You know a book is amazing when someone like me who loves her eight-hour sleep rule and sometimes even adds to that, ends up losing sleep for a couple of days. This book is simply addicting. I watched the movie first, been bingeing Miyazaki these days as my surviving mechanism against the world’s negativity that is 2020. As expected from him, I loved the movie, but what was unexpected was that I loved the book even more. Since the director is the best in his game I thought the book would pale in comparison. Continue reading “Howl’s Moving Castle (movie + novel review)”
As I’ve already mentioned in my previous post, k-drama is a newly discovered rabbit-hole for me. And oh boy, is this hole deep? I’m so sucked in it that taking out time for reading, studying, or basically living my life has gotten hard.
One of those dramas that made me forget all about my life for the couple of days I spent watching it is Full House. A 2004 classic that still gets a place among the first recommendations that I searched to get myself started with. I have a lot to talk about so lets jump right into the review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Might’ve been lower, but not only was the beginning really good, but this book also finally kickstarted my journey to k-dramas, something I had been wanting to do for a while now but never really got into. But the moment I picked this book up, something just clicked and I finally watched my first k-drama and loved it. These reasons are why I’m allowing this book some slack. Otherwise, the later part felt to be in need of some major editing. And it also felt like the author really lost track of what the story was about and made it more of a generic YA paranormal. I have nothing against YA clichés, but this book had different requirements that weren’t met. Also, the pace dropped so considerably I feared another reading slump would possess me, right after recovering from such a huge one.
The novel is about a guy named Jihoon, who lives in the rural part of Seoul and a relatively poor family. His parents had had some issues in the past and they separated and left him with his grandmother (who was my fav character of the whole book).
The story takes a turn when he accidentally has an encounter with a girl straight out of his grandmother’s tales, a mythical creature known as gumiho.
Gumiho’s mythology kind of reminded me of Naruto’s nine-tailed fox, a scary comparison since that reminded me too much of my childhood favorite which made me scrutinize this book even more.
Things kick off when Jihoon finds out that the gumiho lives under a cover identity of normal human, so much fun parts followed of them getting to know each other, with a small underlying problem propelling the plot forward, but suddenly it all came to a halt and the climatic-moment felt to have come so early in the story that I felt like the larger portion of the book was an epilogue. I stopped caring about characters so early because, to me, the biggest conflict had gone over with and afterward nothing really mattered to me.
So I guess the set up’s promise was fulfilled too early, with a huge amount of book left, that turned into the biggest hindrance in my reading experience. And I also was confused for the most part afterward about Jihoon, the character set up from earlier kind of disappeared and his feelings never really connected to me. To put it shortly, a really promising book but badly written, that’s why I mentioned earlier that this book really required some major edits and I am really sad that the concept wasn’t fully realized.
It is no secret that I am and have always been a huge fan of Pakistani dramas. Although my usual happy place to lean in has always been the contemporaries, I have always been told that the recent dramas, as good as they are, can never compete to the PTV classics. It’s kind of an honored term said in a sing-song voice in my country, the PTV classics.
Now, all of us have heard from our elders that their time was much better than ours in every single way possible, in this instance I’ve started to agree with them. So, without further ado, lets talk about this new obsession that I’ve developed.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The book was first published in the Urdu language than later translated.
Has to be the first classic that chugged with such vigor. I couldn’t stop reading it, or thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it. The characters, their lives, the atmosphere, all of it kept calling to me. Even though the story plowed through the dullest part of the independence, and you could practically feel the character’s boredom with the stagnancy of their courtyard as the whole political uproar happened, the story had this way of unfolding that kept me wanting for more, kept me wishing to see it through.
This book is about a family that got disrupted during the political unrest that started around the 1930s in British-ruled-Hindustan. The male cast of the character had a different political view and agenda each. One believed in a two nation’s theory, another just wanted to get rid of the British-Raj, then there was a character (female) who believed that keeping British rule was the best way of surviving. So all of that differing opinions, all of that uncertainty, in a single household. That too, in the shadow of a long history of being elites then suddenly turning poor because of a recently failed independence movement.
Then there were tons of emotion of growing up in such closed-up space. For Aaliya, the main leading lady, it felt to me that this cramped up space didn’t allow her to think her decisions through. To really understand where she stood in the greater picture. What was it that she really wanted. That’s why she ended up the way she did. It was harrowing to read that end.
I picked up this book since it has started to get dramatized in Pakistan’s telly, just wanted to see if it was something I’m willing to be invested on enough to catch up weekly episodes, hadn’t realized that I would fall so madly in love with these characters and story, even though it covers such a small picture of such a big historic event. P.S, can’t wait to see Ahad Raza Mir as Jameel now, as his character is already so close to my heart and I’m already in so much pain for him.
And if anyone is thinking that why did I gave fewer stars if I loved this book this much, then the answer is that even though the name and synopsis suggested it already, when I began reading a pre-partition novel, I was expecting the author to make us see some teeny-tiny amount of struggle the males of that time did. In our country, the literature seems to only focus on females. Other aspects of the picture always get lost.
Still, a highly recommended book that would really shed some light on this really interesting historical period and of a really less talked about after-effect of the World War II. Still, I wish to find some historical literature of pre-partition that would show me the struggles of the men of that time. What happened in the streets? Why did those characters keep visiting Patna or Delhi? What was happening there? From a fictional perspective. Any suggestions would be highly appreciated. 🙂
Hey guys, it is that part of the month again. The planning part. Now for the past couple of months, I couldn’t read much. Thanks to the fact that life got awry and also my book-loosing crisis. Yeah, apparently Apple devices don’t properly back up your books and you have to do it manually. I learned it by losing a huge chunk of my collection.
So only now that I am recovering from the sorrow of that loss, I finally got back to reading again. So obviously, this month’s TBR is going to be a little extra ambitious.
I’ve been seeing this particular tag floating around the internet for quite a while now, and always thought that it was really exciting. But never had the energy to try this myself. This year though, I have finally decided to give this tag a go.
The tag is about reflecting on the books you have read previous year and give the Emmy awards according to the specified categories but to books. I am not sure whether the books are supposed to be the one I read in 2k17 or the books I’ve read in the last twelve months, starting with March. Since I am so confused, I think I will keep the focus on the last twelve months. So you guys can already see that this is going to be a long post, so without further ado, let’s jump right into the awards.
So it is that time of the month again. Making TBRs are my favorite part of each month, albeit the fact that I am not good at following one through. For the past couple of weeks, I haven’t been able to post anything for my blog, thanks to the fact that my computer was busted and at the store for warranty. Hence, I couldn’t work and my TBR post is also late. For that, I apologize.
Now, with that out of the way, lets get into the exciting TBR.
Today, I am going to talk with you all about my rather shameful wrap-up. A grand total of three books go knocked down my TBR this month.
Now, for the month of January, I had started off pretty great. But near the half of the month, first I couldn’t read for a while because of some study stuff, then the book I picked up turned out to be an invitation to reading slump. I know the last book in this wrap-up will surprise you guys, considering all the raving reviews it gets, but it just wasn’t my piece of the pie. Anywho, without further ado, let us jump right in.
I don’t know about you, but not only is 2018 off to a really good start for me, it also has me really excited. Like, I am not usually a new-year new-me believer, but this year I am really getting more organized and goal-oriented in my life and loving it so far. Hence, I decided to make a goal of reading at least five series, mostly trilogies and get at least half-way through of each one of them during the course of this year. So without further ado, lets jump on the action plan.