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Shaleen

Joined May 2020

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Sula | Toni Morrison
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I am now initiated into the brilliant, lyrical world of Toni Morrison. I had expected an innocent story about friendship from what I had heard about this book. But Sula is not meant for casual reading, it requires patience. The best part about Sula is it‘s poetic prose. The descriptions in the book are so vibrant that you can feel every emotion, taste every flavour and connect with every character. Overall it‘s an incredible read.

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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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Hello there.

In case you guys were wondering, I am still here. Still reading. The last couple of months have been exhausting. So for now I am trying to get back into the swing of things. I am currently reading The Book Thief. I am more than half way through and loving the book so far.

Lucy_Anywhere Welcome back! I enjoyed The Book Thief, even though it made me ugly-cry in a campsite in Greece 2y
Bookwomble Welcome back 😊 💗 2y
Smrloomis Welcome back! 🥳 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Hello 👋 2y
CarolynM Nice to see you back🙂 2y
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It was a little different from other books by Murakami as it does not contain any element of magical realism that characterise his works. The theme of the book is the central character‘s longing for the past, his selfishness and the inability to move past trauma. The prose is lovely but I found this book to be unremarkable. I think I am done for a while with mysterious, disappearing women and selfish, horny men so no more Murakami for me in 2020.

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Look who had a great time reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being! Set against the background of the Prague Spring of 1968 and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the book has an interesting intersection of historical fiction and philosophy. It emphasises on the point that life lacks any ultimate meaning and is light but we make it heavier by finding meaning in it. It was a delight from the first page to the last & I‘d recommend it to all

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
SamAnne Read this years ago. The movie is fantastic as well. 2y
eeclayton It's on my TBR for October/November. 2y
Shaleen @SamAnne I didn‘t know there was a movie too. I am going to watch it soon😊🥰 2y
Shaleen @eeclayton I hope you like it😍 2y
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Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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Sputnik Sweetheart is a fast paced quick read and has a comparatively simpler narrative as compared to other Murakami books. Even though his books leave the reader wondering and confused, reading Murakami always has a meditative effect on me and Sputnik Sweetheart was no different. It‘s a great read but definitely not his best work

LeeRHarry Yep it wasn‘t one of my faves either 😊 2y
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Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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A simple young man who loves reading and listening to music falls in love with a girl. The girl loves another elder woman and is somehow trapped in a dark place. The boy tries to redeem the girl but fails. Now insert sexual desire, random boners and cats to this. Sounds familiar? I thought so too. The story of Sputnik Sweetheart is quite similar to Norwegian Wood but unlike the latter, the theme of SS is loneliness, longing and unrequited love.

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War and Peace is the story of five Russian families in the backdrop of French invasion of Russia.The war parts of the book are about Napoleon‘s invasion of Russia in 1812 and the peace parts are about the effect of War in the life of the characters.As the book progresses there is less of narrative and more of philosophical and historical discussion. Reading it I could understand why Tolstoy was hesitant to call War and Peace a ‘novel‘. Continued⬇️

Shaleen Everyone knows that War and Peace is a little too long, has too many characters and a lot of pages devoted to war. But a highly underrated fact about this great epic is that it has some incredible love stories. The book has some great literary matches. Also, I loved the portrayal of characters in the book, their unique flaws and the description of their thought processes. 2y
TheBookHippie One of my favorite reads of all time 2y
ChaoticMissAdventures I absolutely loved this book in college. I agree though I thought it was a bit too heavy on the war side. 2y
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SamAnne A little more than halfway through. I‘m loving it. 2y
Shaleen @TheBookHippie ☺️☺️ 2y
Shaleen @ChaoticMissAdventures I too loved it😊 2y
Shaleen @SamAnne yes the book gets better as you progress. Also there are some great plot twists towards the end🙈🙈 2y
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Took me around three months but I finally finished War and Peace. It was my literary goal for 2020 and it feels great to have it off my bucket list. I am going to let this epic mammoth piece of literature sink in and hopefully write a review this weekend.

