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My Favorite Books of 2017


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.

The Constant Gardener


Recently, I read a Quartz article about healthcare and I was stunned by how well it summarized the healthcare problem in the world today. I wish I had the link to share with you, but I don’t. However one particular line from the article really had me nodding along with interest, especially because we recently had a health issue in our family where I felt totally gypped by the doctor and the hospital.

Keeping people healthy has no value. Making them sick does.

Teaser Tuesdays: The Constant Gardener


I saw the movie version of this book – The Constant Gardener a few years ago, and I found it unbearably heartbreaking (in a very lovely way).

I find the book less so, but that is because Le Carré is not really a sentimental type of writer.

I do love though how righteously angry he gets (something I haven’t seen in previous books I read). This is an angry, angry book, and the main character Tessa really rips into the injustice she sees around her. Not without unfortunate consequences, of course.

Here is an excerpt from the book.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold


If you are a regular reader of this blog, you would have come to know that I am on a bit of a John Le Carré kick right now. I finished The Tailor of Panama a couple of months back, then picked up The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Unlike The Tailor of Panama, which was nice but bloated, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is short and really cold.

Teaser Tuesdays: The Spy who came in from the cold


I tried to read The Spy Who Came In From The Cold when I was a teenager and quickly dumped it. I was looking for action. It’s not that sort of story. Le Carré’s not that sort of espionage writer.

Instead this book is a complex, slow, unglamorous rendering of life in the espionage world in the post World War 2 era. There are no good guys and no bad guys. And in the end, no happy endings for anybody.

The Tailor of Panama


Excuse me for the rather shabby shot of the book cover in my featured image. The thing is, when one so deeply invests in second-hand books, it’s very difficult to take a good shot of it – without having something else in the frame to prettify it up. In this case, my bag #booksandbags.

Anyway, enough rambling, and let’s get on with a short and concise review of the book, shall we? In this case, directly contrary to the style of the book – long and rambling.

Not that there’s anything wrong with long, rambly books. In fact, in the right mood, I rather adore them.

Ten Authors I’ve Only Read One Book Of and Need to Read More


Today, the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish have asked us to list ten authors that I’ve only read one book from but need to read more. It happens to me all the time, I read a book by an author, love it so much that I look up all books written by ...

Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Classics That Rock


Today, the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish have asked us to list ten classics that rock. Considering I am part of the Classics Club reading challenge, this week's top ten is a walk in the park for me. I can think of so many books to list faster than it takes me to type ...

Meme: Six in Six


I saw this meme over at The Bookworm Chronicles and decided this was the perfect way to showcase the books I read this year and loved or disappointed with. In this meme, I catalog books in chunks of sixes like so: Six new authors to me Abraham Verghese George R.R.Martin Alice Munro Jonathan Safran Foer Jo Nesbo Kishwar Desai Six authors I have ...