Daisy Jones & The Six

I CAN’T GET OVER THIS BOOK EVEN AFTER MONTHS!!!!

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This book is the best-est that I read last year and it obviously made it to my most favourite books list.

Every book out there is mostly a piece of fiction, that’s common knowledge. But certain books strike so real that you can find it really hard to believe that the characters didn’t exist in real life. Probably why everyone feels that way about this book is its unique form of story telling – it’s completely written through interviews. So this post is not exactly a review, but an outlet for my gushing emotions whenever I think about this book.

When I finished listening to this book, it was freaking 2am. And I was crying !!! So much of Ugly crying. I mean, I never cared about Rock n Roll bands. Ever! And I was crying over a fictional band. From the 1970’s.

Fair warning, continue, if you have already read the book!

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The first few chapters are told in parallel about Daisy growing up in L.A with absentee parents and brothers Billy and Graham Dunne forming their own musical band. The interview goes on about how The Six were formed and the band members start narrating the rest of the story – the drugs, the women, the heartbreak and everything in between. Billy Dunne comes off as this controlling lead singer who takes pride in the music he writes and never lets the band go from his track. As this book is in interview format you can see how the change in Billy’s behaviour affects his brother and his bandmates. The relationship between Camila and Billy – is like the Biblical Love.. you know like love is patient, love is kind stuff? Its all about faith and trusting the other. Initially I shipped Camila and Billy, I’ll be honest.

When Daisy joins The Six, I was eagerly waiting for her to meet Billy. Because the Daisy of the first few pages didn’t make an impression on me. I kinda hated her and I loved Billy. Controlling, edgy Billy. Not the carefree, spirited Daisy. I know I’m a weirdo. So I was waiting to see how these two would get along. When Daisy and Billy put their heads together and create a song for the first time, I swear the imagery in my mind was pure magic. There were fireworks in my sky, let me tell you 😊 And I’m the kind of person who hates the “other” man/woman in a relationship, but me shipping Daisy and Billy was even more shocking to my own self. But, speaking in Anne Shirley terms, they both are kindred spirits, okay? They are MEANT to be!!

The songs that Billy and Daisy write together – I WANT TO hear them!! I cannot stop waiting for the TV series and I’m dying to listen to the songs.

And oh my god, I can’t even talk about the show in 1979, Chicago Stadium!! I cried so much.. It felt so much real, like its happening to my friend, to me! Thats how a book should be, imo. Only THE BEST you know. And I don’t even wanna talk about the ending. Okay ? I hated Camila more towards the end. But towards the end, is when I truly loved Daisy.

I know this post has been only about Billy and Daisy but I couldn’t help myself. The next best characters in this book are Graham and Karen. I could totally write a separate post about them.

“I wish someone had told me that love isn’t torture. Because I thought love was this thing that was supposed to tear you in two and leave you heartbroken and make your heart race in the worst way. I thought love was bombs and tears and blood. I did not know that it was supposed to make you lighter, not heavier. I didn’t know it was supposed to take only the kind of work that makes you softer. I thought love was war. I didn’t know it was supposed to… I didn’t know it was supposed to be peace.”

It’s an all-star read for me and I’m very much looking forward to the TV series.
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The Hand on the Wall|ARC review|Blog Tour|Giveaway

Welcome to my stop in the blog tour of one of my most anticipated book releases of the year – The Hand On The Wall by Maureen Johnson. I have already reviewed books one and two here if you would like to check it out. I would like to thank The Fantastic Flying Book Club and HarperCollins for giving me an opportunity to read the conclusion to this wonderful series much before everyone 😀

About the Book

The Hand on the Wall (Truly Devious #3)
by Maureen Johnson
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: January 21st 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Purchase from Amazon, B&N, Book Depository

Synopsis

Ellingham Academy must be cursed. Three people are now dead. One, a victim of either a prank gone wrong or a murder. Another, dead by misadventure. And now, an accident in Burlington has claimed another life. All three in the wrong place at the wrong time. All at the exact moment of Stevie’s greatest triumph.

