2017 Books To Be Excited About 


Hope 2017 is an amazing year full of wonderful books and lots of growth and learning and fun times!

2017 looks to be a good year for Diverse Literature and I am hoping to read more #OwnVoices books. You can follow the hashtag on Twitter to find out more about Own Voices but it’s basically books written by people from that culture/religion/ethnicity/disability/sexuality etc

Gonna TRY to buy more books in store rather than online…but books are usually cheaper online. 

However, my local Oxfam has an AMAZING selection of books so I’m lucky to have that option too.

If you can’t find a book in your local bookstore…ASK THEM TO ORDER IT FOR YOU. Also, make sure your library stocks these awesome books!

So here goes…it’s quite a long list and I am sure there are plenty more I will find out about later on so look out for more Waiting on Wednesday posts in 2017!

In no particular order…

Young Adult

City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

Pub Date: 24th January 2017 (Hardback)

Cover: I like the colours and the cover apart from the person. I definitely prefer it without the person.

Thoughts: a YA murder mystery set in Kenya? Sounds amazing! 

You can read a sneak peek here!

American Street  by Ibi Zoboi

US Pub Date: 14th February 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 23rd March 2017 (Hardback)

Cover:I really love this cover. it’s simplistic but also love the silhouette and the colours.

Thoughts: Fabiola moves from Haiti to the US and has to deal with her American cousins while dealing with school and other issues. It offers a different perspective on the ‘American Dream’ which can often be more of a nightmare and contains elements of magic realism.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

UK vs US

US Pub Date: 28th February 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 6th April 2017 (Paperback)

Covers: I really hate the UK cover because it has a person on it and I loathe book covers with real people on. sigh. I am tempted to just buy the US version which is WAY COOLER!

Thoughts: This is probably one of he most highly anticipated YA novels of 2017 because it is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement! I remember when this book first got acquired I WAS SO EXCITED and now it if finally being published I AM READY FOR THE WORLD TO READ IT. It has also been optioned for a movie with Amandla Stenburg playing the lead role.

Pre-Order your copy now! Or like me…wait till it’s out in case Waterstones does a Buy One Get One Half Price Offer…

Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin

US Pub Date: 21st February 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 23rd March 2017 (Hardback)

Cover: It’s okay…I mean it’s a bit…cliche but I like the fact that the wall is included


Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange The Dreamer Book Covers

US and UK Pub Date: 28th March 2017 (Hardback)

UK Paperback: 7th September 2017

Covers: I prefer the UK one (right) and I have a feeling the cover will be really shiny too…

Thoughts: NEW LAINI TAYLOR BOOK YES PLEASE. LOOKS WEIRD AND CREEPY AND I NEED IT. Read a sneak peek here. I will probably end up buying the hardback…AND I AM HOPING THAT MAYBE JUST MAYBE THIS MEANS SHE WILL DO A UK TOUR! She is defo one of the authors I would love to meet.

The Gauntlet  by Karuna Riazi (Middle Grade)

US Pub Date: 28th March 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 1st May 2017 (Hardback)

Cover: Not too keen on the cover but it does look like a typical MG fantasy cover


Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Pub Date: 2nd May 2017 (Paperback) 

Girl Out Of Water Book Cover

Cover: Not a huge fan of it because OF THE PERSON but i like the title font.

Thoughts: This sounds like a book that’s gonna be all happy and then BAM PAIIIIINNNNNNNN…I am looking forward to this. Unfortunately the author has suffered from terrible trolls on twitter being anti-Semitic smh how can people JUST DO THAT?! 

You can read a sneak peek here!

Release by Patrick Ness

UK Pub Date: 4th May 2017 (Hardback)

Thoughts: um…it’s Patrick Ness. Of course I will read it.  He said it’s his most personal novel yet! Cover yet to be revealed!

The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah

The Lines We Cross Book Covers

US Pub Date: 9th May 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 4th May 2017 (Paperback)

Cover: I definitely prefer the Australian cover and title.

