• Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Zusak’s Book Thief #AtoZChallenge

    “I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn’t already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Yesteryear Classics-The Scarlet Letter #AtoZChallenge

    “She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom.”  ― Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter Disclaimer: This book is a tough read, and requires a hell lot of your time and effort. A classic it is, set in the 17th century; such books have their own sway of English and prose. But trust me, cross this hurdle and you would surely not regret reading it.  For, this book speaks volumes,…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Non Fiction & Auto-Biographies,  Women in Books

    E(X)traordinary She Was- Helen Keller #AtoZChallenge

    “Knowledge is love and light and vision.”  ― Helen Keller, The Story of My Life   She is extraordinary in every way. Helen Keller, the inspirational lady, who triumphed over her adversities in the most incredible way. This is her true story- her autobiography. Helen Keller was deaf and blind. Struck by meningitis at 19 months of age, her world all of a sudden turned dark and silent. At a time when…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Mystery, Thriller+Suspense,  Women in Books

    Weird She May Seem- Rachel Watson in The Girl on the Train #AtoZChallenge

    “let’s be honest: women are still only really valued for two things—their looks and their role as mothers.”  ― Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train   Rachel Watson is not your typical protagonist. In fact, she comes across as a girl with a low self-esteem and a drinking problem. She could get angry, violent and destructive too, to the point where she seldom remembers anything that ensues. So, why am I…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Mystery, Thriller+Suspense,  Women in Books

    Vendetta & More in The Second Lady #AtoZChallenge

    The Second Lady was written at a time when there existed the Cold War between the two great powers of the world- Soviet Union and the United States of America. It was at a time of political Vendetta, conspiracies and spies. Billie Bradford is the First Lady of the United States. She is the ever charming glamorous woman, intelligent and is loved by the people of her country. In a…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Was She the “Ultimate” Spy? #AtoZChallenge

    “Know what you want and try to go beyond your own expectations….set a very high goal, one that will be difficult to achieve. Because that is an artist’s mission: to go beyond one’s limits. An artist who desires very little and achieves it has failed in life.”  ― Paulo Coelho, The Spy She may be considered to be the “ultimate” spy of all times, but in reality, not many know who the…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Tale- as in The Handmaid’s tale #AtoZChallenge

    “But who can remember pain, once it’s over? All that remains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh. Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.”  ― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale She is a Handmaid, forbidden to use her birth name. Offred as she is known must serve her master, the male member of the home she is meant…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Sita in a New Avatar #AtoZChallenge

    “What matters is not a weapon but the woman who wields that weapon.”  -Amish Tripathi, Sita: Warrior of Mithila What do we know of Sita? She is the one who decides to be with Ram under all circumstances, as that’s what is considered her sacred duty. She is the epitome of harmony, even in the face of extreme hardships. Sita, as we know her, is always known as the wife of…