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Hello everyone! I have a bookstagram account for years but never really focused on it. But, from this year, you will see some bookish content on my Instagram page as well! As you all are aware that I love doing photography and lately I feel that I want to post these bookish pictures on my page!

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Happy Reading!

Lessons In Chemistry Book Review.

Hello Bookworms, Happy Monday! I recently did some book shopping, (a book haul post will be coming soon), and this book came in that stack. After reading, it already feels like it will be my 2023 Book Of The Year! Without spoiling, let’s get into the review!

”Imagine if all men took women seriously. Education would change. The workforce would revolutionize. Marriage counsellors would go out of business. Do you see my point?”

Elizabeth Zott, Lessons In Chemistry

Book: Lessons In Chemistry
Author: Bonnie Garmus
Genre: Literary Fiction, Humor, Feminism
Age Limit: 17+
Pacing: Medium-pacing
Trigger Warnings: Sexual Assault, Sexism, Suicide, Grief

Goodreads Summary.

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize-nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results.

But like science, life is unpredictable. This is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.

Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist.

My Review.

When I read the summary of this book, I instantly knew, it will be a five-star read. The feeling when you find comfort in something and don’t want to leave it. This is what I felt when I finished this book.

This is a story set in the 1960s, where a man is treated as superior to a woman. The story revolves around how the main character creates a stand for herself in society as a scientist who is smarter than the men in the lab. Elizabeth Zott is such a humorous character.

The author has crafted these characters in such a realistic form. There were some paragraphs written from the perspective of the dog, Six-Thirty. Those ones were so wholesome and funny to read. With funny moments, there came emotional moments too, and it was so well-balanced. Also, the main character is a scientist, so the story has a lot of discussions on chemistry. But don’t let that stop you from reading this book, because personally I did not find this as a problem while reading about chemistry.

Lessons in Chemistry is written beautifully, full of wit and wholesome moments. This book is not to be read to finish early, you have to enjoy and take in every page and trust me, it is worth it. For a long time, It felt so repetitive while reading other books, the same tropes, the same stories… But this book is a fresh palette, that will make you come back to it again and again!

Some News Regarding The Book!

It has been adapted by Apple TV+ and will be airing in 2023. The dates and trailer are not out yet, so you can entertain yourself with the teaser linked above 🙂

My Rating.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I will proudly recommend this book to everyone, so go pick this awesome book up and read away!
Happy Reading!
Rabhya.

The Folk Of The Air Series Book Review.

Hello everyone, Happy Monday! I recently read The Folk Of The Air series by Holly Black. This week is the Folk Of The Air Week! Let’s get into the detailed review!

Author: Holly Black
Books: The Cruel Prince, The Wicked King, The Queen Of Nothing
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Age-Limit: 16+
Pacing: Fast-Paced
Trigger Warnings: Murder, Death, Violence, Death of a Parent, Physical Abuse

Goodreads Summary.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Review of all the books.

Reading about faeries was a first-time experience. Hence, from this perspective, I will be sharing my thoughts. The world-building is very magical and intricate. Initially, I found it a tad difficult to understand the world. But, as I kept on reading, this problem did not persist then. If you are a beginner to this genre, then you can definitely pick up this series.

Coming to the character build-up. In the story, there are two main characters, Jude and Cardan. The whole series is written from Jude’s perspective. I really loved the personality of the characters. Jude is a headstrong character, who is a fighter and is not afraid of anyone. While Cardan is a mean, spoiled brat. I liked reading about them but I was not too attached to them.

Now the story. I found it boring at times. If there could have been some more interesting developments and plot twists, then it would have been a hit for me. As I mentioned before, Holly did a great job on the creation of the world and characters. The story, however, could have been made more interesting.

In comparison to the three books, The Queen of Nothing is my favorite one. The ending of the series is really good, so at least that was worth it.

Bonus Books!

The Lost Sisters occurs after The Cruel Prince book. While, How The King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories happens after The Queen Of Nothing book. These two books are novellas, which I will not be reading.

The Stolen Heir is a companion series called The Stolen Heir Duology. It occurs after The Folk of the Air series. The story is about Jude’s brother, Oak. This book was released recently. The review for this book will be out this week!

Music Recommendation

I used to listen to songs from a Spotify playlist created by someone else. The songs were really good, please check out their playlist!

Overall Rating.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Have you read this famous series? Let me know your thoughts on this series in the comments! I hope you liked reading this review.
Happy Reading!
Rabhya.

Books I Could Not Get Into.

Hello, Readers! I am back with another post where it may break some of your reader’s hearts today… With time, I have made several attempts to finish reading the unread books on my shelves. Some of the efforts have been a success, but many have been a failure. So, today I will be discussing the books which I just could not get into.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

I have lost track of how many times I have picked this book and then dropped it. I really want to read it but every time I start reading it, after 50 pages I just can’t go ahead. I have seen it all over the internet that halfway through the book changes completely. I have read a few dark academia books and I really liked those. This book does not want me to read it, I can’t help it 😦

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I had purchased this book thinking it must be a depressing read after reading the summary of it. But when I started reading the book, it turned out to be humorous. Halfway, I dropped it to read another book and then completely forgot the story of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. Now, whenever I pick it up back again, after three pages I am not able to read further. A reader’s life is too complicated I swear XD

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

As you all might know that I love reading murder mysteries and I was very excited to read this and had kept high expectations. I don’t know why, but every time I have tried reading this book, I have not been able to connect myself to the characters. Hence, it is here on this list!

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

I purchased this book back in 2021 and could not get into it back then. Flash forward to 2023, I picked it up again, read 15-20 pages, and found the characters interesting. But then dropped the book to read something else. I might pick it up again to give it a last try 🙂

Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

I got this book as a gift and I was glad because I wanted to start reading classics. It is a funny story because I took this to my school and was discussing my aim to read at least one classic. My friends made a joke out of me that I wouldn’t be able to read one page of this and the prediction ended up being right. But, I will read this one day and prove them wrong 😀

If you have read any of the books, please encourage me in the comments to pick them up! Hope you enjoyed reading this post 😀
Happy Reading!
Rabhya.

Finding Nostalgia Through Books.

Hello, Bookworms! Do you ever think about a time when you read a particular book and were so engrossed in it, loving the world, the vibes, and the characters? That feeling was so good in the perfect weather, that you want to relive the time.

Personally, this happens to me frequently. I often find myself searching for ways to relive that time by re-reading that book or just spending time remembering those days.

Some books really get stuck with you even when you don’t realize it. As human beings, nostalgia is triggered when something reminds you of a particular time.

When I am going through my bookshelf and I see a book that I really liked, I go back to the time and I remember what was going on in my life when I had read this particular book. It is really interesting to see that books have so much power in our lives.

Personally, books are a medium that transports me back to the past, to relive those days. I really enjoy doing that. I recently read City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare because I wanted to go back to those days when I was obsessing over shadowhunters after watching the series and then receiving the book series on my birthday back in 2020. I was recalling the days when I used to write character biographies in my very older posts! I was really missing that time and after reading City Of Bones, I felt very happy.

This post is short because I want to hear about your experiences of finding nostalgia through books in the comments 😀
Happy Reading!
Rabhya.