[Review] The Japanese Lover

Welcome to another review from the Bohemian Blo – wait, I’m not the Bohemian Blogger anymore, since I decided to change my blog to BookgirlingMoments. I wanted all my social media outlets to match but anyway, welcome to a new review by me. Today, we’ll be talking about Isabel Allende’s novel, The Japanese Lover. 



(Taken from my bookstagram @bookgirlingmoments

To start off, here’s the blurb: 

In 1939, as the world goes to war, Young Alma Belasco’s parents send her to live in safety in her aunt’s opulent San Francisco mansion. There she meets Ichimei Fukuda, the son of the family’s Japanese gerdener, and between them a tender love blossoms – but theirs is a love they are forever forced to hide. 

Decades later, Alma is nearing the end of her long and eventful life. Irina, a care worker, meets the older woman and her grandson Seth, at Lark House nursing home. As they forge a friendship, Irina and Seth become intruiged by the mysterious gifts and letters Alma receives, and learn about Ichimei and the secret passion that has endured for almost seventy years. 

If you know anything about me, it’s that I’ve always been fascinated with Japanese culture and anything to do with Japan, really. So it’s no surprise that this book ended up on my bookshelf. 

The prose in this book is very nicely done and since I’ve been reading teen fiction for a while now, this was a breath of fresh air. I loved how the author portrayed the Japanese culture and the differences between the cultures and how despite these differences, we can connect with one another and come to love each other. 

The book is a heartbreaking read and set in a time where diversity was frowned upon in society – which also adds a doomed love kind of charm to it. 

I really liked the characters in the book, especially Alma. Ichimei, I already had a soft spot for because of his Japanese roots and his adorable shyness. But Alma was a strong character and even in her weak moments, she didn’t like depending on people.

Ichimei and Alma, two people who are very different from each other, their cultures, the way that they were brought up, their very personalities. Alma being outgoing and ambitious while Ichimei being the total opposite, reserved and content with just his gardening with no specific goals. Opposites do indeed attract. I could see how Alma thought he was charming with his gentle and quiet ways and I can also understand how Ichimei was attracted to a fiery woman like Alma, determined to take the world by storm. 

To sum it all up, I really loved the relationship between the two. The book was very great and ended on a heartbreaking note. I would recommend this to you if you’re a hopeless romantic or a romantic nonetheless. It makes for a very good read. 

  

So these were my thoughts on The Japanese Lover and if you’ve read it too, please leave a comment down below to let me know your thoughts on it. And as always, thank you so much for reading. I’ll see you all in my next review.    

[Cover Reveal] 23:27

Welcome to another post from the Bohemian Blogger and today, I’ll be doing a cover reveal for H.L. Roberts’s novel, 23:27 which I’m very excited about. 

Before I grace your eyes with the gorgeous cover, here’s the blurb of the book to give you a little idea about what to expect from the novel. 

Fame.

Money.

Glory.

These were all the things that you would expect from being famous. The bait that the producers of the industry would tempt you with to get you on their side.

What they don’t tell you though are all the inner tragedies that come along just as quickly. They don’t tell you about the heartache that occurs when you realize that this wasn’t what you wanted at all.

They don’t tell you about the pressure that’s always on the verge of crushing you when you’re forced to do everything that the public demands for and not what you truly desire.

They don’t tell you about the self hatred that would soon take over your entire being at the thought that you will never be good enough.

No – they don’t tell you these things at all.

But, Lilith Rose will.

When Lilith Rose, lead singer to one of the most famous rock bands around gets tired of all the lies and secrets that comes with being famous.

She decides that it’s time for all of it to stop and ends up revealing everything on a Facebook live stream.

The result…

“Part of me wants to die tonight, part of me wants it to be an accident, and part of me wants someone to notice and save me.” – Lilith Rose.


And there it is, folks. In all it’s grace and beauty. I just love the moody vibe coming from it. Can you imagine how beautiful it’s going to look when you hold it’s physical copy? 

Which reminds me, the author is having an international giveaway for her book where 3 lucky winners will receive an e-book and you can enter by simply clicking here

You can also pre-order 23:27 here on Amazon – I highly recommend that you do. 

