When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

“If the unexamined life was not worth living, was the unlived life worth examining?”

“What is the meaning of life?” This question haunts everyone at least once in their lifetime. From the ones going through dire circumstances to the ones drawing their final breath on the deathbed, each of us question if our life has a purpose and what makes it worth living.

“When breath becomes air” is one such a story about a neurosurgeon’s examination of his life when he gets diagnosed with lung cancer. At 36 when Paul is about to finish his residency, he has the exact vision of how his life would look like. But his world turns upside down when he learns he doesn’t have much time left to live.

In this memoir, Paul reflects on his early life when he was struggling to find his identity. He talks about the events that led him to choose neurosurgery as his profession and his eventual journey from becoming a doctor to becoming a patient.

The writing is beautiful. It is powerful because of its honesty, vulnerability, and hope in the face of tragedy. There are questions and then there are conclusions. There is a deep contemplation about life, identity, purpose, and mortality. It makes you scrutinize your life and the world around you.

This book gives us insight into Paul’s life as a doctor and how his perspective about looking at death changes after he confronts his own. I’m amazed by Paul’s indomitable spirit and the way he navigates through his life after learning about his illness.

This book is incomplete as Paul could not finish it in time. Nevertheless, he gave his best until the end. Life is short and unpredictable so we should make the most of whatever time we have left. That’s how Paul lived his life and this book will inspire you to do the same.

About the Author:

Paul Sudhir Arul Kalanithi (April 1, 1977–March 9, 2015) was an Indian-American neurosurgeon and writer. His book When Breath Becomes Air is a memoir about his life and illness battling stage IV metastatic lung cancer. It was posthumously published by Random House in January 2016. It was on The New York Times Non-Fiction Best Seller list for multiple weeks.

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Educated by Tara Westover

“The decisions I made after that moment were not the ones she would have made. They were the choices of a changed person, a new self. 
You could call this selfhood many things. Transformation. Metamorphosis. Falsity. Betrayal. 
I call it an education.” 

Intro:

Tara Westover was one of the seven siblings born to the parents who followed a survivalist lifestyle. They were highly suspicious of the government and other public institutions. They home-schooled the siblings, never visited medical or other establishments and lived a secluded life in the mountains in Idaho. Tara didn’t even have a birth certificate until she was 9.

At 17, Tara took her education in her own hands and studied to enter college. She not only got accepted into Brigham Young University but also earned a full scholarship. At first, she experienced difficulty adjusting to mainstream society. Later, she went on to study at Cambridge and Harvard. Her quest for education and self-awareness caused her estrangement from her family.

Review:

Educated is a very fascinating and compelling story of a girl who grows up in a secluded world with a certain set of beliefs. Education enables her to learn more about the outside world and gain a different perspective. The book highlights the importance of education in empowering people to be rational and intellectually aware.

I enjoyed the writing style of the author. The description of the mountains, the unusual stories of her family was riveting. This is the first time I read about people who break away from the mainstream. I can’t imagine life without electricity, phone and other everyday things. I never knew some people intentionally choose to live that way. This book had me hooked right from the start and kept me invested in her world.

The author mentioned in her interviews that she could recall the past with such clarity because she has been writing journals ever since she was young. She describes her struggle with accepting new beliefs and learning a different way of life. I felt like I could connect to her story. The book is mostly about how education changed Tara’s world because of which she could not reconcile her new lifestyle with her parents’ extremist one.

Although this book describes the unconventional way of living, I felt it is more about living with a person with mental illness. It affects not only the sick but also the loved ones around them. Tara also talks a lot about the silent abuse she encountered in the family while growing up.

In Tara’s interviews, she states that one reason for writing this book was to tell the side of the story that her parents forced her to hide. I read that her parents hired a lawyer who claimed that the book falsely portrays the Westover family. I feel like her story is complex and different people experience the same things differently. But as far as the writing goes, I believe her.

Criticism:

What I’m about to say is not meant to discredit or disregard the author’s experiences. She is a smart and hardworking woman who went through a lot of struggles and created a new life for herself. But, there were some things I just couldn’t wrap my mind around.

First, Tara’s family encountered two accidents but survived them. It is difficult for me to reconcile this with the fact that her family never visited the hospital. I think Tara unknowingly exaggerated the enormity of the accidents. Next, most of the time she talks about an incident without giving a proper explanation. I wished she had maintained continuity throughout the book as the narrative gets broken off so abruptly.

Overall, this is a beautifully written, thought-provoking and inspiring memoir. Last year, Bill Gates had this book on his recommended list. That’s one more reason to give this book a read.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

About The Author:

Tara Westover (born September 1986) is an American memoirist, essayist and historian. Her memoir “Educated” (2018) debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and was a finalist for several national awards. The New York Times named Educated as one of the 10 Best Books of 2018, and in a piece written by Bill Gates, Time Magazine chose Westover as one of the 100 most influential people of 2019.

Kabir Singh (2019) Movie Review: Why Kabir Singh is an awful movie (And it’s not just because it normalizes sexism and toxic masculinity!)

‘Kabir Singh’ is one of the most controversial movies that came out in 2019. It garnered a lot of mixed reviews and became a topic of many online debates. Though I heard a lot of terrible things about it, most people were defending the movie with all their might! So I had to check it out just to know what the fuss was all about.

Now, I don’t have any problem with people who loved or hated this movie. To each their own. For me, it was just another typical Bollywood movie. But I want to point out the obvious bullshit that this movie is trying to sell by calling it a “Love Story”. If you are open to listening to different points of view, even though you might not agree with it, please read on!

Here is my take on why I think “Kabir Singh” is a terrible movie:

It has nothing new to offer.

The film uses all the regressive Bollywood tropes under the sun. A hot guy gets smitten with a pretty girl without even interacting with her or knowing her name. The girl with no backstory just exists for the guy. The guy keeps invading the girl’s personal space. The guy and girl fall in love at the end of a romantic song! Their parents don’t approve of their relationship and they have to part. The guy gets obsessed with the girl and becomes self-destructive. They overcome the conflict and end up together.

The main female character Preeti has sexual desires, which is great! But that alone does not make a female character strong. She has no personality. She doesn’t even speak for most of the movie, makes dumb decisions and never takes a stand when it’s needed. I think it’s very symbolic of Kabir naming his dog “Preeti”.

Oh, wait! There is one thing this movie doesn’t have. A freaking item song! I have to give it to them. They relied on Shahid Kapoor’s acting and a crappy story, but the movie still turned out to be a hit! I’m sorry for being harsh on Bollywood. This sums up my relationship with Bollywood:

Kabir Singh is not flawed; he is bad.

There is nothing wrong with writing a story with a flawed main character. Flaws make a character more human and compelling. We love the characters for the transformation they go through during their journey. The characters start as someone with imperfections, conflicts, and obstacles to overcome. They end up becoming the better version of themselves or sometimes; the opposite happens.

Here, Kabir faces no serious consequences for his actions. He is a privileged, entitled, arrogant, spoilt brat who acts like he owns the world. At the end of the movie, he is the same person, if not worse! Kabir expresses no remorse for drinking on duty and putting the lives of patients in danger. In fact, he admits how proud he is that he performed many surgeries in an inebriated state but killed no patient.

He never admits or apologizes for leaving Preeti and getting high because he wasn’t capable of dealing with the situation. Everyone in the movie keeps blaming Preeti for leaving him, but no one calls him out on the fact that he ran away when there was a conflict. He doesn’t apologize to his friend Shiva for treating him badly or his parents for putting them through hell.

It romanticizes a toxic relationship.

A healthy relationship is a connection built on mutual trust, respect, honesty, good communication, and many other things. It takes time and patience. In this movie, the two characters just look at each other, fall in love, and begin a relationship. The romance seems so rushed and contrived.

Resorting to physical violence, punishing and manipulating each other, never holding oneself accountable are signs of an unhealthy relationship. The movie never addresses these issues. Instead, it portrays deplorable action as acceptable behaviour.

There is no happy ending.

The breakup devastates Kabir, so he turns to alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, and other stuff to numb his pain. He develops an addiction that costs him his job, family, and house. Then his grandma dies, and he gets rid of all his bad habits and gets accepted by his family again! Did you not feel like this was so easy?

It was easy because of Deus ex machina.

It is an unexpected power or event saving a seemingly hopeless situation, especially as a contrived plot device in a play or novel. I don’t like this technique as I feel it’s too easy, but it doesn’t work for this movie. Letting the conflict resolve naturally would have made the story so much more believable.

If getting rid of alcoholism, drug addiction, anger management issues was easy, people wouldn’t need medical intervention, rehabs, support groups, therapy, counseling. Some people can do it on their own provided they have strong willpower. Getting over an addiction isn’t a quick and easy process. You can’t run away from your problems and expect them to go away. That’s not how real life works.

Here’s a great article about addiction if you want to learn more- Addiction

Bad influence on impressionable youth.

I heard people defending this movie by saying that they don’t get influenced to kill people after watching a guy commit violence. The reason might be that some people are mature enough to distinguish right from wrong or they can’t relate to their situation. I’ll give you an example. We know that the movie “John Wick” that features lots of violence is entertaining and we don’t take it seriously.

John Wick is a badass, and he is invincible. You can’t relate to him or his backstory. Watching him take down guys is fun, but you can’t see yourself in him. They portray Kabir Singh and Preeti as normal people who go to college, have friends, and fall in love. These are the characters you can relate to, and that’s why they have the power to influence you.

I grew up watching Bollywood and I can’t deny the influence it had on my life. It distorted my views on love and relationship until I was old enough to know better. Having a crush and calling it love, guys stalking girls they like, guys and girls ruining their lives because of a breakup are things many people go through. What we consume affects us so we should be careful of what we take in.

Verdict

The things I heard about this movie like the main character holding a knife and telling the woman to strip, kissing a woman without consent sounded objectively bad. Yet I watched it with an open mind. I’m sad to say that the context and content couldn’t justify the argument that the main character was flawed.

I can see the appeal of this movie on a surface level, but I don’t agree with the romanticization of toxic relationships and behavior. Most people watched the movie just for entertainment and that’s fine. I just hope I get to see a movie that deals with such a controversial topic correctly.

Anyway, what did you think of the movie? Was I too harsh or was my criticism valid?

Naoki Urasawa’s Monster (#1-#18) by Naoki Urasawa, Satch Watanabe (Translator)

My brother introduced me to the Monster anime series but due to the length of the anime, we kind of gave up on watching it. So when I was searching for a good manga series to read, Monster seemed like a perfect choice! And it definitely is, as the story is interesting and a fast read despite having 18 volumes.

Plot:

The story begins with Dr. Kenzo Tenma, a brilliant surgeon with a kind heart working at a hospital in Germany. He has a promising career ahead of him but one day, everything changes. Risking his medical career, he decides to save the life of a boy. Subsequently, strange murders happen around him that ends up benefiting him which makes the police suspicious.

Years later, when the guy whose life he saved comes to greet him, Tenma realizes that he has saved a monster who has an evil plan that has already claimed the lives of many innocent people. Unable to come to terms with his guilty conscience, he embarks on a lonely journey to find the monster and learn about his past so he can stop him before the monster inflicts any more damage.

Review:

The ‘Monster’ attempts to understand whether people are born evil or they become evil due to external circumstances. The case study is an elusive antagonist who had a terrible past. The protagonist, a doctor who holds the power to save lives and believes ‘all lives are equal’ must grapple with the moral dilemma of saving or killing criminals.

The question is whether it is a person’s responsibility to hold himself accountable for the crimes committed by the people he saved. Moreover, there’s an important question to consider: If you’re faced with the same situation twice, would you choose the same thing over again or would you make a different choice? That’s a great topic for discussion! Now here’s my take on the story:

Pros: Monster has a unique story-line that takes place in a couple of different places such as post-war Germany, Austria and then Czechoslovakia. Most of the backbone of the story is built around the time when the Berlin wall was up. The author does a commendable job of writing a realistic story that combines an interesting investigation into the past and the contemporary issues prevailing within integrated Germany.

What I loved about the story was the journey of the protagonist to uncover the secrets from the past. With every volume, you learn something new and you’re constantly on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what’s going to happen! Along with Tenma, you also follow various other characters that are on the quest of their own and whose lives get intertwined with Tenma’s because of the antagonist.

The illustrations were well done and depicted the atmosphere of the story perfectly. The characters were also well drawn, plus I loved reading about the different character arcs. You also have some morally ambiguous characters that make you sympathize with them.

