5 Books To Curl Up With This Gloomy Season
In the near future, books will become a luxury; because why carry only one book when you can carry hundreds with less struggle? Bibliophiles, however, all know that the feel of paper and the sense of accomplishment after finishing a book are priceless, and something technology can't truly replace. Especially with the weather in Bangkok right now, this is a perfect time to stay indoors, with a hot beverage, and immerse yourself in the shoes of a protagonist. Here are five books to occupy yourself with on these cosy, rainy days.
1/5 When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
When Breath Becomes Air is an autobiographical book, the memoirs of author Paul Kalanithi. The author recalls his battle with a terminal disease while portraying the humanity of the relationship between patient and doctor. An accomplished neurosurgeon himself, Kalanithi vividly describes how precious and short life is. Pulling all the heartstrings, this book is capable of making the coldest of hearts warm. Every aspect of life is countered by something beyond our control and one of the best quotes of this book sums up the theory perfectly: “Life wasn’t about avoiding suffering.”
2/5 Factfulness, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Hans Rosling and Ola Rosling
Asking simple questions regarding global trends and affairs, such as the percentage of the poverty-stricken population or why the global population is increasing, we usually get biased answers or statistically incorrect feedbacks. With the constant stream of misleading information, our cognitive ability to see the world for what it really is gets clouded. Factfulness attempts to counter the confusion by giving radical insight into why this occurs or why our perspective is disrupted. The book, in fact, tries to prove that the world we are living in now is actually in a much better state than we perceive it to be. Written by Hans Rosling and his longtime partners Ola and Anna, Factfulness is the book to read if you want to see the world in a better light.
3/5 There There, Tommy Orange
The powerful and moving debut novel of Tommy Orange, There There is about a group of indigenous Americans residing in the vicinity of Oakland, California. This book portrays the lives of 12 different Native Americans and their respective lifestyles. With routine challenges and struggles, the author describes the hardship one has to face just because of ethnic identity. A nominee for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize, There, There was one of the breakout novels of the year. Its title a reference to Gertrude Stein’s “there is no there there”, the book is full ingenious creativity and witty writing.
4/5 Middlesex, Jeffery Eugenides
Middlesex centres on a girl named Callie who is intersexual and discovering the world from her distinct perspective. Been regarded as a girl since birth, she eventually finds herself falling for a strawberry blonde haired girl. However, due to the rare genetic disorder, Callie’s growth as either man or woman is hindered. The ambiguity of sex begins to weigh on the protagonist, and the book perfectly depicts the different perspectives of experiences from both genders. A 2003 Pulitzer Prize winner, the book has sold more than four million copies internationally.
5/5 The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris
Finding love in a hopeless place is an understatement compared to the events described in this book. The protagonist, Lale, once responsible for tattooing his fellow prisoners during the Holocaust, eventually becomes one of the most iconic figures of the Holocaust. This is a love story based on his life, involving another prisoner named Gita.
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