Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Bought/Borrowed Because…

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday!


Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s given topic is Books I Bought/Borrowed Because…

Let’s get started!

I bought the next three books because they were highly recommended:

Recommended by a friend – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. This is a great book. One of my all-time favorites.

  1. Recommended by my boss – Demian by Hermann Hesse. I’m still not quite sure whether I really liked it or not but it was okay as a whole.
  2. Recommended by a stranger – City of Djinns by William Dalrymple. I was in the bus reading on my way home one night when the lady beside me started a conversation. She said she also likes to read and her favorite so far was the City of Djinns and she thinks I will enjoy it, too. So I’m currently reading it know and yeah, so far so good.

I bought the next three books because of the cover:

I bought the next book because it’s been showing both in my WordPress feeds and in Goodreads quite a lot:


I bought this book because of the best sidekick ever:


Yes, the one and only Fermin Romero de Torres in The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Fermin is my favorite character in The Shadow of the Wind and it is said that he will be taking center stage in this book. I’ll be reading this maybe next month.

Lastly, I bought these two books because they were on sale:

Both Stoner and Mornings in Jenin were 5-star reads for me so I’m very delighted that I bought them.

Have you read any of these books? What were your reasons for buying them? Share a link of your TTTs so I can check them out, too, or simply share your lists on the comments section. I’d be delighted to read them all!

Happy Tuesday, homo sapiens!


Top 5 Tuesday – Sanity Savers – Things I’m Enjoying While in Isolation

Hello there, homo sapiens! It’s time for Top 5 Tuesday.

This tag is hosted by Shannah over at Bionic Book Worm

It’s April and Shannah has prepared some positive and motivating topics for us this month, perfect for the current situation the world is in at the moment. Thanks, Shannah. Now let’s get started. 🙂

Top 5 Sanity Savers – Things I’m Enjoying While in Isolation

The thing is, it’s work and business as usual for me even after the lockdown and partial curfew were announced. There were no changes in my work schedule. 

However, if I were to be in that situation, here are my sanity saver ideas:

1. Read

This would be a good chance to catch up on my reading. I would really love to spend my time reading for long hours and finish more books than usual.

2. Cook

I would love to try cooking some new dishes and food I miss eating in my favorite restaurants. 

3. Binge-watch

I don’t really watch that much series or movies but it would be an option as I’ve heard many great stuff to watch these days.

4. Learn the guitar

I’ve tried learning how to play the guitar early last year but I wasn’t able to continue with it because of work and life. So a time in isolation is a great chance to get back to it as I’ve already forgotten the few things I’ve learned last year.

5. Think and reflect

It’s the best time to think and reflect about my life. In a way, I’d have more time to think about things and wouldn’t have to rush on making decisions and at the same time reflect on my actions and think about what changes are necessary or what steps I should take next.

Are you in isolation at the moment? What activities do you do? I’d be delighted to read your sanity savers so feel free to drop a link of your posts or share them in the comments section.

Keep safe, homo sapiens!

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