- Even if I have a different agenda I’m out for, I don’t hesitate before going into the bookshop that I just spotted on the streets or at the mall. I mean, priorities don’t apply when you’re a book lover, I suppose.
- The music that people think I’m listening to on my walks, in the subways, etc. are actually just audiobooks. There’s really no one way to consume books.
- My idea of an after-exam reward party is curling up in the bed with some hot/cold beverage and a book or gifting myself a book/books.
- My TBR pile is getting out of control but that sequel just came out and there’s no way my TBR pile is stopping me from getting it.
- I always carry a book with me without fail. That 2-minute break between lectures I have? Yeah that’s the perfect time to whisk out the book shoved into my backpack.
- I have on multiple occasions channeled my inner Harry Potter by using my mobile or some other flashlight to read in the dark when my parents expect me to be asleep.
- My birthday gift is usually a book/books or bookish related things which in a way works out better for my friends -laughs-. There’s really no brainstorming required to get me something because i’ll be raving about a particular book for months on end and really trying to drive my point home by being as apparent as can be.
- I try to cure my boredom/dislike of one book by picking up another book and the vicious cycle goes on.
- By the end of most conversations, somehow I always end up talking about books one way or the other. At this point, it’s not even something I do consciously.
- If I’m not talking about books, I’m usually trying to keep my book blog, bookstagram and goodreads afloat. I’m also an english major so even more books to keep my grades afloat! -nervous laughter- It’s uncanny how surrounded I am with bookish related stuff all the time.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and today’s prompt was ‘Genre Freebie’ which basically meant we could pick any genre of our choosing and build a list around it. I chose Classics because I personally started reading classics about three-four years ago, prior to which I always maintained my distance from it. This was either due to how intimidated I was or because I deemed classics to not be leisure reads. But this isn’t the case any longer and since reading so many wonderful ones, I thought I might recommend a few classics that are great for beginners who are jumping into the world of classics or planning to do so.
1) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This is one of my favourite classics of all time and I do recommend it to anyone starting out with classics. The writing is pretty simple to follow, the book is really short and the story will suck you in. There are also a great many adaptations of the book you can check out. I know the adaptation by Baz Luhrmann isn’t the most beloved but I personally had a blast seeing it. It’s somewhat on the longer side but totally worth your time.
2) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Usually questions like ‘which your favourite book?’ stump me because there are millions to choose from but if there really was one I had to pick up, it would be Wuthering Heights. If gothic themes tickle your fancy this might be the novel for you but please don’t mistake it for a romance because it’s not. This is a book with vile characters and morally questionable relationships and unreliable narrators but oh, Emily Bronte makes it so good!
3) Northanger Abbey or Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Okay, Jane Austen is a popular place to start and I totally support that. For one, there are ten million (not really but you get the drift) adaptations of her novels and if you’re someone who has a hard time getting into classics, watching the movie or the tv series alongside or after or before reading the novel can be particularly helpful. Northanger Abbey was one of the first classics I read and I fell in love with it immediately. The heroine is hugely relatable and Mr. Tilney is a complete dream and Northanger Abbey is also one of her shorter novels. For Pride and Prejudice, I don’t think I need to explain why. It’s a staple classic and Mr. Darcy has or is at some point been everyone’s fictional boyfriend.
4) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
I think by this time it’s pretty well-known that Frankenstein was not the monster and was in fact, the creator of the monster but I’d still like reiterate the fact. Frankenstein is gothic horror at it’s finest. There’s so much to uncover in this novel in terms of character morality, broken societies and what in fact makes one a monster. It’s a wonderfully crafted nested story and I really think one of the finest classics ever written.
5) Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Thomas Hardy’s novel Far From The Madding Crowd sucked me right into the story. It was fun following this larger than life character called Bathsheba Everdene and her three suitors who were all from different classes, walks of life and had wildly different personalities.
6) The Invisible Man by HG Wells
A classic sci-fi novel that’s both short and has a truly enticing storyline to keep you hooked from the very beginning. Also that damned end is crazy when you go back to how the novel even started. It also interestingly echoes some semblance of Frankenstein but we see the scientist here go on a crazy pursuit to apply his experiments on himself instead of getting himself a ‘monster.’ Fascinating stuff.
7) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
This is a holiday classic that I think everyone and their mothers know about and there’s not much I have to say about it than the fact that it’s wholesome, it brings about the Christmas spirit and I love Dickens. It’s a really short novel unlike what Dickens is known for and while I would like to sneak in a recommendation for ‘A Tale Of Two Cities’ and ‘Great Expectations’, a Christmas carol is perfectly great way to start with the author.
8) Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
This is a children’s classic that I absolutely fell in love with when we had to read it for class. It’s whimsical, it’s weird, it’s magical and will boggle your head up. In terms of character, most aren’t likeable but that doesn’t make them any less interesting. There’s honestly so much to Alice in Wonderland than what meets the eye and Lewis Caroll brings up so many important discussions that you might have not caught reading the book as kid.
9) The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
Anne Bronte is seriously such an underrated Bronte sister and I don’t know why?! The tenant of wildfell hall was a novel that I thought might not be as good because it doesn’t have the praise and appreciation that the other novels have but man, was I wrong! It was deliciously gothic with perhaps my favourite Bronte heroine and a storyline that at it’s core follows a woman standing up for herself against patriarchy, societal expectations of what a woman can or cannot be and an abusive relationship.
10) And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Do I need even say this? It’s terrific, just go read it. And then there were none was such a gripping thriller with an absolutely mind-boggling murder mystery. It had me hooked and I think I might have read it in one sitting. Highly recommend!
This is my first venture into Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the amazing That Arsty Reader Girl. Today’s topic was Spring 2020 TBR and it seemed like a perfect way to enter TTT. There’s a lot that I want to get done considering my TBR is intimidating as heck but the list below seems like a good place to begin my showdown.
1) To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I’m at this point and time possibly the only human in this world who hasn’t read this book. It’s been on my TBR for literal ages and honestly it hurts to say that i’m a tad embarrassed to have never read it before. But this year seems like the year to get through with this one.
2) Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Another one that I have been meaning to read for a long while now. I have never read a Cassandra Clare book (Or I sort of have read a couple here and there but that was literal years ago) and kinda of want to dive into her Shadowhunter-verse or whatever it’s called. With all the hype for Chain of Gold I really want to know what’s up and the infernal devices seemed like a good place to start.
3) Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
4) Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
5) Persuasion by Jane Austen
Completing the complete works of Jane Austen is high on my TBR list. If I get through both Persuasion and Mansfield Park I’d have done just that.
6) Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
7) The Girl Of Hawthorne and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole
I got this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and I’m really looking forward to what the book has to offer. The premise seems super exciting!
8) A Feast For Crows – George RR Martin
One of my major goals for this year is complete the entire ‘A song of ice and fire’ and I think i’m doing pretty alright so far. Here’s hoping I keep up the momentum. Also fingers crossed for The Winds of Winter yelp
9) Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Once again lemme put you through a shocker and say I have never read a Murakami in my life. Yup, I’m a disgrace. But I really want to change that and Spring seems like a good month to turn things around.
10) Basti by Intizar Husain
This is a part of my reading to do for uni so I need to get it done before exams shower in. I’m a bit scared to dive into this one as I’ve heard it’s dense but wish me luck guys!