Me before you by Jojo Moyes

Read my review of Me before You by Jojo Moyes.

The reading of this novel ended with me bawling my eyes out and itching to read it again, thinking maybe there is an alternate ending. Alas this was to no avail and I had to accept the fact that it was what it was. The writer Jojo Moyes forces her readers to believe in all the situations that she creates in this amazing book and makes them reach the point where they find it hard to read, given that their eyes are filled with tears.

This is a love story which shows us the bravery and the effort needed to get our lives back on track after it has been pushed off the course. The book starts somewhere in 2009 where Louisa Clark, a 26 year old, clumsy, happy, working-class girl gets the job as the care taker of the rich, grumpy and witty Mr. Will Traynor. After a tragic accident, he has been left a quadriplegic for two years. It is this condition that puts him in depression and his mother in a desperate need to get him out, hence she hires Louisa.

Lousia- the girl who lives in a windowless room in a sleepy market town, robbed of her confidence to live life. When she finally meets with Will- the once lively man…. they both go through a roller coaster of emotions as they teach each other the parts of life that they both lack respectively.

In this course of the story not only do Lou and Will fall in love with each other but they also bring the reader to fall in love with the purity of their love. Somewhere in between the antics of Louisa, the foreign films they watch and the books they read together we lose ourselves completely and embark upon a journey filled with life lessons, laughter and tears.

I recommend this book to everyone who can get their hands on it.

Book Review – Home by Manju Kapur

Manju Kapur is perhaps one of those few writers in modern India, whose stories can convey and express, some of the most complicated human emotions in a beautiful simplistic prose. Home is another one of Manju Kapur’s masterpieces, others being – Difficult Daughters, A Married Woman, etc. In what has become characteristic Manju Kapur style, Home is a tale which weaves an enchanting tale of survival and hope from a host of complicated and often disturbing themes ad sub- plots.

The narrative of the book is built around the life and experiences of Nisha, the only granddaughter of a traditional, merchant family of Karol Bagh. Although Nisha remains the main protagonist throughout the book, the tale in the story is of more than three generations of the Banwari lal Family. The novel discusses and brings to light a number of issues which continue to exist in “modern India” from caste, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, female education, objectification of women, but the main focus of the novel, in characteristic Manju Kapur style, remains Marriage and family. The sensitivity with which the author captures the stigma of Barrenness and desperation of a child is worth applauding.

The believable characters, with their relatable struggles and dilemmas combined with the eloquence and grace of Kapur’s writing make this novel capable of transporting one back to the 1990s and adds to the charm of a tale which is already fantastic , in its scope and narrative. At the end of the book, one feels connected to each and every character of the novel., and while one does feel disappointed and frustrated at a number of characters and events, there is no “villain” at the end of the novel. Home very accurately captures the very spirit of upper Middle class Delhi while exposing the hypocrisy and confusion of “family values” in modern urban India.

All in all, if you enjoy realistic portrayals of families and characters then this is one book that you should definitely read .

Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

Are you willing to sacrifice your love for your love? Jodi Picoult deals with the ultimate question of true love and loyalty in the heart-wrenching novel.

Imagine someone you love dearly. Now imagine that this person is sick and dying, and the life he lives is too painful to be worth it. So much so that you know for a fact that this person, if he was well enough to say it, would beg for death himself. Now if you had the choice to grant this…….would you do it? Would you be able to let him die or would you not? And would you be more selfish if you let him go, or if you keep him in that perpetual state of misery because you are too attached to give him up?

Questions like these do not have answers. The reason is that none of us are willing to think about them until we have to. This is what happened in the life of Luke Warren. The man who ran with the wolves (literally). He was an adventurer, too wild to have lived an ordinary life. Ironically though, not these adventures but a car accident put him in a coma one unfortunate night. The real tragedy however is what happens to his family next, as they have to decide whether to let him go off the ventilator or keep him in that vegetative state. Fully aware of the fact that he would never want a life like that, his family still cannot decide if they are ready to let him go.

This brilliant novel is yet another masterpiece by Jodi Picoult where she deals with the ultimate question of true love and loyalty- are you willing to sacrifice your love for your love? This tear-jerking and heart-wrenching novel is sure to leave its readers in a state of emotional trauma and purification.

