Hello there you lovely people! Hope you’re enjoying the holiday season…
Its Christmas time and we booknerd always wish for books as gifts under the tree! Now whether you buy them for yourself, or bae spoils you, or your parents treat you, its ultimate bookish Christmas cheer that we’re celebrating.
Spreading joy and happiness with this Christmas Cracker Book Tag
A book with wintery cover.
Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts (by Lucy Dillon). I need to gather courage to read this one soon though, because I know its going to be a sob fest.
Pick a book you’re likely to buy as a present.
It’ll actually depend who am I buying this gift for, but the two picks are – The Hate U Give (by Angie Thomas) and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (by Benjamin Alire Saenz)
Pick a festive themed book
I’ll say The Forty Rules of Love (by Elif Shafak). Its heartwarming, takes you on a journey of discovering love, and celebrates the biggest festival – LIFE.
Pick a book you can curl up with by the fireplace.
Well, it can be any! But from my current TBR I’ll pick Sleeping Giants (by Sylvian Neuvel). Its sci-fi, thriller, perfect for a chillin’ cozy reading session.
Pick a book you want to read for the festive period.
Let’s choose a happy romance one for this – The Kiss Quotient (by Helen Hoang)
Pick a book that’s so good it gives you chills.
Second Chance Summer (by Morgan Matson). It’s a summer contemporary, but I could relate to the story on such a deep personal level that it left me sobbing and emotional!
Pick a book going on your Christmas wish list.
Its on my wish list since a couple of months now – A Little Life (by Hanya Yanagihara). Cannot wait to read it and get my heart broken into a million pieces, or so I’ve heard.
Share your picks in the comments section below and let’s celebrate a bookish Christmas together virtually. Hope you have a great day! Love…
And yes, come back for more amazing #blogmas posts. See you soon.
Hey everyone! Welcome to #blogtober wrap up. It’s been such an overwhelming journey. A month ago, I decided on whim to do #blogtober, i.e. one post a day all of October. With apprehensions and anxiety, I started and thankfully things went pretty well.
The best part about October has to be my birthday in the hills. It was whimsical, filled with lots of sunshine and good food, just the way I wanted.
Have a look at Mcleodganj Diaries – part I and Part II to have a closer look at the celebrations!
A month of churning content and sticking to a schedule has made me feel so productive and happy. And true that, it’s not the journey that’s intimidating but that first step. Gathering courage to take that first step is the most difficult, and I’m so thankful to y’all and especially maa, for being such a support!
How’s your day going? Mine was idyllic – curled up in bed with my book, had lots of adrak chai because sore throat, and gossiped with maa!
And for day of #blogtober I thought of sharing my favorite Historical Fiction Book Recommendations. Fall/Winter for me is the perfect time to read historical fiction books. They’re dark, gloomy, and serious. You can delve deeper into the complex layers and have a fabulous reading experience.
Top 5 Historical Fiction Books to read this season
1.The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – by John Boyne
If this doesn’t make you cry, I don’t know what will. It’s set during World War II and has the backdrop of Holocaust, so be prepared. Bruno comes home one day to find all his belongings are packed and he with his family are moving to a new house far away. In the new home he has nobody to play with. He goes exploring through the backyard and finds an unusual friend across the fence, the boy in the striped pajamas. Their friendship grows but has devastating consequences.
The movie adaptation is so good and moving. I have tears while I’m writing this and thinking about the movie!
2. Homegoing – by Yaa Gyasi
Read about African history in this tale of slavery, bravery, and family bonds spread across three hundred years. Homegoing is the story of two half sisters – Effia and Esi born in different villages in 18th century Ghana. While one is wedded to a rich Englishman and lives a luxurious life, the other is sold into Gold Coast’s booming slave trade.
The story spans across seven generations and ties the thread of family and love. The story is phenomenal. Each chapter is dedicated to one member from a generation. It is deeply steeped in history and culture. You can feel the pain of slaves and it does become depressing at times, but such an eye-opener in today’s world where caste, color, and race is being talked about a lot.
3. Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
Out of the list, this is my least favorite. But I think that a lot of people will like the story. It’s about a Chinese American family based in Ohio during the 1970s. One day Lydia, daughter of James and Marilyn Lee is found dead and her body is found in the local lake. Things take a turn from here as the readers discover family secrets and family dynamics.
I like the way she adds elements of caste, race, and amalgamates it with culture to make it look like a pivotal character itself.
PS – I love Celeste Ng’s writing style. Have been devouring her second book – Little Fires Everywhere!
4. The Kite Runner – by Khaled Hosseini
You cannot go wrong with Khaled Hosseini. Out of all his books, my favorite is The Kite Runner. It is an emotional and heartwarming story of an unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant.
The historical backdrop of Afghanistan, the misery and hopelessness of war, yet the story outshines with hope, love, and family ties. Read it to fill your heart with warmth and sob, and watch the movie to bawl your eyes and heart out. Sooo good!
Between Shades of Gray is the story of a 15year old Lithuanian girl, Lina set in the 1940s. She is just like any other girl happy in her small world, until one day when Soviet officers invade their home and Lina with her family and a thousand others are forcefully transported across the Arctic Circle to reach Siberia and work in some of the most inhumane conditions.
It is a story of courage, hope, and love that triumphs even in the most brutal circumstances. So cathartic yet the thread of hope ties you strongly. You empathize with the characters and can feel their pain. Death and disparity are overpowering, but you still feel hopeful about the characters. You’ll smile with them and surely cry a lot for them.
Let me know if you’ve read any of these. And if you have some historical fiction book recommendations do share them in the comments below. I’ll see you tomorrow! Bye…
Hello booknerds! Welcome to #blogtober Day 17. Today’s book recommendations are something I haven’t done in the past!
Reading is like traveling, but a lot cheaper. You get to visit new places and have vivid experiences. For those of you who want to explore Japan but on a budget, I recommend trying Japanese literature, and of course there’s sushi!
5 Japanese Fiction Book Recommendations
1.Memoirs of a Geisha – by Arthur Golden
Find out what happens in the world of geishas, a world where appearances are pivotal, a girl’s virginity is auctioned in a bid, and how women are trained to beguile the most powerful men. It’s a shocking revelation about how this world exists parallel to our world. Emotional, dramatic, and hard-hitting, Memoirs of a Geisha is something that you cannot miss.
A special mention to the movie, its equally gripping and a piece of art.
2. Norwegian Wood – by Haruki Murakami
A Japanese books recommendation list is incomplete without Murakami. Out of the ones I’ve read, this one is my favorite. And yes, a long overdue re-read is awaited. It’s a love story, but in Murakami style – whimsical and philosophical in its own ways.
I won’t say much, read it to experience the magic of his writing!
3. The Devotion of Suspect X – by Keigo Higashino
The Devotion of Suspect X is a murder mystery that’ll keep you highly engaged. The story traces Yasuko, a single mother who thinks she’s escaped her abusive husband – Togashi. But one day he lands up at their door to extort money. The situation goes out of hand and Togashi is dead. Yasuko’s next door neighbor, Ishigami decides to help her in disposing off the body and plotting a fool proof cover up story.
But is the story really fool proof, or are Yasuko and Ishigami making a fool of the police department? Find out in this brilliantly crafted thriller.
4. In the Miso Soup – by Ryu Murakami
In the Miso Soup is a psychosexual thriller! If you’re looking for something dark, gruesome, and engaging, this will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s the story of Frank, an American tourist who has hired Kenji, a local tourist guide to take him through the alleys of Tokyo. But there’s a lot hidden in these alleys, and Frank’s behavior is so strange that Kenji thinks Frank is the serial killer that the city police is hunting. It’s quite graphic and disturbing in places, so be warned.
5. Salvation of a Saint – Keigo Higashino
I read this way back in 2013, and the plot is still fresh in my mind. It was so engaging! Salvation of a Saint is a murder mystery. Yoshitaka, who’s about to leave his marriage and his wife, is found murdered with poisonous coffee. His wife, Ayane, becomes prime suspect. But she was a hundred miles away when the murder happened. So who did it?
