Rainy Day Reading List

What can be more wonderful than curling up with a book on a rainy day with a hot cup of coffee or tea? I can’t think of anything because for once I love rains and I love books and I always appreciate a good cup of tea or coffee.

ReadingOnARainyDayThough I can’t predict when it will rain at your place, or I can’t really prepare a cup of coffee for everyone. But I can make a list of books that you can enjoy in rains. Oh! the charm of it, ahh.

I have curated a list(not exactly a list) for everyone and I believe you will like it.

By the way, what do you prefer reading on a rainy day?


Romance 

Classics

1. Jane Eyer by Charlotte Brontë

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“The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter – often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye.”

 2. Wulthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

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Contemporary 

1. It Happened One Wedding by Julie James

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“He took a step closer. “Think about it this way, Sidney. You have to walk down the aisle next to me
at this wedding. We’ll be in numerous photos together—photos that the entire Sinclair family will
look at for years to come. If my job as a groomsman is to complement you, do you really want to put
your faith in whatever I might come up with?”
She considered this for a moment.
“Let me just grab my purse.”

2. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

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“Alexander, were you looking for me?”
“All my life.”

3. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

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“How ever, I’ve learned that the heart can’t be told when and who and how it should love. The heart does whatever the hell it wants to do. The only thing we can control is whether we give our lives and our minds the chance to catch up to our hearts.”


Psychological Thriller 

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1. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

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“Fight Club is not football on television. You aren’t watching a bunch of men you don’t know halfway around the world beating on each other live by satellite with a two-minute delay, commercials pitching beer every ten minutes, and a pause now for station identification. After you’ve been to fight club, watching football on television is watching pornography when you could be having great sex.”

2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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“A lot of people lacked that gift: knowing when to fuck off.”

3. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

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“This world can only give me reminders of what I don’t have, can never have, didn’t have for long enough.”


Crime/Mystery 

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1. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by  Arthur Conan Doyle

“I cannot live without brainwork. What else is there to live for? Stand at the window here. Was ever such a dreary, dismal, unprofitable world? See how the yellow fog swirls down the street and drifts across the duncoloured houses. What could be more hopelessly prosaic and material?”

2. And Then They Were None by Agatha Christie

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“The amount of missing girls I’ve had to trace and their family and their friends always say the same thing. ‘She was a bright and affectionate disposition and had no men friends’. That’s never true. It’s unnatural. Girls ought to have men friends. If not, then there’s something wrong about them….”


Classics

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1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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“He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced–or seemed to face–the whole eternal world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.”

2. Love in the Time of Cholera by  Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

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“But when a woman decides to sleep with a man, there is no wall she will not scale, no fortress she will not destroy, no moral consideration she will not ignore at its very root: there is no God worth worrying about.”

3. A Room with a View by E.M Foster

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“When we were only acquaintances, you let me be myself, but now you’re always protecting me… I won’t be protected. I will choose for myself what is ladylike and right. To shield me is an insult. Can’t I be trusted to face the truth but I must get it second-hand through you? A woman’s place!”

4. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”


Children/Teenagers

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1. Little Prince by  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

2. Inkheart by  Cornelia Funke

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“If you take a book with you on a journey,” Mo had said when he put the first one in her box, “an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it… yes, books are like flypaper—memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.”

3. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

4. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

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“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”


Teenage Girls

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Series

1. Shiver Trilogy  by Maggie Stiefvater

“I’d found heaven and grabbed it as tightly as I could, but it was unraveling, an insubstantial thread sliding between my fingers, too fine to hold.”

2. I heart Series by Lindsey Kelk

“Sometimes we get so used to not really feeling anything, just going with the flow, that we forget how it feels to be really happy or sad.”

Young Adult

1. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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“It’s my experience that people are a lot more sympathetic if they can see you hurting, and for the millionth time in my life I wish for measles or smallpox or some other easily understood disease just to make it easier on me and also on them.”

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”

Paranormal Romance

1. Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

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“Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead.”


Dystopian

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1. Never Let Me Go by  Kazuo Ishiguro

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“Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.”


I hope you enjoy them and the rainy day!

So, What do you prefer reading on a rainy day?

Happy Reading!

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12 Badass Opening Lines from Novels

Writers are badass people and no one can deny that fact. They take their stories from one extreme to another. And some of them give their books a badass opening. You read the first line and BOOM!

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1. “It was a pleasure to burn”Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


2. “Mother died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure. The telegram from the Home says: YOUR MOTHER PASSED AWAY. FUNERAL TOMORROW. DEEP SYMPATHY. Which leaves the matter doubtful; it could have been yesterday.”The Stranger by Albert Camus


3. “I am a sick man…I am a spiteful man. I am an unattractive man.”— Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


4. “All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”— Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


5. “It should be sufficient to say that I am Juan Pablo Castel, the painter who killed María Iribarne.”The Tunnel by Ernesto Sabato


6. “This is not for you.”House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski


7. “Suicide calculated well in advance, I thought, no spontaneous act of desperation.”The Loser by Thomas Bernhard


8. LOG ENTRY: SOL 6

 “I’m pretty much fucked up.

That’s my considered opinion.

Fucked.”The Martian by Andy Weir


 9. “Dear friend,

I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn’t try to sleep with that person at the party even though you could have…. I just need to know that someone out there listens and understands and doesn’t try to sleep with people even if they could have.”—The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky


10. “Tyler gets me a job as a waiter, after that Tyler’s pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die.”Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk


11. “They’re out there. Black boys in white suits up before me to commit sex acts in the hall and get it mopped up before I can catch them.”  One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey


12. “It was a bright, cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” 1984 by George Orwell


Do you have any favorite? If yes, then do share with me in the comments below.

