Tuesday, June 12, 2018

5 Must Read Children's Books for ages five to seven

Reading with children is such a joy, whether you’re reading to them or they’re reading to you. As children reach the ages of five to seven years old, a whole array of stories open up for them. There are chapter books for this age range, in addition to the picture books that you read to them as babies in between learning how to sterilize baby bottles and changing diapers. 

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Here are five of the best children’s books for this age range that you’ll want to add to your bookshelf.

5 Must Read Children's Books:

George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

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Roald Dahl’s books are loved the world over, and children in this age range are the perfect audience for such stories. All of Dahl’s classics are great, and the illustrations by Quentin Blake are wonderful. This particular story focuses on George and his miserable Grandma, and how he creates a marvellous medicine to try to cure her. Expect lots of shrieks and laughs.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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This is one of those stories you probably told your children when they were just babies, and you were still in the phase of learning how to sterilize baby bottles. Even though they're growing up now, many children in this age range still adore the books they were read as very young children. This story of the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly – and what it eats on its journey – is a favourite that parents and children alike love to come back to.

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

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When children are this age they are very receptive to ideas that will shape who they become as people. That’s why books that teach them about being selfless and generous are so important at this impressionable stage of their lives. The apple tree in this story shows exactly that kind of unselfish behaviour in the service of the boy it loves. It provides a playground, food, source of income, shade, escape, home and so much more, expecting nothing in return. A great lesson in how to be happy by making others happy, and a great way to spark a conversation about give and take.

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The Serpent's Revenge: Unusual Tales from the Mahabharata Paperback by Sudha Murty

The Serpent's Revenge: Unusual Tales from the Mahabharata Paperback by Sudha Murty- 5 Must Read Children's Books 

We all want our children to learn the stories we remember from our childhoods. We also want them to understand the epic tales of our culture. So it’s wonderful to introduce them to stories from the Mahabharata that have been specially presented for children of this age and older. They will learn the details like what lesson the mongoose taught Yudhisthira and why Yama was cursed. This is one that the parents will enjoy as much as the children.

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Ramayana For Children by Arshia Sattar

Ramayana For Children by Arshia Sattar- 5 Must Read Children's Books

Another great option for cultural inheritance is to share stories from the Ramayana with your kids through books that have been written with their age in mind. Arshia Satta’s version takes the main story of the Ramayana and all of its enchanting aspects – a kidnapped princess, wicked stepmothers, princes, a monkey who can grow smaller or bigger and fly. In addition to the entertainment, this child’s adaptation also presents the complex philosophical ideas in ways they can understand.

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So there are five must read children’s books for ages five to seven. Tell me in the comment box which ones you will read with your children!

Friday, May 25, 2018

NWoBS blog's privacy policy updates

Hey everyone!
Just letting you know that I’ve updated the Privacy Policy on my blog Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff (NWoBS) to hopefully better explain to you any data that is collected from you, how it’s used, and how you can control what you share through my blog. The changes take effect May 24, 2018.
As I mention on the blog’s Privacy Policy, I don’t actively collect anything from you other than just your name and email that you directly provide when you subscribe or comment and I certainly don’t do anything with that data other than use it to contact you via these emails, or if you’ve won a giveaway. I don’t ever sign anyone up for my newsletter personally, so you have to actively choose to sign up/subscribe yourself, and you can always unsubscribe at anytime in the link at the bottom of every newsletter I send.  You can read more details on the Privacy Policy if you wish. I’ve also worked hard to ensure that the policies and practices my blog follows meets the data privacy standards introduced by the GDPR, which goes into effect May 25, 2018.
When you use my blog or newsletter service on or after May 25, 2018, you’ll be agreeing to my blog's updated Privacy Policy which can be seen here in full. 
I’m so grateful to have all of you as a part of my book and lifestyle blog and I look forward to continuing to bring you the latest variety in multiple genres over the coming years. I can't wait for all the new things we're going to discover together!
Happy reading!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

From a klutz to a pro : story of my first perfect selfie

The idea that one can take a picture of oneself by oneself and not be dependent on another person to click their photo has taken the world by storm. "Selfie" has made capturing memorable moments that include ourselves so easy. We don't need anyone anymore to stand and press that button to freeze a cherished moment in time forever.

