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Own yourself like Dumplin’ !

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Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

I’ll be honest with you guys ; i don’t think myself as a pretty girl or a smart one either.I’m just a normal girl with a love for books and passion to pursue mathematics. I happen to fluctuate weight so i get fat sometimes and being 5’9″ and fat is a horrible reputation cause then everyone expects you to be spectacular , which i know I’ll never be. But after reading this novel , i got this new sense of confidence , a new feeling of acceptance. It doesn’t matter if i’m thin or fat or i have good friends who’ll click good pics of mine anywhere at anytime or no friends so i end up being a selfie addict (I’m so not, trust me). I just wanna be happy and feel good about myself. Yes I’m undergoing some painful procedures at this moment but that’s not for the world.These are for my own happiness and Willowdean Dickson aka Dumplin’ is one hell of bad ass character I’ve read so far ! She inspires me in so many ways i just can’t imagine !!!! She likes this hot guy and he likes her too , not caring on the outer surface but the interior beauty . She stood up for herself . She is in every way what I wanna be , the confidence, that boldness. Man , this novel had me totally wrapped around the concept and idea. You just have to be happy in your own skin and totally own it ! Live like there is no one else to judge you or call you by names. Be your own Queen !

My mom usually asks me what I’ve learned from reading this book. Well mom , I accept who I am and I’ma make my dreams come true no matter what.

Go ahead and buy DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy and i guarantee you it’s gonna be worth your while 🙂

Happy Reading ❤

Urvashi 😀

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The Catcher in the Rye- J.D. Salinger


Do you know that feeling when someone tells you that it’s okay to think what you do think and that one day everything is gonna be fine? And that you always figure it out what you really wanna do and also the way you wanna do it?

Well, this book told me exactly that. And not only assured me of this but also gave words to my feelings.

This guy, Holder Caulfield, our protagonist and narrator, a 16-year old boy who gets flunked out of fourth school tells the story of the time…well, i am not going to tell you that. Because that’s the beauty of this book. There’s no synopsis so you really don’t know what’s it about. So you start reading and there’s no other choice except keep reading if you wanna know what’s inside; just like life, you have to keep moving to figure out what comes forth.

A simple book, a simple story and a simpler narration, which speaks exactly what one feels.

I have so much to say about this piece but then it won’t be fair to the readers if I do so.

An advice- Don’t try to know the story if you truly want to enjoy it.

Finally, some quotes:

  • I am always saying “Glad to have met you” to somebody I’m not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.
  • I like when somebody gets excited about something. It’s nice.

As confused about life as always, but also assured…

Parijat.

Happy reading 🙂

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Harper Lee: To kill a Mockingbird

‘Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’

This is an advice from a father to his young children while he himself defends a real mockingbird- A ‘nigger’, as the whites call them.

The story is of a lawyer defending a black man charged with the rape of a white girl, narrated from the young perspectives of 6 and 10 years old Scout and Jem Finch, Atticus’ children. 

The novel keeps you bound as Scout and Jem witness the sour and hypocrite society while adventuring towards knowing a mysterious neighbour nicknamed Boo Radley who is supposedly locked in the basement for years.

One thing that grabs the attention of the reader is the narration which is so innocent for such a dark story.

It takes us back to our childhood where we were all naive and never understood the politics of the grown-ups.

P.s. Atticus Finch personifies the qualities of a true Gentleman.

Trying to live that beautiful childhood again,

Parijat

Happy reading 🙂

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INTO THE WATER , Paula Hawkins

Do you trust the people around you ?

Do you believe your loved ones ?

Do you think everyone is innocent ?

Jules Abbott is broken when she discovers that her sister Nel Abbott was found in the river . That river . The river which also claimed Anne Ward , Katie Whitaker , Lauren Townsend and Libby. Nel leaves behind her 15 year old daughter , Lena , who is really tough to handle. Jules haven’t spoken to Nel for years , since the incident. Nel’s obsession with the river and the Drowning Pool may have led  her to her death .

DI Sean Townsend , along with his wife Helen and father Patrick find it hard everyday , not knowing how his mother Lauren , really died. He keeps having nightmares but everything is a blur , a complete picture isn’t formed . His affair also creates an awkward situation between him and Helen and know they just want to make the days pass , with Patrick being the glue holding him but his own secret is on the verge of being disclosed.

Louise Whitaker looks around her daughter Katie’s room , looking for a reason for killing herself. Louise regrets not being involved in her daughter’s life more, rather giving attention to her son Josh . She had no idea of Katie’s inner secret , a secret which could change everything. Louise blames Nel and Lena for everything and wants to make sure they paid the price for it.