Annie1215 Congrats on finishing! 2y
Ruthiella Congratulations! 🥳 2y
Freespirit Wow...that is a future goal of mine. What did you think of it?? 2y
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eeclayton I read it two years ago and it took me 3 months too 🙂 2y
Caroline2 Wow well done! 👏 such an achievement. I still need to finish it. I started a few months back but I‘ve seen the BBC series so I know the storylines and that kinda killed it for me. 😆 2y
Shaleen @Ruthiella Thanks 😊🥰 2y
Shaleen @Annie1215 Thank you 😊 2y
Shaleen @Caroline2 I want to watch to BBC series😁😁 2y
Shaleen @eeclayton I think that‘s the average time for War and Peace for most readers. The story is engaging but it‘s difficult to read too many pages in one sitting 🙈 2y
Shaleen @Freespirit I really liked the book. I will be posting a review soon😊 2y
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The Myth of Sisyphus | Albert Camus
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In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was condemned for all eternity to roll a rock up a mountain only to have it roll back down when he reaches the top.Sisyphus struggles perpetually without hope of success and is the ideal absurd hero according to Camus.
This book is an essay on what Camus calls the absurd and it discusses the philosophical problem of suicide. In the last part of the book Camus has analysed Kafka‘s works and is extremely interesting.

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The Color Purple | Alice Walker
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Finished reading this beautiful, heartbreaking book by Alice Walker and absolutely loved it. This book is about an African American girl Celie who is abused all her life. Celie‘s life is worse than that of a prisoner until she decides to turn her life around and take charge of her destiny. I loved 2 things about the book- first the ending when Celie finally gets what she rightly deserves and second the strong female characters, crazy but strong😅

erzascarletbookgasm Nice review and lovely pic. 👌 2y
Shaleen @erzascarletbookgasm thank you☺️❤️ 2y
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The Forty Rules of Love has two parallel narratives- one based in 2008 with the story of a forty year old woman named Ella and the other based in 13th century with the story of Shams who is said to be the inspiration behind Rumi‘s poems. The book presents a blend of the two stories connecting the past with present.I liked the part about Shams and Rumi but Ella‘s story made me cringe a little.It can be read for the love of Rumi and all things Sufi.

ChaoticMissAdventures Elif Shafak is one of those authors I always want to love but I seem to struggle with her work. 2y
fredamans I was a so-so for this book as well. 2y
Shaleen @fredamans I am sure ours is the unpopular opinion 😅 2y
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I finally got a chance to stack all my legal fiction together. I haven‘t read one in a while but I plan on re reading some of these next month. I started reading legal thrillers in law school and became a Grisham fan. John Grisham‘s name is considered to be synonymous with modern legal fiction. Some of my favourites by him are A time to Kill, the Litigators and the Firm.

Freespirit He‘s a great writer! 2y
BarbaraBB Great shelves 2y
Shaleen @Freespirit Yeah. Can‘t agree more. ☺️ 2y
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Shaleen @BarbaraBB Thanks😁 2y
Jess861 I love your shelves here! 2y
Shaleen @Jess861 Hey. Thank you so much☺️ 2y
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Finished reading this novella by Tolstoy. The book is about the slow painful death of one Ivan Ilyich. The description of his pain and the challenges he is facing due to his terminal illness is very moving. The book also delves into how little the death of a colleague, a friend and even family member can matter for some people. It is a devastating story showing the true face of humanity and one that will definitely leave a lasting impression.

