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Book Review: A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

Book Review A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

At times when you are reading so many murder mysteries, an easy to read book with a focus on good relationships gives you a whiff of fresh air. And you really need that! A good balance of everything… And my first Maeve Binchy, A Week in Winter was exactly that for me!

In fact, it was like a best of both worlds – a novel + short stories collection, for the stories of the guests was exactly that. Each of the characters feel so real and the place, where the story is set in is truly magical.

Some of the beautiful lines of this book:

“How will I explain it all … to everybody?” “You know, people don’t have to explain things nearly as much as you think they do.”

Her life was like her house—a colorful fantasy where anything was possible if you wanted it badly enough.

So, get a cup of tea/ coffee, find a nice cozy corner of your home and read this book and smile.

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Book blurb:
Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the house) and Orla, her niece (a whiz at business), Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House’s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms. John, the American movie star, thinks he has arrived incognito; Winnie and Lillian are forced into taking a holiday together; Nicola and Henry, husband and wife, have been shaken by seeing too much death practicing medicine; Anders hates his father’s business, but has a real talent for music; Miss Nell Howe, a retired schoolteacher, criticizes everything and leaves a day early, much to everyone’s relief; the Walls are disappointed to have won this second-prize holiday in a contest where first prize was Paris; and Freda, the librarian, is afraid of her own psychic visions.

Sharing a week with this unlikely cast of characters is pure joy, full of Maeve’s trademark warmth and humor. Once again, she embraces us with her grand storytelling.

This is the last book that Maeve Binchy wrote before her sudden death. As are all her stories, it is her trademark warmth, humor and the kind of characters that will make her books live on. It is a privilege to be able to share this book with readers.

About the author:
Maeve Binchy was born on 28 May 1940 in Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland, the eldest child of four. Her parents were very positive and provided her with a happy childhood. Although she described herself as an overweight child, her parents’ attitude gave her the confidence to accept herself for who she was.

She studied at University College Dublin and was a teacher for a while. She also loved traveling, and this was how she found her niche as a writer. She liked going to different places, such as a Kibbutz in Israel, and she worked in a camp in the United States. While she was away, she sent letters home to her parents. They were so impressed with these chatty letters from all over the world that they decided to send them to a newspaper. After these letters were published, Maeve left teaching and became a journalist.

Maeve married Gordon Snell, writer and editor of children’s books. When they were struggling financially, Light a Penny Candle was published, which made her an overnight success. Many of her books, such as Echoes, are set in the past in Ireland. Some of her later novels, such as Evening Class, take place in more modern times. Her books often deal with people who are young, fall in love, have families, and deal with relationship or family problems. The main characters are people whom readers can empathise with.

She passed away on 30 July 2012, at the age of 72.

Website: maevebinchy.com

Rating: 10/10
Genre: Chick Lit, Romance
Book Name: A Week in Winter
Author: Maeve Binchy
Pages: 464
Publication Year: 2012

Book Review: Maidless in Mumbai by Payal Kapadia

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Maidless in Mumbai by Payal Kapadia

Maidless in Mumbai is the perfect read for one struggling to take care of baby or is without a maid or may be more than one (even if minus baby). Payal Kapadia has taken a hilarious take on sleepless nights, howling baby, maids menace, advices overdose from both mom-in-law and mom, unhelpful husband, desperate need to excel in job (workaholic mom) and trying to put everything synchronized. While reading the book, I felt as if this author is the only one who perfectly empathizes with me, no one else understands me better and my struggles. So what if I was at my parents place, the baby sitter was not there and the two days I went to office then, I had to come back home within two hours because the baby missed me and cried, cried and continued crying without any control. But then some days are like that! And most days, ah, when things are fine, I wonder at the bliss and happiness of motherhood. Okay okay, let’s cut my crap short since this is a book review and not my own story post. But let me ask you (female readers) the one question, will you choose husband or maid!?! 😉

So back to the book, all that is managed even in okayish form is still good enough and that is how the story ends. Oh, did I reveal the ending? But what else were you expecting when reading a light book and strictly not a murder mysery/ thriller? So just take hold of this book, sit back (okay no sitting back, if you have a baby or you do not have a maid), just find time in between feeds (because that is what I do) or before you doze off in any random posture (I do this as well during my night time reads, where some nights it is just two lines before I sleep with a kindle in hand and lights switched on).

