New Books I Want To Get

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 The Winter Of The Witch – Katherine Arden

One girl can make a difference. Moscow is in flames, leaving its people searching for answers and someone to blame. Vasilisa, a girl with extraordinary gifts, must flee for her life, pursued by those who blame their misfortune on her magic. Then a vengeful demon, stronger than ever. Determined to engulf the world in chaos, he finds allies among men and spirits. Mankind and magical creatures alike find their fates resting on Vasya’s shoulders. But she may not be  able to save them all.

Saikat Majumdar – The Scent Of God

In an elite all-boys’ boarding school run by a Hindu monastic order in late-twentieth century India, things aren’t what they look like on the surface… anirvan, a young student, is fascinated by the music and silence of spiritual life. He dreams of becoming a monk. But as he seeks his dream, he finds himself drawn to a fellow student, and they come together to form an intimate and unspeakable relationship. The boys sweat at cricket and football, crack Science and Mathematics in pursuit of Golden careers, and meditate to the aroma of Incense and flowers. It’s a world of ruthless discipline shaped by monks in flowing Saffron. A sceptical teacher mentors anirvan and reveals his suspicion of this vigilant atmosphere. Does the beating of the boys reveal urges that cannot be named? What is the meaning of monastic celibacy? What, indeed, holds the brotherhood together? Against himself, anirvan gets sucked into a whirl of events outside the walls of the monastery, in the midst of prostitutes, scheming politicians and the impoverished Muslims of the villages surrounding the school. When the love of his life returns to him, the boys’ desire for each other push them towards a wild course of action. But will that give them a life together in a world that does not recognise their kind of love?.

Sweet Shop By Amit Chaudhuri

Arising from visits to sweet shops in the by-lanes of Calcutta, these poems brim with the excitement of what it means to discover, marvel at, and taste the universe. As the first line of the book states, ‘The whole universe is here’. Showcasing the edible, the intimate, and the singular, this collection, like the sweet-shop shelf, is characterized by ‘an unnoticed balance of gravity and play’.

I know there are only three in the list this time but gimme a little time, I’m a little rusty and out of practice here. I will be back with a lot more new releases that you will desperately want to read.

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Crazy Rich Asians #AudiobookReview

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Author : Kevin Kwan

Publisher : Double Day

Genre : Contemporary fiction, Asian fiction

Source : Own Copy

Rating : 3 stars

Summary : When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back.
Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick’s formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should–and should not–marry.

The Forest Of Enchantments #BookRelease

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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

I thought I’d end this year with a rather exciting book release. Not my own of course, lol, but an author I absolutely enjoy readinh, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

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The Ramayana, one of the world’s greatest epics, is also a tragic love story. In this brilliant retelling, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni places Sita at the centre of the novel: this is Sita’s version.


The Forest of Enchantments is also a very human story of some of the other women in the epic, often misunderstood and relegated to the margins: Kaikeyi, Surpanakha, Mandodari. A powerful comment on duty, betrayal, infidelity and honour, it is also about women’s struggle to retain autonomy in a world that privileges men, as Chitra transforms an ancient story into a gripping, contemporary battle of wills. While the Ramayana resonates even today, she makes it more relevant than ever, in the underlying questions in the novel: How should women be treated by their loved ones? What are their rights in a relationship? When does a woman need to stand up and say, ‘Enough!’

A moving meditation on love in its many forms, The Forest of Enchantments proves once again why Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni remains an unparalleled storyteller.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning and bestselling author, poet, activist and teacher of writing. Her work has been published widely, in magazines and anthologies, and her books have been translated into twenty-nine languages. Several of her works have been made into films and plays.

Chitra will be in India in January 2019 to promote the book.

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Watch the trailer here!

‘Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni turns the Ramayana around by telling it in the voice of Sita … this inversion is a gift—it presents us with a way to know an already well-known story better and to love an already beloved story more.’ 

—ARSHIA SATTAR

‘This inspired evocation of the goddess Sita is an epic song of strength and solidarity told with joy and intensity. It brings to life the personalities and predicaments of the Ramayana.’

