Finding Your G-Spot

Author :Geetika Saigal

Publisher : Invincible Publishers

Genre : Non Fiction

Pages : 192

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The Probability of your parents meeting: one in a million. The Chance that they had you and not another genetic version of you: one in 4 million billion. (yeah, that’s a number too!) The Number of moments you have lived (knowing that any of us could pop-off any moment): ~9.4 million in our lifetime.

You, Yes YOU, are a miracle.

Do you not then deserve to lead a miraculous life?

A life that you know is meaningful to you, that doesn’t leave you feeling like you are simply running, not knowing where to and why so. So go on, give yourself and your life the best shot.
How?

By ceasing this race to ‘somewhere’ for just a few hours; Re-discovering Your Real Self, Re-aligning Your Thoughts, Revamping Your Life – All in (nothing worthwhile is simple!) 4 STEPS + 15 Do-it-for-Yourself EXERCISES.
This book is written for all of us, whether you’re just starting out your life or wishing to change it.

About the Author
Geetika Saigal is an MBA and Economics grad by education, a Corporate Leader turned Entrepreneur turned Writer by profession, an observer of the common place, an explorer of the unknown and a believer in self-created destiny. She chose the path of a life lived fully, explored globally, experienced intimately…before she took a pause, and started to write. This is her debut book.

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” Knowledge of the ‘WHY’ of your life gives clarity and strength to get through the ‘HOW’ “

Have you ever pondered over the thought that Who are you? What exactly is your purpose/aim in life? What defines you ?

” Let your soul be your sail, let it steer your life along its rightful journey.”

If no, then you definitely need to pick up and read this book. This book will let you explore your inner self and make you realize your true worth. You’ll definitely embark on a new journey after reading it. Though it is a self help book, the author has explained each and everything in such a fun manner. The chapters are engaging – each connected  to a story which is so relatable in our day to day lives. It is not like a typical self help book but is unique in its own way. The author tries to connect with the reader and freshen ups one’s mind by letting the reader explore him/herself by doing some fun activities.

” Expand your world – What you don’t see, you can’t know; what you don’t know, you can never be.”

The author has included experiences and random events from her life. So, I was able to relate my own miseries with the author. Rather than writing all those common stuff like read books, exercise , spend time with family etc etc , the book focuses on the main issue i.e. finding YOU. The book is divided in to 4 parts each part containing 20 chapters. These chapters contains DIfY ( Do It for Yourself ) activities which is an amazing concept. While reading the book you’ll definitely start finding time for yourself and will start seeing everything around you with a new vision.

” Be true to yourself, not a wannabe to the world.”

Each chapter contains eye catching quotes that you’ll love. The quotes doesn’t let the reader get bored. Though it was my first try at reading a self help book, I absolutely enjoyed reading this one. I was able to connect myself with the author and I was actually hooked to the book. It’s a short read and an absolute beauty. The language is easy and simple and the book is well paced too.

” I am awake, I am aware,

I am free, as ready as can be.

Watch out dear world,

Here comes the real me.”

If you haven’t tried any self help book yet, then you must pick this one up and give it a try.

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The Song of Achilles

Author : Madeline Miller

Publisher :  Bloomsbury Publishing

Genre : Historical Fiction, Greek Mythology, LGBTQ

Pages : 352

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Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.

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This book was all over bookstagram and I really wanted to read it. So I picked it up for the #bnbreadathon. I have never tried Greek Mythology before so this was my first time trying this genre. And to be honest I definitely enjoyed reading this book.

“If I had had words to speak such a thing, I would have. But there were none that seemed big enough for it, to hold that swelling truth. As if he had heard me, he reached for my hand. I did not need to look; his fingers were etched into my memory, slender and petal-veined, strong and quick and never wrong. “Patroclus,” he said. He was always better with words than I.”

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The Song of Achilles is a retelling of the Iliad, focusing specifically on the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus. It’s explicitly a male gay romance and incorporates elements of the myth retold by ancient dramatist. Set in ancient Greece but told through the Patroclus. Patroclus,son of Menoetius- at the tender age of ten is exiled from his father’s kingdom for accidently killing the son of a nobleman and is fostered out to King Pelius of Phthia . It is there that he meets Pelius’s golden haired son, the prince Achilles. Soon thereafter Achilles chooses Patroclus as his companion and they become best friends spending their childhood growing and basking in each others company. Achilles mother, the sea-nymph Thetus, however, does not like Patroclus, feeling he is unworthy of being the friend of a future god. To separate the two after having seen them in an intimate embrace, Thetis sends her son away to be taught further by Chiron, the centaur on Mount Pelion. But unable to cope with the loss of his best friend, Patroclus soon follows, joining Achilles on Mount Pelion where they spend many idyllic seasons together, as their friendship blossoms into something more, being taught about war, medicine and survival by Chiron. But this too will pass as all good things must. Achilles is summoned back to Phthia where he learns that war is imminent against Troy. Both Achilles and Patroclus agrees to fight the war against the king of Troy. The war continued for more than 10 years and during that time Patroculas lost his life. Achilles goes on a mad rampage to avenge the death of his beloved. In the process he simultaneously destroys and immortalises himself. He got what he wanted, but not in the way he wanted it.