Once upon a time I was a total klutz and a utter failure in clicking selfies...

This being said, I was a total klutz and a utter failure in clicking selfies. Either my selfies came out blurred or my expressions gave me away. In majority of the selfies, I could be seen scrunching my nose in utter concentration as if one tremor would end the world or my tongue could be seen lolling sideways like a gaga person. {sigh}

Then viola! My perseverance bore fruit and I took my first memorable selfie!

However, as it is said by the wise Victor Hugo, "Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.", I too triumphed in clicking the perfect selfie one fine morning in 2017.

Story of my first perfect selfie...

I along with my whole family were visiting Mussourie. It was Lohri and my kid's first one at that so it was a big occasion. This selfie was taken early morning on Lohri day. I still remember the cool breeze that felt like a refreshingly cool mist on my face, the innocent excitement of my baby overjoyed at watching the sun rising over and above the low hanging clouds and the happiness of my family who were all so thankful to God for a gone by memorable year and prayed for a blessed new year.

Everything was just perfect.

Amidst this joy and excitement, I, my husband and baby came out to our balcony and while admiring the beauty outside, I jokingly told my husband that today would be the day when I'll click the perfect selfie.

He just laughed and said "We'll see."

"Oh! You'll see alright!" I had exclaimed and had clicked this selfie.

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A perfect moment, a first of many things, the first presentable selfie by me and the first photo where my kid actually looked in the camera! Notice how with his lolling tongue, he looks like he is taking this selfie not me. 

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Happy us in Mussoorie in 2017.
Another perfect moment captured by my husband in this selfie.

Perfect selfies that froze this memorable time and also marked the end of some of the most happiest times for my family.

Just a few days after returning from this amazing trip, my father-in-law had a sudden heart attack and left us all broken hearted.

He is now with God and we are only left with the memories of happier times.

My selfies of that trip are now a cherished collection, close to my heart and a legacy for my kid who will remember his "Dadu" through these photos.

From a klutz to a pro : story of my first perfect selfie- NWoBS Blog
One of the last photos of my family together. These were indeed happiest of moments and are just memories now.

A selfie a day keeps forgetfulness away...

From a klutz to a pro : story of my first perfect selfie- NWoBS Blog
Wear a smile and capture a perfect moment in a selfie.

From a klutz to a pro : story of my first perfect selfie- NWoBS Blog
Happy Mom and Son.
Took this selfie on my first out of city outing alone with my son.

From a klutz to a pro : story of my first perfect selfie- NWoBS Blog
Smile, feel beautiful and create a cherished memory.
Took this selfie on a dare and won!

Now that I have triumphed the art of taking selfies, I always keep a lookout for mobiles that make the selfie experience more enjoyable with crisp, clear selfies.

In my search for such a mobile, I came to know about the meaningful selfie experience provided by Mobiistar with their front, dual selfie camera that captures a 120° wide-angle shot. This means that you can now get more of the picturesque background into the frame and not have to worry about fitting in everybody either!

Mobistar is making a grand debut in India soon and you can buy Mobiistar on Flipkart.

Aim to enjoy life, collect memories and cherish even the small moments of happiness with family and friends. Click lots and lots of selfies (though please don't endanger your life in doing so) and 'Enjoy More' with Mobiistar's front, dual selfie camera that captures a 120° wide-angle shot.


Do share your thoughts with me in the comments below. I love hearing from you.

Release Day Blitz, Book Review and Giveaway : The Lady Loves a Scandal by Christina McKnight

The Lady Loves a Scandal by Christina McKnight

Book Review and Giveaway The Lady Loves a Scandal by Christina McKnight - NWoBS Blog

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Release Date: May 22, 2018

Can Gideon Lyndon win back the heart of Lady Sybil Anson after a year of silence?

