main characters are confuse themselves.

Wise Words: “The beauty of being young is that you can change your mind a hundred times and life is still before you with all the options.”

“Grief doesn’t seem to need much space at all; it’s more like it tightens and squeezes until there’s no more of you left.”

“More than anything, though, I’ve learned that, just like in cheer, life is all about support. Being capable on your own is important, but big or small, having the right team makes all the difference.”

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo and Story Summary: Goodreads and Unsplash

Book Review: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Fates and Furies

“Paradox of marriage: you can never know someone entirely; you do know someone entirely.”

39th – Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

   Rating: ❤❤ (Not for me, sorry.)

What is it about: Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years.

At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed.

What I Love: This book is filled with beautifully poetic lines. I actually thought this will be as great as All the Light We Cannot See but…

What I Don’t Love Much: As you kept reading, the book somehow losses its glory. The length is too long, the twists are too much. There are parts that are a bit too dramatic.

Wise Words: “Grief is for the strong, who use it as fuel for burning.”

“Struggle forms character. No struggle, no character.”

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo and Story Summary: Goodreads and Unsplash

April & May in a Cup of Coffee

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Because this week has been gentle to me, please share another cup of coffee with me.

I would apologize, first, because this might be a long talk. (I honestly avoid to write long poems and fictions because I don’t want readers to skim through my words. I want them to read them.) But I guess this update might be long so sorry, and please let’s start. 🙂

Thanks, April!

April has been great! With NaPoWriMo and A to Z Challenge at hand, I have flexed my brain’s muscles as early as February! Sadly, I was not able to finish these two challenges on time! 😦 BUT I learned that my OCD attitude towards blogging and writing has its perks, too.

It was last week of February when my muse and I planned that we’ll take the A to Z Challenge. We agreed that our theme would be Poetry from A to Z! Because I really tend to over think and overdo things, I’m done writing my A to Z poems by the end of March’s first week. They are all scheduled during the second week of April. (Excited, eh?)

Incidentally, it was second week of April when my boss announced a company out-of-town. That’s when the blasts started. I am out from April 20 until April 24. Again, my OCD kicked-in and I am glad to have four beautiful seasonsonnets (written with my dear Melinda Kucsera of In Media Res) scheduled for NaPoWriMo during the said week. The vacation was fun! I had a blast, surely!

I planned to get back on regular blogging after the trip, but I didn’t. The second blast was louder and this time it’s chaotic. Office tasks and writing tasks piled up. I have no choice but to keep out of my WordPress home, which is honestly excruciating!

The one-week planned absence became almost two weeks. Thus, NaPoWriMo was left unfinished.

Nonetheless, I love April because it taught me that life and work happen. Like what lovely Annie once said, we are on WordPress when we can and there are times when we cannot. We need not to be hard on ourselves because readers will read, bloggers will blog, with or without us.

The best part is to have someone waiting for your comeback. 🙂 And thank you because YOU are one of mine.

Hello, May!

Dusting off the traces of busy April, here are my May plans!

Finally…

I Have a Very Important Question

I am kinda shy to ask this.

I have checked how to’s online but I think I have to ask you first guys… hmmm… I am thinking of publishing a book. Not a full-length novel (yet), but a poetry book. I don’t know how… but I know it’s possible (somehow?).

You think I can do it? Please tell me how? ❤

Let’s have a coffee toast!

Thank you!

Cheers!

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2015 Reading Challenge Super Update

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Six more books, one more month! 

It was October 21 when I last posted an update on the PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge that I participated into! What a shame right? (facepalm)

A bigger shame is that after more than a month, I was only able to read five (05) books only! Like, seriously! 😐 One final blow is that Goodreads said I am one book behind. Argh! >_<

Nonetheless, excuse my rants because now I am still happy to post about the reading challenge and the five great books that I’ve read! Here they are…

A book more than 100 years old (40th) – Alice in Wonderland (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, #1) by by Lewis Carroll

Alice in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, #1)

Thoughts: I’ve watched a lot of Alice in Wonderland-inspired cartoons, TV shows and even a film based on it so I am really familiar with the story. On the other hand, I still found this book an entertaining novel to read. I am still not a fan of classics, though.

Rating: 💖 💖 (It’s okay. It might work for you.)

A book that came out the year you were born (41st) – The Pelican Brief by John Grisham

The Pelican Brief

Thoughts: Just when I thought I’ve the best whodunit and crime authors, I stumbled upon a John Grisham novel that was first published in 1992. After I started reading it at around 9 in the evening and it kept me awake until around 3 in the morning the next day, (it’s a 400-page book), I can definitely assure you that this book is insanely great! I missed crime mysteries that can keep me awake until the next morning and I found it!

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (a MUST read!)

A (classic) romance (42nd) – See Me by Nicholas Sparks 

See Me

Thoughts: To those who’ve been following my blog for a while now, you know how I love Nicholas Sparks and how excited I was when I learned that a new novel will be out before 2015 ends.

It was released. I’ve read it. But this is the first time that I am posting about it. And I know it is unusual for a fan like me (who is actually one of the thousands who voted for the winning cover!).

Well, to tell you honestly, I was a bit disappointed with this novel. Not because it is horrible, it is not! It’s just that there are probably better novels from him that I’ve read before. Maybe I set the bar too high and this book was not able to achieve it.

I still love Sparks, though!

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 (You MAY read it!)

A book at the bottom of your to-read list (43rd) – The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

Thoughts: Of course! You know how I am not excited about this novel from my so loved author (excited is an understatement)! I’ve already shared the Top Ten Quotes that I Loved from this awesome book, too!

And did you know that Mitch himself shared my post on his facebook page!

