I usually start off my reviews with a little bit of an introduction as to how I came across an author or how much I love their writing or some little anecdote about something related to the book and/or author. But today, I have been rendered speechless, because as much as I want to shout about how much I have loved Matt Haig’s writing and about how much I feel justified today, it just wouldn’t be enough.
In a world that is going through so much at a time - let's all agree that 2020 is one big dumpster fire - we all need love, friendship, and compassion. I don't even want to talk about the callousness that is rampant in the world today. But I do want to talk about this new novel that's scheduled for release on September 21, that looks and sounds so beautiful and talks about love and friendship in a world divided.
I read Swimming in the Dark in June and it’s taken me a long, long time to write this review, because every time I think of this book, my heart breaks and my eyes fill up. That’s not to say that this is a sad book. It’s a very matter-of-fact narration and that is exactly what will reach inside you and shake your very core.
'She Will Rescue You' is a strange kind of thriller that I found myself enjoying, and then was horrified that I found myself enjoying it. This is the kind of book that will send goosebumps up your spine, not for the way it’s written, but because it shows you the mirror and what your own moral reflexes are. I’ve never read a book like this before, I must say!
I know that it’s been a while since I’ve been regular on here, but I fully intend to stay regular with my posts this time. I also know that I’ve said this before but this time, I’m coming in all guns blazing. I posted a book review a few days ago and yesterday, posted an old, random thought. Here’s to new beginnings sprouting from old worlds!
It is unfair to expect that everyone in the world behaves the same way. It is also unfair to expect human beings not to make mistakes. But there is nothing that can actually beat the hypocrisy and the lack of basic common sense that millions of people seem to be afflicted with. While you calmly sit back and look at it from the outside, it is when these qualities touch you that you wonder: Why is the world filled with such idiocy?
Richa Gupta’s Slices of Life is a collection of short stories that span different genres and explore various facets of the human personality and psyche in a manner that makes you think and speculate and introspect about where we as humans come from, and where we are going. There are stories in there that can be classified as futuristic fiction, there are those that are domestic fiction, those that are contemporary fiction, those that talk about women empowerment, about familial relationships, friendships, romances, and daily life, and a whole lot more that you will probably be surprised to find in there.
Kajree reviews my short story collection, ‘Nonet’ and the whole post is warming my heart! Yes, including the criticism, because without it, how can I hope to improve? 🙂
Thank you, Kajree! Lots of love! ❤
Sonali Dabade’s Nonet is a collection of nine short stories that has varied themes. It isn’t only about one person or one place, but more about the bonds that human create and take forward – be it love, friendship or more frivolously, even that of enemies.
As mentioned, there are nine stories in total and they do not interconnect with each other. But I did find a recurring theme which could be called a base of the plotlines. Themes of romance, friendship, long lost emotions – both love and hatred – and of human desire were incorporated in the stories in a beautiful manner.
In the first story, Zero, we could see the desperation for human contact while in the next story, A Sojourn Somewhere, we could feel the desperation for freedom. In Mystic too, human curiosity played major roles for the theme, as well as the longing for connection…
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There are millions of books in the world, published day in, day out. It is hard to read every one of them in the limited lifespan that we have. But the pro of having so many books is that you never run out of books to read. There is always that one book that you have to read. It’s right there on your book list and you can’t wait to get your hands on it. Once you’re done with it, another one mysteriously emerges and thus, the cycle goes on and on.
If you're someone who is a fan of books that delve deep into the realm of self discovery, science, spirituality, and psychology, then here's a book that would be perfect for you! Pan Macmillan India will soon be publishing Breathe Believe Balance by Shyamal Vallabhjee that will give you an insight into it all, to help to stay motivated during these trying times!