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July 2015

The Book That Will Blow You Away!

MOCKINGBIRD

by Kathryn Erskine

Mockingbird is a profound story told in the lasting voice of a young girl with Asperger’s syndrome. The book will remain with you long after you turn the last page.

 When Caitlin lost her brother Devon, her life fell apart. With nobody to explain the world to her, she deals with the residuum of death in her own innocent ways. Her dad tries to help but he too is consumed by pain.

One day, Caitlin looks up the word ‘closure’ and decides that’s what she and her father need.

“Closure wasn’t supposed to feel sad like this.”

Caitlin narrates her bittersweet story with simple words that pack a punch of emotions. I love how paradoxically mature and childish Caitlin is. Honestly, I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. Everyone should read this book at least once!

Overall Rating

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

5 Reasons Why You Should Read This Book : An Unforgettable Lady by JR Ward

Things I like…

  1. The book combines mystery and romance. It follows the tale of Gracie Hall, a heiress who hires a professional bodyguard, John Smith, when a string of influential women in the city are found butchered to death.
  2. The story is beautifully precise. It doesn’t meander from the plot line to the point that your eyes hurt from unnecessarily long and arduous paragraphs.
  3. It deals with loss of a loved one, facing your fears, overbearing mothers and fighting for your rightful place.
  4. It combines the right amount of wit and dry humour, feel-good romance, a little bit of awkwardness and a lot of suspense.
  5. I could never have guessed the ending. For me, that is the mark of a good mystery novel!

… And the one thing I dislike

I found John’s character to be soooo cliché. It was a little disappointing to find such a wonderful story to have the same old male lead with the same old problems. Eh.

Overall Rating

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Up, up and above 

On the way back from my cousin’s reception in Guwahati. So pretty!

 

Wonderful Wednesdays

I was rummaging through my bookshelf, when I found my favourite classic – Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett!

I read this for the first time when I was 12, and the novel really touched my heartstrings.

Also featuring: An owl bracelet that I ADORE and my brother’s rubix cube.

“On Wednesdays, we wear pink.”

The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café

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By Mary Simses

I love food.

So when I saw this delicious little title in the bookstore, my hands itched to reach out and read the blurb on the back. I bought it, I read it continuously at home and in between classes in school.

What’s the story about?

High profile lawyer, Ellen Branford must fulfill her grandmother’s dying wish – to give her first love the last letter she wrote to him. As Ellen travels to Beacon, a sleepy beach town in Maine, she crashes in the aquamarine bay, making her and her rugged rescuer the talk of the town. What ensues is hilarity with a pinch of wit, along with a dash of raw emotion.

What I like about the story is how one person can be completely different in two different places. I find it taxing to be the same person in the same monotonous life.

I don’t want to give any spoilers!

This book makes for a nice summer read, Go on, grab some blueberries and read away.

Oleander Girl

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by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Oleander girl was the first of the works of Divakaruni that I read, earlier in April. Her style of writing resonates deep within- the immaculate details of every scene in the book leap off the page and seem utterly real. The story follows the (mis)adventures of Korobi, a sheltered Bengali girl living with her grandparents in Kolkata. Orphaned at a young age, Korobi has always felt the absence of her mother, despite all the love her grandparents shower her with. When Korobi discovers an unfinished love letter from her mother to the father she never knew, she races off to an epic journey to find him.

The story starts too slowly for my taste, and I found it to be excessively descriptive in the beginning. But it grew on me midway and enjoyed the drama and mayhem of the entangled lives in the city of Kolkata as well as the self-discovery Korobi makes on her journey throughout the course of the story.

What I absolutely love is how Divakaruni effortlessly shifts from one perspective to another, and illuminates the views of all the characters, rather than sticking to a singular narrative. The story weaves together comfortably and is definitely worth a read.

Hello world!

I’m just another sixteen year old girl with a passion for books.

This is the first time I’ve tried my hand at blogging. I plan to review books and share my love for reading. 😀

WARNING:

Posts may contain random food recipes and oil paintings.

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