Kim Ji-young, Born 1982🌾

Genre: Literary fiction
Rating: 5🌟

🌾 This book came out in 2016. Months earlier, a young woman was murdered near Gangnam metro station in Seoul in a hate crime.
The murderer testified in court that “he had been ignored by women a lot and couldn’t bear it anymore so committed the crime”.

🌾 Although South Korea is economically one of the most advanced countries in Asia, it remains socially conservative.
So much so, that female singers and actresses who said they read the book were attacked and bullied online.

🌾 This book represents women who face misogyny, sexism, discrimination, exclusion and violence in their lives, be it at their homes or workplaces. It talks about certain issues like postpartum depression, families’ demand for sons rather than daughters, gender pay gap, treatment of women when they choose to have a baby, treatment of girls at school or at workplaces.

🌾 In most of the countries, the role of bearing children and staying at home to take care of them is considered of utmost importance for women. Their place has been set at home by the patriarchal society. They are not given the same responsibilities and opportunities as men and are thus, considered the weaker sex. Such stereotypes and norms are broken down by several women everyday but still, even today there are many of us facing such things.

🌾 This book tells us the story about the protagonist, Kim Ji-young, who has a kind and understanding mother, Oh Misook, who know what it’s like to give up on one’s dreams for the sake of the family, having made that sacrifice herself. She supported her daughters’ education but when Kim Ji-young is married to her boyfriend, Jung Daehyun, things take a turn for the worse when her in-laws start commenting about her not being pregnant soon enough.

There is an incident in the book where Daehyun asks her to stay at home for the sake of the child and give up her career since his job was more stable and brought in more money. Seeing her sigh, he says he would help her out, to which Ji-young replies ‘Help out? What is it with you and β€œhelping out”? You’re going to β€œhelp out” with chores. β€œHelp out” with raising our baby. β€œHelp out” with finding me a new job. Isn’t this your house, too?’

🌾 This reaction was so needed as people tend to think that it is natural for women to do all of these things by herself. Comments like “mumroach”, i.e. mum + cockroach are used for mothers “who lack manners” in public spaces. Are mothers not allowed to go out and take care of themselves as well besides taking care of the child all day? Don’t they deserve a break?
It was also around this time that some trendy cafes and restaurants designated themselves as “no-kids zones” to forbid these mothers from coming.

🌾 The story also portrays a few strong, outspoken women but even they are constantly put down by the society and colleagues from climbing up the ladder of success.

🌾 This is a must read book to gain an insight about what women have to face in their day to day lives. The Korean movie with the same name, based on the book, was released in 2019 which is a must watch as well. The Korean drama (k-drama) called ‘Something In The Rain‘ too portrays such taboos and is a must must watch!πŸ‘ŒπŸ€

You can check my mini review on the k-drama Something In The Rain here.

January wrap-up!πŸ“š

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Dancing At The Pity Party by Tyler Feder πŸ’•

Genre: Graphic novel, non-fiction, memoir

Rating: 5🌟

πŸ’• When I first looked at this book online, I lnew I had to get it because of the title! I knew I’ll love it because it was written about a mom by her daughter. πŸ’˜And after reading it, I was so overwhelmed and had so many emotions. There were moments in this book when tears welled up in my eyes. :’)πŸ’˜

πŸ’• The story revolves around the author who tries to explain through this book what kind of a relationship she and her family had with her mother and how they eventually coped with her death after her mother succumbed to cancer. I felt it is so important to read this book as it lets you understand the different ways in which one can deal with pain and move forward in life.

πŸ’• The author beautifully describes the kind of impact her mother had on her and also, we get to know about the Jewish culture in the book. I have so much to say about this book but I just want to let this be. I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. It really touched my heart! This will always be a special one for me.πŸ’œ

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Dopehri by Pankaj Kapoor🌞

Genre: Fiction

Rating: 4🌟

🌞 Dopehri, the afternoon where you do not have a fresh start to the day but also you aren’t too tired from a full day’s work. The time when you are leisurely retaining a few possibilities. It is a short story about an old woman, Amma Bi, in her 60s who decided to take in a lodger out of her loneliness & her fear of someone lurking in her haveli at exact 3 PM.