Hence, I recommend it to everyone who has a strong enough heart. Personally, I fell in love with how well Picoult expressed human feelings and cannot wait to read more of this authors brilliant penmanship.

Book Review – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A college going girl who is still inside her fangirl bubble and doesn’t like leaving her room. How she adapts to new lifestyle changes and what all happens? Read everything in my review of the novel Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

So, this book revolves around Cath and Wren, two identical twins who were inseparable until they went to college. While Cath still feels dependent on Wren and wants to spend as much time as possible together, Wren feels that it’s time that the two went their separate ways and found people to hang around with. Cath’s an introverted writer who spends most of her time in her room, writing fan-fiction while Wren’s an extrovert who likes to party and get drunk. Both of them had been Simon Snow’s fan but Wren wants to move out of this fangirl bubble while Cath is still inside it.

Since Wren doesn’t wishes to be Cath’s roommate so Cath has a new roomie. Her roommate Reagen, a character I personally loved, is a total badass who couldn’t care less about the world, their friendship is one of the most precious relationships in the book. It may not be the most obvious one, but it’s amazing. Cath initially has a hard time getting out of her room and has absolutely no friends, but as the story proceeds, Cath makes heartfelt connections which made me smile so much throughout. Cath’s an over thinker, she probably over thinks about over thinking if you ask me, but she’s the nicest character. The kind you want to put in a glass box so nobody could hurt her. The relationships portrayed in the book are probably the best part about it, for me at least. And not just the romantic ones, the one between Cath and her father, the one between Cath and Wren, even the non-existing full of resentment relationship Cath had with the mother who abandoned her.

When I started college, I had the same worries as Cath, about not knowing anyone, about being all alone, about what to do and where to go, it’s such an honest, well written story that I can’t help but think about how much I liked it.

That being said, I do feel that sometimes, Cath’s character was just a little too whiney, like a child who refuses to grow up but well, aren’t we all children who just don’t want to grow up either?

I give this book a 4/5.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Sue Monk Kidd is a writer from Sylvester, Georgia, best known for her 2002 novel The Secret Life of Bees. Her 2014 novel, The Invention of Wings, is set during the antebellum years (the period before the civil war and after the War of 1812) and based on the life of Sarah Grimké, a 19th-century abolitionist and women’s rights pioneer.

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“Missus showed up and said, “Hetty, this is Sara’s eleventh birthday and we are having a party for her’….. She took a lavender ribbon from the top of the pie safe and circled it around my neck, tying a bow……….”

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd is an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women- Sarah Grimké, the difficult daughter to a rich family and Hetty Grimké, the black slave girl gifted to Sara on her eleventh birthday.

Set in the early 19th century, this is a story about two girls, their extreme differences and the unlikely friendship that follows. Kidd in this soul touching- tale, ‘invents’ the miracle that captures true innocence of life in some of the darkest hours of human history.

The story follows a bond formed from naïve childhood days that continues to grow stronger with time. It not only explores the hideous truth of slavery but also reminds the reader, the power of one’s voice.

A privilege is something, not everyone is born with, which is why it is important for those who have it, to use it. This powerful master piece by Kidd teaches us the importance of finding our words and using our voices to help those who are muted by the evils of the society.

So all you revolutionaries, feminists, humanists and basically everyone who ever had a dream to make the world a better place, but lacked incentive…. Here is the book for you!

The book, which will show you the dark side of our past!

The book, which will show you the true meaning of friendship and how it can surpass all social, racial and economic barriers!

The book, which will prove the worth of speaking out for what you believe in and most importantly…..

The book, where the journey of two brave women, will hopefully inspire yours too!

Other books by Sue Monk Kidd –

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Spring Cleaning Book Tag

I love doing book tags. Thank you so much – The Green Onion Blog for nominating me for this book tag. I love his blog which is as entertaining as the blog’s name. In addition, we both share the bond of literature. So, do checkout his blog. Also, this tag was created by booktuber Jen @ Book Syrup.

Okay, so now, without wasting any more time let’s dive deep into this book tag and fish for some Q & A 😀

The struggle of getting started: a book/book series that you have struggled to begin because of its size:

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne

This book gave me nightmares 😛 This book is not only thick in its physical appearance but the matter in it has got thick skin too. Thousands of digressions and so less of a story. First of all, it was so hard to begin and then, it was a whole another level of task to continue & finish it.

