“The Day of the Triffids” and Venturing Into Apocalyptic Fiction

In this post, I am going to talk about the post-apocalyptic genre as a whole while also talking about the classic “The Day of the Triffids” by John Wyndham. I could have written a book discussion, but I wanted to talk about the genre more than the book. So, let’s get started!

A few days ago, I was watching a video recommending apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic novels in Jen Campbell’s channel. I will link the video here for you. While watching this video, I realized that I’ve never read much of this genre even though I find it incredibly interesting. All the books that Jen and Sanne recommended in the video interested me and I wanted to buy them immediately. I have read a lot of dystopian because the young-adult literature is filled with them. But the only post-apocalyptic books that I remember reading is Station Eleven. If you have read my discussion for this book, you know that I loved it. I started to wonder why this genre is so new to me. And then I realized that I haven’t read many books from the genre because I don’t see much of this genre in the places I go to search for new books. Until recently, all the booktubers I watched or book blogs I read concerned mainly YA. But I am slowly easing myself to lots of different genres including literary fiction. And that is where I found the best books of this genre.

Like I said, I wanted to read all the books from Jen and Sanne’s recommendations. I started with “The Day of the Triffids“. Believe it or not, I’ve never heard of this book before, even though it is a classic. But the premise sounded very interesting to me and I gave it a go. This book hooked me from the start. It is not very long and the language is very easy to read. I am going to link the Goodreads page of this book here so that you can see the synopsis for yourself. As I expected, the story was beautiful. And there is always something happening in the story which makes it easy for you to go through it in one sitting. I didn’t feel that attached to the characters but the situations kept me engaged and interested. It was also really scary sometimes. I think this is also something that interests me a lot about this genre. I really don’t read horror or watch horror movies because I’m really scared by them. But in this genre, the horror is in small doses which is perfect for me. I recently watched 10 Cloverfield Lane which is also a post-apocalyptic movie and it only increased my interest in this genre.

The other thing that attracts me about these books is how messed up they can be. I love books that are incredibly messed up, which is also why Gone Girl is one of my favourite books of all times and why I love psychological thrillers. It interests me to see how far the survival instincts of humans can push them to go and the many ways people can react to the same situation. So many ideologies clash when it’s literally the end of the world and it’s just amazing to see how different authors think about the different ways humans deal with it. These books give a great understanding of the human psyche and I love that.

I would really like to read a lot more of the books in this genre. Of course, I am going to go through the list of recommendations in that video but if you know about some amazing post-apocalyptic or apocalyptic books, please let me know! I would love to read them. Thank you so much for reading this! Please comment if you like to read books of this genre and if you do not, why. Until next time then.

Fin!

-Sanchita.

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Bookish Rant: Problems I Had As A Reader.

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We all know that there are thousands of perks of being a reader. But sometimes there are some problems that come along in my reading life which literally causes me an identity crisis. So many people have influenced me in my reading life. Booktube and blogosphere are two major ones. While I receive infinite recommendations from these things, sometimes I lose my way on what the right thing is. So today, I thought that I will share two of the major problems that I had in my reading life.

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The biggest problems that I had which I’m sure everyone can relate to is the urge to buy new books each and every day. I know that this is perfectly normal. We all want to create our own libraries someday so that we can have an unlimited supply of books. But what is not right is when this need to buy new books becomes an obsessive habit. I went through a phase where I only wanted to buy and read new books. This is something that is not financially possible for me and obviously its not healthy either. I looked down upon used books or library books because I used to think that they are inferior. But now I know better. There are lots of people who have talked about this. And I’ll say it again. The thing that is most important is reading. It does not matter where you’re reading from. Whether you have a torn, battered copy of a book passed down through generations or you have a brand new copy of a certain book, reading is the most important thing. I bought so many used books this year and it doesn’t bother me in the least. They are cheaper and when I do not have enough money to buy the new book, I have no problem in buying an used copy.

