Best Books of 2018

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As the year is about to end, we view the books across the genres that were released in the year 2018.

The SilkwormPublished in June 2014, In The Silkworm, Cormoran Strike returns to find a renowned Novelist Owen Quine has gone missing.  Mrs. Quine thinks her husband has left for someplace and wants Cormoran to bring him back, but there is more than what meets the eye.

Quine had just completed a manuscript where he exposes the dirt on some of the leading people of the industry and the publication of his novel would ruin many lives. So, a lot of people benefited from his disappearance.

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2. The Sleepwalker’s Guide To Dancing

the-sleepwalkers-guide-to-dancing-by-mira-jacobA Debut Novel by Mira Jacob, the novel spans across India, Mexico and Seattle.

Thomas Eapen, a brain surgeon decides to cut short his visit to India. This decision sets in motion a series of events that leaves his family trying to wrestle with its past and its future.

Twenty years later, Thomas meets up with all the people from his past in India, In Mexico. What’s strange in this, you ask? The people he meets are dead. He meets their ghosts and has conversations with them on his porch.

This book is a soulful journey of a family trying to understand its past and understanding its repercussions in their future.

Read a detailed book review here: http://thereandtheir.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/the-sleepwalkers-guide-to-dancing-book-review/

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3. My Drunk Kitchen

tumblr_n05zv082VY1r6ibubo1_1280Hannah Hart is a Youtuber, whose videos posted under the same name as the book “My Drunk Kitchen” get million of views. So, it was an instant hit when Hannah published her debut book “My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking and Going With Your Gut.”

For those of you who are not familiar with the YouTube videos should know that this is not just a regular cookbook.

The book has a lot of recipes, stories, photographs, jokes and much more that would inspire you to step into your kitchen and have your own adventures.

Hannah is known for taking two random ingredients and trying to make something out of it, it sometimes turns out great, and sometimes it has hilarious, but disastrous results.

If you do not like cooking, still, pick it up, it’s a hilarious read, and it might inspire you to try to learn how to feed yourself in times of need.

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4. Finding Me

Finding Me“Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed” is a memoir by Michelle Knight.

August 21st, 2002, was a normal day, when a 21 year old Michelle Knight was on her way to meet her two year old Son.

As the place to meet her son was unfamiliar, she stopped at a local store to ask for instructions. Here she met a friend’s father who offered her a ride to the place she was looking for as he was aware of the place.

Mischelle agreed and got in the car. Her friend’s father told her he needed to quickly go to his house to feed the puppies before he could drop her and offered one of the pups for her son. Thinking what a wonderful surprise it would be for her son, she agrees to see the pups to choose which one she would like, she stepped inside his house, not knowing the she would not be able to step out of that house for eleven years.

Now termed as “House of Horrors”, Mischelle and two other girls (who were later kidnapped in almost the same way) were chained, beaten and had to undergo horrible torture for a decade.

Read more on this book here: http://thereandtheir.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/finding-me-a-book-review/

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5. All The Light We Cannot See

All The Light We Cannot SeeA Historical Fictional novel, “ All the Light We Cannot See”, is set during the World War Two.

The book focuses on two main characters, a French girl and a German boy. The book starts from then these two were kids and shows their journey into adulthood and how their lives and the lives of their family and friends are affected because of the war.

But, it is not a typical world war two story. What separates this book from the others, is that it has a sprinkling of fantastical mystery element to it. The story has a lot of folklore and the cures that revolves around it.

[schema type=”book” name=”All The Light We Cannot See” author=”Anthony Doerr” publisher=”Scribner” pubdate=”2014-05-06″ isbn=”1476746583″ ebook=”yes” paperback=”yes” hardcover=”yes” ]

6. The Underground Girls of Kabul

The Underground Girls Of KabulWhat does it mean to be born as a girl, in a land where the birth of a baby boy is celebrated and that of a baby girl is considered a misfortune? A daughter is ok, if the family has sons. But a family of only daughters is considered an unlucky family.

In a land where every decision of a woman’s life, from what she wears to where she goes, is taken by the men, a woman’s life is not as important as a man’s.

This has given a rise to people raising females as males. They raise young girls as of they were boys. These girls are given boy’s name, boy’s clothes and are encouraged to live a boy’s life.

Written by Journalist, Jenny Nordberg, this novel goes into the lives of these girls, who were raised as boys.

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7. Sally Ride

sally-rideWritten by Lynn Sherr, “Sally Ride: America’s First Woman In Space” is a biographic dealing with the early life and the experience of going to space.

When NASA choose her for the seventh shuttle mission, she broke the centuries of unspoken rule of having only male members to be selected for such missions. Her courage and determination provided a beacon of hope and made it comparatively easier for women to be chosen for such missions.

She was even the panel member of those investigating the Challenger and Colombia missions that took lives of all aboard.

A Truly Inspiring story of a truly inspiring woman.

[schema type=”book” name=”Sally Ride” author=”Lynn Sherr” publisher=”Simon & Schuster” pubdate=”2014-06-03″ isbn=”1476725764″ ebook=”yes” paperback=”yes” hardcover=”yes” ]

8. No Matter The Wreckage

No Matter The WreckageSarah Kay is best known for the Ted Talk she gave where she dedicated a poem to her future daughter.

In this debut book, Sarah Kay publishes a poems from the first decade of her career.

The book has fresh, interesting topics told in an interesting and witty way.

“No Matter The Wreckage” is a debut

Listen to one of the performances of the book by the author here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkwRHCD_-2A

[schema type=”book” name=”No Matter The Wreckage” author=”Sarah Kay, Sophia Janowitz (Illustrations)” publisher=”Write Bloody Publishing” pubdate=”2014-03-18″ isbn=”1938912489″ ebook=”yes” paperback=”yes” hardcover=”yes” ]

9. The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

The Perl That Broke Its ShellTwo women, Two Generations, Two Lives, Same Fate?

When Rahima was born, there was a huge disappointment in her family. Not only because she was a girl, but she had the misfortune of being born a girl in a family where her elder siblings were also girls.

So, her parents decide that through the custom of bacha posh, she will be treated as male until she is of marriageable age.

Rahima is not the only person in the family who is reared like this, her great Aunt Shakiba also has the same upbringing.

What will happen when Rahima reaches marriageable age? As she is able to go to school, market etc, she is more opinionated and independent than the other girls.

[schema type=”book” name=”The Pearl That Broke Its Shell” author=”Nadia Hashimi” publisher=”William Morrow” pubdate=”2014-05-06″ isbn=”0062244752″ ebook=”yes” paperback=”yes” hardcover=”yes” ]

10. City of Heavenly Fire

COHF_coverCity of Heavenly Fire is the Sixth and the final book of the best selling Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. In order to read this book, it is advisable to read all of the previous parts before this as the story is in continuation.

It is the end of the series, the end of everything. Clary and her friends are left to face the biggest and the most evil enemy: Clary’s Brother.

Sebastian has his hands of the Infernal Cup, that turns the Shadow Hunters into vicious creatures of the night.

Will Clary be able to stop him in time? Even if she does stop him, what happens to the innocent Shadow Hunters who have now become demons that are detrimental to the society?

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