• 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 damning and brilliant.” ― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief Heard of a book that feed the soul?? Then, The Book Thief may well be considered one. Markus Zusak’s book is set in Nazi Germany. It is the unforgettable story of Liesel Meminger,…

  • 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, on a woman’s struggle for dignity. The Scarlet Letter was written in 1850 by the American author Nathaniel Hawthorne and till day it is considered a masterpiece among classics. The Puritans were a minority religious group who used strong influences…

  • 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 those around her thought that her life was destined to be lived in isolation and darkness, along came Anne Sullivan, her teacher. The Story of my Life is a book that chronicles her life, her growing up, and her struggles…

  • 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 including her in this series of mine? This is because, The Girl on the Train was a book I enjoyed reading, and Rachel’s characterization with all her weirdness, made the book what it is. It is Rachel and her hyper…

  • 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 good will visit to the Soviet Union, Billie Bradford is kidnapped by the KGB and held captive. The First Lady is replicated with a con artist Vera Vavilova. Impersonating Billie Bradford, Vera has a task at hand- to enter the…

  • 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 real Mata Hari was. The Spy is Coelho’s account of the accused World War 1 double Spy – Mata Hari. He places his story close to the real facts; well of course in his own style. For those who aren’t…