A book review as a meal: A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

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George, the protagonist, is adjusting to life on his own after the sudden death of his partner, determined to persist in the routines of his daily life. An Englishman and a professor living in suburban Southern California, he is an outsider in every way, and his internal reflections and interactions with others reveal a man who loves being alive despite everyday injustices and loneliness. Wry, suddenly manic, constantly funny, surprisingly sad, this novel catches the true textures of life itself.

A small meal but a full meal. An array of flavors but all cohesive and satisfactory circular. A firm patty, tough yet tender, buttery crumb. Pickles and mayo. Hand whisked, hand sliced, hand salted. Right after your carnivorous heart. Splash o’ intoxicant. Beauty and insecurity. Quite devastating in the end but only for the question, what if, what if there was more? All the more gustatory pleasures, that mouthfeel of balanced richness and common ground, those swirls dispersed in between that spoke of faraway things here contained. (Almost like (dark)chocolate in a burger.) Oh just what if! But that meal, it was there. Are you ravished or are you famished?

What do you think?
Beez.

The truth about keeping secrets is just another Young Adult book. By Savannah Brown. Claps.

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Sydney’s dad is the only psychiatrist for miles around their small Ohio town.
He is also unexpectedly dead.
Is Sydney crazy, or is it kind of weird that her dad-a guy whose entire job revolved around other peoples’ secrets-crashed alone, with no explanation?
And why is June Copeland, homecoming queen and the town’s golden child, at his funeral?
As the two girls grow closer in the wake of the accident, it’s clear that not everyone is happy about their new friendship.
But what is picture perfect June still hiding? And does Sydney even want to know?
THE TRUTH ABOUT KEEPING SECRETS is a page-turning, voice led, high school thriller.

This is: Just another YA book. Complete with script and absent parent and angsty child voice. Maybe a little better than many. With this skirted off mystery on the top. A poor rendition into grief and death. With a smacking coping mechanism to go with. A strange half-present friendship. And an unfulfilled heart. Another friendship. The one from that John Green book. Overall nothing really special. Or new. Just your typical. YA book

All of this is to say that. I hate genre publishing. And that fiction should be a cause for digging into something. Not to tie the strings and resolve a long chapter. And I like deeper contemplation. And that this is this authors’ debut. And she’s hardly 20. Which means she’s allowed. All the tropes and tribulations. All the better if she gets to make the sweet dough for life through it. Even better if it appeals to other people. I just hope the industry makes spaces for spillings.

This is also to say. That I hate myself the most. But the review wouldn’t come out any other way. Take my lackluster apology.

Beez

(Does anybody reading this care about this blog? Should we just shut it?)

Secrets for the Mad by Dodie Clark [YouTube is actually a wannabe writers detour]

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I mean, I picked it up so blame me.

I believe in principle that YouTubers should not write memoirs and self-help books unless they’re an in-depth one on YouTube specifically. But that’s not how the world works is it? This world works on a if-it-cashes-in basis.

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We were liars by E. Lockhart [so am I]

(So so so sorry for the big absence we do other stuff sometimes? You can leave a Howler below.)

What started out as an easy and interesting read turned into the last chapter of shock.

We were liars, is about what goes on behind the scenes in the house of the Sinclair family.

Particularly, Cady.

The story is about four cousins who get together every summer and hence call themselves the liars.

And then there’s an accident.

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Am I too afraid I’m not an intellectual? Ghost world by Daniel Clowes

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62953Ghost World has become a cultural and generational touchstone, and continues to enthrall and inspire readers over a decade after its original release as a graphic novel. Originally serialized in the pages of the seminal comic book Eightball throughout the mid-1990s, this quasi-autobiographical story (the name of one of the protagonists is famously an anagram of the author’s name) follows the adventures of two teenage girls, Enid and Becky, two best friends facing the prospect of growing up, and more importantly, apart. Daniel Clowes is one of the most respected cartoonists of his generation, and Ghost World is his magnum opus.

