2017 was a good year for introverts, at least when it comes to books. There were a few cool books published about introversion. I came across three lovely comics and one essential nonfiction. Before I announce these books, let me explain why we need to read them. I find that I often have to convince people to read books or articles on this topic, so here goes. Continue reading
Left to my own devices, I tend to read too many comics and too little of everything else. In my defence, comics are fun, quick to read and easy to pack into one’s daily schedule. Some of them are also informative and inspiring. However, with my recent addiction to Webtoons, I’ve not been reading much novels and nonfiction. This year’s goodreads statistics came to me like an intervention, urging me to control my comics obsession (I actually have an “ongoing-obsessions” shelf on goodreads). As a remedial measure, I’ve decided to take up a few reading challenges. I read around 270 books in 2017, so surely I can breeze through 18 challenges, right? (Note the sarcasm here)
Halloween is around the corner, so I decided to make a book list consisting of scary books. Since I am into classics lately, I dug into google and excavated some good old horror books. Who says Halloween has to be about ghosts and creatures of the dark only? In my list, I have books featuring unearthly creatures, portraying characters with twisted minds and depicting dystopian societies. Continue reading
If you have never read a comic past childhood, this list is for you. Now before you brush it off saying that comics are for kids, let me insist that you check out at least a few of the recommendations below. You might change your mind.
Also, this list contains only webcomics which are legal and free to read online, so you’ve got nothing to lose. Without further ado, let me list down some awesome webcomics to suit the tastes of the adult reader: Continue reading
There is more to the Harry Potter series than meets the eye. Sure, we occasionally meet people who claim it to be a children’s book series, but every Potterhead will give you hundreds of reasons as to why HP is awesome. Take a step back from the spectacular world building, brilliant writing and interesting plot and you will observe many moral lessons.
The emphasis on certain topics, such as friendship, loyalty, courage, love, perseverance, righteousness, equality, sacrifice, community, hope, choice, etc., is pretty obvious. However, there are a few other things that grabbed my interest while reading the series again as an adult. In lieu of Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary, I reread the books and found myself more in love with the series than I did as a child. Here’s why: Continue reading
I often come across book lists that feature women writers. This women’s day, instead of giving you yet another list of books by (white) women, I wanted to share books for women and about women. No, this is not a list of “chick-lit”. And no, not a feminism 101 reading list either. I will post one in the future when I’m well read on the topic.
In this post, I will be sharing books that have meant a lot to me, that are on my must-read list and that are constantly being recommended to me. This list will be across genres but will feature books that center around women. Continue reading
This is my 42nd post and I thought of dedicating it to one of my favourite authors, Douglas Adams. What is so cool about 42, you wonder? It is not a prime number, not a multiple of ten, there is nothing special associated with it, so why am I even interested in this number? Well, those of us who love the Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy are obsessed with this number. Continue reading
Maya Angelou’s birthday is on 4th April. On account of it, I wanted to share one of her poems that always inspires me. This poem makes me instantaneously bolder and more confident. Every time I read it, I get a feeling that I can overcome any problem and deal with any villain. It also makes me realize that I do not have it as bad as others, and hence I should stop complaining. Continue reading
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is a French children’s book. This classic is suitable for readers of all ages. I’d particularly urge adults to read it.
The story is narrated by a pilot who crashes his plane in the Sahara desert and encounters the titular little prince. The little prince tells the narrator thought-provoking stories about his planet and his travels.
In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, Very Good Lives offers J.K. Rowling’s words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life, asking the profound and provocative questions: How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others? Continue reading
What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same name—by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
There seems to be a constant war brewing between bibliophiles. This is because some prefer printed books over electronic books, while others like the convenience of an eBook reader.
The week of Christmas happens to be my year end break. Most people utilize this time to go out on a trip. As a bibliophile, I’m more interested in fictional trips than real world tours. What better way to usher in the new year than through reading? Here are my picks for the vacation. Continue reading
Here I was thinking I’m too old to read manga and Naruto disproved me. I got completely enthralled by it. To my surprise, I had a lot of insights and self realizations from a manga!