The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Published – February 28th, 2017
Young Adult books are not my go to in any cases. However, after repeatedly listening to reviews about this book on BookTube I decided it was time I picked it up. I wanted to understand what the hype was all about.
*Spoiler alert* People of all ages (teens and above) should read this book. It was awesome.
I have a full time job and I am dead by the time I am back home, so most of my reading these days is either in the form of audio books or happens over the weekends. I finished this book in 3 working days. I came back everyday from work, breezed through the daily chores and added all the YouTube videos I had to watch from that day to “Watch Later” on YouTube and sat down reading this book.
Most of the times this is how I read my book, I am in my PJs and there is coffee in my hand? How do you like to read?
I usually enjoy historic fiction books because they give you context and details about a time which you can live through books and the fiction aspect helps me collect my thoughts and remember facts (I need to feed my imagination as I have just about 128MB of memory and I am not exaggerating). This book didn’t talk about anything we don’t know, it rather touches key aspects such as race which are very much relevant in today’s world. It makes you stop and think. It makes you think about what is actually important.
The story is told from the perspective of sixteen year old teen Starr and is a very light easy to read. But it grips you from the beginning to finish. Apart from the importance of the topics touched upon in this book the narration it self is captivating. Apart from wanting to know if Khalid will get justice at the end I also kept playing what would happen next in my head. So this book fed my imagination and stimulated my brain in so many different ways.
It was funny, it made me emotional, I had to put down the book from time to time just to think – What would you do if you were in a similar situation?, What makes a person really bad?
If you need an easy yet gripping but important read pick this book up. What are you waiting for?
Rating – ♥♥♥♥♥ / 5
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Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
Published – February 2nd 2017
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.
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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The Wrath and the Dawn
Published: May 12th 2015
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”
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
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”
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”
How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh
Published – March 28th 2017
I have been watching Lilly’s videos for over 5 years now and when this book was about to be released, I honestly didn’t consider buying it at first. My thoughts: Self help? I am a happy person and I am capable enough to help my self, I really do not need this book in my life. But, watching Lilly’s excitement I caved in, I wanted to understand the buzz. So, I took the first step and purchased the book, this made me happy as I technically supported her and my job was done. Continue reading “Book Review: How to be a Bawse? by Lilly Singh”