—NAMITA GOKHALE

‘Among the many, many Ramayanas, there are now even—thankfully—some “Sitayanas”, but I know of none with the special magic that Chitra Divakaruni … brings to the telling.’

—PHILIP LUTGENDORF

‘Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s Sita … is an epitome of courage and self-respect, showing a path for all women. While weaving a familiar story, Chitra provides deep and surprising insights.’

—VOLGA

‘An incomparable storyteller.’

—THE DENVER POST

‘Divakaruni’s stories are irresistible.’

—THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

‘Divakaruni’s storytelling talents put her right up there with the best.’

—MIAMI HERALD

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Available for purchase on Amazon India and Flipkart.

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The Muse #RaveReview

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Author – Jessie Burton

Publisher – Ecco

Genre – Historical Fiction

Source – Purchased Copy

Rating – 5 Stars

Summary

A picture hides a thousand words . . .

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn’t know she had, she remains a mystery – no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.
The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences . . .

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Author : Caroline Kepnes

Publisher : Atria books

Genre : Psychological Thriller

Source : Purchased

Rating : 3 stars

Summary : When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.
There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.
As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

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Asking For It

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Genre : YA, Crime, Women’s Fiction

Source : Own copy

Rating : 4.5 Stars

Summary : In a small town, where everyone knows everyone, Emma O’Donovan is different. She is the special one – beautiful, popular, powerful. And she works hard to keep it that way.
Until that night…
Now, she’s an embarrassment. Now, she is a slut. Now, she is nothing.
And those pictures – those pictures that everyone has seen – mean she can never forget.

The Godfather Of Method Acting

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Author : in60Learning

Narrator : Harriet Reed

Publisher : in60Learning

Genre : Biography, Non Fiction

Source : Publisher

Rating : 3.5 Stars

Summary : Smarter in 60 minutes.

Get smarter in just 60 minutes with in60Learning. Concise and elegantly written nonfiction books and audiobooks help you learn the core subject matter in 20 percent of the time that it takes to read a typical book. Life is short, so explore a multitude of fascinating historical, biographical, scientific, political, and financial topics in only an hour each.

Actor Marlon Brando, famous for his role in The Godfather, used his troubled childhood to fuel his work. Between two alcoholic parents, Brando grew up physically abused and emotionally underdeveloped. As an actor, he practiced the Stanislavski system, a kind of method acting where one draws emotions from past experiences to bring realism into a performance; Brando once stated, “If I have a scene to play and I have to be angry, I can remember my father hitting me.” While this method made him a highly respected actor, he also developed a reputation for being hostile and hard to work with.

This biography delves into the complicated life and career of this actor, director, and activist who Time Magazine named one of their Top 100 Most Important People in the 20th Century.

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Midsummer’s Equation

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Author : Keigo Higashino

Publisher : Little Brown

Genre : Crime Writing, Japanese Fiction, Translated books

Source : Purchased

Rating : 3 stars

Summary : When a man’s body is discovered at the base of some cliffs in the small resort town of Hari Cove, the police at first suspect a tragic accident, a misstep that cost the man his life.
However, when the victim is found to have been a former policeman and that the cause of death was actually carbon monoxide poisoning, they begin a murder investigation. Manabu Yukawa, the physicist known as ‘Detective Galileo’, is in Hari Cove to speak at a conference on a planned underwater mining operation, and finds himself drawn into the case.
Did the murder have something to do with the fight of the small community to rebuild itself, or does it have its roots in the town’s history? In a series of twists as complex and surprising as any in Higashino’s brilliant, critically acclaimed work, Yukawa uncovers the hidden relationship behind the tragic events that led to this murder.

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Eteka–Rise Of The Imamba #Fantasy #Extract

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We all love reading fantasy, especially those of us that want an escape from this life to another more thrilling, less awful (is it though?), more hopeful (really?) and thoroughly different life. So what else can I do but share an awesome book when I come across it!

“The Cold War sets the stage for various proxy wars, nationalist movements, and covert missions across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Out of the tumult will emerge a warrior. Though his heart is in the right place, he knows that he must make a tough decision that will determine his fate-and the fate of generations to come.”

