One Proverb One Tale: Explore the wisdom of Indian civilization wrapped in tiny sentences by The Indian Proverb is a collection of forty-four Indian proverbs. The one thing that binds most of these proverbs is the wisdom that these contain. Undoubtedly, the author has done their homework while curating the book and included just the right mix of proverbs. The concept of explaining each proverb with the help of a bite-sized story is a stroke of genius.
Written in romance sub-genre of Young Adult, The Kiss List by Sara Jo Cluff moves around a High School student, Camille Collins and her favorite activity: kissing. She enjoyed kissing her boyfriend Dylan so much so that it became her ultimate pastime. However, Dylan wanted more from her. Since Camille wasn’t ready for the next step, Dylan decided to break up. Camille didn’t mind the dumping part; what she did mind was the rumor that Dylan spread about her being a bad kisser. To discredit the rumor, she came up with a perfect solution: a Kiss List.
The World Does Not Revolve Around Curmudgeon Avenue replaces the stars of its previous novels with the Rose sisters (Toonan and Wantha), Georgina Foote, Zandra, and many other side characters (some fresh faces and some old ones). Wantha Rose stumbled upon Georgina Foote at Manchester Town Hall, where Wantha was scheduled to marry Ricky Ricketts. When Ricky Ricketts did not show up, the red-faced Wantha made Georgina swear that she would not talk about this day to another soul. However, Georgina Foote broke that promise over Facebook; thus, insulting Wantha at her own territory, aka the internet.
‘Cry about the simple hell people give other people — without even thinking. Cry about the hell white people give coloured folks, without even stopping to think that they’re people, too.’
‘Atticus says cheatin’ a coloured man is ten times worse than cheatin’ a white man,’ I muttered. ‘Says it’s the worst thing you can do.’
– To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
In the memoir, Haunted: A Paranormal Awakening, Julie Coons shares how her dream house morphed into a life-threatening nightmare. For most, if not all, of us, a home is synonymous with a place of comfort, peace, and joy. When Julie Coons moved to a beautiful house with her husband and daughter, she hoped to feel an overwhelming warmth wash over her. After her difficult childhood with an abusive mother and a gut-wrenching marriage, she deserved a place to call home sweet home. Instead, she received demonic activities comparable to the most daunting horror movies. While the evil spirits were taunting, scratching, bruising, and filling her brain with unimaginable fear, she found the worst part was going through the whole trepidation alone.
Written in the fantasy-epic genre, The Seven Demon Princes of Hell – SATAN by Reuben B Mushaike takes the readers to the beginning of time. The time when Anna, the wife of god Joseph, gave birth to twins. Satan and Jehovah were both the heirs to the throne of heaven. While Satan was more adventurous, Jehovah was more of an obedient son. Sensing an inherent evil inside Satan, Joseph did not wish to see him seated on the throne.
It is delusional to believe that this passion, this soul recognition and attraction, will be easily found again with another person. You do not run into such a soulmate every day, perhaps only one or two more in a lifetime. – Only Love is Real by Dr. Brian Weiss
It amazes me how poetry transcends form and shape. When we say poetic, we don’t necessarily refer to written poems. By Wordsworth’s definition of poetry, “spontaneous overflow of powerful emotions”, poetry could be anything: your clothing, your house, your perfume, or anything materialistic or spiritual, worldly or imaginary can be poetic. All we need to have is an eye for beauty and the heart to appreciate it.
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a gothic horror fiction that transports the readers into a haunted house. The story begins with the stylish and flirty Noemi Taboada, the protagonist, leaving a party early to see her father. And soon after the scene, she leaves her glamorous life in Mexico and travels to a dingy existence in the old mansion called High Place.
Piled Up Pauses – A collection of poems by A V Anjali Menon is, as is evident by the title of the book, a poetry collection. There are more than fifty poems with varied lengths and a range of emotions. For the most part though, the central theme appeared to be a heartbreaking romance. While some poems are straightforward, others have veiled feelings for a sincere reader to find. The Tragedy of my Superhero, an example of straightforward poems in the collection, is a beautiful tribute to her nanny.