Book Review : Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

No. of pages : 325

My rating : 🎧🎧🎧🎧.4/5 🎧
My review : To be frank romance / ya romance is not my go to genre , but still i liked this one 🌻 There was many cool things that I love was I’m this book . The way they connected over comic book fandoms like X-MEN , watchmen etc 🌸🌻 It has many fanboy moments which worked as magic for me 🌸 And I liked how different both of them were . Instead of being the couple in every romantic story , both were an outcast in their own way , the girl was fat , waywardly dressed and the boy was short , thin and what they liked about each other was what made this book Interesting for me 🌻🌸
It was my first book by Rainbow Rowell and I’m definitely gonna read more by her 🌻
Final verdict : This book has it’s flaws but it’s brilliance shadows all those flaws , it’s not a perfect book but a really good book 🌸 I enjoyed reading it throughout.
My Recommendation : This book is a great book to start with , if you’re not bored by fandoms , but I know not everyone likes comic books and mixed tape stuffs so I won’t say it’s for everyone to read , but yeah the way they’re attracted to each other is something I hope everyone will like 🌸🌻

The wizard of Oz by Frank Baum

I literally loved this book 😍😍 It exceeded all my expectations and it is just so nice 🌻The writing style is simple yet brilliant .
The Wizard of Oz is simply a lesson in self-sufficiency. Any trait or ability that we’re wishing for can be found inside ourselves.

The Lion wants courage and yet for his friends he showed feats of bravery without realising . The Tin Woodman wants a heart and is the kindest of all. The Scarecrow, the smartest of them all, believed he had no brain. And Dorothy already has the means to get home, right there on her feet. There is this all-powerful Rescuer unseen behind the curtain, who is a fraud. Unneeded. Everything they needed was already theirs.
I was Astonished to know an alternate theory related to this book i.e ” this book inspired by the real-life economic struggles during the Gold Standard” and it’s a political allegory disguised in form of a children’s book 😯
For ex :
🌻The scarecrow represents the farmers in the west. most of these farmers had mortgages and owed money to the bankers in the east.
🌻The cowardly lion is William Jennings Bryan, A populist leader and the face of the Free Silver Movement.
🌻 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz or O-Z the abbreviation for an ounce of gold.
So knowing these things I was left awestruck 😮

My recommendation : This book is a must read for both children and adult

Book Review : To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee

🌻“As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it…Whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash.”

My Rating : 5 🐦🐦🐦🐦🐦/5🐦

My Review : This book is a fine example of why some books are said to be timeless 🌻 I’m thinking about people mentioning whether it’s not that special , according to me what makes it special is the way this book puts focus on issues like racial discrimination , inequality , gender biases and hypocrisy in individuals . It is special because the way the narration is done through the eyes of Scout who’s so innocent and have her own understanding to things , and the way all the characters are given depth and how each character signified one or more important lessons of the world 🙌🌸

🌻The best thing about this book is being realistic , it didn’t go for the happy heroic things but showcased the dark reality of our world .

🌻 This book was narrated using the joy , enthusiasm and light humour of childhood mixed with the harsh realities of life 🌠
Coming to my favourite character of this book , Mr. Atticus Finch was the perfect father one would ever want , he knows how to handle situations and understand others reasons to do things 🙌🌻 He’s the kind of male I definitely want to be throughout my life 🙌🌸

🌻 “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

My Recommendation : Read this book as it’s one such book that I think despite of the genre preferences everyone needs to read 🌻🐦

Book Review : Atomic Habits by James Clear

My Rating : 4.3 🌠/ 5🌠
My Review : This book is all about
the word ‘atomic habit’ which is a regular practice or routine that is not only small and easy to do but is also the source of incredible power; a component of the system of compound growth.

This book focuses on some key ideas , that are :
🖌️Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.
🖌️If you want better results, then forget about setting goals. Focus on your system instead (i.e the way you do your things in day to day basis ).
🖌️The most effective way to change your habits is to focus not on what you want to achieve, but on who you wish to become (visualising how you want your future to look like )
🖌️The Four Laws of Behavior Change are –
(1) make it obvious,
(2) make it attractive,
(3) make it easy, and
(4) make it satisfying.
🖌️Environment is the invisible hand that shapes human behavior.

My Recommendation : If you want to learn how your small habits play big roles in the way your future is gonna shape and I can say if you read this book and apply these steps in your day to day life , then I feel it’s gonna change you and your career in a big way 🌻.

