Books To Read

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It’s been a long time since I have read books other than law books. As a law school student, I have a hard time trying to manage my schedule for other stuff other than reading cases and preparing for my classes. Back when I was in highschool and college, I used to read a lot of fantasy and contemporary books and now I wanted to bring that habit back. It will be a challenge for me to add this ‘books-other-than-law-books reading routine’ to my already packed schedule but I’m really into this plan and I want this to work.

I wanted to set up a monthly reading list but since it’s already the 3rd week of February, I don’t think it would be possible for me to start right now and finish a reading list. I decided to start the monthly reading list on March instead.

For now, I think I will be taking it slow and easy just to adjust myself and my timetable. I have chosen two books to read.

  1. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.


This book was originally published on 2017. I have heard a lot of good reviews about this book before but I never got the chance to buy because it wasn’t available at bookstores near me. Last December 2019, I tried buying at this online bookshop called BookDepository. I ordered this book along with other poetry books and my package finally came on the 2nd week of January 2020. I’m so excited to read it! I just hope it lives up to my expectation from all the good reviews! *fingers crossed*

2. The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama by Julie Szego

Synopsis from Goodreads:

How did a young Somali man end up in gaol for the rape of a woman he had never met, in an over-28s nightclub he was too young to be admitted to, in a Melbourne suburb he had never visited? In the style of literary non-fiction comes a gripping true story that will appeal to mystery, crime and ‘CSI’ aficionados and anyone interested in justice for all, in the midst of cultural diversity.

In 2010, nearly 18 months after Jama’s incarceration, his conviction was overturned when a mother’s profound faith in her son’s innocence, a prosecutor’s tenacious pursuit of truth and justice and a defence lawyer’s belief in his client, brought forth revelations that overturned one of the worst miscarriages of justice in Victorian legal history.

Written by journalist and former lawyer, Julie Szego, The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama is an intriguing and confronting story about the heartache of migration and the trials of integration, cultural taboos, prejudice and gender wars.


So, yes, my point of doing this books-other-than-law-books reading routine is to give myself a breather from my law school life and anything related to it but I was intrigued by this book when I first saw it. I also bought this book last year and intended to read it but unfortunately I didn’t have the time. Now’s the time for me to read it and I have no more excuses!

Like I said, I decided to read only two books for now because I wanted to take it easy and adjust my routine. I know it’s not going to cause a huge change in my schedule but it’s better to be on the safe side!

Please let me know if you have any book recommendations. I’d like to add them on the reading list I’m preparing for next month! Also, I’m planning on writing book reviews so, I hope I can follow through this reading routine!

Thank you so much for reading!

love, Z