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Being a Book Snob

I should mention that I am majoring in English. So, when I first started college, I saw all these people reading classics and literary fiction that have received numerous awards but I’ve never heard of, I was very disappointed in myself. I felt like I have to change my reading tastes immediately and started reading those books only. And that’s not all, I judged people who didn’t read these critically acclaimed books. I basically became a book snob. When I read too many books of one particular genre, a reading slump is guaranteed. So, as expected, I didn’t like the books I was reading after a while, and stopped reading altogether. This lasted for about six months. Eventually, I realized my mistake and started picking up books that actually entertained me. Yes, I still read literary fiction but I read everything else too. So that I take everything in moderation. Being a book snob didn’t help me. Reading only classics or only literary fiction does not make anyone better than those who read only YA or middle school. Again, the only thing important is reading. So, if people criticize your reading choices, don’t pay any heed to them. And don’t be a book snob. Respect the reading choice of other people.

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Your choice is the most important factor that you should consider. If you find something interesting, read that. Even if its got no recognition or prizes. I have many books which I liked but some other people didn’t like. But that doesn’t make that book any less important to me. So, listen to Taylor Swift and shake it off. *inserting obligatory Taylor Swift gif*

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That’s all. I may continue this topic another time another day because I haven’t talked about so many things. But tell me what you think about the things I did talk about. What is a major problem that you’ve faced in your reading life? Tell me in the comments. Also, check out my progress in Around the Year in 52 days Reading Challenge in my post today. Again, thank you so very much for reading this. Until next time then!

Fin!

-Sanchita.

Bookish Rant: Book Adaptations of YA.

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Today I’m going to talk about something that have been in my mind for a long time. I should mention at the very beginning that this is not about any particular book adaptation but everything in general. Also, this is only about YA books that are being adapted. But I will give a few examples. I am going to talk about what I feel about them. If you agree or disagree with anything I say in this post, please tell it to me in the comments. I want to know what you think about it.

There are book to movie adaptations and book to TV adaptations being done left and right nowadays. Its amazing to see something that you imagined for yourself come to life for everyone to see. There are both good and bad sides to this for me. The good sides are the obvious ones. More people are coming to know about the story and as a result, more people are reading the books. You are witnessing your imaginations coming to life. There is also a downside to this for me. When an adaptation is done, everything about it gets stuck in my head. It doesn’t matter if I liked the movie/TV show or hated it, if I liked the cast or didn’t care about them, I always picture them when I re-read the book. But let’s not be negative here. It works in my favour if I like the adaptation.

The biggest problem that I have with adaptations nowadays is that they inforce the stereotypes associated with a particular genre. For example- the “love-triangle” trope in movies. Ever since Twilight was done, where love-triangle was a really important part of the story, it suddenly became a trope that have to be there in other adaptations. Whether it’s important for the story or not. Oh it’s a teen movie? We have to have a love triangle with two very handsome actors in it. Otherwise, how are we going to convince the young girls to come watch the movie? Well, how about the story! I am talking to you, dystopian movies.

Also, most of the YA adaptations nowadays do not even take themselves seriously, It almost feels like they are intentionally making fun of themselves. I feel like they are not taking the amazing materials they have at hand seriously. I am looking at you, Shadowhunters! Okay, I have never read the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I am reading The Infernal Devices by her and only when I finish them do I plan on reading this series. But, judging by the fanbase the books have, I am assuming that they are pretty awesome. But I don’t like the TV series. The show looks like a joke. I know that I am being pretty harsh considering that there are only three episodes out right now, but if they don’t improve soon, they are going to lose me as a viewer. It looks like they are making fun of themselves and of the material. And I hate that.

The movie/TV show often loses the quirks that they had before which separated them from other books of the same genre. The adaptations take the familiar tropes to that certain genre and exaggerate them to such a degree that all adaptations of that genre start to look the same. The Hunger Games and the Divergent series are similar only when you look at those stories from as far as you can. But I have often heard from the people who have only watched the movies that “they are all the same”.

