Love and other Lost Words

If you don’t believe in love and fairy tales, kindly skip to the third paragraph.

If you kept on reading, you’re either intrigued or a hopeless romantic like I am. I always wonder why some people drown themselves in the spirit of Christmas with gifts, movies, food and family and yet, brush over Valentine’s Day. Is the day of Love not meant to be celebrated? Aren’t you not meant to soak yourself up in the spirit of love, whether you have a partner or not?

The Book of Love is long and boring. No one can lift the damn thing. It’s full of charts and facts and figures, and instructions for Dancing’” – Peter Gabriel

The book of Love by Peter Gabriel is a soft romantic ballad that just screams true love and fairytale romance. It felt like a soundtrack to my next book recommendation.


‘Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez’

was one of my favorite reads of last year and has joined my top shelf as one of my favorite romance novels of all time. It was swoon worthy. A sweet love story of two people from different socio economic backgrounds, who had to navigate career, family and societal pressures, to find a way to be together. The writing is raw and funny and features one of the most honest male voices I have read in a really long time. I read it in almost one sitting. And I will read it again with you this month. I love it that much.





If you would rather pass up on romance this month, or want something refreshingly different, ‘The Dictionary of Lost Words’ by Pip Williams will delight you. The Dictionary of Lost Words is an extraordinary portrayal of one woman’s contribution to the compilation / publishing of the Oxford Dictionary, the words that got printed, the meanings they hold and how these meanings were contrived. There are so many words that never got printed because they were deemed unfit for society, or were only spoken by ‘commoners’.

Based on actual events, this book will make you question your vocabulary in the most unusual way. Heartfelt and thought provoking, The Dictionary of Lost words is sure to become a sleeper favorite!


Until next month, I hope you feel wordy…



Wanda Octave is the St. Lucian author of My life Interpreted. A novel of witty, thought provoking insights on life. When she is not writing or reading, she begrudgingly works in Real Estate and Marketing.