I was going to do a similar post on my own about this anyway, but since it gels with the weekly TOP TEN TUESDAY, all the better! What better way to wrap up the year? I’ll talk about my favorite releases from 2019 here only.

Doing a TTT after what feels ages. It’s good to be slowing finding my blogging foot back.

The Beantown Girls | Jane Healey

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this gem of a book. Three friends join as volunteers in Red Cross Clubmobile girls during World War II. My favorite thing about this book is probably the female friendships. But it’s also about courage and love.

You can find my review here.


Have You Seen Luis Velez? | Catherine Ryan Hyde

Another ARC that I loved. An uplifting and heartwarming coming-of-age story about a black teenager living with his white mother and her family from her second marriage to a white guy. He finally finds a sense of belonging when he meets his ninety-two year old neighbor, and sets out on a mission to help her. It’s wonderfully written and impossible to dislike.

You can find my review here.


The Bride Test | Helen Hoang

A beautiful love story between two very different individuals. I liked this one a lot more than its predecessor. It could be because both the main characters are Asian, or that they are equally flawed. Or it could be just because they’re both adorable and fleshed out really well.

You can find my review here.


The Place in Dalhousie | Melina Marchetta

This particular story is about Jimmy Haller coming home, Rosie – the mother of his child, and Rosie’s step mother Martha. It’s about how these people figure out their lives and their complicated relationships. And Melina Marchetta can write about dysfunctional families like nobody else.

You can find my review here.


Love From A to Z | S. K. Ali

This book explores many themes that I hold close to my heart –  Islam, migrant condition workers in the middle east, feminism, and love. And the author does full justice to it.

You can find my review here.


Lovely War | Julie Berry

This book is narrated by Greek Gods and intertwines two love stories set in World War I. Really, what’s not to love?

You can find my review here.


Daisy Jones & the Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid

A book narrated in forms of interviews where the characters look back on the rise and fall of an iconic band. This book was too real and raw for my heart. Taylor Jenkins Reid sure knows how to write strong women.

You can find my review here.


The First Girl Child | Amy Harmon

 A book about Nordic kings, runes, curses and magic. It’s a masterpiece, is what it is. If you haven’t read Amy Harmon, you’ve made a mistake. Easily my top 3 of the year.

You can find my review here.


Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo

The best writing of the year for me. There are a lot of polarizing reviews on this. Yes, the beginning does not make it easy, nor do the triggers. But the story only gets better from there.  I absolutely loved the writing, the plot and the characters in this world about ghosts, magic, portals and whatnot.

You can find my review here.


Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore

Hands down my most favorite romance of the year. This book almost reads like a modern romance, with its incorporation of the suffrage movement. What’s not to like about this book? Sizzling chemistry. Just the perfect amount of angst. Women fighting for their rights. A progressive hero. Relatable heroine. Compelling backdrops.

You can find my review here.

So, these are my favorites of 2019. I can’t wait to read the lists of everyone else and see if there are any matches!


Happy Tuesday, y’all! Today’s TTT topic is Page to screen freebies. I’ve chosen to list down books whose screen adaptations I’d  be scared to watch. In other words, these are books which I absolutely adore and have potential to make for amazing screen adaptations. But I’m scared that they’re gonna be ruined in the hands of other people. (Case in point, Game of Thrones) So, I want to see the screen adaptation but also don’t want to see it, because I love the books too much!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Fantasy Series

Lumatere Chronicles : My love for this series knows no bounds! But there are so many character and so many details in this series that would need a lot of care to be done justice to.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone : This is such a rich universe that I’d love to see come to life! But I’m sure different people would have different ideas. This is one imaginative world! Chimeras, angels, different worlds and what not! It would be a mammoth task to make it work. But if executed well, this would be a screen adaptation for the ages!