And you can also find 23:27 on Goodreads here

If you’re interested to know more about the author personally, then you can find her on TwitterFacebookInstagram and Goodreads

And last but not least, I’d like to mention Lola from Lola’s Blog Tours for organizing this cover reveal. You can check out her website here

     
Thank you so much for reading. I do hope that you’ll check this book out and let me know in the comments below whether I should participate in more cover reveals in the future or not. Thank you. This has been the Bohemian Blogger and until next time. 

[Review] Our Story Ends Here

Welcome to another review from the Bohemian Blogger and today, I’ll be reviewing Our Story Ends Here, a book that so many people in Pakistan have been talking about and I’m sorry to say that the book disappointed me. 


(Taken from my bookstagram @bookgirlingmoments)

 Before I get into the review, here is the blurb: 

Terrorists are not born to love. 

Sarmad was trained as a terrorist to be ruthless, to be fearless, and to take away innocent lives. He has caused pain that he can’t undo. For years, he has been living without a heart, without a soul, without her. 

Mehar is an army general’s daughter. After losing a loved one, she decides to go to the Swat valley with her college friends to revisit the place that holds all her childhood memories. While Mehar is looking forward to her adventurous trip, Sarmad is working on his upcoming deadly mission. Unwittingly, their paths cross and they are forced to stay together in the same room for eleven days. 

Fate brings them together, but destiny has planned something else. Does their story end here? Or has it just begun?

I will admit that I was a bit skeptical about the book after I’d seen the cover for it – it is a pretty generic cover but I knew that I couldn’t judge a book by its cover and I heard so many people saying that it’s a great book so I got excited for it. I entered a giveaway for it and luckily, I was one of the few selected winners. I couldn’t wait for my copy. 

And it was signed too – thank you so much to the author, Sara, for that. The blurb raised my expectations for the book even more, as it was a forbidden or a doomed kind of love. And we all know how forbidden fruits taste the ripest. 

So I started reading the book and finished it. And like I said before, I was disappointed. I expected more from the book and there could’ve been more but there wasn’t. The book also wasn’t very realistic at times. At such moments, I got the feeling that the author didn’t put much effort into research. You are writing a character who is playing the role of a terrorist, and this is such a complex topic. There are bombs, codes and other things included but the author was so vague about it. 

I get that the book was focused mostly on romance but to make the characters’ situation more believable, you had to create that sort of a believable setting. If the setting itself is vague and unbelievable, your readers will have a hard time connecting with your characters – because they will fail to see them as real people. They’ll only see your characters as fictional characters. The goal is to make your readers forget that they’re reading about make-believe people. Get them so invested into your book that they believe that it’s all real and that the characters are real and so when the pain comes, the readers experience the real pain. 


I didn’t connect well with the characters. They were unrealistic at times and I felt like Mehar and Sarmad’s relationship was going a bit too fast. The word ‘love’ was flung around too often in the novel that it lost its impact. Too much of anything is never good and love is such a powerful emotion, that it takes time to develop and grow in people. The relationship between Sarmad and Mehar felt more like attraction than love. It was also quite cheesy at times. 

I was actually quite scared to post this review as I didn’t want anyone to get offended by this but I’ve never lied about how I felt about a book before and I won’t start now. I hope that you’ll take my review into consideration and understand that people have different opinions and just because you like something, doesn’t mean the other person will necessarily like it too.

So, this was my review for the book. Have you guys read it? If so, what’re your thoughts on it? I’d love to know so be sure to let me know in the comments below. This has been the Bohemian Blogger and until next time. 

[Review] The Art Of Not Breathing

Hi everyone and welcome to another review by the Bohemian Blogger. The book I’m going to be talking about today was sent to me by Osborne and it’s called The Art Of Not Breathing. 


(Taken from my bookstagram: @bookgirlingmoments

Here’s the summary for it:

One minute Eddie was there. And the next he was gone. 

Five years on, and it’s Elsie who’s lost. All she knows is the pain she feels. Pain that her twin Eddie’s body has never been found after that day on the beach. 

Then she meets Tay; confident, cool and addicted to freediving. He says it’s too dangerous for her to join; it’s too dark, too scary, too deep. But what does he know? 

He doesn’t know that being underwater is the only time Elsie doesn’t ache for her brother. That diving gives her flashbacks. And that uncovering the secrets of that day is the only way for Elsie to start breathing again. 

