I really don’t believe in New Year Resolutions, but I do believe in reading something new every year inorder to nourish my mind, my body and my soul. Books have helped me a lot in my most hard and difficult times. When I felt like turning my back to everybody present around me, these were the only ones to understand me, my grief and satiate my hungry soul. So, coming to the point I would like to share my this year’s (2017) reading list with you all.
1. Looking for Alaska by John Green: Well, we already know that Green is the star of the young adult fiction. And this story which revolves around young teens with their lives encircled around drugs, desire, love, carefree adventure and the uncontrollable hormones, who could write this story better than Green himself. Green being a lover of literature always uses his characters to show this. Whether it was Hazel Grace in The Fault in Our Stars or Alaska Young in this book both are seen as the lovers of books. And I could assure you that as you will read this book Looking for Alaska, you will surely find a new version of yourself. You will never be same again. And yes you will definitely get many more beautiful lines to quote from this book.Rating: 3/5
2. How To Be A Bawse by Lilly Singh:I assume that everybody out there is aware of YouTube and other social media platforms. Lilly Singh or what we call her as Superwoman, her youtube channel is one of the most viral channels out there. Battling with depression, she started it from scratch in 2007 and now after a decade of hardwork she is a sensation, an inspiration for all the girls. Whether it is making us laugh with her hilarious videos, standing for the girl love, working with UNICEF for women rights, she is a beautiful human being inside out. She gives out all her blood and sweat to whatever she does and this could be explained by her beautiful book which is worth every penny. Content, illustrations, pages and the message makes it a book to buy with closed eyes without any second thoughts.Rating : 4/5
3. The outliers by Malcolm Gladwell:Your book reading would be incomplete without any psychological non-fiction piece. All the stories of how some people achieve more than others, untangling the story behind the success of the personalities that make them stand out from the crowd making them an outlier. This book is written with full research and facts and figures that would keep you in awe, but all stories are telling the same thing that if a particular event happens in a particular time and surrounding then that could turn out to be your biggest outlier. Benefit is in your hands to recognise that opportunity.Rating : 3/5
4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley:Classic! Yes, I literally could never get bore of reading classics. This story of a monster named Frankenstein created by a scientist, which paradoxically becomes the destructor of his life. You can see it as a totally hypothetical thing, but in today’s scenario it is totally wrong to say that when we have a robot called Shelley, a new Artificial Intelligence Robot named after the author of this book. So, Fiction books are not always about stories that could cut us off from the real world. Artificial Intelligence is a perfect example around us. 😁Rating: 3.5/5
5. The Stranger by Albert Camus:Truly a masterpiece! With only 100 pages and concise sentences, the nobel laureate was able to create such a deep impact on my mind. You really don’t need to write heavy vocabulary and long books to win a nobel prize this book made me realize that. Its theme of philosophy of the absurd and existentialism was enough to make myself question my identity. And lastly, its cover with so simple black and white patterns is one of my favourite book cover.
6. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy:I was literally waiting for this book, Roy’s second fiction after the 1997 Booker Prize Winning The God Of Small Things which had already blowed away my mind. My expectations were soaring the sky, but reading this was no less than straining every single nerve in my brain. The story moves in a backward direction with glimpses of present. You can call it a fiction book, but she has literally stuffed each and every experience of her last 20 years of travelling India and studying each and every issue to the core. Whether it is the caste discrimination, war going on in Kashmir, Gujarat Riots, Anna Hazare Andolan, Prime Minister Elections, LGBT rights, lynching of people in the name of Bhakti each and everything is connected with the puppets of her story i.e her characters. Writing is no doubt beautiful with characters as real and flawed as us, but shedding out the layers of knowledge that she was holding together for so long, all together in one book has made it a mess.Disclaimer: Read it with a notebook to write down the facts, google them then only you would be able to understand it much better.Rating: 3/5 (only because of writing)
7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: I was totally bewitched by this literature masterpiece. This is one of the most beautiful books ever written, with sentences that could wrap you up in their magic web. A story of an orphan girl turning out to become a woman of pride with pure heart. Read this book when you feel low, lonely, depressed in life. You will surely love this. This book made me fall in love with the classics and I could re-read this thousands of times more.Rating: 4.5
8. The Night Circus by Eric Morgenstern: This was my first one in fanatasy genre as I really don’t read any fantasy books. But, all the Potterheads or the fantasy lovers can read this one as well. I devoured it in a day because such books should be read in a single go otherwise you will not be able to enjoy it fully.Rating: 3/5
9. The Motorcycle diaries by Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara:This memoir by the Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara talking about his early travels in South America along with his friend Alberto Grando. This 9 month journey that changed the life of a middle class boy Ernesto making him realise his purpose of life, which in turn makes him one of the biggest revolutionaries in the history of South America. This story is no less than an inspiration for us. Reading this will make you explore a part of the world in South America. What more could you ask from a book giving you free voyage to some distant place.Rating: 4/5
10. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: No book could depict mental illness in such a clear way as this semi-autobiographical book of Sylvia Plath. I absolutely loved this book so much. Reading this made me feel as if I am talking to someone, I could totally feel each and every thing that the protagonist was feeling. In her pain I found my pain, it was so relatable to me. This is the only full length novel by the author apart from her poems and being a victim of mental illness which even ate away her life no one could write this as beautifully as she had written.Rating: 4.5/5P.S. 1. There is one more book that I have read this year i.e. The Unncessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine which was my favourite of this year. And I don’t want to do a short review of that, I want to do a separate review of that book. What do you guys think about that?2.There are 2 more books that I have left in between because they demanded some extra books to be read before them so I will continue with them after reading those extra books inorder to understand them in a much better way.3. I was not able to read as many books this year as I should have because there were so many things going on in my life. I will try to read more next year. Anyways, at the end of everything:
“Something is better than nothing”.4. Don’t forget to share your reading list in the comments section. What were you guys reading this year?Wish you all a very Happy New Year! 😁 Cheers!