Deepika's Book Haul from Amazon & Flipkart!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

In my quest to make reading a habit, I recently purchased some books off and Flipkart and I couldn't be happier. While browsing through, I found out that they sell used books too at almost half the price which is amazing, right? However, there's a bummer, the sellers that sell used books didn't have majority of titles that I wanted, but, I did not let that effect my shopping experience which I will be talking about towards the end of the post. Let's see which books I purchased. 

Amazon & Flipkart Book Haul

 1. One Night In Italy by Lucy Diamond:  

If journalist Anna had to write up the story of her own life, it wouldn’t make for a great headline: Dull Journo Has Dull Boyfriend! The only mystery in Anna’s life is that she’s never known who her dad is but with her mum refusing to tell her more she’s at a dead end. When she accidentally comes across a clue that her father is Italian, it opens up a burning curiosity in Anna. Soon she’s cooking Italian food, signing up for an Italian class and even considering dusting off her passport to go and find her dad in person. (Read complete synopsis here)

BUY HERE: Used / New  

2. The PCOD - Thyroid Book by Rujuta Diwekar:
Don't blame it on the hormones.As women it has always been up to us to leave behind the heritage of health just like your grandmother did for your mother and everyone in the family.But it s not easy to leave behind a legacy of health and harmony we must first create that in our lives. That requires making time for ourselves be it for exercise to eat right or simply to nap.This book is about taking charge of ourselves thanking our bodies and making peace with the fact that it s not the hormones it s us. What can we do about our food sleep exercise and relationships that will make us feel good help us overcome the conditions of PCOD and Hypothyroid and most importantly get off drugs and stay off them for good. (x)


3. The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop:  

In the summer of 1972, Famagusta in Cyprus is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. An ambitious couple are about to open the island's most spectacular hotel, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots work in harmony. Two neighbouring families, the Georgious and the Özkans, are among many who moved to Famagusta to escape the years of unrest and ethnic violence elsewhere on the island. But beneath the city's façade of glamour and success, tension is building. 

When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos, Cyprus faces a disastrous conflict. Turkey invades to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority, and Famagusta is shelled. Forty thousand people seize their most precious possessions and flee from the advancing soldiers. In the deserted city, just two families remain. This is their story. (x)

BUY HERE: Used / New

4.  Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie:  

The morning of August 9, 1945 breaks dreary and unspectacular in the city of Nagasaki. Nonetheless, twenty-one year-old Hiroko Tanaka is elated: she is in love. Her emerging romance with the displaced German Konrad Weiss offers release from the greyness of wartime deprivation. In this time of heightened xenophobia, their affair must be kept secret, particularly as Hiroko’s father has recently been outcast for questioning the patriotism of sending children on kamikaze missions. As Hiroko and Konrad furtively plan for a future after the war, there is no way they can comprehend the unspeakable devastation bearing down upon them. (Read complete synopsis here)

BUY HERE: Used / New

5. The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam:  

In the dying days of a brutal civil war, Sohail Haque stumbles upon an abandoned building. Inside he finds a young woman whose story will haunt him for a lifetime to come. . . . Almost a decade later, Sohail's sister, Maya, returns home after a long absence to find her beloved brother transformed. While Maya has stuck to her revolutionary ideals, Sohail has shunned his old life to become a charismatic religious leader. And when Sohail decides to send his son to a madrasa, the conflict between brother and sister comes to a devastating climax. Set in Bangladesh at a time when religious fundamentalism is on the rise, The Good Muslim is an epic story about faith, family, and the long shadow of war. (x)


6. Twilight In Delhi by Ahmed Ali:  

Set in nineteenth-century India between two revolutionary moments of change, Twilight in Delhi brings history alive, depicting most movingly the loss of an entire culture and way of life. As Bonamy Dobree said, "It releases us into a different and quite complete world. Mr. Ahmed Ali makes us hear and smell Delhi...hear the flutter of pigeons’ wings, the cries of itinerant vendors, the calls to prayer, the howls of mourners, the chants of qawwals, smell jasmine and sewage, frying ghee and burning wood." The detail, as E.M. Forster said, is "new and fascinating," poetic and brutal, delightful and callous. (x)


That is all, folks! There are a bunch of sellers on that offer used books and they levy shipping if the order total is below INR 399. I bought the used books from a seller called Flickster. I am happy with the quality of books, so I consider my shopping experience to be pleasant. As for books, there was slight yellowing of pages, but no browning, torn pages and stains. In fact, one of the books was as good as new!

If you are into reading into do tell us about your new buys or your current read.

Till next time,

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