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I've read 19 books in the last three months, till 31st March. Some I like, and some don't. I explore different genres, and here I'm sharing the list of all the books that I rated 4 and 5 stars on Books Charming under their usual genres, with outline and rank.



1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling -
Rating - 4 Stars



Harry Potter is preparing to leave the Dursleys and Privet Drive for the last time. But the future that awaits him is full of danger, not only for him but for anyone close to him - and Harry has already lost so much. Only by destroying Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes can Harry free himself and overcome the Dark Lord's forces of evil. In this dramatic conclusion to the Harry Potter series, Harry must leave his most loyal friends behind, and in a final perilous journey, find the strength and the will to face his terrifying destiny: a deadly confrontation that is his alone to fight.

Full Review - https://www.bookscharming.com/2021/01/harry-potter-and-deathly-hallows-review.html


2. Sri Sai Sat Charitra for Kids: Miracles and Teachings of Sai Baba by Ishwar Joshi Awalgaonkar
Rating - 4 Stars


Sri Sai Sat Charitra contains the miracles and teachings of Sai Baba. It was written from 1922 to 1929 by Raghunath Govind Dabholkar, aka Hemadpant, after he personally experienced miracles and received permission from Sai Baba of Shirdi. Nagesh Vasudev Gunaji translated Hemadpant's Marathi edition into English in 1944.

For the first time, this is a brand new 'For Kids' edition of Sri Sai Sat Charitra. Gunaji's edition has been simplified and retold to make it easy for Kids. This includes making the language simpler, explaining the background and concepts mentioned in the original text, splitting the chapters into smaller sections, and adding questions and answers.

Sri Sai Charitra is a guidebook to help your children start on an amazing spiritual journey of self-discovery with Sai Baba.

Full Review - https://www.bookscharming.com/2021/01/book-review-sri-sai-satcharitra-for-kids.html


3. Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of The Mumbai Mafia by S. Hussain Zaidi
Rating - 4 Stars



Dongri to Dubai is the first-ever attempt to chronicle the history of the Mumbai mafia. It is the story of notorious gangsters like Haji Mastan, Karim Lala, Varadarajan Mudaliar, Chhota Rajan, Abu Salem, but above all, it is the story of a young man who went astray despite having a father in the police force. Dawood Ibrahim was initiated into crime as a pawn in the Mumbai police's hands, wiped out the competition, and eventually became the Mumbai police’s own nemesis. The narrative encompasses several milestones in the history of crime in India, from the rise of the Pathans, the formation of the Dawood gang, the first-ever supari, the mafia’s nefarious role in Bollywood, Dawood’s move to Karachi, and Pakistan’s subsequent alleged role in sheltering one of the most wanted persons in the world. This story is primarily about how a boy from Dongri became a don in Dubai and captures his bravado, cunningness, focus, ambition, and lust for power in a gripping narrative. The meticulously researched book provides an in-depth and comprehensive account of the mafia’s supremacy and internecine warfare games.

Full Review - https://www.bookscharming.com/2021/01/dongri-to-dubai-book-review.html


4. The Extraordinary UnOrdinary You: Follow Your Own Path, Discover Your Own Journey by Simone Knego
Rating - 5 Stars



Do you wake up every day feeling like you're going through the motions, that the hundreds of choices you make have almost no impact on the people around you?

Many motivational books will tell you that to better the world, you must first better yourself. But you really only need to change the way you see yourself, and the world around you will change.

What you do everyday matters and inspires others. By sharing your story, you can motivate and encourage those around you and, in doing so, change the world.

Everyone has a story. In The Extraordinary UnOrdinary You, Simone Knego takes you inside her unique journey and the extraordinary moments that have shaped her life and defined her mission. Sharing the lessons she's learned from life's ups, downs, and laugh-out-loud moments, you'll be inspired to discover your own journey and to go out into the world and be good. The world is waiting for the Extraordinary UnOrdinary You, and you already have everything you need to get started simply by being you.

Full Review - https://www.bookscharming.com/2021/02/extraordinary-unordinary-you-by-simone-knego-book-review.html


5. Time Guard: The Awakening by Anmol Batra
Rating - 4 Stars



When a young corporate, Swati receives a set of envelopes at her office table, she is shocked by its contents. Each envelope has the date and time of its opening written on it. Also, each envelope has a warning message scribbled on it."Please open this envelope at the time mentioned below your name."She ignores, tears the first envelope, and pulls out the page inside it. Next, she uncovers a thick drawing sheet scratched in the middle with a pencil; a hand-written line in the center of the sheet."I requested that you open the envelope at 12:30 PM. Envelopes not opened on time will lose their contents. The time right now is 09:00:25 AM. "Swati checks her wristwatch and exhales sharply; her wristwatch ticks round to 9:00:25, accurate to the very second. Who sent her those envelopes? What exactly does he or she want if he doesn't want Swati to know the future beforehand?