Lady Sybil Anson thought she had it all. Even a match of the heart, despite so many London elite marrying for convenience. But the night before their betrothal was to become official, the love of her life vanished--with a hastily scrawled note and little more. She feared the worst as her heart ached for Gideon, and the scandal sheets simply made matters worse with their preposterous musings on the hows and whys of Viscount Galway's disappearance. Now, more than a year later, he's unexpectedly back, and Sybil will have her answers.

Many, many years ago, Gideon Lyndon made a grave mistake. One he's spent most of his adult life trying to rectify. And despite the progress made, the sacrifices were extensive and damaging. On the verge of repairing one misdeed, he finds himself faced with his greatest challenge yet: winning back the woman he has loved since the moment he met her. But after a year of silence, convincing his headstrong paramour to take him back will not be easy. Especially since he can't even explain why he left--not if he wants to keep her safe. 

Originally published in IT STARTED WITH A WHISPER Anthology 

Book Review:

The Lady Loves a Scandal by Christina McKnight is the story of Lady Sybil and Gideon Lyndon who love each other but get separated because of a deadly secret. 

The cover is beautiful and naughty giving the first impression of a racy regency romance but that isn't the case. The blurb is intriguing and add Christina McKnight's name to this mix and readers will stop to check this book!

I enjoy Christina's writing. She writes well crafted stories with wholesome romances, admirable world building, often times suspense or mystery that keep the readers guessing till the end and characters that become dear to us. I got to know about her a year back and after getting one taste of her writing, I have voraciously devoured her books which I can attest to with the ever increasing list of reviews I still have to write!

I thoroughly enjoyed each scene in this sweet romantic novella with its well developed characters, an engaging mystery that kept me on my toes and a wholesome, clean romance that tugged at my heartstrings and had me rooting for a happily-ever-after for the protagonists.

All in all, The Lady Loves a Scandal by Christina McKnight is a breezy, feel good historical suspense romance novella that is perfect to chill out in this blistering summer heat with a cool drink by your side. Njkinny recommends it to everyone and gives it 4.5 super shiny stars out of 5.

I received the book for review from the author and the tour organizers and I am very thankful to them. The above is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

Author Bio:

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Christina McKnight writes emotional and intricate Regency Romance with rebellious women and maverick heroes. 

Her books combine romance and mystery, exploring themes of redemption and forgiveness. When not writing she enjoys coffee, wine, traveling the world, and watching television. 

You can visit her online at the following places: Website Facebook | Twitter Goodreads | Amazon


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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Ways to chill out and reduce your stress levels

Ways to chill out and reduce your stress levels- NWoBS

Learn how to chill out and reduce your stress levels, if this is effectively done, you will see that your nerves will be calmed down.  Expert nutritionists and health experts have repeatedly suggested that to chill out, you really need to engage in some effective weight loss plans.

When you engage in the tips discussed in this article, you will surely reduce your stress levels and live a better life. This article will teach you 8 proven, tested and trusted ways you can reduce your stress levels. Below are the details:


A few minutes of daily meditation will help in calming your nerves and anxiety. No matter how busy you become in your workplace or life activities, find great time to meditate. This could be inside your office or at home.  
Meditation gives peace of mind, improve concentration and ease anxiety. Whenever you meditate, you must reap bountiful dividends- that is one of the beauty of engaging in meditation. 
It doesn’t take much time; you will start reaping the benefits of meditation. To a great extent meditation relieves depression, stress etc. When you are weighed down by the burden of the day, all you need to do is to find a cool place to relax, relieve your minds of worries, and within a short time, all your anxieties will begin to disappear. 

Sip Green tea

It is healthy to take green tea with a mix of herbal supplement, instead of taking purple with rage. If you want to only chill out, you can sip green tea and take some nap. But if you are at your workplace, and you are already having a stressful day, all you need to do is simply to sip a green tea and probably be reading an interesting book or watching your favorite television programme. 
 There are many medicinal reasons why you should take green tea, it helps to relieve anger. The process of preparing green tea is very simple; all you need to do is to boil water, put the green tea inside it, and take a soothing sip.

Munch a crunchy snack

If you are stressed, find some time to hang out with friends to munch a crunchy snack. This is one of the best ways to relax.


