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A masterpiece in progress

  • Published at 07:00 pm July 9th, 2019
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Tired of all the advertisements telling you how to look? Being judged for your weight, your skin shade? For being too loud or for not speaking up? Tired of having a model of perfection being pushed on you to follow? When you are alright just the way you are!

Nobody is perfect. It is something we work towards achieving. Messing up, falling, failing on the way—to rise up stronger. It is fine to be skinny, to be tall, to be short, to be fat, to be funny, being outspoken, being quiet—it is perfectly okay to be yourself. We all are masterpieces in progress. And we have compiled a list of books containing our everyday imperfect heroes, being perfectly themselves and winning the world. 

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

By Jenny Lawson

Genre: Memoir

Why read it?

“Furiously Happy” is the second book written by Journalist, author, blogger Jenny Lawson. The first book "Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir" is a critical darling and a highly recommendable book. But the second book deals with depression and a host of other mental ailments tinged with humour and pathos.

According to the author herself, “Irreverent humor for intellectual misfits. This book is about my battle with mental illness, but, more importantly, it’s about celebrating the battles we win against life and BS, and sometimes our very brains.”

Memorable quote: “There will be moments when you have to be a grown-up. Those moments are tricks. Do not fall for them.”

Fat Vampire

By Johnny B. Truant

Genre: Paranormal Comedy

Why read it?

The current age is saturated with twists on the classic Vampire story. We’ve watched them eat garlic bread. We’ve seen them walk into houses uninvited. Heck, we've even watched them sparkle in the sunlight rather than burn to dust. But Johnny B. Truant writes the story of the bloodthirsty fangs with the promise of fast food.

In the author’s world, not all vampires are lean, lithe and sexy. They are only as they were in life. And Overweight Reginald Baskin had the ill fate to become the slowest, weakest, most out-of-shape vampire ever turned. Now, this unlikely hero has to make the best of his straining vampirehood, but also save the world?  

Memorable quote: “I’m considered a health nut amongst vampires. I usually feed only on vegetarians.” 

Gabi, a girl in pieces

By Isabel Quintero

Genre: YA fiction

Why read it?

Isabel Quintero is a writer, poet, teacher and a bunch of other things. And in her debut novel, Gabi Hernandez raconteurs her life and all the struggles of coming-of-age through her diary.

The book deals with a lot of issues—of gender and sexual identity, self, addiction. And it doesn't shy away from the tough topics but faces them head-on in a sassy, funny, heartfelt, heartbreaking, heartwarming, and unputdownable.

Memorable quote: “I am going to have a grilled cheese sandwich and think about this precarious situation” 

Eleanor & Park

By Rainbow Rowell

Genre: YA Romance

Why read it?

Rainbow Rowell, the winner of the author with the coolest name, illustrates love in this sweet novel. Eleanor is an outsider. Her head full of red hair but with clothes all wrong. Park is quiet. He wants to blend in and be unobtrusive. And the kindred souls start to spark when they start trading comic books.

With masterful skill, Rowell bakes a love story sweet enough to win all the hearts, but bitter enough to balance the taste. First love almost never lasts, yet knowing that, our misfits stick together to brave the ocean of troubles. The end result is bittersweet. You are leaving wanting more, but you were grateful for having tasted it.

Memorable quote: “Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

Size 12 Is Not Fat

By Meg Cabot

Genre: Chick-lit

Why read it?

Meg Cabot is a prolific author for both teens and adults and has penned "The Princess Diaries" and many others. With her expertise in writing chick lit and light romance novels, she brings to life the amazing Heather Wells—a former pop idol—presently a down on her luck dorm director.

But her benign and boring life is thrown into a fluster in light of mysterious deaths in the most grotesque fashions. And when all the clues fall into deaf ears, Heather Wells rises to the occasion, as spunky girl detective! 

The story is quintessentially a chick-lit with a dash of mystery added to simmer. If you enjoy light reads or looking to distress after a gritty, hard-hitting book, this book may just be the thing.  

Memorable quote: “If there are three words in the English language worse than "Got a minute?" they can only be "About last night...” 

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

By Mindy Kaling

Genre: Memoir 

Why read it?

Is everyone else hanging out without me? That is a question many of us often ask ourselves. To address this and other concerns, Mindy Kaling, in a conversational style, invites us into her life—offering us her keen observations on romance, friendship, and Health Insurance.

Mindy shares funny stories, pictures, and about her climb to become a comedy writer. Along the way we get an insightful view of female friendship, acting in the hit TV series The Office, and dealing with heartache and childhood.

 Relatable to the bones if you’re from this side of Asia, the book drips with an all-around positive “feel good, do good, be good” vibe. If you have a few hours and feel like chatting to Mindy, this is just the right book for you.

Also, the book has an amazing guide on how to maintain a trim figure, except it is not included in the book. 

Memorable quote: “There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it.” 

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