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Veebee

Veebee

Joined May 2020

A good book is like a friend, philosopher and guide
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Interesting insight into how cults manipulate their members into control and obedience through language. Deceptive techniques like thought terminating cliches, loaded language and 'us versus them' language that cult leaders used are mentioned. Many MLM firms, health and fitness clubs and new age gurus also behave like cults.

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And Then There Were None | Agatha Christie
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A tightly knit murder mystery plot in which it was difficult to guess who did it. Ten people come to an island, on an invitation with no way of leaving and they start dying one by one. The atmosphere of a deserted and eerie island is well constructed.

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Kite Runner | Khaled Hosseini
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This book is a powerful and moving story of friendship between two 12 yr old boys, Amir and Hassan, the betrayal and guilt in that friendship and finally redemption. But more than that , it is an ode to the Afghan way of life, which is gone and nobody knows if it will ever come back. With Taliban back in power in Afghanistan, this book shows us the pain that it's people are going through.

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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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This is a story of a woman who runs a successful portal on the internet. First half of the book is all random tweets with pop culture references , which only somebody heavily into social media can relate to. It does portray how inane life on internet is, with everybody blabbering but no real connections. In second half, the writer is jolted into reality when there is a family crisis as her sister is carrying a baby with a rare genetic disease.

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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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This is about a group of elderly amateur detectives who live in a retirement community in Kent, England and run the Thursday Murder Club.. I like the idea and the setting of the novel. It was good to read about how they remain cheerful and spunky despite facing illness and passing away of their friends and partners. But, I think it could have done better on the mystery solving part, as it kind of felt disjointed and all over the place.

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Letters to a Young Poet | Rainer Maria Rilke
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A collection of Rilke's ten letters to an aspiring poet, full of profound observations on how to nurture and nourish a creative soul.

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“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Cathythoughts Wonderful quote 1mo
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Mind Platter | Najwa Zebian
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Rest Your Heart
"Your heart is precious, so take care of it. It may be able to forgive unconditionally, but don‘t exhaust it by surrounding yourself with those who constantly do you wrong. It may have an infinite capacity for patience, but don‘t exhaust it by surrounding yourself with those who don‘t value your time."

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Railway Children | Edith Nesbit
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The simplicity, innocence, kindness and togetherness of a bygone era. The book was published in 1906, when it used to be steam engines. One can enjoy the fun , frolic and adventure of a childhood in English countryside. And who was not fascinated by Railways, as children !

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Truly Devious: A Mystery | Maureen Johnson
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First in the series, this YA mystery novel is set in the Ellingham Academy which takes only those students who have talent and passion for any particular field. The lead character, Stevie is admitted to the Academy for her bent for solving mysteries and particularly her interest in solving a cold case of the kidnapping and murder related to the founder of Ellingham Academy, many years back.
Atmospheric and fast paced with cliffhanger in the end.

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Such a lovely book to hold and read a poem everyday ! There is a short introduction to the poet also. I find that this kind of format of a poem for every date of the year, makes me read poetry on a consistent basis

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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Frederik Backman articulates what is common but unseen. He brings out with wit and empathy the very things that everybody hides from others yet is common to everybody. Those things are the pain, suffering and loneliness of existence and the need to belong.

The novel is a comic hostage drama, where the hostage taker, the hostages and the policemen involved develop a bond, as they get to know each other and find a connection.

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"That probably sums it all up. Time passes, and yet it doesn't pass (it is only you and I who are passing). People come and go, the mountains remain."

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Rickshaw Girl | Mitali Perkins
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The book, set in Bangladesh is about Naima, a young girl who wants to help her father who is a rickshaw-puller by earning some money. But she and her sister are not allowed to work, as they are girls.

Naima is good at painting alpanas, a traditional art form. One day she disguises as a boy and starts to paint rickshaws at a newly opened repair shop, whose owner turns out to be a woman. It touches on the power of micro credit to help women earn.

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I picked up this book at random from my kindle library. Although the language is not upto the mark, it is really hilarious ! It is a witty account of a Kiwi's experiences of adjusting to life in Germany, as his 'Frau' is Deusch. I learnt several unique things about Germany, like it has the most varieties of breads in the world ! The description of Oktoberfest was interesting.

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The Comfort Book | Matt Haig
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This book is like a warm hug or like having hot chocolate in front of a fireplace on a cold winter night.
I liked the play list that Matt Haig has shared. The book can be read a bit at a time and savoured.

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King and the Dragonflies | Kheryn Callender
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A beautiful story told in a very lucid way, about Kingston , a young Black boy who is going through grief of losing his brother. To cope with the pain of loss, he starts believing that his brother turned into a dragonfly. The story also touches upon issues of racism, LGBTQ and child abuse ,but not in a very heavy or aerious way.

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Bloodchild | Octavia E. Butler
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A sci fi classic short story , showing symbiosis between humans and an insect like species which can only survive by implanting its eggs in humans. The humans need support of the alien species to survive away from earth.
It is grotesquely visceral and I found the theme difficult to understand initially.

