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!
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 was really excited when I heard the news that Arundhati Roy after the longest break was back with a new fictional book. The very day the book was published I was in the bookstore asking to buy a copy.
And then I read some lukewarm reviews, and then I saw that it didn’t make it into the Man Booker shortlist. And then I put this book on the backburner.
I couldn’t stay away from it too long though, and once I started I simply fell in love with the beautiful writing. Sure, the book has its flaws, but despite (or maybe because) I have fallen headlong in love with it.