Challenge #spellyournamewithbooks

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It’s a good thing I have two names because I don’t have a book that starts with Y nor K for the name Priyanka.

The (S)ecret life of Bees
The (A)lchemist
The (R)osie Project
(A) Monster Calls

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What’s your take on DNF piles?

It irks me to no end when I have to place mine on the DNF list. When I was younger, I would plow through no matter what. But now, I don’t force myself anymore. Sometimes it’s for the better and I can give my time to other books. But I do give second chances. I may not have liked it the first time, but there’s no saying I won’t like it the next time around.

#fivefingerstack Book Challenge

Thumb: A book I gave a thumbs up to -Salt To The Sea

Index Finger: A book I always recommend
– The Mysterious Benedict Society ( I would originally The Book Thief but I let a friend borrow my copy)

Middle Finger: A book I didn’t like
– Where’d You Go, Bernadette (DNF for the 2nd time but will try again. 3rd time’s a charm right?)

Ring Finger: A character you’d marry
– Ove…. when he was young of course ๐Ÿ˜

Pinky Finger: A book I promised to read
– Moby Dick

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Which historical event would you like to know more about?

This book vaguely explores the crimes committed against the Indigenous people of Australia, such as the forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families due to various government policies. The forced removal of indigenous children were part of the policy, Assimilation, in which the taken children were to be assimilated into the white community. They were taught to reject their heritage and forced to adopt white culture. Some children were adopted by white families while others were placed into institutions. The generations of children removed from the families under this policy become known as The Stolen Generation [1910-1940] ( @australianstogether ).

I wish the book would go more in depth of the crimes as it barely broke the surface. I like Isobel’s story because it was writte in verses. I got more out of the story than what I got from Beth’s story. Having Beth as a narrator really affected us as a reader because Beth’s father protected her from the true nature of the crimes. Whatever thoughts or conclusion he came to, he kept to himself. I give this book a 3 โญโญโญ. I probably would have rated this book a 4 if we got to know more about the crimes being committed rather than being left in the dark.

Which was the last book that took you on an emotional rollercoaster?

My last book was A Man Called Ove, but before that it was Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls. The original idea for this book was by Shiobhan Dowd, who was terminally ill with cancer herself and died before she could finish writing it. The book was heart-wrenching, raw, and powerful. You feel for Connor, the 13 year old boy, who is struggling to cope with the consequences of his mother’s illness, bullying at school, a grandmother he can’t stand, an absent father, and the monster that comes calling each night at 12:07. The monster, a force of nature, is truly the magical part of this story. He comes bearing three stories, and in turn Connor will tell him the fourth. The ending had me in tears. It all made sense: Connor, his mom’s illness, and the monster’s call.

Which book has the most enchanting cover on your shelf?

Although there are many becautiful covers on my bookshelf, I’d say this is the most enchanting. There’s something on this cover that just draws me in. I don’t know if it’s the color of the background, the color of the the font, the picture of the whirling dervish, or all three. Nevertheless, this book was mesmerizing. The story is about how Rumi, the great Persian poet, came to be the poet he is through the bond and knowledge he shared with his master, Shams of Tabriz. There was a certain level of mysticism and spiritulism attained throughout this book. In some parts, I was able to reach a state of tranquility ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ˜Œ.

Initially, this was not the cover I had in mind when I went to go search for it. I heard of this book from a friend who lives in Bangladesh and she was raving about it so much, I thought I’d give it a try. Thankfully I found the book at Barnes and Noble and oh my word, the cover was just as beautiful. Thank you @shafakelif for such a beautiful book.

Rule 40

“A life without love is of no account. Don’t ask yourself what kind of love you should seek, spiritual or material, divine or mundane, eastern or westernโ€ฆdivisions only lead to more divisions. Love has no labels, no definitions. It is what it is, pure and simple. Love is the water of life. And a lover is a soul of fire! The universe turns differently when fire loves water.”