Keep guessing through the twists and turns, and trust me you’re in for a shocking ride. Loved it!!
If you’ve read a Murakami that you adore, please share it in the comments below. Also any more book recommendations are welcome. I’ll see you tomorrow for something heartfelt, so do come back! Byeee
Hi everyone… A warm welcome to Day 14 of #blogtober. It’s officially fall, okay not in India, but the rest of the world does celebrate this magical season.
Autumnal leaves, overrated pumpkin spiced latte, the whimsical rusty orange hues, and that slight nip in the air. It’s the perfect weather to curl in bed with a big cup of chai and have an extended reading fiesta.
So here’s my Fall/Winter TBR with a happy mix of historical fiction, spooky reads, and some romance.
1.Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
A story about race, ethnicity, and how every individual chooses different paths in life, Little Fires Everywhere is a great story about strong female characters. If you’re in the mood of something deep, this seems to be a beautiful story.
2. You – Caroline Kepnes
This is a creepy one and I’m most excited for. ‘You’ is the story of a guy, Joe who starts obsessing over a girl, Beck. It’s the story of Joe and Beck and how he transitions from a stalker to a boyfriend. Told in third person, this one is said to make you quite uncomfortable making it a perfect Halloween style read.
3. Gemina –Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The second installment in the Illuminae files trilogy. It’s sci-fi mixed with fast paced action, what else can we ask for. Oh, and did I tell you just like the first book this one is also told in an unusual format of – interviews, coded intercepts, military files, emails etc.
This one is a lyrical story of a forty year old woman, who’s in an unhappy marriage. When she takes up the job of a reader for a literary agent, things are bound to change.
An unusual love story that’s backed by philosophies of Rumi and has a rustic charm, I think this will be a great birthday read. Deep, meaningful, and touching, that’s what I’ve heard.
5. Lying in Wait – Liz Nugent
You can never have enough thrillers for this season, so here’s another one. Have read so many good things about this one. It’s the story of a wealthy Dublin family whose dark secrets and twisted relationships are revealed to create havoc.
6. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
There’s something about the weather that I’m in the mood for historical fictions. Also the high rating of Goodreads are just the added push.
The Nightingale is a heart wrenching story of two sisters set in the 1940s France, when Nazis invaded. The two sisters are battling their own fears while the world outside is burning. I’ve heard nothing but praise for this one, so keeping my fingers crossed in anticipation.
7. Girl Made of Stars – Ashley Herring Blake
I needed a tear jerker, so added Girl Made of Stars. It’s a story of twins Mara and Owen. Mara’s best friend accuses her twin brother of rape and her world comes tumbling down. Mara is torn between her best friend and her twin brother in what seems a rather emotional situation.
8. What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
We all need some LGBT romance to devour! And what better way than amalgamation of two amazing LGBT authors? Becky Albertalli’s writing which is full of sarcasm and wit, and Adam Silvera is known to unleash all the feels – this is going to be an amazing concoction. Eagerly awaiting the release later this month.
9. All the Missing Girls – Megan Miranda
If you’re in the mood for a goth thriller, All the Missing Girls is the perfect pick, or so I’ve heard. The story traces the disappearance of two young women, a decade apart. And the best part, it is told in reverse.
10. Far from the Tree – Robin Benway
After all the historical fiction and thrillers, I needed a heartwarming family tale and Far from the Tree sounds apt! It’s a story of three siblings who’ve been adopted into three different families and backgrounds. And now as teens they meet for the first time to find their biological mother and develop a beautiful bond.
Let me know what’s on your Fall/Winter TBR or if you’re interested in buddy reading any of these books. I’ll see you tomorrow with yet another post, until then – happiness and peace….
Today I’m bringing you another book post. I’m not a big sci-fi fan, but then there are some temptations that you just cannot resist. I saw this one book – Illuminae (mentioned below) repeatedly over booktube and wanted to know what the hype is all about. So that’s how I started to delve into the genre and it’s been pretty good until now.
