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Toni Morrison Readathon!

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!

July Book Haul 2019

Hey guys! I just wanted to thank you all for your wishes! My 21st was what I expected. I was actually doing #adult works – cleaning the house and stuff. Lol. Anyway, it was good as I did spend some time with my family and cousins and I also did some reading. It was like every other day but your love and wishes made my day! Thank you so much! Also, the haul picture is coming up soon!

Moving on, here is my July book haul, although these are only review copies and books i have otherwise bought. The books I was gifted for my birthday, although acquired in July too, will be shown in another post.

  1. The Broken Amoretti by Sudipto Das and Aparajita Dutta
  2. Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  3. Very Nice by Marcy Dermansky
  4. Love in the time of Affluenza by Shunali Khullar Shroff
  5. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  6. Spelbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowly-Doyle
  7. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
  8. Emperor Chandragupta, and
  9. Emperor Vikramaditya by Aditya Kay
  10. Birdy Flynn by Helen Donohoe
  11. Silence Between the Spces by Abir Sinha
  12. The Monsters Still Lurk by Aruna Nambiar
  13. Celtic Tales
  14. Well-Read Women
  15. The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters

As for my reading, I just finished my second book of august – Reign of War. It is the second book in the Oremere Chronicles trilogy by Helen Scheuerer. I had love the first book Heart of Mist and I rated it 5/5. It is no surprise that I loved the sequel too and rated it 5/5 stars. It is just so complex and a really well-written series. If you have not yet read it, I definitely recommend you to pick it up as soon as possible!

#qotd : what is your current read? Are you enjoying it?

June book haul 2019!

Hey guys! How’s it going? I have been having a great time reading books for the #readingrush challenge and I have already finished 3 books and am halfway into the third. Currently reading King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo for the challenge to read a book with a non-human main character. And I am loving it! How is Leigh Bardugo this good with her words?!!! On the same note, have you seen the Crooked Kingdom collector’s edition? It is so beautiful.

Moving on, in June I acquired 17 new books and they are:

  1. City of Girls
  2. Perfume
  3. The Right Time
  4. The Good Fight
  5. The Duchess
  6. Funny Boy
  7. Dangerous Games
  8. Just Rewards
  9. Unexpected Blessings
  10. Narasimha
  11. Lost and Found
  12. The Intelligence Trap
  13. The Secret of the Palamu Fort
  14. Aurora Rising
  15. What Mina Did
  16. Let’s Hope for the Best
  17. After the Flood

Thanks to all the publishers for sending the review copies to me! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them!

May 2019 Book-Haul, Part-2!

Hey guys!

Like I said in the earlier haul post, let’s continue with the health-chat. So currently, I’m working out everyday, and have a proper 8 hour sleep every night. I admit I have been seeing results – I do not feel lazy like I used to earlier and I am so happy that my productivity has risen. As for food, I have cut down a lot on sodium, fast food and thus totally removed MSG from my intake. As for drugs, I take Omega fatty acid pills and Vitamin-C supplements. I have also seen a great development in my skin and I’m ecstatic.

Moving on, here is #part2 of my #maybookhaul . Here are some of the books from the 14 that I acquired this month.

  1. Panir Majot Hema Malini by Ira Das
  2. Ananya by Tridip Goswami
  3. Wake Up, Life is Calling by Preeti Shenoy! (And it is signed!)
  4. 100 of the World’s Greatest Poems by FingerPrint Publications
  5. Mehboob Murderer by Nupur Anand (I really enjoyed reading this book!
  6. Give Your Heart a Break, by Anuj Tiwari

I am so happy these beautiful editions are mine now! Aren’t they a sight for sore eyes?!

May 2019 Book-Haul, Part-1!

Hey guys!

It seems like it was only a few days ago that 2019 actually started but now we’re almost halfway into the year. Time does fly fast, I guess! I’m going to appear for my 3rd semester finals soon and I am kind of tensed (obviously!). Finals week is damn hectic. I’ve also been going to the gym regularly now and I feel great. It’s worked a lot on my health – my sleep pattern specifically, because I don’t like to sleep at all, but now I am so tired by the time it’s 11/12, I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow! I’ll continue with the health stuff in another post, but for todays #qotd , do tell – what are you doing for your physical health these days (I’m asking because resolutions mostly wear off by the time April rolls in!)

