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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!

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–Sin

 

 

 

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The Book Blogger Confessions Tag

I found this tag on Bluechickenninja’s blog and as you know, I do so love a good viral tag post. So I’m giving it a go! 😀
Here we go, then 🙂
Which book, most recently, did you not finish?
Is it really bad that I actually can’t I can’t remember the last time I abandoned a book because I just didn’t want to read it. I’m a mood-reader and I have books lying around for months before I get into them. And then I often gobble them up in a day. I have to REALLY want to read a book, or I just can’t.
The last book I’m almost sure I won’t read is Midnight’s Children by Rushdie. It was just… weird.
The last book that I haven’t read but will, is The Circle by Dave Eggers, because I’m just not in the mood for it right now. 🙂 I abandoned it in April.

Which book is your guilty pleasure?
I have written a post about why I abhor the idea of a guilty pleasure book.
I stand by that, but the book I’ve been turning to when I’m in a bad mood is Bridget Jones’s Diary, which I’ve been able to read without embarrassing myself because I have it on Kindle. 😀 :p

Which book do you love to hate?
I don’t like any over-serious romance books but none spring to mind because I don’t read many of those.
I also strongly dislike God of Small Things by Arundathi Roy.
I don’t love to hate any books although I do confess to twitching when I see someone read Nicholas Sparks.

Which book would you throw into the sea?
Oh yes. The answer to this popped up into my head the minute I read the question, so strong is my dislike of this book.
Story time: I read this book more than 4 years ago, and I was typing out a review of it for an erstwhile blog of mine.
I didn’t mention the name or write a synopsis because I wanted to vent out (my rather strong) feelings first.
While it was still being edited, a friend read the review, sans any particulars, and she honest to god recognised what book I meant just by reading how much it pissed me off. True story.
This book is Almost Single by Advaita Kala and it is absurd and full of clichés and cringeworthy and I would gladly throw every last copy of it in to the sea.

Which book have you read the most?
I used to reread books a lot as a kid, but I don’t want to talk about those. It’s more interesting to think of what book I’ve read the most as an adult, and I don’t mean my ‘guilty pleasure’ books.
I think the book I’ve read most often as an adult is Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. This is such a funny, kind book. It feels like a hug in book form. And it always inspires me to write, at least for a little while. This is one book I just can’t live without and that I’ve read so often it’s looking a bit tattered now even though I only got it a couple of years ago.

Which book would you hate to receive as a present?
This is an odd question. I have never thought of what free books I would hate to get before!
Honestly, and this has happened to me once or twice, I would hate to receive any self-help book, especially if it were a self-help book that the person who is gifting it has read or has heard great things about because there is always a horrifying chance that they’ll keep asking if I read it and what I thought of it. -shudder- Yup that’s my nightmare scenario.
Guys, if you must gift books because you know a reader, gift books that the person would actually enjoy. Please!

Which book could you not live without?
I mentioned as an answer to an earlier question that I could not live without Bird by Bird. I stand by that.
I also can’t ever see my life without Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. (Yes, I am one of those rare people that can pick their favourite Harry Potter book.)
One of my recent loves is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
I also need The Small Bachelor and Full Moon and Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen by Wodehouse.
And finally, I think I will always want Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett.
Did the question say one book? Whoops…? 😛
Which book made you the angriest?
The book that that made me the angriest recently because it revealed the various discriminations and atrocities that have become internalised in India is A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. It is a story of 4 people who lived during Indira Gandhi’s emergency in the 1970’s and it is the kind of book that is gut-wrenching and thought-provoking and indescribably beautiful. Everyone ever should read it. No joke.

Which book made you cry the most?
I’m not sure actually. Most of the books that I read make me cry at least a little. This is also true of most of the things that I do. In general. I’m a crier. Did I tell you guys that one of my (meaner) friends called me H(owl)er because everything makes me howl? Yeah…

The book that made me cry most recently was Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie, and I think that a book that had me sob heart-rending sobs, so much so that I had to put the book away, is A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

Which book cover do you hate the most?
I like a lot of book covers but I don’t have strong negative feelings towards covers. A cover that I dislike on a book that I love is the original hardcover edition of A Casual Vacancy. 

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I like the new paperback edition sooo much more and I’ve been eyeing it for a while, but I haven’t bought it because there are a lot of new books that I have also been additionally eyeing.The book lover life, I tell you. Uff.

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Well, there you have it. My confessions/another excuse to talk about more books!

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Hoot.

–Sin

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Good Omens | Book Review

This is a review of Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett that was on my old blog which I’m now reposting here. It’s surprisingly un-rambly. Enjoy!

