October was Halloween, November is winter, cozy, and Thanksgiving. Another month has flown by and we are already in the second last month of 2017 which means Winter is approaching. October had been a good month for me in terms of reading. I attempted a few non-fiction reads, reviewed a poetry collection and spent time with fiction. It has become a tradition of every month to select books from my shelf and add it to the monthly to-be-read list. The TBR list helps in increasing my productivity as I work towards my target channelizing my energy towards achieving.
So, here I am, articulating my thoughts, and reminiscing the past month and ready to welcome November with some more books and hot chocolate.
- Things Fall Apart
A classic in every sense, Chinua Achebe’s stark, coolly ironic novel reshaped both African and world literature. First published in 1958, it has sold over ten million copies in forty-five languages and remains an arresting parable of a proud but powerless man witnessing the ruin of his people. – Goodreads
I have been recently fascinated by African literature after reading Adichie’s works. Whenever we talk about her Nigeria-Biafra centric Half Of A Yellow Sun, Things Fall Apart never goes unacknowledged.
- To Kill A Mockingbird
Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature. – Goodreads
This is one of the books about which we have been talking about since school.This is my re-read for November as I always re-read a book every month to discover novel ideas in the text. There has already been a lot of things about this book, so my aim is to discover something which is still yet to be discovered in the text.
- Chronicle of a death foretold
A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 years earlier, determined to get to the bottom of the story. Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario, everyone agrees, Bayardo San Roman returned his bride to disgrace her parents. Her distraught family forced her to name her first lover, and her twin brothers announced their intention to murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister. – Goodreads
To fully understand the book, you need to understand the author. Marquez is brilliant with his articulation hence I am in the journey of exploring all of his works. After Love In The Time Of Cholera, this book is the perfect way to appreciate the writing.
- Sultana’s dream
Sultana’s Dream and Padmarag are boldly provocative works, particularly in the context of the era that spawned them. Written in English in 1905, Sultana’s Dream is a delightful satirical work set in Ladyland, where men are in purdah and women firmly in charge of home and government. Published in 1924 and translated here for the first time, Padmarag complements Sultana’s Dream in its espousal of women’s personal journeys towards emancipation. – Goodreads
The blurb of this book intrigued me to pick this up for November. I want to get acquainted with the world where the gender binary is experimented upon and where women run the world.
This is all I have for November. I have carefully picked up books with a good mix of genres not confining myself to just one. On this note, I bid adieu to the bookworms reading this post. I have been consistent in the past with keeping up with my monthly TBRs and hopefully, November would be the same.