A Little Tale of Coastliners

I recently finished “Coastliners by Joanne Harris”. Another random pick form the books sale. Another random pick I am glad I picked 😉 .

So yeah, here is what the book is about:

On the tiny Breton island of Le Devin, life has remained almost unchanged for over a hundred years. For generations, two rival communities, the wealthy La Houssiniere and the impoverished village of Les Salants, have fought for control of the island’s only beach.

When Mado, a spirited local girl, returns to Les Salants after a ten-year absence, she finds her home threatened, both by the tides and the machinations of a local entrepreneur. Worse, the community is suffering from an incurable loss of hope.

Mado is not so easily discouraged. Dogged by prejudice from the superstitious villagers, she is forced to enlist the help of Flynn, an attractive drifter. But Mado’s attempts to transform the dying community have foreseen consequences.

As Les Salants returns slowly to life, so do past tragedies, including the terrible secret that still haunts Mado’s father. And is Flynn really who he says he is?

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Here are some quotes from the book:

  • Capucine smiled. “Well, it’s doing you good,” she declared. “Think of yourself, for a change. Stop carrying the whole world on your shoulders. The tide turns without your permission.”

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  • For years we had deplored Les Salants’ lack of modern facilities, jealously watching La Houssinière with its hotel, its gaming arcade, and cinema. For the first time, we saw how our apparent weakness could be turned to good profit. All we needed was some initiative, and a little investment.

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  • That was over now. I’d loved him; I’d hated him. I’d never really seen him. Now I did, a sad, silent old man at a table. What fools love makes of us. What savages.

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  • My mistake was thinking it has to be earned. Deserved. That’s the island in me talking, of course; the idea that everything costs, everything has to be paid for. But merit has nothing to do with it. Otherwise we would only ever love saints. And it’s a mistake I’ve made so many times. With GrosJean. With my mother. With Flynn. Even, perhaps, with Adrienne. Most of all with myself, working so hard to deserve, to be loved, to earn my place in the sun, my fistful of earth, that I overlooked what mattered most.

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Seems catchy huh? Its a must-read, I tell you.

Happy reading. 🙂

A Book with a Deceiving Cover and a Big Secret Inside it

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Take a look at the cover. What kind of feeling do you get by just looking at it, just the cover? 

I have this book with the exact same cover. I randomly picked it out at books sale. When I first looked at the front cover, it gave me a warm, cozy, sweet kind of a feeling but when I turned it over for some understanding of the story…well, there was a whole new story.

I read this book a while back and enjoyed it big time. You should give it a try too.

Here is a little boost:

Fun and a little hard work. That’s all Tess Haviland had in mind when Ike Grantham paid her for her graphic design work with the run-down, 19th-century carriage house on Boston’s North Shore. 

Then Ike disappeared and now Tess finds herself with much more than a simple weekend project to get her out of the city. It’s not just the rumors that the carriage house is haunted. It is the neighbors: six-year-old Dolly Thorne, her reclusive babysitter, Harley Beckett and especially Dolly’s father, Andrew Thorne, who has his own ideas about why Tess has turned up next door. 

But when Tess discovers a human skeleton in her dirt cellar, she begins to ask questions about the history of the carriage house, the untimely death of Andrew’s wife and Ike’s disappearance. The kind of questions a desperate killer wants to silence before the truth reveals that someone got away with murder.

The story is pretty captivating with appealing and convincing characters. You are gonna love it. 🙂

“Neggers delivers a colorful, well-spun story that shines with sincere emotion among a field overstocked with contemporaries that rely on lots of flashy passion but little soul.”

— Publishers Weekly

The World of Mysteries, Crimes and Spies

Imran series are best-selling, urdu mystery/spy novels, originally written by Ibn-e-Safi. Ibn-e-Safi is the original creator of the protagonist of this series i.e. Ali Imran. They are based on Imran and his adventures.

