Welcome to my baby girl

Paahi.

I am writing this quick post to give you all the news about arrival of my little princess, Paahi, on 4/11/2018.

I’m so happy to hold my sweetheart after long period of waiting, thinking whether baby will be boy or girl and how baby’s health will be, who this cute little thing follow, her father or me.. it has been wonderful time and now that I’m holding her in my hand I just cannot stop admiring her. Nothing has prepared me for tremendous space she will take in my life, heart and soul.

As it was emergency c section and I’m still recovering and adjusting with her routine, and stitches won’t heal until 15th so I might not be able keep tabs on this blog or write post.

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#BookPromo : Life is the Flower, Love is the Honey by Surabhi Sharma @thereviewauthor

Hey Book Lovers! Congratulations to fellow blogger Surabhi Sharma for the release of  Life is the Flower, Love is the Honey. I’m delighted to share the book detail and blurb, I hope you find the it interesting.

Book Details:

Title – Life is the Flower, Love is the Honey

Author – Surabhi Sharma

Publication Date – 21st August 2018

Publisher – Self-Published

Format – e-book

Pages – 133

Price – INR49/$0.71

Life is the Flower, Love is the Honey

 

Synopsis:

‘You are so much more than what you think you are. You are infinite. You have the power to achieve bigger things.’

This is a story of a dream; a story for every dreamer.

Shubh is a dreamer. He wishes to become a nature photographer but submits to his parents’ wishes who want a secure future for him. He fears he will disappoint his parents and gives up on his dreams.

Monica is a dreamer. She is a painter who paints the canvas with the inspirational colors of life. She let go of her fears and inhibitions one day when someone helped give her paintings a purpose.

What happens when fate brings these two dreamers together?

A unique tale of love and life in the form of tiny tales about the dreams and challenges we face.

Author Bio:

Surabhi Sharma.jpgSurabhi Sharma was born and brought up in Jaipur, Rajasthan. She began her writing journey as a freelance writer, writing short stories for magazines and newspaper. In 2016, she started her blog to share her love of writing and reading. Her tiny tales on blog garnered great reviews, love and appreciation from readers.

To learn more about her, read her tiny tales that she publishes every Sunday, visit her blog: www.thereviewauthor.com

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Links:

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram: @thereviewauthor

Book link – https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07FZXL5Q5/

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Goodreads profile link – https://www.goodreads.com/thereviewauthor

Goodreads Book Page – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40987483


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Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables #2) by L.M. Montgomery

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Publication Date: March 5th 1999 (First published: 1909)

Publisher: Wordsworth Classics

Read Date: August 3rd 2018

Genre: Classic / Fiction

Stars: 5/5

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Anne of Avonlea continues Anne’s story. Now half-past sixteen but as strong-headed and romantic as ever, Anne becomes a teacher at her old school and dreams of its improvement. But her responsible position and mature ambitions do not prevent her entanglement in the scrapes that still seem to beset her in spite of her best intentions.

Thoroughly charming and amusing, with a supporting cast of colourful and endearing characters, both books will enchant and entertain readers, guaranteeing that Anne’s adventures capture their affections as well as their imaginations.


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What to say about this acclaimed book that never said before! Anne of Avonlea was a wonderful sequel of Anne of Green Gable, about the girlhood of Anne Shirley who is now 16 year old and a school ma’am. Book has new characters and a new neighbor, new people coming to Avonlea, and new ideas streaming in Anne’s head for Avonlea.

Anne might have left her childhood age in the first book but her imagination is as young and fresh. She might have grown into a fine pretty girl, bit more mature and responsible but few things one can’t change about this lively protagonist of the book and that is, her ability to get into scrapes now and then, her inborn aura of positivity, hope and bringing change in people’s heart and soul that you can easily see and feel in this book.

In the opening chapter author introduced her readers to a new character and neighbor of Green Gables, Mr. Harrison who brought the book into life in beginning only. As soon as he was introduced, I knew Anne is bound to get in trouble and latter will make Mr. Harrison like her dearly and it didn’t took long to happen. His parrot, Ginger, was such amusing one. I giggled like a girl when he called Anne a ‘Red-headed snippet’.

