A-Z Book List: V for Vision

This author’s books are one that are available in abundance. They all belong to Romance and in some cases romantic suspense even. I have with me lots of her books but haven’t read them all. I used to when I was using my IPad earlier. But with Kindle Unlimited, I somehow have ventured towards Mystery, Thrillers, and Crime again with very less of Romance in between. They are always an HEA (Happy Ever After) books with a feel good tone to it. Almost like your Harlequin books.

Over to the book now. Name:

Name: Vision in White by Nora Roberts

Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction, Fiction

This is the first book in the Bride Quartet series and yes, as the name suggests there are four books in this series. They all belong to four female friends and how they end up meeting the love of their lives. It was definitely a very quick read. And I read the whole series to get my mind off the work and the stress that comes with it. I don’t really have to think too much about these stories. The romance is always very sweet. Sometimes too sweet to digest too. But hey, that is what I look for when I pick up these books. So it wasn’t a complaint. Just stating the facts. I am not a big fan of Nora Roberts (not that she needs any more fans that she already has) but I pick up her books when I don’t have anything else available and I really really need read a book to relax. I would always pick a book over watching the TV. I gave all the series 3 stars because well, I wasn’t sure how to give 2.5 in Goodreads, so went with 3.

 

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I know I will be away today, but didn’t want to miss this post, so had this written yesterday night and scheduled for today. 

A-Z Book List: U for Uninvited

I am sure most of you have had books that were bought, which were started but then for some reason stopped in between only never to be picked up again. I have a list of such books with me, both paperback and Kindle books. Why would I even have them on the shelves (physical or online). Because I am never sure when the mood would strike and I would pick them up again and continue. To name a few of them, ‘Brothers Karamazov’, ‘The Fountainhead’, ‘The Winner stands alone’ etc. The book associated with today’s alphabet is one such. Sadly 😦

Name: The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal, Gothic, Fiction

I bought this book on a sale (paying in Euro’s in fact) while on my way from Paris to London on the ferry’s book shop. I got three books for the price of two. I did complete one during the trip. One I finished when I got back home. The third on, The Uninvited Guests, was the one that got dumped not even half way through. Not that it was uninteresting. It was a mystery. I did not know it was a paranormal story (at that time at least) but it was going pretty OK. And I honestly don’t remember the reason for me to stop that book. Was it because it was a little slow for my taste? May be or may be not. I remember about the accident that brought people to this estate and the girl not being very happy about it because it was her birthday and she didn’t want the attention away from her. But that is where I stopped. Now I might have to pick it up again sometime and complete it or at least, see if I got bored of the story earlier or was it some other external factors that made me put that book back in the shelf. If you have read that book, please drop in a word as to how you felt about that book, or if you have written a review of the same, please do ping me the link. I would love to know about it.

 

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A-Z Book List: S for Silent (ssshhh)

Y’all know by now that my favorite genre is Mystery, Thrillers etc. I am not sure about you, but when the story gets going at a very face pace so does my adrenaline. I don’t have to do anything to increase my pressure or to increase my heart beat. Just read some of those fast paced well-written thrillers and I am sweating just by reading them. This book is one such.

Name: Silent Predator by Tony Park

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Fiction

It takes place on an African safari. Surrounded by jungles, all kind of predators lurking around the corners, people backstabbing, animals hindering the rescue process…what is not there in this story. I read this before a very important IPL T20 match. I was already all hyped up with this story and that match too increased my pressure. I was almost hyperventilating that day and it did feel like I had climbed a mountain. It was a very very good thriller and I just couldn’t keep it down. I was not ready to endure a night without knowing what happened. Not many books do that to me. This is the only book of this author that I had read. I got this book on a sale and as part of a deal. So didn’t bother looking for other books of his. Maybe I should and see if his other works are as fast paced as this one.

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A-Z Book List: R for Ram

I was tempted to go with ‘Redeeming Love‘ or ‘The Rosie Project‘ but then I remembered that I had already written posts on them. So I went back to my first choice, which is another epic story from the Hindu Mythology.

Name: Ramayana by C. Rajagopalachari

Genre: Hinduism, Fantasy, Spirituality, Fiction, Mythology, Classics

Rama (pronounced as Raamaa)or Ram (pronounced as Raam) is the main character of the Hindu Epic novel called Ramayana. He is the epitome of a Virtue, Self Control etc. There is no such thing as going wrong with what he does. There are no shades of gray at all, unlike Krishna even though both are incarnations of Vishnu. This story is about the eldest son of a King, Ram, who is sent on a exile by one of the stepmothers and how he, his wife, Sita, and his brother, Lakshmana, (who refused to leave his eldest brother’s side) survive the tough life with a lot of help from a lot of people in the forest and how Ravana abducts his wife to exact revenge and how Ram follows Ravana to Srilanka to rescue his wife with the able guidance and help of the Vaanar (Monkey) army which includes Hanuman.

This book is an abridged version of the story by the famous Rajaji (who was also an able politician) and I kind of liked his version which is easy and simple to read giving us the essence of the story along with some explanations on certain aspects. I do not agree with everyone on how Lord Ram is the epitome of everything that is right. My friend Sree and I used to have so many discussions on this. But let me tell you one interesting news that I read recently. In Bihar (one of the Indian States), one guy filed a case against Lord Ram, because he exiled his wife (owing to public pressure) just because she was in the custody of a man (Raavana) for a long time. It was hilarious to read this article 🙂 It might not make much sense if you don’t know the story of Ramayana. So if you fancy a mythological story just read about it in Wikipedia to get the gist of it.

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A-Z Book List: O for One

Every once in a while (which is becoming more in a while nowadays) I need a book which doesn’t put too much pressure on my mind. That is when I pick up the romance genre. But even in that, they can be various levels. Some are intense, some are browsable, some hilarious and some are sure shot HEA feel good books. Depending on how I feel, I pick up (going with my gut feeling after reading the blurb of course) one. One name you will find associated with the romance genre for the feel good and HEA (Happy Ever After, just in case you didn’t know) books is Danielle Steel.

Name: One Day at a Time by Danielle Steel

Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Drama, Fiction

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The friend of mine who was my supplier of books, when I started reading novels as a part time thing after work (back in 1999), had a couple of Danielle Steel books even though she was a huge fan of Sidney Sheldon (and yes, I have read almost all of his works). I remember reading a book of hers called ‘The Long Road Home‘ and feeling so depressed and sad for a day (so much for feel-good books heh!) But I do realize why my friend had that book with her. I guess I am digressing. Back to the topic. So yeah, that was when I was introduced to Danielle Steel and maybe it was that book back then that made me buy this one on a sale. I wanted a feel good love story because I was feeling so down and this was when I did not have access to e-books and such. And this book did just that. Made me feel good about love, as does a couple of her other books. I agree I haven’t read too many books of hers, but what I have read have accomplished the set goal. Tell you that love is worth it, it’s OK to have a bad phase and so on.

This story is about three people and their lives and how they find love. I gave it three stars because I wanted something out of this book and it gave me that. It is as simple as that. Recently I loaned this book to my friend’s mom and she too loved it. So far, she has loved my collection and she wants more of romance (she is about 60 years I think) but sadly I have more thrillers and mysteries than romance 😳

If I wanted a very nice relaxed contemporary love story, I would go to Danielle Steel and a couple of such authors I have found over the period of time.

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