🌞 Not many stories revolve around elderly women who live alone and what all they realise about themselves during that time. I really enjoyed this story as it had many humorous as well as touching moments.

🌞 Pankaj Kapur had done stage plays on this story before publishing it. The novella is around 100 pages and is a quick and heartwarming read. The dynamics among the protagonist and other characters are quite enjoyable.

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The Stationery Shop Of Tehran by Marjan Kamli πŸ’•

πŸ’•Look at love
How it tangles
With the one fallen in loveπŸ’•

Genre: Historical fiction, romance

Rating: 4🌟

QOTD: Which is your favourite historical fiction/non-fiction or romance novel?

πŸ’• The story revolves around two Iranian individuals, Bahman and Roya, who have always been in love with each other but destiny had other plans for them.

πŸ’• Bahman and Roya met in the Stationery shop & from there, their love for each other develops and the story showcases how the stationer, Mr. Fakhri helps the two individuals come closer to each other. But Bahman’s mother, Mrs. Aslan, is against this match. Slowly, we get to know about the past of Mrs. Aslan and Mr. Fakhri and many secrets are revealed.

πŸ’• The story revolves around the politics taking place in Iran and the people’s take on democracy, communism and monarchy. Amidst the protests and coup, complex relationships are explored among the protagonists and their families. The story revolves around love, heartbreak, loss and what not. It is a heart warming yet emotional read.

πŸ’• The story also highlights the patriarchy and misogyny that takes place and what topics are considered to be taboo. Roya and her sister, Zari also realise how America is different from their motherland, Iran when they move to America to study further.
I plan to read more of Marjan Kamali’s books since this was my first read & I absolutely loved it.πŸ’˜

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Birthday Girl by Haruki Murakami πŸŽ‚

Genre: fiction, short story

Rating: 3🌟

πŸŽ‚ Before starting my first novel by #HarukiMurakami , I decided to read one of his short stories as recommended by @libroreview in her youtube video “Top 18 (more) books for beginners”.

πŸŽ‚ The plot is rather basic where a girl, a waitress, who has now turned twenty is asked to deliver food in room 604 and there, an old man asks her what she wishes for on her birthday. What follows next is what Murakami is famous for- his intriguing storyline.

πŸŽ‚ #BirthdayGirl might seem confusing by the end because the author has left it open to interpretation. Needless to say, I found it quite unique and thus, I’m excited to pick up Norwegian Wood finally after delaying it for so long.

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The Nine-Chambered Heart by Janice Pariat 🀍

Genre: Romance fiction, coming-of-age story

Rating: 3.5🌟

🀍 The book is a collection nine stories/ perspectives about the same unnamed woman through the eyes of eight men and one woman. So the book doesn’t share that particular woman’s perception or the place where she lives, instead the way how she is perceived is described beautifully throughout.

🀍 Some perceive her as fun while some perceive her as self-centred. The story is quite engaging and we get to know what kind of a relationship that woman had with all these nine characters. She eventually marries one of them and you’ll relate to her on quite a few levels as the stories are realistic.

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The Worst Daughter Ever by Aarti V Raman πŸ™‡πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Genre: romance, domestic fiction

Rating: 3🌟

πŸ™‡πŸ»β€β™€οΈ I came across this book on Amazon and was intrigued by the title. So I decided to listen to it as an audiobook on @audible_in . The story is set in Kerala, India where the protagonist, Lasya aka LJ comes back home after the demise of her grandmother.

πŸ™‡πŸ»β€β™€οΈ The plot is interestingly a mixture of family drama with romance, cousins’ love and rivalry, friendship and forgiveness.

