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FEBRUARY WRAP UP|2019

I haven’t been able to upload this earlier due to my lack of motivation and social isolation. I have been working on my mental health and hope to be more present. Till then here’s the books I read in February. 🙂



1. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

An older couple struggling with their marriage gets a second chance through a magic telephone. A telephone through which Georgie could call Neal 15 years back. I absolutely adored and devoured this book. The dynamics of the relationship between Georgie and Neal, and how they play out and evolve is so real and fulfilling. It’s very heartwarming and I’ve already added it to my list of “The Best Books I’ve Ever Read”.


2. The Parrot And The Merchant By Pippa Goodheart

It’s a short translated and illustrated work of Rumi intended for children. It’s about a merchant who likes to collect birds from different countries. And is about setting them free! A very small edit is done to the original content to give a feminist perspective and I definitely liked it.


3. Tangled by Emma Chase

Totally a disappointment. I mean the writing was TRASH! The narrative was TRASH! The male love interest was TRASH! It was so very MYSOGYNISTIC and I wonder why I even bothered to finish reading it!


4. A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Wow! A Very Large Expanse of Sea is about racism, Islamophobia and young love. February gave me 2 Best Books Ever! THIS BOOK. This book is all consuming and heartbreaking and yet heartwarming. It will give you so many emotions that you’ll not know what to do with them.


5. Dear Ijeawele, or a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions by Cimamanda Gnozi Adichie

Adichie writes this book for her friend who turns to Adichie for an advice on how to raise her daughtee feminist. This book states some BASIC ideas of feminism and was a good read.


6. Safely Endangered Comics by Chris McCoy

This is an upcoming graphic novel. It’s funny and is filled with some grim wit!


7. Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

A great thriller. Combination of dense plot and fast pace always keeps you on the hook. It’s about Liz who is found to have shoot her husband accidentally. She also shot her father accidentally 16 years back. Are these really accident or will Liz get away with murder twice!


Have you read any of these? Are they in your TBR? Let me know in the comments. Or just drop in a HI!❤

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Chick Lit · Contemporary · Romance

What We Find by Robyn Carr|Giveaway|Blog Tour|Book Review

Today’s my stop for the blog your of What We Find by Robyn Carr. It’s the first installment of the Sullivan’s Crossing series. Thank you HQ stories and Mills and Boon for the warm cookies along with ARC. *All views are honest and my own.

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Title: What We Find

Author: Robyn Carr

Pages: 376 pages (Paperback)

Genre: Romance

Publisher: Mills & Boon

Neurosurgeon Maggie Sullivan knows she needs to slow down before she burns out completely, and the best way she can do that is by heading home to Sullivan’s Crossing.

Indulging in the simple way of life should be the perfect escape. But Maggie’s world is rocked and she must take responsibility for the Crossing.

When quiet and serious Cal Jones, offers to lend a hand, Maggie is suspicious of his motive. Though as Cal and Maggie spend more time together it gives Maggie hope for something brighter just on the horizon…

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The novel starts with Maggie getting tangled in a lawsuit and her having a miscarriage. Upon that, the man in her life, Andrew, turns out to be an absolutely unsupportive ass. Completely devastated, Maggie decides to take break and visit her Dad in Colorado. Where she finally comes across Cal Jones! Our Main Guy!!

Cal has a baggage of his own and so does Maggie. Their relationship takes a sweet time to build and that makes it more real. Their romance is adorable and mature. It’s the one you root for with all your might. The writing-the storytelling, is all beautiful and you can literally picture the landscape. The characters are fleshed out so well that you can even bet you’ve already known Maggie for years!

 

What We Find is a character driven book according to me. It’s the emotions and a very honest portrayal of it, that drives the plot. I absolutely devoured this book. Specially the sharp conscience with which Carr’s narrative. What We Find is a book that will make sure it has all your attention.

This book is about new beginnings. And provided me with a sense of comfort and hope. I’ll definitely recommend What We Find by Robyn Carr to everyone.

My Rating: 5/5


“What We Find” is available as Paperback, Hardback, E-book and Audiobook.


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MINI REVIEWS OF 2 KASIE WEST NOVELS|2 IN 1 BOOK REVIEW

Kasie West is an author I got introduced to in 2018. So far I’ve read 2 novel of hers and 1 short story. Here are the mini reviews of the 2 novels I’ve read of hers.

1. By Your Side: It was just a fine read for me. Though the characters were gorgeous and charming, the plot was unnecessarily complicated. I did not like how West tried to tackle the love triangle. What she tried, required a thorough exploration of emotions and that was not done. It was a fluffy YA and should have been kept at just that! I don’t like things done half way. Like if you want to do a chick lit, ace that. Don’t try to throw in some complications just for the sake of some brownie critic points! Specially if you can’t do justice to that!

Though brooding and mysterious Dax, gets it a 3.5☆ from me.

