Book Review: Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran

A friend recommended this book on Goodreads and on impulse, I checked it out from my library. At a little under 500 pages, it took me two days to finish the book. The story is about two women. Solimar from Mexico who dreams of getting to and building a life in America. Kavya, a Berkeley … Continue reading Book Review: Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran

The House We Grew Up In – Dysfunctional Much?

I picked up The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell based on a recommendation on Twitter. The story starts promisingly enough with the eldest daughter of the Bird family arriving at the family house after her mom dies. Weaving back and forth over a period of 20 - 30 years, the story traces … Continue reading The House We Grew Up In – Dysfunctional Much?

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

A book club I am part of picked this book for our next meeting. I was thrilled as it was on my TBR pile. Also, I follow @CelesteNg and love her take on most things related to race and diversity. I read the blurbs, the front and back cover synopsis and settled myself comfortably with … Continue reading Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Split – Swati Avasthi

I stumbled on Avasthi’s book by chance. Browsing my library’s YA literature, this came up as available. I checked it out and read it over two days. The story starts well enough but by the time I was mid way, my heart was racing and I was as jumpy as Jace and Christian. The pace … Continue reading Split – Swati Avasthi

Yatrik – The Traveller – Interesting Premise

I have followed GreatBong for years on his blog, cherry picking the posts I read. When his first book May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss came out, I made a note mentally to read it but never really got around to it. This past week browsing Kindle Unlimited, I saw that some of his books were … Continue reading Yatrik – The Traveller – Interesting Premise

Kite Strings – Well Written, Niche Story on Relationships

I signed up for a trial version of Kindle Unlimited and picked up a slew of books by Indian authors. Kite Strings by Andaleeb Wajid was one of them. The story is set in Bangalore and Vellore and features orthodox muslim families. I started the book in the evening and finished it by night. The … Continue reading Kite Strings – Well Written, Niche Story on Relationships

Gifted – Poignant and strangely haunting

I grabbed Nikita Lalwani's Gifted from my local library's fall sale. The cover appealed to me and I checked the blurb at the back and it resonated. I added it to my list of books to read as I research setting my story partly in India and partly in the US. I read the book … Continue reading Gifted – Poignant and strangely haunting

The Girl on the Train – Fast, Vivid Read

“I am not the girl I used to be. I am no longer desirable, I’m off-putting in some way. It’s not just that I’ve put on weight, or that my face is puffy from the drinking and the lack of sleep; it’s as if people can see the damage written all over me, can see … Continue reading The Girl on the Train – Fast, Vivid Read

Every Last One – Book Review

If you catch yourself thinking about snippets from a book when you least expect it, chances are the book is a good one. I read Every Last One on an impulse this past week. This is my first Anna Quindlen book. Usually I read author bios, read reviews online before I commit to a book. … Continue reading Every Last One – Book Review

The Fault in Our Stars

Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. This is a recurring line in the book and sort of encapsulates what the book was for me. It is that kind of book that if I read the second and third time, various sentences will pop out, loaded with meaning based on whatever my personal circumstance is … Continue reading The Fault in Our Stars

The Lowland – Reflections

The story starts with a description of the Lowland and somehow you feel desolation fill within you. The story ebbs and flows with the two brothers and their wife. As the chapters alternate between the characters and flip back and forth in time, you are caught in it. By the time the novel reaches its … Continue reading The Lowland – Reflections

Twenties Girl – For the free spirit in you

Once in a while you stumble on a book that resonates with you. With the kind of person you were. With the kind of person you are. Twenties Girl was that for me. Standalone, it falls under rom-com, chick-lit, beach read or any term you use for feel good, light reading. To me, it was … Continue reading Twenties Girl – For the free spirit in you

To the moon and back

Thursday night. The clock showed 9:03 PM. Kids were in bed. Saathi zoned out in front of the TV while I leaned back on the recliner with a book in hand. A week back, in conversation with a friend the topic veered to books and she said if there was one book that epitomized Romance … Continue reading To the moon and back

iChanged the world!

The clock showed 2:00 AM. I sat back and closed my eyes for a few minutes before I went to bed. I had just finished reading Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs. I loved the book. It was a fast read considering the technical and business nature of most chapters. It is a book that … Continue reading iChanged the world!

Book Review – A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

I closed the book a little after midnight yesterday. My heart was heavy and sleep eluded me. I started the book A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry after I found it in my bookshelf this past Friday. The cover was muted. I read the book in stages. At bedtime. In the evening absent mindedly watching the girls. … Continue reading Book Review – A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Desirable Daughters – Bharati Mukherjee

It was a quiet uneventful Sunday evening. Tired of bugging K to talk with me, I stormed off to find a book to read. It has been a a long time since I curled up with a book in hand and did not lift my face up till it was done. Scanning the rows of … Continue reading Desirable Daughters – Bharati Mukherjee

Unaccustomed Earth – My thoughts.

I finally got through and finished the book yesterday. Closing the book, I felt a mix of emotions. I loved Jhumpa Lahiri's writing style yet there was something about that book that felt incomplete. Not sure if it was because I was expecting something more from the loose trilogy that ended the book. Now that I … Continue reading Unaccustomed Earth – My thoughts.