2019 is almost at an end and I am somewhere drifting amidst anxious, excited and apprehensive for the new decade. However, it was quite a good year for me. I believe I have improved tremendously and am at a great place right now. My words for 2019 were DISCIPLINE and HARD WORK. Although I could have done better with the first, I can say that I did work hard this year.
I will be done with my 5th semester of university in a few days, I am done with 4 internships and currently doing my 5th, I have a good GPA, I have worked on my relationships with my friends and relatives this year, and I have read a ton! I also finally shoved aside my shyness and anxiety and started uploading on YouTube – something that I had wanted to do for a long time, and I have also worked on my expenses, and I am happy.
So since it is the end of November, I thought its time I uploaded a companion post to my End of The Year Book Tag YouTube video that I just uploaded. I am tagging a few of you, and even if I haven’t, feel free to do this tag yourself, and I think it is a great way to come across new books that might interest you as well! As of November 29th, I have read 240 books in total this year.
Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish? JANE EYRE
Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year? NINTH HOUSE
Have you already started making reading plans for 2020? YES! Stay tuned for that!
This tag was started by Ariel Bisset (check out her video here). I am also planning on doing bookmas maybe so stay tuned for that, and Bookmas was established by Hailey (check out her announcement video here).
Crown of Oblivion is a brand new fantasy series set in a dystopian world! Also compared to The Hunger Games, this is one new fantasy series I’m very excited to read.
Can you imagine a bolder book cover than this? I personally love this cover for what it invokes in me – to go on despite whatever! I’ve also attached this picture of the wonderful merch that comes along with the preorder!
A signed bookplate, a beautiful enamel pin, an Astrid bookmark, and a quote graphic!
Synopsis of this fantasy book:
Astrid is the surrogate for Princess Renya, which means she bears the physical punishment if Renya steps out of line. Astrid has no choice—she and her family are Outsiders, the lower class of people without magic and without citizenship.
But there is a way out of this life—competing in the deadly Race of Oblivion. To enter the race, an Outsider is administered the drug Oblivion, which wipes their memory clear of their past as they enter a new world with nothing to help them but a slip of paper bearing their name and the first clue. It’s not as simple as solving a puzzle, however—for a majority of the contestants, the race ends in death. But winning would mean not only freedom for Astrid, but citizenship and health care for her entire family. With a dying father to think of, Astrid is desperate to prevail.
From the beginning, the race is filled with twists and turns. One of them is Darius, a fellow racer Astrid meets but isn’t sure she can trust. Though they team up in the race, as Astrid’s memories begin to resurface, she remembers just who he was to her—a scorned foe who may want revenge. Astrid also starts to notice she has powers no Outsider should—which could help her win the race, but also make her a target if anyone finds out. With stakes that couldn’t be higher, Astrid must decide what is more important: risking her life to remember the mysteries of the past, or playing a cutthroat game in order to win her—and her family’s—freedom.
Guess who is loving this fantasy!
So I am just a couple chapters in and I’m loving it. The beginning itself was so dramatic and wonderful, that I am curious to see how the story unfolds.
So recently, one of the famous novelists ever left the world. Toni Morrison is a famous name and although I have never read any of her works earlier, I was quite familiar with them – the names and the synopsis of the various books at least!
So when Vidya texted me saying that she wanted to sort of organize a readathon for Toni Morrison’s book, I was only too happy for it! She’s done brilliantly and we have the #tonimorrisonreadathon now! I am very happy to be a part of it and I encourage you all to join in and finally pick up her books if like me, you haven’t read any of her works yet, or if you want to go back and reread her books!
I have decided to pick up two books for this readathon – The Bluest Eye and Beloved. Here’s a bit about them both!
The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison’s first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author’s girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves’ garden do not bloom and Pecola’s life does change- in painful, devastating ways. What its vivid evocation of the fear and loneliness at the heart of a child’s yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment. The Bluest Eye remains one of Tony Morrisons’s most powerful, unforgettable novels- and a significant work of American fiction.
In Beloved, we meet Sethe, who was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Her new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement by Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison.
Do join in and share the fun! You can all check out my bookstagram account Pretty_Little_Bibliophile where I keep giving regular updates!
Hey guys! I wish you all a very Happy Independence Day! Let us all thank our ancestors for their belief, their struggle and strife that has led us to where we are today. It is truly historic and the TV news covering the celebrations across the country give me goosebumps. I have teared up so many times hearing the national anthem today!
