I read a total of 70 Books in 2017. * dances around my room * That’s one new year resolution gone right 😀
Some of them were re-reads of books I loved as a kid, and i can’t express how much happy it made me to revisit those worlds.
I have found my solace in fiction and it happens to be an escape from the real world.
With books you learn so much without even trying, and I’d like to share some of the lessons i learnt from all the books i read this year.
Here it goes!
Everyone deals with grief differently.
Rabbit Cake – Annie Hartnett
Suffering the loss of someone you love is never easy. Not everybody handles grief the same way. The exploration of grief and sadness is rather heartbreaking. You got to learn that life goes on. This book talks about grief so beautifully and honestly that I literally bawled my eyes out. Elvis, an eleven year old girl that loses her Mother, watches her Dad being lonely and her sister doing insane stuff had to learn to take care of herself and others while being rather depressed herself.
You can’t really help people that aren’t willing to help themselves.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson
This book is so disturbing and dark, I couldn’t get it out of my head for days. Isolating yourself is not really a solution, also getting revenge has a lot to do with mental instability than trying to get back at who hurt you. The scene where these people where trying to help Merricat and Constance,knocking on their door and reaching out to them while the sisters chose to stay silent and isolated was really disturbing. What’s more disturbing is they were happy, they literally had no remorse for their situation or the realization that Merricat killed her own family. You can’t help people that don’t want to help themselves. There is only so much you can do.
Hurting back the people who hurt you makes you just like them.
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
‘I want everyone watching – whether you’re on the Capitol or the rebel side – to stop for just a moment and think about what this war could mean. For human beings. We almost went extinct fighting one another before. Now our numbers are even fewer. Our conditions more tenuous. Is this really what we want to do? Kill ourselves off completely? In the hopes that – what? Some decent species will inherit the smoking remains of the earth?’
This Speech from Peeta to stop the war made so much sense to me. The realization that the real world has already embarked on a journey to Doomsday is terrifying. The last scene where the rebels kill innocent lives in order to get justice for themselves is horrifying. Destruction and War is not the answer to end evil. Hurting back the people who hurt you makes you just like them.
I couldn’t always fight my friends’ battles. The best I could do was be there to heal their injuries.”
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard_ The Hammer of Thor – Rick Riordan
Can we all just agree how Magnus is such a good friend? He looks out for all his friends and is such a softie. The scene where Hearthstone’s Dad is like a monster to his son, I appreciated that Magnus let him fight the battle himself, but was still there for him. He let Hearth take the decision, even though Hearth was going to get hurt he let him do what he wants. In the big picture, you cannot always force your friends to make the right decision. Sometimes you gotta let them do the dumb shit they do, and be close enough to catch them when they fall.. Because.. Hey! That’s what friends are for..
Love triumphs hate.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J. K. Rowling.
One thing that’s highlighted throughout the book, is how Harry
Potter survived Voldemort. His mother’s love protects him from evil, and that says something to ponder.
Jealousy, Hatred and Evil can never ever win over love, compassion and kindness.
Be careful who you share your weaknesses with. Some people can’t wait for the opportunity to use it against you.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J. K. Rowling.
“Ginny!” said Mr. Weasley, flabbergasted. “Haven’t I taught you anything? What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain?”
Although Ginny is a rather annoying character, one thing you can learn from her is not to go about telling your secrets and problems to everybody. Some are glad you have them and some are just waiting to use them against you.
Poor Ginny poured her heart out to the Diary and was caught up in the Chamber of Secrets, almost dead.
There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.
The Palace of Illusions – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Feminist? Well, This book tells you how Women have been making things happen since ages.
Mahabharata..and ancient story of war and devastation caused because of the humiliation of Draupadi tells you how a single women can build you, make you, break you and devastate you. There are a lot of scenes that provoke the feminist in me. However, the most that stood out to me was the power of a man over his wife in the Indian Society. A Palace of Illusions it is, where a queen has to follow the orders of her husband
The world has bigger problems than boys who kiss boys.
Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This book is beautiful. It tells you how being Gay is okay. It’s nothing abnormal. Acceptance is essential. I cried when I read how Dante was hurt by these guys who knew he was a faggot. How he couldn’t open up to his parents about his sexuality. How it’s never okay to judge someone based on their sexuality. There is still so much disapproval over being with someone of the same gender you are. I think, The world has bigger problems than boys who kiss boys or girls who kiss girls.
Love knows no Gender. It’s okay to be Gay.
You can’t fix Crazy.
Carrie- Stephen King
This book gives me the chills. Ofcourse Carrie was scary, but i guess she was also a victim of bad parenting and bullying.
Her mother who believed in God so much was down right horrible rather than spiritual.
She never told her daughter about periods which is outrageous because she taught it was some sort of sin, she used to make her read the bible continuously, not let her talk to boys, not let her wear clothes that didn’t go well with her religious beliefs. She called her a mistake.
She was so blinded by the whole religion stupidity, that she couldn’t see her daughter suffering.
Her Mother is crazy.
And what scares me more, is that there are people in the real world like Carrie’s Mother. They kill people based on religion, they look down on others if they don’t fit into their religious rules. They try to control you and force you to abide by their crazy religious norms and it’s scary because you can’t fix crazy. You can’t make a person realize their stupidity, when they don’t want to.
You can’t control all the events happening to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
Turtles all the way Down – John Green
I can’t explain enough how well has anxiety been described in this book. Aza is always worrying about things and it doesn’t do her any good.
“Imagine you’re trying to find someone, or even you’re trying to find yourself, but you have no senses, no way to know where the walls are which way is forward or backward, what is water and what is air. You’re senseless and shapeless—you feel like you can only describe what you are by identifying what you’re not, and you’re floating around in a body with no control. You don’t get to decide who you like or where you live or when you eat or what you fear. You’re just stuck in there, totally alone, in this darkness. That’s scary.”
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Sometimes you gotta be your own Hero.
The Princess saves herself in this one- Amanda Lovelace
The Title says it all. I don’t need a man to validate me or save me from my misery.
I am neither searching for someone to complete me. I am whole. All i want is someone to hold my hand and get through life with me
But hey if i can’t have that, It’s okay.. My journey won’t stop…. I shall be walking ….alone .. but still walking..
People aren’t always what they seem to be.
Everything You Want me To Be- Mindy Mejia
You read this book from two perspectives and you’re always judging who is right.
But that’s the thing… you cannot judge based on what people seem to be … The truth is usually different.
It’s very rare for me to hate the main character, but i definitely hate her even though i loved her at first. The ending totally caught me off guard and it was like teh main character betrayed me.
Did you read any books this year? How many did you read?
What are the lessons you learnt this year?