πŸ™‡πŸ»β€β™€οΈ The language used in the book is simple and fun. LJ’s fallout with her family two years ago, her acceptance of her mistakes, and her coming to terms with everyone’s situation are very well written.

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Midwinter Murder: Fireside Tales from the Queen of Mystery by Agatha Christie 🌚

Genre: Mystery, Christmas Story, Crime Fiction

Rating: 4🌟

🌚 Midwinter Murder is a collection of 12 seasonal short stories by Christie and features some of her most famous detectives – Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. It also features two stories featuring Mr. Quinn and a solo Tommy and Tuppence adventure.

🌚 My favourite story has been The Chocolate Box where Poirot is successfully deceived and thus, he describes it as the “perfect murder”.

🌚 I am a huge Christie fan since the time I read her “Death Comes As The End” and I was hooked to her writing. I’ve also been following @maidensofmurder on Instagram as it is an Agatha Christie book club and if you are her fan, you should definitely check this page out!πŸ™ˆ

Have you read any of these books? What has been your favourite read in the month of January?☺️

21 books I want to read in 2021🌟

Hello, fellow bibliophiles!πŸ’ƒ

How is your January going? We are about to enter into February soon & I’m here with my TBR for 2021! (Better late than neverπŸ˜‚)

So I really want to read more of romance novels this year as I always avoid this genre (unintentionally).πŸ™ˆ Last year, when I read The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, I stayed away from this genre because I just did not like this book. The constant hating games between the two protagonists did not engage me in their story and eventually, I DNFed it. But I also read Attachments and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell which I really liked.

So if you have any good romance recommendation for me, do let me know.🌚

So the first book which I want to read in 2021 is The Ten Loves of Mr. Nishino by Hiromi Kawakami.

The blurb: Over the course of his life, Mr Nishino falls hopelessly in love again and again. One woman is a colleague, another a chance encounter; one is the girlfriend of a classmate, another the best friend of Nishino’s latest conquest.

The reason why I want to read this book except for the fact that it comes in the romance genre is that I have heard mixed reviews about it though I find the blurb interesting.

The next book I want to read is Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. There are so many Murakami fans out there and I want to know why.πŸ˜‚πŸ€­ What is it that excites them about Murakami books? I recently read his short story Birthday Girl and the ending was quite shocking. Hence, I finally want to read his books.

Next I want to read is an important LGBTQI book called Felix Ever After and I’ve heard so much about it that I can’t wait to read it and share my views here!

The blurb: Felix Love has never been in love – and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone.

I enjoy graphic novels so I’ve included Go With The Flow by Karen Schneemann and Lily Williams. I found the blurb and the reviews quite interesting and encouraging, so I had to pick this one up as well.

The blurb: High school students embark on a crash course of friendship, female empowerment, and women’s health issues in Lily Williams and Karen Schneemann’s graphic novel Go With the Flow. Good friends help you go with the flow.Best friends help you start a revolution.

Next is a memoir called Educated by Tara Westover which talks about her struggles to get an education as a child while living with a conservative family.

I also want to read books by Alice Oseman, Kristin Hannah, Talia Hibbert, Elizabeth Gilbert, Mitch Albom, Fredrik Backman, Kevin Kwan, Helen Hoang, Orhan Pamuk, Sophie Kinsella (though I have watched the movies based on her books), Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Devdutt Pattnaik, Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Ayse Kulin, Roxane Gay and Danielle Steel.

These are some of the authors whose books I’ve been wanting to read for so long.

Do tell me about your TBR or which authors you haven’t yet read. If you’ve read any of the above mentioned books, do let me know about your suggestions.🌈

My Top Favourite Books in 2020!

2020 was a stressful year and I’m relieved it has come to an end. I had a target of 50 books to read in 2020 but I was able to complete 57 books and I’m quite happy with it. So here are a few recommendations from what I read in the past year.

