We are super excited to have Aditi Khorana, author of Library of Fates, on the blog today! Before we share that with you, we want to tell you about the book first!The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Penguin on July 18th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, General, Girls & Women, Legends, Myths, Fables, Young Adult Fiction
No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything--family, her childhood love, and her freedom--to save her people. But her offer isn't enough.
The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.
Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life--and another love--await?
We asked Aditi to recommend 5 books to her main character Amrita!
I love the idea of a reading list for Amrita! Here are some books that I know Amrita would devour.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I love this book so much. It shines a light on insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women and how we could and need to to better as a society in our treatment of women.
Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by Rebecca Solnit. I can’t say enough good things about this book. It’s about nonviolent resistance and about various movements for peace and justice across the world.
No is Not Enough by Naomi Klein. This book is a wonderful toolkit for a vision to counter militarism, nationalism and corporatism in the US and around the world.
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. LeGuin. This story is short! Amrita could read it in like, ten minutes. But it’s the most compelling, mesmerizing short story I’ve ever read about the price we play for the societal privileges we enjoy.
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. This book outlines various exercises for the reader to learn how to be humble, patient, empathetic, generous and strong in the face of whatever they are dealing with. A quick read and timeless!
Extra credit: Upstream by Mary Oliver. Everything ever written by Mary Oliver is amazing TBH, but these poetic meditations on what it means to be human are so inspiring. This books stays with you forever.
Thank you so much for the recs Aditi – I can’t wait to check them out!
Follow The Tour
July 10 – The Fandom – Meet the Characters
July 11 – The YA Book Traveler – Indian Mythology in The Library of Fates: Guest Post by Indian Blogger, Aditi Nichani
July 12 – YA Wednesdays – Library of Fates Aesthetics
July 13 – YA Book Central – Library of Fates Excerpt
July 14 – Read Sleep Repeat – Author Q&A
July 17 – Bibliophile Gathering – Review
July 18 – Boricuan Bookworms – Author Guest Post
July 19 – Once Upon a Twilight – Review
July 20 – The Reading Nook Reviews – Review & Library of Fates Pendants
July 21 – A Page With A View – Author Q&A
July 24 – Fiction Fare – Author Guest Post
July 25 – Alexa Loves Books – Bookish Style File
July 26 – Chasing Faerytales – Review
July 27 – IceyBooks – Library of Fates Quote Candy
July 28 – Across the Words – Review & Fan Cast