As far as 2016 was concerned, it was an #epicfail from reading perspective. I can go ahead and give a hundred odd reasons but the fact remains that I read way way less than I should’ve. But yeah.. like everything else, I’ve made peace with it and have vowed to get back my reading mojo this year. Hope!
Anyway, from whatever I read, these were the ones that stood out for me.
We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This is a book (all of 48 pages) that should be made mandatory for every human being to read. It more or less contains the contents of Adichie’s speech I shared here. But I would still go ahead and have a copy at home.
The Rosie Project by Greame Simison. This is a feel-good book about a genetics professor, Don Tilman (who is blissfully unaware that he has Asperger’s) who goes ahead with finding a wife which he calls ‘The Wife Project’. Rosie, who doesn’t qualify one bit for ‘The Wife Project’ has set out in finding her biological father. How Rosie and Don meet and become husband and wife is the rest of this humorous book. It’s a fun book. It gives a lot of stereotypical Asperger’s symptoms but it never belittles it. Read!
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows. The most charming book you’ll read in a long long time. The entire book is in the form of letters. Juliet, a writer, gets a letter from a man in Guernsey, who is part of the The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Drawn by the eccentric name, Juliet starts corresponding with this person, and eventually with all the members of this society. As the correspondence increases, her fascination with the island and it’s inhabitants increase until she ends up traveling to it and it changes her life forever. It’s mushy. It’s feel-good. It’s beautifully written. What’s not to love?!
Tiny beautiful things : Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed. This book came with a lot of good recommendations. It’s basically a book of agony aunt letters where Cheryl does write beautiful and emotional answers. Yet, for some reason this book refused to hit me the way it should. You can still give it a try.
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng. Easily, the most beautifully written book that I read in 2016. (Not that I read many, yet!) It’s about a garden. It’s about a gardener. It’s about a person who has seen the atrocities of war. It’s about how it has affected her. It’s about love. It’s about life. (You can read the GoodReads blurb here.) I promise you, this book will stay with you long long after you finish reading it.
Silk by Alessandro Baricco. ‘When an epidemic threatens to destroy the silk trade in France, the young merchant Herve Joncour leaves his doting wife and his comfortable home in the small town of Lavilledieu and travels across Siberia to the other end of the world, to Japan, to obtain eggs for a fresh breeding of silk worms. It is the 1860s; Japan is closed to foreigners and this has to be a clandestine operation. During his undercover negotiations with the local baron, Joncour’s attention is arrested by the man’s concubine, a girl who does not have Oriental eyes. Although the young Frenchman and the girl are unable to exchange so much as a word, love blossoms between them, conveyed by a number of recondite messages in the course of four visits the Frenchman pays to Japan. How their secret affair develops and how it unfolds is told in a narration as beautiful, smooth and seamless as a piece of the finest silk.’ That’s the GoodReads blurb. It’s a very small but mesmerizing book. Beautifully written in lyrical prose, it brings out emotion like no other. Read; you’ll not be disappointed.
In the Convent of Little Flowers by Indu Sundaresan. I love love Indu Sundaresan. So there’s not even a chance that I’d have hated this small little book. It’s a collection of short stories which is her first published piece. Each short story is different bringing out various problems faced by Indian women. If you are looking for short read, please pick up this one.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling (and a few others). This book basically brought closure for me. It’s just the screenplay of the movie and so obviously nothing of Rowling’s eloquence was present. It was more of a time-travel fantasy magic combined and I quite liked it. It took me to HPverse for sometime and that was enough for me. You will read it if you are a HP fan. That’s all.
With that, my book post ends. Suggest me some recos for my 2017 reading please?