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Book Review:The Psychology of Time Travel.

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NOTE: I received this book as free digital ARC via Net galley in exchange of an honest opinion

Synopsis: 

1967: Four female scientists invent a time-travel machine. They are on the cusp of fame: the pioneers who opened the world to new possibilities. But then one of them suffers a breakdown and puts the whole project in peril.

2017: Ruby knows her beloved Granny Bee was a pioneer, but they never talk about the past. Though time travel is now big business, Bee has never been part of it. Then they receive a message from the future–a newspaper clipping reporting the mysterious death of an elderly lady.

2018: When Odette discovered the body, she went into shock. Blood everywhere, bullet wounds, flesh. But when the inquest fails to answer any of her questions, Odette is frustrated. Who is this dead woman that haunts her dreams? And why is everyone determined to cover up her murder? (Goodreads)

Thoughts:

The Psychology of Time Travel is a surprising blend of mystery, thriller and sci-fi genre which gave this book an edge. This book comes with an intelligent story and excellent narration. I liked how boldly author explored the possibilities of meeting older selves from future, and it’s impact on physical and mental health, not only this but its effects on emotional health of a person.

Character development in this book is smooth, I particularly liked character sketch of  Margaret Norton, as I have special liking for characters which are strong and other character that I loved was Bee. Bee is a very relatable and loving character. However none of the other characters pleased me a lot. Pace of the story is just perfect.

In my opinion this book has very complex story line still author managed to do amazing job by neatly executing this story and taking care of complex dynamics of relationships between character.

Thoughts:

5/5 stars

This book is really a treat for me and it is suitable for people  who wants to read sci-fi but don’t pick this genre because of their knowledge of the subject.

 

Read more even when you are broke

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Hello and welcome to my blog, guys reading books these days is an expensive affair for readers like me, still I manage to read good number of books every year and the question is “how”? So today I will be sharing some tips with you so that you can read even when you are broke or on book ban.

so without delaying just dive right in and see what I have got for you.

1) E-books:

I have been a reader for a long time and most of the time was not in a position to buy books, one day randomly I googled if I can get free ebooks and then I came across one such site which had huge collection of books that person can read online, then eventually I started searching for free books in PDF format and my friends I wasn’t disappointed and even today I search free books online before actually buying physical books.

2) Libraries:

Library is my favorite place on earth and I am a regular library visitor and one of the most active member. So when it comes to read more books without spending even a single penny library comes to my mind, we can easily get access to unlimited books. So try to find one around you.

3) Audiobooks:

Audiobooks are complete bliss, I thoroughly enjoy them, and I am not going to suggest Audibles to you because I know it is not free but whenever you think of an audio book try to search it on YouTube. There are tons of audiobooks available there. Try putting some time in searching for books online as it may save some money and some trees.

4) Used Books:

Buying used books have helped me a lot in saving money, also sometimes you get books with someone else’s annotated notes and thoughts and we cannot deny the fact that old books are precious.

5) Borrow from Friends:

If you are in readers circle then there is one more option for you guys and that option is to borrow books from friends and then return them with due respect. When I was in school and had no money, I used to borrow books from my reader friends and trust me it has helped me a lot in keeping up with my reading habits. Nominal and hassle free.

So these were few of my tips for those of you who want to read but are broke or on book buying ban.

Book Review: Witch Born by Nicholas Bowling

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Hello readers and welcome to my blog, today I will be reviewing book “Witch Born” by Nicholas Bowling.

Synopsis:

Alyce’s mother has just been burnt at the stake for practicing witchcraft. With only a thin set of instructions and a witch’s mommet for guidance, Alyce must face the world that she’s been sealed off from — a world of fear and superstition. With a witch hunter fast on her trail, she’ll need the help of an innkeeper and a boy looking to discover the truth behind his own mother’s past.
But as her journey continues, another war rages: a hidden war of the supernatural, of the living and the dead. Good and evil are blurred, and nobody’s motives can be trusted. And Alyce finds herself thrown unwillingly into the conflict. Struggling to understand her own powers, she is quickly drawn into a web of secret, lies, and dark magic that could change the fate of the world she is just coming to know.
This dark, twisty, and thrillingly original debut will leave readers entranced in its suspenseful plot and rich prose

My Thoughts:

Witch born is a beautiful combination of historical fiction and supernatural genre with interesting plot line however I will not call a unique plot line, as story was quite predictable.

Story is about a girl named Alyce, whose mother gets killed for practicing  witchcraft by two unknown men and this incident turns her life upside down.

