My thoughts on Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey.

This is that kind of a collection of poetry which will leave the readers either too underwhelmed or too overwhelmed. From what I have heard from people, this collection either became one of their absolute favourites or they were just gravely disappointed.

It is Divided into 4 parts, namely: the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing.

Trigger warning: rape and sexual abuse.

There is not much that I can really say to give an idea about this book so I am just going to talk about how I felt about it.

I bought this book after hearing rave reviews about it in all the bookish communities everywhere. The day it was delivered I went to a café near my college and finished it in one sitting, no kidding, it does not take long. The writing is nothing fancy though, so if you are looking for a literary masterpiece that you can break down and analyze, I do not think this book is it. But I think the simplicity of it is what makes it so special amongst many other things. This collection of modern poetry that doesn’t take a lot from you while reading, you don’t have to mentally prepare yourself to read some heavy poetry kind of thing, it is easy to absorb. There no going out of your way to understand and relate to it, it just happens effortlessly.

And it is not like I rushed through, I took my time absorbing every word, every line and allowing myself to feel whatever it was making me feel. There were parts of it that I felt connected to so much that I just had to close the book for a few sections and take in the reality of it. There were times when I had tears in my eyes, times when I actually felt lonely while reading, maybe it was like the reading was getting me to feel more than I signed up for.

Towards the end of reading this, I felt like I personally knew the poetess. Rupi just put everything possible out there and it was so beautifully done! Needless to say, it obviously became one of my favourites.

Rating: 5/5

This book is Raw and real.

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The ultimate Harry Potter tag

This tag was created by Isabeau’s Literary Musings .

I know i am a day late to celebrate Harry Potter but hey! everyday is Harry potter day if you want it to be.

GENERAL

  1. Favourite book?

It is really hard pick a favourite one but I remember how much I absolutely loved Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I still do, I feel like picking that book up everyday.

  1. Least favourite book?

Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix for some Sirius reasons.

  1. Favourite movie?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone because that is where it all began and  every time that movie starts it makes me feel like home.

4 Least favourite movie?

Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix, I wish the movie was longer

5 Favourite quote?

  • “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

CHARACTERS

  1. Favourite Weasley?

Ginny Weasly, she is badass!

  1. Favourite female character?

I mean I want to say Hermione but I also relate with Luna.

  1. Favourite villain?

Tom Marvolo Riddle

  1. Favourite male character?

Sirius Black, just always, Sirius Black. But also Hagrid!

  1. Favorite professor?

WOULD YOU RATHER

  1. A, Wash Snape’s hair, or B, spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself.

I would rather wash Snape’s hair! Cannot tolerate Lockhart.

  1. A, duel an elated Bellatrix,or B, an angry Molly

Wouldnt wanna mess with Molly, so duel Bellatrix.

  1. Travel to Hogwarts via A. Hogwarts Expressor B. flying car.

The Hogwarts Express! That is the dream!

  1. A, Kiss Voldemort. Or B, give Umbridge a bubble bath.

I would rather kiss Voldemort.

  1. A, ride a hippogriff, B, ride a firebolt

Duh?! A firebolt!

BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION

  1. Is there a character which you felt differently about in the movies vs books?

That one time when Dumblebore wasn’t shown as calm and collected during the Goblet of fire.

  1. Is there a movie you preferred instead of the book?

I do not think that is possible

  1. Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?

Michael Gambon

  1. Your top thing (person or event) which wasn’t included in the movie that annoyed you most.

Wish there was more of Fluer and Bill

 20.If you could remake any of the Potter movies, which would it be?

The Order of the Phoenix.

HOGWARTS

  1. Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?

Hufflepuff

  1. Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottemore (or another online sorting quiz)?

  1. Which class would be your favourite?

Charms I think

  1. Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?

Accio because I am pretty lazy

  1. Which character do you think at Hogwarts you’d instantly become best friends with?

Luna Lovegood

MISCELLANEOUS

  1. If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?

The invisibility cloak.

  1. Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change? This can be a character, an event, anything.

I just wish Dobby and Hedwig hadn’t died.

  1. Favourite marauder?

After all this time that i mentioned Sirius. It’s got to be him.