Neil Gaiman is funny.

Terry Pratchett is funny

Put them together and what to you get? Explosive giggles in inappropriate situations that leave you cringing but undeterred. Warning: Do not open this book unless you’re alone. Or prepare yourself for angry glares (not that you’ll care) through the day.

The characters are just adorable. The story is arresting. You’ll speed through it and then berate yourself for having gone so fast. Then you’ll sleep hugging the book. It might get dog-eared. And covered in lipstick marks if you wear lipstick.

To sum up:

An awesome village gang headed by the coolest Antichrist ever? Check

A nun of the “chattering order” (Read the book! There’s an epic back-story.) who turns businessperson?

Fallen angel who owns a Bentley in which all music turns to Queen after a while, and who makes wearing sunglasses all the time actually seem cool? Check

Angel / rare book dealer who hates selling his books? Check

Apocalypse? Check

Read this book. And get ready for those stomach aches! And a world of fun. Enjoy.

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I Capture the Castle | Book Review

This is one of my old posts from my old blog. I capture the Castle is one of my all-time favourite books so I thought it deserved to have its review on my new blog. 

Disclaimer: This is a young adult book, which might or might not be your cup of tea, so read the pot at your own discretion. It’ll make me happy if you read it though. :3

In one of my earlier posts, I lamented that I had to study Corporate Law instead of reading I Capture the Castle. Not easily deterred by the pile of work I have, however, I managed to procure the book and finished reading it. And I’m glad I did.

I first heard of this book in Jacqueline Wilson‘s My Secret Diary, which is an autobiography of her teenage years. I read it years ago, of course, but I still have vivid memories of her speaking of this book and wanting to read it. For some reason though, I assumed it’s out of print like Noel Streatfeild‘s books apparently are.

GUYS GUYS GUYS THIS IS FIVE MINUTES LATER AND I HAVE BEEN MINDBLOWN! There are paperback reprints of Noel Streatfeild’s books on flipkart.com and they’re affordable too! Wow, I never loved online book shopping more than I do at this moment! 

I found that out when I did a Google search to link you guys to her.

Yes, to get back to the point, I assumed that book was out of print, BUT IT WASN’T! Dun dun dush! And the rest is history! Well, not really. Not yet, anyway.

One thing I discovered as soon as I opened the book is that the author of this book, Dodie Smith also wrote 101 Dalmatians! My first thought: “Wow, that’s a book?” I know, I know, I’m awful, and have been living under a rock or something, but there it is.

Okay, let’s finally get to the book.

I am somewhat biased towards this book because I’m inclined to like books that are in a “diary” format for some reason. It started, of course, with Anne Frank, but it’s also true for L.M. Montgomery‘s less known Emily series, particularly Emily Climbs. My favourite Jacqueline Wilson book was also Secrets for this very reason. (Although Midnight was a close second)

Naturally, I loved it.

Aside from being somebody’s journal, it’s also beautifully written. The story is interesting and it’s set against the charming backdrop of a crumbling castle and it captures the innocence of childhood perfectly, even though, or perhaps because, it’s done through the eyes of a somewhat precocious teenager.

When I read stories of teenagers who are completely unaware of their charms, or who are completely unaware of the attention they are receiving, it irritates me. I think, “Really? It never once occurred to you?” I feel like it’s something that’s put on to seem modest or unassuming. I often wonder if I’m absurdly over-analytic or if everyone else is as good as I am as feigning ignorance of things they aren’t supposed to know. Good God, I’m digressing again.

My point is, (Yes, I had one) it’s refreshing to have the uncertainty and confusion that comes with being a teenager shown more than forced childishness.

I really adore Cassandra. We could have been friends.

I also felt like the ending was true to life, and achingly simple and beautiful.

More than anything else, I love the title. Being able to capture something in words is every writer’s dream and it’s a utopian ideal that I can’t stop aspiring towards, and it’s heartening to know that Cassandra can’t stop either. Hats off to the author though, for managing to do a great job of it.

Yes, most of my love of this book stems from the writing aspect, which forms a major part of this book, but the other parts about familial worries, love, jealousy, are all also themes which have been ingeniously depicted in this book.

It’s a multi-layered and beautiful YA book which every teenager and 20-something should read. It’s entirely charming and i definitely recommend it to everybody.

Just to make sure I wasn’t biased, I made a friend without literary ambitions read it. She affirms that it’s a lovely book. So there!

Do you guys have any books that you read far too late and still loved? Any beloved books of childhood that you rediscovered recently? Any young adult books that you think I absolutely must read? Let me know.