Ruins Rajith Savanadasa

Hello everyone!

So I just finished reading Ruins by Raijith Savanadasa, the first time I am reading a book by a Sri Lankan author! It is also Rajith’s debut book. So here is my review

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A country picking up the pieces, a family among the ruins

In the restless treets, crowded waiting rooms and glittering nightclubs of Colombo, five family members find their bonds stretched to breaking point in the aftermath of the Sri Lankan civil war

Latha wants a home. Anoushouka wants an iPod. Mano hopes to win his wife back, Lakshmi dreams of rescuing a lost boy and Niranjan needs big money so he can leave them all behind

About the author

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Rajith Savanadasa is a Sri Lankan born writer based in Melbourne. He runs an ongoing series of interviews documenting the lives of a group of asylum seekers in Melbourne. Savanadasa was shortlisted for the Asia-Europe Foundation and Fish Publishing short story prizes in 2013, and received a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship in 2014. His debut novel, Ruins, was published by Hachette Australia in 2016.

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OK, this is his debut book and I really enjoyed reading this book. For those of you all who have know idea about Sri Lankan civil war, the civil war ended in 2009 and it was a heap of excitement among many people in Sri Lanka. Rajith had used these characters to tell their own ways of struggling after the effects of the civil war. As a debut book, it was good, however if he is aiming for the western audience, he had failed to translate some Sinhala words into English or giving them the meaning in English

Over all I rate this book as

four

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The Reader–Berhard Schlink

All right, after reading Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, I started reading another Holocaust themed based novel (don’t ask me why I am reading too much based on Holocaust). Have you all watched the movie with Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes in it? I haven’t watched the movie, just saw the trailer. I read the book.

The Reader

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Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany.

When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover—then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.

Paperback: 218 pages

Publisher: Vintage Books; 1st edition (1997)

Language: English

Genre : Romantic Suspense/Literary

About the Author

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Bernhard Schlink is a German lawyer and writer. His novel The Reader, first published in 1995, became an international bestseller.

 

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If you are thinking about fifty shades since this book describes eroticism, it’s not like fifty shades. Michael Berg, a fifteen year old boy falls in love with a thirty something old woman named Hanna who had helped him to recover from Hepatitis. However soon, Hanna disappears away from his life and comes back again many years later when Michael sees her in the court as Hanna has been accused as a SS solider and murdering women who were sent on death march and burned to death.

The whole story is sad, complex and morally devastating. The book is divided into three parts–Part 1 describes about how Michael Berg met Hanna, their clandestine affair and finally Hanna leaving Michael’s life, never hearing from her again. Part 2 describes Michael, who is now a law student seeing Hanna in the courts when he discovers that Hanna has been hiding a secret that is according to her is worse than the atrocities she had committed. Bernhard investigates the complex situation many Germans faced during the post war period–the atrocities committed by the Nazis in general. The character, Michael has faced with a dilemma–whether to forgive Hanna for the atrocities that she had committed (SPOILER ALERT) she was illiterate in other words. You could actually feel that during the last bits of the book that Michael avoids to meet Hanna in prison and instead records his voice on a tape and sends to Hanna in prison. His marriage is also short lived. This book is not just a love story but also about moral issues. Michael Berg is struggling in terms of forgiveness and at the same time feeling guilt and shame by even making himself visiting one of the concentration camps in Germany.

This book is also short and I manage to read the book within a few days.

Over all, I rate this book as

76293-five-stars

Truly enjoyed the book

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Into the Water–Paula Hawkins

Hello everyone!!

It’s almost the end of the year and I am going to upgrade my blog next year (hopefully) and anyway, I just finished reading two books–one is Into the Water by Paula Hawkins and the other is the Reader by Bernhard Schlink. So first, I will start with Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. I haven’t read mystery/thriller novel in a long time so this is the first after reading a series of romance/historical novels.

INTO THE WATER

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A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.
 
Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.
 
With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.
 
Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.

Hardcover: 400 pages

Publisher: Riverhead Books; 1st Edition edition (May 2, 2017)

Language: English

Genre : Thriller/Horror/Women’s Fiction/Crime/Murder

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All right, I have read Girl on the Train and I liked it. It was gripping, intriguing and intense. So when I found out that Paula Hawkins had released her second novel Into the Water, I couldn’t wait to get the book so I went and bought the book and read it.

It was interesting but honestly, it wasn’t as interesting as Girl on the Train. It wasn’t boring but it wasn’t that gripping either.

So first, I’ll start with the things I liked.

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  • Initially, it was a little interesting. A woman drowned in the black lake known as Drowning Pool which has a history of women being drowning there since the 16th century according to the book. There’s a hint of the lake being cursed (maybe, Hawkins sounded a little supernatural when she first describes Libby as the first victim being forcibly drowned). You are also unsure if Nel, the victim actually committed suicide or if someone murdered her and why.
  • The plot in my opinion was interesting. People may disagree but I think the plot was interesting

Now let’s start with things I didn’t like

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  • Unlike in Girl on the Train, where the story is told by three different women, there about ten different perspectives from like about ten different people that actually makes you confused. I feel that some of these people are utter unnecessary. Example Nickie–a weird psycho who roams around the small village. I feel her part is not necessary. Josh, Katie’s brother’s part is not necessary. Yeah he is upset about Katie’s death and all but still, pointless. Even Helen’s part is also not necessary. I think in this book, Hawkins should have given focus on three characters–Jules the victim’s sister, Lena, the victim’s daughter and probably Sean or Erin the detectives involved in investigating Nel’s death.
  • Also, I have no idea why Hawkins included manuscripts taken from Nel’s book. Like Libby and Annie (or Anne) or even Katie. It was a waste of time reading when you realized that Libby and Anne and Katie had got nothing to do with this Nel’s case. Yeah, the lake has dark secrets and blah blah that Libby an accused witch was drowned in that lake, Anne drowned herself in that same lake after killing her husband. When this is actually a murder case, you think there’s some supernatural thing going on in the village. It makes the reader confused again.
  • You don’t feel any connections to any characters. Lena, a troubled teenager who is angry all the time. Jules who didn’t really want to visit the village and has deep secrets of her own, Patrick, the old angry man, Sean a disturbed cop. Helen a troubled wife and school principal, Mark who also has a deep secret…well they are all lousy to me. Not like the characters from Girl on the train.
  • There are some parts that it was very boring.

 

Over all this book is

three

I give this book three stars.

Anyway I will be going on about my next blog–the Reader by Berhard Schlink

 

 

 

Finding Audrey–Sophie Kinsella

So I have just finished reading Finding Audrey and here is my review!

 

Finding Audrey

Sophie Kinsella

 

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Audrey wears dark glasses all the time, even in the house. She almost never goes out, doesn’t talk to new people, and finds making eye contact to be nearly impossible.

But then one day she meets Linus. Linus is her brother’s friend and a sensitive spirit with whom she can talk through her fears. He makes her laugh and doesn’t leave her feeling like she’s being judged. As their friendship deepens, Audrey’s recovery gains momentum, and she and Linus begin to develop feelings for each other. But how can they have a future together when Audrey hasn’t dealt with her past? And how could anyone ever love her once they’ve seen her at her worst?

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ember; Reprint edition (May 3, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • Genre–Social and Family Issues/Teens/Literature/Young Adults

 

About the Author

Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella is a writer and former financial journalist. She is the number one bestselling author of Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number and Wedding Night, the hugely popular Shopaholic novels and the Young Adult novel Finding Audrey. She lives in London with her husband and family. She is also the author of several bestselling novels under the name of Madeleine Wickham. Visit her website at http://www.sophiekinsella.co.uk.

