Q&A challenge for the readers, by the readers (Giveaway Announcement)

Hello guys! So being a part of reading and writing community on various social media for years, I share quite a strong bond with some of the most amazing readers as well as writers. And few of them have given me this idea of writing an interactive blog in the first place and to participate in the massive books giveaway you just need to follow the simple rules to win the giveaway-

  1. Like the post and follow.
  2. Give your answers in the comment section/ dedicate a blog for the answers by mentioning my link https://mybookofhonour.wordpress.com/2020/04/23/qa-challenge-for-the-readers-by-the-readers-giveaway-announcement/
  3. Tag 3 others to participate in the Q&A

The winner will be announced as the winner, results will be out on April 30.

1. A book you wish to see as a movie?

Shiva Trilogy- Amish Tripathi

India is a rich country in terms of folk and mythology, I grew up reading and hearing stories of  Ramayan, mahabharat and shiva. Amish has very wisely used our mythology and changed it here and there a bit by adding few modern issues while keeping the core as it is. Periodic and mythological stories has been a huge hit in India earlier so, if this book is adapted as a movie I can be sure of one thing that it is going to blow off the box office.

2. Your favourite book title?

The One You Cannot Have – Preeti Shenoy

I mean it’s self-explanatory, right? Don’t you guys like it already by learning the title? Trust me, the book had me sobbing like a kid.

3. Which is the book you have re-read the maximum number of times?

Harry Potter Series- J.K Rowling

Wait, was it six times or seven? No kidding! Can’t be really sure about it apart from the fact that I’m still counting. The series is like my ultimate escape when I need sometime away from reality.

4. Favourite book of 2019?

Bound By Hatred

I think I have a weakness for mafia books (fact). When rebellious Gianna runs from her marriage choosing freedom over family – that is one rule you are not to allowed to break. But hot as hell, Matteo likes the chase as he is determined to get her back.

5. A book that makes you cry?

Elude- Rachel Van Dyken

This book is a standalone but best understood if read in series. The story revolves around mafia family which causes and invites too much of trouble and loss. From the very begining of the book we know who is going to die and when, we are being well prepared by the author from the start yet when the time came, we weren’t ready. But yes, this isn’t your regular death-of-the-protagonist book as it will make you believe- death can be beautiful.

6. Your favourite author?

Authors*** you mean?? Tough question. J.K Rowling, for giving me Hogwarts and a world full of magic, Khaled Hosseini, for making me cry for his every damn book! Murakammi, this man is new to the list as his books leave me with a lot to ponder.

7. A book that changed your opinion about something?

And The Mountains Echoed- Khaled Hosseini

This Afghan-American author’s book has given me a new meaning to relation. What we are truly seeking from life is just a companion with whom we can spend the rest of our days, it is almost like sitting quietly with someone at your veranda sipping your tea as the sun goes down- silence is peaceful, comfortable. It’s always about company and companion, love and friendship.

I Was Here – Gayle Forman [Reviews + Views on mental health]

BOOK- I WAS HERE
AUTHOR-GAYLE FORMAN
RATINGS- 3.8

As I continue to grow as a blogger, I realise that this requires more time than I had initially assumed it to need but coming to my aid is my little sister who is an avid reader herself. Though we share the same passion for books, we have quite a different taste when it comes to the department of genres. Although that doesn’t stop us from discussing about the books we have read, the characters we admire, the quotes we have highlighted and the journey we have lived. Quite sometime back, my sister was battling with personal issues which came at a price of her mental peace which should be the topmost priority for all of us and as an elder sister, it is a nightmare to watch your teenage sister going through phases and going down with each challenge life throws her way to a point that damage was severe. Though it is all part of growing up but sometimes it goes out of control and it spirals all the way down and such is the effect of it that it leads to self harm and suicidal thoughts. Luckily she had a lot of books that encouraged self peace over anything and as she kept reading about mental health, she soon realised to value life. This is one such book that helped her out and as I have taken a backseat again and taken over the editing part as she writes the synopsis, we hope this would atleast help one of you out there struggling with mental illness. Also, I will be starting with writing down a poem of mine to try to put out the magnitude of mental illness in words.

