Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson


My first 5-star read of 2023! Black Cake is a brilliant book – it’s a page turner with a beautiful story revolving around a multicultural family and country. It takes us to the Caribbean islands where we meet Coventina – a free spirited girl who loves the ocean but inevitable circumstances change the course of…

We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman


My first read of 2023. It’s a beautiful read about friendship that lasts forever, even in times of despair and death. Edi and Ash are childhood friends and have been through all of life’s memories together. When Edi is battling for life and recommended palliative care, it’s Ash who is the caregiver – giving Edi…

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life


Though I’m late to the party, Ikigai was such an amazing read. I highlighted and bookmarked almost every word and page! One of those books that will goad you to change your life for the better. There’s a lot to learn and imbibe in one’s daily life, from finding your purpose and ikigai to living…

The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak


Elif Shafak is one of my favourite authors and I was eager to get my hands on The Island of Missing Trees. Synopsis – A Greek Cypriot (Christian) and a Turkish Cypriot (Muslim) fall in love with each other in the summer of 1974 in Cyprus. Amidst the civil war, they plan clandestine meetings in…

How to find love in a bookshop by Veronica Henry 💕


Book 20 of 2022 🌸 A heartwarming read about finding love in a bookshop 💕 It felt like a big hug, reading how books can make life so much more beautiful. I enjoy reading stories about bookshops and this was a perfect read. 🌸 Emilia Nightingale is left to look after her Dad’s bookshop, Nightingale…

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah


My second read by Kristin Hannah, The Four Winds revolves around The Great Depression and the Dust Bowl Era in the 30s. A story of the indomitable spirit of farmers – men, women and children – and their fight for equal rights as Americans. I had put off reading this book for a long time,…

Every Summer After by Carley Fortune ☀️


My last read, this one was a Bookstagram influenced read. ☀️I’m sure enjoying reading romance of late, and Every Summer After by Carley Fortune has all the ingredients of a perfect romance read. 💕 – Summer vibes☀️ – Summer at the lake – Childhood friends turned lovers over six summers 👫 – Crackling chemistry between…

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi


A short, quick read, I have come across many mixed reviews about the book. But for me, Before the Coffee gets Cold was a good reading experience. Deep down I enjoy time travel stories and this short read was sort of enjoyable for me. My first Japanese translated story, I loved that the story took…

The Help by Kathryn Stockett


The Help by Kathryn Stockett was an eye-opener about what it means to be a coloured Help in Mississippi in the 1960s. Largely a work of fiction, Kathryn too shares about Demetri, the Help, while she was growing up. We have sure come across these stereotypes in movies and books, but to read stories –…

Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis


Lucas, Emmie Blue, Eliot – and a red balloon 🎈 This book took my breath away – it made me fall in love! It’s beautifully written and I caught myself smiling at many places. Eliot has my heart! 💕 The subtle yet crackling chemistry between Eliot and Emmie made me feel like a teenager all…

The Little Cafe in Copenhagen by Julie Caplin


🌸This book was all things hygge, warm, cosy and delicious! A heartwarming book about the Danish way of life – celebrating the little things, stopping and smelling the roses, and making time for loved ones. 🌸It made me realise how consumed we are with our lives and work – not taking a breather to enjoy…

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman


I’m so glad I gave Eleanor Oliphant a second chance! It’s going down as one of my favourite reads. It’s written brilliantly – Eleanor’s personality comes through as you read the story as it’s written in the first person perspective. It was hilarious, eccentric, and touched upon depression and how a single person can help…

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle


Synopsis: Katy loses her mother, Carol, her best friend and anchor in life. She’s completely lost without her mother even though she can count on her husband, Eric. To top it off, the planned trip to Positano, Italy with her mother is round the corner. Katy now decides to embark on this planned adventure alone….

Writers & Lovers by Lily King


Writers & Lovers by Lily King was a 5-star read for me! I absolutely devoured it. The writing was refreshing – the author takes readers through the journey of Casey, a sort of messed up woman, in a realistic way. She’s grieving over her mother whom she just lost. She’s estranged from her father, has…

No Land to Light on by Yara Zgheib


This book is based on the 2017 Muslim Travel ban and delves into the lives of a newly married couple in the United States – Sama and Hadi. Sama, an anthropologist student at Harvard University meets Hadi, a sponsored refugee at a fundraiser event. She’s determined to make it big in America, pursuing the America…

The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons


My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Brilliant life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons is just brilliant! I was intrigued to read it as it delves into the most feared topic – death. We hardly ever talk about death or share our opinion on how we would like to die or choose to die. Eudora Honeysett is…

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley


I began 2022 with a feel good book. I’m so glad I picked up The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley! Julian Jessop is feeling down in the dumps and begins ‘The Authenticity Project’. A green exercise book that will change the lives of six strangers. Monica: owns a Cafe, yearns to fall in love, hopefully…

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


Genre: Historical Fiction My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Heartbreaking. Stunning. Unforgettable. I loved reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. There’s so much to love about it – the strength, courage, and resilience of women in war. And most importantly, it’s all about love. Love to your country, family, and humanity. A story set in WWII, it’s about…