She knows who Truly Devious is. She’s solved it. The greatest case of the century.At least, she thinks she has. With this latest tragedy, it’s hard to concentrate on the past. Not only has someone died in town, but David disappeared of his own free will and is up to something. Stevie is sure that somehow—somehow—all these things connect. The three deaths in the present. The deaths in the past. The missing Alice Ellingham and the missing David Eastman. Somewhere in this place of riddles and puzzles there must be answers.

Then another accident occurs as a massive storm heads toward Vermont. This is too much for the parents and administrators. Ellingham Academy is evacuated. Obviously, it’s time for Stevie to do something stupid. It’s time to stay on the mountain and face the storm—and a murderer.In the tantalizing finale to the Truly Devious trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson expertly tangles her dual narrative threads and ignites an explosive end for all who’ve walked through Ellingham Academy.

My Thoughts

If you have read books 1 & 2, you would know they both end in a cliffhanger. The Hand on the Wall provides you all the answers you have been waiting for and it does so, with a lot of twists and page turning scenes. I’m at awe of Maureen Johnson’s writing because she maintains the same suspense throughout the three books and keeps us super engaged. I think before bingeing into this book, one should go back n just waltz through books 1 & 2 for hidden clues in there. I’m not saying you might find some, you may or may not. But definitely you wouldn’t expect the twist that comes at the beginning of book 3. BuWAHHAhaha, I’m evil!(Although in hindsight, maybe not, because this was released on an excerpt in Epic Reads site)

Okay as I cannot talk about the plot, let’s talk about the characters. I cannot believe I love the series so much but not the main character, Stevie Bell. Don’t come at me, ok, I just don’t find her character to be interesting. She’s socially awkward, yeah, but there is not much in her that I find intriguing enough, although definitely good anxiety rep.. On the other hand, I like David 😀 He is trouble personified and is hell bound on causing ermmm hell for his father. In this book though, he drives both Stevie and us insane. And there’s one more socially awkward person – Nate, who even though tends to avoid contact at all possible cost, surprises us now and then with quirky remarks and is the supportive best friend to Stevie. Other than these three, rest of the characters didn’t have much to offer. And oooh I forgot, I liked Leonard Holmes Nair too. (No spoiler intended :P)

Overall, the book was a satisfying 4.5 stars for me. I rated it as such because I never lost interest and the parallel timelines are nicely done.

Before I finish, there’s a US only give-away  that runs till 4th Feb 2020 and you can click on the link and participate to win a copy of the book. Go !!

Favorite Quotes

Nate being Nate –

Are you trying to make me have an emotion?

Also Nate –

“Fun fact,” Stevie said, trying to lighten the mood in the vast gloomy space. “this fireplace?, Henry the Eighth had one just like it, in Hampton Court. Albert Ellingham had an exact copy made.”

“Fun Fact,” Nate replied, “Henry the Eighth killed two of his wives. Who wants a murderer’s fireplace?”.

“I’m not sure, but thats the name of my new game show”.

Stevie’s inner turmoil at one point in the book –

Why were humans wired like this? Why were we built with a current that could short out our powers of reason and judgement at any time? Why were we filled with chemicals that made us stupid? How could you feel so excited and enraged and like you were being pierced with a thousand emotional needles in the brain all at the same time?

Dream Cast

So the below dream cast is totally in my opinion (and some friends’ too) and as such opinions might differ. And also let me point out, it was difficult to put a face to these characters because not many of them have character descriptions.

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I hope we can all agree on one Mr Edward King, if not all of them 😀

I hope you enjoy(ed) reading this series like I did. Do drop in your thoughts on the series. An don’t forget to check the rest of the tour here

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About the Author

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, The Name of the Star, and Truly Devious. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Buzzfeed, and The Guardian, and she has also served as a scriptwriter for EA Games. She has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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To All the Books I Read in 2019

Do I even have to explain this blog post? 😀

I tried so hard to reach my Goodreads goal of 65 books last year that I was flying through half unread books, minutes before 2020, and somehow finished 65. I neglected my blog pretty much for the year, but nevertheless a small roundup of books I loved and cherished, incoming.

