Genre Discussion: Gothic (Spoilers)

Hello readers!! welcome to my blog, today I will be discussing about my one of the favorite genre i.e. Gothic.I discovered my love for this genre around six years ago when I first picked Dracula by Bram Stoker. Honestly, I didn’t like book much but I ended up loving the settings in this world. The world presented by Bram Stoker was dark and eerie and what kept me on the edge was the anticipation of what might happen next. So, lets go ahead and take a closer look on this genre.Brief History:First Gothic book was published in 1764 called The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole and eventually it sprout into many sub genre. It’s popularity was on all time high during 1800s era. This genre in particular is delicious mix of horror, romance , dark mysteries, curses and darkness in general.Years after years this genre has presented some timeless tales that people still love and remember. During 1800s Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte presented absolute delightful books from Gothic romance followed by Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. Despite being dark and sometimes gory what is it that makes this genre so alluring and reason why people love it. We will discuss it but before that let’s take a look on some prominent features/ tropes.Common tropes in Gothic Novels:If we take a look at Gothic or its sub-genre we will find there are some common tropes used in these stories across centuries, these are mainly family curses, prophecies, dark secrets that has potential to ruin everyone’s life, gloomy weather, isolated and ghostly mansions, dark graveyards or some big tree. These stories are generally based on lives of people who are often perceived as eccentric or rather cruel personalities classic examples are Heathcliff , Rebecca. These characters are often attractive and are generally victims of misdeeds done to them. They are anti-hero and there is something dark but alluring about them. In Gothic romance there are generally forbidden desires, obsession with supernatural or attracting to someone who is anti-social or anti-hero. Love stories like Wuthering Heights are destructive. There is always an involvement of terrible secret or some sort of curse/prophecies. There is always dark lurking around corner and something evil is always on the loose.My Thoughts:As I have already admitted that Gothic is my go to genre, so what is it that makes it so popular, in my opinion everything about it makes me love it.Yes, I love dark and twisted and I am sure many people love it as Gothic as a genre is gaining popularity with each passing day. So that was it from me.Please drop your opinion in comments below.Thanks for reading, pic credit(Google)


Life as we know it can be unpredictable specially in today’s world. Fortunately idea of comfort remains the same.

My life has changed in so many ways but I have my constant which keeps me sane and gets me going. Going back home to family or sleeping in my own bed has became a definition of good life.

Travelling on Saturdays and spending Sundays in watching Harry Potter or just getting cozy with love book gives me such a satisfaction.

sometimes I love to reorganise my bookshelves or just taking a long walk .

life can be unpredictable mess but our constant reminds us that after hustle we have place to go to.

Book Quote

I grabbed my book and opened it up.

I wanted to smell it.

Heck, I wanted to kiss it.

Yes, kiss it.

That’s right, I am a book kisser.

Maybe that’s kind of perverted or maybe it’s just romantic and highly intelligent.

Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

An old reader & book sale

Hello readers and welcome to my blog, yesterday I went to Cambridge for a day trip and when I was heading towards the Trinity College I spotted an old man selling used books in church yard. I stopped as I saw this sale and started browsing through books and I must say I was pretty impressed they had some great books. Without wasting anytime I picked four books and as I was ready to pay the man asked me which books I picked and he was so happy with my selection of books.

Man started talking to me about books and shared his memories with those books and authors. There were some recommendations and such beautiful gleam in man’s eye that I instantly knew this guy is serious reader and he was so proud of me for selecting those books.

This book buying experience became highlight of my day.

Coffee and true crime!!

Hello readers and welcome to my blog, over the years I have believed that I was an outgoing person but recently I realised it has never been true.

I am not saying I am introvert but I am in category of people who hates small talks. It’s not like there is something wrong with small talks but it is something I don’t have ability to do.

over the years I got so used to be in my own company that when someone asks me to hangout with them it makes me slightly uncomfortable. Maybe if I go I will have blast but that first instinct is to refuse.

sometimes I get lonely still idea of meeting people worries me. I like going out but just with my husband. My move to England hasn’t helped either, now all I love doing is drinking coffee and watch true crime documentaries sometimes Harry Potter.

Going Places

Hello and welcome readers!! Has it ever happened to you that you got lost in train of thoughts that even without realising you go to places you haven’t been to in long time. Some procrastination some deja vu.


Places you have locked away consciously or unconsciously. Places that gives us tickles or may be fright sometime??

It has been happening to me quite a lot lately, I am going places to have a taste of sweet nostalgia, going back to safety of familiarity where I know I am happy and safe.

Reading Slump and Saturday!!

Hello readers, hope you are doing well.what are your weekend plans??

My plans were pretty simple to sleep 14 hours straight and watch Harry Potter movies and get cozy to read this amazing book Americanah by Chimmamanda Ngozi Adichi but needless to say real life kicked my butt and I realised I have baby and family to feed.