Autobiography:

  1. How To Be A Bawse (also, a self-help book) by Lilly Singh 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  2. Yes, My Accent Is Real by Kunal Nayyar 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  3. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? By Mindy Kaling 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  4. Mrs. Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Classics:

  1. Animal Farm by George Orwell 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Feminism:

1. Dear Girl by Aija Mayrock (Poetry) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
2. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Short Story) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Graphic novels:

  1. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  2. Dancing At The Pity Party by Tyler Feder 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  3. Maus by Art Spiegelman 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  4. Ritu Weds Chandni by Ameya Narvankar (Children’s literature) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Historical fiction:

  1. The Bastard Of Istanbul by Elif Shafak 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 🌟🌟🌟
  3. The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Romance:

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thriller:

Death Comes As The End by Agatha Christie 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Other Fiction Books:

  1. Poonachi or The Story Of A Black Goat by Perumal Murugan 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  2. The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid- The Ugly Truth 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  3. Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Children’s literature) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

You can check their reviews on my instagram.

Do share your top reads of 2020 in the comments and let me know if you have read any of the mentioned books.πŸ₯³

Two Blogger Award Nominations!

I was nominated for the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award by Isha and the Mystery Blogger Award by acoupleofbees. They post amazing book reviews, and if you haven’t checked their blog yet, then you must go and check out their blog. Thank you guys for nominating me.

Ideal Inspiration Award

Thank you, Isha, for nominating me for this award!

Rules:

β€’ Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.
β€’ Answer their questions.
β€’ Nominate other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.
β€’ Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.
β€’ List the rules and display the β€œIdeal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.
β€’ Provide the link of the Award creator of the Ideal Inspiration Blogger award as Rising Star from: https://idealinspiration.blog

Isha’s questions:

1. One superpower you wish you had right now.

I wish to be invisible whenever I want to.

2. Which book are you looking forward to reading the most in 2021?

I want to complete reading all of Agatha Christie’s books.

3. If you have a chance to save a character from dying, who would it be?

Bruno from the book The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas.

4. Three things you’re grateful for in 2020.

I’m thankful for everything especially my parents, our house and our comfort.πŸ™πŸŒ»

5. One inspiring quote you go back to.

If what you want happens, good. If it doesn’t happen, very good. Because then that means things are happening according to God’s way & he’ll do us good.

My Nominations

Books and Words

Phoenixfeather.Quill

The Bibliophilic World

My Questions

1. One classic you did not like?

2. One book you DNF’d and don’t care about anymore?

3. Favourite genre in books?

4. If you could play any character from a book, which one would it be and why?

5. Biggest pet peeve?

The Mystery Book Blogger Award

Thank you, acoupleofbees , for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger award. I am so honored! This mother-in-law and daughter-in-law duo has such an amazing blog, so please check it out if you haven’t already.

The Rules:
β€’ Display the award logo on your blog.
β€’ Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
β€’ Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award.
β€’ Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
β€’ Answer 5 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
β€’ Nominate other bloggers.
β€’ Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
β€’ Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
β€’ Share the link to your best post.

3 things about myself:

1. I’m a teacher.
2. I love to binge watch series especially K-dramas and Shinchan.
3. Fantasy books are not my cup of coffee.πŸ˜‚

5 Questions:

🌼 What is one book you still want to read before Christmas?

Dancing At The Pity Party by Tyler Feder.

🌼 What is one book on your Christmas list?

Felix Ever After & also Stay Gold.

🌼 What advice would you give to a new book blogger?

Just do your thing in your own way, pace and time and don’t compare your work with others’.

🌼 Puppies or kittens?

Puppies!🐩

🌼 What is your favorite Christmas movie?

There are so many! All time favourite being Home Alone and recently, I liked Princess Switch (both parts).

My Nominations

Bookish Corner

Reading in the Wildwood

The Bookworm Shelf

My Questions

1. Bookstores or libraries?

2. Which is that one genre you’d never read if you have to choose?

3. What are your reading habits?

4. What is the one book you will always recommend to everyone?

5. Any book-to-movie/series adaptation you liked more than the book?

My Favourite Post

Link back to your posts here so that I can read your answers once you’re done. And it’s okay if you don’t wanna participate or are busy.πŸŒ»πŸ¦‹

My First Liebster Award Nomination!