The world for her is getting a little more blur and her sky, it looks a lot like a giant web. On somedays, you wll find her carving pain beautifully on her wrist. Also, you will find her laughing over it for the rest of her days. One night, I hear my name on her lips and in the next, I feel blood trickling down my head. She now stands in the farthest corner of the room, crying. And I watch her as if she is a flower who just forgot to bloom.
-Arisha

Exactly how do you choose to see life depends upon nothing but your perspective towards it but it is safe to say that mostly it is like an unending rollercoaster ride which you did not want to ride in the first place?
So your first thought? To escape.
You Were Here, but then you are not anymore.

Life can be hard and beautiful and messy, but hopefully, it will be long. If it is, you will see that it’s unpredictable, and that the dark periods comes, but they abate — sometimes with a lot of support — and the tunnel widens, allowing the sun back in. If you’re in the dark, it might feel like you will always be there. Fumbling. Alone. But you won’t — and you’re not.

The story revolves around the protagonist, Cody who is having a rough time dealing with the death of her bestfriend- Meg. The absence of someone close is consuming Cody bit by bit. You can bet on your life to know a person thoroughly one moment and in the next, you doubt it all.

She didn’t tell me that she found life to be so unbearably painful. I mean, I didn’t even have a clue. A kind of laugh escapes, and I know that if I’m not very careful, what follows will be something I don’t want to hear, that no one wants to hear. How can you not know that about your best friend? Even if she doesn’t tell you, how can you not know? How can you believe someone to be beautiful and amazing and just about the most magical person you’ve ever known, when it turns out she was in such pain that she had to drink poison that robbed her cells of oxygen until her heart had no choice but to stop beating? So don’t ask me about Meg. Because I don’t know shit.

With Meg no longer being around anymore, Cody takes it upon herself to find the answers and pieces to the missing puzzle. So when she was sent to retrieve Meg’s belongings from her college dorm, Cody feels there might be more to the story then it is while constantly struggling to grasp the fact that there is no Meg to share secrets with or to call in the midst of a breakdown.

Also, through Cody’s perspective we get a chance to meet Meg in the book. And if you ask me, Meg was pretty much that girl you will fall in love with instantly, she is cheerful and always loves to keep her shit together. So when Meg is found with an industrial strength cleaner in her stomach, too late to be saved with bunch of scheduled emails sent to her dear ones as her last souvenir of being alive, what do you think has lead to this?

It’s funny how once you start pretending, you realise how much everyone else is too.

So the questions that lies infront of Cody is what actually lead Meg to take such a drastic step, what made Meg so distant from Cody that she never found out her best friend was severely depressed and her discovery of encrypted, deleted files in Meg’s computer and exactly who does it belong? Yes, there was many of those files that might have played a significant part of Meg’s committing suicide. Also, if there had been any chance at any given point of time to save Meg’s life by anyone?

This book deals with lots of issues but most importantly, it tries to bring to the light that sometimes lack of empathy can be the end of everything.

You type what you’re feeling and press send before you have a chance to talk yourself out of it. And then you wait, and wait, and wait, and nothing comes back, so all those things you thought were so important to say, really, they weren’t. They weren’t worth saying at all.

With Cody, you’ll see the slight lining between life and death, and learn to appreciate what you have before it’s too late with a touch of empathy. This books teaches a lot about life and death, friendship and love.

“Megan Luisa Garcia
I WAS HERE”

Harry Potter: 10 Best Characters- Ranked

Just as we, the muggles (unfortunately, yes) are stuck due to lockdown. Why not take a jump into our favourite fantasy world and re-live it all over again. Also, do not expect me to add Harry Potter and Hermoine Granger into the list as these two are common for all of us. Also, there is only space for TOP TEN which is way too short of a place for such characters.

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

10. Professor Minerva McGonagall

Why Is It When Something Happens, It Is Always You Three?

As soon as we take the first step into the magical world, Professor Minerva McGonagall gives us a fine taste of magic by her transformation. We might not share a heart to heart moment with her or there might not be any striking moment to grow too fond her. But all in all Professor Minerva McGonagall will be cherished forever for how she had been fair to all and for being the motherly figure to Harry. This was an easy pick as there is absolutely nothing about her to hate.

9. Luna Lovegood

My mum always said things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end. If not always in the way we expect.