The author, Sarah Alexander, wanted to write about the aftermath of a tragedy, more specifically the long terms effects of it. She pulls it off really well and you can see how even after years, Elsie’s family is so broken. 

The characters deal with Eddie’s loss in their own separate ways, everyone silently blaming himself/herself for the accident. 

I liked the characters and maybe it was because of their very real flaws. 

I finished the book in about 2 days and it was gripping indeed. There are lots of unexpected twists and turns that take you by surprise and leave you open – mouthed.

The Art Of Not Breathing also involves a lot of diving and I love how creative and good the title of the book seems to go with the story. The book also left me with a strong urge to go diving too – and I don’t even know how to swim. I just loved how the author described the feelings and sensations of being underwater. It truly is magical. 

I really did enjoy the book, it was a great read with a plot that kept your eyes glued to the page. I would definitely recommend it to you so be sure to check it out. You can order the book online at Liberty Books website and if you live anywhere in Pakistan, you’re at an advantage. Because they offer free nationwide shipping. 

Thank you so much for reading my reviews and I hope that I don’t bore you with them. Please leave a comment down below to let me know if this book sparked your interest or not. This has been the Bohemian Blogger and until next time. 

[Review] Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart

Welcome to another post from The Bohemian Blogger and today I’ll be reviewing a YA novel, Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart. 

First off, I’d like to thank @usborne for sending me a copy of this lovely book. I enjoyed reading it. 



(Taken from my bookstagram: @bookgirlingmoments

Here’s the summary for it: 

Jonny isn’t like normal teenagers. Everyday he wakes up in a hospital, kept alive by a machine. Everyday he wonders if this is the day they’ll find a donor match for his heart. Everyday he wonders if this is the day he’ll die. 

Everyday Niamh fights with her perfect brother, Leo. Every single day, Leo wins. Everyday Niamh dreams of a life without Leo but all that changes on the day of the accident. 

The day everything falls apart. 

I found Jonny’s character to be very adorable and it only adds a bonus point to his cuteness when I discovered that he was also into X-men and comic books. 

The characters are realistic and I enjoyed seeing things from Niamh’s perspective. (I’m still a bit unsure as to how you pronounce her name.) Her conflicting thoughts and emotions regarding her brother are relatable, especially if you grew up in a house full of sisters. Siblings are almost always are each other’s throats. 

The author, Tamsyn Murray, did her best to make the book as real and medically authentic as possible and I applaud her for all her research and hard work. 
The story moves at a comfortable pace and I don’t think I’ve found anything worth nit-picking. I will admit that there were times when Niamh’s character would annoy me a little and I thought that she was acting a bit immature. I had to keep reminding myself that she was a fifteen year old girl and that fifteen year olds are not the most mature people in the world. I mean, I tried doing a karate kick in a long, tight skirt when I was fifteen and that wasn’t my smartest decision. My back still slightly hurts every now and then… 

I did get emotional around the end because the book reminded me of my little brother who had passed away and I missed him while reading Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart. The book reminded me of hospitals and anxious hours and nights where the seconds would seem to drag on. I really appreciate the research that the author put into all this just so she wanted to get it right, so that she could get the feelings and the emotions of the people involved right. 

This book is a good read and I urge you guys to check it out too. If you want to get yourself a copy, you can do so at Liberty Books website or even better, if you live in Pakistan, you get free nationwide shipping. 

Thank you so much for reading my review and I hope that you enjoyed it. This has been the Bohemian Blogger and until next time. 

Art, Instagram and blogging with Areeba Siddique [Interview]

I’m so happy to say that the first person I’ve had the pleasure to interview on my blog is Areeba Siddique, who is a blogger and a lover of all things artsy and hipster.

If you aren’t aware of who she is, you can find her amazing blog here and she even makes YouTube videos. She was also featured on Instagram’s official profile, which is huge. So without any further ado, enjoy the interview. 

1) What’s your favorite online platform and why?

Instagram. It has made micro blogging super easy with visuals. And I LOVE how instagrammers are such creative users, producing original content which is way more powerful than anything else on other social media channels. Instagram helps me be creative and be surrounded by other creative people as well.

2) When exactly did you start your Instagram account and how would you describe your journey so far? 

I started using it back in 2013 but it was more like a hobby and I mainly used it for the blog and connecting with other bloggers (or to use it for giveaways). My journey has been one hell of a ride. My ~real~ instagram life started in 2015 and I’ve been obsessed with it since then. It’s actually my home online.