Kate Daniels : What I wouldn’t do to get a TV show on Kate Daniels. It would be like Buffy the Vampire Slayer! But again, the idea scares me as much as it thrills me. Because there’s a lot of characters, a lot of creatures and a lot of mythologies at play here. We’re talking about 10 books of plot here!

Strange the Dreamer : Another series by Laini Taylor! Laini Taylor creates and builds such amazing worlds that I doubt there’s anyone who wouldn’t want to see it all come to life. But again, the more imaginative the world, the trickier it becomes to adapt it!

Six of Crows : Who wouldn’t want to see Kaz and his crew on their screens? This would be magic on screen! But if not executed well, a disaster!


Sadie : Sadie is just brilliant to read and listen to. I think that a movie based on it would do wonders! But since it’s written in a podcast form, making it into a movie might be not as straightforward as it seems. It would be easy to screw that up.

On the Jellicoe Road : I heard about a movie news of this book a long long time ago. I don’t know if it will ever materialize but there’s too many aspects to this book that would be tricky to adapt to screen.

The Hating Game : I absolutely love this romance. I hear that they’re already working on a movie based on this. The idea scares me to no end! Please please do justice to the chemistry between Josh and Lucy!

From Sand and Ash : When I was reading the book, I couldn’t help but wonder what a movie adaptation would be like. It would create waves if made well. But there’s a lot of factors to keep in mind! It’s about the world war after all. and has a very large scope. Can’t mess this up!

The Seven and a half deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle : How I would love to see this story in the screen! But, I don’t envy anyone having to bring such a complex and intricate plot to life! You know one person whose version of this book I probably wouldn’t be scared to watch? Christopher Nolan!



Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

The topic this week is top ten inspirational or thought provoking quotes. Here we go –


“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“It’s funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that’s why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It’s not the pain they’re getting over, it’s the love.”
“Wishes don’t just come true. They’re only the target you paint around what you want. You still have to hit the bull’s-eye yourself.”
“And apologies, once postponed, become harder and harder to make, and finally impossible.”
“Anyhow, I’ve learned one thing now. You only really get to know people when you’ve had a jolly good row with them. Then and then only can you judge their true characters!”
 “We accept the love we think we deserve.”
I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”
“I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.”
“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse.
I am not a muse.
I am the somebody.
End of fucking story.”
“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”


So, my internship and finals are over! Huzzah! That means I got to pick up my reading pace! Aaand I got to read three 5-star books over the past week. I’m on a roll, y’all!

I’ve also decided to start listing my favorite quote(s) of my reads over the week from now on. There have been too many instances when I’d come across a quote that I’ll love but then later forget what exactly it was or which book it belonged to. And that’s just too frustrating! So I intend to make sure to bookmark these quotes from now on. And what better way to do that than making a weekly blog post about it?

I just hope I can stick to it!



“Let them start their dreadful wars, let destruction rain down, and let plague sweep through, but I will still be here, doing my work, holding humankind together with love like this.”





‘You feel lonely sometimes?’ Always, she wants to say. Worse is when she feels lonely in the company of others.






While the first quote made me stop a second and actually feel the depth in it, the second one had me feeling sad and just relate to it in a whole another level.

Also, can I just say that I’ve been such a big fan of Melina Marchetta for the longest time, that I would probably read a manual on drying paint by her. So when That Place in Dalhousie wrecked me, I’d been ready for it.

But Julie Berry completely bowled me over with her writing in Lovely War. She’s done an incredible job with this book! Definitely one of the best reads of 2019 for me.

It was totally uncalled me to be emotionally wrecked by two books in the same week! Do make sure to send some love in the way of these two books.


‘You look the type to break your father’s heart.’
‘Yeah, but he broke mine first.’

When Rosie Gennaro first meets Jimmy Hailler, she has walked away from life in Sydney, leaving behind the place on Dalhousie that her father, Seb, painstakingly rebuilt for his family but never saw completed. Two years later, Rosie returns to the house and living there is Martha, whom Seb Gennaro married less than a year after the death of Rosie’s mother. Martha is struggling to fulfil Seb’s dream, while Rosie is coming to terms with new responsibilities. And so begins a stand-off between two women who refuse to move out of the home they both lay claim to.

