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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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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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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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A bend in the road – Nicholas Sparks

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I had bought this book a while ago but somehow never felt like picking it up. There are books I pick up because I know I have to read them because after all I bought them and they are meant to be read. But I am glad that I didn’t pick up this book for the same reason. I needed a lighter read and I realised just in time that this book is pending.

When i began I reading it, I felt it was a wrong choice. Nicholas Sparks books were high school reads. I felt I had grown out of them. But now that I have read it, I would say it was a good choice. The book I needed for now.

Very simple and beautifully written. Choice of words which didn’t make me roam around with my big fat dictionary.

A simple story which sounds too good to be true. Tells us there is no age to fall in love. That age is no barrier to get a partner. It is that understanding that is required between the couple which helps them stay together. There are ups and downs but it is how you deal with them.

Whatever part of the world a woman stays, there are some situations where she is treated the same way by any men. It is so cruel. Men should understand that it is even more difficult for the lady to accept it.

Those son and dad talks and the way they connect and reassure each other at all times.

A good and worthy read is what I would say about this book 🙂

One Day – David Nicholls

You can live your while life not realising that what you’re looking for is right in front of you.”

On my way home one evening, I stepped in a bookstore to browse through the collection. This book somehow caught my attention but since I was on a call I couldn’t devour on it much so kept it back, looked around a bit and stepped out. I was left amazed the next day when I was gifted this book and that too picked from the same store. All of it is a coincidence, really?

Getting back to reading after what seems like ages, with this book was truly the best decision.

The book revolves around the lives of Dexter and Emma who met during their early twenties, at a stage of pure innocence and how they come back to each other even after how sore things get between them. They tag themselves as ‘best friends’, move apart, find partners, get married, start a family and all through this they are still there for each other somehow, somewhere.

It speaks about romance but in the most natural way. Something which sounds so real and makes one feel that this can actually happen. I could relate to so many parts of this book which made me want to continue reading it.

Each chapter has a snapshot view of what happens around One Day – 15th July – every year and also mentions the place where Dex and Em are during that time. In one of the chapters, Dexter is placed in Bombay and one comes to know the author has his facts well researched before writing about it. It all feels so real.

This is a book which can be read several times, a book which is hard to put down, a book which speaks about love in such a beautiful way, a book one must surely read.

David Nicholls is famously known for his novel ‘Starter For Ten’ though unheard by me but I surely did enjoy his writing.

Some lines I would like to quote from the book:

”He wanted to live life in such a way that if a photograph were taken at random, it would be a cool photograph.”

“I think you are scared of being happy, Emma.”

“In London the air was something you peered through, like a neglected fish tank.”

“We’re not arguing, we’re discussing”

“Envy was just the tax you paid on success.”

“Why can’t you just be in love with me again?” “Oh Ian, I can’t. I’ve tried, but I can’t. I’m sorry. I am so, so sorry.”

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