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Book blurb:

I am on top of things. I have a seriously stuck baby inside me, and a queue of people between my legs. But I am on top of things. 

Career-driven reporter Anu Narain has a plan for everything till motherhood comes along. The baby poops/ cries/ pisses/ feeds round the clock. Anu loses her mind/ the plot/ the maid. And cabin fever strikes when her mother-in-law and her mother come over to help.

How does Anu become a working mom when her husband is happy playing the shirking dad? And when her house is a railway station where every maid is a passing train? Will Anu use wile and guile to make the maids stay and The Moms leave? Or will she succumb to that strange Indian malaise called maidomania?

Hysterically funny, unapologetically honest, and charming all the way, this is the diary of a maidless Mumbai mom who dreams of only one thing-the perfect maid to live happily forever with.

About the author:

Payal Kapadia’s Wisha Wozzariter won the Crossword Book Award 2013 for Best Children’s Book and is also on the “101 Indian Children’s Books We Love!” list. She is also the author of Colonel Hathi Loses His Brigade and Puffin Lives: B.R. Ambedkar.

Payal started her career as a journalist with Outlook Magazine in Mumbai and The Japan Times in Tokyo, after receiving a Master’s degree from Northwestern University, Chicago. But writing books was a childhood dream, and one day, it was not enough to dream of writing any more. With Wisha Wozzariter, the story of a 10-year old girl who wishes she was a writer, Payal stopped wishing and started writing.

Payal’s newest book Horrid High is a perfectly horrid adventure in the world’s most horrid school. In the pipeline is the second part of Horrid High and a book about two unlikely princesses, a must-have for every girl everywhere.

Twitter: @payalrkapadia
Website: payalkapadia.com/
Rating: 8/10
Genre:Chick Lit
Book Name:Maidless in Mumbai
Author:Payal Kapadia
Pages:224
Publication Year:2017

Book Review: The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan

EtherealJinxed | book review | the cafe by the sea by jenny colgan

After completing Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella, Cafe by the Sea was a better improvement, though I liked Jenny Colgan’s other book The Bookshop on the Corner much much better. Okay, so since this is another chick lit, so people who do not like this genre, can stop reading this review right away; do not tell me later that you wasted your time.

The book started with someone who has got attuned to a hectic sad urban life but does not want to visit her origins for it is too rustic. Now, does this not correlate with many of us, who are working out there in big cities so so far away from our hometown to make name and fame, or money for ourselves or loved ones? In that way, the book will make you reminisce and be nostalgic of those golden childhood days which we have forgotten. Check out this line: It was like walking into something he was already nostalgic for, without it ever being his, without it even having passed him by.

And since this is a romantic book with a girl infatuated tremendously with her boss, you can very much expect the story-line but with dollops of relationships dose (family ones too), scenic beauty (Northern lights and endless beaches), exotic animals (seals and whales) and the best part, i.e. mouthwatering food (ah the aroma of baked stuffs and pies – you know there are recipes at the end of the book as well, awesome right?). Even though the story is not as strong as I wanted it to be, it talks about finding passion in things you did not even know yourself. Which by the way makes me think, am I missing something from my life? Umm, no no, not at all; I am very happy with my son. But what about you?

However, am I reading another chick-lit or romantic book for a month? Meh! As years have flown by, I have realized that a romantic/ love story book has to be too excellent to pull me into a trance and for me to give it a favorable rating, else according to me, ye love-shab couple waala bakwaas hai (the heightened interest towards love between couples is too much over-rated).

Keep watching my blog for more and more book reviews. Cheers!

Book blurb:

The beloved author of The Bookshop on the Corner returns with a sparkling, sunny, soulful new novel perfect for fans of Elin Hilderbrand.

Years ago, Flora fled the quiet Scottish island where she grew up — and she hasn’t looked back. What would she have done on Mure? It’s a place where everyone has known her all her life, where no one will let her forget the past. In bright, bustling London, she can be anonymous, ambitious… and hopelessly in love with her boss.