There are lots more to say. But these are the things that I thought were more important. I have talked about the bad things in YA adaptations a lot! But that does not mean that I don’t want YA literature to be adapted. There are amazing adaptations out there. The Fault In Our Stars, Harry Potter, the Hunger Games- these have movies I absolutely adore and can see any day. I love the excitement surrounding any adaptation and I love how it encourages more and more people to read the books for generations to come. I just want some to be made a little better. That’s all. Please tell me what you think about adaptations of YA literature. Thank you so much for reading this! Until next time then!

Fin!

-Sanchita.

My Top 10 Books of 2015.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Have an amazing, amazing year ahead! May your year be filled with amazing and life-changing books!

I know that it’s been like two months since I last posted and I’m really so, so sorry for that! I could say that life got in the way but really most of the time, I was too lazy to write. But here I am now!

2015 has been great for my reading life. I re-discovered how much I love reading in this year through Booktube, book blogs and Goodreads. I started my own blog and it’s been great. I now get to read books and also talk about them with people who are as passionate about them as I am and I LOVE it. I also did my first reading challenge for Goodreads and I completed it! I read a total of 87 books this year and I’m so proud of it. This year, I set the goal at 100 and I’m positive that I’m going to complete that too!

Okay. So let’s get started. The list is in no particular order. These are the best books I’ve read this year and I found it very difficult to rank them. So, I didn’t. There will be two special mentions as I couldn’t not talk about them. Here goes!

  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer- I read all the books in this series this year and I loved each and every one of them. I especially loved Cress and Winter. The series started and ended with a bang. It was everything I expected and more. It has now earned it’s place as one of my all time favourite series. I laughed, I cried and I fell in love. Cinder and Kai, Scarlet and Wolf, Cress and Thorne and Winter and Jacin. I love them all.
  • Just One Day by Gayle Forman- I love every book that this woman puts out. Last year, I loved If I Stay and Where She went by her. This year, it was Just One Day. This contemporary was not just another love story, it was a story that had the most amazing character development that I have ever seen in a contemporary. And I loved it for that.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas- This book, this book guys. It gave me so many feels. It introduced me to the awesomeness that Sarah J. Maas books have and I loved the world that she created. It also gave me a new O.T.P. Rhys and Feyre forever! ❤
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn- Psychological thriller. Check. Screwed-up characters. Check. Mind-blowing story. Check. The most awesome story of all times. Check. Need I say more?
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- Do I even need to describe why I loved this book? I don’t think so. I think most of you know why this book is so loved. Yes it is heartbreaking, yes it is beautiful and yes it is unique. I have a book discussion for it if you want to know more of my thoughts on this.
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell- How can this list be complete without a Rainbow Rowell book in it? It can’t! I read every book that she’s put out ever, in this year. Except Attachments which I’ll read soon enough. This is the most relatable and adorable story that I’ve read this year. And this book gave me Levi! How can I not love Levi? It’s impossible!
  • Night Film by Marisha Pessl- This is another one of the many psychological thrillers that I read this year. This book blurs the line between real and imaginary. It messes with your mind and with your beliefs. Sometimes, it takes you to places that you can never imagine. The multimedia aspect of the book just enhances the experience. It’s also one of a kind.
  • I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson- This book is on this list mainly because of it’s amazing writing style. I love it when the authors have their own unique writing style and apart from that, this book also had an amazing story. It was interesting and endearing. Though the end was a little bit too convenient for my taste, my overall experience with it made it worth remembering.
  • The Martian by Andy Weir- I’m sure practically everyone of you have watched the movie even if you haven’t read the book. This was the “it” book towards the end of the year. The humour of this book took it to a place where books like these don’t generally reach. Though it was a bit science heavy, it was never boring. If you found the movie to be awesome, trust me, the book is twice as awesome.
  • Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead- I loved the Vampire Academy series. So, it wasn’t much of a surprise when I love this one too. This book gave me the doses of Adrian Ivashkov that I needed after Vampire Academy. I will remember this series because of Adrian Ivashkov. Adrian Ivashkov is love. Adrian Ivashkov is life. Adrian Ivashkov is bae.

