Books

Teaser Tuesdays: Exit West

Teaser Tuesdays: Exit West

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There are some books that draw you in from the very first sentence itself. Very powerful, and reflects the tone of the rest of the story beautifully. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does it sets up for a very great book. I loved this opening sentence from Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.

The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet

The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet

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This is the second Pride and Prejudice related fiction I’ve read recently (see my review of Death Comes to Pemberley here). Both these books came to me from the library, and I was very excited to read them. Unfortunately both have also turned out to be damp squibs.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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I finally read Divergent this past week. It had sat on my shelf for ages, looking at me reproachfully. I am not heavily into dystopia. I had bought this book on a whim, and that whim soon passed.

Still, I thought I should give this book a try to see how it felt.

To give you a quick summary of my thoughts, I liked the book well enough, but it wasn’t engaging enough to want me reaching out for the next book in the series.

Death Comes to Pemberley

Death Comes to Pemberley

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I never really got the idea of reading all the various sequels/adaptations of Pride and Prejudice. Don’t get me wrong, I love the classic, and have read it multiple times. But, I was quite happy leaving Darcy and Elizabeth where they belonged. I didn’t need to read more about them.

That is, until one day I stumbled across Death comes to Pemberley by P.D. James. The book synopsis did not sound utterly ridiculous (unlike say Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), and I’ve always enjoyed James’ mysteries.

Hence my decision to read this book.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

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The Girl in the Spider’s Web is the fourth book in the Lizbeth Salander series. I have read and reviewed the earlier books here, here, and here.

Unlike the other three books, this fourth book is authored by David Lagerkrantz who apparently built this book from notes left by the late Stieg Larsson (the original author of the series).

The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener

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Recently, I read a Quartz article about healthcare and I was stunned by how well it summarized the healthcare problem in the world today. I wish I had the link to share with you, but I don’t. However one particular line from the article really had me nodding along with interest, especially because we recently had a health issue in our family where I felt totally gypped by the doctor and the hospital.

Keeping people healthy has no value. Making them sick does.