But when fate brings Flora back to the island, she’s suddenly swept once more into life with her brothers — all strapping, loud, and seemingly incapable of basic housework — and her father. Yet even amid the chaos of their reunion, Flora discovers a passion for cooking — and find herself restoring dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour: a café by the sea.

But with the seasons changing, Flora must come to terms with past mistakes — and work out exactly where her future lies…

Funny and heartfelt, The Café by the Sea is a delightful summertime novel that puts a modern twist on the classic Seven Brides for Seven Brothers story.

About the author:

Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including The Little Shop of Happy Ever After and Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery, which are also published by Sphere. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013.

Twitter: @JennyColgan
Website: www.jennycolgan.com
Rating: 7/10
Genre:Romance, Chick Lit
Book Name:The Cafe by The Sea
Summer Seaside Kitchen #1
Author:Jenny Colgan
Pages:416
Publication Year:2017

Book Review: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Ethereal Jinxed | Book Review | Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I have read many books just for the reason that they are popular or cast into a popular movie/ TV series. Ok fine, I am charged guilty. But yes, popular does not mean brilliantly written. However, the way Big Little Lies was written by Liane Moriarty, I was happy that I picked it up. In the start, it reminded me of Desperate Housewives (I had watched two seasons of this series once. Now hush) but then the story changed.

This is a story of the mothers whose kids study in kindergarten, a story of domestic abuse and of sexual abuse and of shallowness and of friendship perfectly knit together in a recipe for success. Though my son is very small, I can feel snippets of how it could be relatable when he grows up to be of that tender kindergarten age. The style in which the characters are sketched and interact with each other, though cliche makes it seem like this is how it happens in real world (ok leave the dramatic part aside). The book made me cry at a few places and left me frustrated, check one paragraph for yourself:

Ungrateful bitch. Deserve to be hit. Deserve it. She pinched the flesh on her upper thighs until it brought tears to her eyes. There would be new bruises tomorrow. Bruises she’d given herself. She liked to watch them change, deepening, darkening and then slowly fading. It was a hobby. An interest of hers. Nice to have an interest. She was losing her mind.

Read this if you like women literature. It’s very good, a much better choice than my last read Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella. And I have not given ten-on-ten because I felt the start of the book was slow, otherwise it is just perfect.

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Book blurb:
Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

About the author:
Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels – Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, The Husband’s Secret, Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty

Her breakout novel The Husband’s Secret sold over three million copies worldwide, was a number 1 UK bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of 2013 and has been translated into over 40 languages. It spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list. CBS Films has acquired the film rights. 

With the launch of Big Little Lies, Liane became the first Australian author to have a novel debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. An HBO series by the same name is based on Big Little Lies, starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. 

Writing as L.M. Moriarty, Liane has also written a children’s book series, The Petrifying Problem with Princess Petronella, The Shocking Trouble on the Planet of Shobble and The Wicked War on the Planet of Whimsy

Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter.

Facebook: @LianeMoriartyAuthor
Website: lianemoriarty.com
Rating: 8/10
Genre:Contemporary, Chick Lit
Book Name:Big Little Lies
Author:Liane Moriarty
Pages:460
Publication Year:2014

Book Review: Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

I remember reading Sophie Kinsella’s other books where the female protagonist was always a strong character, or is it it was so long back that I am now mistaken. I think that sometimes you have such a good view of an author’s writings that when you read her other books, you compare and find the latter ones so much lacking, be it with respect to the writing style or the story-line. This is what happened when I picked this book Wedding Night for I was looking for a light chick-lit and because it was written by Sophie.

While reading this book, I could not help correlating it with Undomestic Goddess all the time, which of course was too too good. But, now to come back to the book in question, the story is a good time-pass, a page turner but only recommended for those who simply love happy ending chick-lits be it what may. The way the sisters Fliss and Lottie (female protagonists) keeps on behaving makes you want to kick them or give a tight slap to them at least once to bring them back to reality. Oops, my bad my bad, no more spoiler alerts. Is the story unbelievable? Yes, but people in love can behave randomly, I know a few who have done what not, yes in real life and not just fictional! And you know the story seems to be based on the idiom doodh ka jala chhachh bhi fook fook ke peeta hai (once bitten, twice shy). But if this is going to be your first Sophie Kinsella, you must give it a skip.

