My take on “To Kill a Mockingbird”

*This is not a review…but there may be spoilers*

When “Go Set A Watchman” came out, I bought it on kindle immediately, not wanting to wait to read it. Then I realized that I vaguely remembered “To Kill a Mockingbird.” So I decided to read it again. As I begun to read it, it seemed like I actually didn’t remember most of it. So I read it like it was the first time.

Now, I know why I don’t remember it. What the book represents isn’t something I understood back then. I was a naïve teenager, sheltered from most complicated relationships. My idea of prejudice was so limited. I never thought about how people see each other differently. Why race or gender or even religion even mattered to the extent that you would shun a person. At the time, friends were friends. Money didn’t matter, status didn’t matter and neither did the color of your skin. What did matter was how many games we could play before sundown. Life was simple back then, so a story like this, while touching, was not relatable.

In today’s world, more than ever, this book is so relevant. We’ve come such a long way from the times in the book but, basic human nature hasn’t changed. We are still so quick to judge others and believe in stereotypes. I’m ashamed to say that I’m not above this either. As much as I would like to believe that I have an open mind, I’m prone to stereotyping as well. I do try to correct myself when I realize it and I always try to give people a fair chance.

But, in essence, I realize that the world seems to be regressing or just hasn’t changed at all. Where skin color was once an issue, religion has now taken it’s place. Funnily, gender issues stay the same, so may be women have always had it the toughest. But, that’s a topic for a different post.

People were and continue to be persecuted for being different, for not being elite and worst of all for even trying to break out of what is deemed their social stature.

We’ve become a world that tolerates intolerance!

 

 

Books read in Jan 2016

In keeping with my goals for reading more this year….

The books I read in January are (*drumroll*)

  1. The Girl in the Spider’s Web – David Lagercrantz
  2. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho (Finally!)
  3. The Prince – Niccolò Machiavelli (also finally!)
  4. The Big Short – Michael Lewis (you guessed it… also finally!)

I thought about rating the books or writing a review. Then I decided against it because I don’t think I would do it too well. So I thought to myself, let’s leave that to people who do it better. I have to say though, I loved reading the Big Short. Having lived through the financial crisis and being a banker in that time, it was of particular relevance to me. I just can’t believe I never read it sooner.

Four books in a month is good for me. But, I think my average will go down for the txt couple of months since I will be studying again. All my free time will have to be spent reading study books but, I will try squeeze in a book or two each month.

Worn out copy

What’s the most worn out copy you have of a book? You know, the one book that you leaf through every now and then. The book that you’ve definitely read more than once. The one book you have to have in your collection and the book that never gets old.

For me, there are a few.

  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • A brief history of time – Stephen Hawking
  • The Sicilian – Mario Puzo
  • The Amphibian – Alexander Belayev
  • Sister of My Heart – Chitra Banerjee Devakurni
  • The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  • 1984 – George Orwell

I have a few honourable mentions – a few books titles in my native language, and the Harry Potter series.

Some of these I’ve loved from the first read, and some have grown on me. Either way, these are worn out copies… and I will keep them till they fall apart or I fall apart, whichever comes first.

Book log

So I see everyone sharing their log and count of books they’ve read during the year. I must say some of them are commendable. I’ve seen counts of over a hundred. *clapping*

Then there are people like me who got through around 10. My number stands at 8.5 at the moment. Shameful. But I have an excuse. I started studying in July, so I put my other reading on hold for a time. Still, shameful.

But one thing I don’t do sadly, is keep a log of the books I’ve read. This is something I’m definitely going to start doing in 2016. May be that will help me read more as well. I see many people share their book log. I do share what I’m reading from time to time. So let’s see. I could do it on Good Reads, it’s so convenient but, for now, I think I’ll just do it the good ol’ way, a list on pen and paper…. Happy Reading for 2016.

Read: Rules of Prey – John Sanford

John Sandford - Rules of Prey
John Sandford – Rules of Prey

*No spoilers…not book review*

i just finished reading this and…. was it a fun read. I like thrillers and particularly crime novels, I watch a lot of crime shows too and this was so much fun to read. I know it’s an old book and I’m late to the party, but I’m glad I finally joined it. Lucas Davenport is quite the character and I found the writing to be catchy without being boring at all. I hear there are 25 books in the series and I don’t think I will mind reading them, if they’re anything like this one. I’ve got myself a reading project.

Quick update and book buying frenzy

It’s been a gruesome few weeks and I haven’t had much time for writing. Actually, that not true. It’s not that I didn’t exactly have the time, it’s just that I didn’t have the energy to sit and write out any posts.

I started the year thinking I could post almost every day…. and it wasn’t a bad start at all. But my busy, busy life keeps getting in the way.

So what have I been up to in the last few weeks other than work. Going out to catch up with friends, watching TV shows or reading. Ah reading… yes, I’ve managed to do quite a bit of that. I’ve also managed to do quite a bit of shopping. I bought 7 books over the last 2 weeks but I have no idea when I’m going to finish reading them. I had promised myself not to buy any more books until I could at least finish few of the ones I have. I never listen to myself! So here are the books I bought

  1. Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandries – Neil DeGrasse Tyson
  2. World Order – Henry Kissinger
  3. Still Alice – Lisa Genova
  4. Fermat’s Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World’s Greatest Mathematical Problem – Simon Singh
  5. The Real Life MBA: You no B-S Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing your Career – Jack Welch and Suzy Welch
  6. Wild – Cheryl Strayed
  7. Fifty Shades of Grey – E.L. James

Yes, you read the last one right. I finally gave into all the hype and bought the book. A friend of mine is hooked on the book(s) and insisted that I am missing something. Well, I don’t know how true that is, having read half way through, but I thought… Oh well, let’s satisfy my curiosity. If you look at the reviews on Amazon, some of them are pretty brutal and needless to say it piqued my interest. The star ratings are almost all ones or fives, very few in the middle. So I guess people either love the book or hate it. i won’t comment until I get through it.

Enough from me now…

Perks of Kindle-ing

Any one who loves books, probably doesn’t love the Kindle all that much. I said books, not reading. Well neither did I, until I realized that there are really several advantages to Kindle-ing. Ever since Amazon came up with the Kindle app, my views have changed. I still love paper books and love buying them, but the Kindle has it’s own perks.

1) Since I have it on my tab and on my phone, I can literally read anywhere, even when I’ve forgotten to carry my book along.

2) No one can see what you’re reading. So sometimes when you want to read a physics book you don’t have to explain stuff to people who have a puzzled look on their face.

3) You can read at work. People will think you’re working on your tab.

4) You can switch between books, because you can and you don’t have to lug around the weight.

5) You can read really fat books with one hand and without a sore shoulder.

6) You can easily increase the font size when you’ve forgotten your reading glasses.

6) The best part… you don’t have to wait. One click and you can’t instantly start reading the book that you just heard about. You don’t have to walk to the store or wait till your order arrives.

Having said all of this, I will still never stop buying paper books. 🙂