“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.” 

I absolutely loved each and every thing about the book. I totally adore the couple- Achilles and Patroculas. The attraction between these two men wasn’t something that was rushed.It was built up, ever so slowly. Like all relationships, there were issues. The two weren’t without their differences. They clashed and quarreled but only because they truly cared for each other. Patroclus wanted to end the war, and Achilles didn’t think the fight was worthy of his name: he wanted a bigger war to fight in.

“There was more to say, but for once we did not say it. There would be other times for speaking, tonight and tomorrow and all the days after that. He let go of my hand.” 

Miller’s writing is absolutely stunning, so rich and full of beautiful detail. The way she explains things is so real and she uses such rich imagery you can’t help but immediately fall in love with every chapter, every word even.  Miller takes her time to write them so well, to build them up so high the ultimate fall is unbelievably crushing. It’s about two people and their connection and how much others can mean to us. The ending of this book left me absolutely shattered. Everything about this book is so beautiful and I can’t get over it.

“In the darkness, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless, heavy dusk. Their hands meet, and light spills in a flood like a hundred golden urns pouring out of the sun.” 

Definitely Recommended!

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Small Acts Of Freedom

Author :  Gurmehar Kaur

Publisher : Penguin Books

Genre : Non Fiction

Pages : 234

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In February 2017, Gurmehar Kaur, a nineteen-year-old student, joined a peaceful campaign after violent clashes at a Delhi University college. As part of the campaign, Kaur’s post made her the target of an onslaught of social media vitriol. Kaur, the daughter of a Kargil martyr, suddenly became a focal point of a nationalism debate. Facing a trial by social media, Kaur almost retreated into herself. But she was never brought up to be silenced. ‘Real bullets killed my father. Your hate bullets are deepening my resolve,’ she wrote then. Today, Kaur is doubly determined not to be silent. Small Acts of Freedom is her story. This is the story of three generations of strong, passionate single women in one family, women who have faced the world on their own terms. With an unusual narrative structure that crisscrosses elegantly between past and present, spanning seventy years from 1947 to 2017, Small Acts of Freedom is about courage. It’s about resilience, strength and love. From her grandmother who came to India from Lahore after Partition to the whirlwind romance between her parents, from her father’s state funeral to her harrowing experiences since her days of student activism, Gurmehar Kaur’s debut is about the fierceness of love, the power of family and the little acts that beget big revolutions.

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” You think you know grief and you think you understand what pain feels like but even pain knows how to show it’s presence the moment you think you’ve numbed your senses.”

This is a memoir written by Gurmehar Kaur is  full of emotions and memories written with a perspective of three women. One of the author, Gurmehar, the other of her mother, and the third one of her maternal grandmother. It will take you through their lives and you’ll get to know their stories of struggles.

” Pain eventually passes but loss is something that stays with you every single day of your life. It haunts you during the moments of silence, during the empty days. It becomes your identity because it never leaves you eyes, no matter how loudly you laugh. It forms a barricade between your smile and your eyes.”

Gurmehar’s maternal grandmother raised her two daughters alone after her husband’s death. She bore all the brunt of the society of being a widow and making her children study but she never gave up. She was a strong willed woman. Her youngest daughter Rajji ( Gurmehar’s mom ) was married to Mandeep Singh, whose dream was to serve for the country. He wanted to go to the army and protect the citizens of India. He was posted in many different locations in his lifetime. Soon he was to go to Kargil and that is when Rajji felt the most vulnerable for him. Though he came back from the war being injured, nothing could keep away from the war. He went back only to never come home again. The news of his sacrifice shakes the family and breaks them down. But Rajji didn’t give up and lived for her children. Gurmehar, Rajji’s eldest daughter ( the author herself) faced a lot of difficulty coping up with her father’s death. She shares a chunk of her memories she had with her father. She was just 3 years old when she lost her father to war. A video made by her, which focused on the cruelty of war went viral and she was tagged an anti-national. In February 2017, she joined a peaceful campaign after violent clashes at a Delhi University college because of which she received death threats from the people. She was trolled and insulted on social media but she stood up against all and proved that girls are capable of doing everything an anything.

” Our house is full of papa’s pictures. Each and every wall. He is everywhere yet nowhere.”

“I Don’t cry when I talk about him, in my own solitude, in my own time, staring at the door waiting.”

