All posts tagged: Book List

collage of book covers of biographies

7 Must-Read Biographies

I love stories. These stories become even more meaningful when you know they’re true. I’ve not always read non-fiction, and I started reading biographies even later. Since then, I’ve read stories from people’s lives that are inspiring, heart-breaking, and relatable.  I cannot classify the stories I’ve read into good or better stories. Each book brings its own charm. However, some books are well-written, and some books pull you in and make you pause as you feel each word that’s penned down. This is a list of those books. Decoded by Jay-Z It gave me a refreshing perspective of the hip-hop culture and rap music – a genre I always overlooked. The lyrics have been beautifully written and explained and is comparable to pure poetry. That is not to say that there isn’t some lousy hip-hop doing the rounds (pointless violence and sex), but good rap, as Jay Z points out, is very powerful and has several layers. Even the cover of a Rorschach blot is a stroke of genius…just like rap music, it conveys different …

My Top Recommendations for Biographies with Animals

“Animal lovers are a special breed of humans, generous of spirit, full of empathy, perhaps a little prone to sentimentality, and with hearts as big as a cloudless sky.” John Grogan, Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog Every story becomes better with an animal in it. In books and movies about violent deaths, the animal’s death is the most painful (for me, at least).  Since I’ve started reading biographies, I’ve come across some amazing stories about animals and how they’ve impacted the lives of people around them. Each one is a tear-jerker – happy and sad.  Here are my top recommendations for biographies with animals. Marley and Me by John Grogan  I fell in love with Marley’s pure and goofy heart from the start. His joy refused any limits on his behaviour. His love and loyalty were boundless, too. It is also a story about Marley’s parents, who adopt him as a young couple. Marley shares their heartbreak over a miscarriage and joy at their first pregnancy. He grows old …

5 Best Audiobooks on Audible

I have previously written about my preference for audiobooks while I work. If you need to commute long hours or go on a trip, I highly recommend taking an Audible membership. I know people who prefer to listen on their walks and while cooking as well. Here are my top 5 Audible recommendations that are epic. They draw you into their worlds with enchanting stories and enigmatic storytelling. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles: This has to be one of my favourite books and on top of my list just for how it is told. It’s a novel I enjoyed immensely. The characters and events actually seemed real to me. The idea of a man voluntarily being under house arrest for an indefinite period in a fancy hotel seemed complicated and unrealistic to imagine. But somehow, Towles succeeded in making his book realistic—and endearing! The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai: Check out the full review here. I recommend the audiobook over the written book mainly because of all the beautiful Vietnamese verses …

woman on a chair reading a book with a cat on lap

Around the World in Books

I got the idea from a newspaper article about a teenager reading at least one book from each country in the world. What a novel thought! Why hadn’t I thought of that? All my life, I’ve read about the adventures of various White kids and adults.  We’re told how Enid Blyton books are quintessential childhood stories even though my childhood didn’t resemble it in any way. Even contemporary writers widely available in my adulthood were White. I have written previously about my quest to diversify mine and my son’s bookshelves. Here, I talk about this in detail. I’ve also added my list here, so if anyone’s interested in expanding their reading list or even help me with recommendations.  What I learned about what I read When I started paying attention to who I read, I decided to make an Excel Sheet by region and country. I was pretty surprised by what I saw, although I shouldn’t have been. The UK and US columns overflowed, while the India column was relatively modest. Even within the UK …

Top 10 Free Ebooks you need in your Library

Who doesn’t love free stuff? When it comes to books, I can never have too many. I would always have to worry about storage while purchasing physical copies of all the books I wanted. Now, with Kindle, I can read to my heart’s content. The best part is, there is such an immense repository of books that have crossed their copyright period and are now available to download and read for free. All you need to do is download the Kindle reading app on any of your devices if you don’t want to invest in a Kindle. If you already have a Prime membership then Amazon’s Prime Reading programme gives you a wide selection of books that are included in your membership, hence free to read. I have previously written about the benefits of an e-book reader. You can read and decide what works best for you. So, without further delay, here are my top 10 free Kindle ebooks you need to read. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is one of my absolute favourites. Such …

Poo and Fart Books for Kids

Why are farts so funny to little kids? Why are they obsessed with poop? Anything to do with the bottom end of our business instantly piques their interest. Child fascination with poop usually continues to adulthood with some!  Do you get embarrassed to talk about it with your kids, or try to change the topic? Or do you join in with some potty humour of your own? Everyone poops, so why not discuss it without getting flustered? There are plenty of poop book for toddlers. Books about poop are fun and educational. Whether you’re trying to potty train your child or just learn about normal bodily functions, funny poop books are the way to go. These are 2 books on poop and fart that we enjoy reading together. It gives us plenty of laughs and information. We hope you enjoy them too! Does it Fart? By Nick Caruso, Dani Rabaiott,i and illustrated byAlex G. Griffiths: This book started as a result of research for adults, then adapted for younger curious minds. There’s another book in …

Kid with The Construction alphabet book and construction vehicle toys on the bed

Books for Kids Who Love Big Vehicles

My kid loves big vehicles. The biggest ones he’s seen are construction vehicles. He would sit and watch them work, full of amazement at how they moved.  I was surprised at how many things you can teach a young kid just by using different construction vehicles: Counting, rhyming, ABCs, and behaviour modelling.  We have been reading to our son since he was about 4 months old. We gave him picture board books to flip though and enacted some of the sentences. It’s never too early to start reading to them.  Here are some of our favourite construction-themed books. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Illustrations by Jill McElmurry This was one of the first books he enjoyed reading. He would point it out to us and we would read it to him.  The book talks about how we need to be kind to people around us. The catchy rhyme and the animal sounds make it fun to listen to since babies can try and mimic some of the sounds as well. My Big Truck …

2 books of Rumi's translated works by Farrukh Dhondy

The Poetry of Rumi

O pilgrim who visit the Holy Land I’ll show you heaven in a grain of sand Are you hooked already? You might have read many such snippets on Instagram and Pinterest. You might have even heard the poet’s name – Rumi. Jalaluddin Rumi was a spiritual master and poet who lived in 13th Century Tajikistan. His poetry has influenced literature in the region and now through some great translations, continue to inspire us. Farrukh Dhondy has translated some of them into a series of two books. Rumi A New Translation and Rumi: A New Collection I fell for the cover first of all, and the inside pages did not disappoint either. The poems are good…some are great. Dance when the bowl of soul is shattered Dance when you’ve nudged the blindfold off Dance when the battle was all that mattered Dance though the world stands by to scoff! The poems have a musical way to lure you in. These are not meant to be read in a single sitting. Instead read, and re-read at leisure, …

Book on parenting kept with kids toys

My Top 3 Books on Parenting

Becoming a parent is a wonderful and life changing experience. You have a new little person in your life, so there’s going to be changes in you as well. As a reader and seeker of information, I turned to books and the Internet to help me out during different stages of my parenting journey.  I am so grateful to be living in an age when so much information is available literally at my fingertips. These are some of the books that have broadened my parenting perspectives and helped me better connect with my child. What to expect: The First year by Heidi Murkoff This is of course the bible for every new parent. It gives suggestions from different parenting perspectives so you don’t feel your choices are wrong or something you need to feel guilty about.  It takes you through the different milestones each month. Your baby might reach them sooner or later but at least you’ll know what to expect and how to deal with it. It’s very detailed and that gives you a …