• Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Rules and Rumi in The Forty Rules of Love #AtoZChallenge

    “Love came to Ella as suddenly and brusquely, as if a stone had been hurled from out of nowhere into the tranquil pond of her life.” ― Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak, is different in its own way. It’s a book that brings in Sufism, Rumi the mystic Persian poet, and Shams of Tabriz to the forefront. For a reader like me, who…

  • History, Mythology+Fantasy,  Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Queen That She Was- The Twentieth Wife #AtoZChallenge

    “I wonder what it would be like to marry a prince,” Mehrunnisa said, her eyes glazing over dreamily, “and to be a princess…”   ― Indu Sundaresan, The Twentieth Wife If there is one historical novel that I absolutely loved, then it’s got to be The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sunderasan. It’s a story of one of India’s most controversial queens, Nur Jahan. Often spotted in paintings and images as the lady behind…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Princess- A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia #AtoZChallenge

    “I was born free, yet today I am in chains. Invisible, they were loosely draped and passed unnoticed until the age of understanding reduced my life to a narrow segment of fear. – Sultana”  ― Jean Sasson, Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia This is the story of a real princess. She is a part of the wealthy Al-Saud family from the great Arabian Peninsula. Sultana…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    One Indian Girl- #AtoZChallenge

    “You need a man to support, inspire. . .understand you. Help you be the best person you can be, banker, mother, both, whatever. And until you find a man you trust enough to do that, why settle?”  ― Chetan Bhagat, One Indian Girl I am not a Chetan Bhagat fan. I find his books pretty average, and yes, definitely over-rated. His books are no great pieces of literature, yet they appeal to the masses. And…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Neapolitan Series- My Brilliant Friend- #AtoZChallenge

    “We were twelve years old, but we walked along the hot streets of the neighborhood, amid the dust and flies that the occasional old trucks stirred up as they passed, like two old ladies taking the measure of lives of disappointment, clinging tightly to each other. No one understood us, only we two—I thought—understood one another.” ― Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend   My Brilliant Friend is the first of the four…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Me Before You #AtoZChallenge

    “Push yourself. Don’t Settle. Just live well. Just LIVE.”  ― Jojo Moyes, Me Before You Me Before You by Jojo Moyes isn’t one of those books with oodles of romance. Yet, this book has it in it, to give you that emotional tug at the heart. It depicts a beautiful journey of two distinct individuals- Louisa Clark and Will Traynor. Where Louisa Clark may seem way too whimsical, Will is a…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Little Fires Burning #AtoZChallenge

    “All her life, she had learned that passion, like fire, was a dangerous thing. It so easily went out of control. It scaled walls and jumped over trenches. Sparks leapt like fleas and spread as rapidly; a breeze could carry embers for miles.” ― Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere What an apt title indeed for a novel that explores the intricacies of relationships. For often it is fear, insecurity and sorrow that…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Kinsella’s Can You Keep a Secret #AtoZChallenge

    “I’ve always had this deep-down conviction that I’m not like everybody else, and there’s an amazingly exciting new life waiting for me just around the corner.”  ― Sophie Kinsella, Can You Keep a Secret? Emma is a young, beautiful woman with a huge heart, irresistible spirit and way too many secrets. At least, they were secrets until she spills them all to a stranger…who turns out to be her boss! Working as…