A Bookish Thing that I’m Doing…

…That you all should do too!

So, this year, I’ve decided to do the Read Harder Challenge that’s run by Goodreads. Some of the categories of books that it requires me to read have just made me go “wut”, which is, I believe, the charm of the challenge.

Please follow the link above to get a hold of the list (and downloadable document) of all the categories of books you need to read to successfully complete the challenge. There are 24 in all, which adds up to a reasonable two a month, especially since it is permissible to read one book that fulfills multiple categories.

I always think it’s a good idea to read books diversely and outside my comfort zone and outside my genres of choice even if I’m reading for pleasure because it’s helpful to me as an aspiring writer. However, even I weren’t an aspiring writer, I think it’s a good idea to learn something about the points of view of people who don’t think the same way as me. With the world getting smaller each day, and with social media becoming an echo chamber of our thoughts and ideas, varied perspectives have become more valuable than ever before. Varied opinions are rarer still. Varied thoughts, varied priorities, varied ideas are all something that can be picked up from books. Even if I’m only reading for pleasure, and I don’t want any sort of information or knowledge from the books that I read, I feel like reading diversely makes me a different person; maybe even a better person.  Maybe.

Serious thoughts aside (Earnest is not a colour that suits me), who knows where my new favourite book or my new favourite author may be hiding, right?

 

From the comfort of our homes and cosy cafés (or taxis or metros or buses or offices under our desks or in line at the bank. Demonetisation, amirite?), let’s dive into books and go exploring in 2017. Come #readharder with me, guys. Journeys are always more fun with friends!

Watch out for the hashtag #readharder on my social media, guys.

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Hoot.

–Sin

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Book Haul!

Confession: I buy a lot of books! A lot more than I read these days, which makes me sad. I don’t usually do book hauls, because I don’t know if they work in blog posts as well as they do in videos.

However, I am particularly excited about this book haul because one of my favourite second hand bookstores in Bangalore, Bookworm, expanded. EXPANDED. In this day and age, when people are debating whether the time of independent bookstores and physical books is over, the owner bought a 5000 sq ft location and opened a brand new bookstore, moving from the tiny-ish basement location. I still adored the tiny basement location, of course, but this is something else!

I went at the beginning of this month and it was so beautiful, so spacious and just such a lovely atmosphere, that I simply HAD to buy a buttload of books, regardless of how many unread ones are already chilling at home. Judge me all you like, but I was helping the independent book-selling industry! What did you do with your effin’ day, huh, Judgment-face?

Anyway, here are the books that I bought, some second-hand, some shiny and new, but all discounted. Because I’m a loyal customer. And because I buy way too many books. 😛 IMG_20160410_180207710There. Books I’ve been dying to read, books I’d never heard of before, authors I’ve been dying to read… all in one beautiful picture. This picture sort of represents my reading style. A bit of fantasy, a bit of science fiction, a lot of literary fiction, a tiny smidgeon of non-fiction, a lot of humour, some Indian writing… but one thing is completely off, as I just realised: No women! I read a lot of women as a rule, consciously to be more diverse, but I also migrate towards women writers sub-consciously because I like their writing styles and the themes they write about. I’m surprised at myself.

Huh. Who knew that book hauls lead to so much introspection?

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Have you wanted to read any of them? Let me know in the comments!

My Top 10 Reads of 2015

Hello everyone!

It turns out that another year has come to an end. This was a tornado of a year and I’m still trying to find the scattered bits of my life and start living properly again. Of course, it wasn’t all bad; there were some lovely bits, and some of the loveliest bits were the books that I read.

It was a fabulous reading year for me and I liked nearly every book I read and some of them have become lifetime favourites that I think about nearly every week. These are the books that I would blindly recommend to everyone.

After a great deal of thought, here are my top 10 books out of the 55 I read this year (In no particular order)

  1. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  2. Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar
  3. Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
  4. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  5. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  6. The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
  7. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  8. The Firebird by Saikat Majumdar
  9. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  10. We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

A lot of women and coloured authors on this list, which makes me happy. Did you guys read diversely too this year?

I have a few more books that I adored nearly as much but these are the ones that made the final cut. Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What books would you recommend to a person who’s enjoyed these books? What are your favourite 2015 reads? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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That’s all for today, guys.

Hoot.

