First Star I see Tonight – Susan Elizabeth Phillips

A Classic SEP book!!

What can you do for love? Dying for love is easy and quite popular. Are you ready to leave the most important thing in your life to get love? Every person has a particular habit or behaviour that they cherish the most. It can be ego, being bold, fierce or even stubbornness and they need to think that can they leave that habit and be vulnerable in the relationship?

Piper Dove has been known for being fearless and bold but being vulnerable and dependent is not one of her virtues. However, she has to let go of herself from these things and cherish her relationship with the star quarterback. Well, it’s a beautiful journey from her being closed to being vulnerable. The story will definitely make you fall in love all over again and that too without any boundaries!! 

Unnatural World

Allie: Have you recovered? It has been so long since I have seen you? How are you and how do you feel?

Bella: Can’t you be less direct? People have been asking me this question every day and every minute and I wasn’t expecting the same from you. You know what, I do not want to answer it or what if I say that I am not fine?

Allie: Being not fine is okay and you are definitely allowed to say it.

Bella: But do you know how people panic when I say that I am not fine? They act as if it’s their mistake and they have to make things okay for me. They look at me with sympathy and I do not want that.

Allie: But that is the basic nature of people and what is wrong in trying to make things okay for you or cheer you up?

Bella: Cheering up is different and trying to build an unnatural world around me where everything is okay is different. I do not want to live in that fantasy land so that I can forget my sorrows and my grief. I want to live in the present and feel the grief.

Allie: And that is not how the world works, right? You are supposed to come out of the grief and your dear ones would try to make you feel better. They can adopt different methods which might suit your taste but that is what they have been taught. What you would have done if the places were exchanged?

Bella: Well, I will say up till that day I was doing the same thing. I was the same crowd of people who are approaching me today. I was the person who had helped my dear ones to recover from the shock and grief, but today, I loathe that method.

Allie: Fine then. Let us assume that you have learned something from your experience and now you want something different. But what about those people who have never been through it, how will you explain your feelings to them?

Bella: That’s the point. I do not want to explain anything to anybody because I do not want them to get involved. I just want to stay alone, be in my misery and live in the grief. It is upsetting, shocking, devastating and the comforting words of the people are poking me like needles. I do not want to share my grief by spending time with their unnatural world. I want to make them all go away and cry alone in a corner. Is it wrong to want and demand that? If I say this then people would cling to me even more.

Allie: That is because they love you and they do not want to lose you the way they lost the person who was so close to you. You know the grief will not give you relief, it will taste good at the point where you want to get lost in the thoughts of your loved ones. Eventually, the grief will make you believe that the present is unreal and you will get lost in the world which will be more unnatural than the one that others are trying to build for you. Do you want to do that to yourself?

Bella: No, of course I do not want to live in the past but just this one time, for a few days, can I not let the grief lead me through those beautiful memories?

Allie: You can be in the grief for the memories but how would you know when it’s time to leave it behind and move forward? Someone will have to remind you that you have to come out of it and focus on the future. That someone is not predefined, so everybody tries in their own way to push you out from the misery even before its time to do that.

Bella: How would I know that it’s time to come out of it? Who will help me when I myself do not want to get help? It is tough and you would not know that because you have never lost a person who is very close to you.

Allie: You will not know the time for closure but then that is why everybody is here to support you. They know that you do not want their help right now still they are trying really hard for you. I have never lost a loved one before and the intensity of your pain is intangible for me. But I know for sure that I do not want to lose you in something that is so painful and hurting you so much. Be in the grief for as long as you want but all are going to try to show you the unnatural world that could be your future. You can take your time but the poking needles are imperative as they will not let you drown in your own misery. The reason being that we all do not want to lose you.

Bella (Smiling): When you put it that way, it makes sense. I don’t know what to say to that. I guess let me be me for a few days and eventually your words will pull me out of it someday.

Allie: At least I have convinced you to open an option of the unnatural world. I think my constant nagging will kick the misery out of you someday.

Both started laughing and maybe it was time for the new beginning of the unnatural world.

Sun, Sea And Sangria – Victoria Cooke

A gift from netgalley.

Trust issues are not because of any defect in the person but because of some sour experiences. If the person faces the same problem again and again then there are chances that they would not want to do it again. However, what if they miss their chance in not doing it again? How will they know that this is the situation from where they will overcome their personal problems?

