Reader’s appreciation is like manna to writer’s soul💕
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Bhaunri had been on my reading list ever since i read Daura, and yet, as things happen, i got around to reading this only today and finished it in a single sitting.
Bhaunri is the tale of the young bride Bhaunri, who is fiery and strong, and who wants her husband to love her alone, as this is her right as a bride and a wife. Set in rural Rajasthan, like Daura, this too is steeped in Rajasthani culture, especially that of the lohar community to which Bhaunri and her handsome, yet wayward, husband Bheema belong.
The setting comes alive by lavish descriptions of dress, food, housing and the desert and vegetation. The reader is seeped into the world by the generous use of words taken from the dialect spoken by the characters.
But what i loved the most is the character of Bhaunri. She is a firebrand woman who takes after her mother. She knows her mind, and speaks it too. She is quick witted, sharp tongued, smart, hard working, caring and very much in love with her husband. And her love is not passive. Unlike her mother-in-law, she is not willing to accept whatever fate throws her way, and be the slave of anyone. I especially enjoyed the wit and lashing tongue of this young girl as she made her way through the novel.
The ending, i must say, wasn't expected. But then, looking backwards, i don't think love stories like this can have any other ending except one breaking in the other, can they? If you have been over the fence on this one, do read it. Thank you @divyashankar553 for giving me this!
Which one is the longest series you've ever read?
I'm in the middle of Discworld, 41 volumes of awesomeness. 😁
"It's vital to remember who you really are. It's very important. It isn't a good idea to rely on other people or things to do it for you, you see. They always get it wrong." Terry Pratchett, Sourcery (Discworld #5 ) #terrypratchett#discworld#rincewind#discworldsourcery
🎭 Books and Trains 🎭
There's something really romantic about reading in a train. The journey itself, the ever-changing window scenes, the occasional vendors selling teas, coffees and other snacks - sometimes really tasty region-specific snacks - and of course the low thrum of general conversation around, it is an entire world in itself. The world that is somewhere in a limbo, a transition phase. No one is expected to do anything, just sit back and relax.🚂🛤
I always had a tradition of reading in train journeys, so much that I had a specific book bag for that 😅. But a sense of treasure hunt overwhelms me whenever I pass by a train station bookstore - they have the usual magazines and popular novels stacked around but then again, if you dig enough, you find some real gems.
Something like the one in the photo. The Crime Club novels are by writers who were very popular during the "whodunit" era but not many know them today. In fact, they were so popular, they had their own fan bases and magazines. Finding these gems are such a reward as the printing and editing is same as the initial editions. Grab these editions if you find them anywhere, these are food to a bookdragon's soul 😁📚.
What are your train reads? Let me know in the comments!
Guys, I am beyond excited, today is the day that I get to spend a lovely weekend with @charlie_moons_bookclub@tbmretreats@thebookmatchmaker I will be reading and relaxing and eating (obviously) .
I will be away for 3 nights, so I think 7 books plus my (evil as per @bookfacejames) kindle will enough books right?
In Five Years by Rebecca Searle #gifted@quercusbooks and Away with the Penguins by Hazel Prior #gifted@penguinukbooks are both out next week so will be my priority and as they sound amazing I should have no problem reading them during the weekend.
My Words Will Find You is a poem collection by Amit Kumar Srivastava who is an orthodontist by profession. The book comprises of 36 poems with beautiful two-liners introducing the theme of every poem. The paper quality is very good and the poem collection can be finished in a single go. .
The poems I liked the most are:
"How well they play the game
Stabbing With Surgical Precision,
appearing in your friend's name
Curtailing the backdrop of vision,
they make salt and sugar look the same." "Brooding over past is like
Taking medicine for the disease you have been
Anguishing over future is like
Taking medicine for the disease you fear will
The book does need a bit of proofreading since there are a few grammatical errors. Some poems are very deep and beautiful, while some sound as if the poet made more effort into rhyming the words than trying to bring the sense out of the words. I was hoping more from the book because the cover looked so calm and promising. While I connected with a few poems, many felt scattered and without quintessence.
