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I’ll be honest and I sorta fell off the bandwagon and got sucked into Netflix and avoided picking up a book for a good while. I guess when it’s cold, all you want to do is cozy up with a big blankie and comfortable pajamas. I found transitioning into winter so hard, that turning pages seemed like so much work because exposing any part of my skin to my weakly heated flat seemed a bit too much of an investment in a book. No lie.

Anyways, over the last several months I did read a few books, but fallen into the podcast world too {more on that in another post} and I think curating a little collection of books that I’ve read for future literary lust posts seems more logical rather than sharing the thoughts on one book… but I digress…

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The Power


One of my favorite reads of high school was Orwell’s 1984 and my favorite of university was The Handmaid’s Tail by Margaret Atwood. I came across the power in a chat I was having with one of my St. Andrews friends who was a very big fan of Atwood. Alderman’s The Power is a bit of the mix of the former two books I mentioned, a dystopian world where woman develop an electrifying power that disrupts the symbiosis of modern society. The plot follows the story of multiple characters around the world in varied situations.

Without giving away too much, I had a love/hate relationship with this book-this was not a soft, elusive, passive aggressive look at gender equality, but a proper view of society forcing the reader to question the status quo and the world that we live in. From examples of the Muslim World, to promoting protests and movements-it was raw and it was exhilarating. Power is a tangible subject here and they way it is utilized and controlled is the very notion that is materialized here.

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I picked this one up right before I went to India, but didn’t get to properly read it until after my trip. It’s actually a Pakistani novel that is so beautifully written that I think I’m going to hold onto it with my Lolita novel as the language could truly enhance the language here on c&é (even though it was translated).

Looking back on the divide between India and Pakistan, Zakir is separated from the love of his life and continues to undergo trauma and the hostility that comes with the birth of a new nation. The plot encompasses the present, memory, dream and mythology-beautifully tying in all aspects of the Partition between India-Pakistan. What makes it interesting, however, is that the novel was written in 1979 during the Bangladesh’s war of independence from Pakistan.

”When the world was still all new, when the sky was fresh and the earth was not yet soiled,
when trees breathed through the centuries and ages spoke in the voices of birds, how astonished
he was, looking all around, that everything was so new, and yet looked so old.”

I’ve read many books and watched films on the Partition and the only difference I really sensed from Basti versus the rest was the prose. A little treat to the genre of historical fiction.

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Spark Joy


Just to preface this book and the one after, Messy, I only really was interested in reading Marie Kondo’s work to see what all the fuss was about. Messy was a nice competitor to Kondo’s teachings. I’m a minimalist and I am very content with what I have. It’s definitely not hard for me to let go of something, but I’ve never been someone who is attached to material possessions merely because I’ve moved around a lot, lost things on the way, thrown away bags of clothes-it’s really just fine. I guess I’m the anti-blogger, huh?

I loved Kondo’s teachings though. I understand the importance of a tidy space and a world where you don’t need to have to materialize to be happy, but the purpose of her teachings behind this book was to question if something actually “sparks joy”-if it doesn’t, get rid of it. There were cases where I thought, “a took kit doesn’t make me happy, but I do need it.” She addresses that and a lot more. It’s funny because after reading just the first 30 pages or so, I noticed that I was questioning what I had in my room. And though I already have things that make me quite content, it reminded me that everything I have is beautiful and purposeful in its own way-and there is something so beautiful about that.

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Though I’m not a messy person, extremely organized in fact, I found this book a joy to read! Harford takes real life samples of messy sitautions and/or environments that real life people have been in and how it has helped them in return. Using examples from a roster so impressive including Brian Eno, Martin Luther King, Jr., Steve Jobs and more.

I think the underlying message was that even in time of chaos, something wonderful can materialize as your mind is stimulated and functioning in way that can only be advantageous to you. Honestly, a great book for a present and even more exciting read.

  • So glad you mentioned Handmaid’s Tale as it is one of my favorite books and Atwood is one of my favorite authors. It was a book I read in AP English in high school that was an introduction into the realm of gender studies and feminism as I know and live by it today. Will have to check the books you mentioned in this post.

    • I can’t believe I didn’t read any Atwood in high school, but glad I did in college 🙂 I think you will enjoy The Power then! x

  • I love how you can make something like a book review post super dreamy and enthralling. I feel like I’m cozied up with a fire, a blanket, and reading these right along with you!

  • Kaitlin
  • since i started uni, i barely read for pleasure anymore and i miss it. whenever i go on holiday which i take as many books as i can to make up for all the times i had to read boring books for uni.


    • Story of my life! Honestly, it gets better once you start working! But find the joy in what you’re reading for uni!

  • Ah, I relate to this so much. I, too, have been preferring Netflix and podcasts over reading lately. Don’t get me wrong, I have so many books I’m just dying to read but just haven’t been reaching for them in my spare time.

    Love your photography. The Power sounds really interesting.

    Angi http://www.twodifferentworlds.com

    • I am the same, Angi! Which podcasts?!

      • Besterday is my favourite so far! It’s all about 90’s Nostalgia. You can find it on iTunes 🙂

        • Ah I need to check that one out! The only “fun” one I listen to is the new Serial-style series called Missing Richard Simons

  • Paige Allison

    Oh oh oh, this is great because a “New Year’s Resolution” for me was to start to read more and I’m just about to finish Girl On The Train, and am in need of some other good reads! Reading before bed has improved my sleep SO much.

  • Oy. You just reminded me that I have a book waiting to be read on my coffee table.

  • I love this post so much!
    I have so many books that are still on my reading list. I need to start going through them. 🙂


  • I keep meaning to read more in my spare time but I haven’t found any books that give me the ‘I have to read this entire book in one go’ type of feeling. Thanks for sharing these!

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  • Tiffany {A Touch of Grace}

    It sounds like I need to read that last book right now. Our life is definitely chaotic at the moment, but I’m really hoping something amazing will come out of all of it.

  • Fabiana Aguilar Fernandez

    I just discovered your blog and love it!!!

    I’m a super reader so thanks for sharing it!! I recommend you ORIGINALS from Adam Grant!

    Happy weekend <3


  • I’ve recently discovered the joys of podcasts as well haha. I’ve never read any of these books but Spark Joy sounds like a book I would like. Love the pictures. xx

    Coco Bella Blog

    • Oh which podcasts are you listening to!? Spark Joy is definitely good!

      • The Skinny Confidential Him & Her, GirlBoss Radio, Black Girls Being, The Mindful Kind and Stuff Mom Never Told You. How about you?

        Coco Bella Blog

        • I LOVE Stuff Mom Never Told You and got my brother hooked on it. I also listen to Hashtag Authentic (Instagram podcast), Missing richard Simmons (think Serial), Pod Save America (politics), Hidden Brain, Behind the Brilliance (so inspiring), This American Life and The Daily by NYT. – Most of those are 15-20 minute ones

  • Dylana

    Need to add these to my list!



  • Charlotte Hu

    Ooh, will definitely add The Power to my list!

  • Sade

    Ooooh! I’ve been wanting to read Spark Joy for a while now, thanks for the review Supal Dupal! <3


    Sade xo