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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An interesting glimpse into the Japanese society. Keiko, 36 yrs old is a part- time worker in a Convenience Store since 18 yrs. She always had a problem fitting in.The Store is her life, she is good at her work but her family and friends think it is abnormal to be an unmarried temp worker at that age.Why people find fault with those who live their life differently? Is it out of their own frustation at being forced to make certain life choices ?

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Untilted | Autechre
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TheSpineView Great quote! 👍🤩 6mo
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The first unabridged Dickens that I have read since childhood, and I am glad that I picked it.

Great novelists speak to us across ages and time zones. Thats what Dickens does. One starts feeling for Pip through his ups and downs while growing up, love Joe's innocent giant heart and can undertand why Miss Havisham and Estella are so harsh and cold. Dickens goes into the depth of his characters and also where they come from. A masterpiece indeed.

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'Gender discrimination is bad for all; it is bad for men and it is bad for children'. RBG worked towards building a more egalitarian world. Her consistent, dogged detemination made sure that through her judicial interventions, slow but steady change kept happening to make the world a better place. I find a message in her life's work- that all of us can work in our individual capacities to make the world a level playing field for everyone

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Tales of Beedle the Bard | J.K. Rowling
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Fascinating magical tales! The narration and sound effects add value to the stories in the audiobook format.

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A sweet and endearing story, which is deeply humane.

After reading this book, I have realized that some issues can be brought out much better in a fantasy story. This book tells about the prejudice that the marginalised face in the society, all because what people are conditioned to believe about them. And how understanding people who are different from us can transform all fear and hatred into acceptance.

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All of 21 yrs , Florence Given is so wise, confident and inspiring ! Thanks for the recommendation by 'Books and Bao' on Booktube.

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I just loved living with the Guernsey characters through this novel. The book is about so many things, the humanity which finds a means to survive amidst all cruelty; friendships which can help us cope with anything; the power of books to uplift human spirit and how so much of our lives can be shared by letter writing.
It reminds me of the era when means of communication were limited, yet people connected more deeply and meaningfully.

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'In 1734, Swedish Civil Code grants certain rights to women, notably forbidding men to sell their wife's property without her consent'

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'Have you earned your tomorrow? 'By Edgar Albert Guest

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A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle
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What a delightful little inter- planetary adventure ! Although it's childrens' science fiction, it is profound in many places. It makes us imagine that if the human species degenerates, our planet could become like Camazotz , and if human conciousness evolves what earth could become with love and understanding.
I liked the character of Meg, who is so strong and assertive. Going for the movie next😊

ozma.of.oz I love this series! 💕 And the movie! (edited) 8mo
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Poems of William Blake | William Blake
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A fast paced read , which builds the suspense from the first page. Hannah's husband disppears one day leaving a note that says 'protect her' referring to his teenage daughter, Bailey.

The way Bailey 's attitude towards her step-mother evolves into warmth, acceptance and trust while trying to find about her father is touching.

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Man S Search For Meaning | Viktor E. Frankl
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Some books make so much sense in certain situations and circumstances of our lives. Dr Victor Frankl 's personal account of the psychological reactions to the horrors of concentration camps during Holocaust is as illuminating as it is inspiring ! It can help find meaning in the uncertainty of life during the pandemic.

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An engrossing psychological thriller, with vivid writing and well fleshed woman characters.

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"what love looks like what does love look like the therapist asks one week after the breakup and i‘m not sure how to answer her question except for the fact that i thought love looked so much like you that‘s when it hit meand i realized how naive i had been to place an idea so beautiful on the image of a person as if anybody on this entire earth could encompass all love .."

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To know that we are not our thoughts or emotions is so liberating! And the more we grow in self compassion, the more we have to give to the world.

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Simple and profound with lovely illustrations. Browsed it at the Aizawl Book Cafe, Mizoram, India.

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Star Maker | Olaf Stapledon
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"Yes! How predestinate had seemed our union! Yet now, in retrospect, how accidental! True, of course, that as a long-married couple we fitted rather neatly, like two close trees whose trunks have grown upwards together as a single shaft, mutually distorting, but mutually supporting."

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The Downstairs Girl | Stacey Lee
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I am liking it. Profound thoughts in such simple language. " But as Old Gin says, great souls have wills, while feeble souls, only wishes". Thanks for the recommendation, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #SundayBuddyRead.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚💗📚 1y
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I'll Give You the Sun | Jandy Nelson
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I am loving the family banter in this YA novel. And my pretty metallic bookmark😊

JillsBookshelf That‘s a beautiful cover! 2y
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Sudha Murthy's stories are simple yet profound. Most of the stories are based on her experience in South India as a socisl worker and head of the Infosys Foundation. They have a touch of real life and bring out the human character in all its varied shades. I will certainly pick up more of her books

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Desiree's Baby | Kate Chopin

A very touching and heartbreaking short story by Kate Chopin. How bonds of love can be torn when racism casts its dark shadow !

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A very important subject- The importance of failures, need to accept failures and learn and improve from them- by individuals and organisations. Needs to be incorporated in the school curriculum. The author compares Aviation sector , which has actively reported crashes and learnt from its mistakes with the medical and law enforcement sectors which are not open about their failures.

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The Surete academy in Canada is the setting of this interesting murder mystery. How the battle between good and evil persists everywhere, even in a police academy !

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