SamAnne Finally reading my first Tolstoy--War and Peace--and absolutely loving the story and the writing. Will read this one next. 2y
Shaleen @SamAnne Hey I have been reading War and Peace too although I am going at a real slow pace. How far along are you? 2y
SamAnne @Shaleen I just finished Part Three, Volume II. I'm also doing the long slow read--about 3 chapters a day, 8-12 pages. And really enjoying the pace. 2y
Shaleen @SamAnne That‘s great. Looking forward to your views on War and Peace once you are done. 2y
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The Forest of Enchantments | Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Ramayan is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. The FoE is a re-telling of Ramayan from Sita‘s perspective. The story of Ramayan is known to every Indian by heart and yet this book is very special. The book does justice to many strong female women of the time who have been forgotten or overlooked by tradition. It is tragic and heartbreaking but gives a unique perspective on the age old tale. Recommended to all mythology lovers.

ChaoticMissAdventures I have always really enjoyed her writing. 3y
Reggie I haven‘t read this one but I‘ve read two of her short story collections and 4 of her other books. I love her writing so much. 3y
Shaleen @ChaoticMissAdventures Me too😊 Looking forward to read more of her works. 3y
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Shaleen @Reggie I have read only one other work by her that is the Palace of Illusions and absolutely loved it. It would be great if you could recommend some of your favourites by Divakaruni. 3y
Reggie @Shaleen she has Sister of My Heart which is one of my all time favorite books. And the follow up which is great is The Vine of Desire. Then her short story collections Arranged Marriage and The Unknown Errors of Our Lives are both great. Both have stories I still think about even though it‘s been over 10 years since I‘ve read them. Hope you enjoy them! 😊 3y
Shaleen @Reggie Adding these to my TBR right away. Thank you😊 2y
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Brida | Paulo Coelho
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Brida is about a 21 year old girl and her quest for truth. The book has witches, magic spells and rituals but not the Harry Potter kind. It revolves on the idea of soulmate and how no matter what we achieve in life, it will be incomplete if we haven‘t found our soulmate. The book has some great lines about life. Thing is i found some parts of the book to be boring &the way love and soulmates are presented did not appeal to me.Still worth a read.

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And Then There Were None | Agatha Christie
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This is my first Agatha Christie. And then there were none is an exciting quick read. The story is gripping and it kept me guessing till the end.

Bec_lectic I just started reading her so I‘ll add this to my list! 3y
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Siddhartha | Hermann Hesse
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This was not what I expected. I am not sure if I fully understood what the author tried to convey. I guess Siddhartha‘s life ultimately depicts that salvation comes from within and we do not need a teacher for attaining nirvana. The message is powerful but I still don‘t get the hype about this book. This may be because I have been distracted and read it without much concentration.

Might read it again after some time.

CaliforniaCay I enjoyed this one. On the surface it was a very simple story and not much happened but I read it in college so it was very interesting to hear how others interpreted and looked into every detail of the book for deeper meanings. Its definitely deep but had I read it on my own it would have gone over my head. 3y
Shaleen @CaliforniaCay This is probably what happened with me. Not exactly over the head but I definitely need to read it again to understand it better. 🙈🙈 3y
Cenuel I read this as a freshman in college. It was entertaining on some level but my professor seemed very enthusiastic about it and I remember being unsure whether the enthusiasm was about the book itself or if he was just enthusiastic about Buddhism and playing up the book because of the book‘s topic. If I reread it now I might have a different view. 3y
BethM I read and enjoyed this in college. Now that I‘m older I can understand some of it more through becoming a yoga teacher. 3y
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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I started reading War and Peace this month and within 2 days with little progress I wanted a break from it. So I picked up the Silent Patient. And it turned out to be truly riveting. I read it cover to cover. The story is gripping and the language very simple. Definitely one of the best psychological thrillers I have read so far.

eeclayton War and Peace is very difficult at the beginning, but if you can endure the first 100-200 pages or so, it becomes really rewarding 🙂 3y
Shaleen @eeclayton Thanks for the tip. It has been on my TBR for way too long. I plan on reading it this month. 😁 3y
eeclayton @Shaleen It took me about 4 months, but I was also reading some nonfiction at the time. Good luck 🙂 3y
Shaleen @eeclayton Thanks😊 3y
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Little Women is a book to treasure. I read it way back in high school and have wanted to read it again for a long time. I love everything about this book right from the story, the language and the characters especially Jo‘s. The story is very relatable and made me feel instantly connected with some of the characters. The incidents in the book will definitely remind you of some similar occurrence in your own life. Truly a satisfying read.