Welcome to the world of Eteka: Rise of the Imamba: a powerful set of connected stories that spans two timelines: the Cold War tensions of the 1950s and the post-Cold War era of the 1990s. Eteka: Rise of the Imamba is a dark, action packed thriller that follows multiple characters across 14 locations around the world, and will appeal to readers that enjoy history, suspense, fantasy and world cultures. It is an original and unusual piece of literary fiction in the fact that it seamlessly fuses African, Asian, European and American cultures into an unforgettable reading experience.

Ben-NYC-3-768x518If you want to know more about the book click HERE and if you want to know more about the author click HERE.

Now, if the synopsis wasn’t interesting enough I suggest you checkout the little extract below so that your interest really is piqued and you go out and grab this insane book!


PROLOGUE – ETEKA: RISE OF THE IMAMBAHer blood covered his arms and chest, his singlet drenched with her ebbing life. He
carried her, running as fast as he could through the dark and abandoned warehouse somewhere in Abuja, Nigeria. His heart pounded, and the African heat gave him a headache that narrowed his field of vision to only the dying woman in his arms, and a portion of the dim warehouse. He had to stop the bleeding, but they were right behind him and he couldn’t stop. He tore his eyes away from her and kept running. Blood bubbled from the hole in her neck, pulsing in time to her slowing heart. His powerful arms clutched her close as he desperately searched for a safe place to set her down and wrap a piece of his shirt around her neck, to slow the bleeding. They were both sticky from the heat, and he could feel her heart skipping beats, winding down the clock of her lifetime.
In the distance, he heard the BMW and the stolen motorcycles screech to a halt. Car
doors opened, and footsteps began to approach the warehouse. The two of them were out of time.
He was scared—not of the approaching thugs, but because he felt life leaving his lover’s body,
the woman he had just started to know. The only beautiful thing in his life now lay dying in his
arms, her skin swiftly losing its usual golden glow. She choked on her own blood as she
coughed, and looked up at him with terror in her eyes.
Climbing more stairs, he found a pillar in a concealed corner of the warehouse. The thugs
were close. He heard them yelling insults and taunts in the local dialects of Yoruba, Igbo, and
Nigerian pidgin English. From their footsteps, he guessed that there were at least four of them.
He wanted to plan his defense, but—Setting his lover against the pillar, he ripped off a piece of his sleeve and wrapped it around her neck. No cell phone on him to call for help. The clip in his Taurus PT-92 was only good for two more shots. Nowhere to run. Footsteps echoed up the stairs. His pursuers were only a few feet away.
“Please don’t leave…” he whispered as he held her close. She was still beautiful. A tear
rolled down his cheek, and with a heavy heart, he knew his time with her was about to end. She tried to respond but was unable to as her blood flowed from her mouth and neck onto his arms.
Still, she managed a lopsided smile. The thugs were in the room now. His adrenaline spiked—he had to move quickly. He took one last look at her, then spun around to face the men.
In his mind he told her he had always loved her, because there was no time to do it with
his lips.
Things had not always been like this.


Well? What do you think? I am grabbing the book as soon as I can. You know I don’t read ebooks so I will have to wait for the physical copy to reach me but I am definitely going to read it.


Available for purchase on Amazon, Book Depository and Wordery.

New Releases 09/2018

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I have been away on work for a bit and while I absolutely love being busy with my job I also miss blogging and painting so I am back desperately writing posts to put out over the next few weeks while I have this small gap of free time, starting with this New Releases post!

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Tides Don’t Cross – Simar Malhotra

Sparks fly immediately when Rukmani—fierce and assertive in the best and worst possible ways—meets the gentle Ayaan in the magical city Paris. Meanwhile, back in India, her reticent sister, Mrinalini struggles to cope with the void of a loveless marriage and an early pregnancy.

Tides Don’t Crossfollows these extremely interesting characters as their lives cross in surprising ways. Mrinalini, Ayaan and Rukmani wade through choppy tides, unaware of their common destiny.

Deeply touching, this is an unforgettable story of thwarted desires, of love and its loss, of losing and finding oneself, and of falling and learning to rise.


