Mid year book round up

Just like that, time passed away and we are in Mid June.. 😕

I’m supposed to be in newly married bliss *cough* and I’m not sure how six months have gone by in this year. I blame my work 😐😐  So I took up a reading challenge and though not in a marathon I’m still managing to read few books here n there. I’m unable to do separate reviews on each of them – blame my office – so here’s all of them in a nutshell.

1. Those pricey Thakur Girls

This book by my favourite-st author was lying around untouched for more than a year in my bookshelf. I picked it up finally and wondered why I hadn’t read it before. There’s always something lively about Anuja Chauhan and this book was all that – summery, funny and good. I was dreaming about amaltas flowers for the first few days after I read it. I had to search in Instagram for them and once I saw what it was , I started dreaming about BJ’s house.

I read and re-read Dylan’s letter to Deb *dreamy-eyes* . This is such a oh-so-casual-funny-fluffy read that you should not ignore. I came across on the internet that there was a Tv series that’s based on the book. To say I was disappointed wouldn’t suffice. I was expecting a movie 😦 Just like I’ve been expecting Zoya Factor for years now 😛

              Those Pricey Thakur Girls

2. To All the Boys I loved before – Jenny Han

Yes, I went back to being a teen and chose this book to read. I didn’t regret reading it but it did look like the targeted audience was 11-14 years. 😛 So I naturally got irritated at some point but then decided to continue, and loved way the main character Lara Jean sort of evolved throughout the book. More like a coming-of-age novel. Lara Jean writes letters to all the boys who she had a crush on, however small the period might be. She doesn’t send them but saves up in her little box. I kinda did this back then. Not love letters, but letters when I was angry… I scribble hard and crush the paper later in an attempt to forget whatever made me mad. So That’s what Lara Jean does here to forget about the boy or the reason why she liked him – until all the letters get sent out to the concerned person.

What follows next is confrontations, quarrels and ofcourse Love. Peter Kavinsky!! mmmmmm… Ok..moving on… 😉

When someone’s been gone for a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it’s like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands and then you’re just clutching air and grit. Because by the time, you finally see each other you’re catching up only on all the big things, because its too much bother to tell about the little things. But the little things are what make up life.

This was my favorite one from the book and the one which made me think for a long time. People in a long distance relationship would totally understand it.

3. P.S. I still love you – Jenny Han

Jenny Han left us all hanging with the first book in the series (I’m not sure if its a trilogy) and what was it with the Sample of the second book.. Oh my God, I was waiting for almost a month to know how Peter reacted to Lara Jean’s letter. (Ok, teenager-mode ON!!) When the book was released in May 2015, I couldnt wait.. I read in every free time I could get – office, shuttle, bed… There was something about a game which I didnt understand at all, but then the book was good. There was one more crush of Lara Jean’s past in this book but all hail Peter/Lara Jean fans..

Both the books were little too young for me but at times Jenny Han’s lines were just plain rocking, I say. Two of my favorites –

You haven’t brought me down. Just the opposite. You’ve brought me out. You gave me my first love story, Peter. Please just don’t let it be over yet.

You must read the entire letter!!

There’s a Korean word my grandma taught me. It’s called Jung. Its the connection between two people that can’t be severed, even when love turns to hate. You still have those old feelings for them, you cant ever completely shake them loose off you; you will always have tenderness in your heart for them.

And the relationship between the Song sisters..it just made me yearn for something like that.

4. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

I was a bit skeptical about reading this one. But all the rush from reading Jenny Han pushed me into this. I cannot say I fully enjoyed it. Back when I was in school, Harry Potter was just getting popular and I couldnt understand why all the excitement. I did read the book, but back then I was into thrillers and bloodthirsty novels that Fantasy was out of my league. So that’s exactly I felt once again when I read this book. Cather is an anonymous Fan-fiction writer. She is insecure and dependent on her twin sister Wren who is just the opposite of her in every way. (Catherine – Cath + Wren, see? ) She ADORES her male protagonist and this sort of felt like the HP rage back in school. The book consists of her life in one track and the fan-fiction included in excerpts. Which I totally ignored. Didnt make me go Awww but maybe I’m just getting old.

I started reading Shadow Throne but its not done yet. I’m also reading What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen – my go-to author – in parallel in iBooks.  I’m not even sure I will be able to complete the challenge.. Ughhh!!