Moving on, here is #part1 of my #maybookhaul . I got a total of 14 new books in May (including review copies, books I bought for myself and also a couple for gifting purposes)

  1. The Anarchists’ Club by Alex Reeve – thanks to Bloomsbury!
  2. Circus Folk and Village Freaks by Aparna Upadhyaya Sanyal – thank you so much! And isn’t that a beautiful cover?!
  3. Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K Banker- thanks to Simon&Schuster! It is my current read and I am immensely enjoying it!
  4. The Illicit Happiness of Other People by Manu Joseph – Thanks to my friend to lending it to me!
  5. Womb of Butterflies by Ambika Barman – Thanks a lot for sending me this book! Eager to pick it up soon!
  6. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl – I love this book and I already own a copy but I just had to buy this beautiful edition by FingerPrint Publications!
  7. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  8. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie – I bought these 2 ACs to gift them to my friends actually, and I’m happy to say that they both loved them!

So, I’ll share the other books day after tomorrow in another post! I love displaying the book cover instead of just the spines and so many of you seem to love it too!

April 2019 Book Haul Part 2!

And I am back with the part 2 of my April book haul!

I really want to thank you all for the outpouring of good wishes and prayers I received from you all in the comments and my DMs. You might think it is not much help, but let me tell you, that mental and emotional support I got was tremendous and I guess I would have been feeling worse had it not been for your encouraging and loving words.

And well, the PTM went great, thank you all for asking! The Head of my Department praised me and I was in seventh heaven.

Anyway, moving on to the bookhaul, the rest of the 15 books I got are:

  1. Sketchy, Doubtful, Incomplete Jottings by Johann Wolfgang van Goethe
  2. Mr Dearest Father by Wolfgang Amadus Mozart
  3. Antigone by Sophocles
  4. Circe and the Three Cyclops by Homer
  5. Africa’s Tarnished Name by Chinua Achebe\

Aren’t these editions simply elegant?! I am hoping to collect more of them. Anyway, the other books I acquired in April are not with me right now (I’ve lent them to a few friends and family)

  • The Second Sex by Simone d Beauvoir
  • Tied Hearts
  • Still Loved, Still Missed

What is the one place you love to go to? Supposing money is not a problem!

April 2019 Book Haul Part 1!

So how are you doing, guys?

I personally had a reeling couple of days. One of my best friend’s parents had their 25th wedding anniversary and we had a blast and it was amazing! My sister also got her 12th boards result and she did amazingly well. I am so very proud of her! That’s her bag in the top right corner by the way!

Unfortunately one of my friend’s mother also expired and I did got to visit her and it was so sad and I myself am finding it so hard to accept that so I can only imagine how she must be feeling… I am doing my best to cope and well, it’s been rocky.

Tomorrow, I have a PTM *eyeroll* and I’m kind of nervous… let’s see how it goes and if it goes well I might share with you all what happened! LOL!

Anyway, moving on to the bookhaul, I got a total of 15 new books in April and while some were books I bought, the ones in this post are all review copies.

  1. Women Who Ruled India by Archana Garodia Gupta. Thanks Hachette for this book!
  2. They Go to Sleep by Saugata Chakraborty from Notionpress
  3. The Near Witch by V. E. Schwab. Thanks Bloomsbury for this book!
  4. Brave, Not Perfect by Reshma Saujani. Thanks HarperCollins for this book.
  5. Fluid by Ashish Jaiswal
  6. The Holy Shit Moment by James Fell. Thanks HarperCollins for this book.
  7. Ambrosia Sides by Abhijita Kulshrestha.

How did your bookaholic April go?

February 2019 book haul part 2!

Hey guys!
Hope you are doing well! I am currently reading #99nightsinlogar by @jamil_jan_kochai_author @bloomsburyindia and I am enjoying it quite a lot! I am currently 136/276 pages in and I hope to finish it by tomorrow night.

So anyway, here are the rest of the books I bought in February. I have already lent a few and so I couldn’t include them in the pics.

  1. Emma’s Secret by Barbara Taylor Bradford
  2. A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  3. Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith
  4. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  5. Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller
  6. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  7. Norwegian Wood by Murakami
  8. Half Torn Hearts by Novoneel Chakraborty (a signed copy!)
  9. Shikhandi by Devdutt Pattanaik
  10. Songs of the Cauvery by Kalyanaraman Durgadas
  11. Feminist Rani by Shaili CHopra & Meghna Pant (I also met Meghna Pant and got this signed!)
  12. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini (got this as a gift for my mom!)
  13. One Day by David Nicholls
  14. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

#qotd : What are you all currently reading? Are you enjoying it?

February 2019 book haul part 1!

So how are you doing, guys? I haven’t been able to stay up to date because unfortunately, I was down again with my terrible allergy attacks. Nonetheless, I hope that it’s over for me. Anyway, I had such plans for the weekend – I hoped I would be able to do some study. But well, better luck next time to me!

So I got 44 new books in February! And here’s part 1! Not all of these books are ones I have bought – I got some second-hand, some in exchange of books I gave away, and some include review copies, etc.!

  1. Playing with Boys by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
  2. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
  3. Steampunk – An Anthology of FANTASTICALLY RICH and STRANGE STORIES, edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
  4. How I Became a Tree by Sumana Roy
  5. By the Brahmaputra and other Poems by Srutimala Duara
  6. Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo
  7. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm: The Woman by Eric Wiggin
  8. The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory
  9. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
  10. The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
  11. Kanthapura by Raja Rao

How did your bookaholic February go?

Amma and I, Trishna Damodar, 2018

Title: Amma and I

Author: Trishna Damodar

Publisher: Frog Books

Format: Paperback

Language: English

Pages: 204

Synopsis:

You are unique in your own existence Kripa and Maya live in a small town in Kerala. Surrounded by greenery, streams, a vast rubber estate and a palatial home, they had it all. Maya enjoys listening to the radio and reading books and magazines as it offers her a chance to connect to the world outside. She wanted to do so much more in her life, but a sudden marriage proposal from a man based in France gets her anxious at the possibility of her dreams fading away like smoke.

Kripa has been the dutiful daughter, wife and mother. All she knew was her life and family in Kuttiadi. But she wants more for her daughter, Maya. So, when a proposal from someone in France came along, she jumped at the opportunity, hoping that this would give her
daughter a chance at a bigger and better life.

Maya, so lost in her own world, was unaware of certain shadows that lurked in her own backyard. What hides behind the constant smile on Kripa’s face? Read the journey of Kripa and Maya, set in the 1970’s, as they struggle to be heard in a society that is fixed in its norms.

My review:

Amma and I proved to be a great read and I reveled in its beauty. At only 263 pages, this book was a beautiful one that may also be the perfect gift for your friends this new year.

Speaking of the cover, it is simple, but the elements have really been able to convey the meaning and the overall themes in the book.

The plot line is also well constructed, and the pacing well set. The flow is smooth and proves really natural as the reader reads on. The introduction of new topics into the main narrative was also done in a smooth manner without any abruptness and that is another plus point.

The themes seen in this book are quite a few- ambition, love, family, jealousy, friendship, and so on. The growth or development of the self is also another significant aspect that the author works upon in the book.


The language used is simple, but that in no way reduces the quality of the book. It is utterly pleasing and a great warming experience.

The language used is simple, but that in no way reduces the quality of the book. It is utterly pleasing and a great warming experience.

Speaking about the characters, the protagonist Maya’s character grows throughout the book and towards the end we see her emerging as a confident and bold young woman, who knows what shew wants and will not let anyone convince her otherwise. One thing that I really liked was how Maya was someone who realized the importance of a career and ambition; I loved that she was practical and not at all stupid or restless like other female characters in love. The mother Kripa’s character is also one of much self-growth and we see her finally getting to live life on her own terms. Ashok was also a character of great understanding and he is every much the ideal boyfriend, I felt like.

The other characters also are well made with depth and round figures. What I also love about this book is that the author has not made this a simple love story. Every character is undergoing some thing or the other and develops themselves by the end. In this manner, it would not be wrong to say that in some manners, this book, while highly entertaining, is also didactic, without being boring and at the same time, an unconventional bildungsroman at times.

Verdict:

I quite enjoyed this book and I rate it a 4/5 stars.

About the reviewer

Nayanika Saikia, is one of the foremost book reviewers from the North-east and Assam, and is also an admin for the official India bookstagram page on Instagram. She publishes her own reviews and recommendations for poetry, fiction, non-fiction etc. on her bookstagram account @pretty_little_bibliophile which won the NorthEast Creator Awards 2018, as well as in daily newspapers, online magazines etc. She can be contacted at nayanikasaikia98@gmail.com