Happy New Year everyone! I hope you have a fantastic reading year ahead. I had been quite busy during the holidays so didn’t get much reading done. But now, I am ready to start afresh with my reading journey for 2018. I have kept one book per week for the month of January. Some of the books from December are still sitting unread so I will try to do a December’17 wrap-up once I am back on a crazy reading spree.
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
What makes a life worth living?
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality. – Goodreads
Non-fiction is a genre I have been meaning to read for a long time and 2018 is about trying new things. So, I am going to start my year with this book. This was recommended to me a fellow bookworm and I have high expectations from this as my non-fiction journey depends on this book.
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
After the war, the mysterious Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire pursues wealth, riches and the lady he lost to another man with stoic determination. When Gatsby finally does reunite with Daisy Buchanan, tragic events are set in motion. Told through the eyes of his detached and omnipresent neighbor and friend, Nick Carraway, Fitzgerald’s succinct and powerful prose hints at the destruction and tragedy that awaits. –Goodreads
This book is actually from my December TBR which is still left unread so I am going to read this in this month. As I said last year, I will do a comparative analysis of movie adaptation vs book once I am done with it.
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Working as a paid companion to a bitter elderly lady, the timid heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life is bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she falls in love with Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose proposal takes her by surprise. Whisked from Monte Carlo to Manderley, Maxim’s isolated Cornish estate, the friendless young bride begins to realize she barely knows her husband at all. And in every corner of every room is the phantom of his beautiful first wife, Rebecca. Rebecca is the haunting story of a woman consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity. – Goodreads
Rebecca has been very high on my tbr and I was extremely delighted to receive this as a Christmas present. This book is definitely a cover love and I intend to read this in one sitting.
- The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
The year is 1969. In the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India, fraternal twins Esthappen and Rahel fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family. Their lonely, lovely mother, Ammu, (who loves by night the man her children love by day), fled an abusive marriage to live with their blind grandmother, Mammachi (who plays Handel on her violin), their beloved uncle Chacko (Rhodes scholar, pickle baron, radical Marxist, bottom-pincher), and their enemy, Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grandaunt). When Chacko’s English ex-wife brings their daughter for a Christmas visit, the twins learn that things can change in a day, that lives can twist into new, ugly shapes, even cease forever, beside their river. – Goodreads
I read this book last year and adored the writing style of Arundhati Roy. This was before I joined Goodreads so I couldn’t post a review of such an important novel of my life. Now, I want to re-read this in January only to write about this brilliant text.
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth–four “little women” enduring hardships and enjoying adventures in Civil War New England.
The charming story of the March sisters, Little Women has been adored for generations. Readers have rooted for Laurie in his pursuit of Jo’s hand, cried over little Beth’s untimely death, and dreamed of traveling through Europe with old Aunt March and Amy. Aspiring writers have found inspiration in Jo’s devotion to her writing. In this simple, enthralling tale, Louisa May Alcott has created four of American literature’s most beloved women. – Goodreads
This is the most loved classic of all times and is on my tbr from a very long time. This year I am taking part in a year-long reading Beat The Backlist challenge and this book is going to be the first addition to that.
That’s all folks for January. Thank you for reading. If you have read any of these books please let me know in the comments.
Happy (Januaryish) Reading!