3) Is there anyone that has inspired you or that you look up to? 

Tavi Gevinson. I’ve been a HUGE fan of her work since 2012. Her words make sense to me. She was the most famous teen fashion blogger and now runs a magazine called Rookie. This very magazine helped me go through high school and helped me be the person I am today and I’ve been obsessed with it and being a part of it was my dream (I’m a monthly contributor to Rookie now so I can assure that SOME DREAMS DO COME TRUE!) 

4) How long have you been blogging for? And do you have some tips for beginning bloggers? 

I’ve been blogging for 6 years. Initially, it was for piczo, a kind of secret diary for teenagers online, but it was shut down in 2012 so I moved to blogger. And if you REALLY want to start a blog, I’d advise to just START ONE! Post regularly, write about things you’re truly passionate about! And keep doing that. Also, communicate with other bloggers, not just Pakistani bloggers but bloggers from different parts of the world. You’re going to learn a lot in blogland.

5) How does it feel to be an inspiring female figure in the modern Pakistani community? Did you ever imagine that you would be where you are right now?  

It feels powerful, to be very honest. And being respected & taken seriously for my work is probably one of the best feelings I’ve ever experienced. I had never imagined that my art would take me to places, it started as a hobby but now it has turned into my lifestyle. It still feels unreal sometimes to be known on internet.

6) With everything that’s been going on and people who are islamophobic, has religion ever caused some road blocks for you? Or have you ever faced cyberbulling because of it? How did you overcome that? 

Sometimes I get awful anonymous messages on tumblr, people telling me how they think my religion is destroying others or hate comments on instagram or even surprisingly hateful tweets but they’re always from a very random person passing by, throwing negativity around so I don’t take it seriously. This is how the internet is like, people can be weird.

7) What is your favorite place to explore/visit in Karachi? 

Old parts Karachi, Saddar particularly. I’ve recently started exploring it and I’m in LOVE with Burns Road (ALL THE FOOD!)

8) Last question but certainly not least, how would you react if you came face to face with Zayn Malik? 

I’d run away in a different direction (pun intended.)

Thank you so very much for the lovely interview, Areeba, it was a pleasure having you on my blog. Don’t forget to go and show her Instagram account some love, y’all. 

 

This has been the Bohemian Blogger and until next time. 

[Review] Kimi No Na Wa / Your Name

For a person who adores anime, it’s surprising that I haven’t yet reviewed or even talked about any animes on my blog. Well, today that’s about to change. 

Welcome to another post from the Bohemian Blogger and today, I’ll be reviewing an anime movie called ‘Kimi No Na Wa’ which translates to ‘Your Name’ in English. 

Here’s a basic synopsis of the movie: 

The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. 

High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. 

Yet, somehow, it works.

 They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint. When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, something shifts, and they seek each other out wanting something more – a chance to finally meet.

If you think about just the plot itself, it’s not something that’s very unique. It’s definitely interesting but not something that would make you go, “Wow, that’s an amazing idea, I’ve never heard about it before.” 

But the execution is brilliant and it makes all the difference. The characters are so lovable and you can’t help but wish to see them succeed. They’re real and they’re funny and they’re adorable and they have dreams. They’re just so real, you get attached to them more quickly than you’d expect. 

The soundtrack is lovely too and it starts up at the right time to get you emotional. After all, what’s an anime movie without any tears, right? 

I will admit that the soundtrack isn’t my favorite in the world, but it’s still quite praiseworthy. 

The movie is about an hour and 45 minutes long and there were tons of moments where I was simply holding my breath with my fists clenched. This movie was an emotional roller coaster ride and I was actually expecting that since I knew that the movie was directed by Makoto Shinkai – the guy who also gave us tons of feels in his other anime movies. So the fact that I came so close to crying was no surprise – yes, I did tear up… several times… 

Makoto Shinkai directed Garden Of Words and 5 Centimeters Per Second. And if you haven’t already watched these movies or haven’t even heard about them, these movies are visual masterpieces and obvious tear-jerkers as well. 

And which is why Makoto Shinkai’s new movie, Your Name / Kimi No Na Wa is also very beautifully pleasing. This guy knows his visuals. Seriously, you need to watch one of his movies for about 10 minutes and you’ll realize he’s a gifted genius. 

