Daddy long legs

daddy long legs novelSpoiler alert

Lovely book, at least the first 95% of it. I guess the ending is fine given the time the book was written. It’s an interesting read that gives insights into a Judy’s life in college, coming from a orphanage and  rooming with the elite. It is so well written that at times it felt unethical (seemed like reading someone else’s diary) :). I absolutely enjoyed reading the book and loved the parts where it gives a perspective of a child brought up in an orphanage. The things that others take for granted is such a luxury to some. I would have loved another ending but alas!

The ending I was hoping for:

DLL is actually a woman, Master Jervie’s mom, who wants to empower orphaned girls by providing education. (That would explain why DLL, shows interest in girls and sponsors only girls from this orphanage). And coincidentally the mom’s niece is the Pendleton who rooms with Judy. Jervie meeting Judy is a mere coincidence which mom comes to know through the letters to her and she plays her part to ensure Jervie and Judy get enough opportunities to meet.

Two pages that I liked the most:

daddy long legs

daddy long legs

 

I finished the Narnia series! yay!

What started out as an 8-books-till-december challenge, paved the path for me to get in and out of Narnia 7 times.  In a true Narnian style, I chanced upon one of the books of the series, which was Prince Caspian, which led me into this whole world of Narnia and I ended up completing the entire series (of 7 books) – The Chronicles of Narnia. I would absolutely recommend this series to anyone – kids and adults alike.

When I posted about my reading progress of this series on social media, friends asked if I was reading this book for my child or for me. I would say what CS Lewis ( the author of The Chronicles of Narnia) used to say:

any story worth reading as a child is worth reading as an adult

Anyways, that brings the total books read this year to 10. I need to finish two more books to finish the revised goal of 12 books this year.

I have also been working on two other projects:

Knitting – Made this baby muffler for my little one.

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Secondly, the 28 days of Moon Project, which turns out to be more challenging that I thought it would be. More update on this on another day.

What’s happening with the reading?

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It’s been a little over a month since I last updated about my reading status. I started with the Narnia series last month and I’m happy to update that I have finished 5 books of the 7 book series. Though while waiting for the 3rd book to be delivered, I thought I will finish ‘The old man and the sea’. I couldn’t. Even though it’s a small book I just could not punish myself with it. I read two-thirds of the book and did not have the energy to go on. It’s really boring, about an old man going to fish and he gets the fish which takes him (and his boat) for a ride, forever. I believe it’s a joke played by the author, the book is the fish and reader is the old man. You will get it when you read it! But Don’t!

Coming back to the Narnia series – That’s a series I strongly recommend. I don’t think I will be reading the 6th book now, will read that later. I might stick to the original set of books and read ‘The chicken soup…’ one. Also, bought a new book ‘Grit’.

Coming back to the book challenge, I believe I wanted to finish 8 books in 8 months, and I have already finished 8 books. Yay! Hence disproving:

I read somewhere that if you have a goal and you share it with the world, then you won’t complete it. Let me see if I can prove that wrong. 😉

I’m resetting my goal to 12 books in 8 months (by Dec 2017). Let’s see if I can achieve that.

 

The Magician’s Nephew, The Chronicles of Narnia series

One of the books that I wanted to read this year was Prince Caspian, which is a part of the Narnia series. As per the reading order recommended by the author C S Lewis, Prince Caspian is the 4th book. So, to have a meaningful read, I’m planning to complete the first three books and then read this one.

The good news is that I have already finished the first book of this series, The Magician’s Nephew, last week. The second book will be delivered this week.

The Magician’s Nephew

This is the first C S Lewis book (I didn’t complete Screwtape Letters) that I have completed and I have to say what a writer he is. To make a reader imagine a fantasy world that exists in the author’s head, the author has to be that good. The sign of that is when you have finished the book and it feels like you have actually witnessed the creation of Narnia or visited the Wood between the Worlds. The thing that I liked most about this book is that it is an easy read with a lot of food for thought. The other sign of a good book is when you tell yourself ‘just one more chapter before I sleep’ and then binge read the whole book. That is exactly what happened with this one.

I would strongly recommend this book. The vocabulary is easy and the story really opens up one’s imagination.