I watched the new Fantastic Beasts movie – The Crimes of Grindelwald on the day it was released, as you can expect from me. I then read the screenplay book the very next day. I did not get time to blog about it as I was traveling. Now that I am back, I have plenty of thoughts on the movie and the screenplay.
This post will contain SPOILERS so if you haven’t yet seen or read this part of Fantastic Beasts series, then skip this post.
Signal to Noise is a magical realism novel written by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
Books Inc is a local independent bookstore (a family run) and I started visiting it a lot after they opened a branch in Santa Clara. They have the best sci-fi and fantasy section I have ever seen and knowledgeable staff who can recommend some great books. I have visited some of their other branches but I loved the collection in the Santa Clara branch the most.
I wrote about how “We should all be feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was one of my favorite reads of this year. I was planning to write a review of that book but somehow could not.
I am pasting here my most favorite lines from that book where she explains why we need the word “feminist” –
“Some people ask, ‘Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?’ Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general – but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem targets women. That the problem was not about being human, but specifically about being a female human”
I have never spoken much about my favorite authors on this blog of mine. I have read many books written by these authors and I am pretty sure I will love any book written by them. Without even reading the book blurb, I buy books written by them. I want to read every single book written by these authors some day. Here is the list –
I experimented a lot with genres from last few years and that made me buy books that I knew I would not like. I wasted money and time on books that would never interest me, just because I wanted to explore genres that I had not read before. This year I bought some contemporary fiction since I had not read any and you know what happened? I ended up disliking all of them and I am now planning to get rid of them so that I can make room for other books on my shelves.
I think that I prefer plot-driven books over just character focused ones. If the plot is not moving forward, even though the book has great characters it will get a low rating.
So now I have decided to just stick to the genres that I love reading and here are those genres that my blog will feature more books from in the future –