Most Unexpected Things to Happen in Bookshops

Bookshops seem fairly straightforward, right? There are shelves inside, they have books on them. You browse the shelves, and if you find something you like, you purchase it. It's all pretty straightforward and by the book. Except some people like to think outside the box. Why only shop in a bookshop when there's a whole... Continue Reading →


The outcast in Apirana Taylor’s “Five Strings”

I started Five Strings two months ago, barrelled through most of it, and then put it on hold. It became too much. I picked it up this weekend, and pushed my way through the last pages. It was hard not to be bogged down in Mack and Puti's story, the two outcasts at the centre... Continue Reading →

Jane Eyre: The Past and the Present

I'm rereading Jane Eyre, because do I really need a reason? And it's reminding me that the Jane who has taken residence in my head - the calm, passionate, but reasoning, principled Jane - is only a finished product. She was not always so. Revisiting the beginning of her story is highlighting the parallels and... Continue Reading →

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Finally, finally, finally, I got my hands on a copy of this novel. I’ve been keeping an eye out for it ever since it took the book blogging world by storm. Juliet Takes a Breath stars the titular character, Juliet, a queer, latina college student on a journey that involves discovery of herself, and the... Continue Reading →

Swimming in the Monsoon Sea

I’ve been excited to read this one for awhile now. I stumbled across Shyam Selvadurai a couple of years back, when I began my active search for Sri Lankan authors. Fourteen year-old Amrith is caught between childhood and adulthood. School has let out, and the holidays stretch out ahead of him in a seemingly infinite... Continue Reading →

Celebrating Library Lovers’ Day

Apparently, February 14th not only marks Valentine’s Day, but also Library Lovers' Day! A day to celebrate any and all things library. I can’t believe I’ve lived this long on this planet and only just stumbled across this piece of information. You don’t understand, ok? I used to sneak off to the library because our... Continue Reading →

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