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Like most of us (definitely not all because some of you sure have some super efficient TBR systems), I collect book recommendation after another until one day I realize I'm never getting through this list in my lifetime, so I decide to burrow my head in the sand rather than deal with it. This week, however, I unintentionally chanced upon that list and got sucked into a rabbit hole of looking up many of the recently discovered books - some that I had read about only once but they still sounded amazing. Since good things are best shared, I'm listing some of the most amazing books I came across recently and hope to read in this lifetime, though sooner is preferable, of course.



The Psychology of Time Travel, Kate Mascarenhas Do you remember those good old days when everyone was gushing about The Time Traveler's Wife? Goodness, I feel so much older just thinking about how long it has been since I read that book. I need to reread it just for the nostalgia. The time travel aspect…

The Sunday Salon: Long hauls


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After more than a month of awesome fun and incredible changes, my visa issue finally got resolved 3-4 days ago, and hubby and I left for the US the very next evening. Talk about last minute plans, especially those involving travels between different countries. Because of how quickly we made the return plans, I haven't had the chance nor the time to feel sad about leaving my parents. When we first got out at the New York airport to chilly wet and foggy weather, we both felt so good at finally being back. 37 hours after we left hubby's parents' home in India, we reached our home in Virginia! I should be jet-lagged now, but luckily I just have dull aches all over my body from being on the move for so long.

Long flights suck, even if you are sitting in the most comfortable airplane ever!

I spent most of the flight either sleeping or watching some of the movies they had on catalog. One of the movies I watched was One Day, based on David Nicholls' book. While I'm on that topic, why the hell did he do that at the ending??? I was all prepared to say that the movie was coasting along the theme of predictable mushy romance flicks, when bam! came that ending. I actually cursed out loud at that point, but since everyone had headphones on, I didn't get any funny looks. I liked the structure of this movie though - it was a pretty nice way to tell a story. When I was not sleeping or eating, I was reading Silver Sparrow. My next read is (probably) going to be another Indie Lit Awards shortlisted book - The Last Time I Saw Paris by Lynn Sheene. I have to admit that I had barely glanced at this book when I first came across it sometime last year. But reading the description now, it does sound promising, so I'm excited to check it out.

Tomorrow, it's back to work for me. Although I had been doing my work from home for the last couple of weeks, I'm still feeling pretty lazy about heading back, albeit a good kind of lazy, the kind you feel after a good vacation. 


Comments

Ugh, long flights are the worst, especially the bathroom situation!  I know, the ending in One Day was a real killer, so to speak.  I wasn't mad though; instead I sobbed and sobbed!
Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said…
Welcome home! Ok now I'm reallllllllllly curious to hear what happens in the end of the film (I don't think I'll ever see it). 
Athira / Aths said…
I wasn't mad either, but I so wanted everything to just go predictable. I may not have liked the movie if it was predictable, but shucks, what a loss! 
Athira / Aths said…
LOL! I thought I may read the book, but when I saw this movie in the plane catalog, I realized that I may never read the book, so I may as well watch the movie. 
zibilee said…
Glad to hear you are finally back, though I imagine that you had a great time while you were gone! It's always so wonderful to come home to your own home after an extended trip, but it's sad to leave loved ones behind. I hope that you are able to ease back into your work week, and that you get the chance to read some great books in the upcoming week!
Gwen said…
It must be so hard to leave your parents after such a long visit. We have been talking about moving to Italy and one of the major hang ups is leaving my parents behind. 

One Day...I read the book and that baby pulled my heartstrings. Haven't seen the movie yet, sort of afraid that they will screw it up somehow:)
Jenny said…
I never read One Day but I do know how it ends!
Glad everything worked out with the visa!
Helen Murdoch said…
I was away all weekend and feel totally disconnected! It feels good to be back checking up on my Google Reader! Welcome back to the US, I hope you are settling into married life alright and back at work isn't too much of a drudge :-)
Vasilly said…
Glad to hear you're back. I haven't read or seen One Day though now my interest is really piqued. I hope your first week home goes well.
Ti said…
Glad you made it back okay and that you seem ready for the work week. I haven't seen One Day but I did not care for the book at all. It was a DNF for me. 
Melody Spano said…
Welcome back! I hope your adjustment (getting back into the swing of things) goes fine.  I'm looking forward to discussing the Indie Lit books!
BkClubCare said…
OK, I've heard the movie One Day isn't that great but I can't wait to see it. i mean, I really want to! I read the book nd now you have me all puzzled.
Athira / Aths said…
I was assuming that the two had the same endings. No ? Now I'm curious about how the book ends.
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