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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

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everything i never told you by celeste ng

I bought Everything I Never Told You on impulse when I found it with a good discount on Kindle store. I had added this book to my amazon wishlist sometime last year after reading few good recommendations, but cannot recall why or by whom.

Everything I Never Told You is the story of the Lee family living in Americas in the 1970s -the story of introspection after a tragedy, a story for the reader to understand what went wrong and how this tragedy came into being. The tragedy is the death of 16-year-old Lydia – the eldest daughter of the family who drowned in a lake next to their house.

Mr James Lee is the first generation child of Chinese parents living in America who worked hard to give a good education to their son. His wife Marilyn is an American who aspired to become a doctor, but ended up giving her medical dreams when she became pregnant. Marilyn wishes Lydia to become a successful doctor when she grows up. James wanted Lydia to be popular with lots of friends unlike the lonely life he led due to his ethnicity.Nathan and Hannah are the other two children in the family.

Everything I Never Told You is a beautifully written novel dealing with the subject of mixed race marriages, parental expectations, love between siblings, loneliness etc. The characters of Lydia and Nathan will stay in my thoughts for some time. It left me immensely sad and you feel for them when you finish reading the story. James Lee and Marilyn are two characters towards whom you fail to feel any warmth. The other two important characters that the reader will connect are Hannah and Jack.

It would disappear forever from her memory of Lydia, the way memories of a lost loved one always smooth and simplify themselves, shedding complexities like scales.

Celeste Ng manages to hold the readers’ attention from the start despite the sad subject. Who would actually want to find why a girl died? There cannot be any good reasons for her death. But you are drawn to the family and you get to read about the sad and inner thoughts of each of them and then you realize how things went wrong.

Ever since that summer, she had been so afraid—of losing her mother, of losing her father. And, after a while, the biggest fear of all: of losing Nath, the only one who understood the strange and brittle balance in their family.

Then there are writings like these quotes who tug at your heart and you end up wishing Lydia was alive, got another chance to start again.

I will recommend Everything I Never Told You to all who likes to read family dramas or stories with depth. The characters could have been bit more developed, but the story is quite fast paced that you forget such faults. I could not relax until I found what actually happened. In the end, I had to go back and read the last part again to absorb most of it.

Amazon Kindle Unlimited India – My Experience So Far

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Amazon Kindle unlimited review

I happened to read Pooja’s thoughts and review of  Amazon Kindle Unlimited and was inspired to write about my experience with kindle unlimited too.

What is Amazon Kindle Unlimited

It is a subscription service which lets user borrow kindle books from a vast list of kindle books available on Amazon.in for a small amount. You can avail for a monthly/quarterly/bi-annual/yearly subscription and there were offers which provided you a good deal(around 100 rupees per month).

Is it True?

Yes.There are more than 1 million books(as claimed by amazon) available to the user for the period of subscription, much more than you can read in a year.

I paid Rs 1200 for a yearly subscription which comes to around 100 bucks per month.

So is Kindle Unlimited worth it?

This question doesn’t have a straight forward answer. But here are few points to give you an idea based on my experience. Do read them before you go ahead and subscribe for Kindle Unlimited.

  • All amazon kindle books are not available under this offer. I believe there might be some tie up between publishers/authors and amazon to add them into kindle unlimited catalog.
  • From what I have explored, most of the books that are available are what I would like to read or on my wishlist. There are only a few books written by known authors.
  • You can borrow only 10 books at a time. You need to return books before you can borrow any more books once you have 10 books with you.
  • A lot of books by Indian writers are available. So if you read a good number of Indian authors, this offer might be a good one for you.
  • There was an offer of 1400 for a year of subscription. I actually got a gift card of 200 rupees from amazon itself. Hence paid only 1200. 100 bucks per month seems to be a good investment.
  • Kindle Unlimited gives you a great opportunity to explore the writings by those authors that you would generally not buy because you don’t know them well.
  • As long as you don’t compel yourselves to finish the book you start reading, you can always return the book if you feel a particular book is not worth your time and effort. I know this is easier said than done for many readers. I try to practice it though I don’t abandon books on my first whim.