How are you planning on celebrating today? I am going to spend the day with my family – we had a great lunch and caught up with our lives. Later on, we plan on watching Uri, and a few other movies like Lagaan, and perhaps Raazi too.
I’m also going to join the #BloomsburyReadalong today and start with THE CASE THAT SHOOK THE EMPIRE! Do join in!
The thrilling story of how one Indian fought for the rights of millionsliving under the British rule and gave crucial impetus to the Independence movement in India.
30 April 1924. At the Court of the King’s
Bench in London, the highest court in the Empire, an
English judge and jury heard the case that would change the course
of India’s history: Sir Michael O’Dwyer, the former Lieutenant
Governor of the Punjab – and architect of the infamous
Jallianwala Bagh massacre – had filed adefamation case against
Sir Chettur Sankaran Nair for having published a book in which he
referred to the atrocities committed by the Raj in Punjab.
The widely-reported trial – one of the longest in
history – stunned a world that finally recognized some of the horrors
being committed by the British in India.
Through reports of court proceedings along with a nuanced
portrait of a complicated nationalist who believed in his principles
above all else, The Case ThatShook the Empire reveals,
for the very first time, the real details of the fateful case that
marked the defining moment in India’s struggle for Independence.
Join me in the #BloomsburyReadalong from August 15 to August 22. I sincerely hope you do and enjoy reading this book as much as I hope to!
always been a love of mine. In my own culture, we have the famous ‘Burhi Aair
Sadhu’ by the great Lakshminath Bezbaruah. It is a collection of fantastical
stories, full of adventure and romance, which are told to us all. I myself have
various editions of the book. From my childhood itself, fantasy has been fed to
me and today, I am an addicted soul. It is no wonder that even after the decades;
fantasy has remained a favourite of mine and I am never late at grasping onto
new series. With this, I want to introduce you all to The Oremere Chronicles, a
trilogy which is bound to hook you into it.
amazing cliffhangers for the books and since all three books in the trilogy are
out, I am so very excited to pick it up! There are heroes who are human and
flawed and yet so very lovable. There are so many secrets to unravel as you keep
on reading the books and I bet you will be at the edge of your seats, biting
your nails off, throughout! And full points if you can make out the hints of
the book covers of the next book in any one book.
starting with this readathon from the 28th of July and you are
welcome to join me!
Heart of Mist
In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands
and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.
Still grieving the death of her guardian and
dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by
the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital.
But the king isn’t the only one interested in
The leader of an infamous society of warriors,
the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the
middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.
Heart of Mist is the gripping first book in The
Oremere Chronicles, a fantasy series of epic proportions.
Reign of Mist
The realm’s darkest secret is out.
The cruelty of the capital and the power-hungry
King Arden have scattered Bleak and her companions across the continents.
On the run in a foreign land, Bleak finds
herself tied to some unexpected strangers. When the answers she yearns for are
finally within reach, she must face the hard truths of her past, and take her
fate into her own hands before it’s too late.
Meanwhile, secrets and magic unravel as a dark
power corrupts the realm. Bleak’s friends are forced to decide where their
loyalties lie, and who, if anyone, they can trust.
But one thing is certain: war is coming, and
they must all be ready when it does.
Intriguing and action-packed, Reign of Mist is
the second instalment in Helen Scheuerer’s epic YA fantasy series, The Oremere
And the last book in this trilogy is finally
War of Mist
War is here.
Toxic mist drives all life to the brink of
destruction and the conqueror queen, Ines, has her talons in the kings of the
Bleak, having discovered her true heritage, must
now scour the lands for the one thing that might save them all.
But the search is a treacherous one – and it
will push her to the very limits of endurance.
Amidst secrets, lies and the intricacies of
battle, Bleak and her companions learn just how far they’ll go for the ones
they love. But will it be enough?
As deadly forces grapple for power across the
continents, families, friends and allies unite to take one final stand.
Explosive revelations, heart-wrenching betrayals
and breathtaking magic soar in the epic conclusion to Helen Scheuerer’s
bestselling trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles.
is the YA fantasy author of the bestselling novels, Heart of
Mist (2017) and Reign of Mist (September 2018). Both books
are part of the action-packed trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles.
Helen is the Founding Editor of Writer’s
Edit, an online literary magazine and learning platform for emerging
writers. It’s now one of the largest writers’ platforms in the world.
Helen’s love of writing and books led her to pursue a Bachelor of
Creative Arts, majoring in Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong.