-Sin

The Rory Gilmore Reading List

Hello everyone! I’m back from my tiny vacation, refreshed and rearing to go! Just kidding… I’m actually exhausted and sad, but who isn’t! xD

This list has been making its rounds on the social media for a while and I’m inspired to look through the list and tell you which of them I’ve read.

This post is inspired by Ashley Riordan’s video on her youtube channel, climbthestacks. She’s one of my favourite youtubers, and I adore her videos. Here’s a link to her video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK_3aT2RS9c

Here’s the link with the complete list of all of the books referenced on the Gilmore Girls, a show that I’m currently following a rerun of on TV for the first time, even though I’ve seen random episodes of it before. Yes. This is my first time watching the show. No judgment, please. 😛 I realllly love it so far. Which is why this is a topical post for me. Bear with me. 😛 http://www.buzzfeed.com/krystieyandoli/all-339-books-referenced-in-gilmore-girls#.xwBqZ6xa1

Well, here’s a list of the books I’ve read out of the massive list of books that Rory Gilmore has read: 

1984 by George Orwell
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown
Emma by Jane Austen
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo

Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Love Story by Erich Segal

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Shining by Stephen King

Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

So it seems I’ve read 55 out of the huge list of 339 books, which isn’t amazing, but there are some books in this list that I want to read, and will read soon.

Expect that list in my next post! 🙂

Which of the books on this list have you read, guys? Which of them do you like? Let me know in the comments!

Hoot

–Sin

 

 

 

Literary Would You Rather

I’m stealing and answering the questions published by 101 Books. He’s done 6 of these and I’m randomly doing the third one because I like the number three.

So… Let’s begin!

Would you rather have to read backwards or read upside down?

Upside-down seems easier, although it would slow me down. I’ve tried to read upside-down in the past with reasonable success, so I’ll go with that.

Would you rather be a man named Evelyn Waugh or a woman named George Eliot (both famous authors)?

I know for a fact that George Eliot chose to call herself that. Her actual name is Mary Ann Evans. This is something I learned in primary school when we studied an extract from The Mill on the Floss.

Evelyn Waugh, however, was given the name Evelyn. It was one of his middle names, to be fair, and he chose to call himself Evelyn as well, but I still feel like George Eliot had more choice in the matter. For some reason.

Also. Girls called George! Famous Five! Big, big fan. I wanted to be a guy for a few years because of feisty, curly-haired George.

So, I’d definitely want to be a woman author called George Eliot. 😛

Would you rather have to live through Stephen King’s The Shining or James Dickey’s Deliverance?

<SPOILER ALERT>

If I do want to be menaced and have murder attempted on me, I’d rather these things not be done to me by my dad. Also, I’d rather not have the supernatural involved.

So… Deliverance would be my answer.

However, I haven’t actually read Deliverance, but I have read The Shining, so maybe my answer will change once I read both books. Who knows?

Would you rather permanently be two-feet tall and completely literate, or normal size and permanently illiterate?

Two feet and completely literate. Hands down.

Would you rather read Infinite Jest or get hit in the head with Infinite Jest 10 times (it’s 1,100 pages and more than 480,000 words)?

I’d rather read it. In fact, I own it and intend to read it eventually. 😛

Would you rather have Scarlett O’Hara as your wife or as your mother?

Dear God. I abhor Scarlett. ABHOR her. I know she isn’t meant to be likable and she’s a strong woman, blah blah blah, but the idea of being related to her just brought back all thoughts of how much I hate her.

I don’t know how awful it would be to have her as a mother, because my mother is a wonderful person and an even better mother, but I do think marriages are for life and that’s easily 30 to 40 years of my life as opposed to the 18 or 20 with my mother. Hard cold logic. Very helpful. Always.

(That doesn’t mean that I don’t believe in divorce because marriage is a sacrament, or anything like that. It just means that I’d like any marriage I get into to be for the long haul, and I think that divorce is a hassle. Plus, if I married Scarlett O’ Hara, I would judge myself big time.)

God, what horrible questions! Hahaha. They were fun to answer, though. You should try too. Here are the answers that 101 Books gave to his own questions. Enjoy! 😀

That’s all for today,

Hoot.

Sin

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Five Books I’d Like to See Made in to Movies

I guess old habits die hard, a dog’s tail can never be straightened, a leopard never changes its spots, etc. You can add whatever other cliches you want to add, which excuse my not posting for over a week. (Again.)