Onto the 5 stars reads – actually the books I’ve rated 5 stars are the ones that made me ugly cry 😀 and obviously books that were well written. I can sometimes be partial and rate a favourite author’s book with a 5 star but I would always mention that I’m being partial and opinions might differ.

  • All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover – ugly crying ensured
  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi – all the feels, this one!
  • The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden – the best conclusion to the trilogy
  • Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Ugly crying, tbh still not completed its review.
  • 100 days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons – Beautiful book with an amazing disability rep
  • The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen – Partial to this one!!
  • The Travelling Cat chronicles by Hiro Arikawa – Again ugly crying, hold onto those tissues.
  • 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – Very very heartwarming!!
  • Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow – Beautiful worlds and amazing writing.
  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – Really loved the way the series took shape and ended.

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Some books that cut pretty much close to a 5 stars –

  • The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
  • Verity by Colleen Hoover
  • Save the Date by Morgan Matson
  • Comics will break your heart by Faith Erin Hicks
  • The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
  • The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbie Waxman
  • Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

I’m pretty sure Taylor Jenkins Reid and Beth O’Leary have become auto-buy authors for me. And I noticed something else, my most read genre of 2019 is contemporary, closely followed by YA fantasy and historical fiction. I’m gonna change that in 2020 and I’m focusing more on Epic/High Fantasy books that have been recommended to me through Instagram. Towards the end of 2019, I discovered Brandon Sanderson and fantasy has not been the same after his books. Looking forward to reading more epic books this year!!

Find something you read and liked in my list? Were your ratings same as mine?

 

84 Charing Cross Road – Book Review

“I don’t browse in bookshops, I browse in libraries, where you can take a book home and read it, and if you like it you go to a bookshop and buy it.”

This is a wonderful book of letters written between an American writer and the employees working in a used book store in the U.K..

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Let me tell you this isn’t a romance book filled with love letters ( bcos I had that misconception). The letters are written through a span of 20 years and has nothing but lots of love for books, appreciation for used books particularly non-fiction and a growing intercontinental friendship.

Growing up, I loved the idea of penpals. (Writing letters to strangers who turn into friends, was one of my biggest fantasy when I was a little girl, but it never came true bcos a) I was lazy and b) yup, just laziness.)

But Helene not just sends letters inquiring about books but also sends the employees and their families, lots of food as gifts over Holidays. And you know what makes it more heartwarming? This is all real, just like Helene loves only the real thing and not fiction, these events really happened and the letters were made public and into a book.

Even though I wasn’t aware of half the books she mentions in the letters, I could relate with her the whole time. You can see how the friendship unfolds from the way Frank and Helene address each other in the beginning and how informal it gets later. There’s so much I loved that I’m finding it hard to express how deeply broken I was, by the end of the book. Such a short sweet read! 

Do not forget to pick this book up, if you are looking for something to warm your heart, to resonate with a bookworm’s struggle in finding the right editions and just plain old-fashioned epistolary novel between strangers who have one thing in common – Books! 

I can’t not leave without the much popular quote from the book –

“If you happen to pass by 84 Charing Cross Road, kiss it for me? I owe it so much.”

5 🌟 and more! 

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Fall Time, Cozy Time Book Tag

Its been ages since I last wrote anything other than a review so I shamelessly tagged myself to do this tag which was originally created by Booktuber Sam’s Nonsense. If you wanna take a break from reviews or got nothing to post, consider yourself tagged.

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Crunching Leaves: The world is full of color – choose a book that had reds / oranges/ yellows on the cover

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Cozy Sweater – It’s finally cold enough to don warm cozy clothing: what book gives you the warm fuzzies?

any book of Colleen Hoover or Sarah Dessen. 