Alyce was instructed by her mother to go to London and handover a letter to Doctor Dee few moments before her death, but as story progresses, we get to know Alyce is in far more dangerous situation than she has imagined, Somehow her existence is now a political agenda and somehow she is stuck in cross fire between Mary, The Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I.

I liked how cleverly author revolved the story around these historical characters. Narration of the book was on point and I particularly liked the world building. I somehow was not completely satisfied by character development of the book and missed element of drama a lot.

Verdict:

3.75/5 Stars

Book Review: The Seductive Affairs by Rishabh Puri

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Hello readers and welcome to another book review which is The Seductive Affairs by Rishabh Puri.

Synopsis:

This is a story of girl Prisha, who is career oriented woman and is engaged to a very successful and handsome man. Soon she realise that Akshay( Fiancee) is constantly telling her to drop her dreams and be an ideal housewife which eventually results in their breakup. Soon Prisha lands on respected job and in office she meets Rajesh, a charming man, soon ending up having hopeless crush on him.

My Thoughts:

So I will talk about what works for me in this book, I liked the concept of being strong and career oriented. Second, I liked writing style which was easy without extravagant words in it, it was light read which was much needed for me. There were intimate scenes in this book which were well written as wasn’t awkward reading them.
Now, I will talk about what were the things I wish author could have done differently, first is story is very predictable, it seems like I was witnessing a story I have already read or seen about hundred times before, things were oversimplified for me. oversimplified as in I expected more drama in it and premise of story perfectly complements drama, story is about conference but I think better situation could have been pulled of by author. Last and probably most important that there were some major visible blunders.
At the end say it was great effort by author but clearly some more research and work is to be done

My Verdict:

3/5 Stars.

Harry Potter and The Order of Phoenix: Discussion (Spoilers)

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We love Harry Potter even after so many years, so every time I re-read book I come across new aspect of the story. J.K. Rowling has written this book with such depth that unraveling its each aspect becomes impossible. I have recently realized that The fifth book in this installment is absolutely incredible.

Re-reading this fifth part of series has stirred so much inside me and I needed to discuss it, so here I am sharing my views on why this book is the best book in this series, so without further a do let’s jump right into it.

  1. Book that marked end of the childhood:

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It is evident that J.K. Rowling did a phenomenal job in story telling, I loved how smoothly she has changed the feel of story with each passing year of Harry’s life. Order of Phoenix for me the thus a book with very dark story. There is so much going on in this book with Harry and his friends. Return of dark lord, Dumbledore and Harry being accused of spreading rumors about return of dark lord, Harry’s complicated love life and worst introduction of Dolores Umbridge.

2. This book had moments that changed the flow of entire series:

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This book had some awesome but dark moments that made this book stand apart in entire series. Dark lord possessing Harry, Dumbledore ignoring him, Harry’s classmate calling him lair for telling people that dark lord returned, incompetence of Ministry of Magic, not just these Harry was going through so much on personal front as well, his complicated feelings towards Cho, Dolores Umbridge banning Harry from palying Quidditch.

3. Importance of  sticking together:

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This book made me realised that no one can ever survive alone. I loved the part where they introduced Dumbledore’s army, where Harry’s his friends used to learn defense against the dark arts from him, so that they can combat if situations are in favor.

4. Prophecy:

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After waiting for four books, finally in this book we get to know why exactly Voldemort considered Harry as his enemy. I think this was a crucial point of this entire series, I cannot forget the kind of sensations I got when I read it for the first time and then I re-read that section again and again.

5. Power Of Love:

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The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches… born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies… and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not… and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives… the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies….— Sybill Trelawney’s prophecy made to Albus Dumbledore ( Harry Potter Wiki)

There were so many things common between Harry and Voldemort but what made Harry different? It was power of love. In The order of Phoenix movie, I particularly liked the scene where Harry was possessed by dark lord but then he gets glimpse of his friends and people who love him.

6. Introduction to New characters:

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I love this book because this book introduced some new characters to me, Like Luna Luvgood, a weirdly beautiful girl, best villain Dolores Umbridge, Tonks and Bellatrix.

This is it guys, please feel free to share your views in comment section.

Happy Birthday Harry

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21 years ago, we all witnessed a magical world of Harry Potter, an epic saga which not only changed so many lives but is and will always remain the biggest evolution in literary world. Its been so many years yet still we are under the spell of “The Boy Who Lived” 

Today, I will be sharing my views on why I love this series, so without further a do let’s jump right into it.

