Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday: Mailbox/What Am I reading?/Musing

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at A Girl and Her Books
Jennifer of Mrs. Q Book Addict is hosting MM for the month of July.

I received two books, thanks to the authors/publicists: 

The Governor's Wife by Mark Gimenez
Bode Bonner is the Republican governor of Texas. He has everything he ever wanted: money, power, influence. But something isn't right in his life - everything feels too settled and easy. He longs for one more moment of excitement, one more challenge.

Lindsay Bonner is Bode's wife and she's bored too. Bored of Bode's womanising, bored of the endless cocktail parties and receptions. She is desperate to break free of her bland, wealthy Texan lifestyle.

And that moment comes when she saves a poor Hispanic boy's life. From that moment on, nothing will be the same for Bode and Lindsay Bonner. Their lives are about to change in ways they could never have predicted...

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer
Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.

And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.

The following two books are being taught as per syllabus for Class XI English

Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington
"Up From Slavery" is an autobiography of Booker T. Washington's life and work, which has been the source of inspiration for all Americans. Washington reveals his inner most thoughts as he transitions from ex-slave to teacher and founder of one of the most important schools for African Americans in the south, The Tuskegee Industrial Institute. 

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
This is Oscar Wilde's tale of the American family moved into a British mansion, Canterville Chase, much to the annoyance its tired ghost. The family -- which refuses to believe in him -- is in Wilde's way a commentary on the British nobility of the day -- and on the Americans, too. The tale, like many of Wilde's, is rich with allusion, but ends as sentimental romance. . .

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book 

I finished reading:

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
At Last by Barbara Bretton
The Memory Of You Laurie Kellog

I am in the midst of reading:

Varied novels!


Do you read magazines? If so, which ones? If not, why not?

I read the following magazines in a regular basis:

1) Inside Outside: It is a monthly magazine on interior design and architecture. The magazine focuses on well designed interiors. Be it residential or commercial, INSIDE OUTSIDE covers the exclusive and luxurious, to the low cost and space conscious. Designing on small budgets and problem solving is a special area of editorial interest, and even the lavish apartments featured are replete with ideas that can be emulated in more modest homes. 

2) Business IndiaLaunched in February 1978, this business fortnightly pioneered the market for business journalism, in India. The magazine's primary objective is to create awareness and educate public opinion on critical issues and choices in business, industry, the economy and society; to generate discussion and debate on policies and alternatives; and to provide a leadership of ideas.

3) Good Housekeeping: Launched in October 2004, Good Housekeeping is today the fastest-growing women’s magazine in India. It is the contemporary, urban Indian woman’s self-help manual for all aspects of her life: her home, her relationships with children and friends, her health, looks, and culinary interests. Most of all, Good Housekeeping is a friend who helps her live up to her potential. The magazine is widely read across the country, both by homemakers and working women, who vary in age from that 20s to the 60s and beyond.

4) Science Reporter: It is a monthly popular science magazine that has been published in India since 1964 by the National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources, a Government agency based in New Delhi. It is published in English and is read principally in India and neighbouring countries.
The magazine was originally intended to make citizens aware of the research taking place in various scientific institutions in the country. It has now outgrown this initial agenda, becoming a popular science magazine that covers many national and international science issues. There are reports of current interest, as well as essays written by eminent national scientists on modern technologies, the country's science policy, and the like. Regular columns on science fiction, puzzles, hobby projects, crosswords are also present.

Along with the above, I read women and current affairs magazines too, not forgetting sports ones and a defence one!


bermudaonion said...

I really enjoyed Between the Lines and hope you do too!

Anna said...

I'm curious to hear what you thought of the Oscar Wilde book. Have a great week!

Nise' said...

I read both of those books in school as well. Have a great week of reading.

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

I want to read The Canterville Ghost now.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Have to say I hadn't heard of this Oscar Wilde book before!

Kaye said...

The Governor's Wife sounds interesting. Have a great week and happy reading!

Tanya Patrice said...

Both The Canterville Ghost and The Governor's Wife sounds really interesting to me! Have a great week.

Anonymous said...

The Canterville Ghost looks interesting.

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

Great mailbox this week! I received Between the Lines not long ago but still haven't read it. Enjoy your new books!

Kwizgiver said...

Such a variety of magazines!

Teddy Rose said...

I would like to read The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde. I hadn't heard of it before but I do like Oscar Wilde.

Literary Feline said...

I am curious about Picoult and van Leer's book. I haven't made up my mind whether I want to read it yet though.

You read such an eclectic collection of magazines! I tend to go through phases, depending on my current interest. Although, right now I find it so hard to make time to even skim the magazines I do subscribe to. I need to get better about that.

Between the Bind said...

I haven't read any Jodi Piccoult in a while - I'll have to rectify that asap. :)

Check out what I'm reading at Between the Bind.