The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber


A heartwarming read about 4 lives knit together. I picked this up as I wanted to read something lighthearted and easy. It did explore some serious themes that we all go through in life but it made for a super easy read. Lydia Hoffman has battled two bouts of cancer. A cancer survivor, she now…

The Last Days of Cafe Leila by Donia Bijan


My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Last Days of Cafe Leila was such a warm, beautiful read. I’m so glad I found this one – It’s about finding yourself, your roots, your family and the place you call home. Having left Iran during the Islamic Revolution, when she was all of eighteen, Noor now finds herself on…

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid


This is my first TJR read – I read it in a matter of just three days (although you can read it in a day). Unputdownable, captivating, and a fast-paced read. Though the premise of the story is not out-of-the-box, I absolutely devoured the book. This is a story of Emma, Jesse, and Sam –…

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens


Genre: Literary fiction My rating: 5 stars Synopsis: Where the Crawdads Sing is Delia Owens debut novel. This is a story of Kya Clark – The Marsh Girl, Chase Andrews, and Tate. Both Tate and Chase are mesmerised by her wild beauty, her eccentric, strange ways. Kya, who has lived in the Marsh all her…

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman


I completely enjoyed reading The Bookish Life of Nina Hill! I could relate to Nina so much – her love of books, facts and trivia, her obsession with being highly organised, and ah, being socially awkward. Nina Hill is all of this and more! She lives a quiet, laidback life working at a bookstore. With…

When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson


When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson – Last read book in July. I could read only one book as I was occupied with a lot of other stuff! But, this book was worth reading. I thoroughly enjoyed the story of these resilient women – Ally, Huda, and Rania. Though a work of fiction, Gina…

Kololo Hill by Neema Shah


My rating: 4/5 Genre: Historical Fiction Synopsis: “Uganda 1972: A devastating decree is issued: all Ugandan Asians must leave the country in ninety days.” This is a story of a Ugandan Asian family — Motichand , Jaya, Asha, Pran, and Vijay — in the early 1970s. Motichand: Motichand leaves Gujarat, India, soon after his marriage to…

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi My rating: 5/5 Genre: Historical Fiction, Saga Synopsis: A story of two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, Homegoing, takes readers on a journey into their lives through eight generations. While Effia is married to an Englishman with her life changed forever, Esi is sold into slavery.  Each character transforms beyond years due to the hardships,…

Sparks like Stars by Nadia Hashimi


My rating: 5/5 Genre: Historical Fiction, Thriller, Coming-of-age story Synopsis: Facing a military coup in the palace of President Daoud Khan, Sitara and her family’s life is forever changed. With her family scattered in the palace walls, Sitara escapes the horrors, saved by Shair, the soldier. Shair hands this little girl to the American diplomat, Antonia, and her…

Easy Peasy Chaats for Iftar — Noor’s Recipes


Who doesn’t love Chaats? Drizzled with curd, generous amount of sweet and spicy chutney to elevate it, chaats are a favorite among all. Growing up in the good old 90s, chaats were an occasion for fun, an outing with the family to satisfy our cravings for some tangy Pani puri, spicy Masala puri, or the […]…

Ramadan Samosa Recipes — Noor’s Recipes


What’s Ramadan without samosa? Samosas are delicious, crunchy, and irresistible. You can add the filling of your choice to elevate the samosa – ness 🙂 Here’s our samosa recipes that you can make for Iftar – from kheema to paneer. We’re sure you’ll love it! Whole Wheat Chicken Kheema Samosa Paneer Burji Samosa Mutton Kheema […]…

The Family Tree by Sairish Hussain


My rating: 5/5 Synopsis: The Family Tree is a story about a father, Amjad, his little girl, Zahra, and his son, Saahil — a small intertwined family — Amjad needs to go on despite having lost his wife during childbirth. It’s a story that captures a Pakistani British family overcoming the obstacles that life throws…

How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division by Elif Shafak


My rating: 5/5 Synopsis: Booker Prize-nominated novelist and activist Elif Shafak brings us a powerful book in just about 90 pages. You can read it at one go, but it will make you reflect, ponder, and contemplate the issues plaguing the world we live in today. It’s a book from the heart that emphasizes the…

Book Review: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig


Genre: Fiction – Science Fiction, Fantasy Fiction My rating: 5/5 Wow! The Midnight Library is one of the most amazing books I have read recently. It touches upon so many issues we face in today’s day and age – related to mental health.  Yes, this is a Bookstagram influenced read, but I’m so glad I picked this one…

Book Review: The Flatshare by Beth O’ Leary


Genre: Fiction – Romance My rating: 4/5 I’m so glad I discovered Beth O’ Leary One of my favorite authors of today – her books are so endearing, full of sunny optimism, and just make you feel oh so good! I read The Switch last year, and it was one of the cutest books I…

French Toast


Originally posted on Noor's Recipes:
Ingredients: White bread – 8 slices Sugar – 2 tbsp Milk – 4 tbsp Egg – 4 Vanilla essence – 1/2 tsp Salt – a pinch Cinnamon powder – optional Butter – 3-4 tbsp Method : Whisk together sugar , cinnamon powder , eggs,? milk,? vanilla essence and a…

