If you ask me what’s new in my life, I’d probably say, ‘Nothing much.’ But in my head, there’s a whirring machine that’s showing me slides of the books I just bought or want to buy or want to read or have read. That’s basically what life is for me now – I read.
They say a picture says a thousand words so let me help you out here.
Those are the 24 books I got just in the month of July. You can see only 18 you say? 5 of them are ebooks and 1 is an audiobook, and hence are on my phone – which you can perhaps spot at the top of the pile.
What I want to achieve through this post is to very briefly be able to tell you about each book so that maybe, just maybe if you find it interesting – you could go out there and read it too! Sounds fun right? Let’s begin.
Second Hand Time: Svetlana Alexievich ○ GoodReads
The winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2015, Alexievich is an investigative journalist who, through this book, brings together the voices of dozens of witnesses to the collapse of the USSR in a formidable attempt to chart the disappearance of a culture and to surmise what new kind of man may emerge from the rubble.
Pandeymonium: Piyush Pandey ○ GoodReads
Piyush Pandey, India’s supposed ‘Ad Guru’ of India writes about his life, influences and how he brought this into his work. (This book was a gift, I don’t think I would have bought it otherwise. No offence.)
Harry Potter & The Cursed Child: JK Rowling ○ GoodReads
Aah, the much awaited ‘8th book’ – a look into the Harry Potter Universe after 9 years of the release of Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows. The book is actually a play which premiered in London. But for those who can’t go for the play, we have the script. Didn’t live up to my expectations, but was still a good read and is a must read for all Potterheads!
The Discovery of India: Jawaharlal Nehru ○ GoodReads
The much talked about book is written by the first Prime Minister of India and outlines the legacy, culture, heritage and philosophies of India.
The Fisherman: Chigozie Obioma ○ GoodReads
Four close knit brothers go fishing where they meet a madman who prophosizies that oldest of the boys will kill a brother. What happens next is described beautifully by the Nigerian author whose book was nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2015.
Self: Yann Martel ○ GoodReads
Martel, of Life of Pi fame, comes this book which is a fictional autobiography of a young writer which takes the reader to Canada, Portugal, Greece, Turkey and elsewhere.
Quidditch Through The Ages: J K Rowling (Kennilworthy Whisp) ○ GoodReads
The book that Hermione gave Harry for his first match, is now an actual real thing! Bought this because of the Harry Potter fever that was going around due to The Cursed Child’s upcoming release.
The Nightingale: Kristin Hannah ○ GoodReads
The story of two very different sisters during Nazi occupied France and their attempt to survive and revolt. One of the most beautiful books I have read. I ugly-cried when the book got over.
The Guide: R.K Narayan ○ GoodReads
One of my impulse buys mainly because it was so damn cheap (Rs 85!). This is a story of a tour guide who later becomes a spiritual guide. Only after I bought it and brought it home did my mother tell me that this is the book that the very famous Bollywood movie, Guide, featuring Dev Anand is based of off.
The Red House: Mark Haddon ○ GoodReads
Not great reviews on GoodReads, but I’m partial to the author who wrote The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time.
High Fidelity: Nick Hornby ○ GoodReads
I have to admit, I haven’t read any Nick Hornby books or see any of the movie adaptations but this is the most famous one – so I’m happy that my best friend gave me her copy. Thanks Ranj! The book tells the story of the protagonist’s struggles to cope from the break up of his relationship with his girlfriend and his failing record shop.
Fight Club: Chuck Palahnuik ○ GoodReads
I must be the only person in the world who hasn’t either seen the movie or read the book. I know, *gasp*. Hence, my lovely friends gifted me this book. I’ll read it, I promise.
The Vegetarian: Han Kang ○ GoodReads
This book has already been announced as the Man Booker International Prize winner of 2016! The story is of a South Korean home-maker whose decision to stop eating meat after a bloody, nightmarish dream about human cruelty leads to devastating consequences in her personal and familial life.
The English Teacher: R.K Narayan ○ GoodReads
The book that is said to be autobiographical is the story is a series of experiences in the life of Krishna, an English teacher, and his quest towards achieving inner peace and self-development.
Em And The Big Hoom: Jerry Pinto ○ GoodReads
This book was the book of the month in the online Facebook community I’m part of – ‘Book Deals for Broke Bibliophiles’. I didn’t get down to reading it, but it’s based out of Mahim, Mumbai – so I’m excited to give it a go.
The Motorcycle Diaries – Notes of a Latin American Journey: Ernesto Che Guevara ○ GoodReads
This is the travel story of the guy who was on our t-shirts for a good part of our lives – Che Guevara. Like many others, this too was made into a movie in 2004.
Slapstick, or Lonesome No More: Kurt Vonnegut ○ GoodReads
The old classic presents an apocalyptic vision as seen through the eyes of the current King of Manhattan (and last President of the United States), a wickedly irreverent look at the all-too-possible results of today’s follies. I bought this because I really want to see if Vonnegut was right and if we might be edging towards that sort of world with Trump.
Fahrenheit 451: Ray Bradbury ○ GoodReads
A prophetic novel that describes a world where the world is destroying all books and those who read it. Sounds super interesting right?
We Should All Be Feminists: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ○ GoodReads
The super famous TEDx Talk by said author and activist was soon after converted into this book. I feel this is a must read for pretty much everyone in this world. You could watch the TED Talk, but I preferred the book.
How To Be A Woman: Caitlin Moran ○ GoodReads
The very famous and outright feminist spokesperson – Caitlin Moran, interweaves provocative observations on women’s lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own. A thought-provoking, but bitingly funny read.
The Color of Magic: Terry Pratchet ○ GoodReads
On a mission to read more series, I plan to start reading the Discworld Series. This is the first book of the said series and is about a wizard who goes to the world that is supported on the back of a giant turtle as a tourist. Sounds strange right? That’s why I bought it.
The Complete Works of Virginia Woolf: Virginia Woolf ○ GoodReads
This includes everything – all her novels, her short stories, her plays, her essays, her memoirs, everything! On my Kindle app, it shows that it has 91700 pages! I think I’m set for life.
Eats, Shoots and Leaves: Lynne Truss ○ GoodReads
I’ve wanted to read this book forever. A friend recommended this to me as a joke because of my love punctuation (I punctuate even when sending a message on whatsapp. Example – “Haha.”). Couldn’t find the book, so I bought the e-book.
Modern Romance: Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg ○ GoodReads
The book for our generation! By juxtaposing the romance of the 30s and ‘romance’ of this Tinder generation, the authors give us a hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance. I love that I’m listening to the audiobook because I can hear Aziz Ansari and his extremely funny-cute-nerdy voice as he runs me through the book.
Wow, listing down 24 books and trying to describe them in two lines or less take a while (read: 2 hours)! But I’m glad I did it.
Please do comment below if you have recommendations for my August haul! It is my birthday month, so I expect I will be buying some books for sure.
Till Next Time.
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