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I am Jagdeshwari From India. You will find me constantly reading something or the other. I love reading across all genre’s as I enjoy reading and exploring New Books, Authors and stories. Truly Love’s Devouring Books. Tea-Rex, Book-Junkie, Book-Addict. You can find me any day reading a book on my kindle or cozying with a book in my hand.

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“Malgudi Days by R. K. Narayan.”

🌺Title – Malgudi Days.

🌺Author – R. K. Narayan.

🌺Publisher – Indian Thought Publications.

🌺Pages – 245.

🌺About the Author – R. K. Narayan (1906–2001), born and educated in India, was the author of fourteen novels, numerous short stories and essays, a memoir, and three retold myths. His work, championed by Graham Greene, who became a close friend, was often compared to that of Dickens, Chekhov, Faulkner, and Flannery O’Connor, among others. October 10, 2006, is the centennial of Narayan’s birth.

🌺Blurb as on Amazon -The book Malgudi Days is a collection of short stories written by R.K. Narayan and published by Indian Thought Publications in India in the year 1943. Outside India the book was republished by Penguin Classics in 1982. Malgudi days is a collection of 32 fictional stories set in a small beautiful town called Malgudi in South India. Every story is based on the problems faced by nation in general during that era.

The Malgudi Days story has been applauded round the world. Actor and director, Late Shankar Nag had directed the televised series of stories of Malgudi Days in 1986. Film-maker Kavitha Lankesh has redirected the series which was telecasted in 2006. The Malgudi Days series was very popular, do read the book and got to know more about it. Powerful, magical portraits of all kinds of people and comprising stories written over almost forty years, Malgudi Days presents Narayan’s imaginary city vividly. On R. K. Narayan’s 108th birthday Google commemorated by featuring a Google Doodle showing him behind a copy of Malgudi Days in 2014.

🌺My Review – 📖R. K. Narayan’s Malgudi is a Fictional Town situated in India. Malgudi Days is one of those books that will capture your attention from page one. This book will make you feel nostalgic and happy because that’s what you grew up watching.

Malgudi is one of those fascinating towns that you wish you could leave in. The author portrays such an beautiful picture about the town, people who reside in the town.
He tries to honestly make an effort to make an insightful effort by showing the struggles, joys, highs and lows of people of Malgudi that are similar to what’s going on in the world.
R. K. Narayan’s Malgudi is one of those Heartwarming & Beautifully narrated stories that will make you reflect on many Personal and Social issues. And you will definitely feel connected to the characters and narrative too many times.

I love the stories, the characters and my love for Malgudi Days is partial because I grew up watching all these characters go through multiple phases of their life and achieve something in their life.

📖Absolutely Recommended.
It’s the only book by an Indian Author that I would absolutely love to Suggest that you pick up.

📖My Rating – (5/5)

“The Vagina Monulogues by Eve Ensler.”

🌺Title – The Vagina Monulogues.

🌺Author – Eve Ensler.

🌺Genre – Non Fiction.

🌺Pages –

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🌺Blurb as on Goodreads – I decided to talk to women about their vaginas, to do vagina interviews, which became vagina monologues…At first women were reluctant to talk. They were a little shy. But once they got going, you couldn’t stop them. Women secretly love to talk about their vaginas. They get very excited, mainly because no one’s ever asked them before.

🌺My Review -The Vaginal Monologues is so much more than expected. As Ensler said it is the only body part that is isn’t spoken about by anyone in general.
Vagina is like an Taboo topic, that is rarely ever discussed about even amongst women. It’s like an hush hush topic only spoken to your Gynaecologist. It’s considered to be an Social Stigma or a Taboo topic.
This Short read of 99 pages will be life changing. Keep an open mind and you will be surprised as to how Vagina is not just an Ordinary organ its much more than that, it’s an representation of you and it’s Yours!!!

Eve Ensler wrote this book inspired by an amazing woman who survived Ruthless Atrocities in Yugoslavia her Spirit and Strength was a great source of inspiration to write this book.

Eve Highlights “Vagina Facts by sharing ruthless methods practiced such as in 19th century women who were capable of having orgasm through Mastrubation were regarded as Medical Problems. Such women were corrected or cured by Amputation of Clitorsis or Sewing Vagina Lips.

📖In the United States, the last recorded clitoridectomy for curing masturbation was performed in 1948—on a five-year-old girl. Isn’t this horrible.

This book talks about Vagina not just as an organ but as an experience, each one has something new to share (Good or Bad). Some experience it as an
Pleasurable zone, happy place and some think of it as a Bad Luck Zone, A Place of Mishap.

