Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray

How Did I find this Book?

Well, this book has some great story behind. Recently I decided to explore more of GoodReads so I searched some groups and there I find the book of the month in one of the group that was “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. I then decided to read the synopsis that actually compelled me to read this book. And so, after finishing Wonder, me and my friends decided to buddy read this book.

Journey:

So this is the first ever classic that I have finished. Since it was a buddy read we were enthusiast to finish the book quickly (well it is more competition than discussing). The concept of the book was so amazing that it didn’t let me get bored. The story of a boy who wished to remain young forever, and thus his wish was granted! But every wish is fulfilled at some cost. Here the cost was to see the portrait of himself bearing all his old age and sins. The picture of Dorian Gray become the mirror of his own soul. The soul that gets evil by each passing day after every sin Dorian committed. The fact is, we cannot bear to see the evil resides within us. How Dorian survived the time watching his own innocent soul turning to evil? Well, you should read to get the answer!

Pieces I adored:

So, there are many things I loved about this specific book. Very first, the language! It is so rich (it’s my first classic so don’t judge me on it guys!) I loved how the writer progressed with the story along with the development of the characters side by side. The philosophical tone of the writer and the story together created a master piece that I would suggest every classic lover to try to give it a read!

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Review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

How did I find this book?

Again, thanks to the bookstagram and some online bookstores that keep on telling how good this book was! I am not much into reading non-fiction to be honest so I was mid in the air hanging to either give it a go or not. In my days of depression about almost everything, my bookstagram friend recommended me this book as an emergency read so I decided to get the book and start reading it as soon as I got my hands on it.

Journey:

Well, this is a non-fiction self-help kinda book that gives you a hard slap on your face. Yeah right! A slap to tell you that you are not a super hero who is going to conquer the world and make it unrealistically a great peaceful place where all human being would live happily ever after. You are not here saving the day and saving the humanity sacrificing your life on it. You are nothing but an average human being who has a 9 to 5 job, a family, some mouths to feed and that is really it! Hard to digest, right? But yeah that’s the fact. And if we understand this fact about things that doesn’t come under our power we just can’t stop thinking about them. So, here is what you are taught in the book, only give the f*cks that actually matter. And yeah it tells you what matter to you depending upon the values you have set in your life.

 

Pieces I adored:

As much as I hated the straight forwardness in the book, I loved it as well. We all need a reality check once in a while. This book slapped me harder on my face (well no one else can dare to do that! Because of the consequences of course!) I loved the way author communicated with the reader without using any out of the world terminologies and jargon. Simple and clear words (except some continuous f*cks and some more other slang) the book was definitely a worthy and quick read for me. I would love to recommend this book to those who are actually ready to get a wake-up call and a slap on their faces to accept the bitter realities.

Review: Wonder

How did I find this book?

I guess I first got a glance on Liberty Book’s website and later on Instagram. Then after finishing Crooked Kingdom, my friends asked me to buddy read this book so we agreed upon finishing this book as official first book of January.

The Journey:

So this book is about a boy August, who has got some genetic mutation that didn’t let his face formation. August’s face has nothing like normal even after numerous surgeries. Life is not kind if you are not normal enough to pass the society’s test. Due to this August is facing a lot of trouble in making friends and going around like a normal kid! Now is the time that August has to take admission in school and it’s going to be his first time ever outside his home this far alone. August has a journey that is not very easy. All we have to see that was he able to survive till end?

Pieces I adored:

So this book was a big marshmallow for me! Cute and fluffy that you would love to have. The struggle and the attitude of August was commendable. The family bond and how the small things make differences between siblings is just come so natural they I could actually relate it. We all are human beings and we all can broke down sometime. This is what the book reflect. I have read some reviews after finishing the book and some of them actually disappointed me. People says that August got special treatment at school that was unfair! Can I just say one thing here? Schools are the place where students are to be taught not only books but giving respect, compassion and morals as well. It is a place where every single student is to be taken care of as per their needs. If a student is not good in a specific subject, a teacher always gives that student some extra hours, some extra assignment, some extra concentration. So why not when a student who is brilliant but society is treating him as taboo, why not a school should stand up for him! Well we can get into a long debate. Cutting a long story short, I adored every bit of this beauty and it secures a special place in my heart as it teaches me to be kinder than needed J I would recommend this book to everyone who thinks this world needs kindness and some goodness.

Review: My Not So Perfect Life

How did I find this book?