Cons: Where do I even begin?? Just kidding! But seriously though, I’ve got some huge complaints. Like the ending! I felt the same way people felt after they finished the 8th season of GOT. (I mean I can only imagine because I stopped watching GOT after like 5th season but you get the drift!) You expect a satisfying ending after you’ve invested so much of your time in the characters and the story.

Monster has a promising start and an amazing story and all the events are leading up to this massive climax but that’s it! What you get is a very disappointing and underwhelming end to this exhilarating story. It made no sense and it made me question all the events that happened earlier in the story. The antagonist was supposed to be a genius who used people as pawns to get his way but that’s not how he appears in the end. I wish the last volume didn’t exist.

Verdict:

Naoki Urasawa’s Monster is an intricately plotted and a highly entertaining thriller that had a great potential to be a masterpiece, but unfortunately it fell short of achieving that title due to an anticlimactic climax. But, if you’re someone who enjoys a murder mystery, go for it!

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

When you start to slack off…

When you realize you’re starting to slack off by saying “Fuck that! I’ll do it later”, remember that nothing is going to change. You’ll lag every time you waste those hours. The more time you waste, the more steps you miss and the more you fall behind. You might not realize this right now since your progress isn’t quantifiable but you’ll have to bear the consequences.

Instant gratification feels good for that instant but when the day is gone, you’ll be left with feelings of guilt, regret and a sense of dissatisfaction. You don’t want to feel like you could’ve, should’ve, would’ve done something when the time was right. Think about your goal. I bet it’s so much magnificent, pleasurable and satisfying than the instant gratification. If you don’t get serious now, nothing will change.

Think about all the reasons you’re doing all this. How much do you want it? Can you kill for it? If you can, surely you can work for it. Isn’t that right? So, don’t ever lose your focus. It’s alright to get side-tracked once in a while but never forget the big picture. You’ve got a lot of things in life to look forward to. If you cross this step, you’ll be able to pursue those things. You want that very badly.

You don’t want to end up like one of those people who fail, cry and make excuses. You have places to go, things to do, people to meet. You’re going to have a very happy, fulfilling, abundant life with you doing the things you love while earning enough to keep you sustained. So what are you waiting for? If anyone can do it, it’s you. When you feel like slacking off, remember: success is your only option, failure’s not!

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Crime And Punishment By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

About the Author:

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (11 November 1821 – 9 February 1881), sometimes transliterated Dostoyevsky, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. Dostoevsky’s literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmospheres of 19th-century Russia, and engage with a variety of philosophical and religious themes.

His most acclaimed works include Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1869), Demons (1872) and The Brothers Karamazov (1880). Many literary critics rate him as one of the greatest psychologists in world literature. His 1864 novella Notes from Underground is considered to be one of the first works of existentialist literature.

Publication Year: 1866

Review:

I think every reader, at one point or another, has heard about Fyodor Dostoyevsky. His book ‘Crime and Punishment’ is a well-known classic. It has been in my to-read list for a long time but I couldn’t bring myself to read it. I’m so glad I finally finished it! It is one of the first existential literature I read which I thoroughly enjoyed and I would love to explore more of this genre.

“The man who has a conscience suffers whilst acknowledging his sin. That is his punishment.” 

‘Crime and Punishment’ revolves around the protagonist, Raskolnikov, a former student who has descended into poverty. Living an isolated life with no hope for the future, he decides to commit a murder based on a theory he has invented. According to him, men can be categorized into two classes: ordinary men or law-abiding citizens and the extraordinary men who have the right to commit crimes and instead of punishment, they are rewarded for their transgressions.

He believes he belongs to the latter group and even goes as far as comparing himself to Napoleon. He rationalizes his misdeed by claiming that the world would be a better place without the victim.

“To go wrong in one’s own way is better than to go right in someone else’s.” 

Although Raskolnikov manages to escape from the crime scene unnoticed, he cannot escape his guilty conscience. We follow Raskolnikov who’s going through an inner battle trying to rationalize his actions to himself while trying to avoid the police officer Porfiry Petrovich who suspects him.

The novel was a very interesting, thought-provoking mix of psychology and philosophy. It delves deeper into the criminal psyche and sheds a light on the working of a criminal mind. As the title suggests, we follow the crime and the path towards its punishment.