Thoughts: ANOTHER RANDA ABDEL- FATTAH BOOK? YES PLEASE. So it’s a love story but also about casual racism in Australia. CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK. I love how she always talks about hard hitting issues but with a touch of humour and relatable characters! You can read an interview about this book here.

That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim

Pub Date: 9th May 2017

That Thing We Call A Heart Book Cover

Cover: Don’t like the cover because it has a person on it but i like the title font!
Thoughts: This is about a Pakistani-American girl called Shabnam Qureshi and deals with issues like love, friendship, culture, religion and Partition! Sounds good! 

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Ramona Blue Book Cover

US Pub Date: 9th May 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 1st September 2017 (Paperback)

Cover: I really like this cover. it’s very simple but cute.

Thoughts: There has been a bit of a hoo-ha about this book due to it’s queer representation (Ramona is supposedly a lesbian but ends up falling for a boy…is she a lesbian? is she bisexual? WHO KNOWS…sexuality is fluid!!!) BUT I AM EXCITED because it sounds like a good book…I love a good love story but it’s MORE than that obviously.  You can read a sneak peek here!

Flame in the Mist by Renee


US Pub Date: 16th May 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 4th May 2017 (Paperback)

Cover: I like the dragon and flowers but the big fat title ruins it tbh

Thoughts: Kind of like Mulan but set in Japan…I haven’t read The Wrath and the Dawn yet so I don’t know if I like her writing style or anything but this looks promising! You can read an interview with the author here.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon 

 Pub Date: 30th May 2017 (Hardback)

When Dimple Met Rishi Book Cover

Cover: I actually like the cover even though it has a person on it… she seems so happy and i like the mehdni (henna)!

Thoughts: I just need this book in my life. When I first heard about it I knew I was gonna love it. like I haven’t even read it yet but it sounds so perfect to me BECAUSE IT IS ABOUT TWO BROWN PEOPLE WHO END UP FALLING IN LOVE AND HAS BOLLYWOOD REFERENCES IN IT AND I JUST NEED IT!  You can read a sneak peek here!

Saints, Misfits, Monsters, and Mayhem by Sajidah. K. Ali 

US Pub Date: 13th June 2017 (Hardback)

Thoughts:  I AM READY FOR IT BECAUSE IT’S BY A MUSLIM AUTHOR. Also this line: Except she knows a monster…one who happens to be parading around as a saint…Will she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tightknit Muslim community think of her then? More information to come later on in the year and cover is yet to be revealed!

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

 Pub Date: 18th July 2017 (Hardback)

Cover: It’s a really pretty cover and you can already tell it’s gonna be about Indian Mythology!

Thoughts: A book about Indian Folklore? Yes please. Hope it does not disappoint. It is a love story but if it’s done well then double yay! 


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing Book Covers

UK Pub Date: 5th January 2017 (Hardback)

Paperback: 7th June 2017

Cover: I prefer the UK cover (right). I like how you her dress is incorporated into the cover.

Thoughts: I have heard so much buzz about this book so I am curious to see what all the fuss is about. It sounds like a really rich novel that tacks the legacy of slavery through generations. Naz’s review makes it sound incredible!

The Secret Life of the Amir Sisters by Nadiya Hussain

Pub Date: 12th January 2017 (Hardback)

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters Book Cover

Cover: Not sure which is the final cover but i prefer the one with the cupcake because that looks like a ‘normal chick lit’ cover whereas the orange one is has some South Asian stuff on it…but it isn’t IN YOUR FACE. Although it does have a pic of the author on the front so people know it’s Nadiya’s book and will buy it (probs targeted for people who don’t normally read books…) Plus IT IS A BOOK WITH HIJABIS ON THE COVER THAT WHITE PEOPLE WILL ACTUALLY READ.

