Welcome to the third installment of The Monthly Wrap Ups, a series where I wrap up my month in books and movies, within the first week of the next month (which this clearly is NOT, but hey, better late than never – right?).
I will recap the books I read chronologically (outside of audio-books that is).
The Raven King (4.5 stars)
I know, I know, what you guys are thinking – there she goes blabbering about The Raven Cycle again. But it’s not that. I promise. This is only included here because I happened to finish this book in the first few days of June. My love for it though is unchanged. In case you have missed my expression of undying love for this series (which seems pretty impossible), you can check it out here, here, here or here.
Only Wheat Not White (4.5 stars)
I picked this book up right after reading (and re-reading) The Raven Cycle Series, and when, oddly enough, I was drifting into a reading slump. I say oddly enough, because I had loved the series, and it should have energized me to read more, but it didn’t. I was in a strange lethargy.
And my go-to genre in such situations is – romance. A simple, light-hearted, fun, romantic comedy always picks me back up, and gets me going. And this book – Only Wheat, Not White (OWNW), fit the bill perfectly.
OWNW follows the life of Eila Sood, a 20 something, who takes up a project/job in USA to spend time (and mend fences) with her estranged elder sister – Sheela (who had a falling out with her family due to her inter-racial marriage 7 years back). While coming to US, the one advice/warning Eila’s mother chose to give her was – Only Wheat, Not White. And nope, this wasn’t nutritional, but matrimonial advice/warning!
The plot then revolves around Eila’s life, as she lands in the country, starts a new job, meets different people, makes friends, and (eventually) falls in love.
This book has all the ingredients of a great rom-com. It is funny, witty, charming, and adorable. It’s also pretty fast paced with many twists and turns, and not a single boring moment. While reading this book, I felt like I was watching this story unfold on the screen. That itself says a lot about the writing, characterization, and the author’s story-telling ability.
A perfect light read for the summer. Highly recommended to fans of this genre.
The Yoga of Max’s Discontent (5 stars)
This book. If you follow my blog, you have seen me gush over it here, but truly, this was a completely unexpected gem.
When I got offered an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book to review, I was unsure if I should take it up, as it was way out of my comfort zone (so far out that I couldn’t even see my comfort zone from there!).
Books on spirituality and spiritual journeys are not my thing. Not because I don’t believe in a higher spirit. I do. It’s just that most books written on this topic are either immensely dull and boring, or I find them hard to relate to.
So I was extremely wary of this one, but I went for it nonetheless. Best. Decision. Ever.
It might look like one of those others – westerners looking for Nirvana type things- but it’s not that at all. It has a very authentic feel to it, and that’s pretty difficult to achieve.
I can’t fully express how deeply this book has affected me, but I will say this – it has certainly compelled me to look into yoga as a way of life ( for health and fitness), and for that alone, I am eternally grateful that the author chose to write this book.
Needless to say – I highly recommend it. To everyone.
Get it here: The Yoga of Max’s Discontent (Amazon)
This month I also made my way through some audio-books, but they deserve their own full reviews (which will be coming up soon). Watch out for them.
Just one thing – please don’t kill me for what follows.
A Walk To Remember
I solemnly swear that I don’t hate Nicholas Sparks, and have no personal agenda against him – whatsoever. I actually enjoy the genre of romance, but I just can’t seem to get into the romances he puts out.
Wait, that’s not completely true. So far, while his books are overly sappy for my taste, I have liked the movie versions of them. While I haven’t read The Best of Me and Safe Haven, I enjoyed watching them on screen. Then there was The Longest Ride, which was okay too. And finally The Notebook (my review here) – that was a book I had read before I saw the movie, and I felt that the movie was light years better than the book.
Which makes this movie (A Walk to Remember) an exception. I really did not care for it. I mean I didn’t hate it. There were *sparks* (pun intended) of awesomeness, but overall it just felt meh. I couldn’t get into the romance, nor did I care very much about anything or anyone in that movie, which is never a good thing.
I don’t think me and Sparks are meant to be. I have kinda given up on his books, but will possibly be checking out more of the movie adaptations. I know Message in a Bottle is highly recommended by many.
Have you read any of these books or watched this movie? Any others that you recently read/watched that you really enjoyed? Do share!
Disclaimer: I received review copies of The Yoga of Max’s Discontent and Only Wheat, Not White, but the opinions, as always, are my own.
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