2018 Reading Project

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I started 2018 with the resolution to read as many books are possible. Usually, all my new year resolutions go down the drain in two-three weeks. But, surprisingly, this one has been on track and god no! I am not forcing it. It has been a fabulous journey so far and I find myself reading quicker and wanting to read more and more at the end of each book.

In this post, I intend to share with you some of the books that I have read this year and a few books that are on my reading list.

Let me begin with the books I finished reading in 2018

Turtles All the Way Down

by John Green

Turtles all the way down

This new young adult fiction by john green is a must read if you’re a fan of stories that take you on an emotional ride. I definitely see this being made into a movie

The Perfect Nanny/ Lullaby

by Leila Slimani 

TPN

This book is an absolute thriller. The story is about new parents Myriam and Paul who entrusts their children with the perfect nanny Louise when Myriam a former stay at home mother decides to go back to work. With time the couple gets more invested on the nanny to take care of the children and soon tension, jealousy, resentment starts to mount leading to a series of unfortunate events. This book, often described as the Gone girl of the UK is a must read if you are into thrillers.

Little fires everywhere

by Celeste Ng

LFE

This was was a recommendation from the Resse Witherspoon’s book club X hello sunshine.  This book is an intertwined storyline about a few mothers and their children. The central character is Mia (a single mother) and her daughter Pearl, the book follows their story as they move into a new town to settle down and put an end to their otherwise vagabond life. Once in town, the story explores their social circle in the new town and a crisis that has the community taking sides.

Following the success of Big little lies with Nicole Kidman, Resse Witherspoon has tied up with Kerry Washington to star in and produce a limited edition TV series based on this book! Read it before you see it on TV!

Moving on to the book I am currently reading

A Man called Ove 

by Fredrik Backman

A man called ove

I love going on booksplorations. I go around looking for bookstores, dish out books with attractive cover designs and read a couple of pages to see if I like it. I visit a bookstore at least twice a week and spend about 1-2 hours in the store doing this. I buy only if I am certain that I like it.

A Man Called Ove is one such find. I instantly fell in love with the cover art, read a few pages and couldn’t put it down. This book is about a Curmudgeon. I could instantly relate to this since I have curmudgeons in my life and yes, its hard to love them if once you do, you do!

Yakshi 

by Malayattoor Ramakrishnan 

Yakshi

Reading this book is a desperate attempt to re-establish my relationship with my mother tongue Malayalam. This book was recommended by my father who says it is a classic and was made into a movie starring Sathyan and Sharada in 1968.

Ivory Throne

by Manu S Pillai

IT

When you hail from a certain place, you ought to know its history. This book is a very well researched comprehensive history of the Travancore kingdom. A must-read for all those who’re interested in history. This for me is more of a reading project. I find myself reading the book, googling pictures and reading more online about the incidents mentioned in the book. Loving every bit of it!

The Emperor of all Maladies

by Siddhartha Mukherjee

EOAM

I remember having a very brief ambition to become an oncologist when this malady took my grandfather away from me before I could get to know him. The ambition died a very early death due to my profound incompetence in the subject of science, but the curiosity to know more about this remained. This book brought all the information I have sought about cancer under the same roof.  My thoughts after reading a hundred pages of this book were “cancer is probably not a malady, it’s a raging monster”. I am certain you’ll feel the same too. Read up!

and finally, here are a few books that are on my reading list.

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PS: Do you have any book reccommendations for me? Please let me know in the comments below!

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