The movie Raazi starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal, that was based on Calling Sehmat came out earlier last year. This is one of those rare occurrences where I watched the movie before I read the book. But the movie had quite a few performances that left my heart bruised. And I had hoped that the book that is based on true events, would do the same for me. But I was really conflicted by the end of the book.
I have been in love with the cover of The Queen of Hearts since the moment I lay eyes on it. Like, look at it! And when it made its way to me, I was ecstatic and fawning over it. I cannot even begin to describe that feeling. It was and still is, that intense, days after I finished reading it. The best part of this obsession, however, was how the author was so responsive. Every time I uploaded a picture of the book and tagged Kimmery Martin, she would respond! The first time she did, I almost fainted. But I’ve recovered ever since.
Before I start off with my thoughts about the story, I’d just like to take a minute and express my love and admiration for this cover. A wonderful gold-tinted combination of black and orange, Circe has one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever laid eyes on. This might have been one of the reasons why I was actually terrified of starting the book – me being scared that the story wouldn’t actually live up to the beauty of the cover. Another thought that crossed my mind was: What if I unintentionally destroy it?
Nicola Yoon’s The Sun is Also a Star had been doing the rounds of BookTube as well as Bookstagram with quite a few mixed reviews. It was the cover of the book that pulled me in. It is so, so intriguing and beautiful that I figured (like so many other books before and so many other books to come) that I would find out if the cover lives up to the hype. And not to preempt my review or anything but God oh God, was it a good decision!
The publishing industry, especially in India, is one that is fraught with uncertainty. Which book will be accepted? Which will go through the process? Which will be a success? Nobody knows. Not even the people who back them. But when things do click and books become blockbuster hits, there’s no looking back for the author as well as the publishing houses. Because isn’t it what every book-related person lives for? Isn’t it a dream to write, and help a book become a bestseller?
As everyone who’s been following me on BookTube and Bookstagram knows, I fell in love with Markus Zusak’s writing after reading The Book Thief. That book still gives me the chills and makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry. It is because of The Book Thief that I was so goddamn excited about Bridge of Clay when it released. There wasn’t a minute when I didn’t covet that book and when I finally got it, I would sit and stare at it for what felt like ages.
The first thing that comes to mind when one says ‘World War II’ is the Holocaust. The worst kind of genocide ever, the mere thought of it sends shivers down my spine. And after reading WWII stories like The Book Thief and All the Light We Cannot See which gave me different angles into how we look at the carnage that spread over 6 years, one would think I would have learnt my lesson and not picked another one like that.
Wrote this review a long time ago - sometime in the middle of last year. But things happen and I couldn't get to posting this. But better late than never!
My notion of immortal or undying love is that it’s a sort of a cheesy, overdone concept that people just can’t seem to get enough of writing about. In literature, at least. It might have happened to people in real life – I’m not denying or mocking it. But the number of times that people have used this idea actually boggles my mind. Himanshu Rai’s I am Always Here With You is yet another story that uses this timeworn concept and tries to bring some iota of unseen emotion to it.
When I received Everett De Morier’s nonfiction book, The Invention of Everything: Insights on Food, Life, and One Good Thermos to review, little did I know what awaited me. That book soon became one of the most enjoyable nonfiction books I’ve ever read. And that’s saying something because I usually avoid reading nonfiction books. Not a great fan of them. But thanks to a few, this one included, I’m slowly getting to a place where I can sit down and enjoy a well-written nonfiction as much as I enjoy a fiction book. So when I was approached to review Everett De Morier’s fiction book, I jumped at the chance.