All Reviews · General fiction · Indian authors

‘A Burning’ by Megha Majumdar

★★★★★ Books that address various themes have almost always fallen flat for me. 'A Burning' is a rare exception, that dazzlingly weaves through religion, class, gender, politics with fluidity. ⁣⁣Jivan is a young Muslim woman, who witnesses a terrorist incident and is wrongfully arrested for the same. The only ones who can save her by… Continue reading ‘A Burning’ by Megha Majumdar

All Reviews · Historical fiction · Young Adult fiction

‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne

★★ This book kept popping up on my radar, and I had always wanted to read it. I've read a couple of survivor testimonies from the Holocaust however, this was my first fiction novel based on the event. First, a little bit about this book - Bruno, the 9 year old son of a Commandant… Continue reading ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne

Fantasy

‘Mistborn: The Final Empire’ by Brandon Sanderson

★★★★ I read a fantasy book after so long and it was incredible. The joy and excitement of discovering a new world, the laws that govern it, the characters and groups that inhabit it - I didn't realise how much I had missed it until I read 'The Final Empire' - the first book in… Continue reading ‘Mistborn: The Final Empire’ by Brandon Sanderson

All Reviews · Young Adult fiction

‘Clap when you land’ by Elizabeth Acevedo

★★★ First, your Papi dies in a plane crash. Then, you discover he had a whole other life in another country, a family, a part of him you know nothing about. You are not your Papi's only daughter, you have a sister. A sister who's a stranger. " I'm the child her father left her… Continue reading ‘Clap when you land’ by Elizabeth Acevedo

All Reviews · Humor & Satire · Prize winners/shortlists

‘The Mars Room’ by Rachel Kushner

★★★★★ I have so much to say about this Man Booker Prize shortlisted book. To be honest, I attempted to read it a number of times, never managing to get past a few chapters and having to start all over again. I don't really know why I kept at it - I have not completed… Continue reading ‘The Mars Room’ by Rachel Kushner

All Reviews · Domestic fiction · Prize winners/shortlists

‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker

This was a book I'd been very excited to read. Winner of the 'Pulitzer Prize', the book is heralded for its no-holds barred depiction of African American women in the early 1900s. Honestly, it wasn't an easy read. The violence and humiliation is jarring and affected me emotionally. The lived reality of an African American… Continue reading ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker

All Reviews · General fiction

‘Us Against You’ by Fredrik Backman

★★★★★ 'Us Against You' is the heady, gut wrenching sequel to 'Beartown'. The town and its people get into your head and force you to journey along with them in their ups and downs and my god - what a journey it is. Rarely have I identified so much with a setting and characters as… Continue reading ‘Us Against You’ by Fredrik Backman

All Reviews · Domestic fiction

‘Other People’s Children’ by Joanna Trollope

★★★★ This book, part of a Reader's Digest Select Editions, had been patiently waiting for me to discover it. I had skipped through this book earlier - Probably the blurb about divorced couples and stepfamilies hadn't appealed to me ten years back as a teenager. I'm so glad that this period of lockdown has afforded… Continue reading ‘Other People’s Children’ by Joanna Trollope