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The Little Prince | Antoine de Saint-Exupry
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‘It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.‘

I had not heard about this book until recently. My copy arrived today and I thought of just flipping through but I ended up reading it. It definitely made me relive my childhood for I share the pilot‘s and the Little Prince‘s view about grown ups. This is definitely one of those heart warming books that I shall read over and over.

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This was a fun, quick read. It took me two sittings to complete it. It‘s a story of a thirteen year old kid lawyer who decides to fight against an infrastructural project which might disrupt the lives of a lot of people in his town of Strattenburg. Hence, the name The activist. The plot is very average not as good as the first book of Theodore Boone series. Also, there‘s hardly any courtroom drama which is what I love most about Grisham.

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Frankestein | Mary Shelley
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This book is so underrated. Frankenstein is a beautifully written tragic tale about over ambition and vengeance. It can be considered a work of early sci-fi. I had a lot of misconceptions about the story probably owing to the cartoons based on Frankenstein but the book is very different. I am glad I read it.

Palimpsest Nice review. I agree, especially about how the monster is portrayed in films (although I like those as well for what they are), but the monster has such feeling in the book and I love Mary Shelley‘s descriptions of the Sublime among other things. It‘s one of my favorite books. 3y
Shaleen @Palimpsest Thanks. The book is very well written. Hard to believe that Mary Shelley began writing this when she was 18 years old. 3y
Freespirit Wonderful book..so sad...and very different to the imagined story❤️ 3y
Shaleen @Freespirit Agreed. Loved the book. 3y
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In Custody | Anita Desai
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The book is well written and the plot interesting but somehow I didn‘t like it as much. Deven,a Hindi professor who is an Urdu poetry lover decides to record the works of a distinguished Urdu poet Nur. In doing so, he becomes not only the custodian of Nur‘s verse and genius but also of all his personal problems.
I liked the part abt Deven and Murad‘s friendship as it depicts how even old friendships can be toxic and survive only because of habit.

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In Custody | Anita Desai
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Finally my June haul😻 I wanted to read more classics and a few contemporaries so here I am. With courts re-opening I am not able to read as much as I want but that doesn‘t stop me from hoarding. 😅

Anyone spotting any favourites or any recommendations?

LadyJade Jane Eyre is one of my most favorite books! (edited) 3y
Shaleen @LadyJade I have been looking forward to read it for the longest time. 3y
jewright Love both Jane Eyre and Little Women. 3y
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erinachu Jane Eyre !! 😍 3y
Shaleen @jewright I love Little Women too. My copy had a small font size so I got another one. I plan on reading it again this year.😁 3y
Jennaree3 Great haul! I‘ve been on a classics kick recently and am in the thick of Pride and Prejudice. Let us know what you think of the alchemist! 3y
Shaleen @Jennaree3 Thank you😁 That is Brida by Paulo Coelho. The book name is not visible in the pic. Also, I love the Alchemist and I am planning on reading it again very soon. (edited) 3y
lynneamch Great haul! When you get through those I'd recommend 3y
Shaleen @lynneamch Thanks 😊 Adding East of Eden to my TBR right away. 3y
Freespirit Some brilliant books there...loved Jane Eyre and Little Women and often revisit them.I have many of these books on my bookshelf ready to read one day😍 3y
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Midnight's Children | Salman Rushdie
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This book will take you on an arduous journey.Midnight‘s Children has an extremely dramatic plot nothing short of a Bollywood film but what makes it so special is that the story is a perfect blend of magic, history, humour and tragedy. It deals with very complex emotions & exposes the reader to various nuances of human behaviour.

