The Kosher Delhi by Ivan Wainewright: Book Review

Publisher: RedDoor Publishing, Release Date: August 01, 2019

About the book:

‘Considering all the things we did during our brief spell in Somerset that should have got us into trouble, it’s ironic that the act which did cause the police to come looking for us was an accident.’

It’s the early 1990s. Vic is twenty, naive and drifting – grappling with his mixed Indian-Jewish heritage. When he meets Yvonne – activist, hedonist, social justice warrior – his life changes in ways he could never have imagined. They travel together from Leeds to London to New York. While Vic navigates fast-paced restaurant scenes, Yvonne ventures into the world of underground political music and tensions begin to rise. What begins as hedonistic traveling and young romance soon takes a darker turn as the racist underbelly of society is exposed with violent and fatal outcomes.


What I think: If there’s a story that goes to show that people can indeed surprise you, then this right here would be one of those that I mention. We follow Vik and Yvonne from London to New York, and their struggles with finding meaning, acceptance and love in tumultuous times makes for an interesting read. However, what personally stood out for me was the growth that was evident in Vik’s life and his perception of the racism and hurdles he encountered in his work.

It’s as engaging as it is melancholic, but one thing is certain, any reader is bound to grow with the characters at some point in the book, whether it’s for good or for the worse, that’s not in my place to tell. Thank you Netgalley for the eARC.

PS: Oh, the ending! If there’s anything that threw me off guard, it’s got to be one word “Hello?”

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Two Romantic Comedies

I read two romantic comedies this week off Netgalley and let me just say that my Friday and Saturday were amazing, if not just plain hilarious!

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This is the kind of book that you don’t put down once you start reading it. Well, that’s if you love a romantic comedy or generally if you love characters who are witty and always find a way to make things work. Margo is down on her luck, but she’s smart and knows more about marketing than her sister Kirby. So, she gets a chance to work for her sister until she gets back up on her feet- but somewhere along the way, she runs into Matt when they’re looking for an apartment. What happens when you have two people who are willing to do anything to get out of a rut? A hilarious experience, that’s what.  PS: I love the cover and I certainly wish I had a friend like Chelsea on my corner!


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This is a fun romantic comedy. When shy and reluctant “to get back on the saddle” Simon meets Lisa, who is a full force to be reckoned with suddenly everything seems like a push-and-pull effect. It’s interesting how the pace is in line with their first meeting in the first half. It’s slow and there’s a bit of uncertainty, but once the two become open to getting to know each other-then it builds up beautifully.

The book’s available on Amazon UK- and will officially be released on August 6th 2019.

Check it out: here

 

 

Tips for Writers: Review of Writing is Essential by Judine Slaughter

I love reading and I write. So, when I came across Writing is Essential by Judine Slaughter which is a collection of conversations with black writers on writing, pursuing it as an art and career, I couldn’t help but hit that request button.

Brief description of the book


A collection edited interviews from writers of different genres. Each writer provides valuable information about writing, publishing, or being an entrepreneur. There’s a uniqueness in each dialogue; yet the same resounding message … just write!

My two-cents


These are the types of conversations that keep me writing even when it seems like sometimes the words escape me.

The interviews are personal and draw on early life experiences, the frustrations and challenges writers experience along the way- and as a young black African writer, I am pleased that there’s a platform for writers like me even though it’s a continent away.

“I’ve learned the written word has power.”-Judine Slaughter, Executive Director of United Black Writers Association, Inc

I do wish it featured many more writers too and also included more snippets of books or black writers that may have influenced their writing at some point. Thanks Netgalley for the eARC. I believe any reader would enjoy reading this book because of the conversational tone and how short it is.

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You can get more information on the book by visiting their website: https://byanyinknecessary.org/

 

 

Tissues:My experience reading If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I’m a mess.

There is no way that a very short read like Gayle Forman’s “If I Stay” could make me tear up so much so that I went through a whole pack of tissue and even complemented it with two handkerchiefs. What does that say about me?

Either I am (a) too emotional, (b) easily moved to tears or (c) there is something about life being cut short that gets me crying.

I’ll go with all of the above and add that the story is beautifully written. Mia’s world becomes your world as you go from a family taking a drive to a young girl in a coma having to choose whether she fights to stay alive or sinks into the despair of having lost her whole family.

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The moment which stood out more for me was when Mia’s Grandfather softly spoke beside her bed saying:

“It’s okay,” he tells me. “If you want to go. Everyone wants you to stay. I want you to stay more than I’ve ever wanted anything in my life.” His voice cracks with emotion. He stops, clears his throat, takes a breath, and continues. “But that’s what I want and I could see why it might not be what you want. So I just wanted to tell you that I understand if you go. It’s okay if you have to leave us. It’s okay if you want to stop fighting.”

The book’s available on Amazon and whilst looking it up online I found that it had been turned into a movie  and the trailer promises tears…

 

New week, new Titles

It’s my second year sharing about books on the blog, so thanks WordPress for the happy anniversary wishes!

It’s a Sunday and I am grateful that this past week has been full of events and learning experiences. I haven’t read as many titles as I’d hoped but this coming week, I hope to enjoy some new titles that I’ve just requested off Netgalley:

They are:

  • Dragon Magic by Ava Richardson
  • The Desirable Sister by Taslim Burkowicz
  • The Daughter who Walked Away by Kimia Eslah
  • Burn it Down: Women writing about Anger by Lilly Dancyger

What are you reading this coming week?