Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse.
I am not a muse.
I am the somebody.
End of fucking story.

Daisy Jones & The Six had me hooked right from the beginning. So much so that I read it in one day, glued to each page and absorbed in the story of Daisy and the famous band. Raised by wealthy parents who paid little to no attention to her, Daisy was on her own from a young age and spent her time in bars and clubs she wasn’t old enough to be in. While a life of drugs and sex was thrilling for a time, her dream was to sing her songs and to truly be seen. While her voice and electric presence began to be noticed, a band called The Six was on the rise, gaining popularity and fame. When the opportunity for a collaboration presents itself there is no mistaking the onstage chemistry between Daisy and Billy, the lead singer of The Six. After that there is no turning back, and a legend is born. Continue reading “Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid”

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

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“You waste everything because you’ve always had everything.”

Now that is an attention grabbing title! Undoubtedly when I came across this novel while browsing my local bookstore I couldn’t help but reach for it to see what it was about. This was before the hype surrounding it really hit, and quite honestly when a book is so hyped up and I begin to see it absolutely everywhere, my interest wanes quite a bit. I ended up really enjoying this book and it is one I would easily recommend. So, what is it all about?

Nikki is the daughter of Indian immigrants and has spent most of her life distancing herself from the culture and traditions of the Sikh community, instead opting for a more Western life. She dropped out of law school and got a job bartending, intent on finding her way in the world and discovering what she truly wants to do. After the unexpected death of her father, Nikki takes a job teaching, what she believes is a creative writing course, at a community centre in the close-knit Punjabi community in London. Because of a misunderstanding, the Sikh widows who show up believe that it is a class for English literacy not creative writing. When one of the widows finds a book of sexy stories and shares it with the class, it leads to the women creating stories of their own, and Nikki guides them in sharing their stories and expressing their creativity. The class becomes immensely popular even with attempts to keep it a secret, as there are many who would be against such a thing. Particularly the Brotherhood, a group of young men who deem themselves to be the community’s “moral police.” As the class grows and the gossip flows, Nikki slowly discovers the answers to a death that shocked the community, and finds herself amidst a possible scandal. Continue reading “Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal”

Top Book Club Picks

IMG_2754What makes a good book club selection?  It’s not necessarily books you end up loving, but books that make you feel and think.  They may make you feel excited about what you’re reading, or they may leave you feeling confused.  Either way, they produce strong feelings to the point where you just need to discuss.  Here are the books I have found to be great sources of interesting conversations:

1. The Shadow of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

This is by far one of my favourite books.  Beautiful writing, an engaging story, interesting premise, and an intriguing mystery.  Amazing on all counts.  I cannot recommend this book enough.

2. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I found this book to be quite thought provoking.  The main character’s story splits into two different timelines, and we get to see her life unfold based on a choice she makes.  It brings up so many questions about fate and destiny, and a lot of opinions on the events of each timeline.  There are discussion questions provided at the end of the book.

3. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

A world post-apocolypse and a number of different story lines, both past and present.  There is so much to discuss when it comes to this book.  Wonderfully written and put together. Continue reading “Top Book Club Picks”