February (2019) Wrap-up

February was a month full of challenges and I did realize that I read more when I have other things stressing me out. Most parts of the month was invested in balancing between studies and deadlines, and the rest was mostly me dragging myself around like a sloth (because I was sick :P)

Jumping right into my February Wrap-up, I read 22 books and had two 5 stars reads, which is definitely making it to my Top 10 books of 2019

  • Roar by Cecilia Ahern: 30 women with 30 unique stories about the burdens and pain each have to endure in a world that has always been unfair to the female sex. A refreshing take on Feminism in a language that everyone understands and speaks.
  • The Fork, The Witch, and The Worm by Christopher Paolini: The stories are mostly about small adventures and folklore writing the Inheritance cycle. The writing was a mixture of good and bad, few paragraphs felt dry and unnecessary. But overall, the book kept me glued to the pages and that is very important to me as a reader.
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen: ‘Mansfield Park’ isn’t a romance, as most of Austen’s works, but the portrayal of what happened in the rich and affluent circles in the Victorian era. It is also an intimate character sketch of people flawed by money and the ones who want to abide by the truth and practice compassion.
  • South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami: I thoroughly enjoyed the writing and the portrayal of needs- physical and emotional, but this short tale left a lot of questions at its wake. I found this book extremely unsatisfactory and I have been looking for all these answers will never get.
  • The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden: What a conclusion! Katherine Arden wins my heart again with this epic conclusion. I have cried and hugged the book hard, and begged to the Gods for mercy. I have also swooned and sighed, read and reread paragraphs.
  • The Legacy of Nothing by Manoj Pandey: The Legacy of Nothing is a short yet powerful read on how certain people leave behind nothing, their struggles are rendered worthless and that, they are pushed to one corner by the people in their life as well as the world.
  • Left from the Nameless Shop Stories by Adithi Rao: ‘Left from the Nameless Shop’ takes us to a small town full of stories and gossip, and a lot of love and support among its residents. An entertaining read which could have been refined a bit more.
  • And the Ocean was our Sky by Patrick Ness: The narration is flawless, with stories of loss and triumph and a human who engages Bathsheba into thoughtful conversations. The writing, however, is contemporary making it a lot easier to navigate through the prose.
  • Enchantee by Gita Trelease: Here is a book that is French at its very core. Enchantée takes us to Paris- during the time of Louis XVI (1789). Camille Durbonne has magic running through her veins. She is constantly being weighed down by raising her younger sister Sophie- still recovering from smallpox and brother Alain- an alcoholic who couldn’t handle the sadness his family was pushed into, after their parent’s death.
  • Turning Point by Danielle Steel: Turning Point is a book about a few trauma surgeons who are facing dangerous times as Paris is being subjected to multiple attacks. The book deals with the strain of being a doctor on their personal relationships.
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon: This dark, atmospheric and magical book had me in its grip and I wasn’t complaining.
    The story brings dangerous worlds together is a compelling and adventurous way and this book will give you a slice of everything the genre ‘fantasy’ stands for.
  • A Monster Tale: A children’s book about a monster who wants to live among humans, and is finally making some effort with his human friend.
  • The Outsider by Albert Camus: The book is a close examination of the relationship between Meursault and his mother, and how everything in his life is a consequence of it. I loved the author’s approach to the importance of religion and the sheer misuse of it, just because a person doesn’t feel the same way as someone else.
  • The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary: One of the main reasons I enjoyed this book so much is because of the story and the mindblowing narration. Tiffy and Leon are characters taken from real life, who have basic, everyday problems and handle it in the most normal manner. A wonderful romance, that made me love all these characters and pray for a happily ever after whenever anything went wrong.
  • The Essence of Delhi: The Essence of Delhi brings us 12 stories that talks about Delhi as a Phoenix- rising from its ashes only to be demolished again and again. We also get to see a few typical Delhi households- full of laughter and joy and friendly banters, boys living their best life in the streets of Delhi.
  • Deal With the Devil by Meghan March: Book 1 of the Forge trilogy. There is a reason why I love Meghan March’s stories so much. They are intriguing, sassy, dark and addictively romantic.
    Forge’s mysterious yet caring nature, India’s strong and resilient aura and their bittersweet chemistry are what you are in for if you decide to start this trilogy.
    This is such an addictive and cozy read.
  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa: The book feels like a solid foundation for many more secrets and adventures. The characters are well written too. Yumeko’s secret, Kage’s detachment from the world, and a demon’s obsession with gaining power has been depicted with precision.
  • The Forest of Enchantments by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: I, honestly loved how endearing and sacrificing Sita was, throughout the story. Ram was the polar opposite and It was impossible to show any form of likeness for him. The writing is hauntingly beautiful and it’s the ending that brought me immense joy.
  • Hollywood Princess by Natasha Madison: Hollywood Princess is an adorable, engaging and delightful read, which is somewhere along the lines of crush that develops into a full-fledged, steaming romance.

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