As the battle lines are drawn, Jimmy Hailler re-enters Rosie’s life. Having always watched other families from the perimeters, he’s now grappling, heartbreakingly, with forming one of his own . . .

An unforgettable story about losing love and finding love; about the interconnectedness of lives and the true nature of belonging, from one of our most acclaimed writers.


Melina Marchetta has a distinct style of writing that when you read it, you just somehow know that it’s her. She can also evoke emotions effortlessly through her writing. Her stories also mostly always explore themes of family, particularly that of parents and children. There’s never only one primary plot line or one character arc that gets all the importance. There will be concurrent plot lines and characters, all connected with each other. The Place on Dalhousie is no different. We get to see the story from the perspective of three characters – the free spirited Jim, the rebellious Rosie and her step-mother Martha.

There is a lot going on with a lot of characters. Rosie is struggling with her parenthood and keeping her dreams on hold. She also has to share the house her father Seb built for her and her mother with her stepmother. But Martha and Rosie have a connection beyond this. Both their mothers lost their lives in the same week at the same cancer ward to breast cancer. Jim is struggling with his discovery of being a father all of a sudden, and laying roots when he never has before,  having been abandoned by both his parents. Martha is struggling with her grief for her husband, her love for the house he left behind and the potential of something more with friend’s elder brother Ewan who himself is struggling with a father who has Alzheimer’s.

There are appearances from characters from Melina’s previous books Saving Francesca and Piper’s Son, which all featured characters from Jim’s group of friends. I have a soft spot for this band of misfits. It was great to revisit them. Their friendship plays a big part in this book also. One thing I love about Melina’s books is that although there a lot of characters, each of them have a unique equation with another. She’s never lazy with her world-building. Here also, that is the case. All the characters are respectfully dealt with. Every line gives you a peak into a dimension. No words are wasted. I kept wishing for this book to never end. But it did. And now I don’t know how long I have to wait for another book by the author.



Links – Amazon | Goodreads | Book Depository


TOP TEN TUESDAY : The Ten Most Recent Additions to My TBR List

Hello all! Back with another TTT entry for another week. I’ll just name the most recent entries to my TBR based on my Goodreads Want-To-Read list.

Top Ten Tuesday is a blog meme hosted by the awesome That Artsy Reader Girl.


What The Wind Knows 

Amy Harmon is one of my top favorite contemporary authors. And I absolutely loved the last historical fiction she wrote – From Sand And Ash. She’s a master at creating a mood in her books. This one’s a time-travel fantasy set in the Ireland of 1921. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

Goodreads Link – here.



The Place On Dalhousie

I could write essays on how much I love Melina Marchetta, okay? History suggests that if I read a book written by her, I’m bound to love it. I’ve been waiting for this book since I read the short story When Rosie Met Jim which is sort of a prologue to this book back in 2017. This book couldn’t come soon enough.

Goodreads Link – here.




I love Greek Mythology, retellings and strong women. This book happens to have all of them. Need I say more?


Goodreads Link – here.




The Poppy War

I found out about this book a little later than I’d have liked thanks to a friend’s review of it on Goodreads. The premise, the genre and the word-of-mouth – everything about this book compelled me to add it to my TBR.


Goodreads Link – here.


The Unhoneymooners

Two words. Christina Lauren.

A wedding? The bridesmaid and the best man? Hijacking a honeymoon? A lie about being married?

Gimme already!

Goodreads Link – here.



The Girl He Used To Know

This is one of the very first books I requested for in Netgalley… and got refused. So this was one of those cases of wanting what you can’t have (for the time being). And of course I love the sound of the book.


Goodreads Link – here.