  1. If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?

Dobby

  1. Hallows or horcruxes?

Hallows honestly sound much cooler

So there goes my Harry Potter tag! If only i could just stay in bed and binge read Harry Potter series all over again.

 

The sun is also a star by Nicola Yoon – Spoiler free review 

 

I bought myself the sun is also a star which is a YA contemporary as a valentine’s day present, because why not? And what a treat it was! I finished that book in two days (actually the same day but past 12 technically) as I did not have any lectures that time.  I have had the review written in my journal for months now and I am finally putting it up

The sun is also a star is the first book that I read by the author Nicola Yoon. Needless to say, I picked up Everything Everything almost immediately after finishing this one. This is her second book and I honestly liked this one much better than everything everything, which is her first.

Synopsis:

You know the whole theory that is out there about how opposites attract? Well, here is another take at the same thing by Nicola Yoon navigating it with Natasha and Daniel, the leads of the story. Natasha is a Jamaican native living in America which she considers to be her home as she has lived there all her life and Daniel is a Korean American who likes to write poetry. While Natasha is a realist, Daniel is a dreamer. She is about to be deported and in the midst of all the hopelessness that she is experiencing, she meets Daniel. There are these two different worlds of thoughts that collide and take you on a journey where somewhere along their individual struggles of their day they show each other a few different ways to look at the world and/or it was maybe the universe showing them that.

My review:

The sun is also a star is that perfect kind of a cute read which is so heart wrenching at the same time. There were those perfect ‘aww’ moments and those moments where you know your heart is on the verge of breaking and those moments when a scene is just so well written and well described that you feel so content. This book was so fast paced, once I started reading it, I just went on and it was so hard to put it down. And I feel a major reason for that was the writing style. The chapters weren’t too long and each one gave a new perspective from different characters which was refreshing and didn’t feel stretched. More like showing a different angle of the story.

I absolutely loved this book, there was so much that it entailed, from an issue like deportation to having such diverse leads in the story. Honestly, I get that a lot of people will not find this book very realistic because of too many coincidences but it feels like that really depends on how you see it, to what extent you believe in fate or if you believe in it at all. So the ‘realistic’ aspect of this book depends on how you see it. Yes, I might just be a little too much like Daniel. On the other hand, the whole love at first sight and Natasha’s scientific aspect of things was beautifully showcased, like there were times when even I found myself almost being convinced with Natasha’s point of view even though I am a dreamer through and through. Another thing I loved is how the other characters, even though they hadn’t been around much, play a significant role and how it all connects and plays out in the end.

This book is sweet, simple and thought provoking at the same time.

Rating: 5/5

My Playlist for this one:

  •  Lost Stars-Keira Knightley
  • Everything has changed- Taylor swift feat. Ed Sheeran

 

On airport and books 

 So I am at the jaipur airport and the flight gets delayed by 2 hours and majority of my time goes in the bookstore, it is a small shop in the shape of a rectangle and all the books are shabbily kept, but hey, I wasn’t complaining. I finalised on 2 books, one of them was for a class I took that semester: An introduction to Indian Philosophy. And the other one became the best book I bought on the entire trip. Here’s the thing, I associate the places I’ve been to, the trips, to the books that I buy in that particular place. The genre does not matter, but I have this overwhelming urge to purchase a book to remember that moment in that particular place when I buy it. Being a literature festival kind of a trip I bought 9 books and surprisingly the best book I bought was found at the airport.“In other words” by Jhumpa Lahiri is a book I’d heard about but did not bother buying because I felt like the time was never right. And this time around I actually bought it right before leaving for Pune. I finished it the evening I started it, not because it was full of suspense or something like that but because sometimes some books just speak the language your soul. 3 pages into the book and I felt like I just made the best decision of the year already. It was like just the book and I, were the only ones at the airport, the pages were coming alive and I was having a heart-warming conversation. Does it ever happen to you that you watch a movie, listen to a song, see a painting or read a book and just feel so content, so full? Like at least, for a while you won’t need anything else because every time you feel like you’re missing something you can just read a few chapters from that book? Listen to that song on repeat?

This form of art made me want to reconnect with something that I lost touch with for a while now. It reminded me of why I started something that I was passionate about in the first.Maybe this was the most appropriate time for me to find and read this book.