Three Short Reviews

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7149021. Noughts And Crosses : I could not get along with this book. I can’t specifically point out one reason why but overall it just felt very contrived and like it was trying too hard. In this story we read about Sephy, a dark skinned cross and Callum, a light skinned nought. Crosses are privileged and this seems to be basically American history reversed and set during the time that slavery was abolished. They used to be friends, now they are in love and the story is sort of social commentary in a “dystopian” world. I read the entire book but rated it one star because it just did not feel convincing to me! The amount of times she mentioned that it was the dark skinned people who were privileged was a little annoying, I get it, I’m not an imbecile! And the couple in question seemed to despise each other more than love each other and I just did not tolerate their little “romance”

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10 Historical Fiction Books That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

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Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres but I haven’t been reading too much of it lately and I feel the pain of separation!!!! So, in order to heal the wounds in my heart, I have made a wishlist of the genre and have acquired a few and am yet to acquire some others.

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1. True History Of The Kelly Gang : This one won the 2001 booker prize and is about the Kelly gang (as is obvious from the title). In True History of the Kelly Gang, the legendary Ned Kelly speaks for himself, scribbling his narrative on errant scraps of paper in semiliterate but magically descriptive prose as he flees from the police. To his pursuers, Kelly is nothing but a monstrous criminal, a thief and a murderer. To his own people, the lowly class of ordinary Australians, the bushranger is a hero, defying the authority of the English to direct their lives. Indentured by his bootlegger mother to a famous horse thief (who was also her lover), Ned saw his first prison cell at 15 and by the age of 26 had become the most wanted man in the wild colony of Victoria, taking over whole towns and defying the law until he was finally captured and hanged. Here is a classic outlaw tale, made alive by the skill of a great novelist. Continue reading

New Releases I’m Excited For

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A19U-QzMuKLMadras On My Mind

Once upon a time by the sea, there was a story – and another and another – and some wandered into these pages to make up a city.
So meet, among others, a travel guide who falls for a French tourist, a rice merchant with Kollywood dreams, a god whose editor proves elusive, a portly musical lawyer caught in a noir plot and a man in search of family in the Great Madras Flood.
Find yourself, among other places, in Town, at that gastronomic oxymoron, the Udipi café, in Velachery, looking for pot or maybe for love, on Kaanum Pongal day all across Madras, even in a fast car on East Coast Road, fleeing the city – till it lures you back with its lovely lies.
It’s all here: the salt in the breeze, the eternal summer, the swing of the sea.
It’s Madras on your mind.

Coming out in July from Harpercollins.

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Haul Number God Only Knows 

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Last time when I posted my haul I’d mentioned that I didn’t want to include review copies because technically I hadn’t hauled them. BUT so many people told me that they counted so here I am including review copies and one giveaway prize. 

  1. Maestra And Domina. I am super psyched for these because they’re supposed to feature a feminist protagonist whose comfortable with her body. 
  2. Loyal Stalkers. I am DYING to read this collection of interconnected short stories from Sri Lanka. (Psst, I’ve already started)
  3. Hair Everywhere. A distant family member is going through cancer and I just immediately wanted to read this. I expect I’ll cry. But I’ll be worth the tears. 
  4. Star of India. I previously reviewed Alice Perrin’s book Woman In The Bazaar and it was so lovely. The publishers generously sent me a copy of this and I can’t wait to read. 
  5. Shared Tables. This is the memoir of a chef who is native to Poona but has travelled a lot. At the end there are quite a few recipes so I can’t wait to try those out. 
  6. Perfect. I was lucky enough to win a signed copy of Perfect and I am SCREAMING with happiness. Of course I have to get book one first so this will have to wait. 

That’s it for my haul. Have you read any from here? Or are you looking forward to any? 

2 DNF “Reviews” : The Lauras And The Night Ocean

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27430360The Lauras : I received a copy from Netgalley and I was super excited about it. So when I started and had to drop it around 25% I was absolutely heartbroken. The story follows Alex whose mother grabs her/him early one morning and runs away. She says she doesn’t want to live with the father anymore and takes them like nomads from small town to small town, living off waitressing and other small jobs to make ends meet.

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