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My Favourite Novels of 2017


I read a total of 56 novels this year. In the order that I read them, here are the most memorable and enjoyable books I read in 2017 – 

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

This was the first novel I read in 2017. I thought I’d set myself a precedent to continue reading more nonfiction over the coming months. Paul Kalanithi’s story moved me to tears, like big ugly nasty tears. Read this book!

The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre

A. R. Torre might be a weird addition to this list but I honestly don’t care. I loved reading the hell out of this book and the sequel. Sadly I didn’t think the rest of the series was good… but The Girl in 6E was guilty pleasure goodness.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

I’d never read a book set in Iceland, and it turns out this novel is a true historical story about the case of Agnes Magnúsdóttir the last person to get capital punishment in 1828. Fascinating stuff, and could. not. put. it. down. 

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

I’m surprised Fates and Furies made it on to this list since I gave it a low rating on Goodreads. Here’s the thing: I can’t stop thinking about the insane plot and twisted characters… I can’t let go.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant was a cozy, chicklit (ish) tearjerker with important social commentary on mental illnesses. Loved it a lot.

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Helen Oyeyemi is my literary crush. I want to know how her mind comes up with the things she writes. Boy, Snow, Bird played elements of magical realism, fairy tales and issues of race in a way I didn’t think was possible to concoct.

Panty by Sangeetha Bandyopadhyay

Panty was one of the most exciting magical realist novel ever and it was one of the two translated novels I read in 2017. 

Beauty Is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan

This is the second translated novel. Beauty Is a Wound is a genre-bending compendium of Indonesian modern history and is a book you’ll hate or love. Obviously, I loved it. Haha.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

“I need more Austen in my life.” – Me, since 2010

American Fire by Monica Hesse

American Fire reignited (heh) my love for true crime.

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

Okay. So… I freaking love Tiffany Haddish. Her stand up is e v e r y t h i n g. The Last Black Unicorn is supremely funny but it’s also filled with details about her nightmarish childhood and teenage years growing up in foster care. I highly recommend the audiobook version.

Tiny side note: I might be posting less on my blog (in the coming months) because of a massive reading slump + other life stuff. In no way will i ever stop reading though, I’m trying to get into audiobooks at the moment… 😃 

Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading 📚 


Autumn Readathon TBR 🍁


So many exciting readathons! I’ve been looking forward to Mercy’s reading challenge all month. It takes place between 22nd – 28th October. Here are my picks for the Autumn Readathon challenges:

(1) Read a gothic or spooky book: The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

(2) Read a non-fiction novel that is “autumnal”: American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse

(3) Read a novel set in a cold location: Same as 1. I believe it’s set in England during the wintertime

(4) Read a historical novel: Same as 1.  It’s set during the 1920s, haha!

Additional challenges:

(5) Read a short story collection: I’m going to choose between The Dead Husband Project by Sarah Meehan Sirk or Helen Oyeyeami’s What is Not Yours is Not Yours!

(6) Read an adult novel with young female protagonist: The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss (I started this one recently, but finding it a bit slow atm)

I haven’t decided if I’ll be posting my updates periodically or all at once at the end of the week.

In the meantime, happy reading! ☕

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon (Oct 2017) TBR

I really wanted to participate in ReadByZoe’s 24 hour Halloween reading challenge but life came in the way, I suppose. But fret not because Dewey’s day long readathon is happening this Saturday (21st October). In my timezone, it’s 5:30 PM on Saturday until 5:30 PM the next day. Frankly, I didn’t read last week and I’m in a mini-slump. I hope this book challenge will help me get out of it and encourage me pick up more novels this month.

What I’m hoping to finish reading for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon:

  1. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory: I’m about 350 pages in this massive 735 page novel! Fingers crossed I finish it soon.
  2. The Bay of Foxes by Sheila Kohler: I’m about 30% into this little novel. The plot is a bit slow but intriguing so I will continue on with this one.
  3. Folk by Zoe Gilbert: I kindly received an arc of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. It’s another short one so… fingers crossed!
  4. Last Sext by Melissa Broder: I thought it would be fun to throw in a poetry collection in here because it’s very quick and fun to get through.