Rules:

β€’ Thank the blogger who nominated you.
β€’ Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
β€’ Nominate 11 bloggers.
β€’ Ask your nominees 11 questions.
β€’ Notify your 11 nominees.


Thank you @paperbacktomes for nominating me for Liebster Award!

Isha’s questions:

πŸ¦„ Describe yourself in 7 words.

Sensitive, short-tempered, friendly, caring, curious, well-organized, optimistic.

πŸ¦„ What is your ideal reading place?

I love to read either in my bedroom or in the balcony during a pleasant weather.

πŸ¦„ If you could pick three books which you would save during an apocalypse, which would it be?

I’ll definitely save Wonder by R.J. Palacio, How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh and Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder.

πŸ¦„ Which is your favorite book-to-movie adaption? Why?

It has to be Wonder by R.J. Palacio since the story is so heart warming and important and the movie has done justice to the book by shedding light on each and every crucial aspect of the story.

πŸ¦„ How do you cope up with a setback?

I try to have a positive attitude and keep myself calm in order to function effectively. I can’t let negativity or discomfort get to me but yes, I try to take a break in between to reflect and take care of myself.

πŸ¦„ What is your favorite thing to do to treat yourself besides reading?

I love to dance! Dancing is my first love and I just enjoy it so much that I sometimes wish if I could have persued it professionally as well.

πŸ¦„ What’s the one thing you would like to change about yourself?

I’d love to change the fact I get so teary eyed nowadays due to minor conflicts and I overthink too much which is not healthy.

πŸ¦„ If you get a chance to learn a new language, which would it be?

I’ve already learnt Spanish in school, though I’d love to excel in it more. I’d also like to learn Korean since I’ve been addicted to k-dramas for quite a few months now.🀭

πŸ¦„ What motivates you in life?

My passion for affording a good lifestyle for myself and my family alongwith my love for my work motivates me. If I take pleasure im what I do, I’ll not take it as a burden, instead I’ll always be passionate and determined about it. Hence, I’d be excelling in my work.

πŸ¦„ One childhood book/ story you love to read.

Any Roald Dahl or The Diary of a Wimpy Kid book!

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https://manisbookcornerblog.wordpress.com

http://rosannastarr.com

http://www.readinginthewildwood.com/

https://aishmj04.wordpress.com

https://readergalcom.wordpress.com

https://aamnasbookshelf.wordpress.com

http://thisgirlsbookroom.com

I Crash Landed on these amazing K-dramas during the lockdown! πŸ€

The K-dramas I fell in love with!🍁❀️

I had been meaning to start k-dramas this year because of the hype and constant recommendations I get frequently on the same. So, I thought why not start now since we’re supposed to stay at home during the pandemic, might as well start binge watching a new show! And god, was this the best decision!😍 I started with Crash Landing On You which came out on Netflix in November 2019 and I was so hooked to it from the first episode itself! This was followed by three other shows which won my heart and I’m so glad I watched them (better late than never). So here’s why I loved these shows-

πŸ’« The acting!

πŸ’« Their on-screen chemistry!

πŸ’« The breathtaking views!

πŸ’« The unique storyline!

πŸ’« The variety of genres!

Crash Landing On You

Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin❀️

The whole cast has been so amazing in the show that you will end up rooting for each one of them. The series shows great character development and with a twist romance, drama, tragedy, and comedy, the show explores the differences between North and South Korea. The second lead couple (shown in the image❀️) broke my heart and I cried a lot during their scenes at the end.😭

The soldier team was so hilarious and helpful that their scenes always made me emotional and I was constantly wishing the best for them. The actors did such a great job that they made viewers empathise with them every now and then. Also, Kim Soo-Hyun made a guest appearance in the show (the one in green outfit) before appearing as the protagonist in It’s okay to not be okay.