Special Mentions:

  • Eleanor and Park and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell- These books were ADORABLE. And beautiful. But I couldn’t put them on the list as I’ve already put Fangirl. But I love them both.
  • Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens- This book dealt with such an important issue and was very dark. But it succeeded in what it set out to do. And it made it’s place in my heart in that attempt.

So, that’s all guys. These are the books that are my favourites of 2015. Please tell me what are your favourite books of this year. Also, please comment your opinions about the books in this post. Again, I’m sorry for going MIA for so long. But I promise that this time, I’m back. And I’ll be posting regularly again! Thank you for reading! Have an amazing, amazing 2016. See you again soon!

Fin!

-Sanchita.

P.S.- The ratings that I gave to these books does not associate to this list in any way. This list is made purely based on my level of enjoyment.

 

50+ Followers Appreciation Post and a Bookish Rant.

Hi guys! First of all, I am really sorry that I haven’t been active this last week and I missed posting a book discussion last Wednesday. It’s just that things have been really busy in college lately and I haven’t read any book since last week! Can you believe it? Last week! I am ashamed of myself. 😦 But the thing is, I have been in a horrible reading slump and I haven’t been able to pick up any book. I am really, really sorry guys. Can someone suggest me a book that can help me get out of this reading slump? Please give you suggestions in the comments. I need it. Badly.

As I haven’t been active here, I missed our 50 followers notification!! 50 FOLLOWERS!!!! It feels a lot to me because I didn’t think 10 people would be interested in reading what I have to say let alone 50!!!!followed-blog-50-2xSo, I just wanted to thank each and every one of you! Thank you for reading my posts and liking them and commenting on them and interacting with me and just EVERYTHING! It means a lot to all of us and we appreciate each and every one of you! You people encourage us to write more and more great articles. And obviously, to read more and more books. So, thank you for spending a little bit of your time on our posts. We love each and every one of you.

Now, for the rant part. On Tuesday, I suddenly got the news on Twitter than there is going to be a new gender bended story of Twilight, i.e., every male character in Twilight will be female and every female character will be male. As a result, the story would play out in a different way. It’s named Life and Death: Twilight Re-imagined. Now, the news sparked a lot of extreme feelings. The extreme reactions that I saw on Twitter is something that encouraged this post. As a person who appreciates Twilight, I wanted to say some things. I really don’t want to offend anyone. I just wanted to put my views out there in the world. So, here’s what I think.el-nuevo-libro-life-and-death-twilight-reimagined

Twilight has played a great role in my life as a reader. I started reading again because of Twilight. It got me into reading and gave me a hobby that I will cherish forever. After Twilight, I started reading too many books just to fill the hole it left in my life. Gradually, I began discovering so many great stories. So, I will forever be grateful to it. Many people have many diverse opinions about Twilight. I am not saying that the story is flawless and perfect or anything like that. I am just saying that it is a very addictive and interesting story despite its flaws. Sometimes, I feel like it has become a trend to hate on Twilight. It has become very cool to hate on it. I am not a great fan of the movies and I think the movies contributed to this hate. Whenever people tell me that they hate Twilight, the first question I ask is whether they have read the book. The answer in 90% of those scenarios is NO. I always urge people to just give the book a chance and then make up their minds about it. How can you hate on something without having at least a little knowledge about it? I will never understand.

Now for the book Life and Death: Twilight Re-imagined. The day after this book was announced, our local newspaper published an article on why Stephenie Meyer should inflict more of this terrible thing in this world. This extreme article got me thinking, how many people actually think like that and would not even give this book a chance before starting to hate it. Thinking about this saddens me. So, to all those people, I would again urge you to please read the book before you comment on it. It is perfectly okay to not like a book but it is not okay to hate on a book which you haven’t read. I always try not to judge any book without reading it. The reviews are going to obviously influence you, but do not hate on a book because of bad reviews.

At this point, I think I am repeating the same point again and again. So, I am going to stop now. Whatever I said in this post applied to not only Twilight but every other book out in this world. Tell me what you think about Twilight, about this new book and about this post as a whole. Let’s start a discussion about this in the comments. And again, THANK YOU SO MUCH for everything. Until next time then.

-Sanchita.