Tag Thursday – The Coffee Book Tag

Welcome back everyone to Tag Thursday. It’s been a while since I did this (2 weeks, yikes!) and I’m glad to be doing this again. Tag Thursday is where I scour the internet and all things bookish to find interesting ‘quizzes’ to answer so that you get to know more about me and my blog. However, today’s tag comes from the lovely Umairah @ Sereadipity (go check her out!) and is called The Coffee Book Tag. I am not a coffee drinker (the smell is is awful in my opinion) but I love the prompts, so let’s jump right in!

(1) Black Coffee | Name A Series That’s Tough To Get Into But Has Hardcore Fans:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. First of all, it’s long. Second of all, it drags. Third of all, I hated it with all my guts. And it has lots of fans – I’m just not one of them.

(2) Peppermint Mocha | Name A Book That Gets More Popular During the Winter or A Festive Time of Year:

The Grift of the Magi by Ally Carter (I just realized that I’ve been spelling it wrong, LOL). It’s been a while since I’ve read this, but I remember it was about someone stealing from a charity, Christmas, and winter. A cozy heist with a family of characters that I’ve grown to love.

(3) Hot Chocolate | What Is Your Favorite Children’s Book?

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Anne Shirley, can we please be bosom friends?

(4) Double Shot of Espresso | Name A Book That Kept You On the Edge Of Your Seat From Start to Finish:

The Hit (Will Robie #2) by David Baldacci. Will Robie is an assassin for the US and he’s new case is literally red hot. (Warning: There are deaths, and violence/guns are used a lot cause he’s an assassin)

(5) Starbucks | Name A Book You See Everywhere:

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. It’s the newest and hottest release on Goodreads right now.

(6) The Hipster Coffee Shop | Give A Book By An Indie Author A Shout Out:

The Sacrifice by Indrajit Garai. A thought provoking collection of three short stories. REVIEW

(7) Oops! I Accidentally Ordered Decaf | Name A Book You Were Expecting More Of:

The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall. This was such a let-down. I was looking for a story with a terrible organization, an unexpected family history, and just lots of action, NOT a ‘heroine’ who runs off to Paris in the middle of the night with a guy who pulled a knife on her literally five minutes earlier without telling her mother or best friend or any soul in the whole universe. Then she gets to Paris and is like: Oh, maybe I should have told Mom. She’s gonna worry. Anyone got a phone?

(8) The Perfect Blend | Name A Book Or Series That Was Both Bitter And Sweet, But Ultimately Satisfying:

Rivals in the City by Y. S. Lee. This is the last book in The Agency Series and I loved it so much. It’s sweet because I’m satisfied with the way the series ended, but bitter because I can not get enough of Mary and James’ ridiculous banter.

(9) Green Tea | Name A Book Or Series That Is Quietly Beautiful:

Honestly, I don’t know. Suggestions are welcome!

(10) Chai Tea | Name a Book Or Place Series That Makes You Dream Of Far Off Places:

Any book that takes place in England awakens the travel bug in me. I really really really really want to visit England someday.

(11) Earl Grey | Name Your Favorite Classic:

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene. It is a classic, right?

That’s it! I’m Tagging:

Kay | Crystal | Ashley | Meeghan | Mel | Jess | Jo

*If I’ve tagged you and you’ve already done the tag, I’m sorry I missed it but link up in the comments anyway so I can check it out! And you don’t have to do the tag if you don’t want to!

WWW Wednesday #12

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday post! I hope you’re having a wonderful day. WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s get started!

What I just Finished:

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci. This was a two star read. I thought it was pretty cliche compared to other Baldacci books and I didn’t really like the main character. (I loved Ms. Blum though!)

Review hopefully coming on Friday 🙂


The Sacrifice by Indrajit Garai. This was my first ARC and I was super excited! I loved the last short story in this book the most. Overall, it made me sit back and wonder about life and how some people face hardships and still manage to smile, love and forgive.

Review here.


What I’m Currently Reading:

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. I’m about to start this one! Hopefully I’ll enjoy it 🙂

What I Want to Read Next:

As soon as I’m done with Truly Devious, I hope to pick up it’s sequel, The Vanishing Stair, right away!

That’s it for this Wednesday. What are you reading? Have you read any of the books mentioned? What did you think of them? Let’s chat in the comments! (Be sure to link to your WWW)

The Sacrifice by Indrajit Garai – Review

Hello everyone and welcome to another book review! Today’s review is of The Sacrifice: A Collection of Short Stories by Indrajit Garai. I was given a copy of this book by Estelle, a friend of the author, in exchange for an honest review! This was a three star read.

Book: The Sacrifice

Author: Indrajit Garai

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: In this collection, meet: Guillaume, who gives up everything to protect his child; young Matthew, who stakes his life to save his home; and François, who makes the biggest sacrifice to rescue his grandson.

I was given a copy of this book by a friend of the author.

The Move

The Good:

*Characters. Guillaume is an okay character. His anger, struggles, and fight to keep his farm are relate-able. Hugo was furiously protective and in love with the animals on the farm and I felt for him at the end.

*Plot. The plot was okay. The ending left me a little confused though.