Happy Reading, bookworms! 😄

Hello, October & a TBR list 🍂

The weather is perfectly chilly, my birthday is coming up soon and I’m super excited about all the books I’ll buy and read this month. As per the year long tradition, I will be reading spooky and scary novels (as expected) and thoroughly enjoying every minute of it. Here’s my list of books to read this October:

  • White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
  • What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
  • The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
  • Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
  • The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
  • Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson
  • The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss
  • American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse
  • Gossip from the Forest by Sara Maitland

A little ambitious for me but a girl can dream! I’m also going to give a go at two reading challenges this month: a 24-hour Halloween readathon by Zoe from ReadbyZoe and the week-long #Autumnreadathon hosted by Mercy from MercysBookishMusings.

Happy reading! ☕📚

Banned Books Week: Some Reading Recommendations


Think of your favourites books. Chances are some of them were banned in the past for various reasons, like the depiction of desire, or profanities. The act of banning a book is actually counterintuitive, if you think about it. It opens a dialogue and provides free publicity. 

Here are some recommendations for books that were challenged:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I read this for school when I was 15. Banned for depiction of rape and racial language.

The Colour Purple by Alice Walker

A recent read. Banned for sexual scenes, homosexuality, and profanities.

Every dystopian book you can think of (go figure): Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Giver, and most importantly, 1984 which I have yet to read!

Dystopian novels are primarily banned for their criticism of capitalist and totalitarian governments, and the suppressing of human rights and liberties.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Again, I read this for school when I was young. Banned for profanities and violence.

Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

Banned for obscenity.

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Banned for overt sexuality of an adulteress… Flaubert was put on trial on charges of immorality and obscenity.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Similarly, Wilde was put on trial. His book involved homosexuality and was described as being “vulgar” and dirty.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Banned for depicting sexual abuse and rape.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Banned for including topics like drug use, masturbation, homosexuality etc.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi 

A graphic novel banned for portrayal of violence and radical islam.


“It’s now very common to hear people say, ‘I’m rather offended by that.’ As if that gives them certain rights. It’s actually nothing more… than a whine. ‘I find that offensive.’ It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. ‘I am offended by that.’ Well, so fucking what.”

[I saw hate in a graveyard — Stephen Fry, The Guardian, 5 June 2005]”
― Stephen Fry

Banned Books I plan on reading soon:

  1. 1984 by George Orwell 
  2. Lolita by Vladamir Nabokov (yeah, i can wait for this one)
  3. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence 
  4. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy 
  5. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Happy Reading!

Booktube-a-thon 2017 TBR

Disclaimer: I am not a YouTuber. Also, I am not going to finish seven books in seven days.

But this should be loads of fun, right? Yes!

The Booktubeathon is hosted by Ariel Bissett (who is an awesome human being) and will take place between 24th – 30th July of this year. Here are my picks for each challenge:

  1. Pick a book with a person on the cover: For this I choose The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I was planning on reading this next, anyway.
  2. Read a hyped book: Can I choose The Shadow of the Wind again? Haha, if not that, it is The Night Circus by  Erin Morgenstern.
  3. Finish a book in a day: I’m pretty sure I can get through Clara’s Daughter by Meike Ziervogel in a day because it’s a very short thriller.
  4. Read about a character that is very different from you: Birdie by Tracey Lindberg is about a Cree woman. It should be a harrowing and interesting read.
  5. Finish a book outdoors: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. A play counts, yes?
  6. Read a book you bought because of the cover: I would be repeating a book here –The Night Circus by  Erin Morgenstern. It’s such a gorgeous cover!
  7. Read seven books: WELL. If I had to pick two more books, they’d be – Orlando by Virginia Woolf and Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough.

Let the games begin!


A 2017 TBR List

1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman (currently reading)

2. A Streetcar Named Desire by  Tennessee Williams

3. Waiting For Godot by  Samuel Beckett

4. The Clay Girl by Heather Tucker

5. The Colour Purple by Alice Walker

6. Birdie by Tracy Lindberg

7. The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks

8. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

9. The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss

10. The Museum of You by Carys Bray

11. English Animals by Laura Kaye

12. Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

13. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler