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!
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.
in June I acquired 17 new books and they are:
City of Girls
The Right Time
The Good Fight
Lost and Found
The Intelligence Trap
The Secret of the Palamu Fort
What Mina Did
Let’s Hope for the Best
After the Flood
Thanks to all the publishers for sending the review copies to me! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them!
Hope you are doing well! I have been having terrifically hectic days at my new
internship and although it gets cumbersome at times, I just tell myself that this
will teach me a lot. Working in a private workspace has been an enlightening
experience, as I have only ever worked from home and that has been much more liberal.
Nonetheless, I have made some great friends and we have been having a blast.
am back with my June Wrap up! I could read 16 books in June and that was impressive
I think, considering that my finals were going on throughout June. I am very
proud of myself. Therefore, here are the books I read:
correspondent Alix Phillips dodges bullets and breaks rules to bring the most
important news to the world. With her daughter in college, and working
alongside cameraman Ben Chapman, an ex-Navy Seal, Alix exhilarates in the risks
and whirlwind pace of her work. But her latest assignment puts her at the
center of an explosive story that will reshape many lives, including her own:
investigating damning allegations involving the vice president of the United
States, Tony Clark.
Alix starts with a nationally revered woman who may be the key to exposing
frightening secrets. Olympia Foster is the fragile, reclusive widow of
America’s most admired senator, who had been destined for the presidency before
an assassin’s bullet felled him. Since then, Olympia has found emotional
support in Clark, who once wanted her as his wife and now stands as her
protector and confidant. When Alix begins to dig deeper, federal agents pick up
the trail. Then the threats begin.
As the stakes rise in this dangerous game, Alix needs Ben’s help as never
before. Soon they realize they are grappling with an adversary far more
sinister than they had imagined.
a review copy from the publishers in return for an honest review. Opinions
expressed in this review are completely my own. I read this book for the
#lostandfoundreadathon hosted by @PanMacmillanIndia .
Games is unlike any other Danielle Steel book that I have ever read because
this book has an almost thriller-like vibe to it which is quite fast-paced and
interesting. As such, I think that thriller lovers would find this book to be a
good start if they want to read reading Danielle Steel.
Dangerous Games, we come across Alix Phillips who is a really genuine and brave
news reporter on top of her game. She is really unlike any reporter we might
envisage when it comes to the idea of one. She covers dangerous and daring
events from around the world, along with her trusted cameraman Ben Chapman. Now
Ben is another admirable figure. I love how he is dedicated to his job and respects
and appreciates what Alix dos. He just gives off an amazing reliable vibe that I
could get even from reading about it.
Foster is a woman in whom we see the after effects of a great tragedy. She is a
kind and brave woman within her own and you cannot help but admire her
optimistic and idealistic personality. I found her character very much based on
Jackie Kennedy who was a formidable woman in her own rights as well. Danielle
Steel has yet again portrayed the various problems people go through, with the help
of these people and it is very interesting to see them conquer their
inhibitions and come on top.
characters really felt tangible to my reader senses and this realistic element needs
to definitely be applauded. In the end, Danielle Steel has come through as
usual with an admirable and strong protagonist, who is just as inspirational a
heroine as any other. This is what keeps me coming back to Steel books, again
and again (as well as the plot, of course!)
Games is a rollercoaster of a ride, and although the beginning is just a teensy
bit slow compared to the middle and the end, I quite liked sailing through it. The
language was coherent and flowed easily. However, I just did not enjoy it as
much as I hoped I would. There is just not enough conflict in this book, I feel.
Something was missing for me.
rate this book 3.5/5 stars!
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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
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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!
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 . . .