I have heard so much about Sophie Kinsella, though I haven’t read any of her book till last December. I am following her on Facebook and I had also watched “Confession of a Shoppaholic” recently that want me to know more about her. I then come to know about this book as it was about to release. December was really depressing for me so I decided to read chicklit so that my mind could feel free and fresh. After finishing Twenties Girls, I was a true fan of Sophie and decided to grab this book at earliest. And so the day it came, I started it immediately and I had no regret of it (just that it finished soon 😀 )

Journey:

This story is about Katie Brenner who wants to settle down in London. She has big dreams, great Insta feed and… A life that actually… Well, sucks! All she has in London is a tiny room shared with weird people. A long commute to her office, and an internship that has nothing to do with her qualifications is the cherry on top! She has a boss, who is what she adore as hell! And she wanted to be just like her. But her co-workers are not much fond of her. Sooner, Even Katie is against her boss! Reason? Her boss has just fired her without prior notice. Katie life becomes a disaster that she has to get through. She would also get a chance to take a revenge from her boss. But the question is, does her boss really deserve that? Just go and read to get to know the answer!

Things I adored:

I just loved the simplicity of the writing. This book is written so well that I just couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed all the pranks Katie eventually played. And then I loved how she stood up for what was right. The simple jokes along with the bitter life of realities. Sophie has shown that life is just like coffee, bittersweet! The bitterness is necessary to keep us awake, keep us alive! And keep us moving!

Review: Crooked Kingdom

How did I find this book?

As you all know, I have just finished buddy reading the book “Six of Crows” and then we decided to buddy read “Crooked Kingdom” as well. So this book followed up after the previous read of mine, and yeah the cover looks great! Before I begin, let me tell you all this may contain unintentional or intentional spoilers from Six of Crows. So, if you haven’t read that yet please proceed at your own risk. (What a cool precaution!)

Journey:

The book begins exactly where the last one ends. The wraith is kidnapped and Kaz is blown up with all the anger and rage but we are not sure of it’s for losing his spider or three million kruge! Actually Kaz fancies both almost equally!

So, here is the plan, get Inej back, get the three million kruge back and yeah we are good to go! Chop chop! Wylan, Matthias, Jesper, Kuwei and Nina are on this mission because they all somehow feel obliged to Inej and love her from the bottom of their heart. This way or the other, they have to make sure that after every disaster they create, everything must set according to their expectations or else they are doomed. This book is definitely the craziest adventure I ever had.

Things I adored:

The scheming face! Oh yes! The only prediction about Kaz anyone can give by looking at him is that he’s scheming. I love how Inej get to challenge herself even more! How Nina and Inej’s bond get stronger and so does Wylan and Jesper’s (yeah there is a gay stuff in the book though I am not much comfortable with it but everyone has different perspectives so not judging anyone). I loved the mission ending up things. I loved how things started falling in place though I am not telling if they succeed or not. There were some true tears that shed! Oh that was heart breaking like seriously it was! I hope I got to know something more about Ketterdam and the dirtyhands in future!

Review: Six of Crows

How did I find this book?

This book was on my TBR but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it or not due to the synopsis. In December, my bookstagram friend asked us (me and some other bookstagrammers) to buddy read the book. I grabbed this opportunity and decided to give it a go

Journey

Kaz Brekker, Inej Ghafa, Nina Zenik, Matthias Helvar, Jesper Fahey, Wylan Van Eck.. Do I need to tell you guys what my journey was like in the Ice Court! This book brought laughter, tears, hell of torture! I was on the edge the whole time while I was reading. All I wanted was to get to the end as soon as possible. The six crows who are gathered for an almost impossible mission with an almost unbelievable prize. This crazy journey with the craziest crew is worth reading. I will not add much details of the books as it will totally spoil the book for people who haven’t read it yet.

Things I adored

Ketterdam, there was nothing to be liked about the place but Kaz Brekker and Inej Ghafa. I just totally loved Inej and her amazing role. She is unlike all the other main female leads. I loved how her character is revealed in the story. Kez Brekker, the dirtyhands is another fabulous character carved by Leigh for us. He is everything a canal rat should be and more. His genius mind and that scheming face! LOL there is nothing that we as much hate about Kaz as much as we love it. So far, I am in love-hate relationship with Kaz! Nina is another level happening to the story and so does all others! What I loved about this book is the story proceeds along with the character development. I like the flashbacks and history of the characters because it helps understanding the particular actions and decisions made by each one of them. I haven’t read the other triology series by the writer but this book has compelled me enough to read those as well. Right now, I am reading the climax of Crooked Kingdom so I just can’t put my book down. I will be back soon with the review of the duology. Take care everyone!