'Every book I've read has changed my world view a little bit': Menaka Ramakrishna

Every book Ive read has changed my world view a little bit: Menaka Ramakrishna

Freelance writer and author of the upcoming novel In this Life or the Next on her go-to books

Published: Fri 20 Apr 2018, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 20 Apr 2018, 2:00 AM

What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading Harlan Coben's Don't Let Go. I am on a Harlan Coben spree - just before this book, I read Gone For Good and Fool Me Once. I am a huge fan of fast-paced, immersive thriller novels. I think it's wonderful that Coben can make the reader empathise with a book's characters so much.
What are the books that changed your life and shaped your outlook?
I don't restrict myself from reading different genres - well, except for horror which simply isn't good for my heart. In fantasy, I love the Harry Potter and A Song of Ice and Fire series. For romance, One Day by David Nicholls and The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion have made an impact. If I had to name a few thrillers, they would be Tell Me Your Dreams by Sidney Sheldon and The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. Every book I've read has changed my world view a little bit.
Most memorable literary character (and why)?
I was never a fan of anti-heroes as I thought they were clichés. But, Severus Snape changed it all. From being the most hated character in the Harry Potter series, he became everyone's favourite. I'm tearing up just thinking about his sacrifices.
A book that you think is underrated (and why)?
An author I admire is Gayle Forman, who is known for her book If I Stay. I think Just One Day is even better and isn't talked about as much. It's about a girl who goes on a Europe tour and one night changes her whole outlook on life.
Your favourite book quote.
"And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist.

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