Why are big books so intimidating?

Why are big books so intimidating? Is it because of the time it will take us to read? Or is it because they are usually literary classics? Though I’m a big reader, I’d be lying if I denied that some of the big books can get tedious. If I want to finish a book that … Continue reading Why are big books so intimidating?


“Cartucho” by Nellie Campobello

It is incredibly cruel and poetic how Nellie narrates in “Cartucho*” her witnessing the Mexican revolution in her childhood. Through poems, flashbacks and stories, she gives an account of how her innocence as a child was taken away during these dark, bloody days of revolution in the North... This book is written from the perspective … Continue reading “Cartucho” by Nellie Campobello

“Books v. cigarettes” by George Orwell

Before I bought this book, I had approximately 43 books on my bookshelf that I have yet to read. I bought three more books along with this one, and I bought four more afterwards. I do not only have books on my bookshelf, I also have a list of books that I want to borrow … Continue reading “Books v. cigarettes” by George Orwell

“Sab and Autobiography” by Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda

“Does the sun hide its light from the regions where the wild black makes his home? … But human society has not imitated the equality of our common mother who has told them in vain: ‘You are brothers.’” This is an argument full of sorrow expressed by Sab. Sab, although a fictional character in this … Continue reading “Sab and Autobiography” by Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda

“Peace of mind” by Thích Nhat Hanh

Although this is a 'buddhist' book, you will find yourself breathing peacefully, absorbing every word with mindfulness. I would not consider this a religion-related book. It's more like a philosophy; a philosophy with your breathing. You cannot imagine how beneficial, helpful, and important it is to learn how to breathe, beyond a reflex of gasp … Continue reading “Peace of mind” by Thích Nhat Hanh