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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Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – A Spoiler free brief review

The only reason I bought and dived right into this one was because of how much I enjoyed reading the sun is also a star.

Synopsis:

Eighteen year old Madeline Whittier has lived indoors for as long as she can remember. She has this rare kind of a disease which makes her allergic to literally everything which is why she cannot step into the outside world. So her constant companions are her mother and her nurse Carla, also her books. Her routines entail online classes, assignments, reading (a lot), playing games with her mother and just the kind of things that wouldn’t harm her health and wouldn’t require her to go outdoors. She has made her peace with her situation and goes on with her routine until one day new neighbour moves in next door and there obviously has to be a really cute guy her age as one of them. This new family is unlike Madeline’s, Olly the cute guy next door is the one who captures her attention and she obviously captures his. After stealing glances at each other enough for a few days they finally start to have a conversation.

And well, the rest is a book on it.

My review:

The concept of this book really sounded cool to me, it was unlike anything I had heard of before which was the second reason I picked it up. Madeline and Olly’s situations throughout the book really made me want to root for them, like I was just wanting for them to be together already! It was really nice to go with the flow of the story and see how it was unfolding. So it is safe to say that the book started off really well for me, more than halfway through it I was really enjoying it. The writing style was simple with a few illustrations here and there, it is fun to read these kinds of books. Sort of like breaking the monotony and getting a personalized view of the character.

The plot seemed to be going really well for a while with Maddy and Olly’s interactions and everything. I almost would’ve loved this book if it wasn’t for the ending. That is the only reason it did not live up to my expectations. That was just SOME ending! I did not see that coming!

But anyway, I did enjoy reading it.

Rating: 3/5

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

 

SPOILER FREE REVIEW -NORWEGIAN WOOD BY HARUKI MURAKAMI

IMG_4106 I am listening to Norwegian wood as I write this, I could not help myself. This song has been playing on repeat for a while now, precisely since I finished reading the book. This book has also been made into a movie in 2010. I read the translated version by Jay Rubin.

How I came about reading this book:

I had a coupon for crossword bookstore which was letting me buy a book or books for a certain amount of price. This was a few months back when I got this coupon then I went book shopping and I saved the coupon for a bad day. So this one god awful day that I am having I visit crossword and browse through several books. I spend a lot of time thinking about which book to buy or should I buy 2 really in that money, I read the synopsis of over 30 books and then all of a sudden I decide that I want to dive right into a book which I know nothing about. The first book I happen to see was “Norwegian wood” and I just grab it and without even turning it over to read the synopsis or see what genre it was, I buy it. It sat on my shelf for good 2 months and 3 days back; just like that I decided to read it without knowing anything about it.

Rating: 4/5

Summary

The story begins with Toru Watanabe, the protagonist, who is having a flashback as he hears the favourite song of his first love Naoko, “Norwegian wood” (yes, this is where the title comes from and it has nothing to do with Norway. It is actually a Beatles song). From the moment of the recall, he goes back to the very beginning of it all, the days he spends with his best friend Kizuki and Naoko who happens to be Kizuki’s girlfriend, then it is all about his student life as a university student in Tokyo amidst all the struggles of having to deal with issues like losing somebody and the feeling of having lost yourself somewhere in the process, holding on to and finding love at the same time, figuring out friendships, and the sexual encounters. During his time in Tokyo he comes across Midori with whom he develops an unlikely friendship.

 

My review

There are a lot of things going through my mind right now and it is like every thought and word is just jumbled because I don’t where to even start talking about this book, it is one of those overwhelming books that when you finish reading it you are just like wait what? It is over? It feels like you were there in that book and you saw all of that happening and then it is over and you’re a little empty and left to interpret a certain things. Well, it was like that at least for me.

It was not an easy-going and pleasant kind of a read, even though bits and pieces of it were predictable, it still felt like it was taking me on a journey I’d never seen or been on before. The way it is written, it makes you think and ponder over a certain things. I love how the writing was so simple yet so impactful. The reading part of it was just flowing so smoothly unlike my emotions. It was so not easy in that aspect. Murakami knows the exact way on how to put the words together so the reader feels like a part of the story. Everything is described in meticulous details and just comes to life.

Watanabe is the clichéd protagonist types, the one who is lost trying to make sense of things and finding way out of the lost, dealing with things in his own way and trying to make sense of everything. One of the things I really appreciated about his character is how he is always honest about everything. Midori is that kind of person who makes the story her very own every time she makes an appearance, it is as if the room all of a sudden a little louder, the lights shine a little brighter, like she just has this spark or a lively way of talking as compared to anyone else in the novel. Naoko is portrayed as his past he is willing to hold on and Midori his present.

I loved how the story does not sugar coat anything and even the characters in it just say it like it is. It speaks of the struggles of loneliness, coping with death, mental health, and attitude towards sex in a realistic manner. But at the same time I do feel like the sexual encounters were not really contributing or more like adding up to the story, I understand that I am contradicting myself when I say this and talk about how this book deals with the attitude towards sex, but at times it just felt unnecessary. Other than that, I enjoyed reading and by enjoyed I mean it saddened me at times and was super depressing but it the kind that makes you want to keep reading.

Song suggestions for this read:

  • Norwegian wood (obviously) by the Beatles
  • Where  are you now by Alan Walker