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Fall Storm: The wind is howling & the rain is pounding – choose your favorite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day

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Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

Tiffy from The Flatshare because I get to be with Leon then *Buwahahaha*.. Image result for wicked smile gif

Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

Not under-hyped but I wish this series deserves much more love than it already has. 

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Coat, Scarves, and Mittens – The weather has turned cold & it’s time to cover up – What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

I honestly don’t have anything embarrassing in my shelves because I’m a cover snob. I love pretty covers and I buy a lot of books that have beautiful covers or editions. I display every single one of them proudly. 

Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favorite Fall time comforts food/foods?

We Image result for coffee rain gifdo not have Fall here in India. This month is our monsoon season and it rains most of the time. So the weather is a lil bearable and slightly cozy.

No weather specific food but there’s room for COFFEE always!!

Warm, Cozy Bonfire: Spread the cozy warmth – Who do you tag?

Like I mentioned above, anyone who wants a change from their routine book reviews, consider yourself tagged.

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Tweet Cute |ARC review

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord was an ARC I wished for in Netgalley and the wish was granted (a first, for me!) by them wonderful folks. For which I’m immensely grateful. Because the book did not disappoint. And to my surprise, it felt like like I got what I missed for while reading “Technically, you started it” and “Comics will break your heart”.

Let me be clear, I enjoyed the two books but I felt something was missing in either of them. The Romeo-Juliet-esque plot in CWBYH and the texting-a-stranger-You-got-Mail kinda thing in TYSI was nice but definitely lacked somehwhere. Enter Tweet Cute and my corny, sappy heart did a happy dance. I loved it ❤Tweet Cute

So the plot is basically You’ve Got mail but instead of bookstore we have a big fast food chain restaurant picking up fight with a family deli. Through their social media accounts in Twitter. Which is actually managed by the teens of the family, who happen to study in the same private school. Like small world, y’all!.

Pepper (swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist) and Jack (class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side) do not know their fighting each other in Twitter and also befriending each other in Weasel, the anonymous chat app built by Jack exclusively for his school kids. I loved their banter and their tweet wars as much as I loved their character. Pepper has this altogether other side that Jack gets to see and Jack has this app building interests which no one is aware of in his family because all credits usually go to his identical twin, who is the star kid in his school.

I loved the family dynamics – Pepper and her sister’s bonding over a baking blog, Jack and his grandmother’s love for the deli, the twins’ parents – and also the friendship between Pepper and Pooja. I did not like Pepper’s mom though. The book also shows how social media can get into your lives and makes things blown out of proportions.

I need to warn you! Do not read the book overnight or you will be left with a longing and empty stomach craving for Monster cakes and cheese sandwiches.

Altogether the book feels like a fun package, with lots of banter, food cravings and a new book boyfriend!

My rating 4/5 stars ❤

About the Book

Author: Emma Lord
Publishers: Wednesday Books
Release date : 21 Jan 2020

Synopsis
Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.

You can buy the book from Amazon.com |Kobo

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By Any Means Necessary – Blog Tour |Review & Favourite Quotes

Today’s my stop in the blog tour of Candice Montgomery’s amazing book – By any means necessary and so today I get to share what are the things I loved in this book along with a few quotes.

Thank you to The Fantastic Flying Book Club and Page Street Publishing for providing me a physical copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

About the book

Author: Candice Montgomery
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Release Date: October 8th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
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Synopsis

An honest reflection on cultural identify, class, and gentrification. Fans of Nic Stone and Elizabeth Acevedo will eagerly anticipate Torrey.On the day Torrey officially becomes a college freshman, he gets a call that might force him to drop out before he’s even made it through orientation: the bee farm his beloved uncle Miles left him after his tragic death is being foreclosed on.Torrey would love nothing more than to leave behind the family and neighborhood that’s bleeding him dry. But he still feels compelled to care for the project of his uncle’s heart. As the farm heads for auction, Torrey precariously balances choosing a major and texting Gabriel—the first boy he ever kissed—with the fight to stop his uncle’s legacy from being demolished. But as notice letters pile up and lawyers appear at his dorm, dividing himself between family and future becomes impossible unless he sacrifices a part of himself.