Thoughts: I was shocked to discover that Nadiya has written a book because she only won The Great British Bake Off LAST YEAR so idk when she had time to write a whole book since she already released TWO recipe books this year…maybe she just had an old manuscript lying about or it might be ghost written or maybe somehow she actually wrote a book in one year and managed to get it published (well…obviously…she’s famous…they probably ASKED her to write a book tbh) but I still want to read it because it’s about a group of Bangladeshi sisters in the UK. I can guarantee you this book will be available in all bookstores AND supermarkets in the UK as Nadiya Hussain is a national treasure.

Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid 

Exit West Book Covers

US Pub Date: 7th March 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 2nd March 2017 (Hardback)

Cover: I definitely prefer the US cover because it is PURPLE and way cooler than the boring UK one. I’m hoping that isn’t the final UK cover.

Thoughts: A story about a young couple in an unnamed South Asian country that deals with issues of religion, identity and borders with elements of magic realism. Admittedly I haven’t read any of his previous novels (I hope to remedy that this year) but this sounds like something I might enjoy. Read an interview with the author here.

The Other Half of Happiness by Ayisha Malik

UK Pub Date: 6th April 2017

Cover: Love the cover. Think I prefer it so Sofia Khan is Not Obliged.

Thoughts: Really enjoyed laughing out loud at Sofia Khan is Not Obliged AND THAT ENDING KILLED ME so obviously I need the sequel and I hope it is full of laughter and cute moments and it’s just so great to read a book about a Muslim woman set in London that has nothing to do with terrorism or anything like that.


The Score by H.J.Golakai

UK Pub Date: 4th May 2017

33538678Cover: I hate this cover. the colour is so…bright…like I know the first book had some turquoise on it but this is just a bit too much…

Thoughts: sequel to The Lazarus Effect which I really enjoyed.  Looking forward to seeing Vee and Chloe again, especially Vee’s trademark sarcasm!


Letters to a Young Muslim by Omar Saif Ghobash

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US Pub Date: 3rd January 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 12th January 2017 (Hardback)

Cover: Of course it features a geometric pattern…It’s a nice cover though.

Thoughts: The author is the UAE ambassador to Russia and it’s a book written for his sons but also to all the young Muslims on what it’s like raising children post 9/11 etc. It sounds like an interesting read…it might actually be completely terrible and pander to Western audiences but we shall see. 

Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

UK Pub Date: 12th January 2017 (Hardback)


Cover: the cover is okay. Kinda boring tbh but non-fiction books rarely have amazing covers tbh 

Thoughts: The creator of MuslimGirl website wrote a memoir so I am curious to see if it is any good…as in if I can relate to any of her struggles or if it panders to Western audiences. 

This is already available in the US.

Ah…so many books…so little time. I always have the problem of WANTING TO READ NEW BOOKS but not having read older books and it’s like hdgkjhdfgkjkdj I WANT TO READ ALL THE BOOKS! I hope I actually meet my goodreads goal this year!

A note on which books to avoid due to negative stereotyping…it’s important to educate ourselves on problematic representations and call people out…in a nice way…so they are AWARE of the damage they can cause from such representation because perpetuating negative stereotypes is not diversity.

So what books are you looking forward to in 2017? Hope I’ve put some new books on your radar! 

  Happy Reading!





Introducing Cassava Republic Press UK

Hello everyone.

Hope you have been having an amazing 2016 so far despite all the horrendous things going on in the world (plenty of goof things still happen).

I’d like to just tell you about this wonderful Nigerian publishing company that is launching in the UK.

Cassava Republic Press is a Nigerian publishing company that started in 2006 and now they’re opening a branch in London. Woohoo.

Their motto is ‘feeding the African imagination’ which i think is great because people in Africa (the whole continent) need food for the soul too and what is better than stories? Many cultures have oral storytelling but there are still plenty of people who WANT to read books but accessibility and availability is often a problem.

CRP is founded by Bibi Bakare-Yusuf and Jeremey Weate and they both run the company along with Emma Shercliff. It’s amazing how far they have come since it is such a small company.👏🏽

So what kind of books do they publish?

