The cynical in me is delighted by this first line I a book!
This is a bail for now. I was listening on audio and I just wasn‘t interested in listening to it.
I‘m going to try to finish it in print at some point. Some books I think just need to be read and not listened to.
This is the first mythology book I think I‘ve tried on audio.
I really enjoyed this, I do not have the historical or mythological knowledge to compare this story to the original, but I loved the feminist bend, and the pacing, I also loved to see a polyamory family that is represented so healthy and loving.
I do think Kaikeyi's character was a bit flat, she seemed to be always right and a bit too perfect. But overall an engaging and adventurous read.
Oooh, I loved this one! ❤️
This is Kaikeyi‘s story, told with the twist from a woman‘s point of view. Taking the stories from The Ramayana (which I knew next to nothing about before reading this) and retelling the epic story of her legacy. #booked2022 ~ a book about a real or fictional royal @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Patel has crafted a gorgeous story intricately spinning a backstory for Kaikeyi, taking a story where the female character has been vilified and giving her a voice. It is gorgeous, and the audiobook, fantastic. I listened to the first 80% and then read the final pages, and I felt that worked well as I then had a good handle on word pronunciations & the world. I generally am not a fan of retellings, but this one I would highly recommend.
My last book for July.
I enjoyed this beautifully written retelling (of sorts) of the Ramayana… it‘s always fun to read a book that leads me to side research and I was deep into the original story. An epic fantasy story, and the feminist tilt was a nice touch.
This is one of those books that is more descriptive than plot heavy - I was often thinking where is this going? That being said, I liked the references to various Hindu (?) gods & goddesses although I wish the stories were fleshed out more rather than passing references. I‘ll have to research more into them on my own.
I‘ve heard this compared to Circe but I haven‘t had the chance to read that one yet. 🤷🏻♀️ 🧡 💛
I flew through this immersive 17-hour audiobook narrated by Soneela Nankani. So compelling! Taking a character from the classic Ramayana and spinning out an entire life story for her—oh, Kaikeyi! I cared about you so much! And I loved the setting, ancient India. An impressive achievement that has whetted my appetite for more retellings based on Rama‘s journey.
[Kaikeyi:] “Do you think a woman should be killed for infidelity?”
[Ram, her son:] “You might be different, Ma, but surely you know that most women introduce weakness into the world.”
It was as though I had been hit in the chest by a horse.
In this retelling of Ramayana, we learn the life of Kaikeyi, who was only known as the queen who exiled Rama (the hero) for 10 years. Patel dives deeper into this lesser known “evil queen” and tells how Kaikeyi acted because of love for Rama and her kingdom. While I‘m unfamiliar with Ramayana, the book still tugged at my heartstrings because Kaikeyi suffers so much in order to do what was right. I also loved Kaikeyi‘s dedication to women‘s rights!
It‘s perfectly acceptable to eat two doughnuts for lunch on your birthday, yes?
They were delicious! The filled one was mascarpone fig, while the glazed one was hot honey. Now I‘m gonna see about sinking into KAIKEYI.
This week‘s library haul is 100% books I stacked on Litsy so I‘d remember to borrow them once I defeated La TBR. Hurray!
Note also the Pride ribbons on my bike, blowing in the intense wind. There were times tonight when I felt like I was going uphill even though my route was flat, flat, flat.
A book i wish I'd been able to devour in one sitting but it was too long and I needed sleep 😂 this was a really great read. I've only read one other similar to it. It's not exactly a story with plot that we experience in real time but a story told from the future and in real time. It starts to unravel too quickly at the end but I still really enjoyed it, blog review to come 🤓 #mythology #legends #queer #asexual
Kaikeyi is another book where a woman tries to have agency over her life and to help other women, but gets fucked over by both men and gods. It was beautiful and fascinating, and made me do some research into the actual story is based on.
If you have trouble with it I'd suggest the audiobook- it really helped me separate all the characters and unfamiliar words.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #marvellousmay #bookspin
The style or speaking voice of the author/translation felt very formal at first, but as I got deeper into the story, I felt that it fit the character of Kaikeyi so well. I loved the imagery of a world I‘m not familiar with, and the development of the MC was compelling.
I'm heading to the other side of the state on a super secret bookish mission! If everything goes according to plan I'll be able to share what I'm up to in a few hours! 🤞
(Listening to the tagged #audiobook while I drive)
It might be my lack of knowledge, but I felt like I was reading another book set in England rather than India. I think I‘d like to read the original text instead.
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Everything I hoped it would be and so much more. It reminded me of Signe Pike's The Lost Queen series. The setting and characters were amazing. I especially loved the female point of view. This is one of those books you never want to put down but that you're also trying to read slowly in order to savor it. Chef's kiss ?
I loved this book. It was my first introduction to Hindu mythology, so I read it without knowing the original myth. The book had action, intrigue, motherhood, Gods, special powers, sibling relationships, etc. The only thing missing is romance.
This retelling of the myth has made Kaikeyi into a feminist hero as she fights to make life better for the women in her kingdom. I gave it 5/5 stars.
Someone at BOTM decided I only needed the tagged book. I‘m waiting to hear back from customer service about True Biz. This is the first issue I‘ve had in 6 years of membership so I‘m happy. There was the box that was almost destroyed, but that was USPS!
Our first #BOTM hint/spoiler for April! Not my personal cup of tea, but looks interesting if you're into mythology.
All about those retellings over on Book Riot:
I do not read books that revolve around food, so I would LOVE suggestions to get out of my comfort zone with recipes. I thought about My Life In France with Julia Child, which I have always been interested in but never read, but I am unsure if there are recipes in that? I also LOVE Anthony Bourdain so if his Kitchen Confidential or one of those have a recipe thrown in that would be amazing
Tagged is one of many of my most anticipated 2022 books!