History is all you left me by Adam Silvera- A spoiler free review

This book was given to me for my birthday by a very close friend who knew my state of mind at the time and also my love for sad literature. Sometimes books like these just come your way when your heart needs a little more pain to be added to the already existing pain in order to heal.

FYI my opinion might be biased here because I really needed to read something like to this.

Synopsis:

This is the story of Griffin, who is suffering from OCD, trying to come to terms with the death of his very recent ex-boyfriend, Theo. Theo was also his best friend and someone Griffin saw himself spending the rest of his life with. There seems to be only one person who could possibly understand what Griffin is going through and that is Theo’s new boyfriend. They both navigate through this grief in their own ways but soon their relationship takes an unexpected turn.

Review:

Even though I just wanted to fly right through this one, I had to take pauses. Sometimes after reading an incident or a few lines, I had to take a minute or two to let it sink in. Some parts are just royally messed up and you’re all like WHOA. The storyline was plain and simple but there was so much in that simplicity. The pain, the grieving, the healing, the heartache and the brutal honesty in all of it is what makes one appreciate the journey this book takes you on. The characters were so incredibly flawed and you cannot help but want to relate or understand the why behind their actions. I don’t think I have ever read about any OCD character and this book gave a pretty good insight into what it must be like to live with it, which made me appreciate it even more.

Rating: 4.5/5

Song recommendations for this read:

  • All i want by Kodaline
  • It ain’t me by Kygo and Selena Gomez
  • Jiyein kyun by Papon ( Coke studio version)
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Spoiler free review – Bloodline by Sidney Sheldon

How I came about reading it:

I started reading Sidney Sheldon’s books when I was in grade 8 and have read almost all of his books so needless to say, his writing style is very familiar to me. I wasn’t diving into a completely unknown world when bloodline was picked up by me. He is one of my favorite authors and sometimes his books are devoured by me in less than a day’s time. So, bloodline was just there, sitting on my shelf when I was desperately searching for a thriller to read after having finished “The unbearable lightness of being” and boy that was heavy one. Does it ever happen to you that a book sits on your shelf for so long that you start to believe that you’ve read it even though you haven’t? Yeah that is exactly what happened to bloodline, all this time I believed I had read it.

Review:

Do you ever just read a book that you barely started a day ago or so and then as soon as it is over you’re just like GAAAAH I WANT MORE!!!!!!!!

Yeah, as soon as I finished reading bloodline, the very sunny day all of a sudden did not feel so bright and sunny. As soon as I shut the book, it became so hard to comprehend that I was not in the setting of the book but in my own room in this small town which is my home. I had barely started reading the book the day before and could not put it down. It was not just the plot of the story, it was everything about the book that was so gripping that it forced me to keep on turning the page. The concept of “Just one more chapter” went out the window because I knew as soon as I started this book there was no doing anything else until I had finished reading it.

The cliffhangers were not making it any easier, they were so well planned and definitely worked their way into instilling more intrigue and excitement. One thing I always like about Sidney Sheldon’s books is when the protagonist is a female, how they are usually underestimated, shown as a failure and then while the evolution of them turning into this badass of a person is not just read but lived. This book takes you around the world, between the past and the present and gives a vivid description of the beautiful villas and houses. One gets up and close with almost every character as enough time and depth of the story is told for each of them, you see them struggle, live, from their past to the present and just enough glance into how their minds to see how each works and ticks differently. Just enough so as to not give away the suspense. The suspense again was well built and at no point did I feel confused and even though the ending gave the main answers I was still hoping to learn more of each of the characters and how they end up, which was left for the readers to imagine.

Rating : 4.5/5

My thoughts on Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey.

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

It is Divided into 4 parts: 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, 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 analyse, I don’t 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 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. Although there are certain pieces that look like they could have been just a sentence or a quote but then again so long as the words reach out and have an impact on the audience, the writing style might not matter that much.

And it is not like I rushed through, I took my time with every word, every line and allowed myself to feel whatever it was made 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: 4/5

 

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

 

Bedside classics 

I always have a small set of classics beside my bed. These are the ones which have been here for quite a while now because I haven’t picked up any of them to read yet. This tiny space between my dresser and my bed is where I keep my classics TBR.

 One thing I really wish to do is start reading a lot of classics, I mean I never read them one after the other, it has always been one classic every 2 months or something like that. So many times I’ve started one but never ended up finishing it. 

Classics fascinate me and yet I wonder why can’t I bring myself to actually dive right into them. To me, There’s just something  about reading a book which was written at a time when the lifestyle was so different than what it is now. It is an insight to into that time through the the words of that author and that is unlike any experience which can’t be compared to history lessons or shows. I know it requires patience because classics is that one genre that fascinates yet intimidates me. But that does not stop me from picking them up every now and then. 

Plus there’s nothing like falling asleep beside the comfort and coziness of a couple books and vanilla scented candle. 

JULY

1            June was that only month of the year where i managed to read just one book. That’s right, only one! But that is also because i didn’t particularly feel like doing anything because lets just say, it wasn’t the best month for me. So the only book that could get me out of that state of mine was “Norwegian wood” by Haruki Murakami.

IMG_4165This month, however, i look forward to get some decent amount of reading done even with all the work i have going on. I picked up these books randomly as they have been sitting on my shelf for quite a while now. So here goes,

  • All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr which i picked up because of booktube.
  • Four seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr  which i got just because.
  • All the bright places by Jennifer Niven because i want to read a YA contemporary this month.
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan because it is about time that i read it.
  • On the road by Jack Kerouac. I bought this last year at the Jaipur Literature festival.
  • Into the wild by Jon Krakauer, after several attempts of starting this book and never finishing it, this month i want to.