Polysecure by Jessica Fern


A must-read for anyone in non-traditional relationship structures, and even monogamous relationships would benefit from asking themselves the questions Fern has put together.

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Games People Play by Eric Berne


As with Transactional Analysis in Psychotherapy, Games People Play holds a limited academic value that I hope has already been fulfilled by better written books in this field.

Ester Nilsson #1 – Wilful Disregard


Through Wilful Disregard, Andersson has managed to paint a painfully self-aware portrait of the common yet toxic relationship between the preoccupied and dismissive attachment styles. Aside from the narrative itself, Andersson's poetic style of writing helps her dish out advice without seeming overbearing. She casts thoughtful pearls out in front of a world full of anxious and preoccupied human beings, hoping that they might relate.

Maithili and the Minotaur: Web of Woe


The eye-catching illustrations and side notes add to the interactive and layered experience of reading, and the characters and plot are such that Indian readers will be tickled pink.

Tamanna Trilogy #1 – No Time For Goodbyes


The quaint portrayal of these characters and the original premise were sufficient to keep me hooked all the way to the end. Here's looking forward to the sequel!

Transactional Analysis in Psychotherapy by Eric Berne


Worth it only if you have an academic interest in the subject and are willing to sift past problematic elements to get to the core ideas put forward by the author.

Courts of the Feyre #1 – Sixty One Nails


Sixty One Nails has at its heart an interesting and intriguing storyline. Unfortunately, it takes way too long to get from point A to point B, and constantly subjects the reader to Niall's mental monologues and Blackbird-objectification along the way.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides


The Silent Patient is a high paced thriller with a twist I definitely did not see coming. I would definitely recommend it as an excellent read, but I hope the author bothers to put in more research and remove stigmatising content about his central theme next time.

Trials of Apollo #2 – The Dark Prophecy


Dark Prophecy keeps the momentum provided by The Hidden Oracle and really builds on it, in terms of expanding the mythology, the degree of villainy, and character development. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Earthsea Cycle #3 – The Farthest Shore


The story is intriguing enough that one will want to keep reading, but at least to my brain, it is difficult to form a fond attachment to dry writing of this style. Still a must-read for ardent fantasy fans, especially if you're exploring earlier works in the genre, or are interested in how later writing has been influenced by that which came before it.

Frith Chronicles #5.5 – Arcanist Fables


I'm eagerly waiting for Warlord Arcanist, and, despite its quirks of flawed writing, Arcanist Fables was a nice interlude to break the monotony in the meantime. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond


Diamond looks at the signs left behind our world today by history and makes some excellent assertions about why some nations and races prospered and became colonizers, whereas others became the colonized. He effectively debunks the idea of innate superiority, pointing instead to the respective environments as the answer for the disparity.

Princess Diaries #2 – Princess in the Spotlight


For all her flaky exaggerated hyperbole, Mia was a great character to relate to for teens in my time, and I hope that kids today continue to get great books like this to look up to.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen


Sense and Sensibility is a journey worth taking, filled with twists and turns. And Austen continues to prove herself a keen observer of human nature (even if her judgments and morals tend toward the uglier side.) ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Book of Dust #1 – La Belle Sauvage


An extremely well written adventure with solid child characters who shine with an inner fire. TW for gratuitous sexual assault as a plot device though.

Discworld #13 – Small Gods


What draws me back to this book time and again is the in-depth and thought provoking exploration of divinity. And the amusing sight of a discomfited god throwing temper tantrums as a tortoise. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Earthsea Cycle #2 – The Tombs of Atuan


Not weighed down by the need to explain the universe the book exists in, the words practically fly off the page as the reader is sucked completely into the story. Five stars!!!

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang


The Poppy War is, in turns gritty and harsh, cute and heartwarming, unexpectedly hilarious and filled with gratuitous violence. Kuang utilizes humour to great effect to break a lot of the tension, but this is still not the kind of light hearted read I can squee over.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller


The Song of Achilles is a book that appeals to the imagination and thrills the blood. It is a tale of tragedy that finds it in itself to bloom bright with love and beauty even as it races towards the inevitably disastrous conclusion like a trainwreck that may not be stopped.

The Lunar Chronicles #3.5 – Fairest


Fairest is excellently paced, a swift and heart wrenching read that gives the readers a front row seat to some of the cruellest atrocities committed in the Lunar Chronicles universe. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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