The Mid-Autumn Festival Tag

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I was tagged by the lovely Anushka over at Going Through Books  to do what looks like a chilled out and fun tag! Here we go!

REUNION OF FAMILY

Name A Book with Family Goals

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I’m going to have to steal her answer and say The Weasley family. I cannot imagine a safer space to be in and with my family being so……wide apart (in different parts of the world) I miss having huge family time. Moreover, Molly is just such awesomeness.

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Big Mushy Happy Lump : Sarah Scribbles 2

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cover104326-mediumEveryone has heard of, or atleast seen one of Sarah Andersen’s doodles. It’s been shared across every social media platform available and unless you’ve lived under a rock, you would have seen, read, maybe even saved one of these. I didn’t have the pleasure of reading Adulthood Is A Myth so the second I saw this was available to read on Netgalley, I scrambled to read it immediately. In fact I dropped everything else I had and started reading this. And it did not disappoint.

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Shelfjoy : Literally, Joy Filled Virtual Shelves

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Bookish services are growing everyday and it makes me so happy to read about things like this when usually all we hear about is how the budget for libraries is getting smaller and about how yet another beautiful bookstore has shut down. And while Amazon is well and good it doesn’t have that community feeling that bookstores and libraries exude. This is where bookish websites come in! Services like Library Thing and Goodreads are very well known to everyone but what about smaller, more fledgling services that may just have a lot to offer?

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The Secret Of Chimneys

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This’ll be a super short review. One, because I’m experimenting with review formats and two because I don’t think it makes sense to dissect Agatha Christie’s writing. The story, The Secret Of Chimneys, follows Anthony Cade, a character we don’t know much about except that he is charming, intelligent and very good looking. He has something up his sleeve, as most Christie’s characters do, that the reader or the other characters don’t know. And this is exactly where the whole story lies.

Anthony Cade is trusted by his friend to do two things, one, deliver a package to a publisher, and two, deliver a stack of letters to a lady who might be distraught over them. Both of which he fails at miserably because there are other people after them. Of course, being brought up the English way, he is not about to let his honour come under scrutiny and works out a way to get them back and into the hands of their rightful owners. Along the way a Murder, a few threats and a few false accusations occur.

Naturally, since it is a Christie novel it is quick and well paced. There are a couple of female characters one of whom is absolutely awesome, everything one could want in a female character in these times. And if you’re suffering from Downton Abbey withdrawal you may very well pick this up and be thoroughly occupied in this world for a few delightful hours. There were faults of course, I didn’t buy a few of the happenings, but all’s well that ends well and I can’t remember most of these a week later so I suppose it really doesn’t matter.

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A bit of adventure and quick cash is all that good-natured drifter Anthony Cade is looking for when he accepts a messenger job from an old friend. It sounds so simple: deliver the provocative memoirs of a recently deceased European count to a London publisher. But the parcel holds more than scandalous royal secrets. I

t contains a stash of letters that suggest blackmail — and lead to the murder of a stranger who’s been shadowing Anthony’s every move. Discovering the dead man’s identity means retracing his steps — to the rambling estate of Chimneys where darker secrets, and deadlier threats, await anyone who dares to enter.

Buy on Amazon India, Book Depository, Wordery or Flipkart.

The Vegetarian Made My Stomach Churn

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27191166This review is very very late. In fact I’ve reviewed so many books that I read after this that I cannot believe I forgot to write this review. So, here I am, writing this review using whatever I have left in my memory of this. Do forgive me if this is a rather bare bones sort of review. It’s been a while since I read this.

The Vegetarian is divided into three parts, each from the point of view of one person who is associated with the main character, Yeong Hye. Her Husband, Her brother in law and her long suffering sister. Yeong Hye is a regular Korean wife who sort of works from home. Her husband, who “settled” for her because she was as plain looking as he is, is perfectly pleased with the way they conduct their daily lives. They don’t have children, but that doesn’t matter since their lives are running perfectly smoothly anyway.

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Alex Is Horrifying

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Alex is book two in the Camille Verhoeven series by Pierre LeMaitre. The author is a French novelist and Screenwriter and, I believe, is very popular in France. European books are something I’m very curious about but since I’m limited myself to Scandinavian authors I thought I’d expand my horizons by reading a French book that isn’t a classic. I spotted this on Simon’s (Savidge Reads) booktube channel and he raved so much about it that I grabbed it immediately. Now don’t misunderstand me when I say failed to be impressed, it was a 3-3.5 star for me. Just not as amazing as others, mostly men, seem to think it is. The story was honestly horrifying, especially the reasons and the past that I felt nauseous for the most part.

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Diversathon Book 1 : The Queue

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26067678The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz is something I’ve been dying to read since I first head it mentioned on one of the BookRiot podcasts. Unfortunately for me, it isn’t anywhere close to releasing in India and if I have to get it shipped to me it would cost a lot of monies. So I was exhilarated when I was asked to review an audiobook service, estories, and found this book on the list of new releases. Needless to say I clicked buy amidst much squealing and started listening immediately.

STORY AND WRITING

The Queue is a dystopian story following a few interconnected members of society in the Middle East after a failed political uprising that is not so affectionately called “The Disgraceful Events.”

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January 2017 Wrap Up

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January was a great reading month for me, if not by quality then definitely quantity. I read a total of 18 books which is aesome because my reading goal for the year is 100 books. Of course, a few of them were graphic novels but they do count as a books so, here we go! (In reverse order)

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The Castoffs Volume 1 : It’s Mage against the Machine! Magic vs technology in Roar’s newest graphic novel. When three apprentice mages are sent to help a neighboring guild, they reignite a decades-old war with a robot army that has destroyed the world.

Authors : M.K. Reed, Brian Smith, Molly Ostertag

My Rating : 3/5 stars

Review coming soon.

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