On World Book Night, Vidhya Thakkar shares her list of 5 books that make her smile, books that she can always count on, that she can read over and over again.

Reading in the middle of what we can only call a hectic routine feels like the world has slowed down, allowing us to make time for things that make us feel alive. For some, books are precious like friends we’ve known forever, friends we can always rely on. For Vidhya Thakkar, books are an escape from reality. This Instagram blogger has been writing beautiful and honest reviews for the last four years of books she has read along the way and we’ve come to rely on her reviews before we pick a book for ourselves.

On World Book Night, Vidhya Thakkar tells us about 5 books that make her smile, books that she can always count on, that she can read over and over again. Let’s read what she has to say

Let’s read what Vidhya Thakkar has to say:

Becoming by Michelle Obama

“This book is an inspiration for me, it calms me down. This inspirational memoir will change your perspective on life. It’s honest, candid, filled with insight and it makes for an amazing read. What can only be described as a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites her readers into her world, where she chronicles the experiences that have shaped her, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work and to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations and whose story inspires us to do the same.”

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy 

“This gem of a book is one that I treasure the most. It’s a book with beautiful illustrations, a powerful message and answers to many of our questions. ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse’ will make you pause for a moment, think and smile. It’s a book that will give you hope during uncertain times, one that you will end up going to whenever you feel low. It has stunning sketches and life lessons. I definitely want to be in this world that Charlie Mackesy has created. You will find the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse in Charlie’s drawings, where he explores thoughts and feelings that unite us all.”

Memories by Lang Leav

“Books with poems are so full of love, aren’t they? Lang Leav is my go-to poet. Her books are my savior. I could connect to all her poems and musings, which would bring a smile to my face. Sometimes, that thought that crosses your mind that oh, this is so relatable, is just so simple and pure. You’ll feel that when you read these poems. If you love poetry, dive into the world of ‘Memories with Lang Leav’.” 

House of Cards by Sudha Murty

“Sudha Murty is my go-to author. Her work is just so special. Her simple and pleasant style of writing words full of depth is simply beautiful. When it comes to understanding relationships, her books come to my rescue. While I love all her books, ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Daughter From A Wishing Tree’ are my absolute favourite.”

A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai

“Another book that is close to my heart, ‘A Match Made in Mehendi’ is candid, jovial, and takes you on a journey of love. It’s the story of Simi, an artist. It’s a fun-loving story that will bring a smile to your face.”

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A 29-year-old storyteller, Shachi first fell in love with letters & words while scribbling on the back of question papers in school. Today, she creates content by drawing letters, talking about the little things in life. You will most probably find her at a coffee shop, sipping on iced coffee while brainstorming on the next thing to write about.