Ali Imran is the heart of this series.  He is a playful, comical person (most of the times) and can sometimes get quite annoying for people who come in contact with him. But that is his style. 😉

His mind works more efficiently in solving cases and bringing culprits to the justice. And once he was recognized for these particular talents of his, he was given a place as the chief of the Secret Service Team. Though they only know him as X-2; a dry and scary sort of a person you won’t wish to be alone in a room with, in fact you won’t wish to be with him anywhere. 😉

Apart from playing the role of the boss of a secret service team, he also indulge himself to work as a normal member of the Secret Service. Except for a handful of people, no one knows his status being the chief of the Service.

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Believe me, the Imran series are mind-blowing with amazing story-line and incredible character development. 

Its a must read. 

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I first got my hand on Imran series when I was in 9th, introduced to, by a friend but she introduced me to the ones by another writer. My father saw me reading once and told me about the real writer and original series. Oh my! After that I was totally addicted to them. 

I started collecting them, one by one or sometimes two by two 😉 . Even on my birthday, I got them as my gift and I jumped with joy. My father played a great role in helping me collecting them. Thanks to him, I have the whole collection of Imran Series by Ibn-e-Safi i.e. 120 books, in my possession. 🙂 

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Here is the list:

  1. Khaufnak Imarat
  2. Chatanon Mein Fire
  3. Purisrar Cheekhein
  4. Bhayanak Aadmi
  5. Jahannum ki Raqqasah
  6. Neelay Parinday
  7. Saanpon ke Shikari
  8. Raat ka Shahzadah
  9. Dhuaein ki Tehreer
  10. Larkiyon Ka Jazeerah
  11. Pathhar Ka Khoon
  12. Lashon Ka Bazaar
  13. Qabr aur Khanjar
  14. Aahni Darwazah
  15. Kalay Charagh
  16. Khoon Ke Piyasay
  17. Al Fansay
  18. Darindon Ki Basti
  19. Gum-shudah Shahzadi
  20. Hamaqat Ka Jaal
  21. Shafaq Ke Pujaari
  22. Qaasid Ki Talash
  23. Ra’i Ka Parbat
  24. Pagal Kuttay
  25. Piyasa Samandar
  26. Kaali Tasveer
  27. Sawaliyah Nishan
  28. Khatarnak Lashein
  29. Gaind Ki Tabah-kaari
  30. Chaar Lakeerein
  31. Chalees Aik Bawan
  32. Aatishdaan Ka But
  33. Jarron Ki Talaash
  34. Imran Ka Ighwa
  35. Jazeeron Ki Rooh
  36. Cheekhti Roohein
  37. Khatarnak Juari
  38. Zulmat Ka Devata
  39. Heeron Ka Faraib
  40. Dilchasp Hadisah
  41. Bay-aawaz Sayyarah
  42. Dairh Matwaalay
  43. Billi Cheekhti Hai
  44. Lo-Bo Li-La
  45. Seh-ranga Shula
  46. Aatishi Badal
  47. Geet Aur Khoon
  48. Doosri Aankh
  49. Aankh Shula Bani
  50. Sugar Bank
  51. Taabuut Mein Cheekh
  52. Fazai Hangamah
  53. Tasveer Ki Urran
  54. Giyarah November
  55. Manaron Waliyan
  56. Sabz Lahu
  57. Behri Yateem Khana
  58. Pagalon Ki Anjuman
  59. Halaku & Co.
  60. Paharron Ke Peechay
  61. Buzdil Soorma
  62. Dast-e-Qaza
  63. Ashtray House
  64. Uqabon ke Hamlay
  65. Phir Wohi Aawaz
  66. Khuun-raiz Tasadum
  67. Tasveer ki Maut
  68. King Chaang
  69. Dhuaein ka Hisaar
  70. Samandar ka Shigaf
  71. Zalzalay ka Safar
  72. Black and White
  73. Na-deedah Hamdard
  74. Adhora Aadmi
  75. Operation Double Cross
  76. Khair Andaish
  77. Point Number Barah
  78. Ad-Lava
  79. Bamboo Castle
  80. Maasum Darindah
  81. Begum X-2
  82. Shahbaz ka Basaira
  83. Raishon ki Yalghaar
  84. Khatarnak Dhalaan
  85. Jungle mein Mungle
  86. Teen Sanaki
  87. Aadha Teetar
  88. Aadha Bater
  89. Allama Dehshatnaak
  90. Farishtay ka Dushman
  91. Be-chara Shahzore
  92. Kali Kehkashan
  93. Seh-rangi Maut
  94. Mutaharrik Dhariyan
  95. Jonk aur Naagan
  96. Laash Gati Rahi
  97. Khushbu ka Hamlah
  98. Baba Sag Parast
  99. Mehektay Muhafiz
  100. Halakat Khez
  101. Zebra-Man
  102. Jungle ki Shehriyat
  103. Mona Lisa ki Nawasi
  104. Khuuni Fankar
  105. Maut ki Aahat
  106. Doosra Rukh
  107. Chatanon ka Raaz
  108. Thanda Suraj
  109. Talash-e-Gumshudah
  110. Aag ka Daira
  111. Larazti Lakeerein
  112. Pathar ka Aadmi
  113. Doosra Pathar
  114. Khatarnak Ungliyan
  115. Raat ka Bhikari
  116. Aakhri Aadmi
  117. Doctor Dua-go
  118. Jonk Ki Wapsi
  119. Zehrili Tasveer
  120. Bebakon Ki Talash

