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Book Review: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

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I was hooked right from the very first page of the book, like it was some kind of a spell. After such a long time, have I come across a book which soothes your mind and provides you solace, with its sweet love story written beautifully, almost magically by Jan-Philipp Sendker.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is a love story, but not a clichéd love story, I assure you! The author has weaved the story in such an exquisite manner that the reader cannot help but wonder about the intense connection between the two lovers, the passion that they have for each other, the unconditional love that is there in their hearts. This book surely is a 5-star and I would like to classify it as “un-put-downable”.

Below are some of my favourite quotes from the book:

  1. But a confession, a disclosure, is worthless when it comes at the wrong moment. If it’s too early, it overwhelms us. We are not ready for it and can’t yet appreciate it. If it’s too late, the opportunity is lost. The mistrust and the disappointment are already too great; the door is already closed. In either case, the very thing that ought to foster intimacy just creates distance.

  2. We wish to be loved as we ourselves would love. Any other way makes as uncomfortable. We respond with doubt and suspicion. We misinterpret the signs. We do not understand the language. We accuse. We assert that the other person does not love us. But perhaps he merely loves us in some idiosyncratic way that we fail to recognize.

  3. And so there must be in life something like a catastrophic turning point,when the world as we know cease to exist. A moment that transforms us into a different person from one heartbeat to the next. The moment when a lover confess that there’s someone else and that he’s leaving .or the day we bury a father or mother or best friend . Or the moment when the doctor informs us of a malignant brain tumor.

P.S. I am so glad I picked up this book at the Book Fair last month. Icing on the cake? Got it at a 60% discount. 😉

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Review: And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was a nice quick mystery to read. Very simple to understand. In the initial few pages, I felt like I was reading something similar to the TV show “Lost” as in both the stories, people are stranded on an island with murders taking place around them and these people are curious to resolve the mystery. But when I was halfway through, I realized it was nothing like “Lost”. I really liked the concept of relating a nursery rhyme with all the murders which were happening one by one. Nicely written, not at all complex. It’s a book which you would like to read when you are on a travel maybe, and can finish it in mere two days!

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My ‘To-Read’ List for 2015!

Well, I know it is March and I am already three months late in starting my marathon of books this year. Life had been pretty busy lately, hence, the delay. But better late than never!

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I resolve to read 14 books this year (approximately 1.75 books every month), a few of them, which I have already zeroed in on, are listed below (the actual count, I hope, turns out to be way more than just 14 by the year end 😛 ):

  1. The Bhagvada Gita: I am halfway through it and I have to have to finish it. It’s a heavy read and requires a lot of concentration, which I have been finding difficult to devote owing to my hectic work life. But it shall be finished and hopefully by May this year.
  2. The Dancing Bees- An Account of the Life and Senses of the Honey Bee: It fascinates me how bees or ants live and survive in this world. I wonder how they communicate with each other, do they have any language, do they speak, can they hear and et al. I expect this book will provide me with all the answers and will leave me content!
  3. The Last Mughal: Because it’s been rated 4 out of 5 on Goodreads and because I love history!
  4. The Fountainhead: My bookworm friends had recommended this book to me a hell lot of times and I still never felt inclined to buy it and read it. But this year, I resolve to read it in order to end the mystery of why it is one of the bestsellers.

These are the only ones I have zeroed in on as of yet.

Well, now comes the time to go shopping for these books (got the salary as well today to splurge on the books) :P.

*Contentment*

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Review: Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day
Every Day by David Levithan

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I had high expectations from this book after reading the reviews on Goodreads, not to mention the interesting book cover and summary. But alas! I didn’t like it that much. I really didn’t feel there was any connection/ chemistry between A and Rhiannon. I am giving it two stars only for the awesome description of the regular family life that A misses. There are some awesome quotes that make one ponder over the kinda life one is living. As far as the love story of A and Rhiannon is concerned, there’s no spark, no chemistry, no true love from Rhiannon’s side, in my opinion. It is a very unexciting love story.

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