My thoughts

Firstly I would like to say that this book was not at all what I expected it to be. At first, I found it hard to get into the book, because its told only in first person and from Torrey’s POV. So I was beginning to get bored thinking it’s going to be the voice of a person who is only going to keep grumbling about the situation he is in. But the story evolved and with it, Torrey too.

To say life’s been tough for Torrey wouldn’t be an exaggeration. The kid is Black and poor and gay in a homophobic society that still treats persons of colour differently.

I text Lisa again, because I need somebody. You know that feeling, right? Where you just need somebody, anybody really, to care about you down to your marrow. Someone who’ll make you their Number One.

I liked the cutesy way Gabriel and Torrey become a couple. No beating around the bush, or pushing and pulling each other till the end of the book. And totally loved how Gabe calls Torrey his Principe (Spanish for Prince) *insert heart-eyes*

Gabriel is all risk and wild decisions. But me? I am hesitation. I am Gabriel’s antonym. The Taurus to his Pisces.

And when I was beginning to get antsy about the lack of strong females, Candice blesses us with Emery. I loved her so much. Together with the CAKE ( Clarke, Auburn, Kennedy, Emery) or alone with Torrey, she just rocks and I loved her so much. Even Torrey is amazed by her. I loved the below quote from the book because its so beautifully written about a girl, from a guy’s point of view. A guy who is not a boyfriend !!

Girl’s a poem in the boxing ring. She’s breathless. She’s gorgeous. she’s moving — dancing. She’s a fire blazing in a rainstorm, a strike of lightning across a cornfield. She’s everything.

And ooh who wouldn’t love the scene where Torrey takes her to the apiary and they harvest honey together!! The imagery in itself was so much pleasing and I loved it. And Torrey leaves you surprised by the random bee facts he throws in and I did not know most of them.

Most people don’t know that there are more than twenty thousand species of bees, only four of which are honey bees. And why should they? I mean, did you know that?

Not only bees, IMG_8283Torrey also lets you know what is really happening in the Black ‘hoods. How gentrification is affecting their livelihood and displacing them. I love how through him, the author is trying to bring attention to how silently the society is replacing the Hoods and white-washing them. Also loved how so MUCH importance is given to their community, the women and their ways, the dialect, the habits, standing for each other, being your own support system. From the college professor who makes Torrey learn punctuality to Emery who provides him all the support he can get, I say Torrey is blessed with all these women in his life. ❤

I had very few problems with a book – like Torrey digressing a lot from his point and jumping randomly from one thought to another and Torrey’s spiral into vandalism. But they teeny tiny minor things that I’m willing to overlook because overall, this is such a powerful book. Having read books by Ibi Zoboi, Elizabeth Acevedo, Angie Thomas, I know where all this anger comes from and I get it – I get how every single oppressed soul feels like, through these wonderful authors. I’m so glad I got this chance to read Candace’s second book and I very much recommend it.

Leaving you with few other favourite quotes from the book.

I like thinking that we loved like the seasons changed for nothing, because we were everything that couldn’t exist during the little showers of rain that didn’t get along with the sparks lit between us — and yet, still we did.

It’s everywhere, this gentrification shit. It’s careless and it escapes me how people – white people who have never been and will never be affected by this – would fail to explore all avenues and future points of downfall. I know, I know. I’m not being naive here. They don’t give a shit, and if it keeps Blacks and brown folks under a shoe then their work has been done.

Systemic Oppression. Google it.

My rating 4/5 stars.