The women of North Korea portrayed by these wonderful actors showed unity and also, their scenes were always hilarious. I LITERALLY AM OBSESSED WITH EACH AND EVERY CHARACTER ON THIS SHOW.πŸ˜‚

It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

This show talks about mental health in such a unique way that you’ll learn a lot about life while watching it. The actors’ performances are commendable in this one.

Moon Gang-tae (portrayed by Kim Soo-Hyun) is the brother of autistic Moon Sang-tae (portrayed by Oh Jung-se) and how they and Seo Ye-ji‘s character Ko Mun-yeong become a family after going through so many struggles is the crux of this show. The other actors portraying the role of patients in the fictional “Ok Psychiatric hospital” have done a commendable job as well. This show has funny as well as emotional moments that you’ll need your tissues everytime you watch it.πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Patients in the fictional “Ok Psychiatric hospital”

Something In The Rain

Son Ye-jin and Jung Hae-inπŸ’œ

This show talks about so many important issues and taboos existing in our society, such as, an older woman dating a younger man, how society sees people without parents as unfit for marriage, etc. The show also depicts the sexual harassment often taking place in workplaces and how females are scared to even talk about those issues openly.

I was really angry at the female protagonist’s mother since her attitude changed towards the guy her daughter was dating, just because she didn’t find him suitable for her daughter. She didn’t consider her daughter’s feelings for once and that made me so frustrated everytime.

One Spring Night

Jung Hae-in and Han Ji-min🌸

Jung Hae-in played the role of a single father who falls in love with Han Ji-min‘s character who falls out of love with her boyfriend. Her then boyfriend was rich and educated but due to his narrow mindedness and egoistic attitude, she ends up dragging the relationship until she finally decides to prioritise her happiness and confess her love to the single father. The female protagonist’s sister has her story going on simultaneously in the show where she is sexually abused by her husband and how she finally musters up the courage to file for divorce even when her father brushes aside the matter as a small issue which can be resolved (which is so pathetic, urgh!).

This is a beautiful story of how some members of the society will always judge you for your choices but at the end of the day, all that matters is your happiness and satisfaction.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you, Juliet, for nominating me for this award!πŸ™ˆ I didn’t expect this coming but I’m glad to be a part of the book community. You can find Juliet’s wonderful blog here!


How does it work?

Β· Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.

Β· Answer the questions prompted by the person who nominated you.

Β· Nominate new blogs to receive the award and write them new questions.

Β· List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.


My Answers:

1. To lend your books or not to lend – where do you stand?

This depends on the people I’m lending my books to. If I know I can trust them with my books, I’ll surely let them lend it like I’ve done in the past as well.🌸

2. Which book or author ignited your love of reading?

Roald Dahl ignited my love for reading in school through his books “Matilda” and “The Twits”. As I grew up, I fell in love with Agatha Christie’s books and I knew I had to read all of her works. These two authors knew how to keep me up at night through their power of storytelling.

3. How do you organise your bookshelves?

I organise them according to the genres and authors, so that I know if I want to read any of, say, Elif Shafak’s books, I need to look into my historical fiction shelf. Simple and efficient.πŸ˜›

4. If you had to choose one book you think everyone should read, what would it be and why?

There are so many crucial books in the world that teach us something and everyone can take away atleast one thing from those books. So, I’d want everyone to read “The Diary of Anne Frank” since it is such an important book. Other than that, I’d also like to recommend “Brida” by Paulo Coelho. I learnt so many things from this one.

5. Is there any genre of book that you absolutely refuse to read?

I just don’t delve into the erotica genre whatsoever. I really don’t have any interest in it.

6. Which book has turned out to be the biggest surprise compared to what you expected it to be?

There hasn’t been any book like that till now.

7. Do you think physical books will ever become obsolete in the digital era?

Absolutely not. Though e-books are travel friendly and generally, of low cost, the love for physical books will always be there for most of the readers.

