Review: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan

4/5 ☕ | I kicked myself more than enough already for not reading this series sooner than I had. But I’m glad that I finally gave it a try. Now I understand why people willingly got lost in this world for quite a while now and never left. I would do the same, if I’d known.

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Review: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

5/5 ☕ | A Little Life is a brilliant study of human emotions and how complex trauma can have lasting effects in one’s later life. I am a fan of books that elicit strong emotions from a reader, whether intentionally or not, and this book definitely delivered on that front.

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Review: The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

This story is a mix of romance, adventure, murder mystery – with a hefty serving of family drama and lore on the side. It’s like an elaborate Asian soap opera peppered with paranormal elements and I loved every minute of it.

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READING DIARY: 10 Thoughts I Had While Reading Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar

These musings are way personal than I was expecting. This is how I usually write in my journal – things that are mostly disjointed it’s hard to fashion them into a decent and coherent review. I was honestly debating whether I should post this or not here but I figured, for the sake of documenting it, I can give it a shot.

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Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Seldom do I enjoy reading memoirs but there was something special in how Michelle was able to transform her journey into something relatable on so many levels. In a way, it’s a brilliant coming-of-age story that should be read by anyone, especially young women who are trying to find their place in this world.

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Review: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The intrigue and suspense hanged heavy in the narrative, the atmosphere almost consistently ominous. There’s something about reading The Secret History that automatically transports you into Vermont, in it’s autumn glow, as if you as well is in on the group’s secret. If you are looking for a light read, this ain’t it.

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2019: My Year in Books

Last year, I challenged myself to read 40 books – and bless my schedule – I can’t believe I actually made it. I know it’s not that much compared to a lot of people in the book community – but as slow a reader as I am and how hectic my work schedule is, consistently finishing these yearly challenges has been one of my annual highlights.

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