But since I didn’t have enough sci-fi recommendations, I’m adding a few magical realism ones to make the list more interesting and diverse.
Here are my top 6 Sci-Fi/ Magical Realism book recommendations
1.Illuminae – by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This is the first book in the Illuminae Files Trilogy! Told in a unique format of intercepts, coded messages, interviews, military files, emails Illuminae is one helluva of a ride. The year is 2575, two rival mega-companies are at war about the planet, Kady and Ezra have just had a break-up and are now on opposing spaceships to sort out all the mess! But things get a lot more messier.
For some people the format might not work, it isn’t the traditional novel format. But that’s the beauty which makes this series so special. If you want an action packed sci-fi that’s not heavy on scientific stuff, then this is what you should be reading.
2. After Dark – by Haruki Murakami
Cannot say anything more about Murakami books that hasn’t been said before. This one is magical realism mixed with drama and metaphysics. Talks about shenanigans of Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and before dawn.
Let me admit, this one was the most difficult read out of the list. I need to re-read it to decipher it fully, because you cannot read Murakami books just once.
3. The Astonishing Colour of After – by Emily X.R. Pan
If you want to read a tale that’s woven with threads of culture and heart wrenching emotions, The Astonishing Colour of After is something you’ll love. It is a story of Leigh, a young girl who’s mother dies and she starts believing that her mother has turned into a bird. The bird takes Leigh to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. She explores her culture, roots, and heritage.
It is such a stunning and poignant story about loss of a loved one, grief, and connecting with yourself. Read it for a beautiful experience and relive the fairy tale nostalgia. Be ready to cry…lots!
4. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James
If you’re looking for a dark, action packed, yet easy to read sci-fi, my recommendation would be The Loneliest Girl in the Universe.
Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew member on a spaceship travelling to another planet. She’s connected to earth and talks to her therapists and team through email which takes months to transmit. Then one day she finds out about this other spaceship launched from earth with a boy named J, and things just escalate from there. It is not a cliché love story; things get messier and bloodier, so beware.
5. Dark Matter – by Blake Crouch
Dark Matter is a story of Jason Dessen who’s abducted by strangers and taken to an all new world. A world where his wife isn’t his wife, he is not just a physics professor but a scientist who has achieved brilliance in a project. He struggles to find answers in this world and why he’s been brought here.
I’ll say don’t start your Sci-Fi journey with Dark Matter, because it’s way too scientific and technical which may be a bummer for some. The concept is futuristic almost like watching an action movie, but the overly scientific parts are kinda difficult to understand.
6. Landline – by Rainbow Rowell
For all those who’re too comfortable reading YA, yet want to jazz up your reading Landline is a great pick. It is a magical realism story that reads a lot like a whimsical romantic contemporary.
It’s time to wake up, because it’s September already!
I have missed posting TBR lists, so this time starting the month on a bookish note. This is my September TBR and I am hoping to tick them all off by the end of the month.
1.In the Miso Soup – Ryu Murakami
If you’re someone who enjoys Japanese literature, then you should definitely give this a try. I love reading Japanese thrillers and this is great addition to the list. I am almost halfway through the book, and so far it’s been quite engrossing.
2. The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriaty
After reading so many good things about this one, I had to add it to this month’s TBR. This month I am trying to take a break from my favorite YA (young adult) reading. This one is a much loved thriller and I am hoping it lives up to all the hype.
3. Mrs. Funnybones – Twinkle Khanna
If you’re looking for something light and witty, then this is the perfect choice. I started it last month, but didn’t read it at one go. Planning to read it in between the heavy reading and relishing the unabashed sarcasm and intelligent humor!
4. The Sun is also a Star – Nicola Yoon
Read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon a couple of months back and I quite liked it. So I am looking forward to reading this one as well. The story is about a girl and a guy and their not so usual love story!
Let me know what all do you have in your September TBR. Until next time, happy reading!