Globally women feel embarrassed talking about their Vagina issues as they are judged easily. This short term read of 99 pages will Enlighten you in numerous ways. After wrapping this read I took so much of Pride that I have an Wondrous Organ. I no longer need to make it Detached or Numb! Broken, Invisible or feel Ashamed about it. Because hey just like any other body part they are the same too.

If this review isn’t convincing you enough please do watch the HBO series or a simple YouTube search regarding The Vaginal Monologues will do.

My Rating – it’s an Kickass 5👑👑👑👑👑 book.
Definitely #recomended.

“Pride by Ibi Zoboi.”

🌺Title – Pride.

🌺Author – Ibi Zoboi.

🌺Genre – Contemporary YA. (Retelling).

🌺Pages – 200

🌺Publisher – Balzer and Bray

🌺Blurb as on Goodreads –
Pride and Prejudice gets remixed in this smart, funny, gorgeous retelling of the classic, starring all characters of color, from Ibi Zoboi, National Book Award finalist and author of American Street.

Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.

When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.

But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.
In a timely update of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, critically acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic

My Review – 📖Pride by Ibi Zoboi was my pick for#bnbreadathon Prompt 3 @booksnbeyondbox and #slayshortbooks

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📖”It’s a truth universally acknowledged that when rich people move into the hood, where it’s a little bit broken and a little bit forgotten, the first thing they want to do is clean it up.”

This Quote made me pick this book and I definitely Devoured this Pride and Prejudice Retelling. To be honest I haven’t read Pride and Prejudice in past 15 years or so I won’t make any specific References or Comparisons in both of these books.

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.📖Ibi Zoboi’s Pride is a story that represents multiple themes Family, Race, Neighborhood, Class (Financial Status), Individuality, Gentrification.
Haitian-Dominican Zuri Benitez 17 years old lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn with her Parents and her Four Sisters. She loves her Neighborhood as it is, she loves that she knows the people, who share her feelings in regards to the Culture, Heritage and her life. Zuri embraces the familiarity of her Neighborhood. This Changes the moment the Darcy family moves into the Neighborhood. The house across the street. The Darcy’s have two boys, Both Teenagers – Ainsley and Darius.
Zuri’s dislike towards the Darcy family is very well known since they started with the renovations of the big house in the Bushwick Locale. Which means Gentrification of the Neighborhood. Which means Change & Zuri hates that her Turf is changing because of the Rich people who undermine everyone in the neighborhood.

Zuri as a Protagonist took my breath away. I absolutely loved her Aspirations, Hopes and her Blunt Honesty. It’s refreshing to see that any 17 year old is so sorted Mentally about their Personal, Educational, Socio and Economic conditions. Zuri is an No Nonsense girl who fiercely protects what she seems to be worthy of it. Darius Darcy is supposedly her Enemy who is keen on keeping her & her sisters out of of his life & his brother Ainsley’s life. He constantly has an difference of opinion with Zuri. They are constantly picking each other apart until they meet Unexpectedly at this Open Mic (Poetry) and everything changes. It’s an Heartwarming experience seeing Zuri and Darius transformation from Enemies to Lovers and how they represent their true self and capture the essence of modern day Pride and Prejudice through their Lives, Differences and Individuality.

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. 📖Pride by @ibizoboi is one of the most beautifully written book I’ve read in 2019. Like you don’t want to stop the it & hope that there is sequel to it.

📖What you will definitely enjoy – Zuri as a Character.
Family Bonding and Sisterhood Bonding.
Bushwick as a Neighborhood.
The Writing, Characters, Plot Execution is Flawless.

📖What I didn’t like –
I wish the book was too short. I wanted more of it. I was keen to read about Darius and Zuri.

📖My Rating -( 4/5)

“A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer.”

Title – A Curse so Dark and Lonely.

Series – Curse Breakers #1.

Author – Brigid Kemmerer.

Publisher – Bloomsbury.

Genre – YA Fantasy.

Blurb as on Goodreads – Fall in love, break the curse.
Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.
Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

My Review – #Bibliophileworldblogreviews
#unapologeticreader

“A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer.”

I haven’t read any books by the author so naturally this being said that my expectations were high with anticipation is an understatement as I don’t indulge in Retellings much or like Ever

The Story is an Retelling of Beauty and The Beast. Rhen is the crown Prince of Emberfall. He is an Spoilt brat who is Arrogant and Utterly Selfish. In his Arrogance he leds on Lilith on believing that there is more to one night of passion. Later on Lilith reveals that she will is an Enchantress who aims to be the future Queen of Emberfall. When she is Brushed off by Rhen she reveals her true identity and Curses The Crown Prince into a Beast. She curses the Palace until & unless Rhen Finds his one true love. Hundreds of season pass away, yet he hasn’t discovered that one person who will break the curse. Free him from his misery and love him unconditionally.