Book Review : Three Japanese short stories ( part of penguin modern minis)

Overall Rating : 5🌟 out of 5
My review : Sometimes less words has more meaning and this was kind of a book 😁🙌👍
1st story : Behind the prison by Nagai Kafu “No, nothing in this world is as oppressive and debilitating as blood ties.”

It was a witty satire against agonizing truths. It puts in view the problems and ill practices of the world and also discusses various things as aging and how we never acknowledge even our loved ones (parent) are gonna be old . So it’s really touching 😁
Rating 5 🌟
2nd story : Closet LLB by Uno Koji
The second story is about a boy who wanted to be a novelist and in persueing it the difficulties he has faced and amends he made with his life(took the easy way ) and how he stopped doing anything and spent most of his time sleeping and dreaming. But he was more of a dreamer and thinks himself as a rare perfectionist (always reasoning that if he was regular at something he would have been the best in the world 🙄 😶) He just boasts about himself and finds fault in any thing artistic or anyone , even the best in their respective professions 😶 so in the end he was a failure according to me 🤣🤣
Rating : 4.5 🌟
3rd story : General Kim by Akutagawa Ryunosuke “To any nation’s people, their history is glorious. The legend of General Kim is by no means the only one worth a laugh.”
Last one is pretty funny😝 and a spoof of patriotism unintentionally by the character but the author did what he wanted to do 🌟👍
Rating : 4.7 🌟

My Recommendation : This book is good place to start with Japanese Literature 🌸

Happy birthday Harry and JK Rowling

“yoυ plαce тoo мυcн ιмporтαɴce… oɴ тнe ѕo-cαlled pυrιтy oғ вlood! yoυ ғαιl тo recoɢɴιze тнαт ιт мαттerѕ ɴoт wнαт ѕoмeoɴe ιѕ вorɴ, вυт wнαт тнey ɢrow тo вe “

So today’s the birthday of JK Rowling’s and Harry Potter 😃🌸🍬🎂🥳🥳 Today’s the day which changed lives of many of the kids of around the globe 🌠
🔮 We lived our dreams through the story of Harry Potter 🌻
🔮 Harry , Hermione and Ron became our best friends through the books and movie 🌠

🔮 We learned so many lessons through the many characters of this series 🙌
🔮 Harry taught us the importance of being kind and brave , Ron taught us how to be a friend , Hermione taught us the importance of knowledge and hardwork(and she’s my dream bestfriend ) , Hagrid taught us that even monsters need love through his affection towards beasts , Dumbledore taught us what having a little extra faith in someone can do to their confidence and the Weasley twins taught us living every moment of our life in the best way possible 🙌🌸

🔮 Special mention needs to be given to Molly Weasley as she’s the mother which Harry never had and she cared for him and loved him as her own children’s 🙌🌸 The Weasley’s became the family Harry never got 🙌

🔮 PEOPLE like Voldemort taught us why love is important in one’s life , if he was able to manifest love then he might have been the greatest wizard of all time , as only talent and hardwork is not enough to be successful there are many things that are needed to be a greater person 🙌🌸

SO I just want to say that I’m extremely grateful for all the characters of this series and all the magical places I was able to visit because of her so this series deserves all the credit it can get 🙌🌠🔮🔮🔮

Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe

“There is no story that is not true, The world has no end, and what is good among one people is an abomination with others. “

This book was actually written by Achebe as a backlash to another book , i.e; ” The heart of darkness by Joseph Conrad” .
🌻Achebe wasn’t a fan of Conrad’s portrayal of African culture in his book, so he took it in his own hands to showcase the truth of African culture which was way Rich and diverse than what Conrad showcased 👍💫👏

The best thing about Achebe is the honesty of his which is evidently visible in his writing 🌠

So this book showcased two important qualities of our protagonist : ~ The protagonist showed that he was not someone who’s gonna give in to his fate and instead of accepting the way things were he created his own destiny by his sheer hard-work and resilience , the way the protagonist rised from the ashes to be who he has become because of his shear hard-work and determination was commendable. ~ What I didn’t liked was how bad his behavior was towards his wives in many instances , and it made me hate the protagonist , although he did some great and nice things for his wives and children’s but his way of showing manliness and judging others is something I found not to my liking .
My Recommendation : It’s a good book to start , if you wanna know African culture through the words of a African literary genius .