Final Thoughts

If you are particular about the books you read, it might be a good idea to wait for so more time for publishers to add their books in the kindle unlimited catalog.

I did get to read and explore few books that I would not purchase otherwise and I found some of them to be very interesting. In that way I am enjoying the experience.

Subscribe,take a good look at the catalog and be open to new or unknown authors. You will enjoy the experience!

Note: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

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The Readers of Broken Wheel RecommendBroken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy’s funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist—even if they don’t understand her peculiar need for books. Marooned in a farm town that’s almost beyond repair, Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend’s memory. All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel and to convince them that reading is one of the great joys of life. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town.

~Description from goodreads

There is something charming about books about books and book stores. That is what made me request this book for review on netgalley and I was not disappointed.  If you have read ‘The Collected Works of A J Fikry’, you will recall the joy you might have experienced when you were reading that book. I will not compare The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend to the Fikry book ( I love to call it like that) because that is a book which is utterly close to my heart for some unfathomable reason ;) The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend did not evoke any such strong feelings in me, but I still liked it a lot.

Writing an unconventional story around books, a laid back town in rural America and love is what Katarina Bivald has attempted in this book. I should say that the romance part was quite predictable, but then romance was not the only theme in this book and I enjoyed the book as a whole.

Sara as the central character is a sweet lady and I kind of liked her from the beginning. Amy’s character is known only from her letters and from what her friends talk about her. Then there are other characters like Tom, Grace, Caroline, George,John etc and the author has dedicated a few pages for their character development and to tell their stories, which makes the book a more interesting read.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is the story of some sort of growing up for Sara, when she explores a world beyond books and the transformation of a town when they embrace their unusual tourist with open arms. This book is bit of a chick-lit, but there is a lot more to this story that it would be unfair to categorize it so.

There is something compelling about this book that I was very much tempted to take a day off work and finish this one. Since that was impossible on that day, I just read the book whenever I could spare a minute (literally).

Final verdict: A charming book about books and bookstore!

Rating: 4.25/5

A birthday and a Christmas gone by…

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Merry Christmas everyone!

I had decided early that I will not put up any Christmas tree or decoration this year. The reason is my 17 month old toddler who climbs places which we think impossible at his age. A decorated Christmas tree kept at any height would be too much of a temptation for him and I don’t want any untoward incidents when we are away at office.

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I was not expecting any expensive gifts from the husband this year given that we are busy setting up our apartment. So I was shocked when he said he has ordered the kindle paperwhite for me. It arrived 3 weeks before my birthday and I was not at all sad that TH once again missed the idea of a birthday surprise. I have read books using it and has enjoyed the experience. Completing The Brothers Karamazov is my first priority and I have read around 90%; tremendous progress after I started reading on the kindle.
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This is my cafe mango birthday cake from chef bakers at Bellandur. Since it is Christmas time, the cake came in a Christmas theme package :) We had a very quite Christmas and after the morning mass, we spent the day with my mother-in-law enjoying her vegetarian cooking ;) We had not kept the advent, so didn’t mind the lack of non-vegetarian food on Christmas day. It was my brother-in-law’s birthday on Christmas, so I ended up eating a lot of the cream cakes in the last few days.

This is the chicken salad that we had for lunch someday last week  from Leon Grill, Indiranagar. This place is a tiny restaurant hidden in one of the by-lanes of Indiranagar and serves awesome burgers, rolls, salads etc.  We got to eat some amazing food that day, but I am sure we will be going back for more!

Christmas 2015 is officially over for me and I have a hectic work schedule planned in the coming days. It is so sad that I have to work in this holiday season, but I hope to wind up a few things before new year so that I can celebrate it peacefully with my kids and family.