Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week is the last week that Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and I just want to thank them for hosting for so long. It really is a commitment and I’ll always be grateful to them for introducing me to so many blogs and in turn, so many books. Thank you ladies!
This post is quite difficult for me because 2017 was such a poor reading year. The pile of books that I meant to read but didn’t quite get to looks in danger of toppling over. Still, I”ll try to include only the books that I really, really meant to read, but never quite got around to.
Hopefully, that will also act as a reminder to get to them at least in 2018!
After last year’s miserable book blogging showing, I am determined this year to make book blogging a high priority. With that in mind, my first post of 2018 is a book review. I read The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night-time over the Christmas holidays, sharing the book with my daughter. I loved it, she didn’t – mainly because she couldn’t relate to the autistic boy who is the protagonist of the book.
Looking back at 2017, it wasn’t a good reading year. After a disappointing run with books accepted for review, I decided to stick to my own reads and preferences hoping to get my reading mojo going again.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. I could keep up with reading with one kid and a baby, but with two school-going kids, and a full-time job, I have realized that reading is going to have to be on the backburner – behind homework, school projects, extra classes, office work, and numerous other things that just have to get done.
Still I did have some reading highlights that I want to share with you.
I don’t quite know what to say about this book except that it surprised me with every turn of the page.
On the surface, this book is about one exceptional day in the life of the protagonist Akhila when her apartment complex literally crashes into the ground leaving dead and survivors trapped within the debris. Akhila is one of the lucky ones who gets out before the building crumbles.
However because of her size and medical backgroud, she is asked to crawl into a tunnel and help a survivor. She finds him mumbling in delirium that two people are on their way to carry out a terror attack.
Elsewhere a young intelligence agent, Mukundan, is assigned to shadow the two terror suspects. I don’t want to reveal more about the plot as it would spoil the surprises unfolding within the book.
This book came to me as a review copy. I really loved the cover and the title, and promptly signed up for it, thinking it was a dark noir-ish book. Well, it isn’t that, but I loved the book anyway.
Here’s a quote from the book about the protagonist’s thoughts after she’s roughed up in public by a bunch of religious thugs – something that is an unfortunately common occurrence in India,
when modern women clash with ultra-religious zealots.
I haven’t been accepting books for review for quite some time – mainly because I don’t like the pressure (that I put on myself) to review a book that has been gifted to me. However, last week I was offered one book that tempted me, and soon enough I went down the rabbit hole of accepting books for review.