I was one of those kids who used to stay up all night reading books and went to school eyes heavy, shoes dragging; barely getting any sleep in and frankly those were the best days, where the only thing that kept me up was the high that I got after absorbing the book entirely in a single night. I miss them terribly. But ever since then life happened and none so gently either. I had to put aside the books because other things were demanding my attention more and now that cycle has been going on for nearly 4 years and I'm nowhere near where I wanted to be in life or in my Goodreads 'read books' list. I'm basically venting now, forgive me, and I'll get to the point.

I have a crazy long list of books now that I want to read but here are some that I'm really dying to read. Hopefully, you'll find some you like too!

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1\\ THE HANDMAID'S TALE BY MARGARET ATWOOD

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I'd take any of her books, I mean any of her books because I really love her work and that's only after reading little excerpts of it, I just love Atwood.

2\\ ARIEL BY SYLVIA PLATH

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I'm crazy about Plath. I love her to death. I want to learn her poetry, have it imprint on my mind.

3\\ JANE EYRE BY CHARLOTTE BRONTE

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I know, I know! What kind of reader have I been where I've not even read this piece of literary breakthrough! I've read that this was one of the first novels where the female narrator had an introspective tone and that it was a revolutionary work. I was too dumb to read it when I had the time and now I'm forever cursing my younger self for not picking this book up when I had the opportunity!

4\\ THE SECRET HISTORY BY DONNA TARTT

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It is impossible to not want to read this book if you identify with dark academia. Plus it has a perfect balance of knowledge and mystery as far as I've heard!

5\\ STATION ELEVEN BY EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL

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I had this book in my reading list long before corona attacked us but to read it now would be more relevant than ever. And who doesn't like a story about a disturbing future?

6\\ GOD OF SMALL THINGS BY ARUNDHATI ROY

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This is that one book that I've always at one point or other seen another fellow reader reading or the one that the English teachers used to gush about. Long, long awaited.

7\\ A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN BY VIRGINIA WOOLF

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I sometimes get so frustrated when I realise that I still haven't read this book. I've read her short stories and she's completely enamoured me with her hauntingly witty lines.

8\\ ATONEMENT BY IAN McEWAN

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I only want to read this after watching an edited video of Lana's cover of goodbye kiss by 'just some videos' on youtube, check them out- their work is amazing. Also I heard the ending of this book is extremely infuriating and I live for the highs and the lows.

9\\ THE COLOR PURPLE BY ALICE WALKER

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Ever since I read the summary on Goodreads, I've felt like this is a very emotional and important book. I've always wondered about how I would feel after completing this book, like the anticipation is killing me and I haven't even bought it.

10\\ THE COMPLETED POEMS OF EMILY DICKINSON

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There's something very alluring and bewitching about Dickinson, isn't there? Her work is so beautiful, so unique and so inspiring and I just want to mug up all her fascinating poetry and float in a river, basking in the sunlight. Okay, crazy picture, ignore me there.

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these are the books that don't include ww2 topics. I am obsessed with ww2 so that should probably make another article.

until then, ta-da!

and ofc, how can I go without quoting my favourite Atwood quote which is very very personal to me, like very general but also very personal. here it is-

'Still, I wanted to believe; indeed I longed to; and, in the end, how much of belief comes from longing?'

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Edit- I just found this quote on tumblr which reminded me of this article so I had to share it,,

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This left me a little teary but also made me feel so much more better about not being able to read. If you feel anything like me, then worry not because we're pretty brave and we'll make thru it, love.