Skip to main content


The Hate U Give

Book Review:  The Hate U Give My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐⭐ "Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice." ~ From Goodread
Recent posts

A Scandal in Bohemia

  Book Review: A Scandal in Bohemia My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐⭐ "Holmes is hired by the King of Bohemia to recover blackmail evidence, held by the woman whom the king once promised to marry, but abandoned for a woman of noble birth. One Voice Recordings produces faithful, unabridged and scintillating productions of the largest selection of Sherlock Holmes stories currently available anywhere, all characters rendered by renowned stage and voice actor David Ian Davies, One Voice Recordings’ producer and publisher." ~ From Goodreads ~ This one too was a part of the mini-series "Sherlock Holmes". Just like the first book of Sherlock Holmes . This is about how Sherlock meets his match in "the" woman. His romantic "angle" of sorts. I loved the fact that the "pompous" Sherlock was outwitted by one Ms. Irene Adler(aka the woman).  I am sure even in this day and age there are people who underestimate the power of a woman's mind. Just because we don&

A Study in Scarlet

  Book Review: A Study in Scarlet My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐⭐ "A Study in Scarlet" is the first published story of one of the most famous literary detectives of all time, Sherlock Holmes. Here Dr. Watson, who has just returned from a war in Afghanistan, meets Sherlock Holmes for the first time when they become flat-mates at the famous 221 B Baker Street. In "A Study in Scarlet" Sherlock Holmes investigates a murder at Lauriston Gardens as Dr. Watson tags along with Holmes while narratively detailing his amazing deductive abilities." ~ From Goodreads ~ While I was reading this, the "Sherlock Holmes" mini-series scenes flashed before my eyes. This is the content of the first episode of that series. It is a classic for sure. Before the advent of ebooks, getting books that I wanted to read was a hassle for me. Either the books stores didn't have a copy at all or the library copy was never available at the required time.  What I am saying is that, while growin

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Book Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐ "Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into a new year and a new school where undersize weaklings share the corridors with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. Desperate to prove his newfound maturity, which only going up a grade can bring, Greg is happy to have his not-quite-so-cool sidekick, Rowley, along for the ride. But when Rowley's star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend's popularity to his own advantage. Recorded in his diary with comic pictures and his very own words, this test of Greg and Rowley's friendship unfolds with hilarious results." ~ From Goodreads ~ I couldn’t stop laughing out loud while I was reading this book. It didn’t help that me reading a paperback Children’s book was already rather funny sight. I got quite a few curious and judgemental looks. I guess I made their day today too by making them smile. Right? Anyways, this wimpy kid is too amazing. Did I tell you t

Girl, Missing

Book Review: Girl, Missing My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐ ⭐ " Lauren has always known she was adopted but when a little research turns up the possibility that she was snatched from an American family as a baby, suddenly Lauren's life seems like a sham. How can she find her biological parents? And are her adoptive parents really responsible for kidnapping her?" ~ From Goodreads ~ I enjoyed reading the simple language in this one. It really is a simple, yet twisted tale. It is written from the point of view of a teenager.  In search of her real identity, the adopted child unlocks a serious kidnapping and adoption agency fraud case.  It is mostly an emotional tale. But the emotions aren't overwhelming like I thought they would be. I guess it's because a teenager cannot fathom the pain of losing a 3-year-old child and living without knowing what happened to her.  The progression of the story is done well and the characters are likable. I have given it a 5-star rating because it


 Book Review: Binti My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐ "Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti's stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach. If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself — but first she has to make it there, alive." ~ From Goodreads ~ Very interesting indeed. Fantasy, Scientific and African. All new ge

Unfinished: A Memoir

 Book Review : Unfinished: A Memoir My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐ "Unfinished is a collection of personal essays, stories, and observations by actor, producer, activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Priyanka Chopra. ‘The flavor of the book will be honest, funny, spirited, bold, and rebellious, just like me. I have always been a private person; I’ve never spoken about my feelings during my journey but I am ready to do so now. I was raised to be fearless when it came to opinions, and I would like to tell my story in the hopes of inspiring people--especially women--to change the conversation, to shatter glass ceilings. Women are always told we can’t have everything. I want everything, and I believe anyone else can have it too. I’m proof of it.’ – Priyanka Chopra" ~  From Goodreads   ~ It is very honest(there are a few embarrassing stuff in there) and a simple memoir if ever there was one. The journey from a non-filmy background to the International Iconic Star that she is. A long and ins