Books That Changed My Perspective

Hey Bookworms! In today’s post, I’m going to share with you some books that completely changed my perspective. These books have not only revealed to me my ignorance on certain issues of great societal and political importance, but also perfectly exemplify the fact that reading isn’t just a means of escape but rather a means by which we become enlightened.

1. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – This book also holds the record for making me cry; a difficult feat to accomplish and indeed one that has never been accomplished since. A Thousand Splendid Suns is the epitome of loss and heart-rending tragedy. It exposes the brutality of a harsh regime that particularly effected the women and young girls of its time, but also carries overtures of something infinitely more hopeful.

The Afghani author, who also wrote the award-winning The Kite Runner, set up his charity, The Khaled Hosseini Foundation in 2008 with the aim of providing humanitarian relief, more economic opportunities for women and healthcare and education for children who need it most. His latest novel, Sea Prayer, published in 2018 by Bloomsbury Publishing is a novel about the fear and uncertainty of being forced to flee one’s country and seek refuge, in light of the Syrian war. Hosseini perfectly uses the medium of writing to raise awareness about the suffering and political tensions affecting mostly Middle Eastern regions and the reading of his novels is sure to change one’s perspective.

2. Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda – I had the pleasure of meeting the charming Ivy earlier this year, albeit for a passing moment at a book signing, celebrating the release of her latest novel in the U.K. But it was enough to glean the vivacity of her personality.

Wonder Valley is irresistible in the way it explores the central theme of redemption. It delves into the muti-faceted nature of criminality. This is perfectly personified through the characterisation of Ren, who can’t seem to escape a life of drugs and crime, no matter how much he tries to seek change. Wonder Valley is extremely raw and unfiltered in the way it paints a true depiction of L.A. by commenting on life in Skid Row, which is something that has been expertly airbrushed out of recognizance in most representations of L.A. what I would normally associate with A-list celebrities and pristine neighbourhoods.

Ivy Pochoda is another author who has used the medium of books to raise awareness of the overlooked hardships of people who live in less fortunate neighbourhoods. It also goes into captivating detail about the psychology of sects by means of the desert dwellers of Twentynine Palms and the complex psyche of crime. All these elements perfectly marry to create a story that had a profound effect on me.

3. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell – Interestingly, Gone With The Wind is a classical epic that is said to have been written on the foundations of ‘boredom,’ which I find very intriguing given the monumental scope of this book. Stripped back to its core, this life-changing novel is about the enthralling romance between headstrong Scarlet O’Hara and the snide, coy and cool character that is Rhett Butler. However, Gone With The Wind possesses so much more depth. It comments on the politics of its day, the social norms, it analyses the double-edged sword of slavery and the crippling fear of war.

It symbolises beautifully the romanticism and redundancy of the Old South, with its followers of self-assured arrogance that have been left utterly displaced in the rising of a New South. It develops its main character seamlessly, who grows more ruthless in the face of the many brutal realities that befall her. And it sheds an interesting light on slavery, a perspective where slaves are somehow left feeling bereft and disorientated with their newfound emancipation. In short, Gone With The Wind is a life-changing book that has ultimately become one of my all-time favourites.

*

Thank you for reading! I hope I’ve encouraged you to give on of these three books a go and that if you do, you enjoy it as much as I did.

Please also check out some of my latest reviews;

This…novel is about the extremely intense love affair between Mr Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw and the societal forces that tries to divide them
Lords Of The North is a historical epic and complement to a series that Iโ€™m excited to continue reading more about.

What’s Your Hogwarts House?

Hello Readers!

I hope you’re having a wonderful week whatever you’re doing, or reading! I’ve finally decided to start reading what is without doubt one of the most famous and widely sold books of all time. And no it’s not Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung…

harry potter audio book

I first read Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone when I was in primary school, but that was also the time when my Harry Potter journey unfortunately ended. Instead my childhood was defined by such children’s novels as A Series Of Unfortunate Events and anything written by Jacqueline Wilson. So when I finally signed up for a free trial with Audible, I thought I’d mark the novelty of never having listened to an audio book before with a book I’ve essentially never read before. And what better than with an epic fantasy filled with magic and adventure!

Now it’s over to you, fellow readers! Have you ever listened to an audio book before? Which one was it and what did you think? And tell me what your Hogwarts House is and why?

***

Happy reading Bibliophiles!

New Book Review: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

The last wish by Andrej SapkowskiThe Last Wish is the first instalment in a series of books that was originally published in 1993 by the Polish fantasy writer Andrzej Sapkowski. The series has been received with much adulation, going on to be adapted into the widely successful video game ‘The Witcher’ in 2008 and is set to become a Netflix series in 2019.

The story is set in a magical medieval world and follows the protagonist, Geralt of Rivia who slays the mythical creatures and fearsome monsters that plague the lives of superstitious villagers and famed noblemen. Geralt is not quite human though; he is a Witcher and this makes him a skilled assassin and wielder of spells, which he uses to defend the innocent against such creatures as strigas, kikimoras and djinns after which he claims the payment of each monstrous bounty.

To continue reading please click here..

๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ“š

New Book Review: Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda

Hey Bibliophiles!

I was fortunate enough to meet the wonderful Ivy Pochoda whilst she was touring in London for her book, Wonder Valley and it’s signed! If you love contemporary urban fiction then you’ll want to read the review I’ve just written about this book especially since I awarded it 5 stars! Which is a rating I am loathe to award unless the book is absolutely outstanding. Are you sold yet?.. Great! Please read my review by clicking here.ย ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ“šย Don’t forget I’m wide open to reading suggestions so if you can recommend another 5-star read, I am all for it!ย ๐Ÿ“š

Happy reading friends x.

wonder valley signed @lochanreads

 

New Book Review: LOTR – The Fellowship Of The Ring by J R R Tolkein

download (14)The first volume in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy: The Fellowship Of The Ring is the epic adventure fantasy novel by J R R Tolkein. Published in 1954 by George Allen and Unwin, it follows the story of Frodo Baggins from the Shire who is bequeathed a magical ring with dark powers. For the first time since the so-called Elder days, Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves and Men must work together to overcome the ominous threat of a terrifying enemy.

Tolkein creates a deeply vast world of riveting histories, romantic folklore and ancient legends, riddled with beauty and magic that uproots you from daily banality and firmly tethers you to a world of fantastical lore and mysticism. The details concerning the histories of this fantasy world from language to attire is incredibly thorough documenting ancient legends and wars of years past. Given its context, I can forgive the many clichรฉs surrounding prophecies and quests and villains that are evil for no good reason because this piece of fiction is undeniably a pioneering contribution in the world of fantasy literature.

To continue reading please click here!ย ๐Ÿค—