Book Review | Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Published by: Viking on May 5th, 2015
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 417
Format: eBook
Source: Borrowed from the library

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Summary (from Goodreads): Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans. Continue reading

Book Review | When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Published by: Simon Pulse coming out May 30th, 2017
Genre:  YA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 380
Format: Paperback – ARC
Source: Courtesy of Simon & Schuster Canada

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Summary (from Goodreads): A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

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Book Review | Men Without Women: Stories by Haruki Murakami

Men Without Women: Stories by Haruki Murakami
Published by: Bond Street Books on May 9th, 2017
Genre: Short Stories, Fiction, Contemporary, Japanese Lit
Pages: 240
Format: eBook
Source: Borrowed from the library

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Summary (from Goodreads): A dazzling new collection of short stories–the first major new work of fiction from the beloved, internationally acclaimed, Haruki Murakami since his #1 best-selling Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all.

Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic. Continue reading

Book Review | The Princess Saves Herself in This One

The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace
Published by: CreateSpace on April 23rd, 2016
Genre: Poetry, Feminism, Nonfiction
Pages: 156
Format: eBook
Source: Borrowed from the library

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Summary (from Goodreads): “Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.”

A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations. Continue reading

Monthly Wrap Up | April 2017

Posting this a little late but better than not posting at all! I am always curious when I compile these and see how many books I’ve read that month and the range of rating that I give a book. I thought I had read more this month but it turns out studying for my finals really took all my free time from me. Let’s hope May is better!

April 2017 Books Read: 3

2017 Goodreads Reading Goal: 24/60 Continue reading

Friday Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 | #34

Friday Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and the Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

So Friday Book Beginnings you choose the book you are currently reading or the one that is closest to you and share the first few sentences. For the Friday 56 you simply turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and share a sentence or two that you enjoy. Then just add maybe a synopsis about the book in case others are interested. That’s it!

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Published on: September 9th, 2014

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Summary (from Goodreads): One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as The Travelling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.” Continue reading

Update | 2017 Reading & Blogging Goals

I wanted to make this a quarterly thing but seeing as it is the beginning of May now, I guess I’ll be doing it in thirds! I made these goals back in January and I think a lot has happened since then in my reading as well as in my life. I am curious to see how far I have come in achieving my goals and maybe seeing areas I would like to do differently.

Let’s take a look at my blogging goals for 2017 and see how well I am doing! Continue reading