I spent the last few days being very hard on myself for not doing enough this month in terms of reading, writing or exercising (I never do enough on this front, anyway). BUT….BUT….BUT, I opened my Goodreads account and realised that I had read 5 books this month!!! I know this is not quite my speed, but it is really not as bad as I thought it was.
On the writing front, I published two features in Forgotten Stories: Amrita Pritam and Munshi Prem Chand. I am lagging behind and I don’t like it. The guilt of not sticking to the schedule is killing me. But I am hopeful that March will be better.
I am so excited to tell you that 3 out 5 books that I read were BRILLIANT. This is what I read –
- Turtles all the way down by John Green
Another one of those books that I picked up because everyone was raving about it in the YA world. Unfortunately, it did not live up to all the hype for me. There were certain parts that I enjoyed, for example, Green’s handling of the mental issues suffered by one of the lead characters was on point. I was able to feel the anxiety and pain of feeling trapped. But that was the only decent part of the book. I was also disappointed with the ending, but maybe it is just me.
2. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Loved, loved, loved it. It is a Psychological thriller that pulled me in from the very first page. When I began reading it, I was damn sure it is going to in the same league as Girl on the Train or Gone Girl (unreliable narrator, influence of alcohol/drugs, etc.) but I was pleasantly surprised by the clever weaving of the story by the author. A must read if you are into Psych thrillers, murder mysteries.
3. The Last Girl by Nadia Murad
One of my absolute favorite books of this year has to be The Last Girl. It is an autobiography by 24 year old Nadia Murad, a Yazidi girl, who was abducted and sold into sex-slavery by ISIS when they plundered her village in Iraq. It is a story pain and suffering because people continue to believe that their religion is superior than that of others, it also a story of courage and hope of many girls like Nadia who suffer, yet continue to be the voice against all the wrongs that plague this world.
4. Lullaby by Leïla Slimani
I am not sure how I ended up reading this book, but what a read. Based in Paris, the book captured me from the very first sentence. The first chapter of the book is chilling but let me tell you, it is not a thriller. It is not even a mystery. It is a social commentary, a character sketch- and a good one at that. I din’t like the ending much ( a few loopholes that I am willing to overlook) but all in all it was a good read. The book is a winner of Prix Goncourt (2016) and deservingly so.
5. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
This has to be my least favorite books of the month. Don’t get me wrong, I love Trevor Noah’s witty jibe and funny accents but he is not a story-teller. Having said that, the book is a keen insight into the life of a common (black or colored) South African who is living in post-Apartheid world and carrying the burdens of Post-colonial corruption and unemployment, all the while trying to figure out his own identity. My least favorite of the lot but still mighty insightful. I only wish the editors had worked harder on the book.
The weather outside is still cold here (-20 degrees as I type), which means I am going to be holed up in one of the corners with a book and a cup of tea. This also means that I have a very ambitious list of books that I wish to read this month.
- An Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughn
- The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
- They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
- Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Have you read any of these books? What do you think???
Happy Reading my lovelies!