P.S a heads up for everyone-this book will drain your life force. I am not kidding guys 🙈 it‘s an exhausting read.

BookwormM I loved it 3y
quietjenn I loved this book, but it's been ages since I read it. I should probably revisit. 3y
Shaleen @BookwormM Yeah me too😁 3y
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Shaleen @quietjenn I too loved it and I think it will get better with another read😊 3y
Cenuel I am 4/5ths through this book and find the narrator to be hilarious. 3y
Shaleen @Cenuel I agree. I would really like to know your views about the book once you are done. 3y
Cenuel @Shaleen will do! 3y
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Midnight's Children | Salman Rushdie
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Currently reading this gem of magical realism. The tone of the book is self reflexive and the story is deeply connected to actual historical events of 20th century India. Midnight‘s Children is not exactly a tough read but just like One Hundred Years of Solitude it‘s a slow one.

BookwormM Loved this 3y
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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Thanks for the tag @Tanisha_A

1. These are pics from my walk this morning. I am so glad that finally parks are opening up because I love my early morning walks.
2. I would like to be Jay Gatsby from the Great Gatsby for a day🙈
3. Favourite book of May 2020 is definitely Anna K.

Tanisha_A I love going to a garden, too! 😍 3y
Freespirit One of my favourites!! 3y
Shaleen @Freespirit Absolutely loved this book. The way Tolstoy thoroughly discusses each character and their thought process is amazing. 3y
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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Thanks for the tag @RamsFan1963

1. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh in India
2. Anna Karenina
3. There‘s no ideal length but I really enjoy quick reads which can be completed in a day or two.
4. @Severnmeadows @ramblingsofareader @Catherine_Willoughby @thevagabondlawyer @Powered_By_Plants

andrew61 Yes great choice, i haven't read AK but keen to give it a go. 3y
Shaleen @andrew61 It‘s one of my favourites. I would definitely recommend it☺️ 3y
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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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THT depicts a terrifying dystopian society where women are repressed, their freedoms curtailed and they‘re reduced to the role of child bearing n rearing. The book disappoints the reader in so much as it does not explain how the entire socio-political fabric is changed in a matter of days. Frankly there‘s so much hype about this book I expected it to be as good as 1984. Nevertheless THT is incredibly thought compelling and I‘d recommend it to all.

Texreader Excellent review! 3y
Shaleen @Texreader Thank you so much😊 3y
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Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Lolita is a difficult read but it‘s totally worth th effort. The narration is so powerful that it makes the reader sympathise with Humbert‘s cause even though it is as disturbing as it gets. Since I was not aware how the book ends I found the twists in the second part of the book to be interesting. Also it would‘ve been fascinating to read the story from Lolita‘s perspective as she‘s no ordinary prepubescent girl and has a rather complicated mind.

Powered_By_Plants Great review 💖 , Iv heard so many mixed reviews about this one , looking forward to reading it this month 3y
Shaleen @Powered_By_Plants Thank you☺️I hope you enjoy it. 3y
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Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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I am half way through Lolita and what I really like about this book is Nabokov‘s unique writing style where the protagonist (as deranged as he is) seems to be in constant conversation with the reader. What really amuses me is that there are instances where he almost senses my emotion and somehow makes it a part of his narrative. But Nabokov‘s ornate writing style makes it a difficult read and makes the dictionary an indispensable part of the book.