As when the hell broke loose in the magical world, J.K Rowling strategically created few characters to lighten our mood. And with an aura like Luna Lovegood, it is safe to say that she didn’t fail us. Different and strange are two adjectives best to describe her and then there were those moments when she taught us way beyond it like how one should never change just to fit in with the rest. You just have to like yourself and then- booom- YOU ARE PERFECT.

8. Rubeus Hagrid

What’s comin’ will come and we’ll meet it when it does.”

This half-giant and half-human is pretty much the bestfriend of our favourite trio. Also, I am just glad J.K Rowling decided for him to carry supposedly dead Harry in the last part hence, keeping the character alive. Hagrid is one of those characters who has kept us entertained till the very end, enlightening us with his love for the magical creatures and we can never have enough of that.

7. Ron Weasley

 “Why spiders? Why couldn’t it be ‘follow the butterflies’?”

You don’t have to be a Weasley twin to be funny, you can just be Ron Weasley as I think it is in the blood. Ron has made us laugh in the most serious situations without even trying. From facing his worst fear of spiders in the forbidden forest to trying to co-operate with his broken wand. There were times when we were close to not liking Ron anymore but somewhere down we all have Ron in us- insecure, making poor choices, fearing of never being good enough. All we must do is redeem ourself and find our way back to the people we care about just like Ron did because he was never just a sidekick.

6. Neville Longbottom

I’m quite proud to be their son.

The boy who had target painted on his back, the one to get bullied all the time. Neville Longbottom is one of the finest creation of the author  and no, it is not because of his parents tragic story. One thing that Neville never let us do is to sympathize him for what he had lost rather he became the other hero who completely won us over.

5. Professor Albus Dumbledore

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

From here onwards there is no easy choice to make as the list is reaching to the top. Professor Albus Dumbledore- as perfect as the man was, he had made terrible mistakes and learnt from the hard way around just like any of us. He is the reason why we all felt the safest in Hogwarts. Professor Albus Dumbledore is one such character whom we wanted to know more about but J.K Rowling has very smartly left his life to our imagination.

4. Dobby the free elf

Dobby is used to death threats, sir. Dobby gets them five times a day at home.

Freedom and friendship is valued by those who doesn’t have any. Dobby taught us that no matter how or where you start, you can always end like a hero and beautifully so. Our heart ached when he died but he got the most perfect ending, isn’t it? As a free elf and in the arms of his friend Harry Potter.

3. Fred Weasley

Ask us no questions and we’ll tell you no lies

This prankster and inventor did not care to graduate and pretty much didn’t care about anything. He was born to make everyone around him laugh, he was born to be the light in the darkest time. Death was pretty unfair to him. One moment we had him and the next moment we didn’t.

2. Sirius Black

You don’t understand — there are things worth dying for

This name is going to be a shocker for most of you that I know but heart loves what it loves. Neither was life nor was death fair to him and tragic makes the most flawless character. Sirius was the last hope Harry had of having a family. My bet is you can’t survive Azkaban unless you haven’t done the crime you were punished for, maybe. We all wish to have a friend like you Sirius, bravo!

1. Severus Snape

Always

Now who can beat Snape in terms of tragedy. Such is the character development of this man that from hating him with all our might to rooting for him. Through all the resentments and hate he had towards James Potter and life itself, he had only one thing to overcome it all, love. One so pure that it’s almost dreamlike, changing his course of life.

P.C – (Pinterest)

The Sun Is Also A Star

BOOK- THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR
AUTHOR- NICOLA YOON
RATINGS- 4.2

[This quarantine phase is why you need to stick to books all the very more, each book is a journey and the characters you read somewhere stays with you and maybe that is what you call a book hangover. Such is the hangover my sister has for this book. So moving forward with my sister’s reviews as I have taken the editing part for now. Just remember, we are here to take you to the start of the journey in the hope that you would continue.]

“Stars are important,” I say, laughing.
“Sure, but why not more poems about the sun? The sun is also a star, and it’s our most important one. That alone should be worth a poem or two.”

It is one of those books that revolves around a single day where-in the magnitude it holds to change the course of lives of the characters make up a whole book. Let’s meet the Jamaican born, Natasha who is facing immigration problems and is all ready to leave the country tomorrow but ofcourse, she has today-that one day for the magic to happen. So when she meets Daniel, a hopeless romantic and a poet, who is supposed to attend a interview for medical school. These two personalities strikes off immediately.