8. What do you enjoy most about book blogging?

Apart from expressing my views on books and talking about them endlessly, I love the fact that I can discover other readers’ opinions and choice while picking up certain books. Their thoughts and love for certain books want me to explore different authors and books altogether.

9. What’s your favourite book cover of all time?

I really love the covers of the fingerprint editions of classics such as “Gone With The Wind” and facsimile editions of Agatha Christie’s books.

10. If you were only allowed to read one more book EVER which one would it be?

I’d choose any of Roald Dahl’s books or The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series.

11. If you could choose one author to write a novel about your life who would you pick?

Jane Austen!πŸ˜³πŸ’œ

Now here are my questions for the people I tag…..

1. Why did you start blogging?

2. How did your love for reading begin?

3. Which is your favourite genre and why?

4. What is your aim in life right now?

5. Where do you hope to be five or ten years from now?

6. Which author’s books can you pick up without even reading the synopsis?

7. What was that one book that really changed something inside you or had a big impact on you?

Thank you again to Juliet – I had fun writing this! Pop over to my book twitter @Bibliobibuli3 to see who I’ve tagged for the next round of Sunshine Blogger Awards.πŸ’› Anyone who reads this, consider yourself to be nominated please!!! Thank you!πŸ₯ΊπŸ’›

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

If this pandemic has given me anything worthwhile, it’s the amount of time sitting at home. I tried to utilize this time by catching on all the web series and movies I had been meaning to watch since a while, as well as reading as much as I could. I thought of doing all those things which I otherwise couldn’t do because of time constraint. Of course, there were times when I felt like doing nothing and just sat back and relax without thinking about how I should be productive. We are in the middle of a pandemic and we are not expected to be efficient every time. So I had recently enrolled into an online course on writings on feminism and I came across a short story which is regarded as an important early work of feminist literature for its illustration of the attitudes towards mental and physical health of women in the 19th century.

SYNOPSIS

The story is narrated in the first person in the form of a diary written by a woman whose husband, a physician (John), has rented an old mansion for the summer. She has described her husband as an extremely practical person who β€œopenly scoffs at any talk of things not to be felt and seen and put down in figures”. The couple moves into an upstairs room and John has forbidden her wife from working and has encouraged her to get plenty of air in order to treat her from what he calls a β€œtemporary nervous depression- a slight hysterical tendency”, a diagnosis common to women during that time. But while staying in that room, the narrator starts to criticize the yellow wallpaper there. She starts hallucinating a figure, a woman, behind that wallpaper and eventually tries to free her by stripping the remaining wallpaper off the wall. When her husband arrives, she refuses to unlock the door but when he comes back with the key to that room, he faints at the sight of his wife. She was creeping all around while saying β€œI’ve got out at last… And I’ve pulled most of the paper, so you can’t put me back!”

VIEWS

While I was reading the story, I was afraid something dreadful might happen in the end. And yes, it did. The author, in a way, has protested against the professional and societal oppression against the women. She had criticized the ways mental illnesses were being treated during that period. Women were blatantly asked to β€œlive as domestic a life as possible”. They were discouraged from even writing as it was one of the only forms of existence for women at a time when they had very few rights. The author herself had had such an awful experience as a patient. After reading the story, I quickly went over the internet to read about the author’s life. To my surprise, I discovered that Gilman was suffering from post-partum depression in real life too! And what was most heartbreaking was that later on, when she got diagnosed with breast cancer, she thought it was better to die of suicide than from breast cancer (she was an advocate of euthanasia).

UNDERLYING THEMES

Coming back to the story, there are several themes underlying in it such as the women’s subordination to men in marriage during those times, as well as the importance of self-expression.

β€œJohn does not know how much I really suffer. He knows there is no reason to suffer, and that satisfies him.”

β€œHe hates to have me write a word.” From this, we know that writing is off the limits for the narrator since that is believed to be something which made her sick and thus, she has to keep a secret journal.

β€œI wish I could get well faster.”

