I was never a person that bought books, the library was my best friend for a long time. I mean, everything was free! All I had to do was have a card and I’d be able to borrow enough books to make my arm ache on the way home. It was always a no brainer for me, why do I need to purchase them when I have an unlimited supply of stacked bookshelves at my convenience?

Then, as I grew up and started stumbling upon more books, I sadly (yet excitedly) started getting really attached to books and my heart broke a little every time I had to return them to the library. I then realised it was nearly impossible for me to not buy books anymore..I really needed them with me, right at my disposal if I ever wanted to open them up and skim through them again. That’s when my so-called ‘problem’ started, now I can’t stop buying books!

Here’s the thing, I would say I’m pretty good at controlling myself when it comes to buying them - only buying new ones when I've completed the older ones. But here I am, three days after saying that, with 8 books on my ‘To Read Booklist’ - how did that even happen?! The universe is on my side (or my wallet’s) as I’m a really fast reader, so these books will be done in no time. Many folks at The Moon are as guilty as me when it comes to this never ending booklist that comes from purchasing too fast and not reading as fast. In commemoration of this, I might as well share a few books that are on our lists, so maybe you can add them to yours too.

Raffles Renounced - A collection of essays dictating Singapore's history, providing various perspectives about Raffles. This book shines a different light on colonialism, different than the one Singaporeans grew up learning - fishing village to trading hub. What kind of harm has come upon us due to colonialism?

The Smash-Up - Ethan, the co-founder of a media marketing start-up, lives with his daughter who has ADHD and his independent filmmaker wife. Over the course of 16 years, his wife becomes more consumed with political activism than her marriage and Ethan starts to pay more attention to the live-in babysitter which further strains his relationship with his wife.

Outlawed - In an era where barren women were hung for being witches, Ada was married at seventeen and was going to face incarceration. Despite having a calling to be a midwife or a healer, she was not allowed to do so, due to her inability to get pregnant. She then runs, with no choice ahead of her and finds people similar to her situation and learns how to survive as an outlaw.

Detransition Baby - Reese almost had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York City, a job she didn't hate. She had scraped together what previous generations of trans women could only dream of: a life of mundane, bourgeois comforts. The only thing missing was a child. But then her girlfriend, Amy, detransitioned and became Ames, and everything fell apart.

Notes on Grief - Grief never really goes away, it's always right under the surface, ready to burst out at any given moment by unexpected triggers. Adichie shares her story of the impact coronavirus had on her family, and how the death of her father was rattling, despite her expecting it from his poor health. With her deeply personal words and attempt to put her feelings into words, Adichie is relatable to anyone experiencing grief.

Hopefully you have better luck on clearing your list - let’s pretend like I didn’t just try to convince you to add more to it. Happy reading! XD

x Maya (Creative Intern)