The author painted a vivid picture of the 19th century Russia with a stark, despairing depiction of poverty and destitution such as the noisy taverns, tiny and crowded apartments, sketchy people roaming the streets, people driven by desperation to commit desperate acts. It broke my heart to see the pain and hardships of these people.

While there are some black and white characters, most of the other characters are morally ambiguous. You hate them for their actions but you understand them and can’t help but pity them.

I enjoyed the first half of the novel a lot while the other half felt a little slow. Raskolnikov was so unpredictable and paranoid. One moment, he was walking the streets deliriously, acting suspicious and the next moment, he was collected and tactfully planning his next move. He is one of the most eccentric protagonists I came across and had so much fun trying to figure out what he’s going to do next.

In the beginning, he absolutely does not feel any remorse for what he has done but he cannot escape the little voice in his head that would not let him live as if nothing happened. I also enjoyed his interactions with the other characters in the book.

I also enjoyed the conversations between different characters on the subject of nature and the cause of crime. There were sarcastic and many humorous moments which lightens the serious tone of the novel and makes it pretty enjoyable to read.

The novel raises some important questions like: Is a crime justified? Would the world be a better place without useless people? Doesn’t killing anyone make you evil too? Most importantly, who gave you the authority to decide who gets to live? The ending just brought everything together beautifully.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It’s a classic worth reading.

Why I started Blogging!

Hey guys! This is the first time I’m writing a post that’s not a book review. It’s been almost four months that I started this blog and I wanted to write a personalized post so you can get to know me a bit better. First of all, thanks a lot for connecting with me! I’d love to interact with you and I’m always open to suggestions, comments, and feedback. So feel free to let me know what you think.

I’m just an average, introverted girl who was never much of a reader growing up. All I ever did was studying and doing well in school. But in my late teens, after I got into college, I found that I had a considerable amount of free time on my hands. Since I didn’t care much about socializing, I was on my own most of the times and it was then that I decided to read and see how I feel about it. The journey from being a non-reader to becoming a passionate reader was really amazing and I’m glad that I found my niche when life sort of happened.

After reading a few classics and some thrillers which I really enjoyed, I discovered YA books and my life has never been the same! It was a mind-blowing experience and something that actually made me fall in love with reading. Ever since then, I’ve read a lot of books from different genres and my reading tastes have changed a lot in recent times, but I still recall that time with so much fondness. It was then that I found a lot of comfort in the fictional world than the real one.

Coming to the topic at hand, I don’t think I’ve got any unique reasons to start this blog. The purpose behind this blog is to have a space that belongs to me where I can share my opinions, connect with the wonderful people and discover amazing content. So, here I am with my blog! I want to talk about all the wonderful books I read, a bit about myself and anything completely random. I also feel passionate about writing and that’s something I’m going to try in the future.

But there’s more! I wanted to have a concrete and productive hobby (besides reading), something in which I could invest my time in a better way and teach myself self-discipline by sticking to it for the long term. And, blogging seems to not only be a constructive hobby, but also a really fun activity! And, ever since I started writing book reviews, I realized I paid more attention to the book I’m reading. It also made me selective about the books that I want to read. Earlier I was a sucker for really amazing stories but now I try to keep up a balance between reading for fun and reading books that add value to my life.

Lastly, I wanted to start blogging for a really long time but I never felt like that was the right time for it. I’d always have excuses stacked in front of me like I don’t have time, I don’t know how to do it, I don’t know what to do, Why would people even read what I wrote?… and the list goes on. But I felt like if I don’t do it now, I’ll never get it done like ever! Besides, I love books so much that I want to talk about all the good ones that made my day and gave me something valuable to cherish in my life.

Hope you have a great year and Happy Reading!

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

About the Author:

Suzanna Arundhati Roy (born 24 November 1961) is an Indian author best known for her novel The God of Small Things (1997), which won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997 and became the biggest-selling book by a non-expatriate Indian author. She is also a political activist involved in human rights and environmental causes.

Publication Year: 1997

Review:

‘The God of Small Things’ is one of those novels I’ve mixed opinions about. To be honest, it was a little difficult to get through this book but in the end, it was really worth it! It revolves around the life of Ipe family living in the beautiful village of Ayemenem in Kerala. It begins when the twins Rahel and Estha are reunited in Ayemenem. The story switches back and forth between two different timelines beginning in 1993 and going all the way in the past when they were 7 years old.

