Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Print Length: 108 pages
Format: Paperback
Publisher: FiNGERPRINT! Publishing

My first introduction to Kafka was in Prague, Czech Republic. The Head of Franz Kafka is a moving sculpture by David Černý which is 11 meters tall and made of 42 rotating panels. A year later, thanks to The Big Book Box, I received Metamorphosis as part of their January 2021 Anniversary box. Huge shout-out to the @TBB team for including this lovely novella with so many other bookish goodies!

Franz Kafka was a Prague-born and based German-language writer of Jewish origin, one of the most influential and appreciated writers of the 20th century [1]. His work fuses elements of realism and the fantastic. Metamorphosis Β is one of the finest examples of absurdist fiction. So if this is your first time reading about Kafka, let me point out why this is a must read that can be finished quickly.

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The Midnight Library

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Print Length: 304 pages
Format: Ebook
Publisher: Canongate Books

Before getting my hands on this eBook from Edinburgh Libraries (forever thankful), I have seen rave as well as one-star reviews of this book on Instagram. I own two books by this author – Notes on a Nervous Planet and Reasons to Stay Alive. I would not consider it a complete self-help book, but it is about the author writing his views, thoughts and experiences while dealing with his mental health. Matt Haig is a person who brings forth issues about anxiety, mental breakdown, panic attacks, depression and so on in his books, and The Midnight Library is a fictional story that weaves in all these issues. In this book, we meet Nora Seed, our protagonist who suffers terribly from loneliness.

TW: Suicide, depression, death, loss

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My 5 Latest Graphic Novel Reviews

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As the temperature soars to 44.2Β°C (I am not kidding – check the latest news here), I am seriously rethinking my options to relocate. However, with the second wave of coronavirus sweeping the country and vaccinations being rolled out in phases for adults above 40 years old, I miss my university days in Edinburgh. I suppose a lot of people have reached their point of burnout but are still slogging it through the days with some routine (if there is any in the first place). Before I sound glummer, let me share the good part of my reading. In today’s post, I have compiled my short reviews on graphic novels that I received as ARCs previously. So, without any further delays, let us dive in.

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Before I Saw You

Before I Saw You by Emily Houghton

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Print Length: 400 pages
Format: Ebook
Publisher: Bantam Press

A debut novel by Emily Houghton, Before I Saw You makes sure that you have few (or more) tears in your eyes and believe why love can heal and break in this heart-warming and wrenching story of two adults who find their world turned upside down after a major accident. It also shows how they build ways to connect in a hospital ward. Yesβ€”hospital, death, pain, kindness, love, healing, and more is what you get blended with humour and courage in this book.

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Top 6 Self-help Book Recommendations

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In my previous post, I discussed some thoughts and tips with regard to reading self-help or self-improvement books. In this post, I write about my top 6 favorite books under this genre that I have read this year with quick summaries to help you decide your next pick. Happy Reading!

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Tips to Read Self-help Books

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The world of self-help or self-improvement books is a league of its own. Whether you want guidance on an area of life that you would like to improve on or are simply looking for suggestions from those who have been there and done that, picking a self-help book can become cumbersome since you can easily search for suggestions on Google/Quora/YouTube etc. These books can cater to a range of interestsβ€”money, productivity, people skills, motivation, mindfulness, creativity, spirituality etc. Any book that claims to help you in improving or managing it better can be termed as a self-help book.

I have noticed people who usually do not read fiction books somehow like to dip their toes in reading a good self-help book. But while picking such a book, there are certain things that I would like to share so you don’t end up feeling that the recommendations put down by the author are all in the air. In my next post, I will share my list of six self-help books which I have read (or re-read) this year and would highly recommend it to you.

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