  1. Story that saved so many lives:

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I would not be wrong if I say Harry Potter has been a life changing experience for me, and every now and then we have seen so many people confessing how this story has changed their lives. This story has saved me from reality and have been a perfect escape for me and even today I look up to this magical world when reality starts taking toll over my life.

2.  Friendship for life:

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This story thought me real dynamics of friendship, it taught me friendship is not just about enjoying life and going to movies together but true meaning of friendship is sticking together through thick and thins, it taught me commitment and loyalty are not mere words. This series is just like a friend to me on whom I can count every time to comfort me.

3.  Power of Love:

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What saved Harry was his parent’s love for their child, this is a story which made me realized love is the selfless,  Ron and Hermione’s love for Harry have saved him countless time. Harry’s parents were not alive but he was loved by so many people like Remus, Sirius, Molly and Arthur.

4. Keep Fighting:

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Maybe life is not fair, maybe time is not in favor but keep fighting till the time is bows down to you, Harry’s story is a story of real struggle. Right from the first year at Hogwarts he fought, sometimes he fought his fears, sometimes he fought is classmates, sometimes he even challenged the school authorities and broke rules. It was never easy for him.

5. It is so much more than a book:

This series is so much more than just a story for me, I feel like I have left some part of mine with this book, I have laughed, I cried, I questioned and I discovered along with the story. It is my home and my safe place, even after re-reading books and watching movies for zillion times, I never get enough of this.

These were few reasons why I loved this series and movie franchise so much and share your Harry Potter experiences with me in comments.

At the end I would like to say once again, “Happy birthday Harry”.

Book Review: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Hello and welcome to another book review, today I will be reviewing book The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Synopsis:

“A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.”

Thoughts:

Language of this book is simple but there are so many dynamics to the story, this book well showcases influence of religion on our culture and our lives.
This book beautifully showcased changing dynamics of relationships. This story beautifully explores the sense of freedom and individualism, the power of discovering ourselves and then tearing down the walls of rules that this world made for us. This book is about breaking walls and finding ourselves, to be honest I would say this is rather dark story but reading this gives so much relieve. Best part of this book is its purity and innocence. A power of creative mind and pen.
There is pain, love, friendship, struggles and desperation in this book. I loved it.

Verdict:

5/5 stars

Book Review: Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

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Hello readers and welcome to my blog, today I will be reviewing book Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend.

Synopsis:

A cursed girl escapes death and finds herself in a magical world – but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

Thoughts:

Nevermoor is like a colorful and beautiful ice-cream, that gives you beautiful taste of wonder.  It is a story of Morrigan, who is a cursed child is blamed for every bad happening. She is born on Eventide and is destined to die on her 11th birthday but just before her final moments a mysterious man show up and take her with him.

I was highly satisfied with this read as I have not read anything like this in long time. I loved the premise of story and pace with which it progressed. I liked how author successfully reminded me of Harry Potter although I am not comparing Harry Potter with this book because that would not be fair with either of them.

Author did the great job in universe building, it was evident from her writing that she has put a lot of thoughts in making this world. In stories like these character development plays an important role, I am happy that I didn’t find anything that annoyed me. However, I wanted to know more about Jupiter North.

There were elements that I enjoyed most like I particularly enjoyed all trials specially Fright Trial, I enjoyed dynamics between Hawthrone and Morrigan, and I enjoyed most the parts where grumpy cat came into scene.

At the end, I would say this book as every ingredient to make your reading experience delightful.

Verdict:

5/5 stars

If you are looking for something that can make you happy, then my friends it is the book for you.

 

 

Hindi Poetry Book Recommendation

Hello readers and welcome to my blog, today I am here with some Hindi poetry book recommendations. As far as I remember I was not much of a poetry lover but in past few years I have developed my taste for poetry, and Hindi poetry makes me fall in love with this beautiful piece of art.

So let’s see what I have got for you this time.

  1. Madhushala by Harivansh Rai Bachchan:

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Madhushala is considered a classic in Hindi literature, also a piece of advice do not read English translation.

2. Kuch Ishq Kiya, Kuch kaam kiya by Piyush Mishra:

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A collection of poetry by Piyush Mishra is light heart and have a touch of modern day Hindi, so if you are thinking to get started with Hindi poetry this could be a great pick for you.

3. Naraz by Rahat Indori:

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Rahat Indori is India’s most popular shayar and lyricist, Naraz is collection of shayaris and it is really good.

4.  Poetry by Gulzar:

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“Do Log” is my favorite  but there are many other books from this author that you can enjoy.

That’s all for now and if you are planning to read any of these books or have recommendation for me, then do let me know..

Thanks for reading.