Everything’s not fine by Sarah J. Carlson, review and giveaway.

Synopsis ( book information)

Seventeen-year-old Rose Hemmersbach aspires to break out of small town Sparta, Wisconsin and achieve her artistic dreams at Belwyn School for the Arts after she graduates. Painting is Rose’s escape from her annoying younger siblings and her family’s one rule: ignore the elephant in the room, because talking about it makes it real. That is, until the day Rose finds her mother dying on the kitchen floor of a heroin overdose. Kneeling beside her, Rose pleads with the universe to find a heartbeat. She does – but when her mother is taken to the hospital, the troubles are just beginning. Rose and her dad are left to pick up the pieces. Now all that matters are her siblings. 

Rose doesn’t have room to do her schoolwork, let alone pick up a paintbrush. Until Rose is forced to do the homecoming mural with Rafa, a new senior at Sparta High. Rose and Rafa don’t have an ounce of school spirit between them, but Rose discovers her brain still has room to paint. 

As Rose fights to hold everything together, and her dreams of the future start to slip from her grasp, she must face the question of what happens when – if – her mom comes home again. And if, deep down, if Rose even wants her to.


Trigger warning – drugs, family issues, mental health troubles.

My rating- 3.1/5

Suggested reading age according to me – 13+

The writing style of the entire story can be recognised as modern day narration. The protagonist of our story is a teenager. Now when I say teenager, what comes to our minds is messy, confused, recognising life, facing the world, possible addictions, depression, do not care about anyone but themselves, but are all teenagers like that? No. Absolutely not. Rose is not like that.

We see the continuous development and growth of the protagonist as we read further page by page. There were times when I thought that the story could have been a lot more interesting if there were more thoughts and point of views of other characters and not so much spotlight on Rose. The story is extremely heart warming where we see the mutual sibling love of how they take care of each other even at times when you have your own thing to do.

The story evolves around a lot of trauma and the writing style was very repititive throughout the book. Slang words were repeated more than 4 times. Now I understand the central theme of the book but repeating lines and just repeatedly going over the trauma is something I found misdirected and I did not enjoy reading this one. There was a promise of hope in the ending but somehow the sub-plots, the trauma did not have a satisfying ending. This did not attach me with the book but the hint of hope in the ending was good.

Sarah J. Carlson writes contemporary YA that delves into complex, real world problems. Professionally, she is a school psychologist who works primarily with a diverse, mostly low income population. Her professional focus is around supporting the success of children with behavioral and mental health needs and helping to promote resilience in children who have been exposed to trauma or toxic stress. Sarah lives outside Madison, Wisconsin with her husband, two young children, and two energetic terriers.

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Feathertide : A book review

First time moodboard creation.

Book : feathertide

Author : Beth Cartwright

Review – The story begins on a very peculiar yet interesting tone. It had my completed interest and attention from the beginning. As the story unfolds, we meet our protagonist and witness her journey, from childhood till adulthood. The bright side and protective nature of single parenting is explained so vividly.
The book mainly revolves around the protagonists journey of self love and self discovery. Do we really know ourselves? Do we dare to accept ourselves? Do we really want to give into temptations? Do we constantly wear a cloak around our personality? You will find the answers to all these questions, the philosophical discussion in this book.

Each chapter is well linked and well connected with the other. Writing style is absolutely crisp and refreshing. It is a very unique read, which makes you develop a sense of solidarity towards animals.
The feeling of satisfaction I had after finishing each chapter is a rare find.
The only part because of which I am giving it a four star and not a 5 is that the most important decision in the book will be easily predictable to some.

DO I RECOMMEND IT?
YES I DO. Go ahead and read this one.

My rating – 4/5

Suggested reading age according to me – 13+

The book is expected to release on  31st July.

This was my first time creating mood board, do tell me what do you think about it?

I would like to thank netgalley   and the publisher for providing me with the E-arc.

A Mile covered with Palak Sharma : An interview

A small introduction for the new people out here.

Palak is a poetess with a flair for the unheard tales of far away lands. She is a global youth ambassador and was a educator at Unacademy. She often goes live and loves to interact with people on her social media account. She is the co-founder of green governance initiative, a non-government organisation. Through her social media account, I also know that she has done a degree in social policy from London School of Economics.

Interview begins

Q1) When your book was out, how would you describe your emotional state that time. Were you worried that it might not receive it’s desired response?

Answer- When the book was out I was very afraid of how I would look at it. I am a competition to myself and the only thing I was afraid of that how I was going to feel when it comes out, incomplete, not sufficient but thankfully I am happy the way it came out.