A Soul is nothing but energy with a conscious. A wave that can move across space, time, and matter. The wave that your mind finally releases when you die. But a few gifted ones have the ability to leave the shackles of mind and return to physical self at will. What if I told you that people on this planet can leave their bodies and travel the universe as a soul, they could travel both forward and backward in time. Some manipulate the world for their own selfish interest & a few devour themselves with the responsibility to harmonize and protect the world. The question is, are you sure such people don't exist?

Full Review - https://www.bookscharming.com/2021/03/time-guard-by-anmol-batra-book-review.html


6. Permanent Record by Edward Snowden
Rating - 5 Stars



In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into every person's private life on earth. Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it.

Spanning the bucolic Beltway suburbs of his childhood and the clandestine CIA and NSA postings of his adulthood, Permanent Record is the extraordinary account of a bright young man who grew up online – a man who became a spy, a whistleblower, and, in exile, the Internet’s conscience. Written with wit, grace, passion, and unflinching candor, Permanent Record is a crucial memoir of our digital age and destined to be a classic.

Full Review - https://www.bookscharming.com/2020/11/permanent-record-book-review-edward-snowden.html


7. Generation Zero: Reclaiming My Parents' American Dream by Sabreet Kang Rajeev
Rating - 4 Stars



Two pants. Two T-shirts. The socks and shoes he wore. His life savings of one thousand dollars. That is what Sukhvir brought to America at the age of twenty-three. Together, he and his wife started from nothing. They struggled in blue-collar jobs and poured their souls into two American-born children. They were Generation Zero.

For most of her life, Sabreet searched to find meaning in her family's immigration story. She read books about extraordinary immigrants' triumphs and everyday tales of hardship, but the stories of her family and other Generation Zero families often felt invisible.

If you're a first- or second-generation American, you know how hard it is to understand your reality. But you also know there is a great deal of beauty and strength to come from an immigrant family. Maybe your working-class family was sacrificed. Maybe you've strived to accomplish your parents' abandoned dreams. Or maybe you're living a hyphenated identity, trying to make sense of the unique experiences that make you American. You are not alone.

Full Review -
https://www.bookscharming.com/2021/03/book-review-generation-zero-by-sabreet-kang-rajeev.html


8. Retrace Love by Malini Amaladoss
Rating - 4 Stars



Tina, a young TV Anchor, falls deeply in love with a charismatic and sensitive Organ transplant surgeon, Ray. They are soul mates, and their hearts beat only for each other. Tina anchors a story covering a high-profile medical case involving Ray. Tina blames Ray unreasonably and breaks up with him. She buries her love for Ray and moves on, leaving behind all memories, including her friendship with Meghna.

Meghna and Neil fall in love at first sight, get married, and start a blissful life together. But, Neil’s secret perversions and Meghna’s unprecedented decisions end their marriage abruptly.

After a decade, Meghna, a single mother living courageously with zeal, meets with a terrible road accident and becomes unconscious. Meghna has Tina as her beneficiary. To Seek answers, Tina retraces the past with the help of Meghna’s journal. Circumstances lead Tina to meet Ray and realize the sensitivity of love and the enduring relationships that heart alone can fathom.

Can Tina embrace love again?

Full Review - https://www.bookscharming.com/2021/03/book-review-retrace-love-by-malini.html


9. Sidney Sheldon's The Silent Widow by Tilly Bagshawe
Rating - 5 Stars



Sweeping from Mexico City to the dark underbelly of LA, The Silent Widow has all the trademark glamour, suspense, and unexpected twists of a classic Sidney Sheldon novel.

A young American au pair, Charlotte Clancy, vanishes without a trace in Mexico City. The case is left cold, but its legacy will be devastating. A decade later, LA is shaken by a spate of violent murders. Psychologist Nikki Roberts is the common link between the victims, her patients at the heart of this treacherous web.

When someone makes an attempt on Nikki’s life, it’s clear she is a marked woman. Nikki makes a living out of reading people, drawing out their secrets, but the key to this shocking pattern eludes her. Nikki drafts in Derek Williams, a PI who isn’t afraid to put his hand into the hornet’s nest with the police at a dead end. Williams was thwarted in the notorious Charlotte Clancy case all those years ago, but what he unearths in LA - and the mention of one name in particular – leaves him cold and takes him on a dangerous path into the past. A shadowy manipulator has brought his deadly game to the streets of LA. It seems Nikki Roberts knows all too much in a crime spanning generations - and a ruthless killer knows the price of her silence.

Full Review - https://www.bookscharming.com/2021/03/sidney-sheldon-the-silent-widow-by-tilly-bagshawe.html


I hope you will enjoy reading these books as much as I did. If you already read any of them or want to, let me know in the comment box. I'll see you in the second quarter of 2021 with more book recommendations. 


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