Interestingly though, if I were to compare these three movies, I would say that even though I enjoyed all the three movies, I love Kimi No Na Wa the most. 

We all know that his works are visually pleasing and his stories heartwrenchinly beautiful, but the characters in 5 Centimeters Per Second which came out back in 2007 were a bit on the bland side. They seemed to lack personality and depth and at times, I found it hard to even connect with them. The movie was more focused on the scenery and the animation that the characters felt neglected and the characters are supposed to be the driving force of any story. That was his error back then. 

Then came Garden Of Words in 2013 and this time more attention was paid to the characters’ themselves, they had personalities and we knew what drove them forward. I enjoyed that movie more and felt myself personally connected. I was satisfied with the movie and it did exceed my expectations in some ways but I felt like it could’ve been… more

And then we have Kimi No Na Wa and I freaking loved this. The characters in this film were even more fleshed out and unlike the other two movies, it wasn’t all serious most times. There were some laugh out loud moments in this film and the movie felf less melancholy and more anime, I suppose. I loved everything about it, from the animation to the characters and even the ending, it was all fantastic. This movie teases and plays with your emotions and it’s all worth it. 

I would recommend this movie to everyone, even if you’re not into anime, you need to watch it. I guarantee that you’ll love it. Take my word for it.

And if you already have watched it, did you love it as much as I did? What’re your thoughts on it? Please don’t be shy to share them in the comments below. 

Thank you so much for reading. This has been the Bohemian Blogger and until next time.   

[Review] Caraval

Welcome to another post from the Bohemian Blogger and today I’ll be reviewing a very popular book that includes magic, romance and a lot of roses. Yeah, I know that was pretty vague but I’m referring to Caraval. 


(Taken from my Instagram: bookgirlingmoments

First off, can we just talk about how stunning both the book covers are? I need both the versions of it but am too broke to afford the second one. But before I get too carried away with this, here is the summary of the book: 

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

It has a very great plot and some interesting twists along the way that keeps the readers on the edge of their seats. The characters are relatable and one of the things that I adored about this book is its unique descriptions. The author, Stephanie used colors to describe her characters’ emotions. Yellow or vermilion for when a character is feeling uncomfortable, green for disgust, brown for old and you basically get my point, right? 

I really loved that about the book. 

The one slight issue that I had with this book was around the end, when all the things started to fall into place. Don’t worry, I’m not gonna spoil you, I’ll keep this spoiler free. 

But without giving anything away, I’ll just say that I was as confused as the main character, Scarlett was. The book was able to tie in almost all the pieces together but there were a couple of loose ends. And the ending basically made me question the actions and behavior of all the characters in the book. Let’s just say, that I had to close the book for a while and just think for a few minutes. The ones who’ve read the book will get what I’m talking about but I wanted to keep this review spoiler-free since most of you still haven’t read the book yet. 

Some of the reviews that I’ve already read for the book mentioned that it was paced really well so no one felt bored while reading Caraval and that’s true. It wasn’t slow or overflowing with flowery descriptions but it wasn’t too fast either. It was just the right pace. I ended up loving the characters, especially one in particular. But I’m not gonna mention who. 

Altogether, it was a great read and the epilogue made me want more. Which is why when I discovered that there was a sequel for the book as well, I freaked out and literally cheered. And if you know anything about me, it’s that I’m not big on book series. I prefer standalones because the series just seem to stretch on and on and on. And they’re expensive too, for crying out loud. But nonetheless, I wanted a sequel for this book and I’m so happy that it’s in the making. Twentieth Century Fox is even working on a movie for it. 


Have you read Caraval yet? What did you think about it? Please let me know in the comments down below because I need people to bookgirl over this. 

Thank you so much for reading and I hope that you enjoyed my review. This has been the Bohemian Blogger and until next time.   

4 Books To Look Forward To in the Future

Hi everyone and welcome to another blog post from the Bohemian Blogger. This post is a bit different and special because this is actually a collab done with Hiba Sameer who is a fashion and lifestyle blogger. I’m a big fan, actually so be sure to check her out.

Now I am going to talk about the top four future books that I’m looking forward to. So without any further ado, let’s get into it.

