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By SAMAMA, Mar 4 2020 11:45AM

I read a heart wrenching love story for the month of February. Not the clichéd romantic novels, though, but something completely different, yet spectacular. It was the love story of a cat with their owner. And as a cat-mom, I could relate.


I don’t think I cried so much while reading a book in the last 3 years as much as I did while I read the last few chapters of The Traveling Cat Chronicles. I mean, tears flowed down my cheeks as I tried hiding my sobs. That’s how deep the story affected my emotions.


The chapters where the wise cat – Nana – explained everything from his perspective were my most favorite parts in this book. I loved the adventures the cat Nana and the human Satoru went to as well. I loved Satoru’s everlasting optimistic personality even after all the crap life threw his way. In short, I absolutely loved this novel through and through.


All the characters and their personalities were so on point, and so was their development.


This book will leave your heart raw and weeping, but by the end you’ll feel contented.


I recommend everyone to read this book, especially if you have pets, or a cat. Read this if you’ve had a darling cat or a dog that had to leave you to go to the afterlife, or you had to give them away to someplace else for unfortunate circumstances. This book might give you the peace and closure your heart always needed.


Short message to the ones who read this book: I imagined the commentary of Nana in the voice of Daniel Craig. Hehe.


I loved this book so much. Thank you Sherin for bullying me into reading this.


5 stars seemed too less for this amazing piece of artwork. 5/5 stars. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


“Humans who think we don’t understand them are the stupid ones.” - Hiro Arikawa, The Travelling Cat Chronicles 🐱




By SAMAMA, Feb 10 2020 09:26AM

I never knew a few words combined together could make you feel so many things.


Nocturnal Hours is the type of book that wouldn’t let you sleep at night because you’ll end up thinking and admiring the depths of each and every word the poetries held. It’ll make you feel – so much so that at some points you’ll probably see Goosebumps all over your body, too. That’s exactly how I felt!


Some of the works punched me directly in my guts while some healed me beautifully.


I had decided to take a picture of my favorite work from the book and share it along with this review, but as soon as I finished the book, I realized I had clicked just too many poems as my favorite and if I posted them all here it’ll probably turn into an e-book! LOL!


5 out of 5 stars for this beauty. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


"Through troubled waters

And nocturnal hours,

She navigated with a broken compass

And a broken heart.

It was no wonder,

She never found home." - Ruqayya Shaheed, Nocturnal Hours



By SAMAMA, Feb 8 2020 06:16PM

Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating was a very predictable and clichéd novel. However, before I head over to the parts I disliked about this book, I’ll point out the parts that I did love about it.


I loved Hazel’s personality so much! She had the perfect combination of quirky and innocent, and that’s exactly what made her a lovable character. In fact, I hope I took some of her quirky personality within myself while I reading this book, because she was all so carefree and admirable!


Hazel’s silly mishaps made me cringe so hard, and so many times that every time she blurted out something unfiltered, I felt like closing my eyes with my hands because this girl went through a LOT of embarrassing moments. Also, the main lead of this story is a hot Korean guy named Jimin, AKA Josh. I know so many of you have already decided to read this book even before letting me finish this sentence because my folks love everything Korean, and this Korean is HAWT.


Josh & Hazel were the most unlikely pair anyone could ever think of in literally every possible way; and that was what made this story interesting for me.


Now comes the parts I disliked in this book.


I had a lingering feeling of something big missing in the book. Even after finishing the last page, something huge felt absent. So I walked myself back through the pages and realized - it wasn’t me who missed something out, it was the book itself. It lacked a huge amount of suspense and thrill.


I can’t believe two authors combined (Christina & Lauren) couldn’t figure out a good enough suspense for this novel. Everything was too predictable. At a point while reading I made a bet to myself that if my prediction turned out to be incorrect in the next chapter, I’ll make myself solve a math problem from my 10th Grade mathematics textbook, and guess who didn’t have to work through a math problem after all? ME.


I’m giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars because I’ve read better stories, and also because I’ve read worse ones. ⭐⭐⭐



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