Book Review/ One Summer in Venice

 

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Title:               One Sumer in Venice

Author:           Nicky Pellegrino

Published:      2015

Length:           297 pages

Rate:                3.5/5 -my personal rate

Summary:

Nicky Pellegrino’s new book One Summer in Venice is about a woman called Addolorata Martinelli, who is a chief who runs an Italian restaurant in London. Her restaurant gets a bad review and she discovers that her marriage is falling apart too. Her sister books her a weeklong holiday to Venice but she ends up spending the whole summer there aiming to find happiness. Along the way, she meets local people and become friends with them; discovers new passions and fall in love with Venice magic.

 

The story contained many food recipes, to an extend that made me want to cook, and I don’t enjoy cooking! But the passion of Addolorata for cooking was fascinating. The description of the food and the ingredients was so delicious. I almost tasted it.

I enjoyed the supporting characters a lot, mainly Coco, who was an older lady. She catches Addolorata’s attention for her flamboyance in dress and personality. All the way through the book I was so eager to know about her story more than Addolorata’s. Coco’s character was vivid and very interesting.

Another aspect of the book I enjoyed was the way she described Venice. It was very beautiful. The details of places and scenes were amazing. She showed Venice from the eyes of tourists and also from the local people who live there —When I was in Venice, I wondered how the locals live there, because the number of tourists is just very huge. And in my opinion, the structure of the city makes it kind of difficult to live there. But, I guess I’ve got the answer to my question from this story.

I didn’t like Addolorata’s character much. At the beginning I had some sympathy for her. But while reading further I got to know her personality more and felt that she was self-centered. And she never appreciated what she has got and what her family does for her.

Overall, it was a very lighthearted story. It was simple and delicious in different ways. And, it held my attention all the way through.

 

Lessons learned:

I believe behind every story told there are lessons to be learned. So what I learned from Addolorata’s story are:

  • Always appreciate what you have.
  • Happiness is not a destination; it is a journey. Every time you feel you are being overwhelmed with the burdens of life. Pause. And look around to notice it’s existence. Life gets so busy sometimes, and we get to forget what happiness is for us. But when we stop running, and take a time to look around we will realize it.
  • Escaping is never a solution. Always take time to realize what is devastating you and what will make you feel content.

 

From the book:

“Happiness is many things for me. Most of all it’s doing what I love, being with the people I care about, spending time in the places that make me feel anything is possible.”

 

Happy Reading…!

Book Review/ Before I Go To Sleep

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Title:               Before I Go To Sleep

Author:           S. J. Watson

Published:      2011

Genres:           Thriller, Suspense

Rate:               4/5 (my personal opinion)

Summary:

Christine Lucas, married and in her forties, suffers from a terrible “accident” years ago, leaves her unable to retain new memories. She wakes up every morning thinking she is still in her twenties and that she got a whole lifetime to live. And, she got only her husband to trust. But what if the only person she knows and trust is not trustworthy?

 

On my flight to the States couple of months ago, I watched the trailer of the movie Before I Go To Sleep, however, it didn’t attract me to watch it (or maybe I was just in the mood of Indian movies at that time). And, I didn’t know the movie was based on a novel. A week later, I went to Barnes and Nobel. And the first book I saw was Before I Go To Sleep. It looked interesting and when I read the first page, I just couldn’t stop, so I had to buy it.

Once I started reading, I couldn’t put the book down. The story line kept me captivated and I kept on guessing on what will happen next. I got attached to the main character, Christine Lucas and I was engaged with her life as if I was living with her. It’s my first time reading this kind of books. And, I enjoyed reading it. The story will keep you fascinated and tied up till the last sentence, only if you are into thriller books.

 

From the book:

“I cannot imagine how I will cope when I discover that my life is behind me, has already happened, and I have nothing to show for it. No treasure house of collection, no wealth of experience, no accumulated wisdom to pass on. What are we, if not an accumulation of our memories?”

 

Happy reading …

Book Review/ The Fault In Our Stars

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Title:               The Fault in Our Stars

Author:           John Green

Published:      2012

Length:           313 pages

Rate:               4/5 (my personal opinion)

Summary:

 

The story was beautifully written about a girl, Hazel Grace and a boy, Augustus Waters both trying to deal with cancer, love and a book. The sequel of actions and events the characters go through and the ideas the author point at were just fascinating.

It is a fictional but yet a very realistic story. It is not just another love story; it talks about the different aspects of life to give the young people the chance to explore and think big. I literally lived with the characters, cried with them, laughed at their jokes and felt their pain (John Green had definitely made it to my Favorite Authors List).

From the book:

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” 

About the movie:

The movie was such a disappointment and did not fulfill my expectations. I know and I believe that reading a book give you more details and space for imagination and take you to a whole different world. However, watching a movie limits your imagination. I don’t say movies are not good. On the contrary, there are really good movies with really good actors that make you live, cry and laugh with them. But unfortunately, I would describe this movie as ‘a waste of time’ (this is just a personal opinion, i’m not a professional movie critic or something). The actors couldn’t touch my feelings. The sequence of events was not connected and no smooth real transition between them. I was bored all the time I was watching the movie. I know you are thinking why did I keep on watching it to the end. Well, honestly I thought it might surprise me at the end or I might change my mind about it. But nothing happened!

I would suggest you read the book. Rise and low with the characters as they live through the pain of cancer and their love for each other. The book is not only about love, but it is also educating, funny and simply breathtaking.

Happy reading…