  1. Literary Fiction
  2. Cassava Crime
  3. Ankara Romance
  4. Cassava Kids/Children’s (including YA)
  5. Non-fiction

So their romance imprint Ankara Press features strong independent black women which is awesome as it portrays ‘a new kind of romance’ featuring young black characters. so if that is your thing then give their books a try. The ebooks are available on their website and amazon and the print books will be out in July in the UK.

Launch Books:

CRP UK Launch Titles

Since their official launch is April 2016 they are releasing 5 books.

  1. Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika
  2. Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John
  3. Easy Motion Tourist by Leye Adenle
  4. Princess Arabella’s Birthday by Mylo Freeman 
  5. Princess Arabella Mixes Colours by Mylo Freeman

Princess Arabella is adorable and the illustrations are really cute so kids will definitely love her!

Like a Mule is an amazing book because it is so diverse! It has multiple narrators but the main one is Dr Morayo, a 74 year old woman who loves books and drives a Porsche! She also interacts with so many different people and it’s just such an uplifting novel! Plus the cover is really pretty.

Born on a Tuesday is incredible. it’s such a haunting coming of age story set in Northern Nigeria and deals with various issues from friendship and loss to fundamentalism and faith.

Easy Motion Tourist is a thrilling crime novel about organ trafficking in Lagos. Amaka is such a badass character and I just love her. Hope there are more books featuring Amaka as I’d defo like to see more from her!


the launch authors are also going to be coming to the UK for a book tour which is exciting!

  1. Oxford Literary Festival
  2. Cambridge Literary Festival
  3. Waterstones Piccadilly
  4. Dulwich Books
  5. Book & Kitchen
  6. The Alligator’s Mouth Bookshop

I’m so excited for their launch and they will be open for submissions probably by the end of April so if you have a story in you then get writing!

All their books are OUT NOW and should be available in all good bookshops (including Waterstones and Foyles) and online (wordery and amazon).

They also have Giveaways on Goodreads for UK readers so ENTER NOW!!!

Also, if you have read their books or are going to then please don’t forget to leave a review on amazon and goodreads because authors really do appreciate it.

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Anyways, hope everyone has a fabulous April full of sunshine and smiles!

Happy Reading!



‘Books are what I love most.’Sarah Ladipo Manyika (Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun)

Cassava Republic Press Books


Books Glorious Books

Hello there fellow book lovers or just people who read my blog. =)

I hope you are all well and enjoying the fabulous summer unless it’s winter where you are.

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted and i apologise for the delay- I’ve been away. I’ll tell you all about my shenanigans in another post. =P

Anyhew…so since it’s summer..naturally i’ve been reading books. =D

Currently I’m reading: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare- the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments Series

But i shall be reviewing quite a few books. before that though I’d like to just praise the Kindle…

Now previously i have been opposed to e-readers and e-books but when i went away the Kindle was a comfort. it’s especially wonderful for travelling!!!

Why I Like The Kindle:

1) it has a built-in dictionary so you just click on the word and the definition will pop up!

2) you can highlight and tweet quotes or bits!!! so awesome.

3) you can download samples of books you would like to buy/read

4) has lots of free books

5) buy Kindle books and get them quickly depending on connection

The thing is, it’s supposed to have 3G and free internet access worldwide but it depends on which countries have Kindle services etc.

and if you don’t know what a kindle looks like- no it’s not a book. it’s SUPPOSEDLY a book but not really. Plus you need the light to read in the dark.

This is not a book. it's an e-reader. =P

it’s not touch screen either- if you want that you’ll have to get an iPad. 😉

Onto the reviews:

Onion Tears by Shubnum Khan

Debut Novel

So she has a twitter account if you want to follow her: http://twitter.com/#!/ShubnumKhan

and a fb page: http://www.facebook.com/oniontearsnovel

So anyways she’s a wonderful South African author and this is her first novel. She had lots of help with it as it’s her MA in Creative Writing. I’m sure that it. But it’s still a good book. =P

It’s a novel about three women in the South African Indian Muslim community struggling to find a lace in this world and getting to grips with family issues and growing up.

it’s written from three POV: Khadeejah (the grandmother), Summaya (mother) and Aneesa (daughter). So you can see the age difference nd difference in generations and ideas.