About the Author

Candice “Cam” Montgomery is an LA transplant now living in the woods of Seattle, where she writes YoungAdult novels. Her debut novel, HOME AND AWAY can be found online and in stores now, and her sophomore novel, BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY will be released October of 2019. By day, Cam writes about Black teens across all their intersections. By night, she bartends at a tiny place nestled inside one of Washington’s greenest trees. She is an avid Studio Ghibli fan and will make you watch at least one episode of Sailor Moon and listen to one Beyoncé record before she’ll call you “friend.”

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Giveaway

Prize: Win a copy of By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery (US/CAN Only)

Starts: October 8th2019Ends: October 22nd2019

Direct Link to Giveaway

Also, show some love and do visit the other tour stops. You can find the tour schedule here.

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Never Have I Ever | Audiobook Review

I listened to the audiobook version of this book that is available on Storytel.in

Never have I ever by Joshilyn Jackson is a domestic suspense novel which is about Amy Whey and her haunting past which comes back to bite her in a seemingly innocent (drunk) game of Never Have I ever.IMG_8057

What could possibly go wrong at a bookclub meeting when a stranger shows up at your doorstep? Amy is not happy with the way things turn out when her enigmatic new neighbour Roux starts asking her friends about their deep dark secrets. Some secrets if revealed would turn their lives upside down and Amy is hell bent on hers staying hidden. What follows is a game of cat and mice and Amy trying to understand who Roux is and trying to put an end to her charade. This book easily captivates you and pulls you into the plot and just when you think you’ve got it figured out, shoves another plot twist to your face.

I loved how Amy’s life had taken a turn from the past she is running from and how she found a life, thanks to her best friend Charlotte and becomes 15-yr old Maddy’s stepmother. I loved her relationship with Maddy and without giving away spoilers, would like to point out how excellently she manages a parental situation in the book. She’s a scuba diving instructor and after marrying Maddy’s father, has a kid named Oliver and manages the house, the kids and the neighborhood bookclub efficiently, until Roux comes into their neighbourhood. Roux is the perfect mysterious newcomer who doesn’t reveal much about her and has her way of getting things done for her by manipulating others. When I began with the book, it felt seemingly harmless but towards the end it took a U-turn and turned into U/A rating.

I recommend this book, if you are looking for domestic suspense novels filled with middle-aged soccer moms, neighbourhood gossips and of course, plot-twists you never see coming.

I rate it 4/5 stars.

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The Travelling Cat Chronicles |AudioBook Review

The Travelling cat Chronicles written by Hiro Arikawa and translated by Philip Gabriel, is a touching, bittersweet and beautiful story of a young man in his thirties – Satoru – and his cat, Nana. When you come across a story with a pet involved, you know you are in for a heartbreak. And yes, this book will have it’s fair share of making you cry.

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The Movie Adaptation

Satoru is this amazing guy – who has lost his parents Image result for the travelling cat chroniclesearly in his life, has been forced to move around a lot during his school life, thus making new friends in every school and in every part of his life – yet leads life with no complaints. When he is really young, he and his friend find a stray kitten and circumstances make Satoru to adopt the cat and he loves it more than his life. When he is forced to move, he has to send the cat away to a relative and is very much heartbroken. All through his teenage, he plans to save money and visit his dear cat but fate once again closes the door on him.

Now an adult, Satoru is living alone and when he finds a street cat under his car, he immediately develops a liking towards it because it of its shocking resemblance to his old pet. When the stray cat is wounded, Satoru takes him in and moves houses for the sake of him and the two of them start bonding. After an amazing couple of years together, destiny forces Satoru to find a new home for Nana and goes on a travel to find his old friends to ask for their help. The story is about how Nana and Satoru meet his friends from every part of his life and what happens to their friendship in the end.

I gotta tell you, this is one amazing book and you MUST read it. Go on! Even if you aren’t a cat lover (hell, I ain’t one) you cannot stop falling in love with Nana’s sass and feisty narration. The author draws a beautiful picture of Satoru and his friendly and compassionate and patient nature that one can’t stop wondering “is he for real”. The man cries for a cat !! How can I not fall in love with the story?