Both of them are still haunted by an incident that happened long ago. The narrative then switches to the 1960’s, when the twins were younger, where we learn about the things that led up to the tragic event that changed their lives in a major way. Through the switching narratives, we learn about the background of the Ipe family and things from their perspective. We also learn about the cultural and political climate of Kerala in the past.

First of all, I found the writing in this book absolutely enchanting and poignant in a very subtle way. I liked how the picturesque landscape of the village was described in minute details, even the minor details of objects were put in there, which was fascinating. The backstories of the people were told concisely which managed to capture the essence of the characters. The book has this kind of gloomy ambiance and a lot of foreshadowing is done which makes you want to keep on reading.

However, I had a bit of trouble following the events as the timelines just switch abruptly and the writing in the book feels too obscure sometimes. I mean I took my time reading the book, but there were many times I wanted to just give up. But I’m glad I didn’t do that as this is the kind of book that sticks with you for a long time. I think that’s the beauty of it, the language is so peculiar and heart-rending. The book talks about the loss of innocence and the ‘Love Laws’ that govern who should be loved, how and how much. The pain and the suffering of the people really broke my heart.

“…the secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover’s skin. You know how they end, yet you listen as though you don’t. In the way that although you know that one day you will die, you live as though you won’t. In the Great Stories you know who lives, who dies, who finds love, who doesn’t. And yet you want to know again. That is their mystery and their magic.”

The book talks about the political climate of Kerala in the ’60s where there was a rise of communism and the caste system was already banned by the law. But socially, it was still prevalent as the oppressive system was somehow so embedded in people’s mind that it was impossible to get rid of the prejudice that people felt. The Untouchables were still unacceptable and expendable. This mentality made the innocent people born in a different cast into victims of their own fate. It’s sad to see that this is something that still exists in India, not in a major way but that mindset definitely isn’t gone socially. We also see the unfair treatment that the women received in society.

Towards the end of the book, an event takes place that can be called controversial. I don’t want to give too much away but I think the topic was handled very well. I was able to understand the situation and the misery of the people. Also, we see that no matter how messed up the Big Things are, the Small Things are the ones that really matter in the grand scheme of things, the things that keep you going; but maybe those Small Things can also eventually add up to create a huge impact over the lives of people. This book really made me feel the loss and grief that the characters felt.

All in all, it’s a great book that shows the ugly face of society. It has a really pretty cover and I’d love to re-read again after I forget the plot! I was amazed to know that this book was the author’s debut novel and she won an award for that. I wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re a patient reader. Otherwise, it’s a fine book worth reading.

2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge

📚Books I read in 2018📚

Classics

1) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
2) The Handmaid’s Tale (The Handmaid’s Tale #1) by Margaret Atwood
3) The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
4) A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Crime

5) Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
6) The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
7) Journey Under the Midnight Sun by Keigo Higashino
8) Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino
9) A Midsummer’s Equation by Keigo Higashino
10) Malice by Keigo Higashino

Fantasy

11) Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Fiction

12) No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai
13) The Setting Sun by Osamu Dazai
14) Only Time Will Tell (Clifton Chronicles #1) by Jeffery Archer
15) Sins of the Father (Clifton Chronicles #2) by Jeffery Archer
16) Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima
17) Serious Men by Manu Joseph
18) Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
19) Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
20) Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
21) The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
22) Misery by Stephen King

Graphic Novels

23) Adulthood is a Myth (Sarah’s Scribbles #1) by Sarah Anderson
24) Big Mushy Happy Lump (Sarah’s Scribbles #2) by Sarah Anderson
25) Herding Cats (Sarah’s Scribbles #3) by Sarah Anderson
26) Maus: A Survivors Take (Maus #1) by Art Speigelman
27) Maus II: A Survivor’s Take: And Here My Troubles Began (Maus #2) by Art Speigelman
28) Manga Classics: Jane Eyre by Stacy King
29) Zen Pencils- Creative Struggles: Illustrated advice from Masters of Creativity by Gavin Aung Than
30) Mars (Volume 1-15) by Fuyumi Soryo

