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  1. Looking at the global moment and especially because my partner is from India and right now India seems to be going through a moment of great distress, after much research and reading around, I am reading the works of this great Indian thinker called BR Ambedkar. For college, I am also reading some intense class work in Concepts of Biology and finding it quite dry. To take the pressure off, I am also re-reading The Little Prince because this book always, always helps me make sense of the world and find peace in myself. I am glad that this community is reading so much diverse stuff and would like to add some of it into my own reading pile! :) Happy reading, Folx!

  2. Right now, I am reading two books. One for class and another for the absolute joy of reading. I have taken a calculus class and i am reading this introductory Calculus: Early Transcendentals because frankly i found the use of transcendentals so funny. But, fortunately, the book turned out to be a great comprehensive read. For my leisure and soul, I am reading Zadie Smith's Swing Time and it is really captivating. I am hoping i can finish the calculus textbook soon and read couple more of Smith's works. She has me hooooked!

  3. "The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way towards the lagoon." It is the fourth time that i am reading this book and the symbolism in William Golding's Lord of the Flies gets me every time. Sometimes i feel like business majors and politicians should be forcefully made to read this as it is a great study of human nature and especially the various shifts that go through in the boys group(s). If one were to pay close attention, the resonances are unmistakable with our times and even i would go as far to say our lives.  

  4. On 3/8/2019 at 11:25 PM, Chrissy said:

    Hello Esby. I'm afraid I haven't read any Sarah Winman either. 


    A useful site to try is Literature Map. It should give you a few ideas for authors with a similar style / demographic etc.  I have found it useful on occasion, although the site has also baffled me with some of its suggestions .  


    Hope you find a new author to enjoy. :)

    Wow thank you for this website recommendation. It is a really useful one. I often look for books by artists who i have just read. Especially poets. Like, couple of nights ago i was looking for poets similar to Li-Young Lee and then i used Literature Map and now have a list of beautiful poets. 

  5. I read And the Mountains Echoed last year but like you I struggled with Splendid Suns. It just didn't seem to have the flow of the others. I admit I paused midway and read another book in the middle just to give myself a break.

    I agree the book is a little sluggish in the middle. But the story is very beautiful and moving. The ending is just brilliant. I loved A Thousand Splendid Suns

  6. I had to abandon A Clockwork Orange when I read it years and years ago aged 19 - I found the violence too upsetting (unbearable in fact). I haven't read 1984 mainly because I've always suspected that I would find it depressing and worrying.


    I didn't even know the movie A Clockwork Orange was based on a book. I loved that movie....maybe its time I give the book a try :)