What to do when you are in a reading block? Books to read
Books to read when you are in a reading block
If you are someone who is looking to start reading books and develop reading habits, I can help you out.
Reading books can open up your minds and let you know about the world. So i am here to tell you some beginner friendly books to read to cultivate the habit of reading.
The list is as follows:
Our love story
Love stories are beginner friendly and help to be hitched till the end of the book.Aditya, a son of a business tycoon grew up without parental love. His mother died giving him birth. He suffered from the trauma of his childhood. He was rich, handsome and everyone loved his smile . The female protagonist of the story was a struggling actress who decides to end her life. Aditya saves her and that's how their story begins. Their journey takes you on an exciting ride of love, grief and pain.
The book is a cliche love story perfectly fit for beginners. The language of the book is easy and the narrative is interesting. The author's unique storytelling makes the book more appealing. The pace of the book is normal. You can complete the book in two sittings. I really liked the cover . So brownie points for that. If you are a romance fan, this book is for you.
"𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐍𝐨𝐫𝐰𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐰𝐨𝐨𝐝" 𝐛𝐲 𝐇𝐚𝐫𝐮𝐤𝐢 𝐌𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐤𝐚𝐦𝐢 talks about life and death, and everything that exists in between. For, death exists not as the opposite but as a part of life.
One thing I love about Murakami is the liberty he provides to the reader; the power to interpret the story as their own. We have our unique say in this world. Individual opinions, thoughts and weaknesses. And I think that's beautiful.
Moving back to the story, Toru wannabe, a student who is in love with his dead ex best friend's girlfriend, Naoko. Let me explain more briefly his feelings towards Naoko. Imagine a song, a sad song, you used to listen to, every night when you had a heartbreak. The tears, the pain and the hopelessness , you felt back then, forms a concoction of that emotion. Years later you hear the song. What do you feel? That same pain, the memories and an ache in your heart that you felt back then. That was what Toru felt about Naoko or atleast i feel it that way.
Loosing a closed one, to suicide at such a young age is dreadful. That hollowness just passes from the victim to their loved ones.And it goes on. The grief never ends. Later, Naoko gives up ,but Toru suffers. Suffers in silence.
The book talks about that feeling. The feeling of void that never leaves. The feeling you can never describe. Even if you try to move on , you will fail. Just like Toru.
The slices of life
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘥𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘴𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦. 𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘴𝘤𝘪 𝘧𝘪 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘮, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘩𝘢𝒔 𝘪𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭.
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘸𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯 𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵, 𝘧𝘭𝘢𝘸𝘦𝘥 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘴, 𝘢𝘥𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘺 ,𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘤𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘰𝘯 𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘻𝘦𝘥 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦.
𝗠𝘆 𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄𝘀 :
♡︎ 𝑇𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒉𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒍𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒖𝒇𝒇𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒇 𝒘𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏 𝒊𝒏 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒔𝒐𝒄𝒊𝒆𝒕𝒚 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒊𝒄𝒉 𝒌𝒆𝒑𝒕 𝒎𝒆 𝒈𝒍𝒖𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒆𝒏𝒅.
♡︎ 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒖𝒂𝒈𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒊𝒔 𝒍𝒖𝒄𝒊𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒊𝒔 𝒂𝒑𝒕.
♡︎ 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒊𝒔, 𝒊𝒕 𝒕𝒂𝒍𝒌𝒔 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 '𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍 ' 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒃𝒍𝒆𝒎𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒎𝒂𝒓𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒛𝒆𝒅 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆 𝒂𝒇𝒇𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒅𝒖𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒍𝒐𝒄𝒌𝒅𝒐𝒘𝒏.
♡︎ 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒘𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝒅𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒍𝒐𝒑𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒉𝒖𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒆. 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒏𝒂𝒓𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒘𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝒘𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒏, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒓'𝒔 𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒑𝒊𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒔 𝒎𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒂𝒏 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒅.
♡︎ 𝑰𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒂 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒓𝒕 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓, 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒊𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒚𝒐𝒖.
There are instances when the truth suddenly pitches us with an undeniable truth. Our buried feelings come to fore due to trigger in the environment “
The book is about 16 women aged 25-67 who went on a solo trip, way out of their safe haven to Portugal. They confided in each other as individuals rather than being someone’s wife, daughter, mother or grandmother. The trip turned out to be a quest for their own self which lay buried in them without being acknowledged. They ended up being the loosely entwined vibrant skeins for the rest of their lives.
The book deals with the loss of a loved one, self doubt, loneliness that creeps in with age, failed relationships, extra marital affairs, fear of getting hurt, class distinction, bad parenting that makes the story intriguing. The author talks about self love and emotional needs of women which are usually ignored by the patriarchal society. She breaks the stereotypes of early marriage and talks about the compromises a woman makes in a relationship to safeguard their children’s future. Rehana, despite being a lawyer, stays with her husband even after knowing his extra marital affair and reaction of Vidya’s parents after knowing her decision speaks a lot about the society we live in.
When Vidya gave up her dreams to fit in her husband’s house, my heart was torn apart. This made me think about all the women who do the same for the sake of their children only to be the ” grey skeins” and highlighting the vibrancy of other skeins.
Every character has a story which unfolds in layers as the story progresses which keeps me glued to the end. The characters are well developed and the author’s way of writing was the cherry on the cake; lucid and appealing .
After reading the book, I decided to go on a solo trip after the virus ended. That’s how much I loved the book. I recommend this book to you and trust me, you’ll end up loving this book.