Have a good day!

#1 Favorite Quotes from Movies

Some are wise, few of them are witty. If you love watching movies you shouldn’t miss these wonderful quotes from some of the best movies.

1.The Secret in Their Eyes:

Well this is my favorite movie, so I’m biased.

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“A guy can change anything. His face, his home, his family, his girlfriend, his religion,his God. But there’s one thing he can’t change. He can’t change his passion…”

“If you keep going over the past, you’re going to end up with a thousand pasts and no future.”

“Choose carefully. Memories are all we end up with. At least pick the nice ones.”


 

2. Fight Club

Another favorite Movie…

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“You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your fucking khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.”

“The things you own end up owning you.”

“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”

“This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time.”


 

3. Annie Hall

A friend suggested this movie and I watched it last night and let me tell you I loved it, it was amazing!

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“I feel that life is divided into the horrible and the miserable. That’s the two categories. The horrible are like, I don’t know, terminal cases, you know, and blind people, crippled. I don’t know how they get through life. It’s amazing to me. And the miserable is everyone else. So you should be thankful that you’re miserable, because that’s very lucky, to be miserable.”

“A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.”


4. Truman Show

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“In case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!” 


5. Stardust

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“A philosopher once asked, “Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?” Pointless, really… “Do the stars gaze back?” Now *that’s* a question.”


6. Melancholia

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 “Life is only on earth, and not for long.” 


 

7. The Prestige

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“Now you’re looking for the secret, but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled.” 


 

8. Dead Poets Society

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“Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”


 

9. The Great Gatsby

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“His Smile was one of those rare smiles that you may come across four or five times in life. It seem to understand you and believe in you just as you would love to be understood and believed in.”


 

10. Amélie

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“Life’s funny. To a kid, time always drags. Suddenly you’re fifty. All that’s left of your childhood… fits in a rusty little box.”


In the next post I’ll be adding quotes from another 10 movies that I loved. And do share quotes with us from your favorite movies!

Book Review : Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

“If I could wake up in a different place, at a different time, could I wake up as a different person?”

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My Rating: *4.5 Carpe Diem Stars*

You don’t know who I’m(ya, ya some of you do know me), but let me tell you. I’m a crazy piece of shit who added this book in her TBR list in 2012 and read it in 2016. Yes, this book, I read it after all these years! Thanks to someone who forced me to read it. It was amazingly amazing(ya I watched the movie as well, ahh!).

First rule of fight club: You don’t talk about Fight Club.

Second rule of fight club: You don’t talk about Fight Club.

But I’m gonna talk about it because how can I not talk about it!

Fight Club, a story like this can go no where but to extremes. Chuck in this book merely exposes the pros and cons of two extremes. The narrator who is powerless in his life, that is shown by his constant consumerism, a character who is literally split, an insomniac who dreams up Tyler who is the opposite of him.

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On one hand the narrator is boring, materialistic, work for his secure life while on the other hand Tyler is a confidant person and a radical thinker but also an extremist, an anarchist.

According to Tyler’s philosophy: “It’s only after we have lost everything that we are free to do anything.”

“You are not your job, you’re not how much money you have in the bank. You are not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You are not your fucking khakis. You are all singing, all dancing crap of the world.”

This book showcase the destructive nature of letting  any of those two sides taking control over your life. You have to find a middle ground to the blinding materialism and minimalist life.

For me, Tyler is a flawed character, if you’ll watch the movie, you’ll see my point. He is a hypocritic who bashes consumerism while lightning a cigarette.

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The element of consumerism is there, yes and it is apparent through out the book. However, I also believe it is incorporated with the idea that objects should not be hold as an account of identity and self worth. But it is your actions and thoughts that define you as a person, they end up owning you because they tell who you really are.

Is masculinity still in a state of crisis? Like really Chuck do men really have to beat the shit out of each other to feel complete, to get out of their anxieties, aggression and frustrations.

The fight scenes that the writer wrote fucked my mind out and then they were wonderfully done in the movie, which made it difficult for me to take a sip from my coffee.

“Fight Club is not football on television. You aren’t watching a bunch of men you don’t know halfway around the world beating on each other live by satellite with a two-minute delay, commercials pitching beer every ten minutes, and a pause now for station identification. After you’ve been to fight club, watching football on television is watching pornography when you could be having great sex.”

This book punched me straight on my face and the writer is brutal, real brutal.However, I must say this is that one instance where movie adaption is far better than the book and I loved it. I have got my new favorite.

Whatever be your interpretation about this book or the movie. I’ll say at least this book/movie, “Fight Club” is just straight entertaining.

So, if you already haven’t read it yet then please give it a read.

Before ending I want to quote a very pessimistic statement given by the writer *sigh*

“We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”

And haha! this-

“Warning: If you are reading this then this warning is for you. Every word you read of this useless fine print is another second off your life. Don’t you have other things to do? Is your life so empty that you honestly can’t think of a better way to spend these moments? Or are you so impressed with authority that you give respect and credence to all that claim it? Do you read everything you’re supposed to read? Do you think every thing you’re supposed to think? Buy what you’re told to want? Get out of your apartment. Meet a member of the opposite sex. Stop the excessive shopping and masturbation. Quit your job. Start a fight. Prove you’re alive. If you don’t claim your humanity you will become a statistic. You have been warned.”

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Happy Reading!