Helen also completed a Masters of Publishing at the University of Sydney.
So I came across The Reading Rush Challenge a few days ago and I was just so excited seeing the videos that I planned to finally do it too! Earlier it was the BookTubeathon and I have never participated in it before.
The readathon starts from today and will end at 12 midnight on the 28th! There are several prompts and I am hoping to read atleast 7 books for the 7 days of the week. For more details you can definitely check out their website and the Instagram.
The books I am planning on reading are as follows:
Read a book with purple on the cover – Lips Touch by Laini Taylor
Read a book in the same spot for the entire time – Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Read a book you meant to read last year – Africa’s Tarnished Name by Chinua Achebe
Read an author’s first book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
Read a book with a non-human main character – King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Read a book with 5 or more words in the title – By the Brahmaputra and other poems by Srutimala Duara
Read and watch a book to movie adaptation – The Guernsey Literary and Potato peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (I’ll be reading this one as an e-book)
Have you participated
in this readathon? And are you planning on participating in any other book
readathons in the coming months? DO inform if you know of any and I’m sure all
of us would like to check them out as well.
The Sunday Times and No.1 New York Times bestselling, record-breaking 2019 thriller that everyone is talking about, The Silent Patient has been the most awaited debut thriller of 2019! And now Hachette has brought it to India!
Released on 15th July, The Silent Patient has been in my ‘Want to read’ shelf in Goodreads for so long and I am super happy that Hachette sent me a copy! The readalong for this amazing book started on the 17th and although I am a bit late, I’ve been loving the read. @thebookelf_ and I have been buddyreading this book and we are really enjoying it! Read on to know more about this book, that you simply need to pick up!
sure to read this one before the movie hits the screens!)
Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her
beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying
Gabriel, or causing him pain.
Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and
then never speaks another word.
Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat
Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime,
his discoveries suggest Alicia’s silence goes far deeper than he first
And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?
THE SILENT PATIENT is the gripping must-read debut thriller of 2019 – perfect for fans of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A.J. Finn and THE GIRL BEFORE by JP Delaney.
It is July
and I know you have heard it everywhere, read it everywhere and felt it
yourself too – but my god, the year has passed by in a flash! I mean it was
just a few days back, it feel like, when I was preparing for the university
fest in February and now, it’s the end of my 4th semester! From
August onwards, I will be starting with my 5th semester and that
would mean that I will have only a year left for the completion of my Bachelors
degree! Whoa! I am feeling as if I woke up on the wrong side of the bed – I was
in senior year just a few days ago and it does not feel like 2 years have gone
by at all!
So since it
is July, I thought why not jump the bandwagon and do the Mid year book
freak-out tag myself! Everyone is doing well, and I think it is a great way
also to come across new books that might interest you as well! As of June 30th,
I have read 119 books in total.
Best sequel you have read so far in 2019 – for this I shall go with THE KINGDOM OF COPPER by S. A. Chakraborty. It is the sequel to THE CITY OF BRASS, from THE DAEVABAD TRILOGY, and I rated it 5/5 stars. I am very excited for the last book in this series to come out!
New release you haven’t read but want to – Ah I am hoping to pick up AURORA RISING by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff this week! I have heard nothing but great reviews about this book and I am excited!
Most anticipated release for the second half of 2019 – oh my god! I have a really long list for this one but I’ll include a few ones which I think not very many people are talking about:
Biggest disappointment – well, I cannot really say that there was any such big disappointment. Sure, there were some not great enough reads, but thankfully, I did not come across any book i hated.
Biggest surprise – I will go with POETS, ARTISTS AND LOVERS by Mira Tudor for this. I rated it 5/5 stars and had not at all expected to be bombarded by its excellence. It was an amazing and welcome surprise.
Newest fictional crush – might I say Thomas Cresswell? If you do not know who he is, well, please please please do pick up the STALKING JACK THE RIPPER quartet by Kerri Maniscalco. Its a mix of historical fiction , murder mystery and romance. Amazing series.
Newest favourite character – I think this has to be Vivian Morris from CITY OF GIRLS by Elizabeth Gilbert, Angelique from THE DUCHESS by Danielle Steel and Alexandra from THE RIGHT TIME, also by Danielle Steel. I have been loving these amazing women!
Book that made you cry – this has to be YOU WILL BE SAFE HERE by Damian Barr. It is a wonderfully tragic book and I rated it 5/5 stars. It was an emotional rollercoaster and I was full-on sobbing at some points in the story. If not for the story (which is impossible), you need to read it for the social and historical perspectives. It is so very important.
