Wednesday, 30 September 2020

September Reads!

Hi Readers! Going to make a quick one out of this. As you all know, I have read ONLY THREE BOOKS this month. I have also reviewed all of them, so you can check them out if you haven’t already!

 

~~THE GREAT ALONE by KRISTIN HANNAH~~

My Rating: 4/5

Number of Pages: 435

Full Review Here!

The Great Alone is about the Allbright family living their complicated life in the wilderness of Alaska. Ernt Allbright served in Vietnam & returned with a darkness in him. Cora Allbright, his wife, is madly in love with him, no matter what. And, their daughter Leni Allbright is someone who has been the adult in the family from the age of thirteen. The book starts in 1974 when the Allbright family moves to Alaska. They move in a small community in Kaneq. They decide to live away from the rest of the world, in their own place, making their own food by growing vegetables, keeping chickens & goats, learning hunting & so on.

 

~~THE FAR FIELD by MADHURI VIJAY~~

My Rating: 3.5/5

Number of Pages: 432

Full Review Here!

This is a debut novel & honestly seems like reading a 3rd draft at its best. There was a scope of improving it at multiple places. There needs to be content that needs to be added & a lot of it that could be removed. It was a good experience to read an Indian author who did not write about love stories, but also it could have been a LOT BETTER. There were many lose ends that never connected. But, there were also a few things that hit right on spot. Overall, if I have to think about this novel, I’d say it’s a story written by a sheltered person herself who knows very little or pretends to know only one side of things.

 

~~THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by MATT HAIG~~

My Rating: 4/5

Number of Pages: 388

Full Review Here!

The Midnight Library is the story of Nora Seed. At a time in her life when her parents have died, her brother refuses to talk to her, her boss fires her, her best friend goes to another continent & her cat dies, she finally decides that it is too much & decides to die. After taking an overdoes of pills, she lands in The Midnight Library where she is between life & death. And what better between life-and-death experience can it be than infinite shelves stacked with infinite books? At this place, she can choose to ‘try on’ different lives of Nora Seed, aka, alternate universes. Now you see why this much was enough for a book geek like me to lure into the story?

Throughout the book, we see Nora try on different lives. From choosing poorly in the initial few lives to choosing something meaningful, we see how Nora grows. The Midnight Library, in its simplicity has achieved a different level of poignance. It is unbelievably magical & whimsical, but at the same time insightful & thought provoking. I simply enjoyed reading it & this might not be the last time that I read it. 

 

Given the increase of workload, I am finding it tough to take time out to read. All I get are a couple of hours per day. Currently, I am reading ‘The Whisper Man’ by Alex North! I have again shelved ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ by Amor Towles because I just cannot make myself to read more than 5 pages of it at a time. Come to think of it, that book might be the reason why my reading speed has declined. Anyway, here’s hoping to read more books in October! 11 more books to read to reach the target of 75 BOOKS!!


Until next time,

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