The story mainly shows the struggles the women of different generations suffered. I loved the book. It was so emotional and heart wrenching. The innocence she carried melted my heart. The writing was easy and smooth. I enjoyed reading the book and finished it in a day. It is fast paced and an absolutely adorable book. I felt her pain and actually cried while reading the book. Hats off to Gurmehar and the immense courage she has shown.

” Life is a fight, it is a war in itself. Nothing is ever going to be fair.”

Definitely Recommended !

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Author :  Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Publisher :  Simon Schuster Books

Genre : LGBT, YA, Fiction

Pages : 359

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“As Dante was watching me search the sky through the lens of a telescope, he whispered, ‘Someday, I’m going to discover all of the secrets of the universe.

Like why am I not getting over this book ? *sighs*

Such a wonderful and an amazing read. Cheers to Ari ,Dante and to their love. The story is about a boy, named Aristotle ( Ari ), who is sad and angry and can’t figure out why. It’s about him trying to love himself and others. It’s about the teenage condition and mentality.He doesn’t feel comfortable being around people and prefers alone time. But then he meets Dante, who promises Ari to teach swimming.

“We all fight our own private wars.” 

With Dante, Ari starts seeing the world differently. Ari is not able to understand all the emotions brewing up inside him because of which he starts distancing himself from Dante. Ari had rules, a lot of rules but sometimes those rules annoyed Dante an me too. To be honest Dante is sooooo sweet. He is such a kind person, an animal lover and an obedient child. The character of Dante evolved in such a beautiful way. From being a best friend to becoming the lover of Ari. Ari, on the other hand is so relatable and sometimes stubborn.  We follow their lives from age fifteen to seventeen, watching their relationship slowly grow, change and strengthen.

” Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer morning could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.”

Also Ari and Dante’s parents were so cool and understanding. Though Ari didn’t have a special bond with his father but later their relationship grew stronger. Ari’s mother was so much like my own mother. I guess all the parents think the same, be it an Indian or Foreigner. Parenting rules are universal  😛

” I got to thinking that poems were like people. Some people you got right off the bat. Some people you just didn’t get- and never would get.”

Coming to the writing, it was simple and easy. It made the story feel real. I loved all of the characters, and loved how raw and real everything was. Ari was a fantastic narrator. The story is well paced and the beautifully written quotes sums up my review.

“There are worse things in the world than a boy who like to kiss other boys.”

You definitely need to read this book!

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The Upside Of Unrequited

Author : Becky Albertalli

Publisher :  Penguin

Genre : YA, Contemporary, LGBT

Pages : 336

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Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love-she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness-except for the part where she is.
Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny, flirtatious, and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

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“Because I have to admit: there’s something really badass about truly, honestly not caring what people think about you.”

OMG! This book is already over *cries*. It is so relatable for a fat-ass like me. So the story is about Molly and Cassie, the twin sisters and how they cope up with their love life, body issues and family. This book is full of diverse characters and is perfect read if you want to try the LGBT genre.

“But it’s not quite so raw. You know, when you’re seventeen, everything feels like the end of the world. Or the beginning of the world. And that’s an awesome thing.”

So the story revolves around Molly Peskin-Suso, a seventeen year old who is going through her puberty phase. She is a bit on the healthier side and has never dated any guy while on the other hand her twin sister, Cassie is totally opposite. Cassie has had many hookups and is bold and courageous. The book focuses on the stuff that a 17 year old goes through- making of crushes,the fear of getting rejected, having a real boyfriend,the first kiss etc. It’s really relateable especially wanting someone to want you because everyone else seems to have people who want them so how come no one wants you.  Molly isn’t into guys but Cassie and her girlfriend Mina sets a date for her. But Molly is confused between two guys and ends up in a hilarious situation. 

“So, maybe I should let my heart break, just to prove that my heart can take it.”

Also Molly and Cassie’s parents are lesbians and even Cassie is attracted towards the girls. So the book does have diverse characters. I absolutely loved the book and how the characters developed. I absolutely adored how cute Molly’s moms were as a couple.The book is well paced and the language is easy and understandable. It’s an easy breezy read and a hilarious one too. The cutest diverse read I’ve read till now.

Definitely Recommended!

*I read this book as a part of the #pridereadathon hosted on Bookstagram.*

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Cover Reveal: Forever Disguised (The Angelheart Saga, Book 2)

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The much-anticipated second book of the Angelheart Saga Trilogy is finally here and today is cover reveal day!

Title: Forever Disguised (The Angelheart Saga, Book 2)

Author: Annie Woods

ISBN: 9781910903148

Genre: General fiction (Teenage)

Price: £9.99

Imprint: Pegasus Publishers

Release Date: June 28, 2018

Get your copy: The book can be pre-ordered now from the publisher (pegasuspublishers.com) and will be available to order from all major bookshops on June 28

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What do you think of the cover? Do you like the look and feel of it? Do you think it matches the cover for the first book in the series, First Came Forever?