The book might turn out to be a good read for the beginners of poetry, but the author needs to put more effort into playing with words and bring the essence out of the poems rather than rhyme them with every line.
I recommend this book to budding readers of poetry. .
#qotd What are you having for lunch today? And yes, what dessert's your favorite? 😋
Oh my goodness, how is it already the end of February?! I have some how missed my date on the blog tour for this fabulous book?!?
I must admit that I picked up Recipe for a Perfect Wife rather reluctantly, acting some what like a petulant child. It was simply because I HAD to read it and wasn’t necessarily what I was in the mood for. The title didn’t help and I think it undersells the book. It totally took me off guard and has gone straight to my top read of February, by a long stretch.
The story is written in a dual narrative, set across two very different periods, following Nellie and Alice; two “stay at home wives” living in the same house in the New York suburbia.
Not the light hearted read I had anticipated, covering tough issues such as miscarriage, domestic violence and sexual harassment but I nevertheless absolutely tore through the pages. I was instantly captivated by the story and felt a real connection to the characters; feeling their emotions and willing their situations to change.
You know you’re on to a good book when you stay up way past your bedtime to read it and wake up having had dreamt, so vividly, that you live the life of one of the characters.
It’s a book that has really stayed with me. Those perfect lives out in suburbia... it’s not always what it seems and what goes on behind closed doors should be discussed more openly.
It’s 𝖥𝖱𝖨𝖣𝖠𝖸! Insert “happy dance” 😁
I hope everyone’s had a great week.
I haven’t asked a #QOTD for awhile so here it goes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What’s your favourite thing to do when you go camping? Mine has to be sitting by an open fire while reading a book.
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Geekerella is a retelling of Cinderella, as the name obviously suggests. It’s sci-fi, fandoms and cosplay galore.
I don’t know if I was heavily affected by my readers block or just didn’t love this book. It was such a slow progression, that it became quite difficult to get through. However, it pulled through towards the end. I really enjoyed the friendship between Sage and Elle (which for me was the saving grace). Would I recommend it? Kind of. 😊
. @pagesofsilver reviewed it in much more detail, head on to her Instagram for it! -F✨
How often do you literally laugh out loud?? Have you ever wondered how less and less we laugh and smile these days?
Even in book genres, we have so less in comedy, all we have these days are YAs and fantasies and books on social issues. We need some books to clam our mind down too.
I recently came across this amazing book which not just made me laugh harder till my stomach hurted but also gave me emotional insights. I will highly recommend it to everyone, you won't regret.
Mrs. Arpita Basu, the only daughter-in-law of Basu family, is here to tell you a story that will leave your stomach hurting with chuckles and laughter. A Chudail to her prim mother-in-law, inexistent to the devil father-in-law, a damped down bomb to her once best friend Naveena and well, nothing whatsoever to her own husband Akash, the 23-year-old finds herself questioning the very concept of familism as her six months of tumultuous married life is hit with unanswerable questions sprouting every now and then in her head.
Speaking of head, what do you think is its importance in Mrs. Basu's life? Oh boy, you're in for a surprise! Because the quirks of their tongue-in-cheek relationship is bound to make you split your sides.
However, in a split second Mrs. Basu's life goes kaput as her dark past comes knocking at the door. While she struggles to keep it at bay, her husband leaves her side with no promise of coming back ever.
*Disclaimer: This is just my personal opinion, you might have a different experience while reading this book. You are welcome to share any constructive criticism.*
First published in 1958, named after a poem by Yeats, written by Chinua Adeche, who is considered as the father of African Literature, this book made me extremely uncomfortable. On one hand its commendable how Achebe has snatched the mantel of writing about African lives and people from white men, and has painted the picture of pre colonial West Africa so graphically that I can imagine it in my head with every sentence vividly. Achebe’s aim in writing this much proclaimed book was to show the everyday African life in all its colors and starkness, in all its silences and conversations, in songs and dances as well as in mourning, in mindless brutality and in love of a clan towards its clansmen. The food, the songs, the gods are all there for us to enjoy. To that end, he has also shown the flaws of his culture riddled with superstition, blood thirst, misogyny and immeasurable fury. His lead protagonist Okonkwo is obviously flawed.
