Architha A

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Heart rendering and exciting

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Reviewed: 15-02-21

💢TW: suicide, mental illness💢

"If you aim to be something you are not, you will always fail"

What happens between life and death? Emily Brontë once said that she thought of heaven being a library, filled with stories of people you could've known in a different life. Do we get to choose that life? What would it be like to try?

'The Midnight Library' is a beautiful story of a girl who felt she made all the wrong choices in life. So she decides to take her own life after a really devastating day. What happens next is the wonder that is the story.

The main character Nora came across as a person who didn't have enough support and human kindness in life, pressurized to follow a dream she didn't enjoy and cut off from people she loves the most. A common person. The book was awakening in terms of people I've come across; you never know what they go through and it's never upto us to judge anyone.

The story also made me sad in a different way. Throughout the sentences, I kept thinking; how can I help people like Nora, people who don't have a person to rely on or even talk to? So, today I'm extending an open invitation to everyone to just talk to me. You may not know me or wouldn't even remember my name, but my comments and DMs are all yours. I might not be punctual in replying, but I want to be that person you can rely on.

I'll say it now and I'll definitely say it again; the author is a freaking genius!

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An endearing memoir

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Reviewed: 30-11-20

"Our history has always been a sum total of the choices made and the actions taken by each individual man and woman. It has always been upto us"

Managing a country is not simple. There's a backlash for everything done and undone. Millions of people's lives depend on a single act for which accountability is inescapable. Your actions are yours to own. That's the main takeaway from this book.

'A Promised Land' is a record of Obama's life; it can be considered as a continuation of his first book 'Dreams from my Father', till the end of his first term as President. With vivid accounts of every single decision made and people encountered, this book is the humanization of people working behind the scenes to ensure the stability and liveability of the world.

Going from electoral prospects, racial ties and familial responsibility to organizing counter-terrorist attacks, finding a new family at work and becoming a man of the people, Obama's journey is not only inspirational, but a pioneer to many more. Getting to know the first hand account of his struggles, fears and ultimate achievements has been a privilege.

Not only that, this is a book of hope. Hope that can be manifested within us, but not limited to it. Hope that has been the foundation stone for many innovative projects and doings. Hope for the future.

Listening to the audiobook narrated by the author himself was like listening to a 25+ hour speech of his that never left me bored! You can feel the emotions and memories flowing out of his words, which was an entirely different experience by itself.

Can't wait for the second volume to be released, even though it might take a year! Until then, I urge you to read this book. Just. Read. It.

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