Book Review: The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Published – August 11th 2017

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When I received this book as part of my BOTM package, I was intimidated by the size of it. It is a huge book which had almost 600 pages. Now, I had two issues which I had to tackle (more like third world problems) – 1) How do I carry this huge book when I go out? (I usually always have the book I am reading with me), 2) What if this book is not what I expected and turns out to be a bore?

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But I wasn’t disappointed at all and I am glad I picked it up sooner than later. I enjoyed reading this book a lot. More than I thought I would.

Now, there are two factors which influence how much I enjoy reading a book – 1) Strong characters I can respect or connect to and 2) Subject/theme of the book I can relate to. Now the characters itself do not have to be perfect but they definitely need to be consistent. If they are flawed, then that should be consistent as well.

This book had some themes which I could not relate to at all. But I still enjoyed this book, it was very well written. I am going to be stalking John Boyne after reading this book as I am hooked to his writing style now. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was my absolute favorite and I had high expectations for this book from the beginning and I wasn’t disappointed at all.

 

The book highlights the changes in society and the perceptions in Ireland from 1940 onward. In many ways, the main characters of this book challenge the existing norms and the book depicts their suffering in a very real and heart warming way. There is also some element of anticipation which builds up through the novel. As a reader, you are waiting to see how other characters would react when exposed to a certain truth of their life (trying really hard not to reveal any spoilers).

I felt like I was introduced to a world which I knew nothing/very little. A lot of political aspects were touched in the book. It talks about how hypocrites can cause suffering to hundreds and thousands of people. Overall, it has all the qualities that I look for in a historical fiction book and I would highly recommend everyone to read this book. There is so much to learn from the characters, their journeys, the context and the world that the book is set in.

Rating – ♥♥♥♥♥ / 5

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Popular Books I want to read (Rest of 2017)

I can’t believe it is almost September. Now I know everyone says this and it is cliche but this year flew by. I decided not to buy anymore books this year. I wasn’t the one to pile up books but somehow I have at least 20 books which I own but I haven’t read. Being in Seattle, the public library is awesome too. I can borrow e-books/audio books or physical copies anytime. So, I hope I do stick to this promise and knock out most of my TBR pile in the remaining 4 months.

Apart from rambling and cribbing about how the year flew by I want to dedicate this post to the top 10 books I want to read before this year ends,

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

After listening to the TED talk by Chimamanda I was completely hooked by how elegant she was. She comes from a background which is I can relate to in a lot of ways and she is such an encapsulating speaker that it just adds to the content. The TED talk is more like a summary of We should all be Feminists. After listening to wonderful reviews of the books I can’t wait anymore to get to this book.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This book is very popular on Booktube and Bookstagram and most of the reviews are very popular. I finally caved in and purchased it while I went into the Amazon Bookstore here in Seattle “casually”. I had no intention of buying (The lie I tell myself like most people in the book loving world do)

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is one of my all time favorite books. When I saw this book as one of the BOTM selections I had to pick it up. I have very little context on what this book is about but I am super excited to get to it before the year ends.

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American War by Omar El Akkad

This is another very famous book on Booktube and Bookstagram but again there were so many awesome reviews that I’ve heard about the book. It also very different to the books that I read typically. But the concept of the book and Civil War sounds super intriguing to me.

All the Light we cannot See by Anthony Doerr

If you are into Historic Fiction, then this is one of the highly recommended books. I heard nothing but awesome things about this book and I also feel like it is going to be another book which might make me cry. War does that to people doesn’t it?

WARNING: The next 2 books are Historic Fiction too. I love the genre, I can’t help my self.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This is a Historic Fiction classic and Historic Fiction being my fav genre I have no choice but to read this book. How can I live with myself without reading a classic? How?

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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Pfff…. what can I say? Another famous Historic Fiction.

Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (Songs of Ice and Fire series)

I usually do not read many Fantasy books but given the pace which the TV series is going I want to get to it. I want to participate in all the fan theories and TRY to predict how it is going. Now, you don’t have to read the books to do that, but hey I need refreshers and I received a beautiful leather bound edition of this series as a gift on my birthday. So why not?

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Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Did you know that Phil Knight started out with $50 and built Nike? Do I need to say anything more? The only non-fiction book on this list but one of the books that I am most excited about.

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The God of Small Things by Arundathi Roy

I’ve heard wonderful things about this book from a blogger I very much adore and who also happens to be one of my inspirations : Resh Susan (thebooksatchel). This has been on my TBR since a long time and I want to get to it as soon as possible.

Now all of these are super famous books which have been talked about on Booktube and the blogging community a lot. I have heard such amazing things about them. I can’t wait to read them and experience such powerful topics my self.

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Next up – Not so popular Books I want to read

Let’s do a small test, how many of these books have you read? Anyone read more than 6? If yes, then chances are that our book reading tastes match a lot. Comment down below and I would love to get to know you.

Also, what books are on your fall/winter reading lists? Although, I am not buying I am always looking for good recommendations.

