Diverse Books Recommendations

In this episode of my podcast, I share with you some of my favourite diverse reads from 2016 and explain to you what made each book hit the diversity criteria for me. Let me know what you think and if you have read any of these books.

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#OutsideYourComfortZone Challenge

Hey everyone! So this year, I’m participating in multiple challenges that I’ve set for myself. But I’m also doing Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge, and have been taking inspiration from the Rory Gilmore reading challenge. But this challenge seems very interesting as it aims to make me dig for beauty in genres I normally alienate. And since I used to be a book snob until a few years ago, this is important to me.

I found this challenge through the videos of the following Booktubers. Check out their videos to find out more about this challenge.

The  Hermit’s Progress || Marie Berg

 So my genres are:

 Sci-fi ||  Fantasy || Romance || Crime|| Science

For sci-fi and romance, I’d like to read Outlander. I did watch the first series and really enjoyed it.

For fantasy, I have a few books in mind:

  • -Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman 
  • -The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien
  • -Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb

As for crime, I’d like to read one of the Robert Galbraith/ J.K. Rowling books.

For science nonfiction, I plan to read the Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks. 

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Bookish Discussion: On Real Characters in Fantasy Stories

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 A few days ago, hell broke loose on the internet when an excerpt of an interview by J.K. Rowling, where she explicitly announced that Hermione and Harry should’ve ended up married. And that Ron and Hermione would’ve need “relationship counselling”. My stand on the matter is not what this post is about. But I mention the incident because the reaction to it is what prompted this post about the importance of normal, real, human characters in books that are so detached from reality. 

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Book Review (#25): The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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HAPPY NANOWRIMO MONTH!

It’s true I have stopped writing after last November, but still. I thought that in honor of this beautiful literary month, I could show my appreciation for words the way I now like to do it. So here I am with a review that is long over due for the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which I’ve finished a bit over two weeks ago.

This is a book that I’ve heard multiple, very different opinions on via the blogsphere and Goodreads friends. Some said that there were too many unnecessary details, making the book drag on; others said it was quite good for a debut novel. But these comments discouraged me a little and I left  the book on the shelf longer than I should have. I think it was around the time that I was racing through Gone with the Wind that Jeff from Stuff Jeff Reads mentioned to me that this was “one of the best books he’s read in a while”. And Jeff is the sort of reader I aspire to be one day; I’m absolutely addled by his selection of books, and that’s why the Night Circus was the book I picked up next. Had it not been for Jeff, this beauty would’ve still been left unraveled on my shelf. So thank you, Jeff. You were totally right!

And here’s why.

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Book Review (#4): The Magician’s Nephew

(courtesy of Goodreads)

(courtesy of Goodreads)

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For some reason –which probably does not exist– I was quite sure that this’ll be my 5th review this month. Also, until very recently, I thought that the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia series. The reason for that maybe Carey Mulligan’s movie, an Education, in which this book is mentioned, and the first Narnia movie which is the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I have braved my way through all the confusion though and I have –finally!– finished the Magician’s Nephew and have successfully started reading a series I have been wanting to read for a while.

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