So as you all may be aware, this summer I bought a s**t ton of books – excuse my French – for no apparent reason other than to emancipate my itching palms from the extra money I had left after burning through it within 3 days of getting it (Story of my life). I thought I would give a quick rundown of everything I’ve read and why I picked it up.
Anyhow, I don’t regret being reckless in a bookstore because quite frankly the only place you’ll actually be safe whilst losing your sanity and self-control is among piles and piles of books. Coming back to the post I read a whopping 10 books – technically 12 I’ll explain. These books were read from June till September where as some of you may know, LOTR took an entire month.
A quick run-down is below along with their extensive reviews on the blog:
- A case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif
- Why: Everyone raved or vented about it and seeing the divide among reviews, I wanted to pick it up. I definitely rave about it.
- The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid.
- Why: Once my friend told me that their father had a similar story (An extremely tamed version of the story mind you). Since I knew their dad and the struggles he faced pretty well, I thought why not.
- To the Lighthouse by Virgina Woolf.
- Why: Virginia Woolf. That’s it. Only because of her, as I wanted to be aware of the writings of Modernist like hers. Also because my soul sister cross border (Hey Afeefa!) admires her and this book in particular. Now I know why.
- The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto.
- Why: I mentioned it in the blog post, but Fatima Bhutto inspires me somehow and I just wanted to read her work.
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.
- Why: This was one of those books everyone on the Internet seemed to go on and on about, and I had to check why. Boy oh boy how glad I am that I did.
- Emma by Jane Austen.
- Why: Jane Austen. Jane Austen. Jane Austen. My literary hero. Need I say more?
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkein (All three books).
- Why: Just to be part of the fandom and the Middle Earth.
- We Were Liars by e.Lockhart
- Randomly picked it up while exchanging books in the bookstore. It was amazing.
- Animal Farm by George Orwell.
- Why: Orwell is the type of author everyone should read at least once in there life. One thing off my bucket list.
- The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy.
- Why: Heard a lot about her and the book. I know The God of Small things came out first but this was what I picked up partially because of her and partially because of the title. (Guilty as charged).
My most favorite book was When Breath Becomes Air hands down. This was a memoir published after the demise of the author (posthumously) and it made my heart ache that I won’t be able to read his words again. Such amazing prose, insights, reflections, analogies, and basic life advice that I would recommend anyone to read it in a heart beat.
Till next time,