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OK, so this book again I got this from the book fair recently. I haven’t read Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series (which I want to read it) but this book sounds interesting. This books mainly talks about depression, the after effects of bullying, the relationships between the parents and the children and also in the end, how Audrey finally overcomes a depression and ended up dating her brother’s friend, Linus.

I normally don’t read much of YA fiction but this was a good book. Sophie Kinsella’s writing was flawless thus keeping the reader at pace. Audrey is an interesting character who is still undergoing treatment of depression–the cause of depression is the series of bullies she had undergone while she was at school. There is also a brilliant humor in the book that makes you laugh out loud.

Overall, I give this book a rating of four and a half stars stars

four and a half

If you are a fan of Sophie Kinsella’s books and also into YA fiction, then I would recommend this book to you!

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Summer at Little Beach Bakery–Jenny Colgan

OK! So after reading Karin Slaughter’s book, I thought for a change I would change into reading comical romantic stuff since I have been reading serious stuff lately. So I went to this book sale and found this book called Summer at Little Beach Bakery by Jenny Colgan. Turns out that it is a second part of the three series based on Little Beach Bakery. I haven’t read the first one but anyway I read this one and here is my review

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Summer at Little Beach Bakery–Jenny Colgan

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Summer has arrived in the Cornish town of Mount Polbearne and Polly Waterford couldn’t be happier. Because Polly is in love: she’s in love with the beautiful seaside town she calls home, she’s in love with running the bakery on Beach Street, and she’s in love with her boyfriend, Huckle. And yet there’s something unsettling about the gentle summer breeze that’s floating through town. Selina, recently widowed, hopes that moving to Mount Polbearne will ease her grief, but Polly has a secret that could destroy her friend’s fragile recovery. Responsibilities that Huckle thought he’d left behind are back and Polly finds it hard to cope with his increasingly long periods of absence. Polly sifts flour, kneads dough and bakes bread, but nothing can calm the storm she knows is coming: is Polly about to lose everything she loves?

Paperback: 416 pages

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 22, 2016)

Language: English

Genre–Friendship/Romance/Women’s Fiction/Contemporary

About the Author

Jenny Colgan

Jenny Colgan (born 14 September 1972 in PrestwickAyrshire, Scotland) is a writer of romantic comedy fiction and science-fiction, and has written for the Doctor Who line of stories. She writes under her own name and using the pseudonyms Jane Beaton and J. T. Colgan.(courtesy of Wikipedia)

 

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OK so let’s begin the review

I’ll start up with a list of things I liked

  • OK, I know this is a second book in the Little Beach Bakery series but I like the title–Summer at Little Beach Bakery seems cheesy and eye-catching. That’s why I immediately decided to buy this book when I was at the book sale because the topic was cheesy
  • I like Jenny Colgan’s writing style–can keep you at paced and also there are vivid descriptions of the lighthouse “which Polly the main protagonist” lives in with her American boyfriend Huckle, and even though I have never been to the southern coastal areas of England, her descriptions made me think that I was actually in that area.
  • True woman power! This book is also a good example how Polly was thrown out of her bakery shop and she was virtually bankrupt and had literally no money until her sheer determination (and also support from her boyfriend) made her to open up a bakery van, thus earning herself a name and also earning favors from the villages.
  • The description of the storm is intense that I feel like I am in the storm with Polly
  • Overall, I enjoyed reading this book–delightful to read, talks about hardships and how to overcome them, there were certain parts where it was comical that it makes you laugh out loud! Plus Jenny Colgan has shared some recipes at the back of the book which I think I might try!

 

OK, so here are the negative things

  • Same old story blah blah blah–Huckle goes back to America to help out in the farm after his brother literally ditched the farm and then unite together. Not that it’s a bad thing or anything
  • It was predictable because you know in the end, Polly will succeed in getting her bakery shop back!

Overall I will rate this

four

 

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Coming up next–Sophie Kinsella’s Finding Audrey