Honor by Thirty Umrigar

Let me start by saying, this book has a beautiful cover. From the synopsis, I knew that this would be a heavy read. It deals with religion and honor killings in India. But reading this book was harder than I thought it would be. Not because of the heavy topics but because of the many flaws in the characters and bad plot choices.

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When the Dreaded Reading Slump Comes Calling

As a child, I used to be an avid reader. I loved stories especially loved mystery and fantasy books. I was crazy about books and was always in search of a good story. However, after I completed grad school and started working full time the number of books I read every year started dwindling. Initially, I chalked it up to my big life change and told myself once I have a routine, I will start reading more. During this time, my life was getting complicated and my mental health was deteriorating. It is extremely hard to read when you are anxious all the time. However, through it all I was craving the beautiful world of books and wanted to get back to reading.

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A Man Call Ove by Fredrik Backman

For years, I had heard amazing things about this book from everyone who read it. It also seemed like it was a popular choice for book clubs. I have a tendency to avoid books/ tv shows which seem like a hype because I constantly feel like I will be disappointed because of all the wonderful reviews. So for many years, A Man Called Ove (pronounced Ooo-weh) sat in my bookshelf untouched. Last year, I got stuck in a major book slump. I just could not find myself interested in any book I picked up. I would read the first few pages/chapters and completely lose interest. I was scouring my bookshelf for any book which my mind would like to stick with and be interested in. I decided to try A Man Called Ove.

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Nothing At All

Found this poem while I used the internet to deal with the recent death of my grandmother. She had been ill and in and out of the hospital for more than a year, so the news of her death was no surprise. Her health had been constantly deteriorating and her quality of life being extremely low. So, when my mother called me with the news I was glad that it was an end to her suffering. But, now I realize that even though I am glad that she isn’t in pain anymore, it doesn’t lessen the pain of the fact that she isn’t here anymore. Reading this poem gave me much needed comfort and wanted to share it here.

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Balance

When I was in school, we read poems regularly and analyzed what the poet meant with every line, word and punctuation. But after I left school I stopped reading poems actively because other things like Netflix lured me. I have picked it up again recently because I have found that it’s a way for me to slow down and be mesmerized by how beautifully emotion can be captured with words.

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I read an article a couple of months ago on the Washington Post which listed every book to read for every year of your life from age 1 to 100. Well, if someone lives longer then they might have to extend this list. Americanah was the book suggested for my age. If you’re curious as to how old I am then you now have a way to find out. I have had Americanah on my TBR list for a long time now. But, because my list only grows sometimes books get buried there and never make it to the top of the list. I took this as an opportunity to bump this up. I started reading it and the first few chapters captivated me. I was eager to know where the story was going and how the characters would develop. The book follows Ifemelu, a sharp and observant girl from Nigeria who moves to America and faces a lot of racism sometimes directly and sometimes in the most subtle ways.

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

There’s a book club nearby which I have been trying to go to ever since I found out about it. But, for several different reasons I haven’t been able to make it to any of the meets. Never Let Me Go was the book for the June meet. So I picked up the book, determined to finish it and make it for the discussion at the end of the month. As soon as I got the book, I dove right into it without even reading what it was about.

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