Category Archives: Books

This Song Will Save Your Life ~ Leila Sales

I judged this book by its cover and I should say I enjoyed reading it.

This is a story of a girl named Elsie who thinks she is born to be unpopular since she has tried everything to be otherwise but concludes to say that it is not so easy to change yourself.

She spends her entire summer trying to change herself, to be like others, to please others, only to go unnoticed on her first day back to school.

Her failed attempt to seek attention only got her grounded and her parents to get worried even more. Unable to sleep, she secretly started wandering out at nights. Her idea was to get tired so she could fall asleep once she was back home.

Elsie found an underground nightclub where she found happiness. She met people who gave her the attention and importance she wanted. Her talents were recognized and she was even offered a night to herself to become a DJ.

The journey of Elsie from being a no one to her name appearing in the newspaper is very engaging.

I had imagined this book to be filled with songs in every other page or something on those lines but it turned out to be much better. There are mentions of some songs, all of which are unheard by me but I would definitely give them a listen soon.

It is just a matter of time till you recognize what you are capable of.

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Soldier and Spice ~ Aditi Mathur Kumar

As the by line says, this book talks about an army wife’s life.

We all watch the parade on the Republic Day on Tv or live if we are lucky, but who sits back and thinks about how their life would be. Same and yet different is what I would say.

Aditi being an Army wife herself has been able to write this book from what she may have seen around.

The new people you get to meet, the formal gatherings, the etiquette to be followed, parting away from the spouse, shifting to a new place before you get used to the current one is all explained in this book.

The tendency to gossip among ladies can fall back upon us someday so one should really be careful.

The wives always live with the hope that their husbands come back home safely. They are congratulated on their husband’s achievement along with the husband and are looked upon with quite a lot of expectations.

Quite an insightful read.

I thank Aditi for sending me a copy of her book 🙂

The Book Thief ~ Markus Zusak

I found myself smiling while reading this book. The author has described each thing to the little detail which actually makes you want to imagine how it would look like.

I don’t know if it is me, but I found a few grammatical errors in the first half of the book. Didn’t note them down though.

I still had 100 odd pages to read but then the Movie was premiered and I got to chance to watch it. There were some places in the movie where I could narrate the lines as the characters said it.

The movie is slow as a movie but fast when compared to the book. But some parts have brilliantly been picked up from the book and portrayed on the screen.

Just as I was reading the last bit of the book, I was trying to recollect what was shown in the movie.

Overall, an excellent read. Watch the movie also once done. It is done well.

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Let me show you a sneak peak into the book now that you are here.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower ~ Stephen Chbosky

I don’t remember why and when or any such thing but I knew I wanted to read this book. 

It came as a surprise to me, a pleasant one it was. I had just asked for e-books and this one came in one of the e-mails.

I am told the movie is also good. Now that I have read it, I think I will watch the movie soon. I don’t like watching a movie if it is based on a book. Not that I haven’t done so but I try to avoid it if I can. 

The book is about this boy named Charlie who is writing out letters to someone anonymous telling them about the little details of his whereabouts and what is happening in his life. It is written with so much innocence and when you read it, it just feels like it has been written to you. 

It gives you this sense of belonging which makes you want to keep reading it. I surprised myself with my reading speed and that when it was an e-book. 

A book about love, friends and family.

Wallflower – A person who has no one to dance with or who feels shy, awkward, or excluded at a party.

What I would like to quote?

“We accept the love we think we deserve”

Also, Charlie towards the end says that he finds it better to write a letter than to write in his diary because the details he has shared are so personal that if someone found the diary, he won’t be comfortable in answering them. he feels safe in writing a letter to someone with whom he feels he can share anything and I couldn’t agree more. 

Rating : 4/5

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The Fault in Our Stars ~ John Green

Left in a hurry for the Airport and forgot to carry a novel. Long flight ahead and I felt miserable, like the world is going to end, yes that sort of feeling.

After the check in was done, Mom asked me how come I hadn’t carried any book, I said I forgot. She handed me her Credit Card and asked me to go ahead and get myself a book. Oh! How well she understands me. She is the one who even shouts at me when she sees me reading at any odd hour but then mothers are mothers.

With so much of variety at the Dubai Airport, I was confused which one to pick up. I had seen reviews on Goodreads about this one so I finally got myself this book.

This book talks about cancer patients who don’t know what will happen to them the next minute and believe in living in the present, in making the most of the time they have.

Augustus and Hazel fall in love and accept each other however they are. I lost someone so close to me and I was reading this book. I could relate to it so much. News of death of someone so dear to you is not something you ever want to hear but then that is life.

I made sure the book went along with me where I went. I started the book on June 23, 2013 when I flew out and finished it on July 14, 2013. I read eBooks in between hence took time to finish it.

Few lines I quoted from the book:

“Indiana, he said.They steal the land from the Indians and leave the name, yes?”

“Writing does not resurrect. It buries.”

“Without pain, we couldn’t know joy.”

“It’s July fourteenth” ~ I read this on 14th July. What a coincidence.

Reting : 5/5

 

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And the Mountains Echoed Khaled Hosseini

I had ordered 10 books while on my trip to India already and this book was also highly recommended but I kept it for next time.

Flipkart soon had a Sale and this book was at an unbelievable price and I couldn’t help buying it. Dad was in India then and so I didn’t have to wait too long to get this book in my hand.

I had other books to be read but I started reading this one as soon as I got it.

This book is categorized under Fiction but since it belongs to the same Genre as the book ‘Mayada‘ I find it true somehow. The way it portrays the life during the earlier years when getting a proper meal was a luxury is so captivating that it makes it impossible for one to put down the book. 

I started reading this from my physical book but then Kindle seemed more feasible so I switched on to it and since I had to travel while I was midway on this book, the decision seemed good enough.

I hardly made notes while reading this book but the lines I quoted are as below:

”…as many as a hand has fingers”

”A finger had to be cut, to save a hand.”

 

(Don’t have the book in hand now, will upload a pic once I get it)

 

Rating : 4/5

 

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson

A very interesting title indeed.

I manged to read this book on Kindle. My second book I read on Kindle. The plot was interesting enough to keep me going.

The story revolves around an old man Allan Karlsson who decides to run away from the Old Folks’ Home through the window of his room which was on the ground floor just before the staff and the other old people bring in his 100th birthday celebrations.

It talks about the journey he had right from the time he left the Home. Quite an adventure it was.

The author shuffles between the adventure Allan is having and his past. The past gets quite boring. The part where it talks about his childhood and his family can be read, the rest of the part about his past has a lot of information to intake which take time to digest. One could easily read the book by skipping the chapters about Allan’s past. Each chapter is carefully dated and hence it isn’t difficult to track down the chapters which talk about his past. I did read about his past but skipped most of the paragraphs and ended them sooner than usual.

Again a book from which I expected a little more.

Rating: 3/5

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