The first book that I’m looking forward to on my list is an Indian novel titled ‘When Dimple Met Rishi’ by Sandhya Menon.
Here is the summary: A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

It sounds really interesting judging by the summary and since I come from a similar background with almost the same traditions, I can already relate so well to the characters. I can understand how parents are literally breathing down your neck when it comes to marriage and how they favor arranged marriage. So I’m really so excited for this book. Plus, the cover is just so attractive.

The second book that I’m looking forward to is the last book in Lara Jean’s trilogy, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. It’s called ‘Always and Forever’.

I’m not big on book series, to be honest but I’m just so excited for this. I will admit that I haven’t read the first two books but now, when the last book comes out, I’ll be able to marathon through the books without stopping.

Here’s the summary: Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

The next book is ‘Into The Water’ by Paula Hawkins, who is the author of Girl On The Train and here is the summary of her new book: A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present. 

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.

This writer knows her stuff and who can honestly resist a thriller? 

The last book on this list but certainly not least, is ‘Dear Reader’ by Mary O’Connell. Here’s the summary:

For seventeen-year-old Flannery Fields, the only respite from the plaid-skirted mean girls at Sacred Heart High School is her beloved teacher Miss Sweeney’s AP English class. But when Miss Sweeney doesn’t show up to teach Flannery’s favorite book, Wuthering Heights, leaving behind her purse, Flannery knows something is wrong. 

The police are called, and Flannery gives them everything―except Miss Sweeney’s copy of Wuthering Heights. This she holds onto. And good thing she does, because when she opens it, it has somehow transformed into Miss Sweeney’s real-time diary. It seems Miss Sweeney is in New York City―and she’s in trouble. 

So Flannery does something very unFlannery-like: she skips school and sets out for Manhattan, with the book as her guide. But as soon as she arrives, she meets a boy named Heath. Heath is British, on a gap year, incredibly smart―yet he’s never heard of Albert Einstein or Anne Frank. In fact, Flannery can’t help thinking that he seems to have stepped from the pages of Brontë’s novel. Could it be?

As a person who enjoyed Wuthering Heights a lot, I’m really intrigued about this book. And since I’m a lover of the Bronte sisters’ works, this is one book that I cannot pass up.

This ends my list so what books are you looking forward to this year? Let me know in the comments below.

And if you’re interested to know Hiba’s favorite reads, be sure to check out her very recent blog post

Thank you so much. This has been the Bohemian Blogger and until next time.

[Review] Milk and Honey

Welcome to another post from the Bohemian Blogger and today, I’ll be reviewing Milk and Honey. 

Honestly, I’ve never been that much into poetry, which is why it surprised my family when I picked up a copy of this book. And I just had to. I’ve been seeing it all over Instagram and everyone, I mean everyone’s been talking about it so I wanted to see for myself what all the commotion was about. 

And I will not lie, this book is very stylish. It’s very attractive and unique with it’s illustrations and short phrases of poetry on each page. 

The author, Rupi Kaur, uses the term ‘Less is More’ to her advantage in her book. And it works. It’s very pleasing to the eye and it’s minimal – and if you know anything about me, it’s that I’m obsessed with minimalistic things. 

But moving on to the actual content of the book rather than its style and look, it has good content. It’s not exceptional or an extraordinary piece of poetry, it’s just good. There are a few exceptions in the book where a certain line hit really close to home or a phrase that made me emotional. But otherwise, it’s good. It’s not amazing, it just has a unique style to it which makes the whole reading experience better. And maybe that’s why so many people claim that it’s amazing. 

And there were some poems that felt more like quotes or a bunch of sayings, to be honest. I fail to comprehend how you would even classify them as poems. 

I don’t know, maybe you don’t even have to take my word for it. I haven’t read many poetry books so maybe I’m not an expert to give my opinion on this but regardless, this is my opinion. The poems in the book are good, some are even great, and the illustrations beautiful. The reading experience was very enjoyable and I loved that, but otherwise if you were to pull out the illustrations and the whole minimalistic effect, you would say that it’s a good book as well. Like any other poetry book out there. 

But because it’s so beautifully designed, it stands out from the other poetry books. 

What’re your thoughts on the book? Do you agree or disagree with me and please let me know why as well. I’d love to hear your opinions and thoughts, whatever they may be. Thank you so much for reading. This has been the Bohemian Blogger and until next time.