11:00 I don’t know why I had to add with me -it’s not like someone else will write on here. For good measure I thought I would just reinforce -it is indeed me –Shahrin –will walk you through the mini craze I went on post my 22nd birthday. You might say I had a reading awakening at midnight when I smoothly entered into another year of the mighty ’20s. When I was younger I used to wonder why do we age every year -the number changes but do we change? I don’t think so, there aren’t any significant changes that I have noticed in me that wasn’t visible in my earlier years. That not to say I have not matured from my teens, of course, I have. I don’t know, ignore me my brain is messed from lack of sleep.
3:00 Now that I am spending more time in bookshops I brought a whole bunch of amazing fiction/autobiography that I am excited to share with you. We can go on a reading journey together. I am continuously falling behind my Goodreads reading challenge and it’s freaking me out. Hopefully, with those new paperbacks in my hand, I will be more inclined to read.
Without further ado get those notepads and be ready pile up your TBR list:
A Promised Land
By Barack Obama
A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making-from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy..
Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation’s highest office.
I am so excited to read this, 50 pages in and this wholesome presidential memoir is everything and more. The landmark events that I have read about and seen happening are explained in such personal touch -you feel the same warmth and hope that was felt on that cold November day.
By Jojo Moyes
Still Me follows Lou as she navigates how to stay true to herself, while pushing to live boldly in her brave new world.
A lot of you must have heard about Me Before You -either read the book or seen the movie. A question: do you read the book first before watching the movie of the same title or do it the other way round. Do let me know because I spend far too much time thinking about this. Anyway, I have fallen in love with brightly dressed Louisa Clark when I first met her on Me Before You and I am excited to go on another adventure with her.
The Giver Of Stars
By Jojo Moyes
The Giver of Stars is a 2019 historical fiction novel by Jojo Moyes about packhorse librarians in a remote area of Kentucky. Set in Depression-era America, The Giver of Stars is the story of five extraordinary women and their journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond.
I love books about books -it retells the wonder of falling in love with literature and how it transforms people’s lives. This novel is based on a true story and packed with an unexpected love story. Something about Jojo Moye’s books that makes you want to sort your life out.
The Kite Runner
By Khaled Hosseini
When the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, twelve-year-old Amir realises that one day he must return to an Afghanistan under Taliban rule to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.
My blogging friend Pooja recommended this author to me and I was very excited to read all about Afganistan from a different perspective than the one we see in the news every other day.
The Vanishing Half
By Brit Bennett
The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities.
Ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters’ story lines intersect?
I am beyond thrilled to get my hands on this. I have seen scattered all over bookstagram.
By Virginia Woolf
The book consists of soliloquies spoken by six characters Bernard, Susan, Rhoda, Neville, Jinny, and Louis. Also important is Percival, the seventh character, though readers never hear him speak in his own voice.
Published in 1931, this considered to be her most experimental work. I have heard a lot about Woolf and her writing. This was my birthday present and I am quite excited to read it.
The Eight Life
By Nino Haratischwili
Six romances, one revolution, the story of the century.
At the start of the twentieth century, on the edge of the Russian Empire, a family prospers. It owes its success to a delicious chocolate recipe, passed down the generations with great solemnity and caution. A caution which is justified: this is a recipe for ecstasy that carries a very bitter aftertaste.
The postal services are taking its sweet time delivering this to me. I am so excited to read it. Over 900 pages long -this should be a treat.
Hopefully it will keep you occupied this long bank holiday weekend. Do let me know if you decide to read any of these. Happy reading!