Khadeejah is very conservative and conventional and likes to stick to traditions and loves to cook whereas her daughter Summaya is rather rebellious and prefers to not stick with traditions- she works in a travel agency not in medicine or law. Aneesa is the youngest and she is trying to discover who she is and why her mum is always so sad because there’s lots of secrets in this book and young minds are always curious for adventure and just to uncover the truth.

Overall i enjoyed the book…it started of really good and it had lots of potential but then in the middle it lost its essence and felt flat and OVERDONE…like…she tried too hard but then towards the end of the novel it picked up its pace and wasn’t too bad. at times i was like ‘where is this going?’ and ‘can something happen already?!’ but Good Things Come To Those Who Wait so yeah it’s a good novel.

For more information here’s an interview with the author: http://muslimahmediawatch.org/2010/08/interview-with-author-shubnum-khan/

Next is Looking For Alaska by John Green:

This is the UK cover

Now being the avid reader that i am and especially loving Young Adult Fiction i of course know about John Green. But the first book i read was Paper Towns and that i loved!!!!

So i’ve heard so much about this novel and i just didn’t want to expect too much but of course i had my expectations and sadly they weren’t meant.

The book is about Miles who goes to boarding school to find ‘the Great Perhaps’ and meets a bunch of teenagers who are quite insane but give his life purpose and adventure. Of course he befriends Alaska along with Colonel, Takumi and Lara. So they pull pranks and live their lives and everything is going fine until Miles falls for Alaska but she has a boyfriend. No…it’s not ‘typical’ . it’s far from ‘typical’.

The book is separated into two sections ‘Before’ and ‘After’ . once you start the novel it doesn’t take long to figure out why.

I’d just like to say that I KNEW…I HAD A FEELING THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN!!! and it did. but i was still a bit confuzzled along with the rest of the characters but eventually they uncovered what they thought was the truth and that was that. It started of tremendously funny and i had lots of laughs throughout but during the middle i just…it kind of deflated and i got a bit annoyed but it ended on a brilliant note:

“Thomas Edison’s last words were ‘It’s very beautiful over there’. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.” John Green

Then again this is his debut novel so i find that most authors improve as they write more. =)

i read a sample of An Abundance of Katherines and it looks hilarious because this guy only dates girls names Katherine spelt exactly like that. =D

His latest book The Fault in our Stars which is coming out in January 2012 he promises to sign everyone who pre-orders his books. So i suggest you pre-order it whether it’s a day before the release date or now. 😉

Next comes The Princess Bride: S Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure abridged by William Goldman.

Now you see- of course i have heard of this book and how its so incredible and everything and while looking and TV listings the film airs a lot especially during the holidays but i vowed to myself that i will read the book before i watch the film. So en route to my holiday destination i started reading it. i could not put it down. i read it the whole plane journey and finished it at Cairo Airport (no i didn’t go to Egypt, i was changing flights).

My Third Favourite Book. EVER. =D

The book is NOT WRITTEN BY WILLIAM GOLDMAN as i previously thought but in the introduction it is all explained.

The original novel is over 1000 words i think and written by the ‘Florinese literary superstar, S Morgenstern’and is a wonderfully beautifully captivating ‘spoof’ fairytale. It’s just so great you have to read it.

Okay so Buttercup- The most beautiful woman in the world…and Westley- the garden boy who keeps her horses and has loved her from the first day.

You know, i went through a rollercoaster of emotions while reading this book. One minute i was laughing hysterically and the next i wanted to scream in horror. and there were plenty of times where i just sat there sobbing trying to read but the tears blurred my vision and i was on the plane so i had to try and silently sob…not an easy thing to do when such horrific things take place. =(

William Goldman shortens the original text and adds snippets like his reactions to this part when his father read it to him etc. which i found refreshing and quite funny.

