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    2021!! A NEW YEAR … A NEW JOURNEY…

    2020 has been an interesting year. With the pandemic and being in lockdown, I think we can all safely say that it was a great time for reflection and making changes as well. Getting used to a new routine took a lot of time than expected. Initially, I loved having everyone around. Being a stay-at-home mom of 2, I did have more work, but at the end of the day, my stress and anxiety were a lot less than usual. Also, now by the end of the year, I feel like we all are sick of being in each other’s pockets. Hopefully, 2021 will be a year of new beginnings…

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    TOP 5 OF MY FAVORITE CHILDREN’S & MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS OF 2020

    In the year 2020, I read a few children's / middle-grade books. Some of these were of the non-fiction genre. I absolutely loved the books in these genre, because these books were created in such a fun & interactive way that you will pick them up for your kids - that's for sure! These books are the best way to introduce your kids to non-fiction, and I highly recommend getting these books. One of my other favorite is a heart touching story about a young family's plight in the detention center. This one is more suited for YA, because of the heaviness of the topic, but it features middle-grade characters…

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    MY TOP 5 BOOKS OF 2020

    Here are my top 5 books from the year 2020. I am so happy to share them with you. Each of these holds a special place in my heart and have gotten promoted to my all time favorites as well. I found myself struggling to choose one book, and so I decided to pick 5 that will be forever etched in my heart and mind. Addie and Shams has left a big hole in my heart and I don't know if anything can fill it... 😭😭😭

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    DECEMBER

    DECEMBER WRAP-UP

    The plan for December is 10 books initially. With everything going on with my mental health and the kind of books I have been reading - I decided to take it easy on myself and read 8 books. All these books were quite long, and quite honestly sad or gloomy books. I guess because I was in a depressed mood, I have been gravitating towards books that are similar to my mood. December was still a good month, and I am hoping I have been able to give the few readers who read my blog some variety and a wider selection of books. Here are the 8 books I read…

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    MRS SEATH MISSES DEATH BY SALENA GODDEN | BOOK REVIEW

    Mrs. Death Misses Death by Salena Godden is prose and poetry mixed with narration style writing, and is more of a literary style of fiction than a straight-up fantasy, in my opinion. I requested this book after reading the fascinating synopsis. The story is about Death, and how tired Death is of taking people's lives, and the insight we get into the psyche of Death itself. The book features death as a black woman who goes after people's lives when it is their time to die. After living the life and doing her job endlessly, she is tired and wishes to unburden her thoughts to a young, troubled writer Wolf.…

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    MARRIED AT FIRST SWIPE BY CLAIRE FROST | BOOK REVIEW

    Married At First Swipe by Claire Frost is contemporary fiction. I saw the title and thought to myself, hmm.., that sounds very similar to the show Married At First Sight. While the concept is the same, and the plot is designed around the idea, I would recommend not going into the book expecting a romance or a love story between two people. This is more of a women's fiction kind of a story than a straight-up romance. The story follows Jess and Hannah through their tumultuous lives. Jess is the owner of the dating app Save The Date, which focuses on people wanting to settle down quickly. When the app…

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    SHUGGIE BAIN BY DOUGLAS STUART | BOOK REVIEW

    Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stewart is the winner of the 2020 Booker Prize. To know that this book was rejected 32 times before it got published is baffling to me. Reading that was such a shock and the irony of it is just great. The book is a winner for the Booker Prize, and it's almost like the universe telling the publishers where to take their rejections. I haven't read the other books on the list, and I do have to say after reading this book, I am not surprised that this book got the recognition it did. Every time I see a book that is a popular book, on…

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    PARIS BY STARLIGHT BY ROBERT DINSDALE | BOOK REVIEW

    Paris By Starlight is a fantasy/magical realism book by Robert Dinsdale. This is my first experience with this author, and I can confidently say it won't be my last book from him either. I didn't know what I will be getting out of this book and going in blind really helped me enjoy it. The story is so descriptive and full of imagery that will enchant you, make you fall in love with the world Robert has crafted for us. It's slow-pacing, and multiple POVs help us understand the characters in a way character-driven stories usually do. The story has a fine-balance of character & plot-driven moments and makes the…

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    THE OPEN HOUSE BY SAM CARRINGTON | BOOK REVIEW

    The Open House is my first book by the author Sam Carrington. As this was my introduction to her, I had expectations for this novel. When I saw this book on Netgalley, I was intrigued by the synopsis. It sounded like an interesting premise that could be great for a thriller. So the story is told to us in different POVs. We get Amber's, the protagonists, and her mother-in-law's perspectives. Amber is going through a divorce from Nick, her husband. She is trying to have a fresh start in life, but her mother-in-law is creating problems for her to move on smoothly. Some strange and mysterious events start to happen,…

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    BOOK REVIEW : BEFORE I SAW YOU BY EMILY HOUGHTON

    Before I Saw You by Emily Houghton is one of the sweetest romance novels I have read in a while. I have been reading so many Historical Fiction lately that it has been tearing my heart out and leaving me melancholic afterward. Not that I am complaining.. But this one was a welcome change.. It tells us the story of two people who fall in love as they are recuperating in the hospital from life-threatening accidents. Life brings them joy and love in unsuspecting and unexpected places. Who would imagine love is possible while in recovery at the hospital, without even seeing each other?? Not me!! But that is exactly…