But maybe I’m not completely the same useless owl as before, because I’ve made one huge change in my life; I’ve beun to explore media of instruction and entertainment that are not the written word. It began with my obsession of Youtube, of course, but I have now progressed to movies and TV shows. I watched Mad Max: Fury Road recently and I ADORE it.

I have also avoided watching book to movie adaptations in particular, especially if I liked the book, becauee you know, ‘the book is always better anyway.’ Thee are glaring exceptions to this rule, such as Julie and Julia and The Devil Wears Prada, but yeah, it is generally gospel. Or so I thought.

The above was all the old Sindhu, of course, and I will add adaptations to my list of must-catch-up-on-asap movies. In addition, I’m sending out this virtual appeal to the filmmakers of the world (because the list of movies I already need to watch isn’t long enough apparently) to make movies based on the following books, which I adore by the way, so I appeal that they not be shredded to bits and reconstructed unrecognisably. Brave, aren’t I?

These are in no particular order, Here goes:

1. Americanah: Everyone who reads my blog, and their uncle probably knows how much I love this book. I want to see who is cast as Ifemelu, whose description is so unlike any actor I’ve seen, ever, and I want to see the non-linear transitions (or flashbacks?) are dealt with. I also want to see how Ifemelu’s blo posts are woven into the narrative, considering they don’t actually have anything to do with the story, but they’re kind of impotant and insightful nonetheless. I feel like the narrative styles explored in books cannot be done justice in a movie which relies on the visual so heavily, and I want to see if it can be done.

On that note, what was done in Half of a Yellow Sun? Should I watch Half of a Yellow Sun? I’m worried that the impact of some of the brutal scenes may make me cry, since the book itself had me in tears. I guess, maybe some stories are worth the pain and the tears.

2. I am the Messenger: This is one of Markus Zusak’s, and it’s nothing like the Book Thief. I quite like it when an author is prolific, because it keeps my reading diverse, even if I only read books by authors that I trust. I don’t know if that logic makes much sense, but irrespective, it shows an author’s talent.

I didn’t like this book as much as I liked the Book Thief but I’m unsure whether that is because the topic of books is closer to my heart or because I am the Messenger is actually a YA book and I like very few books from that genre as a rule. In any case, it was a good story, and I’ve noticed that YA books make excellent movies. This has a somewhat straightforward story and endearing characters, which can easily be adapted into a movie.

3. Past Continuous: This is a book I’ve raved about in the past. It’s by an Indian author called Neel Mukherjee and I bought it on a whim because I liked the cover and the synopsis on the back of the book. Here. Look:
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It has two parallel stories, one being a story that the main character is writing, which would be fun to watch. Also, the timeless settings of Calcutta and Oxford in one movie are enough to make me go watch. 😀 q1
4.Narrow Road to the Deep North: This is the book that won the Booker Prize in 2014 and it impacted me so deeply that I wasn’t able to read for a few weeks after I read this book, because I was afraid of the effect books could have on my mind.
It flashes back to Burma during the 2nd world war and back to contemporary Australia, which would be amazing to watch. It has the potential to be a Classic war representation, if done well.

5.Ready Player One: This is one of the most perfectly paced books I’ve ever read, with an amazing plot and something for everyone. It’s dystopic, which everyone knows is my favourite genre, and it is simply divine in narration and execution, so much so that I’ve been excited and terrified in equal parts about its sequel. My apprehension is rivalled only by my apprehension about the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. :p
Movie please. I want a movie of this book more than any of the others.

Honourable mention goes to the Casual Vacancy. I adore this book and it is easily one of my most favourite books of all time. It’s the book that raised my opinion of Rowling higher than ever. I would have loved to see the execution of a movie based on this book, but whoops; they’ve gone ahead and made a BBC mini series out of it, which is way better. I plan to curl up on a free day and marathon the entire thing. ❤
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That’s all folks. 😀
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Much Awaited and VERY EXCITING | 14 best books of 2014

Hello! It’s the new year. Happy new year!

So, I’ve had the best reading year in a really long time, which seems like a good way to end my “childhood” since I’ll be graduating in 2015. What’d you guys think? I read 94 books. It felt so good. 😀

Well, I decided to do the traditional holiday thing for a book blogger and list my favourite books that I read this year. I also read a lot of excellent books this year so it was a bit of a struggle picking the BEST ones. But here goes. 🙂 The ones in bold are on my list of all time favourites. 😀 I’ve also decided to only list one book by a single author so I’ve had some tough choices because I had to decide which book by talented authors I adored more. It’s everyone’s worst nightmare isn’t it? But I’m very ruthless about such things. This is why I’m one of the people that has a Favourite Harry Potter book and don’t just shmush the whole series into one huge book when I put it in a list. I think that’s cheating. Yes I do. And yes, this is one of the many inane things I feel VERY strongly about.