In middle of starting school, get acquainted with little scholars of Avonlea and helping Marilla, there were new characters coming to live at Green gables. 8-yrs-old twins- prim and all mannered, Dora and full of mischiefs, Davy. Poor Marilla was so mortified taking that kid into family but Anne set everything just perfectly. Anne’s adventures were little less than first book but Davy took the honors of amusing readers by his mischiefs, sweet silly questions, getting into troubles, and being punished by Marilla.

This book was even more amusing and hilarious than first one. I so laughed at Anne’s experience with their AVIS project and Davy’s acts, Anne’s mistakes and imaginations and thoughts. This time she dyed her nose, can you believe it! It was so funny to read. Even with all silliness and girly imagination of Anne, I couldn’t help but think how much she had grown in this book. The way she took her responsibilities, understood people and brought change in Avonlea and Avonlea people was remarkable. 

I loved the way new characters were set along with old ones. They all were colorful. Their descriptions were so comical and vivid. Anne was such a charismatic, kind character. Her approach with kids was motherly and she had such enthusiasm in her teaching that I was dying to see her success as teacher. Many teachers can relate to Anne’s thoughts and her experience with kids at school.

I so loved Miss Lavender Lewis and her picturesque stone house. The romantic story of Lavender and Hester, the talk of dear boy Paul Irving, sweet letters from kids at school, scandal in neighborhood, and terrific hailstorm will keep readers hooked to the book. End was real sweet and charming.

I can surely say now that L.M. Montgomery is my all-time favorite author. She wrote this book so beautifully with very simple yet engaging plot, wonderful description of all places, nature, and people and their thoughts. This book had such an enchanting effect that can keep the heart and soul of all readers forever young and fresh no matter at what age they are.

I’m out of words now! I saw many readers said it was not as good as first one but for me it was just awesome. I can’t wait to read more about Anne’s life and adventures, her growing friendship with Gilbert in next book of the series.

Overall, it was refreshing, exhilarating, wonderful classic young adult fiction that I highly recommend to all.


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AuthorL.M. Montgomery


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Joy of Pregnancy 2nd Edition The Complete, Candid, and Reassuring Companion for Parents-to-Be by Tori Kropp

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Publication Date: July 3rd 2018

PublisherHarvard Common Press

Read Date: July 20th 2018

Genre: Non-Fiction / Pregnancy / Parenting

Pages: 424

Stars: 5/5

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Women are celebrating pregnancy like never before: with an attitude of cheerful anticipation, optimism, pride, growth, and empowerment!

The Joy of Pregnancy reflects this positive spirit by emphasizing what’s normal, fun, and even funny about pregnancy. In this thoroughly revised and updated second edition of her path-breaking book, author Tori Kropp covers recent advances in medical knowledge and changes in typical hospital procedures.

The Joy of Pregnancy’s month-by-month format provides the essential information that expectant parents crave: how the baby is developing, how the mother’s body is changing, how to prepare for birth and baby, and the pros and cons of various pregnancy and childbirth-related choices parents face.

Kropp’s tone is reassuring and authoritative, but also non-judgmental and often humorous. Questions and answers from her online community Stork Site®, highlighted tips, and quick-reference facts make the text fun to read as well as informative. With this book by their side, expectant parents will be prepared to take an active role in ensuring a healthy, happy, and truly joyful pregnancy. 


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When the news spread about pregnancy every other person you meet will give advices and comment on your habits, body and what not. Some share their happy experiences and some bad ones. All they do just confuse pregnant women and nothing else. In the dilemma of what pregnant women actually should do and follow that can help and support them throughout the pregnancy was discussed in this book professionally as well as informatively.

Joy of Pregnancy was nonfiction pregnancy book with loads of good-to-know information for both parents-to-be and those who are planning for the baby. It was written by the author who has tremendous experience as a nurse and has been a childbirth educator and founder of PillowTalk- childbirth education program.

 Book mainly contained changes in the body and what is happening to the baby throughout the pregnancy in each trimester along with symptoms mother experience and how to alleviate them as well discussion of common questions frequently asked from mothers and author’s answer to them.

There were many things that I loved to read in the book and I found all of them very useful and informative. –

Checklists were life saver! – what to do / keep in mind before you plan for baby; what to do one you find you’re pregnant, choosing / deciding birth centers, doctor, midwife; diets and supplements; do’s and don’ts in all stages of pregnancy; which prenatal classes one should do and what practices it should include; insurance policies; pregnancy leaves; what to do when you’re in labor; pregnancy shopping; what to pack for hospitals… Oh, my, there were all sort of lists and tips and guidance that I loved to go through.

