10 Books That Have Influenced Me

A while ago, I did a post about 10 books that influenced past me. I made that list when I was 18 and after four years and a literature degree, a few things have changed. Here are some of the books that have become important to me in the last few years.


1. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer [fiction]
I’m still reading this, but so far I’m quite in awe. This book manages to incorporate elements of mystery and thriller with what seems like a coming-of-age narrative, complete with a bit of an experimental format that involves playing around with form and images. The timeline of events is a bit confusing with the back and forth, but the pacing is tightly controlled. Even though I haven’t finished yet, I’m sure it’ll be a memorable one.

2. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry [Historical fiction]
This book is set during a time of political upheaval in India, and is one of the books that encouraged me to read even more Indian authors. I loved the characterisation and use of language — especially the way Mistry manages to convey the tones and cadences of Indian languages through English. If you want to know about it in more detail, here is a longer review I’ve written.

3. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman [fiction]
As I mentioned in my recent reading recap post, this book’s themes of loneliness and finding one’s footing in social situations hit me hard. The characters are human and I started caring about them without even realising. The narrative is so multifaceted that there should be something to appeal to a wide audience — including stories of friendship, love, and kindness.

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Sleepy Sunday: Anatomy of a Bookshelf

If you’re a hoarder collector of books, there are some categories of books you will be familiar with. The childhood classic, the one abandoned halfway, and of course the forever unfinished…

Here are books every bookshelf has:

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A: Book I’ve never read.

B: Book I’ve read halfway through and know I won’t continue, but can’t be bothered to/feel too guilty getting rid of.

C: Book I got as a present but have no interest in reading.

D-F: Yet more books I haven’t read.

G: Book I was super excited to get a great deal on, thought I would read that very moment, then boom, three years later and still haven’t read it.

H: Book I started, stopped reading, now I can’t remember anything and have to start over.

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Bookshelf Tour

By the time you read this, my bookshelves will no longer be the same.

I’ve been thinking about rearranging my shelves for a while. Then I saw that my friend Summer recently did a bookshelf tour on her blog, and I thought — what better way to document the before and after of the Great Rearrangement?

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I have more than one bookshelf, but this is the main one. It holds most of my favourite books, as well as those I want to read next (and a few I might have… *cough* abandoned halfway through).

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