25 May, Wednesday
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Readings: Puts Your Personal Library to Shame

I have visited Readings several times before. Every time I go there, I am overwhelmed by the rows upon rows of beautiful, glorious books that it houses. This time, I made sure to go beyond the Classical Literature section and explore the complete variety this haven has to offer.


In a Nutshell:
  • A chill spot for readers
  • Stacks on stacks, of must-reads
  • Full of quiet corners, for you to sit and read
Pro Tips:
  • Don’t bother keeping track of time
  • Don’t doze off, though you probably will
  • Family friendly



Readings has a large section of books for children, which includes coloring books, encyclopedias, picture books, art books, study aids, books about science and nature, and different activity and game books.

A section designated to fantasy follows where, George R.R. Martin sits proudly in a noticeable shelf with his whole series of books which the popular television series ‘Game of Thrones’ stems from. Next up, of course, are J.K Rowling’s beloved Potter books stacked one above the other. With the release of Martin’s books and GOT, fantasy fans have been divided into two parties causing a duel between Rowling’s fans and Martin’s fans, as is evident by the strategic placement of these books.





One of the best qualities of this place is its affordable price ranges. Some shelves are designated to discounted books as well, and you can engage in the joyous task of identifying these shelves. You can find great buys here, with excellent quality books for as low as PKR 50 or 30!

When I moved slowly into the lane with shelves of science fiction and fantasy, I heard somebody snoring. I mean it, actually snoring. Telling myself that it was all in my head, I inched forward to discover an adorable little child sleeping soundly on the carpeted floor.

Next, I came across a very fine print of the Mahabharata and really wanted to buy it because I think that Hindu legends and stories are fascinating. Also, there were Mills Boon Collections, a postcard from my teenage years when I would read them through the dead of the night. Those who have read any of Boon’s work know what a provoking experience it happens to be.

I also came across a novel “A girl on the train” and felt like I had seen it somewhere before. I remembered later after I had left the store that I had watched a thrilling movie by the same title a few months ago. It happened to be one of the finest movies with a critique of sadistic patriarchy in its undertones. Perfect coffee-table read, I tell you.





Not only does Readings have great literary collections but it also offers study guides and lyrical books. I perused through a Bob Dylan book, full of his lyrics and work. I leafed across the pages until I came across the song “Blowin’ in the wind”, which happens to be one of my favorite.

Later, while looking through Neruda’s poems, I encountered one of his finest poems “Tonight I write the saddest lines”. It was a welcome, albeit emotional, break from the exploration. Further browsing led me to “The Metamorphosis” (Kafka), “Lolita” (Nabokov) and “Sophie’s World” (Jostein Gaarder). All three of these are great books and I recommend them to everyone.

Readings have a little coffee shop in a far corner as well. Although I didn’t go into it, it looked perfectly homely and sounded like a great idea.



Basically, if you love books and you’re visiting Lahore, you know what to do.


Readings, Gulberg, (92)42 111 126 657




Noor is a nerd with a shameless passion for literature. After studying a good deal of psychoanalysis and philosophy, his search for identity and soul disappeared into dust. Because of his utter lack of and aversion to convictions, Noor's close friends call him an ‘Alienated Postmodernist’. He deems writing synonymous to breathing.

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