Books, Reading

Looking For Alaska

Sorry for taking a tiny break. I had TOEFL and some family issues but I’m back with another book review (*screaming loudly*) and this book kinda changed my perspective and solidified my earlier decision to forgive those people who had created a shit storm in my life. Here’s a short summery via Goodreads:

51r+bJu6FYL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgBefore. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . . 

After. Nothing is ever the same.

 

Okay So Miles love Alaska (she chose that name btw) and he is helplessly in love with her while he is *kinda dating* Lara , a Romanian. These 3 , along with Chip Martin and Takumi form a group of good friends who drink and smoke together. But there comes an incident which change everyone’s life and i don’t wanna give away the spoiler . There is this unexpected turn of events and Miles feel that now he needs to discover the Great Perhaps. There was one thing which bothered Alaska:

“How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?” as per quoted by Simon Bolivar

In a layman language , how to get out of this labyrinth of suffering ?

It hits home , you know , cause i have some personal sufferings going on and reading this book , i was able to get over 50% of it. It’s simple: forgiveness. You forgive others and others will ultimately forgive you. We all have hopes and dreams and energy to be reckless and our parents would say “trying to be overconfident” and shit. But do they know that this enthusiasm is contagious and once one get’s infected , it’s there for life. That enthusiasm doesn’t die. It’s merely transferring and will go on forever and it’s a very beautiful thing.Forgiveness is the simple answer to everything. Forgive others with your heart and soul because within themselves , they forgive you too. We all screw up our lives and blame other but it all takes a pure forgiveness to resolve it.

I would highly recommend this book to all 16+ readers out there. This debut novel by John Green is beyond words and i hope i get to read more amazing books like this one. John Green, you are a fucking master of teenage and YA Psychology !

Do read Looking for Alaska , 2005- debut novel and like and comment your views and heart out 😉

Goodnight and Happy Reading                                                                                                              Urvashi ❤

 

Advertisements
Books, Reading

The Themis Files

SO , of lately , my parents have been pressuring me to keep on reading books in order to avoid me binging on my regular TV shows. Sweet of them. In November itself I have ordered 5 books and I’m not ashamed cause i can afford it. That was mean :P. anyways , The Themis Files series was on my wishlist for sometime and i finally go my hands on it. Here is a short summary via Goodreads:

25733990.jpgA girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?       
30134847

As a child, Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand, buried deep within the earth. As an adult, she’s dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day: Why was a titanic robot of unknown origin buried in pieces around the world? Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers—and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer than ever before when a second robot, more massive than the first, materializes and lashes out with deadly force.

Now humankind faces a nightmare invasion scenario made real, as more colossal machines touch down across the globe. But Rose and her team at the Earth Defense Corps refuse to surrender. They can turn the tide if they can unlock the last secrets of an advanced alien technology. The greatest weapon humanity wields is knowledge in a do-or-die battle to inherit the Earth . . . and maybe even the stars.

Firstly , those who can imagine a scene happening along with the story can catch up well with the books because everything is in a dialogue format. No direct story. There are interviews ( mostly) , news reports , military logs etc etc. No direct story. So that’s what made these book attractive because they were so different from what I’ve read. 

Secondly , it’s not your regular alien invasion. These are 20-something feet robots made of God knows what metal and posses some other level energy. Another reason why to love this series.

Thirdly , there are a few characters. Not like a 100. Just 10 major characters.( I didn’t count. Just made an assumption). And it hasn’t been revealed till the end who is the main interviewer is , although he reveals about his past to Rose while he is dying ( NOT GONNA TELL ANYTHING MORE !) I always imagined him as Mr. Reyes from Person Of Interest( another must see TV Show. Really Awesome !!!). Mr.Reyes can make anything happen and so does this interviewer. Anyways , so the first book pretty much tells about the discovery of all the body parts of Themis (the robot is recognized in the middle of the book) and then there is a huge setback in the middle and end (Not going to give spoiler but SOMEONE COMES BACK FROM THE DEAD !!!!)

There are 2 pilots who can control Themis. Kara , a military pilot who is able to control the hands and Vincent Couture , a linguist , who can control the lower portion but the design of Themis is such that the pilot’s knees must be reversed. Weird , I know. Couldn’t imagine that happening :P. These two later fall in love and marry. But sadly Alyssa , a geneticist , becomes successful in bringing an off spring into this world about which Kara and Vincent has no idea. In the end , a Earth Defense Corp is setup by the UN to defend Earth from the future attacks.

Book 2 is majorly about the invasion of the other robots across the world, starting with London , where Themis is successful in destroying the robot and discovering the aliens within. But the robot has already killed 4 million people by releasing a deadly gas. But 150,000 were not killed because they had alien DNA. Soon , Rose , Alyssa( who is still has guards around her cause she can’t be trusted) and the main interviewer try to find why. But the a robot appears 2 miles away from the headquarters . Not gonna say the last bit cause i get emotional. Anyways , the child of Kara and Vincent is recovered and she is able to operate the themis so that’s a really happy part. Oh , there is Mr.Burns (he suggested it ) who is suspicious af but he is the descendant of Themis’s race so he happens to know a lot !!!

