Dancing At The Pity Party by Tyler Feder 💕
Genre: Graphic novel, non-fiction, memoir
💕 When I first looked at this book online, I lnew I had to get it because of the title! I knew I’ll love it because it was written about a mom by her daughter. 💘And after reading it, I was so overwhelmed and had so many emotions. There were moments in this book when tears welled up in my eyes. :’)💘
💕 The story revolves around the author who tries to explain through this book what kind of a relationship she and her family had with her mother and how they eventually coped with her death after her mother succumbed to cancer. I felt it is so important to read this book as it lets you understand the different ways in which one can deal with pain and move forward in life.
💕 The author beautifully describes the kind of impact her mother had on her and also, we get to know about the Jewish culture in the book. I have so much to say about this book but I just want to let this be. I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. It really touched my heart! This will always be a special one for me.💜
Dopehri by Pankaj Kapoor🌞
🌞 Dopehri, the afternoon where you do not have a fresh start to the day but also you aren’t too tired from a full day’s work. The time when you are leisurely retaining a few possibilities. It is a short story about an old woman, Amma Bi, in her 60s who decided to take in a lodger out of her loneliness & her fear of someone lurking in her haveli at exact 3 PM.
🌞 Not many stories revolve around elderly women who live alone and what all they realise about themselves during that time. I really enjoyed this story as it had many humorous as well as touching moments.
🌞 Pankaj Kapur had done stage plays on this story before publishing it. The novella is around 100 pages and is a quick and heartwarming read. The dynamics among the protagonist and other characters are quite enjoyable.
The Stationery Shop Of Tehran by Marjan Kamli 💕
💕Look at love
How it tangles
With the one fallen in love💕
Genre: Historical fiction, romance
QOTD: Which is your favourite historical fiction/non-fiction or romance novel?
💕 The story revolves around two Iranian individuals, Bahman and Roya, who have always been in love with each other but destiny had other plans for them.
💕 Bahman and Roya met in the Stationery shop & from there, their love for each other develops and the story showcases how the stationer, Mr. Fakhri helps the two individuals come closer to each other. But Bahman’s mother, Mrs. Aslan, is against this match. Slowly, we get to know about the past of Mrs. Aslan and Mr. Fakhri and many secrets are revealed.
💕 The story revolves around the politics taking place in Iran and the people’s take on democracy, communism and monarchy. Amidst the protests and coup, complex relationships are explored among the protagonists and their families. The story revolves around love, heartbreak, loss and what not. It is a heart warming yet emotional read.
💕 The story also highlights the patriarchy and misogyny that takes place and what topics are considered to be taboo. Roya and her sister, Zari also realise how America is different from their motherland, Iran when they move to America to study further.
I plan to read more of Marjan Kamali’s books since this was my first read & I absolutely loved it.💘
Birthday Girl by Haruki Murakami 🎂
Genre: fiction, short story
🎂 Before starting my first novel by #HarukiMurakami , I decided to read one of his short stories as recommended by @libroreview in her youtube video “Top 18 (more) books for beginners”.
🎂 The plot is rather basic where a girl, a waitress, who has now turned twenty is asked to deliver food in room 604 and there, an old man asks her what she wishes for on her birthday. What follows next is what Murakami is famous for- his intriguing storyline.
🎂 #BirthdayGirl might seem confusing by the end because the author has left it open to interpretation. Needless to say, I found it quite unique and thus, I’m excited to pick up Norwegian Wood finally after delaying it for so long.
The Nine-Chambered Heart by Janice Pariat 🤍
Genre: Romance fiction, coming-of-age story
🤍 The book is a collection nine stories/ perspectives about the same unnamed woman through the eyes of eight men and one woman. So the book doesn’t share that particular woman’s perception or the place where she lives, instead the way how she is perceived is described beautifully throughout.
🤍 Some perceive her as fun while some perceive her as self-centred. The story is quite engaging and we get to know what kind of a relationship that woman had with all these nine characters. She eventually marries one of them and you’ll relate to her on quite a few levels as the stories are realistic.
The Worst Daughter Ever by Aarti V Raman 🙇🏻♀️
Genre: romance, domestic fiction
🙇🏻♀️ I came across this book on Amazon and was intrigued by the title. So I decided to listen to it as an audiobook on @audible_in . The story is set in Kerala, India where the protagonist, Lasya aka LJ comes back home after the demise of her grandmother.
🙇🏻♀️ The plot is interestingly a mixture of family drama with romance, cousins’ love and rivalry, friendship and forgiveness.
🙇🏻♀️ The language used in the book is simple and fun. LJ’s fallout with her family two years ago, her acceptance of her mistakes, and her coming to terms with everyone’s situation are very well written.
Midwinter Murder: Fireside Tales from the Queen of Mystery by Agatha Christie 🌚
Genre: Mystery, Christmas Story, Crime Fiction
🌚 Midwinter Murder is a collection of 12 seasonal short stories by Christie and features some of her most famous detectives – Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. It also features two stories featuring Mr. Quinn and a solo Tommy and Tuppence adventure.
🌚 My favourite story has been The Chocolate Box where Poirot is successfully deceived and thus, he describes it as the “perfect murder”.
🌚 I am a huge Christie fan since the time I read her “Death Comes As The End” and I was hooked to her writing. I’ve also been following @maidensofmurder on Instagram as it is an Agatha Christie book club and if you are her fan, you should definitely check this page out!🙈
Have you read any of these books? What has been your favourite read in the month of January?☺️