The Bad:

*Anaïs. Through-out the story, I picked up bits and pieces about Anaïs and Guillaume’s past. She still mystified me and I would have liked to know more about her.

*Continuation. At some points in the story, things happened without continuation. On page 13, Guillaume was heading home, on page 15, he was swimming in a lake?? It left me confused as to the setting and where this lake was.

*Ending. That ending left some questions for me. There are spoilers on my Goodreads review if you want to know more.

*Dialogue. There wasn’t a whole ton of dialogue, and I personally like dialogue, so…

*Grammatical. A few grammatical mistakes and the writing was a little formal at times.

Overall:

2 stars

The Listener

The Good:

*Characters. Mathew’s fight to save his trees showed his true personality. He was willing to fight for what he saw was right and in the process, he found himself and strengthened his relationship with his mother.

*Plot. A forest by Mathew’s house was being cut down. Mathew hadn’t really paid any attention to it because he’s favorite tree had been left unharmed. But as the Forest Office tries to chop down his tree, he stands up and refuses to let it be cut down. I really liked the plot.

*Dialogue. The dialogue was a little better in this book.

The Bad:

*Relationships. Mathew’s relationship with his mother changed abruptly for the better after several months and years of them co-existing without much love towards one another. I would have liked to know what was behind this frostiness. I also would have liked to know more about Thierry and Mathew’s mothers relationship.

Overall:

3 stars

The Sacrifice

The Good:

*Characters. I really liked this story and felt for François so much. An author with books that don’t sell well, he’s desperate to make money to keep his grandson in school, pay his bills, and get rid of his late daughter’s debt. Arthur was such a sweet and mature young boy who understood his situation and did his best to be helpful. I loved him very much.

*Selflessness. Even when François was trying to find out how to save himself and Arthur, he still managed to be optimistic and think the best of people. It showed me how selfless he was and made me ponder how if someone was upsetting me, I’d never try to see things from his/her perspective. This book shows the power of realizing and enjoying the small things in life.

*Plot. The plot was realistic, and the ending made me emotional. François sacrificed everything to do his best for his grandson. I’m just glad that in the end, Arthur would still be given a chance at life.

*Dialogue. This story was much better from a grammatical point of view. And even though there wasn’t a whole ton of dialogue, I really didn’t care because I was more worried about Arthur and François.

The Bad:

*The ending. It was slightly abrupt and I’d have liked to know more about what happened to Arthur (an epilogue would have done the trick). Otherwise, great story!

Overall:

4 stars

Overall:

This was an okay book and I liked the last two stories better than the first. While there were some technical errors, there was a great amount of effort put in to the story. The stories are thought-provoking and I’m glad that I read this. Overall, 3 shining stars.

About the Author:

Indrajit Garai, an American citizen now, was born in India in 1965. After his Bachelors degree from Indian Institute of Technology and Masters from Harvard, he worked as a corporate strategy consultant and as an investment banker in America, Spain, and England, while studying parallelly Ayurveda (ancient medicine of India) for stress management. In 2001, after the birth of his daughter, he moved to Paris, opened his private practice of stress management, and then authored six books in this field (five in French and one in English).

Website | Goodreads | Amazon


**I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

WWW Wednesday #11

Hello friends! Welcome to another WWW Wednesday post! I hope you’re having a wonderful day. WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s get started!

What I Just Finished:

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Review for this is going up tomorrow 🙂

What I’m Currently Reading:

The Sacrifice by Indrajit Garai
Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci

I hope to finish The Sacrifice over the weekend and start Long Road to Mercy right away.

What I Want to Read Next:

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

I may or may not get my hands on this, but I really hope to!

That’s it for this Wednesday. What are you reading? Have you read any of the books mentioned? What did you think of them? Let’s chat in the comments! (Be sure to link to your WWW)!

WWW Wednesday #10

Hey amigos and amigas! Welcome to another WWW Wednesday post! I hope you’re having a wonderful day. WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s get started!

What I Just Finished:

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I finished this two days ago and I’m a little unsure about my review (which should be up next week). I expected a lot from Jennifer, and this missed the mark for me.

What I’m Currently Reading:

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. I’ve been wanting to read this ever since I finished Two Can Keep a Secret, and my library finally got me a copy! I really really hope that this is just as good or better than TCKS.

I started it last night.


The Sacrifice by Indrajit Garai

The Sacrifice by Indrajit Garai. This is a collection of three short stories about three men sacrificing something that matters to them for the betterment of someone else.

Guys. This! Is! My! Very! First! Book! For! Review! I AM SOOOOOOOO HAPPY AND EXCITED BECAUSE I WAS ASKED TO REVIEW THIS BOOK FOR THE AUTHOR!!!!

*screams for eternity*



Me when I got the email…

Thank you, Estelle (a friend of the author), for giving me this book for review!

What I Want to Read Next:

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci

A new series by David Baldacci? With a female MC? Who also happens to be an FBI Special Agent? With a savage murderer on the loose? Sign me right up, cause I am totally sold.

That’s it for this Wednesday. What are ya’ll reading? Have you read any of the books mentioned? What did you think of them? Let’s chat in the comments! (Be sure to link to your WWW)!