I can’t believe we are already three months into the new year. Time goes by so fast! Anyway, I thought this is the best time to do a round-up post to share what I read in these three months. As a bibliophile, I would have liked to read more than I did ( isn’t this all of us though?), I am happy with what I read. This quarter, I experimented with genres and formats. So, here is what I read:
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom is a story of a teacher and student who meet every Tuesday to talk about love, life, death and everything in between. Morrie has been diagnosed with ALS and has very little time left. So he decides to reach out to as many people as he can to talk about death. The book is a light read and alternated between past and present. The themes it tackles are universal. I didn’t find the book to be preachy. It was a light breezy read.
My rating: 3.5/5
Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie: Having read We Should All be Feminists and Purple Hibiscus by Adichie, I had high expectations from the author and she delivered yet again. In this short and quick read, the author elucidates on 15 ways describing how to raise a feminist daughter. Adichie speaks about how girls are conditioned right from their childhood to behave in a certain way. She raises pertinent questions about social constructs women are supposed to uphold in order to qualify as a “moral” women. She urges women to reject the notion of gender roles and learn the art of self-reliance. I highly recommend this book.
My Rating: 5/5
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson is a non-fiction book about, well, not giving a fuck about anything that isn’t worth your time. Mark Manson has dissected human behavior to show that we give too many fucks to things that don’t matter. It is a light breezy read for everyone to enjoy and take home some insights. My Rating 5/5
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig is the author’s personal journey of battling depression and anxiety. It is an extremely honest and brave attempt by the author to describe what depression and anxiety feel like. In the book, he vividly describes his struggle and how it affected his daily life. Although it is not exactly a self-help, the book contains various insights about how to manage the mental illness. As someone who is suffering from depression and anxiety, this book spoke a lot to me and I felt completely understood. This book is a must-read for all who have or know someone who is battling mental illness. My Rating: 5/5
Legends over Generations by Ashraf Haggag is a non-fiction book elucidating about great leaders in the field of human rights, science, politics, art, and literature.He introduces us to Mahatma Gandhi, Mao, Victor Hugo, and many such famous personalities.The author traces their life from birth to death providing relevant information about their contribution to the respective fields. Haggag did a great job in setting the context of the book.It is well-structured. The book has a great mix of famous and relatively less famous personalities which made it a good read. You can read the full review here. My Rating: 4/5
Strange Secrets by Mike Russell is a collection of seven short stories which invites you to discover the magical and the marvelous. Startlingly inventive and constantly entertaining, these unique, vital and vividly realized stories will take you to places you have never been before. During the course of reading every story, your mind is in a state of constant wonder as to what to expect next. These stories are completely unpredictable and keep you on the edge of your seat. You can read the full review here. My Rating: 5/5
Maus by Art Spiegelman is a memoir of his father recounting his experience of living in the concentration camps during Nazi regime. This graphic novel is emotionally draining, moving and haunting, at times. The author was able to capture the horrors of his father’s life well. If there is one graphic novel that you NEED to read, it is this one. My Rating: 5/5
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. It is an absolute must read and here are five reasons why you should read this book. My Rating: 5/5
The Boy by Nrupal Das is a tale of a boy who goes out to play with his friends one day and doesn’t return back at his usual time. The story starts out with his other waiting for him to return and what goes through her mind when her son doesn’t back till late in the evening. This short story is fast paced delineating details relevant to the story. I liked how the author built the suspense in the first half but the ending was anti-climatic. The author could have exploited the potential of the plot. I also feel that editing could have been better. Overall, the story is an average read.
My Rating: 3/5
Miss Laila, Armed and Dangerous by Manu Joseph follows the life of Akhila Iyer who is on a mission to save a man buried under debris and the life of Mukundan who is assigned to shadow two terror suspects. With biting remarks on contemporary Indian political scene, this is satire in its classic form. I loved author’s unique writing style. My Rating: 4/5
Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff is a story of a 14-year old girl, LaVaughn, who wants to save money to go to college. To put herself through college, she decides to babysit at Jolly’s house who herself is 17- years old mom of two children. The story is a narrative of how both the characters maneuver through life despite the tough circumstances. Both of them help each other and grow together. The story is emotionally gripping and makes you wonder about life. The story is short, yet powerful. It is written in free verse style which makes the reading experience unique. This book is a must read for all YA lovers. My Rating: 4/5
Munnu: A Boy from Kashmir by Malik Sajad is the story of a boy called Munnu who is growing up in “Indian-occupied” Kashmir. This is a gripping coming-of-age story of a boy from the conflict-ridden region. The tale recounts the horrors of the families living under the constant watch of the army. It shows how riots affect everything from education to health to livelihoods. Imagine not being able to speak your mother tongue in your own state! The author also provides a brief summary of the events leading to the partition of Kashmir. Malik’s illustrations have complemented the storytelling beautifully. book. My Rating: 5/5
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