I think The Railway Children was the first book that I read after starting the Classics Club Challenge. But somehow I never got to write about it as expected from the challenge. The challenge is to read 50 books and blog about them in 5 years. From the look of it, I may not meet that deadline. But at this point, I would still keep going.
I started this draft many months or years ago, but never got to finish it. Then thanks to a series of incidents, I am holding a new phone which makes blogging using the WordPress app an ok experience. So here I am trying to publish this post for the nth time.
I liked this book the first time I read it and loved it during my second time read in 2017.
The Railway Children speaks about three siblings who is living in a town with their parents. But some mysterious circumstances force their father away from home and the family is forced to move to a new place, into a much smaller house and into poorer circumstances. The mother is just able to meet both ends at the new place.
Despite the sad situation, the family learns to live within their means and start enjoying their new place which is close to a railway station. They eventually love the trains and everything about them. And they have some great adventures too.
The book is a nice read, a feel good book that I am sure I will read again and again. There is a certain joy in reading a children’s book. I have a hard copy which I am waiting to be read by my children and I hope they will enjoy reading it too.
I am actually not sure about the minimum age to find this book enjoyable, but I do think 8 to be a good age to enjoy this book. I will find out soon.
I was fully aware of what I might find when I picked After You from the Justbooks Library. I had read good reviews and not so great reviews about this one over the past few months. Something which is very normal when a sequel to a book which has very popular. Nevertheless I decided to read it when I got a copy.
Now that I have read it…I don’t regret reading the book. As a stand-alone story, After You is kind of good. But the story of life of Lou after the epic story in ‘Me Before You’, you are heavily disappointed. It felt like the story was written to give closure to Lou’s life by hatching up something, fill the book with so many characters and devote quite a bit of time for them etc.
To be frank the only saving grace of the book is the mature love between Lou and Sam which is kind of nice to read about. The characters like Lily, Will’s parents, Lou’s parents, her sister etc etc do take up a lot of pages and kind of act like fillers and they are quite nice. But then you still end up wishing this sequel was never written.
So after months of wait and speculation, my girl arrived on her due date, just half an hour into her estimated date of arrival. She was supposed to come into the world through an induced labour in the early morning, but she just couldn’t wait and decided that a midnight arrival is much more fun.
I have not written the birth stories of my two elder children and don’t think I will write this one either. All I will say is that, this was a labour and birth which made the doctors,the nurses and I extremely happy. It went as smooth as it could be :)
I have had my share of sleepless nights, the trouble compounded by two elder ones running around the house. Add to it, my baby girl seems to have a troublesome tummy which means she frequently vomits quite a bit. Sometimes it comes through the nose too which is pretty scary. I have been trying different medicines for her – homeo seems to be slightly effective, trying ayurveda for the time being. Hopefully she will grow out of this phase quickly.
We have completed one month already and I didn’t feel liking updating the news here till now. If you follow my instagram, you would have known the news much earlier though.
That is all my friends. As far as reading books, I have read a few books in the last few months and hope to finish reading 25 books in 2017. I find reading on my kindle easier, but the kindle books are quite expensive which kind of holds me back from buying whatever I want to read. But I have been adding to my collection. Hope to write about those books here pretty soon.
~ writing here is something that I really wanted to do, but when I get the time, I really don’t want to go through the process.
~the lack of posts on this blog will continue for some more time unless I get back my mojo by virtue of some miracle..Highly unlikely :)
~ my third child is due in a month. I am expecting the baby to arrive early.
~ i prefer to work in office rather than from home. But since it is risky to travel much in the last month, I have decided to work for 2-3 weeks from home till the baby arrives.
~i have read some good books over the past few months. Some of them were re-reads and some were new. Overall satisfied with the progress.
~ i was very excited about reading on my kindle until recently. But these days, I prefer to go back to physical books. Then I feel that kindle books are overpriced too.
That is all for now…Cya…