Top 4 Inspirational Quotes about Life

Quote from "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
Quote from “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
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Phoenix (Queen’s Avatar #1) by T.S. Alexander – Review

Phoenix by T.S. Alexander - Book Review, Book Cover
Phoenix by T.S. Alexander – Book Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

In their quest to find an inhabitable human colony in space, the exoplanet surveyor, Endeavour, arrives in the Kepler 452 system. The crew of Endeavour is surprised to find an alien civilization, known as the Haillar, thriving there. Endeavour’s arrival triggers a first contact with the Haillar, who seem to be technologically backward and non-threatening. However, first impressions are seldom correct.

Aldeea, Kepler 452 to the humans, is a planet on the border of a star-faring empire dating back countless millennia. The Haillars can wield astonishing psychic powers called eka. They are also the most technologically developed species inhabiting the empire. However, their enemy—the Scourge—is even deadlier. A war has been going on between them for millennia.

The Endeavour has landed on Aldeea on the verge of one such imminent attack. Caught between two vastly superior enemies, the humans can survive only if they and the Haillars stand united. Easier said than done. Read Phoenix, the first book in the Queen’s Avatar Series, by T.S. Alexander to find out who wins this war.

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To Be Read (TBR) Pile – II

Hello, folks! I am back with the list of rest of the books in my TBR pile.

Here we go:

Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie

The World without Flags by Ben Lyle Bedard

Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross

The Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent

Bones of the Earth by Eliot Pattison

The House of One Thousand Eyes by Michelle Barker

Blackberry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton

On Brassard’s Farm by Daniel Hecht

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LET’S CHAT

Once again, let me know in the comments section below, which book, in your TBR pile, are you looking forward to read the most?

Bird Cottage by Eva Meijer – Review

Bird Cottage by Eva Meijer Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Bird Cottage by Eva Meijer is a novel based on the life and research of Gwendolen Howard, a British naturalist and musician. It fictionalizes the journey of a woman who pursued her passion for music and birds at a time when women’s ambitions were throttled.

Gwendolen was known for her amateur studies on the behavior of birds that were published in various periodicals and two books under her pseudonym, Len Howard. After building a successful musical career as a violinist, she left London at the age of forty, to settle in the English countryside and study birds.

Coming from a bird-loving family, this was an inevitable progression for Howard. She wanted to study the behavior of birds when they were free. Her devotion towards her passion reflected in her relationship with the birds. The tits, robins, sparrows, and the other birds that lived in the garden of her cottage would fly in and out of the windows of her cottage freely and would even perch on her shoulders and play with her.

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The Beautiful and the Not-so-beautiful

Debjani's Thoughts

Recently, I watched two films, August Rush and Leap Year, and read a book, A Thousand Splendid Suns. While the films were good overall, the book was wonderful.

In A Thousand Splendid Suns, penned by Khaled Hosseini, the narrative seamlessly blends the stories of the two women protagonists, Mariam and Laila, against the backdrop of the Taliban invasion in Afghanistan.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - Review
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

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A Thousand Splendid Suns is as much “a story about a woman’s freedom from brutal and systematic oppression as it is about human endurance and courage to move on and start afresh.” It’s a story of hope.

As far as the films are concerned, I liked both of them, although when I checked the Internet, none of the films were appreciated by the critics. Carping is the profession of critics…

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To Be Read (TBR) Pile – I

Hello, folks! Taking a cue from my fellow Book bloggers, I decided to share my TBR list. Some of the books have been pending for months. (Hide my head in shame.) But that’s the life of a book blogger – biting off more than she can chew.

Some of these books are requested from Netgalley and Edelweiss. However, the majority are review requests from authors and publishers.

Without much further ado, let’s delve into part 1 of my humongous pile:

The Colonel and the Bee by Patrick Cunning

The Red Death by Birgitte Märgen

Sworld: The Chronicles of Mallick by William Harris

The Philodentrist Heresy by Jed Brody

What Heals the Heart (Cowbird Creek Book 1) by Karen A. Wyle

Black Volta by Pete KJ

Red Hail by Jamie Killen

The Rue of Hope by Jason R. Koivu

Anatomy of a Darkened Heart by Christie Stratos

The Line Between by Tosca Lee

Clicking on the book names will lead you to their Goodreads/Amazon page. These are NOT affiliate links.

LET’S CHAT

Hello Book bloggers and readers!

You, too, must have a mountain of TBR to go through. Which book are you looking forward to read the most? Let me know in the comments below.