I started this graphic novel a while back; I read half and then I never got to finishing it. Yesterday I finally did. And I don’t think this is on my particularly-liked list.

The reason for that is that while there were things that were not usual and things I liked, in the end, this graphic novel dwindled down to some very petty things. It’s a story about two best friends, after high school and the inevitability of the changes in their friendship. And, it was good in the way that it portrayed this in-between state and both the girls didn’t do anything concrete except just back-slap ideas. I liked this because i felt like it depicted normal life in a way. Just the state of existing and the throw of companionship; I liked it.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books n’ Tunes

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Sometimes, as it happens, you’re listening to a song. And that song paints a lovely picture in your head. And sometimes, it happens to fit perfectly with the picture a book puts in your head. And then, ta-da, you get the song and the book married off!

I have wanted to do this type of a post for a while now. When a song fits for me, I have an intense need to tell people about it. Intense.
So, beware, for this post will be intense and, will not follow the first T5W rule (i.e. It’ll be above 5). Let’s bang on:

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To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

TKAMPublication Date: July 11, 1960

Publisher: Arrow Books (This cover)

Targeted Audience: Young Adult

Genre: Coming-of-age/Anti-racism/Historical fiction

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

A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel – a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.

This is one of those classic books that I had been putting off for a long time because I thought it would be way up on the “books that go over young kids head” but I was glad that I was disappointed.

The story follows three years of Scout’s life with her brother Jem, her father Atticus and their housekeeper Calpurnia. The first half of the book is just about Scout and Jem’s childhood. It is sort of an in-depth perspective of their childhood and how their father has shaped the way they think about life around them. The second half concerns about the trials of a black man who is accused of raping a white woman and Atticus has been called to defend him.

I love how this story didn’t necessarily have a happy ending, how it wrapped the idea of how black people were treated during the Great Depression and I also love how all of this has been showed to us by the eyes of a young girl who is able to understand what a ridiculous number of adults failed to- equality to people of all diversity.

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Up-close n personal: The Raven boys

So by now I expect you will have heard about the *ahem* great series called The Raven cycle by *ahem* the great Maggie Steifvater.

(If you haven’t, um, what?)

(YOU HAVEN’T??)

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So like I said, the series is *GREAT*, which is basically me containing all my feelings for this *somuchgreat* series. If I let my heart unleash the real meaning of *great*, that’s all this post would be about.

But because of a different objective, I have just used the *ahem* great.

This post is basically about how it’s so *great*. I read the first book in the series and I just noted my favorite and most liked parts and the little things that make the series so *great*! So follow me (into a list that is infinite):

[Basically, I took notes while reading parts of the book. Read only if you’ve read the book, it’ll only make sense then. I hope this list reminds you of them, the Raven boys and you remember the little things you forgot and the whole magic of it.]

Did you know that Blue needs sleep for quality spikes (for Noah to pet)?

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Beez’s Friday finds

Friday Finds is a meme hosted by Books and a Beat. It was created to showcase all the books we’ve added to our TBR piles in the past week.

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I’m going to let you in on all the books I’ve added on my TBR pile and reasons for hence. Be cautioned- I am bizarre and I like philosophy.

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#1 The killer next door by Alex Marwood

Beez: If you live in Dubai, and don’t know about the following piece of information, this is going to be your lucky day. Some metro stations allow you to borrow books and that’s amazing. So this is one book I picked up because well, it sounded hella interesting and creepy.

#2 The age of genius: The 17th century and the birth of the modern mind by A. C. Grayling

Beez: Basically, I’m interested in the evolution of human intelligence. And I also met this author and was extremely interested and flabbergasted by what he said. So there. Also, a book actually about the evolution of human intelligence is The dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan!

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Love, Stargirl: Stargirl #2 by Jerry Spinelli

846984Publication Date: August 14, 2007

Publisher: Knopf books for young readers

Pages: 288

Targeted Audience: Young Adult

Genre: Coming-of-age

Blurb: LOVE, STARGIRL picks up a year after Stargirl ends and reveals the new life of the beloved character who moved away so suddenly at the end of Stargirl. The novel takes the form of “the world’s longest letter,” in diary form, going from date to date through a little more than a year’s time. In her writing, Stargirl mixes memories of her bittersweet time in Mica, Arizona, with involvements with new people in her life.

