This is one of my favourite posts to make every year! In fact, I anticipate this tag from the beginning of each year! I’ve read some pretty great books this year, so let’s get on with it.
Best Book You’ve Read So Far
I read a lot of great books this year, but this one is probably the best one! It is a collection of short stories by Afghan women, mostly translated from Pashto and Dari. They were really hard-hitting stories about ordinary men and women from different social classes trying to live their lives in a war-torn country. The stories dealt with a number of issues in a beautiful, poignant and often heartbreaking manner.
Other books that came close to taking this spot were The Idiot by Elif Batuman, A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes, Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura and Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
Best Sequel You Have Read So Far
I haven’t read many sequels this year, but I do have an answer, that is Either/Or by Elif Batuman. Either/Or is a sequel to The Idiot and while these books do not exactly have a plot, I felt the story of the confused student Selin navigating university life while trying to make sense of the world very relatable.
A New Release You Haven’t Read But Are Excited For
I know this is a stretch. This book itself isn’t exactly a new release, but the translation is….well, sort of. I am really looking forward to reading it, though it also looks a little intimidating. Other new releases I’m looking forward to reading are Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart and Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel.
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
I’ve been really enjoying short story collections lately and I am really excited for Sayaka Murata’s upcoming short story collection. Her novel Convenience Store Woman is one of my all-time favourites and I really liked Earthlings as well.
I expected to love Karmelin by Damodar Mazuo but unfortunately, I ended up not really liking it. It is about a Goan woman facing poverty who ends up going to Kuwait to work as a maid to support her family. I thought the characters were rather one-dimensional and boring, and I really did not like how this book dealt with sexual assault. Other disappointing books include The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid and Deep River by Shusaku Endo.
A God of Small Things was initially a book I wanted to have read rather than a book I wanted to read. I don’t always get along with non linear narratives as well as Booker winners. But I really liked this one. A
Favourite new author (debut or new to you)
Elif Batuman. Her books hit me on a whole new level. Natalie Haynes would be a close second.
Newest fictional crush
Honestly talking about fictional crushes feels weird once you’re out of your YA phase. But if i have to choose someone I’d go with Kostas from Island of Missing Trees. I do find the idea of a sensitive guy who is into plants appealing.
New Favourite Character
I’d go with Rocky from Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. I really loved the dynamic between him and the main character.
Book that Made you Cry
I’ve never cried because of a book, so I thought I’d go with a book that made me sad, instead. That would be Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl. The descriptions of life in a concentration camp were naturally depressing.
Book that Made you Happy
I just realised I haven’t read that many happy books this year. Paper Moon is probably an exception. It was a fun, light-hearted book about a young woman starting a book store, discovering family secrets and falling in love.
The Most Beautiful Book You Have Received or This Year
This cover is so gorgeous!
Favourite book to screen adaptation you’ve seen this year?
It had watched the Anxious People TV series based on the Fredrik Backman book. It was a lot of fun.
What books do you want to read by the end of the year?What books do you want to read by the end of the year?
Honestly I’m such a mood reader i do badly with questions like these. But some of the books i hope to get to include The Earthspinner by Anuradha Roy, The Heart Asks Pleasure First by Karuna Ezara Parikh, The Promise by Damon Galgut and By the Sea by Abdulrazak Gurnah