Nicola Sage is going crazy with all the dead speaking in her mind , telling her how they dies. Jeannie , Nicola’s sister , also the policeman who took care of Sean when his mother died , revealed how Lauren really die . Jeannie is long gone but her story remains today. The whole town thinks she’s crazy but only Nel believed her , saw through all the craziness and fraud nature of hers.

Mark Henderson discovered Nel’s body while out on a walk with his dogs. He didn’t care about her , only her death reminded him of a certain someone . His secret couldn’t be exposed , in any form , because if it did , his life is over . And he’ll do anything to make sure it doesn’t come out but he has no idea that someone knows this secret . and she won’t back down.

Beckford is a small town but full of secrets. And Nel’s death threatens to expose all of it. Jules , Lena , Louise , Sean , Helen , Nickie (Nicola’s pet name) , Patrick , Mark and Erin Morgan are all involved in some way or the other in all these deaths and it’s time they are revealed.

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This book gave me the chills. I mean you might think it’s confusing and all but it’s not.You gotta have a lot of patience to read this book. Being one of the most awaited , promising and must read book of the year , it’s too good ! The river is the central part , with everyone describing i according to their own perspective. All the characters are connected to each other in some way or other and it’s so gripping ! It’s chilling and basically the best psychological book describing a human instinct.

Paula Hawkins has outdid herself again ! Hands down ! This book is a step above A Girl On the train and I just want everyone to read it if you loved her first novel and understood her impeccable writing !

If you want a break from all the adventure and action , INTO THE WATER is a deal breaker ! A MUST READ !!!!

  Beware a calm surface – you never know what lies beneath it

Good Night , U ❤

 

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WISHLIST for the kind of person you are.

There is nothing wrong in being the kind of person you are.You are unique beyond ways you can imagine.These 8 books happen to be such insightful books which will help you grow into the kind of person you want to be, express yourself freely and let your thoughts be open wide.

1.  THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR , Nicola Yoon
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2. SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA , Becky Albertalli

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3. RAVEN BOYS, Maggie Stiefvater

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4. THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US , Kasie West

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5. I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN , Jandy Nelson

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6. DUMPLIN‘ , Julie Murphy

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7.WE ARE OKAY , Nina Lacour

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8.QUEEN OF GEEK, Jen Wilde

 

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Hope you find these novels click with your life and thoughts !

Urvashi 🙂

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Anything for you, ma’am: an IITian’s love story

Ever heard that love makes a person do the unthinkable? Well, it does. Love has a power only a few people can understand. A person literally becomes an idiot (no matter how intelligent or smart he/she is) when in love. But in some cases, love also makes a person do the smartest of things that no one could ever imagine.
Yes, that is what our ‘hero’ Tejas does. He is in love with his sister’s best friend Shreya who lives in Chennai. The book follows this IITian in his expedition of seeing the love of his life again in the midst of a crucial project- Biobull led by Prof. Sidhu and all the family drama.

As you proceed through, you find it hard not to laugh at every other line (literally).

But among all the drama and ‘jugaad’ and risks that Tejas takes, it gets interesting to know if he finally meets Shreya or not!

If you are up for a rib-tickling comedy with a romantic twist, I would suggest you to get your hands on this piece by Tushar Raheja.

A quote that I loved-

Leave not a speck that may cause a wreck.

Thanking and remembering him for lending me his copy,

Parijat.

Happy reading 🙂

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Long time wish come true : UNRAVELLING

When i was in 10th grade,2011 , I used to read the books section of the newspaper everyday. They used to review about upcoming books. And at that time i had started my huge collection of sci-fi/adventure/fiction novels.
So one day came the review of Elizabeth Norris’s novel , UNRAVELLING. I remember getting excited to get my hands on that book and i had cut out that 1.5 inch pic from the newspaper and stuck it on my study table, knowing one day I would be able to buy myself this novel.
But then time passed by and so did my mood and behaviour and preferences but that novel was still stuck in my mind.

Then came my 2nd Year of college, 2015 and I became friends with 2 great girls and i just casually told them I wanted to read this novem but couldn’t find it anywhere. Then the biggest thing happened. My 19th birthday came and these 2 girls gifted me this novel. I remember screaming in my class when i saw the book.

What’s in this book ? In 2011 not many novels had picked up the sci-fi trail and Unravelling was a hit that season. But now days , no one knows about it.

Janelle Tenner is a normal girl with a younger brother , an FBI agent dad and a bipolar mom. Everything was ok before she died…. and was bought back to life by Ben , a mysterious guy from her school whom she never gave attention.

But what’s strange is a clock counting down from 24 days. Janelle goes on an adventure to find the truth about her coming back to life , the clock and Ben.