My Rainbow Rowell Reads


I read a lot of serious books — some can be way too realistic and harrowing. So, I decided to give myself a break from all the heavy reading. I have been unwinding with cozy, romance reads, and who better than Rainbow Rowell can fit the bill! Here are two books by Rainbow Rowell that…

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris


Genre: Historical fiction | Biographical ficiton My rating: 3/5 The Tattooist of Auschwitz has always been on my TBR. When I saw the book on my cousin’s bookshelf, I finally decided to give it a go. For all the hype about this book, I thought it didn’t really fly for me — I wish it had…

Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji


Genre: Historical fiction | Literary fiction My rating: 5/5 Wow! What a book! Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji has left me spellbound. It’s written so beautifully; I literally felt I lived through the alleys of Tehran, slept on the rooftops, and built friendships of a lifetime. It felt like watching a great movie; it…

Together Tea by Marjan Kamali


Genre: Women’s Fiction  My rating: 5/5 This is my second read of Marjan Kamali after The Stationery Shop. Together Tea is her debut novel, and I was excited to read it as I loved The Stationery Shop — it’s one of my favorite reads ever. Synopsis: This is a story set in Iran spanning years…

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez


The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez One Little café. Five extraordinary women… Genre: Women’s Fiction | Literary Fiction My rating: 5/5 Deborah Rodriguez, a hairdresser, gets the opportunity of a lifetime in 2002 when the organization she was working for related to disaster relief was sending a team of doctors and medical professionals to…

Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge


This is my year in books! 2020 was an overwhelming year no doubt but I had sufficient time to catch up on my reading. I’m not a binge reader but I found solace in books – they were my happy place. Also, I revived my love for blogging and hope to keep it going, rain…

Review: The Blue Between the Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa


The Blue Between the Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa Genre: Women’s fiction, Literary fiction Synopsis: Susan Abulhawa takes us on a multi-generational story of a small family in Beit Daras, Palestine. Um Mamdouh, mother of Nazmiyeh, Mariam, and Mamdouh , possesses the djinn, foreseeing and predicting the future of their little village and Palestine. Nazmiyeh…

Happy 8th birthday to Noorsrecipes! — Noor’s Recipes


8 years and counting! Happy 8th birthday to Noorsrecipes!A journey of feel-good chemicals, nostalgia that brought back pleasant memories, and super indulgent recipes by Mum. We are thankful to everyone for all the great feedback and love that we have received. The brainchild of three sisters, Noorsrecipes is an ode and a dedication to our […]…

Book Review: The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare


Genre: Women’s fiction, Literary fiction, #ownvoices story, BIPOC I’m so glad I picked up The Girl with the Louding Voice. It’s one of the best books of 2020 that I have read. It struck a chord with me as the theme of education is something close to my heart. Education is the best gift ever,…

November wrap up


November was all about romance, humor, passion, and inspiration. Here’s a sneak peek into my November reads 🙂 Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin Genre: Romance, Humorous Fiction I came across Ayesha at Last on Bookstagram. I was intrigued to read a modern twist to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. Also, the fact that it…

Jalapeño poppers with Lamb Kheema — Noor’s Recipes


Cream cheese and lamb mince – what’s not to love? Oozing cheese and layered with minced meat, it’s a sure winner! My kids vouch for it and it makes for a great party snack, too. If you wish to try something new and fun, try our Jalapeño poppers with Lamb Kheema. Ingredients: Jalapeño – 12 […]…

Book Review: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo


Genre: Fiction, YA, #ownvoices story This is my first Elizabeth Acevedo book, and I absolutely devoured it! Synopsis: Emoni Santiago is a teenage mom to her two-year-old daughter, Emma or baby girl as she fondly calls her. Brought up by her grandmother, Abuela, Emoni is all of seventeen with her daughter to look after. She…

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks


A Walk to Remember is a story inspired by Nicholas Sparks’ sister. One of the rare romance books on my TBR, I saw it on my cousin’s bookshelf and decided to give it a go. I have watched The Notebook (movie) and was floored, though I hadn’t read the book. In A Walk to Remember,…

October Reading Wrap Up


My October reading month was dedicated to history, war, and conflict. All of them were heavy, serious books (Halloween books were not on my TBR).  These books opened my mind to the real stories and background of the Israel-Palestine conflict and the role of racism in America’s history. There’s still a lot to learn; I’m…

Book Review: Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa


I’m so glad that I picked up Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa, one of the most beautifully written books on the Israel-Palestine conflict. I picked this book up as I’m genuinely interested in learning about the Palestinian-Israel conflict that has shattered generations and millions of people since 1948 — when Israel declared statehood. Synopsis:…

“For you, a thousand times over”


“For you a thousand times over,” Hassan says to Aamir in The Kite Runner. I wish I could say this to my mother. Today, it’s been eight long years without Mi. The most difficult years of my life and a phase where I learned to live with the most precious memories ever and find beauty…