Book that made you happy – for this, I am going to mention CIRCUS FOLK AND VILLAGE FREAKS by Aparna Upadhyaya Sanyal, a collection of absurd and weird poetry. So much so, that it is really funny and made me laugh a lot, and very happy at the end.
Favourite book to movie adaptation you saw this year – I’m adding my own twist here. I don’t really watch that many movies and prefer series. So, I watched A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, based on the ALL SOULS TRILOGY by Deborah Harkness. Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer are amazing. Somehow, Diana Bishop’s character gives me Bella (from Twilight) vibes. But it was a great season 1 and I’m excited for the next season to come out in late 2019 or early 2020.
Favourite review you have written this year – well, I have three reviews to share. I loved the books and I loved writing about them. And they are CITY OF GIRLS by Elizabeth Gilbert, CIRCUS FOLK AND VILLAGE FREAKS by Aparna Upadhyaya Sanyal and AN ATLAS OF IMPOSSIBLE LONGING by Anuradha Roy. (PS. I loved AN ATLAS OF IMPOSSIBLE LONGING so much that I even gave a class presntation on with. With reference to Indian Writings in English)
Most beautiful book you bought so far this year – for this, I will go with the FingerPrint Classics edition of ANNE FRANK: THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL. It is a beautiful hardcover edition with silver embossed cov
er on blue, and silver edges! I simply love it.
So I have told you all multiple times about how i inherited quite a few books from my mother’s side of the family. Among them were various editions of Danielle Steel. Now, I was very young back then and so my Mom would not let me read Steel. But now, after I appeared for my 10 Finals, I was basically given free reign to read whatever I wanted.
So here are the few Danielle Steel books I own today (1 to 6 are old old editions):
Season of Passion, 1979
A Perfect Stranger, 1982
The Gift, 1994
Special Delivery, 1997 (This book was tagged at just 60INR!)
The Klone and I, 1998 ( This book was tagged at just 50INR!)
Dangerous Games, 2017
The Duchess, 2017
The Right Time, 2017
The Good Fight, 2018
Lost and Found, 2019
So I have been reading the last 5 above mentioned books for the #lostandfoundreadathon and I have been loving it. Steel has a way of writing that just touches your heart and makes you relate so easily!
Have you read any of these? Do you enjoy reading Danielle Steel books as well?
✨🎇🎆🎉🎊 Annnndddd! Are you ready to hear about an amazing readathon?? . @panmacmillanindia is hosting the #lostandfoundreadathon along with a few bookstagrammers, including yours truly! . Did you know that @writer.daniellesteel ‘s new book LOST AND FOUND is coming out soon? I bet so many of you all love her writing, and moreover, so many of our mothers love her too! My own mother’s and aunt’s collection of #daniellesteel books have been passed down to me and I have some great vintage copies! I’ll surely share them soon! (Click here to see my Danielle Steel book collection!) . So, for this readathon, I’ll be picking up a total of 4 books, and they are- 1. The Right Time (see review) 2. The Good Fight (see review) 3. The Duchess (see review) 4. And ofcourse, Lost and Found! (see review)
I actually ended up reading one more book by Steel – Dangerous Games! (see review)
The readathon ends on 30th of June and I’m so excited to be picking up these books. The top 3 have a female protagonist is the stories are about their coming of age, you could say, whether physically, emotionally, or psychology! I love these kinds of stories! PS. I’m actually planning on going into #lostandfound blind so no surprises please!! . You just need to pick up any of the author’s book and tag me, @panmacmillanindia and @writer.daniellesteel in your posts! Don’t forget to use #lostandfoundreadathon ! . #qotd : are you planning on participating in any other readathons this year?
So my #bookstagram bestie Gayatri @per_fictionist and I are holding a weekend #readalong for the amazing #cityofbrass #and #kingdomofcopper , book 1 and 2 respectively of the #thedaevabadtrilogy which is an epic fantasy set in the 18th century Middle East ! This is truly a fantasy book unlike any other!
We are absolutely very excited for this and we invite you all to join us! Tag me and Gayatri and we will share all of your favourite quotes, pictures and reviews!!
1. The readalong spans from Friday, 15 to Sunday, 17 !
2. You can read the books in whatever format you have !
3. Gayatri and I will be giving regular shoutouts to the participants!
#qotd : have you read this fantasy series? If not this one, then any other Middle East inspired ones?