About The Angelheart Saga

The Angelheart Saga trilogy follows 18-year-old Erica Lindell as an unexpected meeting changes her life forever. It’s a romantic YA series about friendship, first love and the devastating consequences a mistake can lead to.

Blurb for The Angelheart Saga, Book 1: First Came Forever:

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First love. A promise of forever. A lie that changes everything.

Backpacking with her high school friends, Erica’s life takes a thrilling new turn. Meeting the fascinating Sasha Ailes, she can’t help but fall completely and irrevocably in love with him. When he feels the same way about her, Erica finds herself drawn into a fairy tale love story that will set her life on a new direction.

But Sasha has kept his true identity a secret. Finding out who he really is, Erica must overcome the betrayal and make the hardest choice of her life. Can she give up her own dreams to live in his world, or leave and lose him forever?

First Came Forever is an enchanting, heart-wrenching story about friendship and first love and the devastating consequences a mistake can lead to. A deeply romantic read, full of characters who will stay with you for a long time.

Read my review here : First Came Forever

Blurb for The Angelheart Saga, Book 2: Forever Disguised:

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Erica would do anything to turn back time. To get a second chance to make the right decisions. To undo the devastating mistake that ruined everything.

Left heartbroken after the loss of the love of her life, Sasha aka Prince Alexandre, Erica has to find a way to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart and live with the consequences of her actions. But finding the strength to go on with her life is not all she has to contend with. Soon, Erica finds herself in the midst of the evil feuding behind the attack on Sasha and she has to fight to protect herself and all that is near and dear to her.

Amongst all of the confusion, pain and hurt, Tyler proposes a solution that may solve all of her problems. But will Erica go through with Tyler’s crazy scheme?

The much-anticipated second book of the Angelheart Saga Trilogy is another enchanting, heart-wrenching story about the mistakes made in the name of love, full of drama, passion and surprising twists.

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Would you like to get an advance review copy of the book and be part of the upcoming blog tour running between 28 June – 19 July? Sign up here: http://www.anniewoodsbooks.com/release-form.html

About Annie Woods

Annie Woods is a Swedish author who writes romantic YA books in English. She grew up in Stockholm, Sweden, but has spent a lot of time in the USA and UK. Currently she is partly living in the US, dividing her time between Stockholm and New York. Reading has always been a big part of her life, and she’s especially addicted to YA and teen love stories.

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A New Dawn

Author : Kamini Kusum

Publisher :  Half Baked Beans Publications

Genre : Romance, Fiction

Pages : 130

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Shravan is a son of a rickshaw puller and Mugdha, daughter of a railway officer. He has lived in Penury while she has had all the material comforts. He dreams of being a soldier and serving the motherland while she lives in the world of colours. Childhood friendship converts into pure love ignoring the boundaries of a bungalow and its servant quarter.

However fate has some other plans and tears apart the two innocent souls, throwing Shravan into a life that has thorns all its way.

Will the two live in their dreams? Will destiny bring them together again?

A novel that will make us believe that life is all about never giving up.

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” However tough the circumstances are, you don’t have to buckle down seeing the severity. Nothing could be mightier than your desire to crush the odds stacked against your way.”

The story begins when Shivyanath, a reputed railway officer allows Ramlal, a rickshaw puller to stay in their outhouse. Shivyanath’s daughter, Mugdha and Ramlal’s son, Shravan becomes best of friends during their childhood days. They both love spending time with each other, whether they are in the garden or in the playground. While growing up Mugdha feels attached to Shravan and realises her love for him. But when she tries to confess her love, destiny has some other plans for them.

They both move on their separate paths, living their own lives but their hearts still connected to each other. Shravan and his family’s life turned upside down when their new owner threw them out of the outhouse. They had nowhere to live and their life was full of turmoils. But Shravan being a tough guy fulfilled all his responsibilities towards protecting his family. But there was a void in his heart. He missed Mugdha.

” The canvas was incomplete, but colours were pouring in. Life was dull, but the freshness was gently creeping in. Her eyes were eager to see him and her love was coming.”

Destiny plays an important role in both their lives and reunites them. Shravan becomes Captain in the Indian Army and Mugdha , a successful artist. They both wanted to get married but Mugdha’s father was rigid and always gave priority to the social status of the person. Will they both be able to marry each other? Will their love conquer the barriers of social status?

I absolutely loved this book. Though the story was a bit filmy, but I liked the writing style of the author. The language is easy and understandable .There were minor grammatical mistakes but they can be ignored. I actually cried while reading the book. Also the protagonist’s name is Mugdha which is my name too and I kinda related my life with her. 😛

If you like romance genre then you definitely need to read it.

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