Well I won’t be revealing anything snd sadly it’s been 2 years since i read it but there is something intriguing about this book.

I would definitely recommend for those who are a Before I Fall fan. ( hope you know this novel. Will post about it soon !)

Give a hand to Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris and do tell me how was it. ✌🏻

Urvashi 😄

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The world within the core : Artemis Fowl

Whenever I mention this novel , maximum friends of mine say that it's one of their favourite and I won't blame them. It's actually amazing.

Artemis Fowl is a story about an Irish boy , Artemis Fowl , who belongs from a criminal family from Dublin , lives in a mansion and has a personal secretary called Butler who was appointed to him the second he was born in the family.
What's special about that boy ? Well he is literally the most evil genius present , who would do anything to be the best.

Now Artemis or "Arty" had his suspicion that there exists mythical creatures below us , near the core of the planet 🌎. Well , in order to get more proof , he travels to China where an old fairy , disguised as an old woman , gives him the most important book among the fairies, elfs , dwarfs. Artemis translates the language and comes to know everything about the world that lives beneath the foundation of his mansion. So the great Artemis devices a plan to trap one of the creature and in order to gain more , he would blackmail that creature for gold.

In the meanwhile, down below , we have Captain Holly Short , waking up , going to work at the LEP ( Lower Element Police , the police community ). Like any other day , she is given a chance to go on the "surface" for a mission. Holly lives for such missions. So as ususal , Holly reports to one of the shuttle bay and is sent of to Spain , where a troll attack has happened.

While trying to solve everything, Artemis captures her and takes her with him back to Dublin and imprisons her. Hence , the unlikely friendship/enemity strikes gold. Now if there is ever a situation where if any LEP officer is ever taken hostage , there is a hostage fund specially kept. Artemis was basically behind this.

So Commander Root and technician Foaly make plans to cause minimal harm to Artemis and get Holly back without emptying their hostage fund. And from here onwards starts the epic journey of Artemis and his involvement in possible every major attack in Lower Element.

Artemis Fowl combines mystical creatures + technology no one can imagine about + round the world trip. And to imagine all of this is a hats off effort. I'm at the 4th book and by a mistake which i have never made in my entire life , i missed onto the 3rd book. I'll buy that later tho.

If you love Harry Potter , Percy Jackson or any novel involving magical invasions and powers and everything, please please do read this novel. AMAZING!!!! This novel has been on my wishlist and I finally got to read it this year ! Plus it's helping with my GRE prep for the graceful words a 13 year old boy says much ahead of his age.

I can guarantee you it's completely worth your time. Do read.
Also sorry for not writing any post in the recent times. I've been busy with my internship and GRE prep.
Do share your thoughts about ARTEMIS FOWL SERIES by Eoin Colfer.

U 💕

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DARK MATTER

Have you ever regretted a choice you ever made ? Me? I have made some pretty bad choices but i see now that i don’t regret them. Just that they have taken me into a direction i never saw myself going in. I have always though ,”What if I didn’t go to Pune to study ?” or “What would have been if i hadn’t chosen science ?” The last question actually shaped my future that i am living right now. Our choices defines us the kind of person we are , the kind of person we become towards the general public .

Jason Dessen made a life changing decision when he left his research , which was a front runner to win the most prestigious scientific award and research funding to be with the woman of his dream, Daniela  and the son, Charlie, he loved to death. That decision turned out to be a tree which led to many other of his decisions to become the branches of this tree. Now his decision is going to haunt him forever. When he decides to congratulate his friend Ryan , who wins this award instead of him , Ryan makes sure that he makes jason regret his decision of leaving his study behind and go and teach in a local college in Chicago instead. But little did Jason know , it was going to be more than a regret.

The last line that his abductor told him before knocking him out of his consciousness and sending him to a world where he is famous and Daniela is not his wife and charlie isn’t born was

“Are you happy with this life ?”       

Of course Jason was . But the abductor happens to be Other Jason from the universe where Jason chose his research instead of Daniela and Charlie and built a cube which would help him travel multiverse . But every decision , every choice Jason makes , comes to reality when the Original Jason finally reaches  his family , only to find that Many Jasons (nearly 109 , since its mentioned int he book) have done the same and they want to reach to Daniela and Charlie before anyone else can. These Many Jasons happen to be the choices the real Jason didn’t make while he was exploring different Chicagos of different universe to find Daniela and Charlie. Find out how Jason fights for his decisions and wins int he end (obviously !)

This novel is like AMAZING ! It has every scientific term trying to persuade the reader about a theory that the scientists are actually working on. If anyone has seen Stranger Things , it’s like many Upside-Downs but without any Eleven and the monster tho. So anyways , what keeps Jason moving is his love and determination to see Daniela and Charlie . He has to go through so much different scenarios but in the end these scenarios are the outcome of what Amanda Lucas ( Other Jason’s therapist , who helps the Original Jason escape from the world that would have been his but is not) and Jason feels and the roller coaster of emotions they go through.