Q2) In your book we have seen poems of various topics. How would you describe your writing style, based on things happening around you or emotions that are subjected to personal experience?

Answer- Most of the things I write now is inspired by emotions. At that point of time I was more inspired by things happening around me. It was more of an exclusive poetry than an inclusive one. The external meeting the internal, how we associate our feelings with the geographical and historical things. The central meaning was the intermingling between our existence and everything around us that exists for us.

The book is visible here titled “So This Is How I Die Of Wandering”

Q3) As a reader yourself, what aspects of a book makes you finish it in one day and what aspects makes you leave it after a short period of time?

Answer- This takes me back to my younger self, if I have a story that keeps me in the loop, I would finish it right away. If it is something slow-paced I would give it enough time to seep-in because I would not loose the track of what I was reading. I am a midnight reader.

Q4) Can you tell us something about your upcoming book or if would like to share any detail with the public?

Answer- The contract could not be completed as I was not in the country and now because of corona virus. I am trying to write a memoir like thing of my time in London as it was quite happening and I got to know many interesting things.

Q5) Lastly, would you like to give any message to your readers?

Answer- When I look back at this book, it is a dedication to my grandfather who has been my inspiration of all the authors I have ever read in my life. Third time is the charm, so I am going to wait for my third book. But till then I want all the readers to stay connected with me and stay hopeful, what they have read is just the beggining and I have better things I my pen that I am discovering.

I’m really greatful to her, for agreeing and answering these questions so beautifully. Pictures are taken from the author’s social media account with prior permission.

Palak Sharma’s first book “So this is how I die of wandering” has completed one year in this world and is available on Amazon.

A detailed review, Suffragette Fascists a Historical Non-fiction

SUFFRAGETTE FASCISTS 
Genre-  Historical Non-fiction
My rating- 4/5

Each and every chapter is thoroughly detailed and the source and information are well stated. My favourite part in the book are the illustrations, there are pictures, there are posters from that time with short descriptions which is a treat for the readers.  At times the book gets too factual which made it a very slow read as we go through it , it would have been better if the illustrations were along the texts and not pictures in the ending. Pictures and text together would have a been the perfect combination. The terms and terminology are well explained and in detail which would be excellent for academic purposes and people wanting to read more about Emmeline pankhurst. The part which made the book particularly interesting was that it deals with questions and debunks myths at the same time. Even if you know nothing about the topic you can definitely read this one as it introduces you about pankhurst, suffragettes, that dark time for females in History and so on. I’ve tried my best to keep this review spoiler free so go ahead read this one.
I would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for providing me with the E-arc.

To read or to not?

To read BECAUSE this certainly touches all the definitions and topics surrounding Emmeline Pankhurst and the terms regarding Suffragette movement. To not because it can get very slow and a little bit boring in the middle.

Decide.

Book review: The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

My rating- 3/5 ( audiobook format)

Review

The story starts with the witnessing of the universal sibling love, Wren the younger sister and Lexie the protagonist telling us she can never say no to her little sister. “If the wind calls at night, you must not listen”. Throughout the book we hear the story from Lexie’s point of view. She stays awake for her little sister till she sleeps and lights candles for her so the dark doesn’t scare her. The story develops as we see in the title in the town of “Near”.
What thought comes in our mind when we hear the word “witch” , something bad I’ll assume. This book will change the definition of witch in your dictionary of life.
People vanish, people who are near vanish, there is life, there is love and also a little bit of laughter in the book. ( Hint- when you read about the witches)

My favourite part in the book –
The realistic development of the protagonist. In the beggining she seem broken, she doesn’t listen to elders of near, she does what she wants to do, listens to one, breaks the rules, worries her mother and in the end finds her home, towards the end of book she finds her happiness, made this worth hearing!

The not so good part about the book–
It was a little unfair for the other characters for so less representation of there own thoughts. Though the character development was one of the best but it was only limited to the Protagonist.

My thoughts and first time experience with audiobooks– Since all of us are quarantined,  for our own safety. I thought, why not give audiobooks a try, basically to try something new. This is definitely something very different, I would alway prefer physical books more were my initial thoughts.
The advantage of audiobook is that if you’re doing any kind of chore, like folding your clothes or maybe going for a run you can’t hold a physical book in your hand but that’s where audiobooks come to the rescue, any activity you do and you’re getting bored just play an audiobook in the background and witness the Magic!

Writing and journals : Therapeutic or Detrimental ?