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Half Gods – Akil Kumarasamy

Startlingly beautiful, Half Gods brings together the exiled, the disappeared, the seekers.
Following the fractured origins and destinies of two brothers named after demigods from the ancient epic, the
Mahabharata, we meet a family struggling with the reverberations of the past in their lives. These ten interlinked stories redraw the map of our world in surprising ways: following an act of violence, a baby girl is renamed after a Hindu goddess but raised as a Muslim; a lonely butcher from Angola finds solace in a family of refugees in New Jersey; a gentle entomologist, in Sri Lanka, discovers unexpected reserves of courage while searching for his missing son.
By turns heartbreaking and fiercely inventive, Half Gods reveals with sharp clarity the ways that parents, children, and friends act as unknowing mirrors to each other, revealing in their all-too human weaknesses, hopes and sorrows a connection to the divine.


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Daddykins – Kalpana Mohan

When journalist Kalpana Mohan’s elderly father falls ill in Chennai, she is on the next flight over from California and the home she has shared with her husband for three decades. Caring for her sometimes cranky, sometimes playful, and always adored father at his home in Chennai, Mohan sets out to piece together an account of her father’s life, from his poverty-stricken childhood in a village in south India, to his arranged marriage, to his first job in the city, all the while coming to terms with his inevitable passing.
Mohan’s tender, moving, and sometimes hilarious memoir is an account of a changing India captured in her father’s life, from the sheer feat of surviving poverty in I920s India of his birth, to witnessing key moments in the nation’s history and changing alongside them. Above all, Daddykins is an intimate and deeply relatable account of our relationships with our parents whatever our age, and the shared experiences of love and grief that unite us all.


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French Exit – Patrick deWitt

Frances Price tart widow, possessive mother and Upper East Side force of nature – is in dire straits, beset by scandal. Her adult son Malcolm is no help, mired in a permanent state of arrested development. And then there’s their cat, who Frances believes houses the spirit of her late husband, an infamously immoral lawyer whose gruesome tabloid death rendered them social outcasts.

To put their troubles behind them, the trio cut their losses and head for the exit. Their beloved Paris becomes the backdrop for a giddy drive to self-destruction, helped along by a cast of singularly curious characters: a bashful private investigator, an aimless psychic and Mme. Reynard, friendly American expat and aggressive houseguest.

Brimming with pathos, warmth and wit, French Exit is a one-of-a-kind tragedy of manners, a riotous send-up of high society and a moving story of mothers and sons.


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Red Birds – Mohammad Hanif

An American pilot crash lands in the desert and takes refuge in the very camp he was supposed to bomb. Hallucinating palm trees and worrying about dehydrating to death isn’t what Major Ellie expected from this mission. Still, it’s an improvement on the constant squabbles with his wife back home.
In the camp, teenager Momo’s money-making schemes are failing. His brother left for his first day at work and never returned, his parents are at each other’s throats, his dog is having a very bad day, and an aid worker has shown up wanting to research him for her book on the Teenage Muslim Mind.
Written with his trademark wit, keen eye for absurdity and telling important truths about the world today, Red Birds reveals master storyteller Mohammed Hanif at the height of his powers.


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The Corset – Laura Purcell

Is prisoner Ruth Butterham mad or a murderer? Victim or villain?

Dorothea and Ruth.
Prison visitor and prisoner. Powerful and powerless.
Dorothea Truelove is young, wealthy and beautiful. Ruth Butterham is young, poor and awaiting trial for murder.
When Dorothea’s charitable work leads her to Oakgate Prison, she is delighted with the chance to explore her fascination with phrenology and test her hypothesis that the shape of a person’s skull can cast a light on their darkest crimes. But when she meets teenage seamstress Ruth, she is faced with another theory: that it is possible to kill with a needle and thread. For Ruth attributes her crimes to a supernatural power inherent in her stitches.
The story Ruth has to tell of her deadly creations – of bitterness and betrayal, of death and dresses – will shake Dorothea’s belief in rationality, and the power of redemption.
Can Ruth be trusted? Is she mad, or a murderer?

That’s all for today! I particularly love the cover of Red Birds and am most intrigued by The Corset. I have no idea how Bloomsbury always has books that I desperately want to read but they do! And boy am I ready to read.