I think it’s time that I finally admit that winter has come. The days are comparatively warm and sunny followed by chilly nights. It seems yesterday that I marched into 2017 and picked up my January reads. I can’t believe we are already in December and time has flown by so rapidly. Reading wise, my November has been quite mellow as I had to catch up on my studies and a horrendous cold got the better of me. Still, I managed to read 5 books this month with my occasional re-reads of The Fellowship of the Ring.
Books I Read in November:
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie: ★★★★☆
Agatha Christie weaves magic through her mysteries which becomes all the more intriguing as the story advances. And, Murder On The Orient Express is just the same. I was engrossed in the plot right from the beginning and felt myself sitting beside Poirot at times discussing the course of events. Read the review here.
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee: ★★★★☆
This is one of the most popular books and is mostly read in school. The sole reason for picking this book as the re-read book of the book was to comprehend the differences between the perception of reading from a child’s and an adult mindset. I’m happy that I still find this a riveting text. Although having read this over and over again, I still feel there are multiple layers of this story waiting for me to discover. Read the full review here.
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe: ★★★☆☆
I had high expectations from this one especially after acquainting myself with African literature.The writing is definitely one of the reasons I picked up this book. The plot was intriguing in the beginning but soon I lost touch with the characters as I was unable to relate to them. At times, I found myself flinching over the violence and deaths making me skeptical of reading further. Full review.
- Chronicle of A Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: ★★★½
It is very rare that a murder has happened in the beginning with the convicts coming out in the open and still there are twists and turns until the end. This is exactly what to expect from a Garcia Marquez’s novel. The art of subjectivity is very well portrayed throughout the book and I enjoyed reading this one. However, after reading Love In The Time of Cholera, this book didn’t entirely live up to the hype. Full review.
- Sultana’s Dream and Padmarag by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain: ★★★½
This book is a wonderful amalgamation of imagination, prose, and poetry. Flipping through the pages was a treat to me as the language was beyond beautiful. I found the storyline to be drab and predictable at times which is why this remains a 3.5 for me. Read the entire review here.
Book of the Month:
I would say Sultana’s Dream and Padmarag is my book of the month because it is a beautifully written text and the poetry & prose combination was the driving force behind bumping it up my TBR in the first place. In spite of a dismal plot, I wounded up reading some of the lines again and again because of the sheer brilliance of the writing.
I dusted some magical beans on myself with a re-read of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to get into the Christmasy mode. My Goodreads challenge was of 30 books this year and I completed it early this year with Murder on the Orient Express. I’m going to try adding 5 more books until the end of 2017 making it a total of 35.
That’s all for November folks! On this note, I bid adieu to yet another month all set to embrace the time of year. If you have any thoughts or would like to discuss some books, you know where to go(comments).
Happy (Novembery) Reading!