Hey Guys, welcome to the November edition 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. In the past few months, it’s been a struggle to keep up with this timeline, but I am getting better at this, considering I am only delayed by a week or so this time, as opposed to a whole month the last time. 🙂
This time around I’m going to do the bookish wrap up a little differently – summary style, because there will be full reviews of some of these books coming up very very soon, and I don’t want to repetitive.
I read 4 books this month – a romantic short story collection by an Indian Author; the first two books of the Twilight Saga (finally! after almost 10 years!) and The Book Thief! So without further ado, let’s get started..
Hearts & Hots
Generally speaking, I am not a fan of short story collections; I prefer full length novels. But when Ruchi Singh, one of my favorite Indian romance authors (who is also a very dear friend) approached me to beta read her latest, I just had to give it a go. And boy am I glad I did.
This collection of romantic short stories packs a punch. She deals with some very serious social issues, and manages to do justice to them, in-spite of the limitations of the format, while never veering too far from the theme of romance.
Check this one out if you are looking for an easy-breezy weekend read.
Hearts and Hots (Amazon)
The Book Thief
This book. I must admit that while it was always on my TBR list, I only picked it up last month to check off an item on my Bookish Bingo for 2016. But trust me, I have never been more grateful that I was forced to pick up a book.
Since I am going to do a full review, including a book to movie adaptation for this one, really soon, I am going to keep my thoughts brief today.
My experience reading this book is best summarized by one of Stephen King’s quotes. He once (very rightly) said that – books are a uniquely portable magic. That is the very magic that Marcus Zusak wove around the readers of this book; around me specifically.
I was transported into a different time and era, admittedly not the best time in human history, but the author made it possible for me to experience that time as though I had actually lived through it. And that is no mean feat.
This book was just hauntingly beautiful, and I don’t think I have ever used that description for any other book that I have read.
Needless to say, I highly recommend it.
The Twilight Saga – Book 1 & 2
This is another series I picked up last month to check off a category in my Bookish Bingo. I know, I know, not the best reason to pick up books, but it’s almost the end of the year, and I want to give my Bingo the best shot it can get.
Having said that, this is another series I did not regret being forced into. But my feelings are a little more complicated than that. (Note: I say series, because as of the day I write this wrap up, I have read all 4 books, so I speak of them collectively).
On the whole – I liked this series. It was mindless fun, more like brain candy. And the timing was perfect for me, because I was looking for just this kind of a read – mindless enough for me to not put much thought into, yet interesting enough to be a page turner to provide the perfect distraction.
But I feel like this is something that I would have enjoyed a lot more 10 or so years back, in my teens. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, as teens and young adults are the target audience for this, so in that sense it’s perfect. It’s just that in my teens I wouldn’t overthink this – the story and it’s implications.
And I guess that summarizes my overall experience best. I enjoyed the read, until I really thought about some things that were mentioned, but then, it was addictive enough for me to not care and read on. Do I make sense? Or have I confused you guys?
Anyway, I will be doing a full review/discussion on this one, when I have had a chance to collect my thoughts, so more on this later.
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Angel In The House
This movie (also known as Foster) was recommended to me on Netflix, and looked like another one of those adorable, yet cheesy Hallmark Holiday movies, which by the way is completely okay with me every now and then, but this one was an interesting deviation.
It’s about a couple who dreams of having a child, but is unable to conceive due to psychological trauma (rather than physiological issues). As a result, they visit a foster home looking to adopt, and that is where they come across the adorable Eli. But no, they don’t technically adopt him. He just lands up on their doorstep and kind of adopts them. You have to see this movie to know what I mean.
But I will say this – this film had a feel-good magical vibe to it that is perfect for this time of the year, and puts a whole new spin on the term Guardian Angels.
I would definitely recommend this one to everyone – young and old alike.
You can check out the trailer here – Angel In The House.
Have you read any of these books or watched this movie? Any others that you recently read/watched that you really enjoyed? Do share!
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