Cleaning out the closet: a book and/or book series you want to unhaul:

Icebound by Dean Koontz

I couldn’t enjoy this book. This is not my type of novel at all. There was nothing exciting in it for me- Unhaul please!

Opening windows and letting fresh air in: a book that was refreshing:

It’s definitely going to be –

Prey by Michael Crichton

I had seen a couple of sci-fi movies but science fiction as a novel genre never thrilled me. But as soon as I bought this book, it became one of my top favorites. This book was a bundle of joy for me. Crichton is simply amazing at breaking down scientific & technological complexities and presenting it as wrapped in a blanket of adrenaline rush. I just loved it. Another novel I would love to add here would be – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.

Washing out sheet stains: a book you wish you could rewrite a certain scene in:

True Blue by David Baldacci

It has a good story line but it becomes a little snoozy in between. I wish I could change its lethargic pace and make its ending a bit more thrilling. If, there would have been less murders, mafia, and goon fights, I would have liked it better.

Throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks: a book in a series that you didn’t feel was necessary:

I am not a series fan, so, I don’t own much. I had only read one series and that was –

The Fey series by Julie Kagawa

and I have nothing to complain about it. I loved it. In fact, I am really hoping that somebody turns it into a movie, it would slay ❤

Polishing the doorknobs: a book that had a clean finish:

Exclusive by Sandra Brown and 1st to Die By James Patterson

I think both of them nailed the endings. These two books are just so perfect. Powerful beginnings, no bumpy rides, no dozing off in between, clean sweep end, and loads of thrill & cliffhangers – everything just so perfect. They keep you on the edge and have just the right amount of stuff that you are looking forward to experience. I recommend these 2 beauties, heavily!

The tiring yet satisfying finish of spring cleaning: a book that was tiring yet satisfying to get through:

I think here I want to mention Dan Brown. You pick any of his novels, there would be a hell lot of running and collecting the piece to solve the puzzle which makes the journey tiring. But the ending comes as a breath of fresh air; satisfying & perfect.

Looking forward to next spring: Tag 5 people you want to do this tag:

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This or That Book Tag!

Thanks Shayla @ disappearfromreality for this awesome book tag nomination. I always enjoy answering questions about books, reading, authors and so on. So, I appreciate this gesture of yours and guys, checkout her blog, it’s lovely 😀

Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks)
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Tag 5 other people to do the tag and spread the love!

Reading on the couch or reading on the bed?

Does it really matters? I mean, for me, reading is all I wanna do, it doesn’t matter whether it’s on a couch or a bed or a chair. I require only 2 things – a nice book and a peaceful environment, that’s it!

Main character: Male or Female?

Well, no gender bias :p As long as they are offering a fascinating aspect to the novel, it’s enough for me to grab that book and read it. I never go hunting for books having, specifically, only female or only male protagonists!

Sweet or salty snacks while reading?

Salty it is! I’m from India and it’s all about the spices 😉 Something chatpata and masaledar (tangy & spicy) to have while reading is sooo me!

Trilogies or quartets?

I’m not a ‘Series’ kinda person. I prefer buying books that do not lead into a trilogy or en number of series. But, if I have to necessarily choose, then I would go for trilogies (I have read only one trilogy and that was the “Fey” series by Julie Kagawa because it was super interesting otherwise I can’t read them). It’s more fun to watch series than to read them 😀

First Person or Third Person POV?

Definitely, a first person POV; multiple first person POVs for me. I love thrillers and when it is written from the point of view of “I”, the narrator has the agency to hide a lot of things going on in his/her mind which can later be revealed and has the potential to change the course of the novel completely!

Night or morning reader?

I’m a nocturnal creature ^_^

Libraries or book stores?

Obviously, both of them! There’s really nothing to pick one, both are heavenly places!

Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?

If, a book carries the potential to keep me engrossed then, I am ready to go on any emotional roller-coaster ride.

Black or White book covers?

Books with black or dark-colored covers are so much fun to read since they offer you the dark side of reality.

Character driven or plot driven stories?

Either ways! Sometimes, plots are very interesting and sometimes, characters take away all the limelight!

My 5 Nominations are :-

Fairlyliterary

Illness Adaptation

InkedBrownies

Hanna Abi Akl

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