Now after reading this tale of adventure and woe and love and beauty i can’t wait to watch the film. =D

Yes it’s a love story. but it’s not your average love story- no, no one is a mythical creature!!! But i swear…it’s just mesmerising and beautifully crafted and so compelling IT’S A MUST READ TO EVERY BOOK LOVER.

The ending though- i was appalled…how could he just end it like that?!

i was so nervous and excited throughout the whole book, occasionally covering my face or massaging my head or biting my fingers and fidgeting in anxiety because I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GING TO HAPPEN.

This book is not for girls or boys it’s for EVERYONE. If you’ve seen the movie and haven’t read the book i suggest you read the book took and LOVE IT. =)

If you know what’s good for you then read it.

So upon gobbling the novel i decided it’s my Third Favourite Book.

“Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.” William Goldman

“Who says life is fair, where is that written?” William Goldman

My first is: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende- it has everything you could want in a book apart from aliens. =P i’ve heard there’s also a movie but i will not watch it for fear i should be scarred for life and never be happy again

The Second is: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- i cannot praise this book enough!!! yes it’s depressing but it’s also has its funny moments and it’s just too damn beautiful not to read.

Moving on to some more YA Fiction:

My latest obsession

The sequel

Now this series i’ve heard a lot about this in the YA book blogger world. and it deserves all the praise it gets because it is SO DAMN AWESOME.

I’ve missed the world of fey/faeries since finishing Tithe by Holly black and the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr so it was wonderful to return back to such a magical world.

Meghan Chase is invisible to all at school and even at home sometimes and that’s because she’s half fey. Her father is King Oberon, King of the Summer Court. yes the same Oberon in A Midsummer Nights Dream.

The Iron King kidnaps her brother Ethan knowing she will try to find him and return him safely home. Of course that is what happens but it’s not easy trying to find The Iron King if no one in faery land knows that he even exists!!!

Then there’s a talking cat whom I LOVE!!! he guides her and disappears at the first sign of danger only to be found minutes later in a tree. hehe. He’s too cute but he’d hate if you said that to him.

Of course there’s some love in this series: Puck (the infamous Puck) who’s her trusted friend and Prince Ash- the enigmatic son of Queen Mab- the Winter court- enemies of the Summer court so of course a relationship with him would be scandalous and forbidden.

It sounds SO TYPICAL but it’s not. at least i don’t find it typical. it’s well written, funny, brilliant plot and kick ass action and Meghan isn’t so annoying. Usually i find a lot fo female protagonists frustratingly annoying throughout the novel until the end but Meghan is feisty and isn’t a weakling. She thinks about the greater good and tries to do her best- she wants to save her brother and even her enemies. she’s pretty darn cool.

The third novel The Iron Queen is already out in the US but it only comes out in the UK in October when the 4th book, The Iron Knight will be released. postage is too expensive to order it from Amazon.com so i guess i’ll just have to wait. ;/

But of course i read a sample from Kindle…and WOW. JUST WOW…SO EXCITED TO READ IT. =D

So if you love supernatural stuff and faeries then you must definitely read this. =)

Oh and yeah…i’m so in love with Prince Ash. though i love Puck too. and no it’s not a whole Twilight thing with Teams or anything like that- i like both of them and they’re both awesome faeries but even though i try to deny it i still fall for that ‘moody, brooding, enigmatic dude’…EVERY TIME. In the fictional world i mean. not in reality. ;/

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Happy Reading!

Iqra- Read


Naturally of course. =P

By Suzanne Collins- READ IT. NOW.

“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” P.J. O’Rourke

“To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations – such is a pleasure beyond compare.” Kenko Yoshida

“These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.  From each of them goes out its own voice… and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.” Gilbert Highet

“I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself. Movies show you the pink house. A good book tells you there’s a pink house and lets you paint some of the finishing touches, maybe choose the roof style,park your own car out front. My imagination has always topped anything a movie could come up with.” Karen Marie Moning

“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.” A C Grayling

“A book is the most effective weapon against intolerance and ignorance.” Lyndon Baines Johnson