Literary Fiction

Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get Around To

Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get Around To

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Hello and welcome to my first Top Ten Tuesday of 2017.

Last year, I dropped the ball on this meme, and really all memes, but I thought I’d revive at least this one. I ended up with just nine books for this meme, not because I read everything else released last year, but because these books are the only ones I regret missing out on. You can be sure they ended up on my TBR list for 2017.

The Year of the Runaways

The Year of the Runaways

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I read this book about a month ago, and it’s already fading from my memory a little bit, so here’s a review before it slips out of my memory altogether.

All the Light we Cannot see

All the Light we Cannot see

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I never wanted to read this book for the longest time. From all the descriptions and reviews I read online, it seemed like another The Book Thief – a book I loved, but I didn’t particularly want to read another book about children in World War 2.

I eventually caved in and got this book because all the reviews were just too glowing to ignore any longer.

Bring up the Bodies

Bring up the Bodies

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I am on a roll right here. Two Man Booker prize-winning novels in a row. That usually never happens. Usually award winning books are such powerful experiences, that I need to take a break to clean up my mind a bit.

But Bring up the Bodies hardly feels like a Booker prize winner. It’s fast-paced, taut, and has a very tense quality in it, which is very surprising for a historical novel.

And yes, the language is out of the mind beautiful. But Mantel is not an author in love with her writing. At no point does the wonderful writing overshadow the story.

And what a story it is!

A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings

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I’ve been a huge fan of the singer Bob Marley ever since I was a kid. I’m probably dating myself here, but my parents had a record player, and we used to listen to Bob Marley and the Wailers all the time.

I”ll admit though that I never actually dug deeper into his lyrics and background. I just learnt the lyrics and sang along to hits without realizing what it all meant.

So, it came as a bit of a surprise to me last year when I learnt that Bob Marley had almost been shot dead, and that there was a whole, hidden conspiracy behind that incident.

Watching, Making, Eating, and Reading this Weekend

Watching, Making, Eating, and Reading this Weekend

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Unlike the rest of India, this Independence Day long weekend is going to be a quiet one for us.

Piglet as usual will go for his horse-riding class, and Snubnose again as usual will go for her art class. By the way, if you are wondering why I haven’t been sharing any works of hers lately, it’s because she’s been in practice mode – she started trying out water colors this summer, and has been struggling a bit trying to create nice paintings using a tool she’s not very familiar with.

Anyway, apart from ferrying them around to different classes, I have planned absolutely nothing leaving me with plenty of free time on hand. Here’s what I plan to do with it.