“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” —Vera Nazarian
Anyone who reads my blogs knows my self-proclaimed love for books. I think it won’t be fair if I don’t write about my reading adventure in the year 2017. I am trying to increase my reading capacity day by day. I read 45 books last year 🙂 which is not bad at all 🙂 Most of the books that I read were there on my to-read list for quite some time, I also read some fresh 2017 published ones too. So without any further adjourn, I present my best reads list of 2017:
Little Women : I know most of you would be surprised seeing this one on my list, but let me explain to you, why I didn’t read this one in my childhood. First, English isn’t my first language, nor was it for my parents, so my mother was providing me Hindi classics for children when I was growing up. I wish, I would have read it when I was a child but it’s never too late to read a classic. Undoubtedly one of my favorite’s will surely keep re-reading it.
Animal Farm: Another one of the classics that I should have read long ago but I couldn’t. Such a brilliant depiction of the world when it was going through World War. But when you read it you will associate every single thing with it, you can’t believe that what was written in 1945 holds true to this date. More specifically in current world political scenario, this book becomes a must read for everyone.
1984: I must confess that I am not a big fan of dystopian novels. But this is the best dystopian book I have read so far 🙂 So read it for the sheer pleasure of understanding a dystopian novel. By the way its part of the curriculum in American schools.
Norwegian Wood: This was recommended to me in the year 2011 when I was pursuing my masters. Being a student I use to read whatever I could find in college libraries or in other people’s collection who was kind enough to lend their books. Hence it went on my bucket list of reading ones. My stack to-read is so high that I somehow missed reading it for years. But in the year 2017, while browsing through my list, I found this one 🙂 This book was my entry into Murakami’s world. I must say now that he is one of my favorite authors now, after all, I also read three more books by him, after this one in same 2017.
IBIS Trilogy: This Trilogy is full of history and beautiful stories 🙂 If someone is interested in reading about Opium Wars but in form of fiction this is the book you should read. It gives you insight into an Indian, Chinese and British culture. The way these three countries were trading in opium and how this business leads to the one of the biggest business war of all times.
Crime and Punishment: This was my second read from Dostoevsky. I must say I greatly loved this one 🙂 As it says your concise is more louder than the laws. It’s story of a murder and a murderer who fails at the hands of his concise and accepts his crime.
The Glass Castle: I am memoir lover, I always like to read a memoir over fiction. This was the best memoir that I read in the year 2017. It shows the struggle of a child with non earning, alcoholic parents. How she escapes the situation and turns out to be a big journalist in Newyork. The movie based on this memoir was released in October 2017.
Kafka on the shore: It is by far, my most favorite book of Haruki Murakami out of all the four books I have read so far. There is something so compelling and beautiful about this book, that lures you into the world that exists and the one which doesn’t. And there are no apt words to describe the feeling that Murakami’s books arise into you. As he says “Things outside you are projections of what’s inside you, and what’s inside you is a projection of what’s outside. So when you step into the labyrinth outside you, at the same time you’re stepping into the labyrinth inside.”
From the land of the moon : A beautiful story written by the Sardinian author about her grandmother. The book has love, warmness, and the gamut of emotions in it. It’s a short read, for a day when nothing feels right, this book will surely make a way into your heart.
The death of ivan ilych: The book by one of the greatest authors of all time Leo Tolstoy. A beautiful work of fiction on death, what we think death is and what happens when it visits you and why do people change in time of death. You can find the glimpses of Tolstoy’s thought on God and right way to live which he explored in his biggest non-fiction book The kingdom of God is Within you.
Rosalia’s bittersweet pastry shop: A book that takes you on a journey to the mountains and islands of Sicily. Full of food-orgasm and the right amount of emotions and suspense in the story. A story of friendship, love, and pastries.
The Rickshaw Boy: This was my first read by any Chinese author. This book explores the life of a rickshaw puller whose sole aim of life is to own a rickshaw one day. It’s dark but has elements of humor in it taking you through the lanes of Beijing. The author Lao She is on my list to explore more of her works.
Interpreter of Maladies: Jumpha Lahiri is one of my favorite writer. This book is collection of different stories of Indian American’s. It explores the human emotions in different situations.As the author says “Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.”
Little Fires Everywhere: One of the best book of the year 2017, Winner of good-reads choice awards 2017. A powerful story of motherhood, parenting, love, money, teenage and idea of perfection 🙂 Its an edgy ride will keep you on toes until the end 🙂
Lincoln in the Bardo: A Man Booker Prize winner of 2017, by George Saunders. This book takes time to understand as it moves between people in Bardo and people who are still alive. The book has its own vocabulary for some words like sick-box for coffin etc. A great work fiction on a true story.
When Breath becomes Air: A memoir of a neurosurgeon who is on the verge to complete his studying and start his practice but then instead of the dream coming into reality, impending death becomes his reality. The most touching thing about the book is we all work towards some dream or goal and then everything slips away in flinch of an eye when you just a mark away from it. To sum up the experience I would write the first question that the author asks from the book “What makes life meaningful enough to go on living?”
Hullabaloo in the guava orchard: This book is a delightful high on humor and entertainment. The story is full of surprises and will make you chuckle now and then. For more, read it for yourself.
Also there are two more beautiful books by my blogger friends which were published in year 2017.
Winning while Losing: This is a beautiful book about conquering your heart for your self again 🙂 How to see light when you are in dark tunnel and how to uplift yourself and to win your life again. Jennifer’s journey inspires you on so many levels, as we all have been through our own breakdowns when life seems unjust and everything looks blurry and horrific, how do we overcome our daemons and become hero of our own story. It takes lot of courage to make yourself vulnerable in-front of strangers and put your heart out in a book.She has written it with lot of heart and warmth. The book is simple and you feel like she is talking to you, opening her wounds, for you to see that light enters through the cracks. The best thing about the book is it never become preachy. No where in the book she force her learning’s on you, instead she just let’s you know what helped her and it might help you.I loved reading it.The last line of the book by the author sums up it all “If you lose someone but find yourself, you WIN ” Beautiful and true 🙂
Untangled: Why I keep saying memoirs are my favorite genre is because of books like Untangled by Alexis Rose 🙂 Its not a usual nostalgic, happy memoir rather its story of resilience, courage and triumph 🙂 After reading you story the first thing I did was I thanked GOD for bestowing me with such loving parents 🙂 And now I know what we face in life are just challenges its you who is true survivor 🙂 And I must say you are hell of a woman 🙂 and your love life sets an example that westerners too have successful marriage 🙂 I am glad that I came across your blog and connected with you 🙂 I wish you healthy recovery and I know you will reach the pinnacle of your mountain trek
PS: Do tell me your favorite reads of 2017 🙂