Book blurb:
Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose, but then his big question involves a trip abroad — not a trip down the aisle. Completely crushed, Lottie reconnects with an old flame, and they decide to take drastic action. No dates, no moving in together, they’ll just get married . . . right now. Her sister, Fliss, thinks Lottie is making a terrible mistake, and will do anything to stop her. But Lottie is determined to say “I do,” for better, or for worse.

About the author:
Madeleine Wickham is a bestselling British author under her pseudonym, Sophie Kinsella. Educated at New College, Oxford, she worked as a financial journalist before turning to fiction. She is best known for writing a popular series of chick-lit novels. The Shopaholic novels series focuses on the misadventures of Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist who cannot manage her own finances. Throughout the entire series, her obsession with shopping and the complications that imparts on her life are central themes.

Twitter: @KinsellaSophie
Facebook: @SophieKinsellaOfficial
Website: sophiekinsella.co.uk
Rating: 5/10

Read reviews of Sophie Kinsella’s other books on this blog – Can You Keep a SecretMy not so Perfect LifeCocktails for Three, Shopaholic on Honeymoon, Finding Audrey and The Undomestic Goddess.

Genre:Romance, Chick Lit
Book Name:Wedding Night
Author:Sophie Kinsella
Pages:464
Publication Year:2014

Book Review: The House that BJ Built by Anuja Chauhan

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The House that BJ Built by Anuja Chauhan When the year ends, you complete all the pending reviews of completed books. Though I am finishing off my quota on the last day and why so? Because last few days had been very hectic, what with joining office taking a toll on night awakenings with baby and I am so tired that I don’t even feel like opening my Kindle/ mobile middle of the night but it was good that my book reading slowed to a tortoise pace for this is my last pending review this year. So, here is the book – The House That BJ Built by Anuja Chauhan where the main protagonist Boney is a ballsy female. A fast paced book and a sequel to Those Pricey Thakur Girls, it is an easy to read one with Hinglish (Hindi + English) thrown interchangeably, a characteristic of Anuja’s books. Lots of narration adds to the charm of visualising the dialogues played between individuals. The icing on the cake was that this ebook was available free for Amazon Prime users for the month of December ’18. Awesome no even though I had not yet read the prequel. Anything for free good books! Well, this book is good, but not that extraordinary; a one time read, perfect for your train/ flight/ other solitary travels. Keep watching my blog for more book reviews! And a very happy new year to all you readers 🎉🎊🥂

Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Seeing the cover picture of this book Me Before You (the revised one, I mean, of that of movie), I assumed the story to be cheesy and overly romantic. Oh, how wrong I was! I had not read the book blurb as usual but had chosen this book simply on the premise that many people had recommended it to me.

The story weaved film on the big canvas for me – no no, I had not watched the movie. The dialogues, the characters, and the way Jojo Moyes had written made me imagine the scenes and I was pulled into the emotions of its characters. While I continued reading the book yesterday night, at 1:30 am (oops the day had changed, it was today only) , I wondered whether I should take a break and catch up on the sleep or eat something. You ask me why am I telling you this mundane stuff but eating would have re-energized me into completing this book. So, you know it was a no-brainer. I loved the book totally and cried a lot too along with Louisa.

Sample few lines from the book below:

I hadn’t realized that music could unlock things in you, could transport you to somewhere even the composer hadn’t predicted. It left an imprint in the air around you, as if you carried its remnants with you when you went.

It’s just that the thing you never understand about being a mother, until you are one, is that it is not the grown man—the galumphing, unshaven, stinking, opinionated offspring—you see before you, with his parking tickets and unpolished shoes and complicated love life. You see all the people he has ever been all rolled up into one.