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Harper is our female protagonist who is Eighteen from DC. She has her own issues to deal with, her Mother is dying from Cancer, Her Father is a no show man. Her Family owe’s an debt to people & her brother has to pay the debt by working with the Crime Lord’s . Harper has Cerebral Palsy since her birth which results in slight limp to walk with. Harper’s character is Fierce, Honest, Helpful and Badass. Her character portrays her qualities and it unfolds as how she is an key character in the story.

Grey is my favorite character in this book like more amazing than Harper (and that’s saying it a lot 😍). He is the Commander, very Loyal, Trustworthy and Faithful to Rhen.
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Lilith is one of those Villians who is pretty scary and vindictive. Like there isn’t any character development to her, nor is there any way to know her perspective. Her character is one dimension and some development would add a little more drama to the story.

The Narration is Richly Detailed which interests me the most. At the same time I felt that the book was very slow paced and at times repetitive with the scenarios or feelings related to characters and situations.

📖What I loved about the book is that it’s Potrayal of Cerebral Palasy in an Positive sense. Plus the representation of LGBTQ characters in an Urban Fantasy which is refreshing with the twist of the Retelling.

📖Overall it’s an Good Read.
My Rating – (3. 5/5)

“How To Be a Bawse by Lily Singh.”

Title – How To Be a Bawse.

Author – Lilly Singh.

Publisher – Penguin UK.

Pages – 312

Genre – Self Help.

Blurb as on Goodreads – From actress, comedian, and YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (aka ||Superwoman||) comes the definitive guide to being a bawse—a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, and smiles genuinely because they’ve fought through it all and made it out the other side.
Told in her hilarious, bold voice that’s inspired over nine million fans, and using stories from her own life to illustrate her message, Lilly proves that there are no shortcuts to success.
WARNING: This book does not include hopeful thoughts, lucky charms, and cute quotes. That’s because success, happiness, and everything else you want in life needs to be fought for—not wished for. In Lilly’s world, there are no escalators, only stairs. Get ready to climb

My Review –
“How to Be a Bawse by Lily Singh.” @iisuperwomanii

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👑Well lets start by saying that I’m a huge fan of Lilly’s Content over the years she has been doing a phenomenal job of making it big over globally through her YouTube videos. So when her book was released I was excited to read it. I was finally able to pick this #kickass piece of work that has #nobullshit approach to life.

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👑The book has been divided into Four sections that are namely :-
PART 1 – MASTER YOUR MIND.
PART 2 – HUSTLE HARDER.
PART 3 – MAKE HEAD TURNS.
PART 4 – BE A UNICORN.

Each section has multiple chapters that deal with various topics that Lilly has been very realistic and practical about. If you are expecting some Sugarcoated sweet words about Life, Work! Personal Experiences and Relationships this ain’t your book.
This book encourages you to Say what you Mean & Express what you feel by being authentic you – yourself.

Lilly has not only shared her achievements but she has been very transparent about how she has failed to achieve and accomplish things and how those failures led her to sort out other things and achieve the best. This book is Real, Funny and Authentic by the Superwoman herself. Lilly’s content is Hilarious, Smart, Honest and Insightful.

👑What you may like about this book :-

* You get to explore Lilly’s Candid Bold Personality throughout the Book. She shares her untold experiences with her reader’s which are pretty honest.

* The Book has amazing Graphics. The Pop of Color is very Pleasing as it adds a lot of Visual Appeal to the Content written by The Superwoman.

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* There are many Exercises to you can do as a part of the book that helps you to understand how to improve yourself.

👑My Favourite Quote from the book is

👑Rating – (3.5/5)

👑Get your Copy of this book

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How to be a Bawse by Lily Singh

“HAPPINESS UNLIMITED – Sister BK. SHIVANI.”

📚Title – Happiness Unlimited.

📚Author – B. K. Shivani in Conversation with Suresh Oberoi.

📚Genre – Spirituality.

📚Pages – 170.

📚Publisher – Amaryllis.

📚Blurb as on Goodreads – The reason why there is so little happiness in the world is dependency. Happiness is not dependent on ‘anything’ or ‘anyone’ or found ‘anywhere’. We keep delaying our happiness until things are just right in our life. We think we will be happy in the future and then wonder why we are not happy now. Happiness is only possible when we are able to accept everyone as they are, at every moment, in every situation. That means an end to judging or resisting others, an end to complaining and blaming, an end to criticizing and controlling and an end to competing with anyone.