Satoru might be reaching out to his friends for help but in the end he is helping each of them knowingly or unknowingly. He values his friendship so much – both human and feline!.

This is a simple yet an unforgettable journey for both Satoru and Nana and the part where they visit Hokkaido Island is so vivid and the imagery is beautiful.

But its not something to be sad about. As we count up the memories from one journey, we head off on another.

Special appreciation to the translator and LOTS OF LOVE to the narrator George Blagden of the audiobook. He was soothing to listen to and funny when reading Nana’s lines.

My rating 5 stars.

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Why I Loved The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

If you haven’t read “The Bookish Life of Nina Hill” by Abbi Waxman and are looking for ways to get convinced to pick the book, this is the right place to be. Or if you have read the book, lurrrved it as much as I did, lets discuss in the comments!!

Ok I’m gonna talk about the main character and why I felt the book resonates with every bookworm out there. Nina Hill has it all and is living the dream!!

“Your life is so full of excitement and adventure? ”

“Are your Kidding? I have a weekly book club, a regular movie night, a dedicated physical wellness practice at least one night a week, a cat.. I am living the dream”

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Title

First off, what pulled me towards the book was, duh! The Title of course !! I wanted to know how the “bookish”life is interpreted and was dying to read the book.

Nina is a Planner

Not a planner person myself but I’ve always tried to maintain one. I’m a wannabe planner. 😀 Nina Hill of the book is a planner and fills it with lists , things to do just for the sake of ticking them off. I mean, who doesn’t love checking things off ?

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She loved having color coordinated folders and lists and spent half an hour each morning reviewing her planner, setting her goals and intentions for the day, and generally pondering. …. She only wished there was more to actually, you know, plan.

Bookstore love

Nina works at a bookstore (I don’t need to add more, do I ?) and she loves the shop so much that she doesn’t mind the pay. She feels at “home” in the bookstore and loves the “soothing rows of book spines

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Introvert, prefers books over company

Nina keeps herself occupied with trivia and book clubs but internally screams to be left alone. She even feels like closing the doors of the bookstore to avoid customers and prefers reading instead.

Nina was a quiet, reserved person; in private she was all-singing, all-dancing cavalcade of light and motion

The clubs

The Book club names and Trivia group names are all so nerdy and so funny and creative. For example there was a trivia group called ‘Yer a Quizzard, Harry’. Nina has bookclubs on every Wednesday and each of them for a different genre. The young adult fiction club that meets on 3rd Wednesdays is called the District Zero and the sci-fi book club meets on fourth Wednesdays and are named Electric Sheep Grazing Club.

If there was a fifth Wednesday in the month, she would wing it, because she liked to live dangerously. Book nerds are daredevils, as you know

Love for Literary characters

A true bookworm at heart !! Nina feels fictional characters are as much real as the people she meets everyday. Haven’t we all cried late into the night over a fictional character? Thats the same with Nina too. She has even cried in the midst of people, int he bookstore while explaining the plot of her favourite book.

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Prefers people who read

If Nina Hill meets a drop-dead gorgeous guy and he doesn’t read , she wouldn’t date him. Yep.. thats a deal breaker for her.

Nina’s to-die for Bookshelves

Nina has complete floor to ceiling book shelves  filled with books and sorted based on Book of the Month selections, Signed book copies, rare first editions and books she has already read arranged alphabetically. And yet she is still worried about shelf space 😀

Shelf space was always a problem for the dedicated booklover.

This bookish life of Nina is part and parcel of the book which revolves around other things as well. Like inheriting a family all of a sudden and having a serious boyfriend. But I’m not gonna talk about all of that. Its the acute representation of the life of a bookworm. The love for libraries and smelling books and finding joy in books and in your reading space. She’s like Belle, Elizabeth Bennett, Hermione Granger, Scout Finch, Jo March, Rory Gilmore and You.. You who loves reading.

Go read the book and thank me later (not that I wrote it, but still !)

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