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2. Fill-in Boyfriend, is a slow burn feel-good romance with the ‘fake dating trope’. It instantly became one of my favourite YA contemporary romances. Light, simple and fluffy, this book is a perfect weekend read. Hayden and Hannah will make you swoon!

It’s a 5☆ from me.

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Have you read a Kasie West? What’s your thought on these?😀

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7 NEWLY RELEASED FLUFFY ROMANCES TO READ THIS VALENTINE’S WEEK | 2019 RELEASES

Since it’s the Valentine’s week I have curated a must read list of 7 feel good newly released romance novels. These are also some most anticipated books on 2019!


1. The Birds, The Bees and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh

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2. Fame Fate and First Kiss by Kasie West

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3. The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli

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4. I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

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5. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

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6. The Kiss Thief by L.J.Shen

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7. Faking It by K. Bromberg

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Are any of these already in your TBR? Let me know which one you are looking forward to the most?

Chick Lit · Contemporary

WAKE UP, GIRL! by NIHARIKA JINDAL | BOOK REVIEW

Title: Wake Up, Girl!

Author: Niharika Jindal

Pages: 248 pages (Paperback)

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Coming-of-Age

Publication Date: November 10, 2018

Publisher: Bloomsbury India

Naina is back from America, after four years of living on her own. A natural rebel, she has had some fairly life-altering experiences which Mum and Dad would not approve of at all if they get to know. But will her spirit and her stand be enough to fight the forces of parental pressure and heckling aunties baying for her nuptials?
Back in the bosom of her conservative family, Naina cannot even begin to imagine the turn her life is going to take. It’s wedding season, and she must now be married. Because every self-respecting upper-middle-class family in India do that, right? Marriage at the ‘right age’ to the ‘right family’…whether she likes it or not.
Naina’s worst nightmares are about to come true. What hits her within a week of being at home completely changes her world and her life as she embarks on a journey that will define her and provide her an education that only life can.
Ayaan, Rohan, Akshay, Shiven. Who will it be? Will she even have a shot at romance, being with someone she loves, irrespective of his caste, respectability or bank balance? She will have to summon all the chutzpah within to fight for herself. For her notions of love and living.
Will she succeed? Like a chrysalis unfolding, will Naina, too, emerge with her wings unscathed?

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As soon as Naina returns home from Boston after completing her post graduation, she is faced with the parental pressure of getting married. And if you come from a conservative society and have had heard people comment on “THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED” you’ll know how it completely messes up with your head. How it triggers self doubts and how it strips off your confidence. This book Wake Up, Girl is the about one such girl.

It’s the coming of age story of Naina. It’s about how she transforms from a timid clueless girl to a head strong confidant woman. It’s about Naina challenging the social stereotypes and taking charge of her own life, carving a path for herself!

Wake Up, Girl by Niharika Jindal is light, fluffy and a quick read! The book is relatable on so many levels but it’s the subtle humours and quick comments that hits the spot!

I infact find rom-coms by Indian authors quite enjoyable and this book was exactly IT with some solid Bollywood drama!!😍 Simple story-telling and extensive character development added to my enjoyment. Also, how lit is that cover?!!🔥

My Rating: 4.5/5


‘Wake Up, Girl!’ is available in Paperback and E-book.

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Down The TBR Hole #2

Down The TBR Hole was created by Lost in a Story to help you tackle your Goodreads To-Be Read Shelf. Basically, we revisit our Goodreads TBR, select 5 or more titles chronologically and decide on whether to keep it or get rid of it. I was inspired by Melanie and Amy to start this series on my blog.

How it works:
➽ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
➽ Order on ascending date added.
➽ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
➽ Read the synopses of the books
➽ Decide: keep it or should it go?


So let’s get to the next 5 oldest books on my TBR.

1. Not Quite Dating (Not Quite #1) by Catherine Bybee: The blurb sounded good once upon a time. Doesn’t interest me anymore.

VERDICT: DELETE❌

2. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling: All the hype and praises make me want to give this book a try. Guess I’ll read an audio book of this before the year ends.

VERDICT: KEEP✔

3. The Selection(The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass: Just don’t feel like reading it anymore! Also, it being quite a lengthy series is not helping!

VERDICT: DELETE❌

4. Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella: Have heard such great things about this book from Somya and Damyanti and have been meaning to read this since! Seems quite fun and fluffy.

VERDICT: KEEP✔

5. Dilemmas of Desire: Teenage Girls Talk about Sexuality by Deborah L. Tolman: This book offers a look into adolescent sexuality and that very thing seems really important. I really want to read it but it’s insanely costly in my country. I guess I’ll keep it nd keep looking, if I get to buy it someday.

VERDICT: KEEP✔


So this is my list for the week. Let me know if any of it is in your TBR too or if you have already read any of these!💞