Adeche has also very succinctly described the violence brought by the colonists even when they repeatedly told the “savages” that THEIR religion is peaceful and progressive and THEIR one true god is merciful. Well, like the West Africans, we Indians know better. Even with all these achievements, I personally did not like the book. I know how important it is to write about your own culture but at the same time I don’t think writing about wife beating, infanticide, murdering your foster son as a show of strength, mutilating stillborns in the garb of magic and letting your sick to die, tied to a tree so they can’t come back to their house in case they start to feel better, should be shown as just something that happened in olden times and should not be given much consideration. Old customs and traditions, if not criticized vehemently enough, will not remain old for too long, lest they rear their ugly head once again.
Mathew struggled to get free. He tried to swing his fist back to hit Jack in the face but missed. Jack tightened the grip around his neck and thrust his knee into his back. Gripping the bat in his other hand, he dragged him towards the alley. Mathew was strong but no stronger than a determined man who wanted to save his family. Jack shoved him up against the wall and pressed his foot up against his chest. He grabbed onto his bat with both hands and raised it up in the air. Mathew ripped off the tape and pleaded with him to let him go.
"I have money, man. It's all yours just let me go, I won't tell anyone." Jack glanced around quickly, his heart was beating over time, and his stomach felt weak. The palms of his hands started to sweat as he gripped the bat, he thought about Isadora as tears fell silently from his eyes. Jack swung the bat fiercely, slamming it against the side of Mathew's head, he could hear the crack as it made contact.
A scene from THE DEAD GAME by CJ Spenser
Coming next week .
Loved stumbling across this article in the School Library Journal today! The article in @sljournal by Kelly Jensen was all about how librarians should be utilizing the amazing social media accounts authors have to connect their young readers with the writers and stories they love on a deeper level. I especially related to the part about how not all libraries can bring in authors for talks and signings, especially not prolific authors, so this is a great way for the young readers who are so inspired by these amazing stories to connect with someone they respect and look up to.
So authors, here's your reminder that your social media presence does matter! That all your posts with behind the scenes insight and giveaways and extra scenes or fanart sharing or explaining where you get your inspiration MATTER. You are giving readers a platform to connect with you, and opportunities to interact more with the stories they love.
I know I will be stealing some of the ideas in this article to connect youth in my library with their favourite authors!
So my husband never takes pictures of me with the kids. If you were to look at our photos it’s basically like I don’t exist. So when I discovered this photo he had taken a few weeks ago I just had to share. It’s not the most focused photo, but the fact you can tell who is in it is impressive given his photography skills 😂
I started reading this book about six months ago, and I was so excited!!
And then...I never finished... Not because I didn’t want to!
But because life. We’ve all been there.
Things became busy and overwhelming like life does for all of us.
So here I go again!
Not that life is any less busy or overwhelming but because I need to make some time for me. Time for things that make my heart happy 🤍🤍🤍
Also, as you can see my pittie doesn’t want attention at all 😂 #hustlebelievereceive #41andstillnotdone #readmorebooks #read #readersofinsta
I give immense gratitude to all my readers who have in many ways carried me over the last two years, even during times when I felt like buckling down or giving up. As I said in a recent interview, writing is hard. Finding a literary agent and publisher is hard. Sometimes, it's an extremely slow process. And none of it is for the faint-hearted. 🔖
It is very heartwarming for me to see my debut novel, Victims For Sale high on the bestseller ranks on Amazon, more than two years after its release in Jan. 2018 and about two years after it sold out (in the thousands) in hundreds of bookstores and multi-product retail stores across India. To all my readers, thank you so much for your continued enthusiasm, passion and support. 🔖
It’s time to announce our March read for the #bookloversbookclub 🎉
We’ll be reading Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin!! I am so excited to finally pick this one up! It’s been on my TBR forever and I can’t wait to read + share it with you!