Writing : universal level

Writing is one of the foremost thing taught to a child, being taught how to hold a pencil is one of the earliest memories we have of childhood. As time grows and develops marking each of our personal growth, the amount of written work doubles. From writing five liner introductions, we climb the ladder of life to five page answers of one question in our years of higher education.

It is one of the most loyal companion that never forgets us.

Writing : philosophical level

This part is specially for all of us poets and writers.

Special mention to my selected friends who always understand the true meaning of my words even with the most twisted metaphors and simile.

Give me a pen, give me a paper and then no boundary exists for me. I will give you a tale that exceeds imagination, I will give you a story that will make you smile when you are busy untangling with the tale of life. Poetry doesn’t come forcefully, that is forced poetry , though it is also beautiful but the Magic is lost.

▪️Short tip on writing

Take time, relax, let the wind touch your face, let the leaves help you weave the most beautiful poems and stories, let it pour out from your darkest/brightest place. Enjoy the process take time.

Therapeutic or detrimental?

It is only and only detrimental when you forcefully do it, when you create any type of art under pressure, as an assignment or try forgery.

Now many of you maybe thinking, therapeutic how?

Answer – Therapeutic as it is our poetic way to vent, art in any form expresses the creators deepest or happiest memories and emotions. It all comes out on a piece of paper, canvas, with paints and even when we throw stones in a water body. Everything comes out. Our hands only give them a direction, a structure. In the conclusion it is interpreted by great minds and it is loved by its creator.

There are also cases when we are so influenced or empathize with someone else’s experience, we create even then.

A little on journaling and collective/personal experience

▪️I am not a person that is fond of creating with types of colours but I keep it open. At times we have to keep it open at times even the disastrous masterpiece leaves us weightless in the end. Interpreting anyone’s creation of his experiences is also what some of us do, you have to try and also see it from your eyes, you have to see it from your point of view. See it in any form but judging or demeaning the creator is the detrimental road taken.

▪️ Maintaining a journal is another beautiful art, from write-ups to cut out designs and articles from magazines! It is just a very aesthetic activity as my friends who journal says and soothing to the eye.

*the opinions expressed are solely mine and May not be copied under any format or circumstances*.

What are your thoughts on the various creative arts? Blogging is something new that I’m trying and also to keep it short and readable by the human of various interests.

Book review : Nothing Ventured by Jeffrey Archer

Book- Nothing Ventured

Author – Jeffrey Archer

Review
The book starts with an issue common in every household in the world. Deciding whether the child will follow his father’s footsteps or do something incredibly different of his own.
This is the story of William Warwick and he respectfully and proudly decides to become a detective and not follow his father’s footsteps. From joining the police force to the biggest mystery/detective organisation in the world.
Not one but many detective cases are solved which was a pure delight to enjoy and relish throughout the book. The love interest of the protagonist was not talked about much, it was just the perfect blend, the mysterious vibe was on despite various new beginings.
The travels and journey in the book was the most strong part of the story, I loved how William coped and adjusted with the circumstances.
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The linking between the chapters was not so strong which led to confusion that which case was going on.

My favourite parts from the book –

Extremely fast paced and continuosly developing characters without abrupt disturbance.

That heartbreaking news in just first 58 pages.

And oh! The last line of the book. That still has me shook and in shock.
It felt like the end. But after a minute it hits you, “WELCOME TO THE BEGINING”.
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Facts about the book ▪️Book 1 in the William Warwick series. ▪️My rating- 4.4/5

I must also add that the print quality was well thought and it just adds to the reading experience. Many a times we have seen the story being amazing but the font extremely small in size but this was perfect in font as well as quality content ! .

The sequel to this book will be out on 29th October 2020, “Hidden in plain sight”.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH BOOK BOXES IN INDIA

NAME OF THE COMPANY ( BUSINESS) : THE BIG BOOK BOX
CAN BE FOUND ONLINE. ( Instagram , Facebook, twitter and at the official website)

When we order anything online, it comes with various insecurities, will the order reach us? what if something is broken? what if ?

Yes, at the beginning i was worried myself. But the customer service is one of the best and cannot be compared with any other business. A very modern and polite way of handling things. Every time i had a query or even a very random question, i received replies over direct message almost within the next ten minutes every time by the social media team. They were constantly and by constantly i mean it, every single time in the most polite, patient and kind manner were present on my journey from ordering till unboxing.

The quality of the books and goodies- My order was a Cappuccino box in 2019. The theme was based on black history month. All the items were intact and exact as promised, i do not have pictures that do justice to the quality but here is something for a rough idea the https://www.instagram.com/bookstacks_literature/ unboxing pictures can be viewed here.

