October 2020 Reading Wrap Up

October was a surprisingly good reading month for me. Though it eventually was a bit slow as I had exams, so I couldn’t read much, I eventually ended up reading ten books.

  1. The Original by Brandon Sanderson and Mary Robinette Kowal(3.5/5)
The Original by Brandon Sanderson

I listened to this Audible original audiobook this month. It was a sci-fi story set in a world where clones, known as ‘provisional replicas’ were often commissioned by the government to track their ‘originals’ guilty of crime. It followed one such replica. It was definitely an interesting read.

2. The Rebel by Albert Camus(3.5/5)

Albert Camus on What It Means to Be a Rebel and to Be in Solidarity with  Justice – Brain Pickings

This was a carry-over from September. It dealt with the philosophy behind revolution, and to be honest I am not sure I understood it.

3. Little Women by Louisa Mary Alcott(4.5/5)

LITTLE WOMEN (original illustrations) eBook: ALCOTT, LOUISA MAY: Amazon.in:  Kindle Store

Yes, I had read this book for the first time, and it really needs no introduction. I really enjoyed it.

4. The Queen of Jasmine Country by Sharanya Mannivannan (4/5)

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Set in 9th century India, this book is a work of historical fiction based on the life of a female devotional Tamil poet. It was a beautifully written, atmospheric read.

5. Unmarriagable by Soniah Kamal (3/5)

Buy Unmarriageable: A Novel Book Online at Low Prices in India |  Unmarriageable: A Novel Reviews & Ratings - Amazon.in

This was a retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in present-day Pakistan. Though I am not obsessed with Pride and Prejudice the way so many are, I thought it was an entertaining read. The only problem I had was that the book was a retelling that followed the original so closely it felt kind of ridiculous.

6. This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone(2.5/5)

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar

I really wanted to like this book but I just couldn’t get into it. The premise of two female time-travelling assassins falling in love was pretty cool, but the story itself didn’t interest me too much. It is a book that is a lot more focused on the characters and flowery writing than the plot, and perhaps that’s what didn’t work too well with me.

7. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Buy The Secret History: From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The  Goldfinch Book Online at Low Prices in India | The Secret History: From the  Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Goldfinch Reviews

I reread this book, which was one of my all-time favourite books, and I loved it as much as I did earlier.

8. Before the Coffee gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (3/5)

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This was another book I really wanted to like, and while I found it enjoyable enough, it did not intrigue me as much as I wanted it to. It is about the people involved with this café that allows you to time-travel-provided you return before your coffee gets cold. A soft, emotional take on time-travel.

9. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

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This was a book on my TBR for a really long time, and I’m glad I finally got to it. It follows the life of a boy born on the stroke of midnight when India got independence, and the 1001 other kids born at the same moment who all have special powers. It was definitely a worthwhile read, though I’m not sure I grasped it entirely. It felt more like a book to be experienced rather than understood.

10. The Tent by Margaret Atwood (4/5)

The Tent by Margaret Atwood

This was a collection of short stories, vignettes and poems by Margaret Atwood, and it was a really clever, interesting read.

In addition to these, I got back into reading manga, and I read the sixth volume of The Promised Neverland

The Promised Neverland, Vol. 6: B06-32 eBook: Shirai, Kaiu: Amazon.in:  Kindle Store

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