The story is focused on two concepts: trust issues and mistakes in the past. Here, the person with a bad past meets a person who has trust issues. Also, it revolves a bit around emotional abuse. The amalgamation of such complicated social problems gives the story a different angle. The author has made sure that the novel becomes interesting and does not become too serious. A perfect mix of sun, sea and sangria.

Crushing It – Lorelei Parker

An ARC from Netgalley.

Female Vs. Male is an old fight which might never end but the people will eventually find their balance. However, if the female tries to enter the male territory then they would assume that this has happened because of her looks. The intelligence of the females has always been a question and when that ends up in a battle between opposite genders then the results would be competent with your time.

Nerds, geeks, video games. MMORPG looks like a new term but it is quite famous in the video game world. The gaming world is unknown but it is the creation of the imagination of the developers who are sometimes ignored as being geeks or nerds. Usually, the designation is given to males and when a female developer enters, then the story can create chaos. The story is beautifully displayed with the help of the nerdy game terms and the thirst for survival is very well visible.

It’s worth reading, even if you do not understand the game world.

Normal People – Sally Rooney

Abuse, depression and mental health problems have many phases and they are present in every person. Some people tend to identify it and some don’t while others adjust their life around it. There are chances that these people who adjust to such things, usually, tend to accept the fact that they are different. But are they really different? Maybe their upbringing was not up to the mark but then they need to understand that it is not normal.

Normal People revolves around the life of two such people, who think that their life is not normal and they are supposed to stay with maniacs. However, the story exaggerates the effects to a greater extent. If the person makes the same mistake more than two times then it becomes their fault. This situation is highlighted in the book. The condition is so worse that after about 50 % of the story, you will feel bored. The concept of the story is good but it does not do any justice to the story.

The book is highly NOT recommended for the people who are very sensitive. The story is prone to cause depression to the reader. 

The Hating Love

Books were, and always would be, something a little magic and something to respect. – Sally Thorne, The Hating Game.

People often ask me that how do I manage to take out time for reading.?

Well, I would say that for me its like breathing. Time cannot be a barrier when you want to do something that you love.

Just pick a book and get lost in the magic that the story creates and you will also not have to think about time for reading.

Sending more power to all the readers out there.

The Hating Game – Sally Thorne

If you are looking for a reason to fall in love with a person then you will never fall in love with that person or any other person because love never follows a checklist or passes a compatibility test, it just happens. You go out there in the market and BAM!! you are taken even before you realize it. How to manage it latter is a question for another time.

The story revolves around two people who are nemesis by first sight but then eventually they understand that they are almost alike and compatible but again they are nemesis professionally. In order to make their personal life work, they need to amend their professional life as well and that is a journey that is to be experienced while reading the story. Love is blind, love is love and everything is fair in love and war.

In Five Years – Rebecca Serle

Future. There are many ups and downs in the life of the person. They have to find a way to cope up with these things on their own. However, during the dark times, people often wonder about the future. “This too shall pass” is true but when is the main question. At such times, people often wonder about getting a glimpse of the future. They think that if they know the status of their life in the future then they would be able to act wisely in the present.

The story revolves around one such fact and the MC does know her future. She has dreamed about half an hour of her life after five years. She knew what is coming for her and she tries really hard to fight it but the future is always true. Also, knowing half an hour of her life after five years does not promise anything about the present or the time that she is going to spend in the five years. It’s a page-turner because you know the end but reaching the end will be quite an interesting journey.

The Bride Test – Helen Hoang

What if somebody calls to offer a dream job? The job would comprise of everything from stay to money that you cannot even imagine. But, then you get to know that the job is to find a husband for you who is your polar opposite and do not want anything from you.

The story puts MC in the same situation but the main problem is the communication gap. People cannot solve problems if they have communication issues. A problem can be solved only if the couple decides to sit and talk about it. So, the book emphasizes communicating your feelings to the person you want.

The Girl He Used To Know – Tracey Garvis Graves

People are prone to judge the ones who like to remain silent. Being silent does not mean that they do not know anything but it would mean that they do not like to get involved in the conversation due to personal reasons. However, the same is not always the case and also, it gets worse when the other person finds it difficult to understand the emotions of the people. They are delicate and emotional but they are not able to understand things if not vocally specified for them.

Annika is one such character who does not understand the emotions of the people around her. In these cases, finding a life partner becomes tough because of expectations. Every person has expectations and if Annika does not understand it then how is she going to survive? She manages to find a boyfriend but at some point, she has to express her love for him and things get a bit dirty. A must-read for the people who are introverts.