If you enjoy mystery stories, I will suggest this series. I am pretty sure once you started on them, you won’t be able to put them down. I have already read them 2-3 times and thinking to start again, been a while.. 🙂

I think that the ideal space must contain elements of magic, serenity, sorcery and mystery.

– Luis Barragan

A Glimpse into the World of “Harry Potter”

Let’s take a sneak peek into the world of ‘the boy who lived’. 😉

(BOOK 1)

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Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle.

Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great giant kind of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

An thus the incredible adventure begins!

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Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets

Harry Potter’s summer vacations concluded with the worst birthday ever including some doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car!

Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors – and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone .

It looks like Dobby’s sinister predictions may be coming true…

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Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it’s the start of another, far from ordinary, year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run – and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry’s tea leaves. But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss.

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Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter – but that doesn’t stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition.

Then at Halloween, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed and so is everyone else, to be picked out as one of the chosen champions.

He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through – alive!

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Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix

Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors’ attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to get him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord’s return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the Dark forces.

Now, Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort’s savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time.

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Harry Potter And The Half-blood Prince

When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shriveled, but he does not reveal why.

Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort’s darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny.

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid’s motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind.

The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is now broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves, and to stop him, Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes.

The final battle must begin – Harry must stand and face his enemy.

Hope you have a good reading, again and again.

Enjoy reading.

🙂

Quotes from Harry Potter Series

The plot of Harry Potter series is based on a sinister platform and can get quite intense sometimes, but it has its funny moments as well. It is kind of necessary to keep the balance. Don’t you think? 😉

Here are some of the quotes that really touched me and few of the funny ones too.

Enjoy!

Inspirational Quotes:

  • “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” (Philosopher’s Stone)
  • “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” (Philosopher’s Stone)
  • “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” (Philosopher’s Stone)
  • “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” (Prisoner of Azkaban)
  • “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” (Goblet of Fire)
  • “Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.” (Goblet of Fire)
  • “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” (Goblet of Fire)

Friendship, Family and Love Quotes:

  • “Go on, have a pasty,” said Harry, who had never had anything to share before or, indeed, anyone to share it with. It was a nice feeling, sitting there with Ron, eating their way through all Harry’s pasties, cakes, and candies (the sandwiches lay forgotten).” (Philosopher’s Stone)

  • There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them. (Philosopher’s Stone)