The basic premise of this story is Euthanasia, the practice of intentionally ending a life to relieve pain and suffering. And I think Jojo Moyes has handled it brilliantly in this book. I am yet to watch the movie nor do I know its reviews. However, in conclusion, I will just say, pick up this book for an intense emotional ride and if you do not like reading books somehow, still go ahead with watching the movie (if the story-line and the actors playing the main protagonist are great, the movie ought to be awesome).

By the way, there are two more books published in this series and a new one is being written as well. However, I am taking a break now from Louisa to give myself a reading of variety of genres.

Edit: I did not like the movie for I felt the character of Louisa was shown a little shallow in the movie and even so many scenes were simply skipped over.

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Book blurb:
Louisa Clark is an ordinary young woman living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

About the author:
Jojo Moyes worked as a journalist for ten years, post which she turned into a full time novelist since 2002, when her first book, Sheltering Rain was published. Since then she has written a further eleven novels, all of which have been widely critically acclaimed.

Jojo has won the Romantic Novelist’s Award twice, and Me Before You has been nominated for Book of the Year at the UK Galaxy Book Awards. Me Before You has since gone on to sell over 8 million copies worldwide. The film adaptation of Me Before You starring Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) was released in June 2016 and was a huge box-office success. The screenplay was written by Jojo.

Jojo lives (and writes!) on a farm in Essex, England with her husband, journalist Charles Arthur, and their three children.

Twitter: @jojomoyes
Website: jojomoyes.com
Facebook: @jojomoyesauthor

Rating: 10/10
Genre: Chick Lit
Book Name: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Pages: 369
Publication Year: 2012

 

Book Review: The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

Ethereal Jinxed | Book Review | The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

This book is a tribute to WASPs (Women’s Airforce Service Pilots) of World War II, a historical fiction of the times when women in US contributed to WWII for aviation dependencies for men were busy in combat and how they were not given their due then. However, let me tell you the book is not so serious that it will feel like a bombardment of facts thrown together in a storyline.

The story is a funny and sassy take of different personalities and characters with the back and forth of timeline aptly handled. The characters are not perfect, but faulty and hence realistic and that is why I loved them more since to err is human. The book has those moments when women were thought not to be able to handle gas stations or flights or combats, all these being a male dominated place primarily. What other thing I liked was that it is never too late to reinvent yourself – Sookie (the protagonist) is 60 years old.

The book has its quotable moments and the best one I liked and will remember is:

“I’m telling you, Dena, when you live long enough to see your children begin to look at you with different eyes, and you can look at them not as your children, but as people, it’s worth getting older with all the creaks and wrinkles.”

Being a new mom, somehow I find that everything I do/ read/ think, I relate it to motherhood and baby moments and you will know I am so happy that these days, almost all my book reviews have at least such a mention. Only if the book pages could have been cut a bit by say 50 pages, I would have given it 10-on-10 for at times, the thinking of Sookie got too repetitive, but hey, then these are my views only.

So, go go go, go pick this book (feminists can too) and let me know your opinion in the comments below.

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Book blurb:

Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother’s past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

Sookie begins a search for answers that takes her to California, the Midwest, and back in time, to the 1940s, when an irrepressible woman named Fritzi takes on the job of running her family’s filling station. Soon truck drivers are changing their routes to fill up at the All-Girl Filling Station. Then, Fritzi sees an opportunity for an even more groundbreaking adventure. As Sookie learns about the adventures of the girls at the All-Girl Filling Station, she finds herself with new inspiration for her own life.

Fabulous, fun-filled, spanning decades and generations, and centered on a little-known aspect of America’s twentieth-century story, The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is another irresistible novel by the remarkable Fannie Flagg.

About the author:
Fannie Flagg’s career started in the fifth grade when she wrote, directed, and starred in her first play, titled The Whoopee Girls, and she has not stopped since. At age nineteen, she began writing and producing television specials, and later wrote for and appeared on Candid Camera. She then went on to distinguish herself as an actress and a writer in television, films, and the theater. She is the bestselling author of Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man; Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe; Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!; Standing in the Rainbow; A Redbird Christmas; Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven; I Still Dream About You; The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion; and The Whole Town’s Talking. Flagg’s script for the movie Fried Green Tomatoes was nominated for an Academy Award and the Writers Guild of America Award and won the highly regarded Scripter Award for best screenplay of the year. Fannie Flagg is the winner of the Harper Lee Prize. She lives happily in California and Alabama.