/http://www.instagram.com/tbb_box/ more about current boxes can be found over this link.

The waiting time was very much but the excitement and happiness upon its arrival, oh! in the end it was all worth the wait.

THEY HAVE 5 SUBSCRIPTIONS OF BOXES –

THE FRAPPE , ESPRESSO , CAPPUCCINO , MOCHA AND THE RECENTLY LAUNCHED BREEVE BOX. The details, costs and discounts can be viewed on there website. There is 15% discount for first time subscribers. My personal preference would be espresso or the cappuccino box for the month. There are long term plans as well according to your convenience.

The only thing i wish for is cash on delivery and reduced time of waiting.

Best wishes to the big book box, 3 years done and many more to come.

I will be happy to answer questions, if any there is a contact section on top.

NOW COMES THE QUESTION BOOK BOXES OR JUST BOOKS ?

With book boxes comes various goodies and bookish merchandise that you may not able to find anywhere else and just reading books is the same old gold pleasure. According to my opinion, one should have an experience of both, then you can decide what you want again, book box or just books.

Addiction : pragmatic or gloom ridden ?

There is a popular saying that excessive of anything leads to negative outcomes, not being able to manage it, over doing it leads to either obsession or addiction.

Below is a poem written by myself, the author of the blog Udisha Jain

You Are Bigger Than Your Addiction

Relapse not once or twice but many times.

You move ahead leaving the mountains behind.

You move ahead lighting the darkness in your mind

It will be just a moment before you smile

It will be just a moment before you leave your addiction behind.

( please respect originality)

Pragmatic write-up on addiction

Pragmatic means dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations. Recognizing the addiction, accepting and working towards it would be the best and basic pragmatic approach.

There also times when addiction is simply accepted because it does not do any harm. An example supporting this statement would be that an addiction of reading books, the person will have information about various topics as a reader he/she will know the importance of controlling the urge to read in a social gathering and drawing a line to stop and focus on the academic side of book. One must never forget building up towards positive in written or theory is not enough, putting it to action will be the start.

The characters are inspiring, to be brutally honest a reader may love fictitious world more than the actual human society. Towards the end it is up to you, the path you choose.

Addiction, a gloomy road?

DRUG OR ALCOHOL based addiction says only one thing, go get help. Doctor patient confidentiality may help you recovering at your own pace.REHABILITATION OR THE INDIAN WAY ” YOGA CENTERS” IS SOMETHING YOU HAVE FIND AND MAKE YOUR OWN PATH.

It is a gloomy road if you continue on the path you know is wrong.

A treasure seeker keeps searching/digging because he knows someday he will find the sack of gold coins, he will find the djinns ( genie’s) lamp. That is the path he makes for himself. You can always change the conditions or your way of life only if you choose to do so. you implement the positives into action and not just dream and talk about it.

How have you improved your way of life ?

MOTIVATIONAL BOOKS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT THE NATURE OF TIME.

Every single person on the planet is magic, is beautiful, is smart, is limitless, can touch the sky, can be whatever we want. Only if we learn to channelize the energy, travel the right path, choose the road not taken, travel the path less traveled. We will find our findings, our purpose not out there, but here present in the world, on planet Earth.


Book📖 – Shine how to survive and thrive at work

Author 🖋️ Chris Barez-Brown

My rating- 3.5/5

Review 📝 A maximum 2 hour short read, not a very effective motivational book. It was more like improving a particular work aspect of life, it did not exactly appeal to me.
It goes through various stages of “upping your elvis factor”, the author writes about changing our perception and other factual things that we need to do, to change our lives to the positive.
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▪️ It did not exactly appeal to me. A little forceful in writing.

▪️ The part written in big font and making us Question certain things about us that was something I can actually call helpful.

#qotd what motivates you through pass the tough times in life?

DISCUSSION ABOUT THE NATURE OF TIME

Answer- For me it is understanding the very temporary nature of time, it always just goes by, pass away.

For instance, a child who has started crawling today, his progress is not over here. A moment will come when his parents will be cheering for him during a marathon or any sports event. There will be a time when the child does not get his desired marks and there will be a time when he wins the Nobel prize. It all depends on how vivid you imagination is. It all depends on how flexible or certain you can shape your thinking.

I hope you all noticed the shine in the “shine” in the post. Which are some of your favorite motivational books ?

Motivational books or non-fiction is my not immediate go to but I like reading them for a change. Non-fiction in History is what I’d always say yes to.