Happy New Year Readers – I can’t believe we are already in 2021!
As you probably saw, the lead up to Christmas meant pretty non-existent blogging from me… However, I have still been reading and I’m so excited to share with you all the amazing books I have devoured over the last couple of months.
So without further ado The Girl and the Goddess by Nikita Gill:
I had to start the year with this incredibly beautiful book – it hums with magic, love, trauma, the divine and healing. Timeless, heartfelt messages that will find a home in the souls of all read them.
Meet Paro. A girl with a strong will, a full heart, and much to learn. Born into a family reeling from the ruptures of Partition in India, we follow her as she crosses the precarious lines between childhood, teenage discovery, and realizing her adult self. In the process, Paro must confront fear, desire and the darkest parts of herself in the search for meaning and, ultimately, empowerment.
The balance between the pain of first experiences and self discovery, alongside the wisdom of the myths and intuition that evolves from self love, was mesmerising. Nikita once again embraces the magic of storytelling and the power of words. Paro’s journey is told with so much sensitivity, my eyes were brimming with tears for the majority of the book.
I especially loved the lyrical rhythm of the story. It was an incredibly enjoyable and powerful experience to read a novel told through verse. I couldn’t pick a section to quote because every page conveyed messages that should be chanted as mantras on a daily basis. For that reason it will be a book I return to time and time again.
As always, Nikita’s illustrations are exquisite and create a magical aesthetic to carry the story.
I also adored the exploration of Hindu Mythology and the celebration of a culture and heritage buried in hurt, brought to life with love and pride. There is nothing more powerful that telling the true story. The story that needs to be told.
A masterpiece, and my favourite book by Nikita Gill so far.
It’s so lovely to be back talking about books and what a positive way to start this year. Thank you Nikita Gill, for sharing your words.
Stay safe everyone,
Meg Readz xx
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