  1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  3. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  4. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  5. Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  6. Princess Bride by William Goldman
  7. Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto
  8. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
  9. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  10. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  11. Lord of the Flies by WIlliam Golding
  12. We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver
  13. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  14. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

If you guys want me to review any of these books, let me know. 🙂 I’ve talked about some of these already but I’m too lazy to find links to post the links to all those posts. It’s New Year’s Day and I’m lazier than average on a regular day. Today, it’s a miracle I’m even awake! (I woke up because I had to pee and then I felt hungry so I figured I might as well get out of bed. Sigh.)

Anyway, have a great reading year, peeps. 😀

I will post a review or two soon, once I get round to actually finishing a book.True to form, I’ve only read one book in the last 8 days since i got home. I’m in the middle of two excellent books though, and I will review them within the week. Cheers to that.

Hoot.

Sin

My Favourite Quotes about Writing

I had said that I will do a post with this list, so here it is. 🙂

Most of these are post-its on my laptop desktop for inspiration purposes, for when I get round to actually writing something solid. I am really loving blogging right now, though and I hope to actually go somewhere with it, and keep at it for some time at least. On that note, I read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and I LOVED it. It’s about a Nigerian immigrant in America, who blogs about race. Of course that’s an over-simplification of the theme and the storyline, but I’ll save more insights for the actual review. I felt like Ifemelu GOT me. I’ll be reviewing it when I can get out of my semi-sulky stupor and gather my thoughts enough to write a review. Till then, I hope you like my list.

1. “Write freely and as rapidly as possible. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down.”

–Ray Bradbury

2, “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
–W. Somerset Maugham

3. “Write drunk and edit sober”

–Ernest Hemingway

4. “Writing is like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”

–E. L. Doctorow

5. Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”  (This one is my FAVOURITE.)
–Anton Chekhov

These are advice type things rather than quotes about the profound satisfaction of writing or something like that, because I need this advice, especially because I hate my writing style and always delete. 😦

Also, as a bonus, here’s a piece of advice that almost writer gives that a certain somebody <coughsinducough> absolutely refuses to follow because laziness. Maybe you’re a better person than me and you’ll actually do it. 😛

WRITE EVERYDAY.

(hahahahahahahahaha. Good luck with that, Sindhu.)

Tell me if you liked any of my quotes, and also tell me your favourite ones. I like adding new ones to my list frequently. 😀

That’s all for now.

Hoot.

–Sin

The Biggest Books I’ve Read… and Not Read (The Big Book Tag)

I’ve seen a lot of Youtubers do this tag and I thought it’ll be fun to do it too. I made the list ages ago, but I thought I would read one of the book on the biggest books I haven’t read in October, but you guys know that did NOT happen. (I read only 4 books in October. To put that in perspective, I’ve read 4 books already this month and I have exams going on… So yeah.)

Anyway, the idea is to list the 5 biggest books you’ve read and 2 of the biggest books you own but you haven’t read. I’m going to list 5 of each though, mostly to bully myself into reading these books. 🙂 Also, I love all of the books on my read-list, which is weird and cool. 🙂 They’re all 4 star and above! I really love big books. I remember when I was 13, I went to my school librarian and said, “Ma’am, tests have ended. Please give me a big book to read. Any big book!” She made fun of me for that till I graduated. -.-

I do still admire an author who can write a good book briefly. Like George Orwell. Animal Farm is only 98 pages long! But my personal favourites are always the thick meaty ones that you can make friends with. 🙂 Anyway…

Getting down to the list: (From smallest to biggest.)

The biggest books I’ve read are:

  1. 1Q94 by Haruki Murakami –925 pages
  2. Shantaram  by Gregory David Roberts– 933 pages
  3. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens — 974 pages
  4. Gone with The Wind by Margaret Mitchell — 1011 pages
  5. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth — 1368 pages
Not Read:
  1. Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra — 916 pages
  2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 964 pages
  3. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace — 1079 pages
  4. Atlas Shrugged  by Ayn Rand–1088 pages
  5. War and Peace  by Leo Tolstoy–1392 Pages

People who are reading, (I hope someone is reading) please comment and let me know what the biggest books you’ve read are. And also tell me what you thought of these ones. 🙂 Especially if they’re the ones I haven’t read. 😛 And… anything else you want to. Feed the Sindhu with your insights. 😀

See ya tomorrow, guys!