Powered_By_Plants This has been sitting on my shelf patiently , I must get around to reading it soon. I have heard it‘s not an easy read 📚 3y
Shaleen @Powered_By_Plants I too waited a long time to read it. It is not an easy read but I hope you will enjoy it.😊 3y
Powered_By_Plants @Shaleen I hope you do too, look forward to see how you find the rest ☺️ 3y
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Cosmos_Moon This book is crazy! 3y
ramblingsofareader I started Lolita a few years ago and didn‘t get very far, it‘s still on my shelf and I must get round to trying it again now I‘m a bit older. I recommend Pnin by Nabokov, more accessible but also has a great conversational style! 3y
Shaleen @ramblingsofareader Thanks for the recommendation. Adding it to my TBR list right away😁 3y
BarbaraBB I loved this book. Despite its controversial subject. Nabokov writes so good. 3y
Shaleen @BarbaraBB I too loved it. It‘s very well written and now i want to read more works of Nabokov. 3y
Tanisha_A Gosh! The dictionary, I had to use it in almost every sentence. 😱 3y
Shaleen @Tanisha_A Exactly🙈It would have been equally good without the flowery language. Despite that it was worth the effort.😁 3y
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The Great Gatsby | Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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The Great Gatsby is a fast paced, quick read which is exactly what I wanted after Anna Karenina. Only some parts were way too quick and I couldn‘t fully understand where the characters were in one go. So I had to read some parts twice.
It is a tragic, heart rending story depicting the extent of Jay‘s devotion to Daisy. Fitzgerald‘s description of a hot sunny day literally made me sweat and I am saying this sitting in India in the month of May😅

Severnmeadows Such a good description! 3y
Shaleen @Severnmeadows Thanks😊 so glad you liked it. 3y
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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I can‘t believe I waited so long to read this. I have never read a more thorough book. Anna K has some very interesting characters and I loved how Tolstoy gives a detailed description of the thought process of these characters. Some parts of the book are said to be autobiographical esp. the ones relating to Levin. Intertwined with the plot is Russian polity, laws and agriculture. One can actually learn a thing or two about Socialism from Levin.

Severnmeadows Levin‘s definitely the character I find most interesting - though the emotional focus is of course Anna 😊 3y
Shaleen @Severnmeadows I agree. There were parts were I found Levin to be very relatable. 3y
SummerMom Starting it today. I too wonder why I waited so long to start... 3y
Shaleen @SummerMom Hope you enjoy it.😊 3y
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Playing for Pizza | John Grisham
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I have been reading Anna Karenina this week and I wanted a break from all the Russian politics 😅 so I picked up Playing for Pizza. Playing for Pizza is a very simple and quick read. It‘s kind of no brainer to be frank. Football lovers are definitely going to enjoy it. This is my first non legal fiction by Grisham and I have to say Grisham is much more fun in the courtroom.

tpixie Welcome to Litsy! 💕 3y
Shaleen @tpixie Thanks😁☺️ 3y
tpixie @Shaleen yes!! 🥳📚♥️ 3y
HeathHof Hi! Welcome to Litsy🎉 3y
Shaleen @Mynameisacolour Thank you😊 3y
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The Wanderer | Kahlil Gibran
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I just finished reading The Wanderer by Khalil Gibran. I loved The Prophet and was eager to read his other works. Gibran always has such a calming effect on me. I find his writings to be very simple dealing with the most complex of emotions. The wanderer exposes us to some very fascinating ideas about everyday things and compels us to think.

Nute I read The Prophet as a teenager and I know that it continues to shape the way I see many things to this very day. 3y
Shaleen @Nute I agree. The prophet had an everlasting impact on me too. 3y
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Never got a chance to read Animal Farm as a high school kid as most people do. I read it in my first year at law school and it left a lasting impression on me. Time to revisit the Animal Farm.

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‘... if you feel you are in a black hole, don‘t give up:there is a way out!‘ - very comforting words by none other than Stephen Hawking

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One Hundred Years of Solitude | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Hello fellow book lovers. I found out about Litsy a couple of days ago and I am trying to figure it out. I just finished One hundred years of Solitude and thoroughly enjoyed it. This was my first exposure to Marquez‘s work and it took a while to get acclimatised to his writing style but ultimately it makes for a very satisfying read.

effani Welcome to Litsy! 3y
Shaleen @effani Thanks 3y
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MinnieTimperley Welcome to Litsy Shaleen #listywelcomewagon 3y
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 3y
Shaleen @Nute Thank you so much😊 Really looking forward to it. 3y
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