I have finished reading both these books and I absolutely loved them both! Click on the links below to check out my reviews!
And as THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE comes out today, I am excited to announce that Gayatri and I will be starting or buddy-reading session! We were so very excited when Bloomsbury sent us our uncorrected proof copies! Here is a synopsis of this amazing fantasy novel!
The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.
Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.
Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.
Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.
Also, here’s why you should order your copies ASAP!
If you love the current trend with strong and real female characters at the forefront, then this book is certainly for you! We have a Queen, a powerful mage, and even another brave woman training to be a dragonrider.
There are also dragons! And oh what variety! Fire-breathing dragons as well as water dragons even!
Considering that this is a fantasy, expect magic; a whole LOT of magic!
Many people have already said that this is a wonderful book with strong feminist tones.
There is also a lot of diversity in the book – racial, mental as well as sexual.
If these are not enough reasons to compel you to order your own copy now, I don’t know what will!
I am so very excited to start this one today! And I certainly hope you all will join me and Gayatri along this journey!
As a person from Assam, a state in Northeast India, my mother-tongue is Assamese. I use it all the time to converse with my family, relatives, friends, and so on. The other languages I use verbally are just Hindi and English. That is it. But when it comes to reading and writing, I admit I am much more comfortable only in English. And that simply is because English was, after all, the first language I was taught to write while in school. I studied Assamese till class 10, and then continued to use it while reading and writing but only for my dance lessons. So that was until a couple years back. Today, I am really trying to reverse that. I am going to make sure that I read more and more Assamese books this year- it is one of my New Year’s resolutions. I am going to make myself better versed in my mother-tongue. Because to call myself Assamese without knowing how to properly read the language is indeed shameful.
For this initiative, I have taken the help of this blog and my bookstagram account, and come up with the #readyourmothertongue reading challenge through which I will read at least one Assamese novel each month. And why only Assamese? Pick up books written in your language, if it is a different one! . These books are ones I bought in December so I suppose this is your #decemberbookhaul2018 #part7 and the last too! 1. গল্প আৰু গল্প – দিলীপ বৰা দ্বাৰা সম্পাদিত 2. অসীমত যাৰ হেৰাল সীমা – কাঞ্চন বৰুৱা 3. বুঢ়ী আইৰ সাধু – লক্ষ্মীনাথ বেজবৰুৱা 4. মিৰি জীয়ৰী – ৰজনীকান্ত বৰদলৈ 5. জিগলো – ৰশ্মিৰেখা ভূঞা 6. মৰমৰ দেউতা – ভাবেন্দ্ৰনাথ শইকীয়া . একেইখনৰ ভিতৰত কোনো এখন পঢ়িছে নেকি আপুন? Have you read any among these? . I will be picking up these books- one by one- in the #readyourmothertongue challenge! Are you participating as well? Do join in! 😊
So a while back, a group of my friends decided to do the #7days7books challenge. This is a 7-day long read-a-thon basically, where one tries to read and complete 7 books. This is also the first time that I have participated in a read-a-thon and I have been pretty excited about it as well! So, without further ado, let me list the books I have decided to read over this period. Book 1- Finding your G-spot in Life
Author: Geetika Saigal
Publishers: Invincible Publishers, 2018 Synopsis:
The Probability of your parents’ meeting: one in a million. The Chance that they had you and not another genetic version of you: one in 4 million billion. (yeah, that’s a number too!) The Number of moments you have lived (knowing that any of us could pop-off any moment): ~9.4 million in our lifetime.
You, Yes YOU, are a miracle.
Do you not then deserve to lead a miraculous life?
A life that you know is meaningful to you, that doesn’t leave you feeling like you are simply running, not knowing where to and why so. So go on, give yourself and your life the best shot.
By ceasing this race to ‘somewhere’ for just a few hours; Re-discovering Your Real Self, Re-aligning Your Thoughts, Revamping Your Life – All in (nothing worthwhile is simple!) 4 STEPS + 15 Do-it-for-Yourself EXERCISES.
This book is written for all of us, whether you’re just starting out your life or wishing to change it. Book 2- Call Me By Your Name
Author: Andre Aciman
Publishers: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007 Synopsis:
Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks’ duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.
