It’s Past Saturday – This Week’s Memes

This weekend has been extremely busy with Diwali celebrations at the kids afterschool and at work. Since the kids were participating in dances/dramas/singing at their school function and I was doing the same at a work Diwali function, it was a packed Thursday and Friday. We ended Friday with ‘Disney-On-Ice’ and all the princesses(from Snow White to Rapunzel) made an appearance in the 1.5 hour show which thrilled my daughter to no end!!
Saturday followed with more outings, weekend classes, and a dinner at a friend’s place which meant I had to postpone my newly started This Week’s Memes to after Saturday (yes, it is Sunday night already!!), so here goes:

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a bookish meme
hosted by Book Journey. It’s where we gather to
share what we have read this past week and what we
plan to read this week. It’s
a great way to network with other bloggers, see
some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your
reading list. So hop on over via the link above and join in.

The plan was to put this in Oct 16th week but ended up in the Oct 23rd linky!!

What I have read and completed this past week is again all that I read for my daughter: Fancy Nancy’s Ooh La La Beauty Day,The Berenstain Bears  Go Out to Eat 
What I am reading and will continue to read this coming week: ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’ by Trenton Lee Stewart, ‘Cutting for Stone’ – borrowed it on Kindle from the local library so need to finish reading it before it gets returned automatically!
Yet to start reading:’Maid to Match
by Deanne Gist

MizB of Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesdays. Anyone can play along. Just do the following:

*Grab your current read.*Open to a random page.
*Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.

*BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! You don’t want to ruin the book for others.

*Share the title and author too, so other TT participants can add it to their TBR lists if they like your teaser.

Rosina took silence as a personal offense, and spoke into empty rooms and chattered into cupboards. Genet, almost six years of age, was showing signs of taking after her mother, telling herself stories about herself in a singsong voice, creating her own mythology.

Verghese, Abraham (2009-02-03). Cutting for Stone (p. 229). Vintage. Kindle Edition.

For Top Ten Tuesdays –  Judging Books by their covers/titles: (have a few more to add here, but well!, eight should do for now) – I loved these covers and the books were mostly, as good as their covers and some even better (have to yet read ‘The English Roses’)


Kathy over at Bermudaonion’s Weblog hosts Wondrous Words Wednesday.
If you come across a word (or two) while reading that is new to you
and would like to share your new knowledge, then hop over to
Kathy’s place and link up!

Was able to borrow ‘Cutting for Stone’ again and am finding the book is expanding my vocabulary:

  • pa·lav·er n. prolonged and idle discussion: an hour of aimless palaver. DATED a parley or improvised conference between two sides. ¦ v. [intrans.] talk unnecessarily at length: it’s too hot for palavering. mid 18th cent. (in the sense ‘a talk between tribespeople and traders’): from Portuguese palavra ‘word’, from Latin parabola ‘comparison’ (see PARABLE).
  • he·gem·o·ny n. leadership or dominance, esp. by one country or social group over others: Germany was united under Prussian hegemony after 1871. mid 16th cent.: from Greek , from ‘leader’, from ‘to lead’. He·gi·ra (also He·ji·ra or Hij·ra ) n. Muhammad’s departure from Mecca to Medina in AD 622, prompted by the opposition of the merchants of Mecca and marking the consolidation of the first Muslim community. – the Muslim era reckoned from this date: the second century of the Hegira. See also AH. – (hegira) an exodus or migration. via medieval Latin from Arabic hijra ‘departure’, from hajara ’emigrate’

Theme Thursdays -Rhymes
You know, in the Book of Job, Job says to God, ‘You should’ve taken me straight from the womb to the tomb!

Verghese, Abraham (2009-02-03). Cutting for Stone (p. 434). Vintage. Kindle Edition.

“This isn’t your fight.”
“Perhaps he was right, even though I was loath to admit it. If I were a patriotic Ethiopian, would I not have gone underground and joined the royalists, or others who were trying to topple Sergeant Mengistu?”

Verghese, Abraham (2009-02-03). Cutting for Stone (p. 456). Vintage. Kindle Edition. 

Book Beginnings on Friday
is a bookish meme sponsored by Katy at A Few More
Pages. Here’s what you do: Share the first line (or
two) of the book you are currently reading on your
blog or in the comments section. Include the title and
author so we know what you’re reading. Then, if you
are so moved, let us know what your first impressions
were based on that first line and if you did or did not like that sentence. Link up each week at Katy’s place.

is my entry for Book Beginnings – from Cutting for Stone

AFTER EIGHT MONTHS spent in the obscurity of our mother’s womb, my brother, Shiva, and I came into the world in the late afternoon of the twentieth of September in the year of grace 1954. We took our first breaths at an elevation of eight thousand feet in the thin air of Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia.

Verghese, Abraham (2009-02-03). Cutting for Stone (p. 3). Vintage. Kindle Edition.

The Friday 56 is a bookish meme
sponsored by Freda’s Voice. It is really easy to participate. Just
grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56. Find a sentence that grabs
you and post it.

Mrs. Hood Secondary School girls in Mylapore had to wear that half sari, really nothing more than a rectangle of cloth to coil around the skirt once and pin on the shoulder. She’d hated it, because one was neither child nor adult but half woman.

Verghese, Abraham (2009-02-03). Cutting for Stone (p. 56). Vintage. Kindle Edition.

Saturday Snapshot is a meme hosted by Alyce at At Home with Books. All
you have to do is “post a photo that you (or a friend or
family member) have taken and then leave a direct link
to your post in the Mr. Linky on [her] blog. Photos can
be old or new, and be of anything as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give is up to you.” All she asks is that you don’t just post random photos that you find online.

I still seem to be having a piggy theme in Saturday Snapshots – this cake was the birthday cake of my niece who just turned three last week – she loves pink and piggies!

Six Word Saturday
sponsored by Show My Face. It’s
quite simple–all you need to do is describe your life in six words.
You can add pictures, links, video, whatever if you like. Post it and
link back to Show My Face. 
Song and Dance filled my week.

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