We Came Here To Forget

The cover was the first thing that attracted me. The premise of a young olympic skier escaping to Argentina after losing everything and reinventing herself with a group of expats was what sold it for me.  Hoping that it will be a good one.

Goodreads Link – here.




The Vanishing Stair

I’ve just started Truly Devious. And I’m really liking it so far. So I just went ahead and added the sequel to my TBR. I’m hoping to love the series even more as I go ahead.


Goodreads Link – here.



The Beautiful

I can’t remember the last time I was this intrigued by the premise of a Young Adult with vampires. This one also happens to be a historical fiction. And this is Renée Ahdieh we’re talking about. Can you blame me for having high hopes?



Goodreads Link – here.

Park Avenue Summer

Mad Men meets Devil Wears Prada. This book promises an insider’s look at the rise of Helen Gurley Brown- the woman who changed the dynamics of what magazines would do as an editor-in-chief at Cosmopolitan – through the eyes of her assistant who I assume is fictional.

I’m really intrigued and excited by the sound of this book. Hope it won’t disappoint.

Goodreads Link – here.

This is it. Fingers crossed that these books live up to my expectations!
2019, please don’t let me down!

TAG : 3 Days, 3 Quotes #2 – Day 3

Final day of the 3 day, 3 quotes tag. Thanks again to Facingthestory  for tagging me! I’ve really enjoyed doing this again. 😀


  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post one quote per day for three days.
  • Nominate three blogs per day to take part in this challenge.

I’ll end this challenge with my one of my absolute favorite contemporaries of all time. I could never compliment Melina Marchetta enough!


Melina Marchetta, (On the Jellicoe Road) :

“It’s funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that’s why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It’s not the pain they’re getting over, it’s the love.” 


I’ll nominate :

Brianna the bookworm

Lili’s Blissful Pages

Howling Libraries


Book Review : The Piper’s Son By Melina Marchetta

The award-winning author of Finnikin of the Rock and Jellicoe Road pens a raw, compelling novel about a family’s hard-won healing on the other side of trauma.

Award-winning author Melina Marchetta reopens the story of the group of friends from her acclaimed novel Saving Francesca—but five years have passed, and now it’s Thomas Mackee who needs saving. After his favorite uncle was blown to bits on his way to work in a foreign city, Tom watched his family implode. He quit school and turned his back on his music and everyone that mattered, including the girl he can’t forget. Shooting for oblivion, he’s hit rock bottom, forced to live with his single, pregnant aunt, work at the Union pub with his former friends, and reckon with his grieving, alcoholic father. Tom’s in no shape to mend what’s broken. But what if no one else is either? An unflinching look at family, forgiveness, and the fierce inner workings of love and friendship, The Piper’s Son redefines what it means to go home again.

Melina Marchetta can never disappoint me. I would wax poetry about her writing if I could. If you haven’t read any of her stuff, you’re missing out!

Tom has had a rough year. He lost his uncle, his family got torn apart right in front of him and he has pushed away his friends and the girl he loves. Now, he’s forced to crash at his aunt Georgie’s home.

Georgie also hasn’t had an easy life. She had lost her birth-father to the Vietnam war. Then, a year ago she lost her brother to a bomb-blast. She was left shattered and her ex-boyfriend Sam stepped up to pick up the pieces. Sam broke her heart 7 years ago when she told him to take some time off from their 7-year old relationship and figure out his own life. He took that to mean casually dating (Ross & Rachel, anyone?) and got a woman pregnant. Yiikes. She never forgave him but she didn’t force her friends to pick a side. So, they still ran in the same circles. Now, she’s pregnant at 42. With a guy she still hasn’t forgiven .

Then there’s Dominic. The Pied Piper. Tom’s father and Georgie’s twin brother. The father and son were inseparable. Until Dom’s brother died. And he turned to alcohol to grieve. His wife told him to get his shit back together and moved back to her hometown to protect her younger daughter. Tom couldn’t leave his father but in the end Dom walked out on him after 2 weeks

This might all sound depressing and these relationships might seem dysfunctional but far from it. There’s so much love between these characters. They are all broken and looking to heal.