Though it’s sad they did’t mention what happens to Amanda but the story is gripping , thriller and life-changing. It’s a MUST READ ! I  didn’t know it would be this good actually , i just read the synopsis and thought “Let’s just try this one “ but Damn , it’s too good. It made me realize that our decisions can have such drastic effect on our life in ways one can never imagine and also the possibility that there exists parallel universe where every decision we make opens up a new universe, a new opportunity of what we could have done if we chose something else…

So get your hand on the copy of DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch , who is the reclaimed author of the Wayward Pines Trilogy ( Have to read that one too , not see the show but meh..show ill work till i get my hands on the trio.). Dark Matter is in works to be a movie so let’s just wait and see when it comes out ..

Good Night 🙂

U ❤

 

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KANE Chronicles : The Red Pyramid

You know what sets apart Rick Riordan from the rest of the writer (no offense i love other writers too!) :

  1. The comprehensive study he does regarding the ancient history behind every civilization , be it Egyptian , Greek , Norse or Roman.
  2. The Fan base is because he has the perfect sense of mixing literature , humor , emotions, thriller , romance , everything.

Anyways , I just completed reading the first part of the series and have ordered the remaining 2 also. After coursing through Greek (Percy Jackson) , Roman ( Heroes of Olympus) and Norse (Magnus Chase) , I landed on another civilization , Egypt , with Carter and Sadie Kane , child with the blood of pharaoh. Well , basically I had a bit of idea about Egyptian gods. If you don’t , i have a little something ..

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So Ra is the Sun God and in the book , it’s said that he is no longer active as he should be. Then there is Geb and Nut (Don’t laugh. Sadie laughed too and i did too because well..). Geb is Earth and Nut is sky. They are a married couple but in order to give birth to her 5 children , they were separated by the Wind god. Anyways , their 5 children are Isis , Osiris , Set , Horus and Nephthys. Now god take human as their host so their relationship is kind of crazy. Osiris and Isis are married and Horus is their son. Set and Nephthys are married but Set is evil. Their exists a House of Life (in real life too) , who train special kids who have a very rich bloodline like Sadie and Carter. Well , Sadie and Carter’s parents , Julius and Ruby Kane are individuals who come from 2 different pharaoh bloodline , Kane ( Julius ) and Faust (Ruby) so their kids are the most powerful children the world has ever seen and gods are scared of it. Then you have Amos Kane , Julius’s brother , who sadly gets possessed by Set in the end but survives.

The book is about how Julius and Carter land in London to get Sadie ( Carter and Sadie have been separated  from each other since their mother’s death and also because together they are veryyyyy powerful). So in London , these 3 unite and head to Britain Museum to find the Rosetta Stone , which helps in yielding power . What Sadie and Carter didn’t know is that their father had unleashed   5 gods (Isis , Osiris , Set , Horus and Nephthys) , with Set being the one to immediately capture Julius ( who has the spirit of Osiris) and send him back to the Duat ( Spirit world of gods and magic ). Sadie and Carter try to escape but then 2 warriors of House of Life , Zia and Michel Desjardins. Then Amos finds them and takes them to Brooklyn ( yup. London to Brooklyn ). Their there is a mansion which has a baboon names Khufu , a crocodile name Philip from Macedonia and Sadie’s cat Muffin , who happens to be a host for Bast , the cat goddess. Basically , Sadie , Carter , Bast and Amos travel the world to finally end up in Phoenix where Set is building a pyramid which would make him powerful on his birthday , which lies on the third Demon Day. These 4 have to stop them but in their journey they realize that Carter is a host to Horus , Sadie is a host to Isis , Amos becomes a host for Set  and Zia becomes a host from Nephthys. Find out how carter and Sadie overcome their compulsion to merge with Isis and Horus and defeat Set.  

You know , in this novel , what really touched me is when Anubis ( god of funeral and Sadie’s crush) asks Sadie if she would sacrifice her father for the world . The struggle the poor girl faces is heartbreaking. And she did sacrifice her father ( sorry for the spoiler) but in the end , Anubis takes Carter and Sadie to the Room of Judgment where they meet their parents , who say the most beautiful lines:

” As a parent , our dreams becomes secondary to our children’s dreams. We would do anything for them to make them come true , even if we have to sacrifice our self . “

 *crying in one corner.*

So , do read this novel, KANE CHRONICLES : THE RED PYRAMID and tell me how you feel about it.

Goodnight 🙂

U<3