This is one of the glorious moments of my fangirling! 😀

So where are we now? Hmm… my thoughts! This is a great book, not just because Mitch is Mitch and I love Mitch. It’s the story, it’s the words, it’s the content that make this novel special.

If you loved how the prose poetry style of Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See and Mitch’s signature insightful and moving life lessons, read this, NOW! 😉

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (Please oh, please READ this!)

A book based on a true story (44th) – Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love

Thoughts: I have heard about the movie version of this book before I stumbled upon this novel. It has its great moments, but there are honestly some dull ones that made me skip some pages. (Sorry, I know it’s a sin.)

Rating: 💖 💖 (You MAY read it. It might work for you.)

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There you go!

What have you been reading lately?

Do you have a reading challenge? How was it?

I would love to hear them!

🙂

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©2015 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

BOOK READS: A Soundtrack for THE MAGIC STRINGS OF FRANKIE PRESTO by Mitch Albom

From: http://mitchalbom.com/d/frankie-presto

I was reviewing my emails yesterday when I read an exclusive letter from Mitch Albom. (I’m a Shelved subscribers guys, so if you’re a fan you can sign-up here: http://mitchalbom.com/d/shelved.)

According to him, Republic Records will release a soundtrack on November 6th for his upcoming novel, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto!

The album’s titled, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Musical Companion. Yay!

Isn’t it great?

Here’s an article about this awesome news published in Mitch Albom’s website:

REPUBLIC RECORDS ANNOUNCES THE MAGIC STRINGS OF FRANKIE PRESTO: A MUSICAL COMPANION OUT NOVEMBER 6, 2015
New York, NY (September 16, 2015) – Republic Records will release The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Musical Companion for the latest novel by the internationally renowned and #1 New York Times bestselling author Mitch Albom on Friday, November 6th.

Albom’s new book The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, his most ambitious ever, is set in the world of music and follows the mythical Frankie Presto, the greatest guitarist to ever walk the earth. Pre-order for the soundtrack will go live on Friday, October 9th. With the purchase of a pre-order, fans can get a sneak peek into The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, with the first 2 chapters read by Mitch Albom himself.

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto will be available through Harper on Tuesday November 10, 2015.

The musical soundtrack features original songs by current recording artists including Ingrid Michaelson, Mat Kearney, Sawyer Fredericks and Phredley Brown that trace to the book’s story and were co-written with Albom—a longtime musician himself. In addition, the tracklisting boasts a number of previously released fan favorites that feature prominently in the novel. Mitch Albom collaborated directly with the artists to create a captivating companion piece to his prose. Further entwining the album and the book, Michaelson is even one of the narrative’s characters.

With each new book, Albom, the author of six straight #1 New York Times bestsellers, takes readers deeper into the universal experience we call life. He infuses both his non-fiction and fiction with an understanding of what makes us human. The Magic Strings of Frankie Prestois the book that Albom has been waiting his whole career to write: a paean to his first love—music—wrapped in the kind of inventive, compelling story that marks all his work. In his most original narrative yet, the voice of “Music” actually narrates the book.

With ‘guest appearances’ from such real-life musicians as Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis Lyle Lovett, Paul Stanley, Roger McGuinn, Burt Bacharach and Michaelson – all of whom collaborated with Albom – The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is a Forest-Gump like journey through 20th century music and a heartrending tale about human connections. As lyrical and finely-tuned as its protagonist’s strings, this is a masterful work from “a writer with soul” (Los Angeles Times).

Stay tuned for more info about this one-of-a-kind musical and literary collaboration.

ABOUT MITCH ALBOM

Mitch Albom is a bestselling author, screenwriter, playwright and nationally syndicated columnist. The author of six consecutive number one New York Times bestsellers—including Tuesdays with Morrie, the best-selling memoir of all time—his books have collectively sold more than 35 million copies in forty-two languages. He has founded seven charities in Detroit, and operates an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.


Hey, Mitch Albom fans!

Are you as excited as me?

😀

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2015 Reading Challenge SUPER UPDATE Part 3: 21st to 25th Book

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I am back! I’m almost halfway through my 2015 Reading Challenge and I am happy to share to you my 21st to 25th books!

A book of short stories (21st) – Tenth of December by George Saunders

Tenth of December

It’s deep. George Saunders is really a genius.

A funny book (22nd) – Scared Scriptless by Alison Sweeney

Scared Scriptless

Yes it’s funny, but it’s forgettable.

A book by a female author (23rd) – Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Mud Vein

I have never read a Tarryn Fisher novel until this one and I commend her way with words. Her characters are deep that you will keep guessing about the truth behind their actions. Her plot is also engrossing to read. Kuddos!

A book with one-word title (24th) – Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline

My mind can still vividly recall how I fell in love with Rainbow’s Eleanor and Park and I am still waiting for the revelation of that ‘three words’ in Eleanor’s post card for Park!

So here comes Landline. I will not say that this is better or even at par with Eleanor and Park story but that doesn’t mean that this book isn’t worth reading. Landline showed Rainbow’s ‘mature’ side. Her insights about love and lost is in-depth and realistic.

A book that scares you (25th) – A Deadly Business by  Lis Wiehl and  April Henry

A Deadly Business (Mia Quinn, #2)

Like what I’ve said to my review on this book in Goodreads, I actually missed reading Lis Wiehl’s mysteries. Aside from James Patterson, Wiehl is my favorite crime author. And in Deadly Business, she have yet again proven her expertise in writing a thrilling story.

The mere fact that I cannot stop reading it until I was done almost 3 in the morning goes to show how engrossing this book is!

Finally! My 2015 reading challenge list is now updated!

Happy reading everybody!

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