My favorite part about the book was Georgie and Sam’s relationship. The way she feels so ashamed about letting in the man who broke her heart. She feels guilty about being happy with the pregnancy, because it came at the cost of her brother’s death. Then there’s Sam who spent the last 7 years with the knowledge that he lost the love of his life but he could never wholeheartedly regret because he could never regret his son Callum. FYI, Callum is the cutest kid! I loved him. And I loved seeing the whole equation between him and Georgie.

I loved Dom and Jacinta. I loved how he dropped out of law school when she got pregnant with Tom so that she could finish her own law degree. I loved how she didn’t leave him for good. She called it tough love and told him to fix himself so that she could come back. I love how after he started recovering, they’d send each other love letters.

I loved the cozy little circle Georgie, Sam and Dom had. How, everyone lived near each other and the community was tight-knit. Lucy, Abe, Bernadette, Stani and Jonesy. They were all minor characters but still had their own characteristics and roles in their friends circle. I loved the political discussions these people had and although they disagreed and argued, their friendship did not waver. How real!

I loved Tom and Tara. He blew her off after what she calls a “One and a half night stand” because his uncle died right after. She told her friends who told everyone that he broke her heart .He spends the whole book wooing her back through calls and texts because she’s in Timor now. I loved how he is forced to work with his friends at a hotel and although he is a jerk to them at first, slowly he mends his fences with them.

In fact, this book is all about mending fences and healing. Melina has an amazing way of writing family dynamics and writing it in a real way. The relationships she writes don’t ever feel far-fetched or forced. The way she can insert humor in the regularity  of moments between families and friends? That’s purely brilliant. Her stories are driven by characters and their relationships. The Piper’s Son is no exception.

By the end of the book, I was left with a longing for an entire book about the start of Dom and Jacinda with Sam and Georgie’s story.

This book made me cry and laugh and just feel grateful for my people. I couldn’t recommend this book enough to people who love stories that feel real. Stories about families and friendships.

My Rating: ★★★★★

The Friday 56 : Froi of The Exiles

I just discovered this blog meme that I thought is really interesting.Here’s my first take on it!

The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

So, I had Froi of The Exiles as my most recent opened book on my Ereader. The page 56 had no single quote that could make sense without a context. So I decided to quote a whole conversation. It’s quite a hilarious conversation, thankfully.

Froi couldn’t help but shudder each time he heard the word Abroi. After what Rafuel had said to him, was it too much of a coincidence that Froi’s name shared the same sound as a Charyn backwater?
‘I’ve heard that the names of Charyn men rhyme with the place they were born,’ he lied, fishing for some sort of truth. Zabat made a rude sound again. ‘Are you a fool? Do we look like Osterians? They need to rhyme everything so they can remember which goatherd village they come from? Karlo from Sumario. Florence from Torence. Tinker from Stinker.’
‘You’re making that up,’ Froi scoffed. ‘There’s no such place as Stinker.’
‘What would you know?’
‘The Sarnaks are worse,’ Froi said, relieved that he was no Froi from Abroi. ‘They like to blend two names into one.’
Zabat looked at him, questioningly.
‘Jocasto from Sprie?’ Froi tried.
Zabat thought for a moment. Shook his head.
‘Casprie,’ Froi responded.

Blood sings to blood, Froi . . .
Those born last will make the first . . .
For Charyn will be barren no more.

Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home… Or so he believes…

Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been trained roughly and lovingly by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper. But when he is sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn, nothing could have prepared him for what he finds. Here he encounters a damaged people who are not who they seem, and must unravel both the dark bonds of kinship and the mysteries of a half-mad Princess.