This book is strong on science and perfectly defines the sci-fi genre. It has the perfect amount of everything and it keeps one at the edge of the seat because you never know what’s gonna happen next ! A perfect debut novel by Sylvain Neuvel and I’m eagerly waiting for the 3rd book , Only Human , releasing on May , 2018.

A Must read definitely ! Also do vote for it at the 9th Annual Goodreads Awards. !!!

So grab your edition and let’s chat ! Do read THE THEMIS FILES series , By Sylvain Neuvel cause it is un-put-downable.

Happy reading , Urvashi !

 

 

Books, Reading

Love,Simon

10015384._SY540_

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.                                                                 (Goodreads)

Before I gush about this book , let me tell you that I’m in support of the LGBT group. This was my first book from the prospective of  a gay character and all i can say is that he’s supper adorable and totally in love with this guy BLUE , about whom he has no idea except he studies in his college as well. 

Simon can’t just come out in front of his parent because for his parents , everything new he does is surprising for them. I get that cause my parents are the same . But then my parents aren’t so cool as his . LOL ! Anyways he has 3 best friends Nick , Leah and Abby. Martin is the guy who gets to know that Simon is gay by “accidentally” reading his mails to Blue and hence Martin is my not so favorite character because he does something even more embarrassing to Simon. But what really get’s one going is how Simon and Blue , having no idea who they are , are falling for each other. It’s just too adorable.

You know at least Simon has friends with whom he can share things and hang out or whatever but to come out was a big deal and honestly they said one thing correct:

Even straight people need to come out

                                                 The more awkward it is , the better.

Well , true that cause we have our own secrets and they have to come out eventually. But what’s good about this book is that there is this flow where Simon is experiencing something new in every chapter and by reading his mails , one can definitely see the sparks flying . Just imagine what happens when they actually meet in real life ( not giving serious spiolers but damnnn they are in LOVE !)

Simon VS The HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA is now being adopted into a motion picture titled “Love , Simon” starring my favorite Nick Robinson as Simon Spier and will be releasing in 2018.

Do read and let me know how you like it !

Love , Urvashi ❤

Books, Reading

Everything,Everything

A new book review !!! This one was fast as it had illustrations and story. The books is new in the way of the concept and art. Here’s the synopsis:

61blZ2UjXML.jpg

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Sometimes in life , there are moments that you want to suppress and let them fade away into nothingness because it hurts too much to actually live them again and experience the feels and everything. I had “successfully” let some memories fade away until i read Nicola Yoon’s novel EVERYTHING,EVERYTHING and I’m not okay now. It’s just the story has overwhelmed me in so may ways that i want to sit and cry for hours but being a 21 year old , you really have to be a strong headed person. I love Maddy and Olly and yes they have a happy ending regardless of everything they went through but they made through it and now they are together and that matters. Sometimes in life you’ll know that love can make you do so many unreasonable things. The book has some AMAZING QUOTES !!!!

“You are not living if you’re not regretting “

“Into all lives a little turbulence must fall”

and my personal favorite :

“Love can kill”

Good  night,

Urvashi ❤

Reading

VAMPIRE ACADEMY : Not a cliche story for sure

What do you instantly think when you hear Vampire/Vampyre ? Me…..TWILIGHT ! Because Twilight has created this clique of “Vampire are mainstream and only love blood ” that people would often just run away and don’t look at other awesome Vampire related books like House Of Night , Vampire Diaries and many more I wouldn’t have heard of. anyways , back to Vampire Academy…

cfcee55b73517a1f7919eedddde43d95.jpg

ONLY A TRUE BEST FRIEND CAN PROTECT YOU FROM YOUR IMMORTAL ENEMIES…

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires—the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger…and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…

I have read all the 6 books on my Kindle , taking about a month and a half and i saw the only movie some years back. To say , Vampire Academy is a pretty okay-ish novel , not so exciting though but the best part is that there isn’t some gory blood sucking scene described. What actually amazed me is about how the author , Richelle Mead , successfully created another world for the vampire lovers. This book will surely be loved by those hardcore vampire/goth lovers but honestly , I wasn’t much into it. So…Not a big review cause it was a lack luster book to be honest.

Anyways you guys do give me your views if you happen to read the series and yes….follow us on Instagram @scripturient_for_life and give a like for the recent posts !

Good Night,

Urvashi ❤

 

Books, Reading

Own yourself like Dumplin’ !

18304322

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 😀

Reading

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 🙂

Reading

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 🙂

Books, Reading

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.

33224064

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 ❤

 

Books, Reading

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
28763485

2. SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA , Becky Albertalli

10015384._SY540_.jpg

3. RAVEN BOYS, Maggie Stiefvater

ravenboys-cover.jpg

4. THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US , Kasie West

518YoLfRhNL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

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

51MBmjWq-AL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_

6. DUMPLIN‘ , Julie Murphy

18304322.jpg

7.WE ARE OKAY , Nina Lacour

34281321.jpg

8.QUEEN OF GEEK, Jen Wilde

 

28245707.jpg

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

Urvashi 🙂