Natasha having a firm believe in logic as she needs to plan everything beforehand and she NEEDS to know each and every detail with logical reasoning, she has to figure everything out with science. That is all she knows.

Love is just chemicals and coincidence.

I am really not a girl to fall in love with. For one thing, I don’t like temporary, non provable things, and romantic love is both temporary and non provable.

And on the other hand, Daniel totally believes in the stars, not the astrological but the poetic, he believes in love and a world that is beyond science, a world where magic happens, where love can never be explained with logic, where poetry is as important as science.

We have big, beautiful brains. We invent things that fly. Fly. We write poetry. You probably hate poetry, but it’s hard to argue with ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate’ in terms of sheer beauty. We are capable of big lives. A big history. Why settle? Why choose the practical thing, the mundane thing? We are born to dream and make the things we dream about.

So today is the day when logic gets to know poetry, when they give a chance to love, a love that’s meant to be or not is something you will be finding in the end.

“There’s a Japanese phrase that I like: koi no yokan. It doesn’t mean love at first sight. It’s closer to love at second sight. It’s the feeling when you meet someone that you’re going to fall in love with them. Maybe you don’t love them right away, but it’s inevitable that you will.

And then my sister said,”After reading this, I feel you really can’t judge anyone. Even the person who is sitting beside you in a train who is smiling reading a text or maybe frowning has more to tell than you can imagine.”

A Thousand Splendid Suns

BOOK- A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS
AUTHOR- KHALED HOSSEINI
RATINGS- 4.5

Before you begin, grab yourself a box of tissue as you would be needing it till the very end. Khaled Hosseini makes sure like he always does to stir all the human emotions at once. With the much needed happy ending for the readers, this book takes you to a journey where misery and hope goes hand in hand. Such is the powerful tale of female suffering that even the hardest of hearts would not fail to feel and wonder.

Yes, you are a man and you tell me to cover my face. You flinch at the sight of the tailor taking my measurements. You have made the rules for me to follow and as long as I follow them I am labelled as honourable, the greatest award bestowed upon woman. But may I ask, what about those several magazines kept in your drawer on which every page has pictures of beautiful women, who wore nothing at all? Is it your idea of honour and propriety? I thought you told me it was a sin but ofcourse you are a man.

Let us get into the shoes of Mariam, the 5 year old who has just heard about the word harami-bastard, she didn’t know what it meant back then. It took hours for her mother to deliver Mariam on her own and this bastard child was all she had. Mariam was a happy child you could say but she would be the happiest when Jalil, her father would come to meet her. So, one day when she ran away to stay with her father, she finally understood what her mother meant when she would say,”RICH MAN TELLING RICH LIES.”

One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,

Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.

Let us take a fast track now, hold on tight because this is only the beginning of her end. There was no coming back for her, with her mother gone and her father having nine legitimate children to take care of. Soon she was married away to Rasheed and sent to Kabul. Rasheed would have been a really good husband if Mariam was able to serve the purpose of her birth. You guessed it right, why would any husband entertain if a woman is not fertile. With that as the story unfolds, the marriage consumes all whole.

A man’s heart is a wretched, wretched thing. It isn’t like a mother’s womb. It won’t bleed. It won’t stretch to make room for you.

Nearly two decades later, when the Taliban take over, Rasheed brings home a local teenager, Laila amidst a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. There are times when you do not stand for yourself just like Mariam didn’t. But to what extend a mother’s love follows for a lamb to face a lion all in the name of love. But no battle is lost until the last strike of the sword. Mariam’s fight for Laila and her child will make you believe that you just need to find that one moment of courage in your life when you can make a difference for someone else.

Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.

Sister’s Recommendations!

If your sister shares the same passion as you do, count yourself blessed like I do (conditions applied)!

Here is the list of books that my sister wants you guys to read-

Being the elder one, I started the trend first of filling my room with books and then the rest of my house. And guess what? She followed.

[Disclaimer- All the books here is now a major motion picture.]

Looking for Alaska- John Green

Thomas Edison’s last words were “It’s very beautiful over there“. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.


Everything everything – Nichola Yoon

Spoiler alert: Love is worth everything. Everything.


The sun is also a star – Nichola Yoon

People just want to believe. Otherwise they would have to admit that life is just a random series of good and bad things that happen until one day you die


Little women – Louisa May Alcott

There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind


Call me by your name – André Aciman

He came. He left. Nothing else had changed. I had not changed. The world hadn’t changed. Yet nothing would be the same. All that remains is dreammaking and strange remembrance.