And in this barren and mysterious place, he will discover that there is a song sleeping in his blood, and though Froi would rather not, the time has come to listen.

Gripping and intense, complex and richly imagined, Froi of the Exiles is a dazzling sequel to Finnikin of the Rock, from the internationally best-selling and multi-award-winning author of Looking for Alibrandi, Saving Francesca, On the Jellicoe Road and The Piper’s Son.


Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’d Love to Meet

Happy Tuesday, people! This is the first time a Top Ten Tuesday prompt has made me sad. Because most of the authors I would love to meet are sadly no more. And it’s also a difficult prompt because every time I read a complex and well-developed book, I feel like meeting the author and picking their brains.

So, I’ve decided to divide this list into two parts – English authors and Non-Engish authors. It so happens that all the Non-English authors have passed away and you might not have heard of most of them. This is sort of a tribute from me to them.

Btw, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Check out her blog for more awesome content!

English Authors

Neil Gaiman : One word – Sandman. I dare anyone to read Sandman and not be left speechless. Of course, all his works are amazing. But Sandman is just out-of-the-world brilliant. Any man who can create something like that is a man I would love to know personally.

Laini Taylor : I’d love to get a glimpse into the mind that comes up with the things Laini Taylor does. She’s one of my most favorite contemporary storytellers and her writing blows my mind every time. A conversation with her would be awe-inspiring.

Melina Marchetta: I need her to write more stories from the Lumatere Chronicles universe. I don’t see any chances of that happening anytime in the near future. So, I need to meet her and ask her about some of my favorite characters and what she imagines in their future. I would even attempt to persuade her to write short stories about these characters. There’s no harm in trying, right?

V. E. Schwab : I need to meet this woman and make her assure me of happy ending for all my favorite characters in the Villains Universe. I would even plead with her to start a X-Men kinda academy for the EOs. A girl can dream, right?

Khalid Hussaini : I just need to sit and talk with this man. I don’t know what we’ll talk about. But I know that it’s gonna be enlightening.

Non-English Authors

Stieg Larsson : I still remember the void I felt when I discovered only after finishing the Milennium Trilogy that Stieg Larsson had passed away without giving a proper closure to the series which he planned to extend to write 10 books. It’s one of the impactful trilogy I’ve read and yet I can’t make myself reread it in fear of suffering that same despair. What I wouldn’t give to find out what Larsson had in mind for the series!

Rumi : I am not particularly obsessed with poetry but I do appreciate its beauty whenever I come across it. Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi is a poet who never fails to captivate me with his poetry. I haven’t read all of his works, not even close. But whatever I’ve read of his has left an impact on me. His poetry always leaves me feeling serene. I wonder what his real presence would be like.

Kazi Nazrul Islam : He’s the national poet of Bangladesh. His name is synonymous with youthfulness, revolution avante garde music and secularism in our country. He was termed as the Rebel Poet for his open social activism against the British Colonialism of the Indian Subcontinent through his literary works. His “Bidrohi – The Rebel” might be my favorite poem of all time. He lost his ability to write at the age of 43 due to rare neurological disease. What a trafedy for a gem like him. I think even half an hour under his presence could have an irrevocable effect on my life.

Rabindranath Tagore : The first Non-European to have won the Nobel Prize in Literature, his impact on the culture of the Indian Sub-continent is unparalleled. Tagore’s works shaped up my childhood. Aptly called ” The Bard of Bengal”, his wisdom comes across in spades in his literary works and music. I have read some great stories about people meeting him. Made me sad that I never could.

Begum Rokeya : She is a pioneer for women rights and female education in the Indian-Subcontinent through her social activism and literary works during the British rule. The women of my country owe a lot to her. It still amazes me how she managed to accomplish so much in an age when women going out or being activists was an unimaginable feat. Although I wouldn’t want to be born in her time, I do long to meet a woman of her strength.

I know I rambled a lot more than usual in this one. Meh. Couldn’t help myself.