In Love, Stargirl, we hear the voice of Stargirl herself as she reflects on time, life, Leo, and – of course – love.

There are some books that when you’re reading it something magical happens and when you smile, every part of your body buzzes with happiness. When there’s a sad part, you become low for the rest of the day. This is that book. This is that book that creates a world for you above your head. This is that book that leaves you completely satisfied and amazed. This is one of the best book I’ve ever read (I repeat this line many times in this review).

In the first book Stargirl Caraway enchanted me. In this book, well she continued to do the same. I fell in love with every part of her as I read on. 

I was fascinated by Stargirl in the prequel, and this book made me further fascinated. She is truly beautiful. She has the hugest heart. She has a place for everybody in her heart. Nobody is insignificant. She sees something in everybody. Also she isn’t proud or arrogant or stuck up. She treats everybody as equal. She believes they are like her. She sees people not only at the surface, but deeper and sometimes better than one sees them-self.

This book is from Stargirl’s POV. And while in the prequel we were all wondering at who this creature might be, in this book we meet her as a fellow human, a teenager even. Definitely a more special kind and better person than the better lot of us, but a real human who has bad days, who mopes around for her ex and deals with real life. It makes us connect with her so much more.

Apart from being all about Stargirl, this book has many other wonderful characters who seem so real. This book is every one’s story. From the man who lives in the past to the woman who is afraid of living and everyone in between.

Dootsie is one of my favorite characters. She is just so cute. I love how that huge head of her sees everything in a completely new light and how she is so vibrant and colorful  and adorable. It is impossible not to smile in every part of the book she is in.

Till now you probably have figured that I am incapable to writing a proper review for this book. Mostly it’s because I’m so smitten with it that I can’t move ahead of the fact that this book is beyond amazing!

After I read this book I had the Stargirl girl spell on me, when I just looked out and smiled so stupidly but I was also so darn devastated that this book was over and I felt so sad and my heart-felt like it was going to burst.The ending of this book is magical and beautiful and that feeling just blows you away.

 This beautiful story is about the life of Stargirl after she moves and leaves Leo. Stargirl is heart-broken and does her fair share of moping and fights her demons. She meets new and amazing people and goes around spreading the Stargirl magic around her. She discovers the place she now lives in and finds enchanted places. She goes back to being home schooled by her mom. She takes up new projects and completely fascinates us by her uniqueness. With some of the best and amazingly thoughtful quotes this book is one of a kind. 

Its taken the place of my current favorite book.

Truthfully, this book touched me deeply. There is so much truth and rawness in this book and its written amazingly. There are parts in this book that will make you smile through tears. In this big bad world, there are people like Stargirl that make it worth living, restores our faith in humanity. It’s the small things. It’s when somebody in the world notices you, Stargirl does that. Not without hardship. Stargirl has her own life and heart breaks too, but she has time for the world too. 

This world desperately needs Stargirl.

Everybody needs Stargirl.

This being said, this is one of the best books I’ve ever read and I’m going to recommend it to every person out there. If this book fails to touch you and capture you with its wonderful-ness, there is something seriously wrong with you. You should also know that if you read this book, and don’t like it, I don’t like you.

Normally for such an amazing book, I’d rant on and on that you have to read it. But this book is different and special and if my review touched you at all, then you shall read it and love it.

“She laughed when there was no joke. She danced when there was no music.

She had no friends, yet she was the friendliest person in school.

In her answers in class, she often spoke of sea horses and stars, but she did not know what a football was…

She was elusive. She was today. She was tomorrow. She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl. We did not know what to make of her. In our minds we tried to pin her to a corkboard like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew.” 

5 donut bears

5 donut bears for this amazing book!

Lots of love,

Beez.