Tuesday, 10 March 2020

March Book Haul!

Hi Readers! In case you hadn’t noticed the bold font, here you go – It’s my birthday month! I’m definitely not one of those to sulk on their birthdays because they’re growing old. I definitely don’t care about that (yet.) So, anyway, I’m over joyous now that I will get everything from my wish list from all the people who love me! And, the best part is HALF OF MY WISH LIST IS OF BOOKS! So, my parents gifted me FIVE BOOKS this birthday!!

After reading really pathetic books like The Rhythm Section & House of the Sleeping Beauties, I have firmly decided to read only PULITZER PRIZE WINNING BOOKS or CONTEMPORARY FICTION GENRE, at least for a while. But, to keep the balance I have also bought some highly recommended books. I recently read a fantastic book – ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE BY ANTHONY DOERR, which is the 8th book of the year! Check out the details of my Birthday Book Haul!

Goodreads description says-
“When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.”

The description itself has me intrigued. I love such long books that are written across a period of time. I’m definitely reading this one next! It has won a lot of awards like Booker PrizeNational Book Award for FictionGoodreads Choice Awards Best Fiction! It has a 4.3 rating on Goodreads.

The Goodreads description is quite big, but it starts with this-
“In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.”

This is a HISTORICAL FICTIONAL novel, which is sure the genre I have grown to love! It has got a lot of great reviews as well! It has won Goodreads Choice Awards in 2015! Its Goodreads rating is 4.57.

Goodreads description says-
“Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.”

This book was won Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery & Thriller in 2019! I’m so intrigued to read this, especially because it’s been a LONG time since I read any GOOD MYSTERY novels! This one has been recommended a lot by few of my family & friends as well! It has a Goodreads rating of 4.07.

Goodreads description says-  
“Sylvia Plath's shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity.
Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.”

This book was published in 1963 so it sure is long overdue. I had started reading it on e-book, but I lost track of it. So now that I have the hard copy of it, I’m sure I will finish it! It has a Goodreads rating of 4.

Goodreads description says-  
“Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II.”

After loving 2/3 of Murakami’s books, it is safe to say that I am a fan! This book is highly reviewed & now that I’m a Murakami fan, I’m definitely plan on reading ALL OF HIS BOOKS! Also, by reading this one I can check off the item ‘A book published in the year I was born’ from my Reading Challenge!

So! How great is this? I sincerely hope to like at least 3 of these 5 books. As for my TBR, it keeps growing! Apart from the above books, some of the books I will read soon include Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing, Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex, Guzel Yakhina’s Zuleikha, Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead. The list doesn’t end here or it doesn’t really end. Period! But, I know I am on the right track when it comes to my Reading Challenge! I have a good feeling that I will be able to read 52 Books this year!
Here’s to my birthday month & here’s to a lot of reading!!

Until next time,

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