  • “Harry — you’re a great wizard, you know.”  “I’m not as good as you,” said Harry, very embarrassed, as she let go of him.  “Me!” said Hermione. “Books! And cleverness! There are more important things — friendship and bravery…” (Philosopher’s Stone)
  • Luna had decorated her bedroom ceiling with five beautifully painted faces: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and Neville. They were not moving as the portraits at Hogwarts moved, but there was a certain magic about them all the same: Harry thought they breathed. What appeared to be fine golden chains wove around the pictures, linking them together, but after examining them for a minute or so, Harry realized that the chains were actually one word, repeated a thousand times in golden ink: friends. . . friends . . . friends . . . (Deadly Hallows)

  • “You’re the one who is weak. You will never know love or friendship. And I feel sorry for you.” (Order of the Phoenix)

  • “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” (Goblet of Fire)

Funny Quotes:

  • 1st Weasley Twin: Oh, are you a prefect, Percy? You should have said something, we had no idea.
    2nd Weasley Twin: Hang on, I think I remember him saying something about it. Once –
    1st Weasley Twin: Or twice —
    2nd Weasley Twin: A minute —
    1st Weasley Twin: All summer —
    Percy: Oh, shut up! (Philosopher’s Stone)
  • Harry: So light a fire!
    Hermione: Yes… of course… but there’s no wood!
    Ron: HAVE YOU GONE MAD! ARE YOU A  WITCH OR NOT! (Philosopher’s Stone)
  • Ron: Why spiders? Why couldn’t it be ‘follow the butterflies’? (Chambers of Secrets)

The Boy Who Lived…

You probably, already know who I am talking about.

This boy left quite a mark on us. I am pretty sure most of you had already read about him and is a fan. 😉

J.K Rowling created a splendid magical world for us with characters we still love and cherish. 

For those who don’t know who I am talking about, well…Harry Potter. Got something?

Even if you have not read the books, you must have seen the movies. Though, movies are not as good as books. Duh!. But you get the idea. If you liked the movies, and you haven’t read the books yet, then you got to and I can guarantee that you are gonna fall in love with them right away. 

I know I did. ❤

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Step into the World of Imagination, Friendship and Loss

Do you know which one I am talking about? You probably must have read it and loved it. What’s not to love?

I am talking about Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. A book that opens door to a world of imagination, a unique friendship and loss. 

I first read this book when I was around 14-15 years old. Oh, how heartbreaking it was!  I cried my eyes out. 

This is one of those books that you don’t forget, the one that stays with you forever. The kind that you keep in your collection, the kind that you cherish but at the same time you hesitate a little to read it next time. I have already read it 2-3 times. Of course, with long gaps in between.

If you haven’t read it, you probably do not understand what I am saying but if you had then you can totally get it, right?

Bridge to Terabihia, falls under the category of children’s literature. It is about two children, one boy: Jess, one girl: Leslie. Both of them quite opposite and yet so same. The story is well structured and well told.

Storyline:

Jess Aarons had to be the Fastest runner at Lark Creek Elementary School, the best, but when he was challenged by Leslie Burke, a girl, that was just the beginning of a new season in Jess’s life.

Leslie and her parents were new comers to the rural community where Jess Lived, and were thought to be a bit odd, for they didn’t even own a TV, though their house was filled with books.

Some-what to Jess’s surprise, he and Leslie became friends, and the worlds of imagination and adventure, that she opened to him, changed him forever.

It was Leslie’s idea to create the world of Terabithia, their secret Kingdom in the woods where they reigned supreme. A place where they escaped to from all the troubles and fears of their real life. There was no enemy who could defeat them in their world, not their teacher Monster Mouth Meyers, their schoolmates (bullies) Gary Fulcher and Janice Avery, Jess’s four sisters, or even Jess’s own fears and Leslie’s imaginary foes. They were the King and Queen of this secret kingdom. 

The Legacy that Leslie finally brought to Jess enabled him to cope with the unexpected tragedy that touched them all.

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They made it into a movie, which is pretty incredible too. But first read the book. 

A must read.