Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell : A review

Eleanor & ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars ⭐ ⭐
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I don’t remember how I stumbled upon this book, but I remember having huge expectations for it.

The first thing that comes to mind about this book is the way the tone was fluctuating between adorable and fugly/creepy. Like a sinusoidal wave.

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Eleanor and Park are pretty much normal teens who slowly discover each other and fall in love. There is a mystery about Eleanor’s back story in the beginning which was nice. To read about a Korean guy in such a setting was interesting. Park looks like his life might be perfect but there are some major flaws too. These flaws were touched upon elegantly. The initial stages of getting to know one another, the little cutsie exchanges of phone numbers and comic books were the good parts.

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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini : A review

A Thousand Splendid SunsA Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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What can I say about a book that is equally poignant and feel-good? What can I say about a book that is made of gruesome episodes but is pregnant with humanity?

4949056441_df056d83ceKhaled Hosseini takes your heart, wrings it with tragedy, warms it with kindness, and fills it with despair. By the time you are done with the book, you come out feeling like you just went through an emotional roller coaster. It leaves you light headed, nerve rattled, and heavy hearted, but gives you satisfaction whenever you look back.

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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh : A review

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That HappenedHyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
My rating: 2 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐
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Hyperbole and a Half was like 9gag.com with a little text. Okay for a some light reading, but not really ROTFLMAO worthy.

I really liked the parts about depression and being an (failure)adult and was able to relate to all the stuff that she goes through. I laughed most at the beginning of the book, where the letters-to-self feature. But after that it was downhill for me.

The part with the dogs just got boring (maybe I am not an animal lover, I’m not even sure if animal lovers would like it because it demeans BOTH the dogs).

It was alright for a breezy read…if you are looking to pass some time and have already read all the 9gag.com posts you could pick this book up.

Poison by Bridget Zinn : A review

PoisonPoison by Bridget Zinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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First off I love , love , luuuuurvve the title. “Poison” I mean, that is such a strong title for a book and it was the very first thing that caught my attention about Bridget Zinn’s novel.

Not Poisoned but simply Poison like the book were not giving out clues as to whether someone is actually being poisoned or not.

The book cover itself is very enchanting. That’s what piqued my interest. As for the story, before I had gotten past the first few pages, I had imagined a setting, that was straight out of a fairytale-picture book. And the protogonist, Kyra became my bold,gutsy princess in my imagination. It was beautiful and was already becoming one of my favorites.

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Blink by Malcolm Gladwell : A review

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without ThinkingBlink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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This book was amazing!! It changed my whole perspective on certain things while clearing up questions I have had for a long time about how instincts help us and where they arise from. The intensity of the book just keeps getting better and better towards the end as Gladwell delves deeper into the power of thinking while not thinking. His examples and the experiments quoted in the book were very apt and relatable. I will read and re-read this book.

The Summoning ( The Darkest Powers – I) by Kelley Armstrong : A review

The Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1)The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
My rating: 3 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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This book begins with an extremely scary episode of a child’s encounter with ghosts. The first few paragraphs nearly made me jump with every turn. The narrative is absolutely perfect for the situation by making use of the simple innocence of the child.

But once the chapter 1 is done, the reader is faced with the mundane ramblings of a teenage girl. The boring Yada-yada-yada continues until the main story-line kicks in and other characters are introduced.

The place setting is a home that takes in kids with (deceivingly) ‘special’ abilities. There were good details and sufficient back story for every character. The sparse but bone-chilling incidents keep the plot moving. Our protagonist, Chloe, is of course gifted with unnaturally strong powers that she is unaware of. This book is wholly about how she figures out her supernatural abilities both through accidental encounters and engaging curiosity.

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Windows in an iDroid World

I’m one of the RARE SPECIES who bought a Windows phone.

Yes. Go on…finish your mockery, bellow out loud….go on. You can get back whenever you’re done.

Done?Good. So one of the classic questions I get when I mention I own a windows phone is ‘Why?’ And it’s not a simple why, but the long-drawn, exasperated ‘Whyyyyyyyyyy ?’ With the horrified shocked emoticon in the end.

I feel like my credibility is in the balance when such a question is posed and I’m gonna justify it here.

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One More Thing by BJ Novak : A review

One More Thing: Stories and Other StoriesOne More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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I read so many mixed reviews for this book. Undoubtedly am on the I-love-it extreme.

I did . I loved that this book was erratic, skeptical, funny, philosophical, and Zany. Every story was a world of it’s own. There was no overlapping or redundancy.

I’d definitely reach out to this whenever I feel down ‘cos I’m sure that it will be an instant mood lift.

One more thing reading progress

One of the few anthologies I have come across, that delivers full satisfaction on every story. I can vouch that none of the stories were a drag; every bit was interesting and I wanted more and more of it.

Say what you want skeptics, but ‘One More Thing’ scaled new heights in the entertainment genre.
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My detanning Routine

Who doesn’t despise those horrible tan lines? And when you are from India it’s not just the summer that you have to be worried about 😦 Sighhhhh

But I did come up with a simple routine for removing tan. Read on to know how…

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Break that Zone !!

Coming out of the comfort zone of the womb gave us Life. So Explore life to the fullest. Break that zone !!

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone