I read 15 books (including novellas and manga) this month. Here is everything I read.
- Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid (3.5/5)
This was a quick read that tells through letters, the story of an affair, and the repercussions of the affair on the spouses of the two people involved. A satisfying read.
2. Days of Longing by Nirmal Verma(3.5/5)
This book was translated from the Hindi by Krishna Baldev Vaid. It follows a young Indian student in post-WW2 Prague, and his encounter with a female German tourist, whom he acts as a translator and guide for. It was a beautifully atmospheric novel, but nothing much happened in it. Nevertheless, I am eager to try out more of this author’s work.
3. Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions by Six De Los Reyes (4/5)
This was a really fun romance book. Set in Manila, it followed Kaya, a nerdy molecular geneticist, who decides is not great with socializing and had never been in a relationship. After constant admonishments from her family to get a boyfriend, she decides to try finding-and goes about it like a scientific experiment. However, everything changes when she meets Nero, a hot, artsy café owner who fulfils none of Kaya’s criteria. A great, fun read.
4. Cobalt Blue by Sachin Kundalkar(4/5)
Cobalt Blue is a Marathi novel translated by Jerry Pinto. It follows a brother and a sister in a traditional Marathi family, who fall in love with the same man. It was quite a poignant, memorable story.
5. Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler(4.5/5)
I wasn’t quite as impressed by Parable of the Sower as everyone else seemed to be, but Parable of the Talents broke me. This post-apocalyptic dystopian tale got so dark at times, I had to take a break from the book, which NEVER happens.
6. Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall (4.5/5)
This was an interesting work of nonfiction, which summed up geopolitics, and how geography effected it. Definitely an enlightening read.
7. Gigi by Colette(3.5/5)
This book, translated from the French by Roger Senhouse, is set during the turn of the 19th century, and follows a girl who is trained by her grandmother to be a courtesan, who ends up choosing her own path when she falls in love. Some aspects of this book hadn’t aged very well, nevertheless it was a quick, entertaining read.
8. The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. LeGuin (3.5/5)
I just realized that sci-fi with aliens in it just isn’t my cup of tea. This book is about the encounter between human colonists, and an alien race, and deals with some really interesting topics. I found it interesting, but not as much as others have, simply because aliens don’t seem to be my thing.
9. Lipstick Jihad by Azadeh Moeveni (3.5/5)
This is a memoir which follows an Iranian-American woman who feels rather confused about her identity-feeling neither Iranian nor American. She moves to Iran as a journalist, hoping to learn more about her heritage, and describes life under the strict Islamist regime there, as well as the way people rebel. It was an interesting look at another society and culture.
10. Hypatia: The Life and Legend of an Ancient Philosopher by Edward J. Watts (4.5/5)
This is was a short biography of Hypatia, a philosopher and mathematician in 4th century Alexandria. I’ve gotten into reading more about famous women in history, and while little is known about Hypatia’s life, what is, seems fascinating.
11. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (5/5)
This book was so good! A post-apocalyptic story involving genetic engineering, shady corporations, and an extraordinary world. It was not exactly an easy read, nevertheless I am looking forward to reading the sequel.
12. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie (3.5/5)
This was a fun murder mystery, following Hercule Poirot as he investigates the death of a dentist, Mr. Morley. While it was not the best Agatha Christie novel I’ve read, it was a lot of fun.
13. Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo(5/5)
This book was sooo good! Set in Nigeria, it follows a Akin and Yejide, a married couple who are unable to have children, with Akin being pressurized to take a second wife (with polygamy being common in their culture) to have a child. However this book turns into something more than what you’d expect and goes in such unexpected directions. It was overall an amazing story.
14. Uzumaki by Junji Ito (Vol 1) (4.5/5)
This was a really cool horror manga.
15. A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djeli Clark (4.5/5)
This was a fantasy novella set in an alternate 1912 Cairo and follows a special investigator working for The Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities. I really enjoyed the world of the novella, and I am really looking forward to reading the follow-up novellas and the first full-length novel, Master of Djinn.