Friday Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 | #35

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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Life on the Ground Floor by Dr. James Maskalyk

Published on: April 11th, 2017

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Synopsis (from Goodreads): A celebrated humanitarian doctor’s unique perspective on sickness, health and what it is to be alive. In this deeply personal book, humanitarian doctor and activist James Maskalyk, author of the highly acclaimed Six Months in Sudan, draws upon his experience treating patients in the world’s emergency rooms. From Toronto to Addis Ababa, Cambodia to Bolivia, he discovers that although the cultures, resources and medical challenges of each hospital may differ, they are linked indelibly by the ground floor: the location of their emergency rooms. Here, on the ground floor, is where Dr. Maskalyk witnesses the story of -human aliveness—our mourning and laughter, tragedies and hopes, the frailty of being and the resilience of the human spirit. And it’s here too that he is swept into the story, confronting his fears and doubts and questioning what it is to be a doctor.
Masterfully written and artfully structured, Life on the Ground Floor is more than just an emergency doctor’s memoir or travelogue–it’s a meditation on health, sickness and the wonder of human life. Continue reading

Monthly Wrap Up | May 2017

I finally got the time to read! I finished college in April and my field placement in the middle of May. Now since I am studying for my National Certification Exam and looking for a job I got some free time on my hands. I’ve missed reading! I am pleased that I read 7 books this month. I hope that I can read more in June! I am going to aim for 8 books. Let’s see how it goes!

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Stacking the Shelves | #17

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! Click here to go to Tyngas blog.

Night / Elie Wiesel / Dawn / Elie Wiesel / Saga: Vol 3 / Brian K Vaughan / Brave New World / Aldous Huxley

I love that libraries have eBooks. Every since I came to this revelation I have been reading non-stop! I signed up for a card in my city as it is bigger than my hometown was and boy their selection is massive. There’s like 100,000 eBooks and audiobooks to choose from!  Continue reading

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