#5. A book that makes me happy
This was hard. But, I think Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone makes me happy. It opens with an optimistic title, ‘The Boy Who Lived’. It’s all the firsts: Harry discovering he’s a wizard, making friends, having a nemesis, playing quidditch, the trio on their first adventure, Hermoine being a bad-ass at puzzles, Ron being a chess wizard, and Harry facing his fears bravely. Last but not the least, Dumbledore awarding points to Neville because “it takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” Writing this makes me happy 😊

Also, this book I read last year, “we are all made of molecules” by Susin Nielsen was heart-warming.

#6. A book that makes me sad
Two books actually.
• ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ by Paul Kalanithi – A brilliant man whose autobiography gets cut short by his passing away. It’s never about death but about celebrating life in all its messy glory. I needed some time after I finished the last paragraph of this book which is also my most favourite part of it. I needed the silence, as will you when you read it, to take it all in, to shed a few tears in awe of this brave man and wish that I could have met him once or that I could atleast visit his grave to pay my respects. An exceptional read!

• ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini – I cannot explain this book with words. There is a depth to emotions in this book that a writer rarely achieves. For example, pure, selfless love has never been better expressed: “For you, a thousand times over”. Heart-breaking but worth it!

#7 A book that makes me laugh
‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman made me laugh. The book, by no means, is a comedy. It tackles the concept of belonging in a nuanced manner but parts of it made me laugh out loud. The central character is winsome and the ending is a proper happy ending. This one was a quirky one, you guys. Read it if you have a chance.