So here I am writing this blog post and thinking about my lunch preparation however I can still watch Harry Potter and read but I am slipping in reading slump now.

Being new mother never interrupted my reading but lately I am more interested in watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer than reading. I think about reading but I end up watching some show.

I hate reading slump I absolutely hate it,as it interfere with my reading plans.

I hopeI will grab some reading today and will cook some lunch. Do share your Saturday plans.

A year’s break!!

Hello readers how are you?? What is new except last year changed the world. I mean still in August 2021 it feels so strange to think about how our lives changed. If somebody would have told me in past that world is going to be doomed in future by some virus I would probably have laughed as it was unimaginable for me to think in era of such advanced times/ science world will be shocked by some virus however it is life. Things happen and situations happens.

Last year was difficult for me personally as life happebed but on bright side I get to be a mother to a beautiful baby girl. Five years ago when I started this blog I never imagined I would continue it and will be announcing the arrival of my bundle of joy. Well unexpected happens all the time.

My reading game has been pretty good. Last year has put so much in perspective, my point of view has changed and my priorities too.

I hope everything is well with you guys too, of there is anything you want to discuss or talk about please feel free.

Dear readers welcome to another book review, today I will be reviewing The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak.



“Ella Rubenstein is forty years old and unhappily married when she takes a job as a reader for a literary agent. Her first assignment is to read and report on Sweet Blasphemy, a novel written by a man named Aziz Zahara. Ella is mesmerized by his tale of Shams’s search for Rumi and the dervish’s role in transforming the successful but unhappy cleric into a committed mystic, passionate poet, and advocate of love. She is also taken with Shams’s lessons, or rules, that offer insight into an ancient philosophy based on the unity of all people and religions, and the presence of love in each and every one of us. As she reads on, she realizes that Rumi’s story mir­rors her own and that Zahara—like Shams—has come to set her free.”


My Thoughts:

I picked this book with a lot of expectations and no prior knowledge about Rumi or Shams.
I stumbled upon a video of Elif Shafak on YouTube and i instantly liked her. I ordered her book and here we are.
Elif Shafak’s The Forty Rules of Love is a beautiful tale woven across different timelines. This is a story of Ella who has perfect life and family but she misses love, a lady who hard to keep her family together but still finds herself stuck in daily mundane life.
on the parallel narration we meet Shams who is a fierce Sufi and is in search of companion with whom he wants to share his knowledge and beliefs.

This book is full of beautiful prose and writing style is lyrical and dreamy. This book is full of quotes that I loved.

“It wasn’t death that worried me, for I didn’t see it as an end but dying without leaving legacy behind. There were many words piled up inside my chest, stories waiting to be told. “

Character development and world building is beautiful however there were times where rules and their implementation in story seemed forced and rather flawed in my opinion and this is my only problem with this beautiful story.
Narration was from different perspectives throughout the book which gave me better glimpse into the character of story if that makes sense.

Rules of love were far more relevant in case of Rumi and Shams than in context of Ella. I have my issues with Ella’s part but over all reading this book was a delightful experience for me and I am looking forward to read more from this author.


My Rating:

4/5 stars


Book Review: Haunting of the Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Hello reader!! I am here with another book review. Today I will be reviewing Haunting of the Hill House by Shirley Jackson.



First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, the lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own 


My Thoughts:

Haunting of the Hill House has been one of the most satisfying reads for me this year. Written by Shirley Jackson and published in 1959, this book is way ahead of its time. This book opens up with such an amazing prose.

“No live organism can continue for long too exist sanely
under conditions of absolute reality”

Haunting of the Hill house has every element of old school horror with of psychological impact on its residents. There were many instances where we saw different effects of the house on each and every resident.
At one point in book Eleanor was able to smell library while others didn’t which implies house changes its character with every resident.
Unlike other haunted houses stories Hill House was not beautiful old victorian house on the contrary it was ugly and flawed and seemed like the house has its own mind.
Writing style of this book is lyrical with beautiful prose here and there for reader’s delight.

“Journeys end in Lovers meeting”

Character development is diverse with a Dr. who knows about true nature of house yet seeks scientific explanation, Eleanor is shy and timid and has spent her life in confinement whereas Theo is flamboyant and Luke is the rich heir of the house. I liked creepy Mr. & Mrs. Dudley too though I didn’t like pompous Mrs. Montague and her friend Arthur. Motive was to bring some comic relief in the story but I was there for horror and this attempt of author did not please me.

World which author presented to us was Gothic and dark, sometimes it reminded me of the house from Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.

“Hill house, not sane, stood by itself against its hill,
holding darkness within”

Mere description of this house makes me suffocated which means author did great job and I finished reading this book in one sitting.


5/5 Stars