Hoot.

–Sin

30 Day Book Challenge — Day 17 | Favourite Quote from Your Favourite Book

I still don’t know what my favourite book is so I would like to thank this day’s question for adding to the pressure and stress I’m feeling as day 30 draws closer. Thanks, Book Challenge, thanks. 😐

I do not have an all time favourite quote. I have a few that I like a lot though. 🙂

“Is not general incivility the very essence of love?” — Jane Austen

“We accept the love we think we deserve.” — Stephen Chbosky

“I would die for you but I won’t live for you.” –Ayn Rand

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” –Jorge Luis Borges

Aaaaand one which always, always makes me smile:

The most important thing we’ve learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
Them near your television set —
Or better still, just don’t install
The idiotic thing at all.
In almost every house we’ve been,
We’ve watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about,
And stare until their eyes pop out.
(Last week in someone’s place we saw
A dozen eyeballs on the floor.)
They sit and stare and stare and sit
Until they’re hypnotised by it,
Until they’re absolutely drunk
With all that shocking ghastly junk.
Oh yes, we know it keeps them still,
They don’t climb out the window sill,
They never fight or kick or punch,
They leave you free to cook the lunch
And wash the dishes in the sink —
But did you ever stop to think,
To wonder just exactly what
This does to your beloved tot?
IT ROTS THE SENSE IN THE HEAD!
IT KILLS IMAGINATION DEAD!
IT CLOGS AND CLUTTERS UP THE MIND!
IT MAKES A CHILD SO DULL AND BLIND
HE CAN NO LONGER UNDERSTAND
A FANTASY, A FAIRYLAND!
HIS BRAIN BECOMES AS SOFT AS CHEESE!
HIS POWERS OF THINKING RUST AND FREEZE!
HE CANNOT THINK — HE ONLY SEES!
‘All right!’ you’ll cry. ‘All right!’ you’ll say,
‘But if we take the set away,
What shall we do to entertain
Our darling children? Please explain!’
We’ll answer this by asking you,
‘What used the darling ones to do?
‘How used they keep themselves contented
Before this monster was invented?’
Have you forgotten? Don’t you know?
We’ll say it very loud and slow:
THEY … USED … TO … READ! They’d READ and READ,
AND READ and READ, and then proceed
To READ some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks!
One half their lives was reading books!
The nursery shelves held books galore!
Books cluttered up the nursery floor!
And in the bedroom, by the bed,
More books were waiting to be read!
Such wondrous, fine, fantastic tales
Of dragons, gypsies, queens, and whales
And treasure isles, and distant shores
Where smugglers rowed with muffled oars,
And pirates wearing purple pants,
And sailing ships and elephants,
And cannibals crouching ’round the pot,
Stirring away at something hot.
(It smells so good, what can it be?
Good gracious, it’s Penelope.)
The younger ones had Beatrix Potter
With Mr. Tod, the dirty rotter,
And Squirrel Nutkin, Pigling Bland,
And Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and-
Just How The Camel Got His Hump,
And How the Monkey Lost His Rump,
And Mr. Toad, and bless my soul,
There’s Mr. Rat and Mr. Mole-
Oh, books, what books they used to know,
Those children living long ago!
So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books,
Ignoring all the dirty looks,
The screams and yells, the bites and kicks,
And children hitting you with sticks-
Fear not, because we promise you
That, in about a week or two
Of having nothing else to do,
They’ll now begin to feel the need
Of having something to read.
And once they start — oh boy, oh boy!
You watch the slowly growing joy
That fills their hearts. They’ll grow so keen
They’ll wonder what they’d ever seen
In that ridiculous machine,
That nauseating, foul, unclean,
Repulsive television screen!
And later, each and every kid
Will love you more for what you did.

–Roald Dahl

It’s a whole poem, of course, and not a quote but I adore it. ❤ It’s truer in these times than ever before, I think.

I haven’t put in anything about writing because I think I’ll do a post on top ten favourite writing quotes soon. 🙂

That’s all for now.

Hoot.

–Sin