The Best Laid Plans by Sidney Sheldon


The Best Laid Plans
by Sidney Sheldon

Ok, here is the best novel of Sheldon. I mean seriously, you guys got to read this book especially if you have interest in politics.

This indeed is a very well structured novel full of conspiracy and mystery. When you start reading the novel, there is no way you can even go to sleep that night (lol). I started the novel and couldn’t stop it until I was done with like 3/4 of it and next day I had to finish it. You just want to know more and more and what comes next right away. Its like one of those suspense movies, you watch the whole thing and keep on guessing who the bad guy is, and guess what at the end you get electric shock, with just an ‘oh…’

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

This is a classic novel and yes I’m the craziest lover of classic novels. This novel is my most favorite of English classic novels and very close to my heart. I would not rate it as a romantic novel but as a tragic one. Being a woman myself, the tragedy of Tess breaks my heart.

In this novel Hardy depicted Tess as ” a pure woman”, and the issue of the society’s double standards were indicted though the story’s plot and construction of the novel.

The idea of whether Tess was “a pure woman” has been under constant controversies and critics ever since Hardy represented it. It is up to all of you now to read the book and figure out whether she was ‘a pure woman’ or not, and if not, whom to accuse for her dilapidation: Alec who put the first brick towards the building of her destruction or Angel Clare, who claimed to be in love with her and was too coward to stand up high to his own words.

Its a story of young Tess who travels away from her home first time in life in order to find lost family fortune after finding out they had rich a ruling ancestors. But what happened to Tess when she traveled along the road to restore her family’s fortunes with a claim of connection with an aristocratic family of D’Urbervilles who were in power years back. Was she successful in the search? What happened to her in this search? Was that fair to her? Could she be blamed for what happened to her and what was to come latter in life and an unfortunate end of an unfortunate start….

Thomas Hardy’s indictment of society’s double standards, and his depiction of Tess as “a pure woman,” caused controversy in his day and has held the imagination of readers ever since. Hardy thought of it his finest novel and Tess the most deeply felt character he ever created.

I leave it up to you, to read and book and see if you feel sympathized to Tess and think of her as “a pure woman”.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

 The Kite Runner is one of my most favorite books of all time. It is a captivating book – a book you read and feel connect with the characters. You get attached to the characters so much especially to Hassan, his innocence and unconditional love and respect he had for the “friendship”. As you read along the book, you find yourself living among the characters.

The Kite Runner is a story of Friendship between two boys of different social statues. Amir, who was the son of  a wealthy man and  Hassan who was the son of a servant. The construction of the story is mixture of a friend’s loyalty, love  and trust towards the other friend, also the betrayal in the meanwhile.

 – It is a book based in Afghanistan, a country on the verge of collapse due to the invasion of Soviet Union.  While Afghans were trying to fight of the Soviets, many among them  were trying to flee the country and Amir was one of those privileged. It is a story of one’s struggle and usage of all means to survival for himself.

 – This is the story of Amir,  whose life has been shaped by a childhood incident.  He resides in the United States and feels the guilt of betrayal of friendship deep down in his heart. His guilt led him back to his home country, Afghanistan, with hope  to correct the damage once done when he stayed silent upon witnessing his childhood friend, Hassan, who turned out to be his half-brother, being attacked and brutalized. Amir tried to redeem himself by traveling back to the home country. It was very unsafe and dangerous to travel to Afghanistan at that war time, but he did not care for any danger he would face.  Upon reaching Afghanistan, he found out about the death of Hassan and that his son was living in an orphanage. He got a second chance to make things right after so many years, and did not let go of it, this time he wouldn’t let anything bad happen to Hassan’s son. He brought Hassan’s son with him to the United States and made him a part of his family.

  – Without any doubt this is a story of tremendous amount of twists and turns. Once you get started with the book, there is no way you can think of anything else then completing the book and to know more. You feel angry at some characters but feel sorry and their pain in your heart too. At times you will even cry for them as if you have been witnessing the pains and sufferings they were going through by living between them. Once when you are done with the book, you feel like you didn’t want the book to end.

   – I would recommend this book to all of you. If you want to read a good book, this is the right book for you. You got to read this book and are definitely going to love it.

Enjoy !