Will you be joining us?! If you want to join in on the discussion, just click on the link in my profile! We’d love to have you 📖
Star Girl was one of my favorite books in elementary school, I still have my childhood copy. I am planning to read it again before the movie comes out on #disneyplus in March.
What book adaptations are you looming forward to this year?
Also, it’s #shamrockshake season!
After loving her book The Broken Girls a couple of years ago, I’ve been waiting for Canadian author Simone St James’ next book. With her latest book The Sun Down Motel (which is already in stores), St James weaves a story set at an old motel in a withering town and ramps up the eerie factor like you’d expect from a St James book. Who else has read this highly anticipated book? .
I want to start off this review by saying that I do really love Sally Rooney’s writing style and I look forward to reading anything she writes in the future, however CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS just wasn’t my favorite. Rooney develops characters amazingly well and that is what I loved most about her other book, Normal People, but I struggled with the characters for most of this one. I felt like I couldn’t get a good handle on them because they were trying to be too complex or dynamic. I also felt like a lot of their interactions were actually over my head and I found myself often questioning what was going on. I didn’t completely hate it, but I definitely didn’t love it.
If you’ve read both of Rooney’s books, I need to know - which did you prefer?
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**GIVEAWAY TIME** I feel like I've been holding my breath for what seems like forever waiting for this day to come... and it's almost here!!!! My short story, "A Thousand More", will be in the Lost Love Anthology from Dragon Soul Press, which comes out in paperback this Saturday. TWO DAYS!!! I canNOT wait to get my copy and hold it in my hands, and if YOU want one as well, then I might be able to help you with that!
I am doing a giveaway of a copy of this book! I am super thrilled to do this as you guys have been so kind and supportive of me since I started this. How do you participate in this giveaway? Just like my Facebook page. Seriously... that's it. (Link is now in the bio) And if you don't have Facebook, DM me that you want to be included. This giveaway will last until Saturday night. I will be choosing one person who has liked my page at random and will contact them Sunday morning.
Can't wait to see who gets the book! I'm obsessed with the cover and the other authors seem pretty amazing so I'm super stoked about this anthology!
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If the color of your blood represented your personality, what color do you think your blood would be? In this West African inspired feminist fantasy, the color of your blood determines whether you are accepted into, or outcast from, the community. Thank you to @delacortepress and @penguinrandomhouse for the free copy of The Gilded Ones.
The start of a bold and immersive West African-inspired, feminist fantasy series for fans of Children of Blood and Bone and Black Panther. In this world, girls are outcasts by blood and warriors by choice.
Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.
But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.
Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire's greatest threat.
Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she's ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be–not even Deka herself.
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“Everybody in the whole world be speaking different. We all be speaking different because we all are having different growing-up life, but we can all be understanding each other if we just take the time to listen well.”
“God has given you all you need to be great, and it sits right there inside of you. Right inside your mind, in your heart. You believe it, I know you do. You just need to hold onto that belief and never let go. When you get up every day, I want you to remind yourself that tomorrow will be better than today. That you are a person of value. That you are important.”
There are no words for the way this book moved me. It made me laugh out loud, it made me cry, it enraged me, and it filled me with hope.
I will most likely remember Adunni for the rest of my life - her story has impacted me in immeasurable ways.
Read this book- I promise it will move you, too.
What is the last really great mystery book you read??
I love a good keep you guessing kind of story and am very intrigued by this one! She Lies In Wait by @gythalodge - “Six friends. One killer. Who do you trust? A teen girl is missing after a night of partying; thirty years later, the discovery of her body reopens a cold case in a scorching portrait of friendship and its betrayal.” Thank you @paper.charm for sending me this paperback edition.
