Inspirational and Thought-Provoking Book Quotes | Top Ten Tuesday: 30 April

Books are a great source of inspiration. Indeed, they are the most constant and honest friends and best advisers. On my darkest days it is from books that I get solace and in happy days they provide me so much enjoyment. Reading helped me understand myself more and evaluate my place in the world.

Be inspired by these passages I curated from some of my favorite reads.

ON SADNESS, The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

the english patient

ON TRUTH, 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami


ON LIFE AND SACRIFICE, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

neil gaiman

ON LIFE AND LIVING, A Tiny Bit Marvelous by Dawn French

dawn french

ON LIFE, Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

banana yoshimoto

ON LOVE, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis Bernieres


ON SELF-WORTH, A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin


a game of thrones

ON SELF-CONFIDENCE, Audition by ryu murakami

on hope,the hunger games by suzanne collins

ON personal struggles,The sun is also a star by nicola yoon

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StarTalk: Where Science, Pop Culture and Comedy Converge | Top Ten Tuesday –26 March: Audio Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. TODAY’S TOPIC IS AUDIO FREEBIE SO I’ve decided to highlight my most favorite PODCAST episodes of StarTalk.

Neil Degrasse Tyson: Our Personal Astrophysicist

StarTalk is a podcast hosted by Neil Degrasse Tyson where science, pop culture and comedy converge. Neil frequently invites to StarTalk popular personalities like Katy Perry, Morgan Freeman, Neil Armstrong, and many others from different professions. Questions from the audience are also answered in its segment called Cosmic Queries.

Neil Degrasse Tyson himself wrote science books that bring science closer to the non-scientific community. Here in StarTalk he shares his passion for science and fear of the lack of scientific knowledge of world leaders and teachers and what to do about them.

I guess that’s enough introduction so let’s jump in to my top ten favorite episodes of StarTalk.

The Science Behind “Game of Thrones”

Season 8   Episode 26 | July 14, 2017

Isaac Hempstead Wright speaks about his growing up years while playing his role as Bran Stark in Game of Thrones. Find out how many digits of the number Pi he can dictate. What parts of the of the hit series are real and where the unreal parts are inspired from. DIRE WOLVES ARE REAL!!!!?!

Living in Space, with Scott Kelly

Season 9 Episode 46 | December 7, 2018

In this episode Scott Kelly retells his early life as an underachiever and how he became a naval aviator, test pilot and eventually an astronaut. Listen as he recounts his experiences in one year in space. This episode is a great inspiration to all because it emphasizes that one’s success doesn’t not necessarily depend on his academic performance.

First Man-Celebrating Neil Armstrong

Season 9 episode 39 | October 19, 2018

Watching The First Man is not an excuse to miss out this episode.
Mike Massimino and Neil DeGrasse Tyson talks about the movie and how accurately it portrayed Neil Armstrong. Listen to Neil Armstrong himself describe what beauty he saw during his lunar landing. You’ll also find out here what made him a great mission commander.

Cosmic Queries: Office Hours

Season 8 Episode 37 | September 29, 2017

Listen to Neil and Chuck Nice talk about the most fundamental and important questions in science. Are we alone in the universe? What are stardusts? Would people be more interested to science if TV and movies didn’t portray them as bad characters?

StarTalk All-Stars at NY Comic Con: The Science of Science Fiction

Season 2 Episode 35 | September 12, 2017

Listen to Emily Rice and Chuck Nice discuss with Neil DeGrasse Tyson the real science in science fiction including AI, living in exoplanets and and the future of science in medicine. My favorite part of this episode is the panel discussion where the audience asked great questions. Discussion also led to the topic of dangers of AI. What is more fearsome, sentient AIs or human deliberately creating evil AI? Find out in this podcast.

Standalone Books That Need a Sequel | Top Ten Tuesday, 12 March

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Today’s topic is stand-alone books that need a sequel. Here are the ten books that I want sequels written. I don’t usually invest emotions on series but I found some books very satisfying that I crave for follow ups. Open-ended novels are sooo frustrating. I want closure on unanswered questions, too.

Norwegian Wood by haruki murakami

In the opening chapter of Norwegian Wood, we know that Toru’s memory of Naoko is fading. The Beatles’s song Norwegian Wood playing on the airplane stereo triggers his memory of the day Naoko told him about a well that nobody can find. He remembers clearly the scenery but not the face of Naoko whom he loves so much but who never loved him back. He never mentioned anything about Midori Kobayashi. What happened after he phones Midori in the end chapter? Midori is a lovely girl. She has a hunger for love and fights for it. In contrast with Naoko, she is a very strong character. Surely, she deserves a better ending than that Haruki Murakami gave her.