I specifically loved dad’s corner at the end of each trimester that can help daddies-to-be who might be in dilemma what they can do for their partner and baby. It helps them to cope with their anxiety and how they can be more supportive.

Tori’s advices/ tips sections in between were remarkable. I also liked the way author shared her own experience with her pregnancy. I loved that ‘Old Wife’s Tales’ for guessing baby’s gender at the end of the fourth month. Few points I read on interne were also included in that points.

I gave more attention in the book after the end of first trimester as I’m in 5th month of pregnancy right now and I wanted to know all about the later stages. I specifically wanted to read the anxiety inducing topic that all mothers and mothers-to-be worry about, ‘the labor’. It was handled and discussed carefully, in straight forward manner with all medical details and also with information regarding how to cope with it and what to do when something goes wrong.

All stages were phenomenally informative and can be a great support to first time mothers. The book also included post pregnancy chapters which smoothly guides new mom to motherhood. It included most important topics like- breastfeeding, taking care of your baby and yourself, what changes are normal and what changes need more attention or can be harmful.

Afterwards was strong end with stories about bondage of new parents with their own parents that allows readers to think about those wonderful memories with their parents and understanding and appreciating all they have done while you are experiencing and sharing the same bond with your own kids.

All medical terms were explained in easy language with pictures wherever required and also there was a glossary at the end of the book to make the reading easy.

List, list and list…. given in Appendix A, B, and C were awesome. They were concise checklists that were discussed throughout the book. Readers can go through them after reading the book whenever they want to get brief information without reading the whole chapter. There were also list of pregnancy books that you can read apart from Joy of Pregnancy that author enjoyed reading during her pregnancy.

I liked author’s approach towards pregnancy. Every time she mentioned that all pregnancies are different and mother’s experience in all pregnancies are different. One should have the realistic approach, hope the good, enjoy the period but also be ready for the unexpected. Trust your doctors and midwifes and reach out to them if you have any questions or doubt. Prevention is better than cure.  

In short, there was everything in this book that you would like to know and love to read about pregnancy. It was more like written for US residents but I assure you there were many information that can help all pregnant women from all over the world.


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Author: Tori Kropp

To know more about author click ⇒ HERE ⇐. 

Buy Link: Amazon.in / Amazon.com

*** Note: I received eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to NetGalley, Publisher, and Author. ***

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (37)

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?’ is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.


Hello book lovers! I hope you had fabulous week. Mine was comparatively better than last week. Life is getting in way lot these days. Some days I keep reading blog feeds, some days I read and write posts and some days I get visitors who will stay at least for 2 to 3 hours. Well, those who love to socialize don’t mind visitors, like my parents, but I’m not that much into it. I like limited social time, rest of the time I want for myself.

Last week I read and reviewed-

Hat by Renée Paule, G.R. Hewitt

The Day I Met My Soul : Meraki and Her Inner-World Adventures by Meeta Gupta

The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw @claidlawauthor

Currently Reading- 

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I finished almost 60% of the book.

Next This Week-

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab by Columbkill Noonan

35336473Barnabas Tew is a private detective struggling to survive in his trade in Victorian London. Fearing that he is not as clever as he had hoped to be, he is plagued by a lack of confidence brought on in no small part by his failure to prevent the untimely deaths of severaof his clients.

Matters only get worse when Anubis, the Egyptian God of the Dead, is referred to Barnabas by a former client (who perished in a terribly unfortunate incident which was almost certainly not Barnabas’ fault). Anubis sends for Barnabas (in a most uncivilized manner) and tells him that the scarab beetle in charge of rolling the sun across the sky every day has been kidnapped, and perhaps dismembered entirely.

The Land of the Dead is in chaos, which will soon spill over into the Land of the Living if Barnabas – together with his trusty assistant, Wilfred – cannot set matters to right. Pulled from his predictable (if unremarkable) life in Marylebone, Barnabas must match his wits against the capricious and dangerous Egyptian gods in order to unravel the mystery of the missing beetle and thereby save the world.

This sounds my kind of book and I’m so excited to read it.


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