📚My Review -“The reason why there is so little happiness in the world is dependency. Happiness is not dependent on ‘anything’ or ‘anyone’ or found ‘anywhere”. This quote made me pre order the book and I am glad that I did it.
I have been a fan of BK. Shivani’s Inspirational and Motivational content for years now and couldn’t resist the opportunity to read this book.
The chapters are written in context of Conversation with Suresh Oberoi.
The Conversation is in Q&A format. Which enables you to get an proper insight into the matters that are being addressed by the author which revolve around the topic of Happiness and how to create a life where we can be the creator of our own happiness and situations that create unhappiness.

The Conversations are very simple yet addresses important questions that we seek answers too. The views expressed by BK. Shivani are insightful, informative about how we are solely responsible to create an surrounding or atmosphere around us that can help us gain a better quality of life. Happiness is one of the most important emotion in our lives which not only affects us Physically but also Emotionally and Psychologically too. Which means that it can be an important aspect of our life as to how we solely can keep ourselves & our environment, relationships happy.

📚What I enjoyed the most about the book was that, “HAPPINESS”, as a topic was highlighted along with other similar aspects of our life. As how happiness can be an asset to make our life blissful.

📚What I’d prefer is to continue watching her video content as it is very inspiring and Motivational over reading book.

📚My Rating-( 4/5)

📚Get your copy of the book from Amazon https://amzn.to/2SXVOBX

Happiness Unlimited by B K Shivani

“Black Leopard, Red Wolf. (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) – Marlon James.

Title – “Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1).

Author – Marlon James.

Pages – 657.

Publisher – Penguin

Blurb as on Goodreads – Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: “He has a nose,” people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard.

As Tracker follows the boy’s scent—from one ancient city to another; into dense forests and across deep rivers—he and the band are set upon by creatures intent on destroying them. As he struggles to survive, Tracker starts to wonder: Who, really, is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And perhaps the most important questions of all: Who is telling the truth, and who is lying?

Drawing from African history and mythology and his own rich imagination, Marlon James has written a saga of breathtaking adventure that’s also an ambitious, involving read. Defying categorization and full of unforgettable characters, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is both surprising and profound as it explores the fundamentals of truths, the limits of power, the excesses of ambition, and our need to understand them all.

My Review – This Book is hyped everywhere across all social media sites. Specially the #bookstagram community is talking about this book and I solely picked it up because I was curious about the hype this book was receiving.

#unapologeticreader #Bibliophileworldblogreviews

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James is very much hyped as an African Game of Thrones.
James Marlon’s – A Brief History of Seven Killings won the Man Booker Prize. Even though I haven’t read it. I was curious about his work and finally picked up his latest book that is, “Black Leopard Red Wolf.”

📙Let’s talk about what I, enjoyed about this book :-

📖The fact that James has created diverse characters from Witches to Necromancer. Shape shifters to Vampires and kids with special abilities was an experience to read about.

📖 The story is based in Africa which I was excited about. The Mythological aspect of the story was intriguing and I truly enjoyed it.

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📖Couple of chapters do have such beautiful narrations that you will definitely enjoy reading them and will want to reread it again and again.

📙What I didn’t enjoy about the book :-

📖Story is about a mysterious Boy. Who has no name. Who is considered to be dead. There is a Tracker who is known for his ability to track down anyone or anything. He is known to have a Nose that can track anything. He is a well-known Hunter. He is engaged to search the mysteriously disappeared Boy. His mission takes him from one adventure to another. From one city to another. He faces endless obstacles and challenges yet the Tracker is set to know the secret of this Mysterious Boy.
He wants to know who he is and why is he so important to many. Though the tracker isn’t personally vested about it. It’s just an mission to him.
The Plot initially seems to be interesting yet there isn’t much to the story that is worthy of the hype the book is receiving.

📖The Plot and Writing is not something that everyone is going to enjoy. This is the Disclaimer that everyone needs to be aware of. It feels like the author wants you to read yet not indulge in the plot or characters.

📖I planned to #Dnf this books almost every day ( 300 pages in) and it felt that the plot isn’t picking up. We don’t have a lot to read about except unnecessary content that seems irrelevant.

📖The Tangled mess of Over Complicated Characters who just appear eventually to disappear after few pages was irritating to me as most of the book has an endless stream of such characters and situations who aren’t important or play any significant part in the story.

📖The Plot is extremely Confusing and you feel like you are going to lose your mind trying to keep a track of Places, Characters and their Powers. The story feels like a Drag. You don’t enjoy reading it and will definitely regret picking it up.

📖The story deals with multiple issues and themes and people need to be warned about the gory details the book deals in.
Trigger warning for – Rape, Physical, Mental and Emotional Abuse. War, Death, Sex.

📖Honestly this book isn’t anything amazing or fabulous. It’s just an 620 pages of drag that just won’t be every readers dream.

📖My Rating – 2.5/5.