Website: fannieflaggbooks.com
Facebook: @fannieflaggbooks

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Historical Fiction, Chick Lit
Book Name: The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion
Author: Fannie Flagg
Pages: 384
Publication Year: 2013

Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

So right now, I am heavily invested in chick-lit, the sort of light reads to keep myself happy. But you know searching for light reads which are not too too much romantic and ignoring erotic genre at the same time is not that easy. So since my mood is such, I have curating an easy list for you. You simply need to filter on Chick Lit on my blog 🙂

I came across this writer Rainbow Rowell during my search through good romances of non-classical variety, but found the famous ones being written on teenagers, that is so not what I wanted to read. And then I found out Attachments. How cool is that? Have not we all at some point or the other collaborated in funny banters and gossips on office mails/ chats or forwarding some funny response another one sent us? That is what this book is about, but keeping a person at the helm who reads this chat. Creepy? Yes, although the person reading the mail and the protagonist writing thus fall in love with each other, albeit for different reasons. Sweet! So what you holding on to? Pick up this book for 3 hours read and enjoy!

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you…”

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained and captivated by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

About the author:
Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (Attachments and Landline). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (Eleanor & Park and Fangirl). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things.

Twitter: @rainbowrowell
Website: rainbowrowell.com

Rating: 8/10
Genre: Chick Lit
Book Name: Attachments
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 323
Publication Year: 2011

Book Review: Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding

Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding was just the right book I needed for my hyperactive imagination to unroll in a book. That imagination which you can see on a movie screen with you and the other people you know acting out in a real-life situation, all of your-own-making. Just kidding! I know not everyone is like that, and even if one is, they do not act such all the time.

I had previously seen Bridget Jones’s Diary – one of my few first movie during teenage years and I found the lead actress fat and too sulky. Of course, I do not remember the exact feeling, but it was trepidation that I picked up this book and found it quite interesting, interesting enough to take a break from the second part of The Kingkiller Chronicles. However, the character Olivia Joules, I found to be too much – too much to be real (am I so? *wink *wink). Do pick up this book to break boredom and if you are looking for a light chick-lit, but do not expect much. See, I did not give any spoilers away, even when it was too tough while writing review of this book.

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
At the close of the last millennium, Helen Fielding debuted the irrepressible (and blockbuster-bestselling) Bridget Jones. Now, Fielding gives us a sensational new heroine for a new era…Move over 007, a stunning, sexy-and decidedly female-new player has entered the world of international espionage. Her name is Olivia Joules (that’s “J.O.U.L.E.S. the unit of kinetic energy”) and she’s ready to take America by storm with charm, style, and her infamous Overactive Imagination.

How could a girl not be drawn to the alluring, powerful Pierre Ferramo-he of the hooded eyes, impeccable taste, unimaginable wealth, exotic international homes, and dubious French accent? Could Ferramo really be a major terrorist bent on the Western world’s destruction, hiding behind a smokescreen of fine wines, yachts, and actresses slash models? Or is it all just a product of Olivia Joules’s overactive imagination?

Join Olivia in her heart-stopping, hilarious, nerve-frazzling quest from hip hotel to eco-lodge to underwater cave, by light aircraft, speedboat, helicopter, and horse, in this witty, contemporary, and utterly unputdownable novel deluxe.

About the author:
Helen Fielding was born in Yorkshire. She worked for many years in London as a newspaper and TV journalist, travelling as wildly and as often as possibly to Africa, India and Central America. She is the author of four novels: Cause Celeb, Bridget Jones’ s Diary, Bridget Jones:The Edge of Reason and Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination, and co-wrote the screenplays for the movie of Bridget Jones’s Diary and the sequel based on The Edge of Reason. She now works full-time as a novelist and screenwriter and lives in London and Los Angeles..
Facebook: @BridgetJonesBook

Rating: 7/10
Genre: Chick Lit
Book Name: Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination
Author: Helen Fielding
Pages: 305
Publication Year: 2003
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