Gazala Amreen

Logophile, bibliophile, writer, designer, high on wanderlust and all things pretty.

Bangalore, KA 78 posts

Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth

by Audrey Truschke

Cover buys are a real thing, and if you as a bibliophile are going to deny it, I for one, am not buying it! A long time ago, I had read a fiction based in the Mughal era, and I was head over heels in love with it. So, when this book was released, it held quite the appeal to me. Partly for the non fictional take and partly for its cover, I bought this... continue reading→

Cover: Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth


by Perumal Murugan

Thanks to the new feature on Amazon for Prime subscribers, I got my hands on a free copy of this book. I had heard so much about the Author that I read it as soon as I got it. If you know me, you’d know that I have had more bad experiences than good when it comes to Indian Authors, but this one- I had a lot of hope from. Follow Cover A red background... continue reading→

Cover: Poonachi

The Seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

by Stuart Turton

Reading this book was nothing short of comedy of errors! I assumed I had a book of a similar name on my kindle and started this one. Only to realise soon after that I have mistaken this one for something else. While this too was on my TBR, I continued reading this thriller and here is a quick take on it. Follow Cover page The 7½ deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle or The seven deaths of... continue reading→

Cover: The Seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The Stranger

by Albert Camus

There are books that are earmarked as “must reads” by most readers around the world. There are Authors who are considered to be legends. Sometimes these must reads are everything you expect them to be. Sometimes these books disappoint so much, you question your own choices. I have disliked more of these “must reads” than liked them. Perhaps my taste is queer; perhaps I come from a smaller group of people who have their own... continue reading→

Cover: The Stranger


by Keigo Higashino

There was a time when I was way too inquisitive to find a good book to read. I read reviews on Goodreads, read reviews on instagram and blogs of fellow book bloggers. I read everywhere to find a read that would get me out of the reading slump that I was under. I bought all those books and more, and it has taken me days, months and over two years to even read half of... continue reading→

Cover: Malice

Conflict Zone Date

Khulud Khamis

Thanks to social media we are now much closer to authors than ever before. While some still choose to not be seen on social media, some are actively advocating matters they feel strongly about. I first read about Khulud’s work on social media and have been following her ever since. She is a fierce advocate of feminism, equality and peace. When she posted on her Instagram about two stories that she’s willing to send to... continue reading→

The Immortalists

by Chloe Benjamin

Yet another book read due to the “raving reviews” everywhere! Why do I put myself through this when I know I do not synchronise with the world, when it comes to book loving? A question I may never answer. However, will this also be a review that coaxes you into reading this book? Read on to know. Cover The edition I read, had a black background—perhaps the sky with stars adorning it. A beautiful tree... continue reading→

Cover: The Immortalists


Japanese fairytales

Fairytales have always been my favourite. Like someone once said, they restore hope in us. They remind us of simple lessons that we may have forgotten. And like CS Lewis said “someday you will be old enough to read fairytales again.” I found a few of these beautiful booklets, if that’s what I can call them. And this is my second attempt at reading these beautiful illustrated copies of stories from different places and times.... continue reading→

Cover: Urashima

The Vegetarian

by Han Kang

I am guilty of getting this book due to the hype around it in the digital world. It then stayed piled amidst many other unread books, until one day there was a mildew attack and I had to empty the shelves out. That’s how I finally read The Vegetarian at the end of 2017. It is the translated work of the Author. Read on to know what I think of this book. Cover The edition... continue reading→

The Damp Roman Candle

Ram Iyer

When I asked the author what the book was about, he said that it was about a girl on the ledge. Equipped with this description, I started the short story. Frieda has reached a point where she seems to have hit a dead end. She has lost someone very dear to her and the story is about her struggle with that loss. It is a thrilling story about love, loss and possibly more? Am I... continue reading→