The perks of being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

We accept the love we think we deserve.


Five feet apart – Rachael Lippincott, Tobias Iaconis, Mikki Daughtry

If this is all we get, then let’s take it. I want to be fearless and free,” she says, giving me a look, daring me. “It’s just life, Will. It’ll be over before we know it.

Let it snow – John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

I always had this idea that you should never give up a happy middle in the hopes of a happy ending, because there is no such thing as a happy ending. Do you know what I mean? There is so much to lose.

All the bright places – Jennifer Nirven

The problem with people is they forget that most of the time it’s the small things that count.

Continue reading “Sister’s Recommendations!”

Men Without Women

BOOK- MEN WITHOUT WOMEN
AUTHOR- MURAKAMI
RATINGS- 4.5

Here’s what hurts the most,” Kafuku said. “I didn’t truly understand her–or at least some crucial part of her. And it may well end that way now that she’s dead and gone.

It was settled, Ms Misaka is going to drive Mr Kafuku from home to theatre and then back to home from now on. As an actor, widower, Mr Kafuku needs quiet in order to rehearse. “But why did you become an actor,” the young Ms Misaka asked. Acting gives you the ability to become someone else and then to get back to yourself after the end. In Mr Kafaku’s case, it allowed him to drink and talk with the lover of his late wife. In all the other scenarios this would be awfully painful but ofcourse, he was acting. And he had to deliver his best to know the truth. Will he find the truth and what measures will he take for his uncontrollable desire for vengeance? And the most important question of all, will he ever be able to come out of the role?

“But Mr. Kafuku, can any of us ever perfectly understand another person? However much we may love them?

Mr Kitaru and Mr Tanimura works part time in a cafe and that is how Tanimura met Kitaru’s childhood love Ms Erika. A love without tragedy doesn’t make for a great lovestory not when you have what it needs to be a happily ever after yet you are stuck at an almost. This trio wouldn’t give a love triangle but will leave you wishing for their happiness. For no one knows what kind of dreams tomorrow will bring.

The scene seemed somehow divorced from reality, although reality, he knew, could at times be terribly unreal.

“who am I?” “who am I?” was the last question Dr Tokai had asked to himself and his good friend Mr Goto. It was after then that Mr Goto got to know that Dr Tokai is no more, medical reports claim that it was a multiple organ failiure but then, he has been dead a long time. Falling in love can either make or break you. Dr Tokai has proved this theory with his life. Who am I, anyways?

Mr habara had been granted with only one companion to live his life, he didn’t know her name but called her Schereazade like Queen Schereazade in a Thousand and One nights. She was married and only visited twice a week, brought him groceries and told him stories once they have had enough sex. She would spring back to action and be going home to her husband once it’s 5.20pm. “Can you quietly hear me out, I have a lot to talk about of my guilt and sins.” And so it continued, sex and the stories until…

When Mr kino found his wife sleeping with his colleague, he left his job and re-built his aunt’s old place to a bar. And that’s pretty much it as he didn’t have anything left of him. If void was a feeling then it is all he felt, if void was to be a parasite then there is nothing left of the host. Unaware, Mr Kino was in peace until one day he had to run away closing his bar, stakes were high and this was the only chance he had. With the banging from outside his hotel window at the middle of the night, he realised that his end is near.

It’s strange, isn’t it?” the woman said in a pensive voice. “Everything is blowing up around us , but there are still those who care about broken lock, and others who are dutiful enough to try to fix it

Mr Gregor Samsa had undergone a metamorphosis. He would trade anything to be a fish or a flower or anything but not a two legged human until he met the hunched woman who came to him when the world was falling apart. All the beginnings have their endings and all the endings have a beginning or so they say. It was hard to say if this was the beginning or the end. But it made him feel something as he waited the long wait to see her again.

Ps- “We can only pray for men without women”, says the second most lonely man to the most lonely man who had called him in the dead of the night to tell that his past lover has committed suicide. Anything more I tell you would not let you feel what it is to feel watching the unicorn statue with a horn facing the sky all alone.

It was as if he felt that the black symbols flowing from his brush onto the pure white paper could somehow lay bare the workings of his heart.


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