Book Review: By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept


Title:  By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

Author:  Paulo Coelho

Pages: 208 pages

Plot: Rarely does adolescent love reach its full potential, but what happens when two young lovers reunite after eleven years? Time has transformed Pilar into a strong and independent woman, while her devoted childhood friend has grown into a handsome and charismatic spiritual leader. She has learned well how to bury her feelings . . . and he has turned to religion as a refuge from his raging inner conflicts.

Now they are together once again, embarking on a journey fraught with difficulties, as long-buried demons of blame and resentment resurface after more than a decade. But in a small village in the French Pyrenees, by the waters of the River Piedra, a most special relationship will be reexamined in the dazzling light of some of life’s biggest questions.

Favorite Quote: “Life takes us by surprise and orders us to move toward the unknown -even when we don’t want to and when we think we don’t need to.”

Thoughts:  By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept is a tale of spiritual journey of love, sufferings and relationships. Just like most of the Paulo Coelho books, this book too projects things which have a greater meaning in life.

Pilar our protagonist is an independent woman whose expectations from life are getting a job, marrying having kids and living a normal life. Until she meets her childhood love who is a spiritual leader, who sees the world with a different perspective. He has the power to heal the pain and his destiny is to serve the world.

The narration of the book is very poetic and dreamy; the words pierce right through your soul making it a surreal reading experience. The story is average but the mystical narration makes up for it. I love that God is believed to be a female figure. I did miss out on a lot of Catholic references made in the book since I don’t understand Catholicism much but I could quite connect with the explanation of accepting, loving, surrendering, suffering and losing.

I would recommend this book to all those who are firstly Paulo Coelho fans and secondly interested in a well narrated story.

Ratings: 3.5/5

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Book review: Maybe Someday

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Title:  Maybe Someday

Author:  Colleen Hoover

 Pages: 385 pages

Plot: Contains exclusive content: songs from Griffin Peterson
Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble—she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope….

Maybe someday…

Colleen Hoover draws you in to this passionate tale of music, love and betrayal…

Favorite Quote: “Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective.”

Thoughts:  Maybe Someday is a refreshing tale of loving, loosing and betrayals. I have become a huge Colleen Hoover fan and with each book I fall more and more in love with her writing. Her characterization is so relatable and well carved that anyone can easily empathize with the protagonists. I specially love the books where the story is being narrated from two different perspectives. I just feel it is easier to understand both the characters well.

This book’s narration switched between Sydney and Ridge’s POV. Sydney is a twenty-four year old music student, with dreams. Her character is very likeable from the beginning. She has very strong morals and I love the way she lives by what she believes in. Ridge is a guy who anyone can fall for easily. He has a big heart and is immensely loyal. I love the way they connect so easily over music and more in spite of all the backlogs they carry. My favorite parts of the book are when Sydney and Ridge are working on music together and their conversations after. Their romance is unordinary, slow build but very intense. My heart went out for both of them every time they had heartache.

The narration is compelling and the story sucked me in, right from the first word. This is one book that will make you want to devour the entire story in one go and make you regret reading it so quickly. I would also like to mention that a special album is curated by Griffin Peterson for all the songs mentioned in the book. I am soon going to download it and I am sure I am going to love them.

I would recommend this book to those looking for an unusually intense tale of love.

Ratings: 4.5/5


Book Review: Love Muffin and Chai Latte


Title:  Love Muffin and Chai Latte

Author:  Anya Wylde

Pages: 300 pages

Plot: Clear your calendar, turn on your voicemail and get cozy on the sofa as Anya Wylde has decided to dip her toes into the world of contemporary romance …

Love Muffin and Chai Latte follows the journey of Tabitha Lee Timmons as she deals with financial stress, loony relatives, some crooks, an unhappy bride to be, a grumpy old man and two heartbreakingly handsome men.

Love Muffin and Chai Latte is a contemporary romance novel where West meets the East. Tabby our protagonist has migrated to England from America after one tragic happening in life. She has lost her job, her house and is on the street when her yearlong boyfriend, Chris proposes to her. She is confused at first but accepts the proposal.  She finds out later that day that his actual name is Chandramohan and she has to learn everything about the Indian culture before meeting Chris’s rich, orthodox, traditional family. Maya, Chris’s sister steps in to help them and the story picks up from there.  Tabby visits India and meets Chris’s extended family. She finds it difficult at first to cope up but pretty soon she adjusts to the culture and becomes a part of the family. She particularly becomes close to Maya and Dev, a cousin of Chris. I won’t say more about the story since I don’t want to leak any spoilers.

I would refrain from calling it a romance novel. I would rather categorize it in humor or drama. The narration was pretty good. The interactions though could have been woven in a comprehensible manner.   There were a lot of interesting plots. Diversity in cultures is well highlighted. There were moments in the book that made me laugh out loud but few of the jokes were really cheesy. I thought the book was too filmy, in a way inspired from a Bollywood movie. Few plots were too hard to believe. Haven said that if you leave logic at bay, this book was a quick fun read.