β€œI cry at nothing, and cry most of the time.”

β€œI’m sure I never used to be so sensitive.”

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper

This story has, thus, been interpreted by feminist critics as a condemnation of the male control of the 19th-century medical profession. Throughout the story, the narrator desires to work to help her get better. Her idea, though, is dismissed immediately. But how long can one hide their anxieties and fears? The story, thus, shows how her mind was doomed to self-destruction because it was kept in a state of forced inactivity.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

This story clearly speaks loud and clear how mental health is sometimes neglected and why it is necessary for a person’s family as well as the doctors to not ignore the β€œsigns”. Even during this pandemic, we’ve been seeing from teenagers to adults who are constantly battling depression. In India, we have a tendency to link suicides with income or economic distress. While the reasons for the same vary from person to person, it has now become extremely crucial for both families and doctors to understand and provide an environment where a person feels comfortable to talk about anything and convey whatever is bothering them.

Three Rainbow Rowell books I love!

Rainbow Rowell’s books have made me ile throughout the stories and she has made me crazy about her characters since I was always so eager to know what would happen with them next. The stories in these three books have been fast paced and very interesting. None of the moments would seem dragged or stretched without any reason.

Eleanor and Park πŸ€
Published in: 2012
Genres: Young adult fiction, Romance novel

Holding Eleanor’s hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive.

Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

This was her first young adult novel and the most hyped one and also, my first read by her. It’s about a 16-year-old shy girl with curly red hair, named Eleanor, who comes from a pretty hard home life and Park, a half-Korean, 16-year-old genuine boy, who meet on a school bus on Eleanor’s first day at the school and gradually connect through comic books and mix tapes of ’80s music, sparking a love story. While Park has caring, open and an understanding family, Eleanor (the oldest in the family of two girls and three boys) alongwith her siblings and mother live in terror of her stepdad, Richie. The book is so nicely written that it will keep you hooked to the characters’ development.

Attachments πŸ€
Published in: 2011
Genres: Fiction, Romance novel, Contemporary romance

I’d know you in the dark,” he said. β€œFrom a thousand miles away. There’s nothing you could become that I haven’t already fallen in love with.

Rainbow Rowell, Attachments

Attachments is the debut novel by Rainbow Rowell, and this was my second read. While Eleanor and Park is her first young adult romance novel, Attachments is her first adult romance novel. It’s about two friends, Beth and Jennifer, who gossip over their romances- Beth with her marriage-phobic boyfriend, Chris, and Jennifer with her baby-mania-stricken husband, Mitch, through e-mails. What they don’t know is that the newly hired computer guy, Lincoln, an Internet security officer charged with weeding out all things unnecessary or pornographic, is reading their messages. But lonely Lincoln gets hooked to reading their conversations and eventually falls for Beth!

I loved this one so much. The amount of time I invested into the main characters’ lives shows how great the storytelling has been in this novel. I felt their emotions and was constantly rooting for them. This book excited me so much in various moments that I ended up updating my friend too, about the story and hyping her up. Lol! This was really a fun read and you should definitely pick it up.

Fangirl πŸ€
Published in: 2013
Genres: Novel, Young adult fiction

I don’t trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that I care about someone, the more sure I am they’re going to get tired of me and take off.

Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

This was my third read and is much much relatable. There are so many moments in this book which everybody would love and relate to. The protagonist, Cath, is an introvert and is crazy about Simon and Baz (from The Simon Snow series), so she loves writing fan fiction on them in her free time which are much loved on the internet. Cath is the shy, identical twin while Wren is more confident and less responsible of the twins. Wren just cares about fitting in and partying and thus, neglects Cath initially when they move to University. The other characters surrounding Cath are also extroverts and the story shows how Cath is helped by her roommate, Reagan and her friend, Levi who ends up falling in love with Cath.

Fangirl doesn’t just show us the growing love between two people but also the love between Cath and her writing fandoms.

Happy reading!🍁

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