Here are the 9 books I read in October.
1. Arranged marriage by Chitra Banarjee Divakurni (2.5/5)
This was a collection of short stories revolving around the lives of Indian American women from traditional families. I thought it was an ok sort of book, but the stories felt quite repetitive. I was particularly disappointed as I really liked the other book by Divakurni I had read.
2. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card (5/5)
This was the second book in the Ender’s Game series, and I absolutely loved it. I thought it had a really interesting world, and it made me feel so many things!!!
3. The Hundredth Queen by Emily R King(3/5)
This was a YA novel following a girl chosen to be the Hundredth Queen in a brutal world. It was a bit cliched and tropey, but otherwise enjoyable.
4. Soul Catcher by Frank Herbert (3.5/5)
I went into this thinking it would be Sci-fi or fantasy, as Frank Herbert is the guy who wrote the Dune series. It turned out it was not. But it was an enjoyable read, anyway.
5. Just one day by Gayle Forman(4/5)
A really fun, pleasant YA contemporary. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.
6. The Ocean at the end of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (3.5/5)
This was an interesting read, but I did not enjoy it as much as I expected to. This is the second time that happened to me with a Neil Gaiman book, so I guess his books just aren’t for me.
7. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal (4.5/5)
Don’t go into this thinking this is erotica, for it isn’t. It is a story of a young Indian American woman who helps a bunch of illiterate elderly widows rediscover their sexuality through erotic stories. It tackled some really messy issues like honor crimes, love, deception and sexuality. I really liked the book and thought it was a great read.
8. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (4/5)
This is the story of a filthy rich Chinese family based in Singapore. It follows Rachel Chu who is in a relationship with Nick, the young scion of the family and the stuff she had to go through when she had gone to meet her boyfriend’s parents. I thought it was a really entertaining read, and an interesting look into the lives of Asia’s fabulously rich.
9. A Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani(4.5/5)
This was the third book I had read in October about the Indian American community. This was the story of three sisters who reunite at the deathbed of their abusive father. I thought it was a beautiful look at family, relationships, violence and recovery. I absolutely loved it.