Ratings: 3/5

PS: – Thanks to the author for sending a copy of the book for an honest review.




Book Review: It Ends with Us


Title:  It Ends with Us

Author:  Colleen Hoover

Pages: 367 pages


Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.

Favorite Quote: “Just because we didn’t end up on the same wave, doesn’t mean we aren’t still a part of the same ocean.”

Thoughts: This book had been on my TRB list for a long time and this book winning the Goodreads Best Romance Novel award made me leave all the other books and read this one on priority.  I have read many Colleen Hoover books in the past and loved them. I had to read this one especially because the story stems from deep personal experience of the author. This book is quite different from her previous books and even more intense.

Lily, our protagonist has never had it easy but she manages to stride through all the adversities and comes across as a stronger person each time. Lily graduates in business from the Boston University and after working in marketing she decides to take her childhood hobby of gardening as a way of living and commences her floral business. Lily meets Ryle, a neurosurgeon and hits it of right away. They confess the darkest secrets as they call it the ‘naked truths’ about themselves. There are sparks in their very first meeting but the entire thing is to good to be true. As they start dating, Lily’s past, Atlas comes into picture. Atlas and Lily met in their teens and their bond runs beyond explanation. They have faced major turmoil in the past together before both of them part ways as Atlas leaves the town. Ryle has his own set of problems. Ryle had a traumatic experience as a kid which makes him violent at times and Lily is the one to bear the brunt of it.  All these factors make Lily’s and Ryle’s relationship an emotional roller coaster.

The story is narrated from Lily’s point of view. I love the bits where Lily writes her journal and addresses it to Ellen from ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’. I simply love the characterization. Lily is strong, passionate, caring and warm. She is a perfect lady. Ryle on the other hand is assertive, stubborn and a little self centered. I love his multi dimensional character.

Different aspects of domestic violence are portrayed with brilliance in this book. I loved the reasoning, the self conflict, the guilt, the willingness to forgive and yet not forget going in the heads of the victim as well as the victimizer. This was a totally different angel which I had never thought of before.  I simply loved this book and would recommend it to every reader.

Ratings: 5/5


Power of ‘Now’

Hi guys, hope you all are doing well.  I can’t believe 2016 has gone by and it’s already the last month and 2017 will soon be dawning upon us. This year particularly I have realized the importance of not pondering over the past or fretting about the future. Living in the ‘NOW’ and being in the present is the way to go. I am trying to incorporate this in my life. Yes, it is much easier said than done.  If you believe in the same ideology as me, here are a few quotes to motivate you. Have a good day! 🙂


Book Review: The Paris Effect

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Title:  The Paris Effect

Author:  K.S.R. Burns

 Pages: 264 pages

Plot: Friendship, loss and a tantalizing trip to Paris in this highly praised #1 Amazon Best Seller!

Amy and Kat had planned a secret trip to Paris. Even Amy’s husband wouldn’t know about it. But when Amy loses Kat to cancer, she knows the plan is gone forever. Or is it?

Guided by memories of her friend and dissatisfaction with her own calorie-counting life in Phoenix, Amy sneaks off to Paris while her husband is away on a business trip. Once there, she’s robbed, stalked, arrested and almost kidnapped. Worse, she finds that all her problems have come right along with her.

Through her adventures, laced with luscious descriptions of food and Paris, Amy learns that often in life, love and friendship, nothing is exactly as it seems. Grab a croissant and settle in for a decidedly non-touristy trip to the City of Light.

‘The Paris Effect’ is a story of self discovery and second chances. The story is narrated from our protagonist Amy’s point of view. The book starts of when Amy is home from her best friend, Kat’s funeral and all she wants to do is eat to her heart’s content but is reminded of her self-made diet rules. She is in her late twenties, with eating disorders, married to William who is obsessed with numbers. Amy had always been fascinated with Paris. It is like her wonderland. Kat and Amy make a plan to visit Paris secretly without anyone’s knowledge, even Amy’s husbands. Demises of Kat due to a prolonged illness, leaves Amy heartbroken and after quite a lot of resistance, Amy decides to visit the city of lights by herself.

Amy at first is very skeptical and conscious about spending time alone in Paris, she even contemplates this to be a bad idea until she meets certain Parisians and decides to be spontaneous and live life for once. Amy’s character seems very timid and skeptical at the beginning but various experiences in Paris change her life. She discovers a lot about herself and her close ones. Shocking revelations are made which prove to be a turning point in Amy’s life.

A lot of French was used in the book, some phrases explained in English and few were to be self explained or assumed by the actions. For someone like me who doesn’t know anything apart from ‘Bonjour’ in French, I felt like I missed out on a few things. Inspite of that I liked the narration and was able to connect with Amy, most of the times. But I found her and even Willam to be very selfish and I am even surprised that they managed to remain married for so long. There was no particular character I really liked but the story as a whole is quite interesting.

Ratings: 3/5

PS: – Thanks to the author for sending a copy of the book for an honest review.