The psychological maneuvers that accompany attraction have seldom been more shrewdly captured than in André Aciman’s frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. Call Me by Your Name is clear-eyed, bare-knuckled, and ultimately unforgettable. Book 3- Not Exactly Love
Author: Anindita Sengupta
Publishers: Vishwakarma Publications, 2018 Synopsis:
Not every love is smooth sailing and not every love has a magical ending and yet, without a generous dose of ‘Love’, life would certainly be devoid of its most thrilling experience.
A tumultuous trip, an inevitable attraction, a passionate kiss, magical memories, beautiful chaos, taking a risk, giving a chance, holding on and letting go all define this strange animal we call love.
Everyone craves it but is the definition of love the same for all?
‘Not Exactly Love’ is about 10 different women navigating through the sea of love and attraction. Ten stories about adventures of the heart and the games that it plays with the mind! But still… should we give love a chance?
“NOT EXACTLY LOVE” Book 4- In a Cult of Their Own
Author: Amborish Roychoudhury
Publishers: Rupa Publications Pvt. Ltd. 2018 Synopsis:
‘Cults become cults, they are not made. It’s the becoming that is interesting, not the making.’
There are some films that sure fizzle out of the theatres in a heartbeat, but figure out a way to survive. Through a torrent leaked online, on an old bootlegged DVD or VHS, or YouTube upload and then in the hands of the omnipresent Twitterati—the films form a ‘cult’ of their own.
This book is a tongue-in-cheek ode to these cult movies of Hindi filmdom, ones that despite not having made moolah at the box office, still made it to viewers’ memories for reasons—good or bad. Drawing from his own reminiscences of growing up on these delectables and also face-to-face interviews with actors and directors such as Aamir Khan, Pankaj Kapur and Deepti Naval, the author celebrates these underdogs in a manner that is extremely readable and relatable. Book 5- Flying Without Wings
Author: Rishabh Puri
Publishers: HarperCollins Publishers India and Black Ink, 2017 Synopsis:
For Milli Bajwa, life is at a stand-still. Grounded in the Chandigarh airport where she works day after day, she watches flights leaving for destinations she knows she will never visit. Loveless and luckless, she would rather bury her nose in a book than face her grim reality. And then, on a whim, she swipes right on a new dating app, and finds the man of her dreams- someone who can sweep her off her feet and teach her how to fly. But the mysterious and charming Karan Singhania has secrets of his own, and a heart damaged in more ways than one.
This is a story of two people about to find out how far they’re willing to go for the promise of true love. Will Karan take a chance and dive- blind-folded and headfirst- towards his dreams? Will Millie be willing to stand by Karan’s side in sickness and in health, just for a glimpse of his smile? This is a story of hope and joy in times of heartache and trial =. Of finding the perfect person in imperfect situations. And of love’s power to carry us through our darkest times. Book 6- Till the End of Forever
Author: Vivaksh Singh
Publishers: Srihti Publishers & Distributors, 2018 Synopsis:
The past is always mysterious. It neither leaves completely, nor stays fully. Who would know it better than Ayaan. He was its victim. And so was Avani. When these two crumbled souls met, they realized in their togetherness that only a broken piece can complete another. Together, they start fighting the pain of their past, feeling the bliss of the present and appreciating their lives.
But just when they thought things were perfect, life played its cards.
Ayaan, who was trying to put life’s pieces together, broke down when he was held responsible for a closed one’s murder.
And Avani… well, her life was going to take such sharp turns that she would crave for death.
Alas, this was just the beginning of what destiny had planned for them!
Will Avani wait for the scars to heal or will she fight with her bruised soul? Why does the truth keep going deeper as she chases it?
Deeply sensitive and brutally thrilling, Till The End Of Forever is a romantic thriller that takes a dig in the dark sides of god, nature of human pain, power of selfless care, and proves how true love can make you live till the end of forever. Book 7- A Cage of Desires
Author: Shuchi Singh Kalra
Publishers: Penguin Random House India Pvt. Ltd., 2018 Synopsis:
There’s a kind of love that makes you go down on one knee, and there’s the kind that brings you down on both. You don’t need the latter, because no matter what you do, you cannot make anyone love you back.’
Renu had always craved for love and security, and her boring marriage, mundane existence somehow leads her to believe that, maybe, this is what love is all about. Maya, on the other hand, is a successful author who is infamous for her bold, erotic books.
What do these two women have in common? How are their lives intertwined?
Renu’s thirst for love and longing takes her on a poignant journey of self-exploration. The answers come to her when she finds the courage to stand up for herself, to fight her inner demons and free herself from the cage of desires . . .