June wrap up
Half of 2019 is officially over and I’m still not able to believe this! Soon it will be 2020!
When 2019 started I had set an aim to read minimum of 45 books during the course of this entire year. But to my astonishment, I have so far managed to read 54 books so far! Yes! I have already surpassed my Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge. I cannot express how that feels! Last year was difficult and I could only read 25 books. But this year has been LIT!
This post is about all the books I read during the month of June 2019. A wrap up of all my reads along with a brief idea about each book.
I read a total of 10 books comprising of both physical as well as e-books. Few were my choice whereas some came up for review. So here’s a list of all that:
- Life in the Sunshine: Autobiography of an Unknown Cricketer by T Sathish – This book is a fresh take on the dreams and aspirations of an Indian who aspires to become a cricketer. Though he never becomes one, it gives him a lot of lessons which he finds useful in his own life. Narrated in the first person, this book is more like a memoir.
- Ashok and the Nine Unknown by Anshul Dupare – A mix of history, magic, fantasy and a lot of mystery, this book is a slow-paced one, a mythology based book. It was only the mystery part which let me read on to the end.
- My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite – I had huge expectations from this book as it was one of the shortlisted books for the women’s prize for fiction. Though it wasn’t too bland, but it somehow didn’t work for me. I felt there were a lot of things which could have been added, a few more details.
- Love from A to Z by S K Ali – I loved this book. Though a love story, it discussed a lot of other factors. It talks about Islam and Islamaphobia, how caste, religion and personal beliefs act as tools to generalise people. It also talks about raising your voice and fighting against injustice in the right way, to open oneself and talk and connect with others.
- Where the Story Starts by Imogen Clark – My very first read of Imogen Clark, this book is a women’s fiction, a twisted tale. Two women who meet coincidently, develop a beautiful strong friendship. While one of them knows a but, the other one has no idea how they get to be friends when they have such contrast in backgrounds.
- Killing Time in Delhi by Ravi Shankar Etteth – This book is all about rich, pretentious people settled in and around Delhi. It’s a satirical version of what follows after the protagonist comes under the suspect of two murders, and how he tries to handle the situation and slowly loses everything in the process. This is a tale of long forgotten, a complex family and it’s scandals and murders – a complete humour and satirical take on the riches based out of Delhi.
- 1984 by George Orwell – This was a very different book for me. There were parts I enjoyed and parts where I felt difficult in reading. It’s a dystopian and satirical novel written in 1949 about the future in 1984. I neither enjoyed nor found myself disappointed with this book. I think this is a book which everyone has to read in order to form an opinion.
- Narasimha: The Mahaavtar Trilogy #1 by Kevin Missal – The first from The Mahaavtar Trilogy, the story is primarily concentrated on the redemption of Narasimha who has the blood of Prahlad’s mother and brother on his hands. And he can only seek redemption by saving Prahlad from the conspiracies and the battle between Asuras and Devas. The story is quite predictable and lacked a kind of spark which I expected from this book.
- What Mina Did by Geeta Menon – The story is simple and beautifully written. The narration and the language used is easy and understandable. Though the story starts in a great way, it somehow loses its track and new plots are introduced, thereby sidelining the main plot.
- The Boy in the Photo by Nicole Trope – Again, my first read of Nicole Trope, I fell in love with this book. Though the suspense was quite predictable, there were some twists and turns, few mysteries which made me read and enjoy the book. With each turning page, I got so hooked that I wasn’t able to leave it. Loved how the story traverses back and forth and presents us with snippets of story to keep us updated with their thoughts and mindset.
I was a bit disappointed with two books here – My Sister, The Serial Killer, and Ashok and the Nine Unknown. I had really high expectations from them both.
However, Love from A to Z, Where the Story Starts and The Boy in the Photo were an absolute pleasure to read! I would definitely recommend.