Having Books As Friends Doesn’t Make You Weird

Because books have the power to change your life, teach you lessons and inspire you. With your back against the plush chair and your legs crossed beneath you, the soft murmurs from the other students in the library, and a gentle noise in the background, you finally open up to the first page of thatContinue reading “Having Books As Friends Doesn’t Make You Weird”

Jacqueline Wilson’s Impact and the Power of Representation

Let’s talk about the legend that brought us, Tracy “bog off” Beaker and how readers remember her books. When we talk about Jacqueline Wilson, we’re instantly thrown back to the days in our childhood and teen years where we’d devour her books hungrily. Long after we’d be told to turn off the lights, we’d stillContinue reading “Jacqueline Wilson’s Impact and the Power of Representation”

Book Review: It Ends With Us

“Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person. Fifteen seconds that we’ll never get back.” Synopsis from Goodreads Sometimes the one who loves you is the one who hurts you the most. Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants.Continue reading “Book Review: It Ends With Us”

The Book that Changed How I See Relationships

Let’s talk about, ‘All Your Perfects’, the book that will stay with me forever. Sometimes, we read books that end up changing us as people — how we think, feel or even behave. They impact the way we view the world around us and our relationships. These are the books that, in all the waysContinue reading “The Book that Changed How I See Relationships”

Library Apps Might Be the Best Thing to Happen to Reading

How I found my motivation to read during lockdown. Every summer break, when I come back to my hometown from university, I go on a reading spree. The new-found free time sends me straight to my local library to pick up as many books as they’ll let me away with, to consume at breakneck speedContinue reading “Library Apps Might Be the Best Thing to Happen to Reading”

Now Everything is Virtual, Reading is a Welcomed Offline Space

Here’s how I rediscovered my passion for reading and how it can carve out time from the online world. Once a bookworm, my love for reading waned when it came to university and part-time working. Over the years I have bought books that I intend to read, promised myself that I would, but they ultimatelyContinue reading “Now Everything is Virtual, Reading is a Welcomed Offline Space”

Not Everything Is Orwellian — A Case For Better Literary References

It’s time to retire the over-used references to Orwell and Rowling in our political discourse. In these ‘unprecedented times’ (sick of hearing that phrase, yet?), people cling to popular culture to establish some sense of perspective. What better way is there to understand the world than through the lens of fiction — after all —Continue reading “Not Everything Is Orwellian — A Case For Better Literary References”

What ‘Lady in Waiting’ taught me about British aristocracy

It’s easy to be cynical about people born in palaces, but had it been you, would you give it up because it’s unfair? Ever since I can remember, anything to do with royals has intrigued me. From their looks to their history, from their work to their manners, I am fascinated and nosy about royalContinue reading “What ‘Lady in Waiting’ taught me about British aristocracy”

How Judging a Reader’s Taste Can Affect Their Love for Books

Being forced into reading books you don’t enjoy can significantly change your attitude toward reading. When I was still in school, our literature curriculum would ask us to read all the scary, daunting, difficult classics, from James Joyce to Charles de Baudelaire or Edgar Allan Poe. Every time I would pick up a classic, IContinue reading “How Judging a Reader’s Taste Can Affect Their Love for Books”

5 Books I Can’t Stop Thinking About

These are my most memorable reads of 2020, which have stayed with me months after finishing them. It could be that 2020 has made me more mindful, or maybe I just had a great reading year, but seldom has it happened for the memories of so many books to recur in my mind. This playsContinue reading “5 Books I Can’t Stop Thinking About”