 

Book Review: Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

Published – February 2nd 2017

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Is it weird that I read “Winter Garden” in summer? Haha

The first book I read by this author was “The Nightingale” and it is one of my all time favorite books. I had high expectations for this book and was not disappointed. It has all the qualities which make a book more enjoyable to me. The two key things which are super important to me and have a direct relation to how much I enjoy a book are: 1) I should be able to relate at least broadly to the topics/issues which are being discussed in the book or the broad theme. 2) The characters in the books need to be strong for me to love and adore them. I love historic fiction and world war related book and naturally reading this book was a delight.

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Goodreads Excerpt,

From the author of the smash-hit bestseller Firefly Lane and True Colors comes a powerful, heartbreaking novel that illuminates the intricate mother-daughter bond and explores the enduring links between the present and the past.

I love how all three characters – Anya (mother), Meredith & Nina (sisters) are all different in some ways but so similar in other ways. The story is beautiful and will move most readers emotionally. I had to put down the book multiple time to process it all.

The book has a unique format. it jumps between the fairy tale told by Anya to her daughters and the way she connects with her daughters as the story progress. There is also this suspense element because the readers do not know who is Anya Whitson is the fairy tale for a long time. Kristin Hannah’s Winter Garden is a well-written emotional tale which not only covers the suffering of thousands of people in a remote town in Leningrad during WW2 but also captures the emotional impact war could have on people years later. Every human copes with grief differently and has different tolerance levels, Anya’s story taught has helped me look at grief through a new lens and helped me really think about what really matters to me in life.

 This would be one of the books I will re-read after a few years just to see if I feel any differently about all topics touched upon in the book.

Rating – ♥♥♥♥♥ / 5

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Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn

The Wrath and the Dawn

Published: May 12th 2015

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This past week, I’ve been in Mexico City for work. It was my first time in Mexico, but I haven’t been able to do any sightseeing. But I did enjoy the awesome Mexican food here. I will come back to this city at least to eat :)But before I do, I promised my self that I’d learn some Spanish.

Everyday after coming back from office, eating good food and reading this book was my routine. However tired I was I made it a point to read at least one or two chapters of this book. It was an easy read and helped me relax a lot.

This book was a page tur Continue reading “Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn”

Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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Published – June 13th 2017

This book is set in the 1950s and takes you through the journey of a sensational but scandalous Hollywood star – Evelyn Hugo. This was my first Book of the Month (BOTM) pick and I was skeptical while I was choosing but I am glad I did. If you haven’t yet subscribed to BOTM then I highly recommend you do, it is one of the oldest and best book subscription box in USA. It is affordable and also gives you the flexibility to pick multiple books and skip when you do not like the selection available for that month.

Now back to Evelyn Hugo and why I loved her story. Although Evelyn Hugo is a fictional character, the book is so well written that I feel like I’ve read a memoir. The newspaper articles in between the narration added to the drama and the feel of the book. Even if I forget the nitty gritty details of the plot of a book I read, I always remember strong characters from the book from whom I could learn a thing or two. Evelyn taught me to Continue reading “Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo”

Book Review: The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak

The Architect’s Apprentice By Elif Shafak

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Published – March 31st 2015

The Bastard of Istanbul was the first book I read that was written by Elif Shafak and I loved it. It was a complete page turner for me, I could totally relate to the characters in one way or the other. So I jumped into this book with high expectations.

I wouldn’t say that book disappointed Continue reading “Book Review: The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak”

Book Review: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Published – June 7th 2016

I picked up this book as part of my birthday book haul after hearing so any great reviews of this book from booktube, blogs I follow and bookstagram. After 2 days of buying this book I came across a read along on Instagram and instantly I thought that it was a sign. A sign to help me pick my next read. I love discussing books with others and that was one of the reasons why Continue reading “Book Review: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi”

June Book Haul (Birthday Month)

I try to control my urge to shop every time I find something I like, but when my birthday month comes I spend more than what I saved through out the year. This happens to me almost every year, does it happen to you as well? (I feel like it does to everyone at is one of the strongest human emotions which is way beyond control)

Yeah, that’s normal so let’s move on. 🙂

I hauled a total of 16 books and was gifted a series of 5 books, so that is 21 (+2 including BOTM, details below) in total, yay! This is a lot of book for me because, Continue reading “June Book Haul (Birthday Month)”

Book Review: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

MILK AND HONEY BY RUPI KAUR

Published – November 4th 2014

About the book (Goodreads)

milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

I just finished reading this book today, and honestly I’ve never disliked a book so much in my life or felt so strongly about. I would have never finished this book if it was not a short read. Continue reading “Book Review: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur”

5 Bookstagram Tools as a Newbie #bookstagram

Hello Fellow Reading Enthusiasts/Bloggers,

I recently set up an account on #bookstagram and I’ve learnt so many things in the process that I decided to share this post. If at least one of the tools/hacks is useful to you then I would consider my job successful.

DISCLAIMER: I do not have a huge following on Instagram, neither am I claiming to be an expert. These are plain hacks and tools which made my life easy and I am sharing these with you to help you.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Beginners who want to explore #bookstagram, just joined #bookstagram and experts who are finding it difficult to manage their account while juggling a plethora of other tasks. Continue reading “5 Bookstagram Tools as a Newbie #bookstagram”