Non Fiction

31) How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh
32) Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
33) How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
34) Deep Work by Cal Newport
35) What Every Body is Saying by Joe Navarro
36) Quiet: The Power of Introverts in the World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
37) Dream Psychology: Psychoanalysis for Beginners by Sigmund Freud
38) 101 Amazing Facts by Jack Goldstein
39) Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski
40) The Complete Book of Questions: 1001 Conversation starters for any occasion
41) Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century by Sean Patrick
42) The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
43) A Stoic’s Dairy by Dipanshu Rawal
44) Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey
45) Habit Makes Perfect: Morning Rituals of 12 Most Successful People by Sandeep Sharma
46) Egyptian Mythology: A Concise Guide to the Ancient Gods and Beliefs of Egyptian Mythology by Robert Carlson
47) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
48) Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About The World – And Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund
49) Being Reshma: The Extraordinary Story of an Acid-Attack Survivor who Took the World by Storm by Reshma Qureshi, Tania Singh
50) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Poetry

51) Lady Lazarus by Sylvia Plath
52) Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
53) Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda
54) Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini
55) The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Romance

56) To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han
57) Foreplay (The Ivy Chronicles #1) by Sophie Jordan

Sci-Fi

58) 2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey #1) by Arthur C. Clarke

Short Stories

59) Access by Andy Weir
60) The Egg by Andy Weir
61) Annie’s Day by Andy Weir
62) The Real Deal by Andy Weir
63) The Chef by Andy Weir
64) Lacero by Andy Weir
65) Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang
66) The Fly by Katherine Mansfield
67) The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
68) A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka
69) That Game We Played During the War by Carrie Vaughn
70) Signs and Symbols by Vladimir Nabokov
71) The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge

📚Books I read in 2017📚

Classics

1) The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
2) Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
3) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Contemporary

4) All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

Chick-Lit

5) The Guy Next Door (Boy #1) by Meg Cabot

Crime

6) Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
7) The Mysterious Affairs at Styles by Agatha Christie
8) The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Fantasy

9) Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes
10) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling
11) Faefever (Fever #3) by Karen Marie Moning
12) Shadowfever (Fever #4) by Karen Marie Moning
13) Dreamfever (Fever #5) by Karen Marie Moning
14) White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black
15) The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms #2) by Cinda Williams Chima
16) The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms #3) by Cinda Williams Chima
17) The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms #4) by Cinda Williams Chima
18) The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riorden
19) The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riorden
20) The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) by Rick Riorden
21) Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle #2) by Libba Bray

Fiction

22) Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars #1) by Sara Shepard
23) Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
24) One Indian Girl by Chetan Bhagat

Graphic Novels

25) Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1) by Jeff Kinney

Magical Realism

26) Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
27) The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
28) The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
29) The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman

Non Fiction

30) The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
31) History of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt by Jacob Abbott
32) Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
33) The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind by Michio Kaku
34) Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates

Paranormal

35) Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle #1) by Rachael Hawkins
36) Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by J.R. Ward
37) Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand

Poetry

38) Impulse (Impulse #1) by Ellen Hopkins

Romance

39) It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer #2) by Jenny Han
40) We’ll Always have Summer (Summer #3) by Jenny Han
41) Unteachable by Leah Raeder, Elliot Wake
42) The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy
43) Easy (Contours of the Heart #1) by Tammara Webber
44) On the Island (On the Island #1) by Tracey Garvis Graves
45) The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen
46) Love Stories that Touched my Heart by Ravinder Singh
47) Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades #2) by E.L. James
48) When Dimple Met Rishi (Dimple and Rishi #1) by Sandhya Menon

Sci-Fi

49) Vicious (Villains #1) by V. E. Schwab
50) A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2) by Beth Revis
51) Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver
52) The Martian by Andy Weir

Short Stories

53) Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #1) by Cassandra Clare
54) The Lost Herondale (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #2) by Cassandra Clare
55) The Whitechapel Fiend (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #3) by Cassandra Clare
56) Nothing but Shadows (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #4) by Cassandra Clare
57) The Evil We Love (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #5) by Cassandra Clare
58) Pale Kings and Princes (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #6) by Cassandra Clare
59)Bitter of Tongue (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #7) by Cassandra Clare
60) The Fiery Trial (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #8) by Cassandra Clare

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