Confessions of a Bibliophile

❤ Bibliophile ❤ Book-nerd ❤ Book-worm ❤ Book-lover ❤

Books enamour me and all the terms above have, at some point, been used to describe me. I love to read. I can read anywhere and I almost always carry a book along with me wherever I go. One could go as far as calling it an addiction but I would much rather we referred to it as a passion.

Reading is the perfect mechanism to keeping unsolicited and dreadfully awkward conversations at bay. Unless you were a fellow book enthusiast and wanted to have a spirited debate about character hermatias and plot twists , you wouldn’t bother me and I’d much rather it stayed that way.

With all the various commitments I now have, reading (novels for enjoyment) should be a fanciful wish. Long gone are the days when I could slot in a novel before home work. My study schedule does not allow it (it also doesn’t allow things like fun and living) and neither does my sleeping schedule but I read anyway. Somehow , somewhere and in some way , I find the time to read.

I want several rooms like this in my house one day :)
I want several rooms like this in my house one day 🙂

I read mostly when I am in transit ( to and from campus etc.) but I reserve an hour on Sundays to relax with a good book in hand :).

I try my utmost best to avoid reading during the day between lectures because it distracts me but every once in a while I stumble upon an unputdownable book and it temporarily confuses my schedule but it leaves me with all sorts of happy feels 🙂

In honour of World Book Day (why do we not have a book year ?) , I thought I would share my rather ambitious 2015 Reading List list. I am using Pop Sugar’s Reading Challenge template to plan my reading this year.

I’ve also added some book recommendations and books from my extensive TBR list that I hope to have the time to dive into <3.My goal is to read at least 50 books this year ( 10 down , forty left )!

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50 Shades of Grey Matter 🙂

Emboldened are the books that I have read thus far. I am currently reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and White Teeth by Zadie Smith.

  • A book with more than 500 pages – Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami.
  • A Classic Romance – Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Published this year (2015) – I will have to wait and see 🙂
  • A book that became a movie – The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. This is a mesmerising read ! It was thought provoking, entertaining yet hauntingly sad. I hope the movie adaptation does justice to Alice Sebold’s brilliant story. 
  • Number in the title – Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Written by someone under 30 –  The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Ohbrent
  • A book with non-human characters – The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker.
  • A funny book – The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.
  • A book written by a female author – White Teeth by Zadie Smith.
  • A mystery or a thriller – Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  •  A book with a one-word title – Horns by Joe Hill. A thrilling read to say the least. Daniel Radcliffe stars in the movie adaptation and I cannot wait to see that !
  • A book of short stories – Edgar Allan Poe.
  • A book set in a different country – A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.
  • A non-fiction book – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • A popular author’s first book – A Study in Scarlet by Sir Aurthur Conan Doyle.
  • A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet – Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
  • A book a friend recommended – The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • A Pulitzer Prize-winning book – Middlesex by Jeffrey Euginedes
  • A book based on a true story – The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls.
  • A book at the bottom of your TBR (To Be Read) List – Their Eyes were Watching God by Zara Hurston.
  • A book your mom loves – Rosie by Lesley Pearse
  • A book that scares you – The Shining by Stephen King.
  • A book by an author you have never read – The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde.
  • A book you own but have never read before (90% of my bookshelf :D) The world to come by Dara Horn
  • A book that scares you – The Shining by Stephen King.
  • A book more than 100 years old – Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
  • A book based entirely on its cover – Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch

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    This cover is gorgeous and it has fantastic reviews ! I cannot  wait to get my hands on it !
  • A book you were supposed to read in high school but didn’t – The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • A memoir – Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • A book you can finish in one day – Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  • A book with antonyms in the title – Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman
  • A book set somewhere you have always wanted to visit (Prague)– The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  • A book that came out the year you were born – Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  • A book with bad reviews – Suggestions ? Anyone?
  • A trilogy – Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
  • A book from your childhood – Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  • A book with a love triangle – Thoughtless by S.C Stephens
  • A book set in the future – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • A book set in high school – Slammed Colleen Hoover
  • A book with a colour in the title – The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • A book that made you cry – The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • A book with magic – Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell Susanna Clarke
  • A graphic novel – Scott Pilgrim vs The World by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  • A book by an author you have never read – The Picture of Dorian Grey by OScar Wilde
  • A book you own but have never read – The World To Come by Dara Horn
  • A book that takes place in your home town – Disgrace by J.M Coetzee 
  • A book that was originally written in a different language – The 100 year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonosson.
  • A book set during Christmas – How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss
  • A book written by an author with your initials – The Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz
  • A Play – A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  • A banned book – 1984 by George Orwell
  • A book turned into a TV show – The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
  • A book you started but never finished – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

My TBR List (some of it :P)

  • The Time Keeper – Mitch Albolm
  • Wedding Night – Sophie Kinsella
  • When God Was a Rabbit – Sarah WInman
  • Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  • A Moveable Feast-  Earnest Hemmingway
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • The World Set Free by H.G Wells
  • Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  • Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Adorkable by Sarah Manning
  • Dear John by Nicholas Sparks (I want to watch the movie but I have a strict BOOK BEFORE MOVIE policy)
  • Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad  – Robert Kiyasaki
  • Moxyland – Lauren Beukes
  • The Grisha Trilogy – Leigh Bardugo

I will probably also end up re-reading Harry Potter for the umpteenth time . This usually happens around June-July . My Harry Potter feels peak around that time of the year.

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I am that friend that is always giving book recommendations . I try my best to not be as forceful as Hermione but people need to experience these emotions !

I loves books so much ( evidently so)! Mostly because they encapsulate so much of what I feel and need to say and what some people need to read.

They transport me from my ordinary daily setting and place me in the middle of unknown and previously uncharted territory.

They force me to broaden my mind and to use my imagination to picture scenarios and scenes.

I have discovered a world of words and phrases so resplendent that even the most mundane of feelings can be described with impeccable minutia and peculiarity.

Do your self a favour and pick up a good book ( or books if you’re slightly ambitious like me) this year. You will find yourself without any regret 🙂

Lots Of Lily Love ❤ (LOLL)

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