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Enemies to lovers w a Mickey Miller Spin!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Alex gets assigned to the guys' dorm when her roommate cancels before her freshman year.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Not that she knows this before walking into her assigned room and meeting the hotness that is her new roommate, DJ. Who also turns out to be be the boy wonder quarterback she keeps hearing about and every girl on campus wants to date.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Oh, and the son of the football coach and they even live in the dorm named for his grandfather.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The two of them are are like flames licking the walls before everything goes up.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I loved their banter. They both have their issues that effect how they react causing a few misunderstandings.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Part of my love of this story, aside from the classic Mickey Miller heat, humor, and feels, is it brings me back to my 20s. College. Midwest. Flashbacks to one of my favorite movies at the time, Threesome. Except this story has a HEA and no MFM. Lol. Although, maybe a hot young Baldwin brother could play him.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I Floved DJ and Alex!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
She's a strong, smart, independent woman despite the tragedy in her life. She isn't letting it hold her back.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
DJ could be a jerk but we (him too) learn he's a bit more self aware than your typical popular mr. perfect.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The friends both of them make (the ones who are real) are fantastic. Of course, we have the Mighty Mississippi. An imaginary town and college... Can't wait for more.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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it brought me an infinite amount of joy to have gone to this little bakery in the morning where people were eating breakfast and drinking coffee all while ignoring the world around them to focus on worn out paperbacks clutched in their hands.
I’m not much of a morning person or a eating out person as well, so seeing some people quietly enjoying their morning as they read to themselves put a smile onto my face at the thought of them living in their own world in the midst of a crowded bakery bustling with customers.
You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Finished: 2/15 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thank you @netgalley and @stmartinspress for this ARC. Before it went up on Netgalley I messaged them begging for a copy 😂
Publish date: March 3, 2020
✨ Happy Friday Eve!! ✨
Okay so I haven’t read this yet but I needed to share the fact that after I peaked under the dust jacket.. THIS IS WHAT I FOUND!! Is it not gorgeous?!? Okay just needed to share this with you guys 😂
QOTD: do you love foiled stamping on the hard cover as much as I do?!
✨ Bookish Tag Time ✨
. @pagesofbonnie tagged me in the #flexibooktag , so thank you! ❤️ ✨Can you read a book in one sitting?
The entire book? I don’t think so! I find myself getting distracted if I sit in one spot for more then a few hours 😅
✨ When did you get into reading?
It all started with a leap frog when I was just a little girl 😂 ✨Do you get sick reading in a car?
I’m one of the lucky ones that isn’t bothered by reading in a car! Which is good because during road trips, I love to get some reading in 😍
✨ Do you read comics or manga?
I’ve never read a manga but goes graphic novels count because I read those! Lol .
I will now tag some lovely people but feel free to join in on the fun! ❤️
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Books and plants... these are a few of my favorite things. My 3 favorite plant babies are monstera, Chinese money plant, & fiddle leaf fig. All are so beautiful and have been really easy for me to take care of. Do you have plant babies?
Jetting off to Colorado with my bag of books & my iced coffee ✈️
I’m bringing three books on my four day trip (🙈) & these are the ones that I landed on! I was sent These Ghosts are Family from @simonandschuster & it’s out on 3/2 so I think I’m going to start with that one while I’m on the plane.
I’m also already thinking about which books I want to buy when we visit @tatteredcoverbookstore -what books have you read lately that are must buys?
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My current library haul! I’m so impressed that I have ONLY THREE books checked out! Of course, I have two books on hold. 😂
But, I actually finished AND returned a book today without having to renew it! -The Nowhere Child by Christian White I enjoyed The Wife and The Widow so much that I wanted to read his first book.
-Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon This a total bookstagram-made-me- do-it choice!
-In the Dark by Loreth Anne White I’ve been wanting to read this since I first saw it as an Amazon First Read.
How many books do you currently have checked out from the library? Do you use your local library?