By all standards of evaluation and analysis, devoting some time for an exercise is good for your health. It refreshes your body and gives you ultimate peace of mind. 


If you are having a stressful day, stand up for a quick stretch and you will feel better. This will help you to relax if you are having a stressful time, and also enable you to relieve muscle tension. Some health analysts have confirmed that trying out a chest-opening and shoulder roll-out could be of immense help.

Take a quick walk in nature

This is very important especially if you are having serious problem with concentration or if you are overwhelmed with workloads in your office or at home. Taking a quick walk in nature offers you the privilege of enjoying some alone time, reflecting about your life and other necessary physical activities. 

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You can never go wrong by engaging in a good belly laugh periodically. When you are wearied down, simply take some time to laugh, it will lighten the burden, boosts your brain power, lowers your body’s stress hormone, and cortisol. 
When you are stressed or having a stressful time, find someone that believes in you, someone that makes you to laugh, someone that is happy with you, and engage with the person. 
Staying with happy people could be highly therapeutic, it has a way of making you relax and enjoy life to the fullest. Laughter has been adjudged as one of the best ways of beating or relieving yourself from stressful situations. It boosts your immunity level, increases your blood flow.
Another thing you can do is by keeping a comic book around you or book of jokes or watch comic videos or check out for hilarious YouTube videos, and watch them when you are filled with sadness or undergoing a  stressful time. 

Find a balance between rest and activity

No matter how busy you are at work or the deadlines you have to beat, you must find some time to balance between rest and activity. Do anything that makes you happy, it could be taking some time off from work, and start browsing on the internet about some exciting vacation destinations. 
Or browsing online bookstores looking out for the latest published books on subjects of your interest. The keyword here is to do something that interests you. 

Was this article helpful to you? Feel free to share your exciting experiences in the comment box below; we will be happy to go through them!

#BookReview : Archangel's Viper (Guild Hunter #10) by Nalini Singh

Book Review Archangel's Viper (Guild Hunter #10) by Nalini Singh (NWoBS)

Archangel's Viper by Nalini Singh is the tenth book in Guild Hunter series but the first that I have read. That being said, I absolutely adored this book.

Not being a fan of angels and archangel stories, I was skeptical in diving in this book but once I started, I just couldn't stop!

The cover is average but the blurb is intriguing and traditional Nalini Singh writing. It has all the ingredients of a memorable story. A strong plot, fluid and engaging narrative, the right mix of emotional play and scorching chemistry, headstrong characters and a mystery that keeps the reader on edge throughout the book.

While it is part of a series, Archangel's Viper can be read as a standalone but it is always recommended to read books from a series in order.

4.5 super shiny stars to Archangel's Viper and Njkinny recommends this book to all paranormal romance lovers above the age of eighteen.

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I look forward to reading the other books in this series and eagerly await the upcoming one.

I received an ARC from the author and the publisher via Netgalley and I am very thankful to them. The above is my honest and unbiased review.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

$25 #Giveaway and 99c #Sale: The Forbidden Groom by Sarah Gay

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The Forbidden Groom by Sarah Gay 

 Cole isn't looking for love. In fact, it's forbidden by his PR firm and agent until a new contract can be negotiated with the Texas Titans. His resolve is tested when he lays eyes on Maggie, the spunky caterer. Ever since she caught him from falling, he can't seem to stop himself from falling for her. Maggie, a Park City Firefighter, needs a change of scenery. When an offer comes in to possibly take over a successful event planning business in sunny Dallas, Texas, she jumps at it. After a group of NFL players crash her first event, Maggie's amazing opportunity fizzles. Cole, the handsome football player has ruined her employment prospects and wounded her pride. She may find the true love she has always dreamed of if she can forgive him.

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Author Sarah Gay 

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 Sarah, a Wisconsin native, now calls the northern mountains of Utah home. She graduated from BYU with a BS in Human Development and a Spanish minor. She worked for many years as a Human Resource professional. Sarah now dedicates her time to raising her four children with her husband, Tom, and enjoys her moments to write-- in between soccer games, dance competitions, wrestling matches, violin concerts, and lots and lots of driving.

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