'A night to remember' is one of the most popular tropes in books and movies. The Hollywood movie ‘Before Sunrise’ is a classic example. In such a story, the plot essentially is centred on a transformative night that changes the course of the characters. Lately, it has become an unofficial trope on young adult fiction as well. If you are new to the genre, three books to start with are 'Darling' by K. Ancrum, 'Sixteen Scandals' by Sophie Jordan, and 'Sunny G's Series of Rash Decisions' by Navdeep Singh Dhillon.
Feminism is still a complex subject in India. There are polar opposite opinions, and it has pushed even feminists to radical choices. Sindhu Rajasekaran's new book 'Smashing the Patriarchy: A Guide for the 21st Century Indian Woman' points them out. She sheds light on how feminist women are forced to stand with all women despite disagreements. The stereotypes around hijab, glamorous models, and housewives are also discussed in the book. It is helpful in understanding the concepts of liberty, equality, and sorority.
Book lovers adore book festivals and events. They are places to meet fellow bookworms and find inspiration. The pandemic has pushed these events to virtual means. Some of the most anticipated ones are the Savannah Book Festival (Feb 17-20), The Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington D.C. (September 3-4), Portland Book Festival (November 2022), Saints and Sinners Literary Festival (March 25-17), Hudson Children's Book Festival (May 7, 2022), Sleuthfest (July 7-10), and Readercon (July 13-16).
Mary Jane Watson has been popular among Spider-Man fans since her inception in the 1960s. However, in the MCU Spider-Man movies, Michelle Jones (MJ) played by Zandaya has brought things to the 21st century. Some Mary Jane comic book stories you need to read before Spider-Man: No Way Home releases are 'Face It, Tiger...', 'The Death Standard', 'Fun And Games', 'Spider-Island', 'Parallel Lives', 'The Wedding', 'All My Pasts Remembered', 'Renew Your Vows', 'The Night Gwen Stacy Died', and 'Confessions'.
Books centred on families have to be also the ones with the most dramatic plots. Even in real life, the drama tends to flare up during the holidays. There are families with terrible luck or terrible coping skills. Books can make you feel less alone in these situations. Some such books are 'The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls' by Anissa Gray, 'House of Trelawney' by Hannah Rothschild, 'The Comedown' by Rebekah Frumkin, 'Dial A for Aunties' by Jesse Q. Sutanto, and 'Nothing to See Here' by Kevin Wilson.
Mankind is terrifyingly disconnected from nature which has led to a climate crisis that could end us. There is a need to understand nature better and differently. Some books that help you understand nature and relate to it are Gaia (1979), Should Trees Have Standing? (1972), Biomimicry (1997), Braiding Sweetgrass (2013), The Climate of History in a Planetary Age (2021). These books offer an alternative perspective instead of a simple idea that we need to implement a set of lifestyle changes to fix the problem.