From the end chapter:

Gripping the receiver, I raised my head and turned to see what lay beyond the phone box. Where was I now? I had no idea at all. Where was this place? All that flashes in my eyes were the countless shapes of people walking by to nowhere. Again and again, I called out for Midori from the dead center of this place that was no place.

breakfast at tiffany’s by truman capote

Where is Holly Golightly? Who is she with? Did she find the place she belongs? Up to the end of the book, Holly is still covered with a veil of mystery. The only sign she left was an African-made wooden sculpture.  Albeit her quirks, I still want to see her find happiness.

From the end chapter:

I wanted to tell her about her cat. I had kept my promise; I had found him. It took weeks of after-work roaming through those Spanish Harlem streets, and there were many false alarms — flashes of tigerstriped fur that, upon inspection, were not him. But one day, one cold sunshiny Sunday winter afternoon, it was. Flanked by potted plants and framed by clean lace curtains, he was seated in the window of a warm-looking room: I wondered what his name was, for I was certain he had one now, certain he’d arrived somewhere he belonged. African hut or whatever, I hope Holly has, too.

Matilda by roald dahl

Matilda is an extraordinary girl. She has telekinetic power, naughty but nice. Her character needs further adventures and readers are hungry for more.

Firestarter by stephen king

Makers of the movie adaptation of Firestarter saw a market in it and made a sequel. Unfortunately, part 2 successfully botched it and created a second rate movie instead. It is only Stephen King who can make a decent follow up.

I want to see Charlie find the right people to trust and have somebody to protect. A fire-powered teen would be an interesting character. Hormone-charged superpower? That would totally kick asses.

American gods by neil gaiman

There has been many speculations that Neil Gaiman will write a sequel of American Gods. American Gods is a very fulfilling novel. Packed with interesting characters and lots of thrills that we can’t get enough of. Neil Gaiman, we want more action.

Neil Gaiman is currently busy writing script for Season 2 premiere of American Gods. He’s also working on Good Omens, Norse Mythology and a sequel of Neverwhere. In short, his hands are full.

Let’s just get hope from what he said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:

“The big problem I have is having a maximum of one body and one set of typing fingers at any time.”

“I’ll probably start American Gods 2,  if there is still a will to write,” 

I Am legend by richard matheson

I Am Legend is one of the most emotionally charged novel I’ve ever read.  Robert Neville, the only survivor of vampire apocalypse, faced lost many times. He lives alone after losing his family to the vampire virus. He finds a dog and loses it, too.

What I want to see in a sequel is how the evolved vampires fight to restore their humanity. The idea of no hope is just not acceptable. If bacteria can survive perhaps man, too, right?

From the end chapter:

Robert Neville looked out over the new people of the earth. He knew he did not belong to them; he knew that, like the vampires, he was anathema and black terror to be destroyed. And, abruptly, the concept came, amusing to him even in his pain.

Tuck Everlasting by natalie babbit

I am interested in knowing how Winnie Foster lived the rest of her life after knowing the secret of eternal life. Did she stop loving the eternally young boy from her childhood? What events led her to choose the life she lived? Natalie Babbit wrote a wonderful novel that makes its readers contemplate about life.

The little prince by antoine de saint-exupery

The Little Prince is one of the rare books that are loved and treasured by children and adult alike.   The melancholic ending somehow leaves the reader disheartened. Perhaps a teeny weeny message from outer space will suffice?

From the end chapter:

Wait for a time, exactly under the star. Then, if a little man appears who laughs, who has golden hair and who refuses to answer questions, you will know who he is. If this should happen, please comfort me. Send me word that he has come back.

memoirs of a geisha by arthur golden

All her life, she wanted to become a geisha to get closer to the man she loves. What would be the meaning of life after Sayuri’s pursuit of love succeeded? I also want to a novel of forgiveness after this years-long love chase. Can Nobu-san, a naturally proud person, ever forgive her?

Me Before you by jojo moyes

After You comes after Me Before You. I didn’t like the premise of Me Before You when its movie adaptation was released. I went against my judgement and watched the movie. To my surprise I really enjoyed the movie. And the book was even better. I’m a sucker for romance novels, but Me Before You was something else. Like Louisa Clarke, the novel surprised me. It has life lessons, love story, forgiveness, self-discovery and humor. After You is not a sequel that it deserves. I want a better one.

What stand-alone books you wish had a sequel? What did you think about my list? Let me know by dropping your comments below.