I have been too lazy to write or be creative for the past few days. So, I have decided to put a wrap up on the books that I have read so far.
1. “Spectacle” by Susan Steinberg:
Do you happen to like books that you normally don’t read? Well, this book was something like that for me.
“Spectacle” belongs to the category of creative non-fiction and is a collection of short stories talking about the eccentricities of the author’s teenage self, her relationships with her family and boyfriends. I liked the writing style of Susan as it was very unique and also because it has a number of metaphors. The book can put you under a spell once you start reading leaving you in a vague and empty space with obscure feelings making you yearn for more words.
I was lucky enough to find a copy from Half price Books. Looking forward to read more of her works.
2. “Red at the Bone”- by Jacqueline Woodson:
Thanks to Riverhead books for sending me an ARC of this gorgeous book. Also special thanks to Riverhead books for sending me a signed hard copy of the book after publishing. This actually helped me host a giveaway and share the ARC with a fellow bookstagrammer.
“Red at the bone” with its amazing and powerful prose just froze my heart and brain making me thoughtless or rather thinking deep on various social issues. I am someone who likes to read happy books and feel happy about the ending, but this book with all its deep messages really got me thinking. It was about a black girl dealing with teen pregnancy, yes, an intense topic and how she overcomes it and also brings other families together.
Woodson’s lyrical prose can capture your heart and make you look forward to her future works. The book itself is concise but is super deep that you can drown in it.
Don’t miss this one, is all I can say. Happy that I won this book and also loved it.
3. “Twice in a blue moon” – by Christina Lauren:
I am currently an ALC influencer at Libro.fm. Special thanks to the PR for inviting and sending me an invite to collaborate. I was on cloud nine when I got a DM. Now I can listen to seven newly released audiobooks, keep them through Libro.fm and support my favorite local indie bookstore too. One of the best things ever happened so far this year.
“Twice in a blue moon” was the first book that I read as soon as downloaded the Libro.fm app. Well, the book totally lived up to its expectations. I absolutely loved the narration and the story. It was a unique love story and about second chances. Reading the blurb made me think that it is absurd to give a second chance in love but reading the novel proved me wrong. We follow the love story of a timid teenager to the story of a Hollywood actress.
4. “The DNA of you and me” by Andrea Rotham:
First of all, love the cover of this book. “Never judge a book by its cover”, they say. But I always do so and I am never disappointed:)
So, “The DNA of you and me” is a STEM based romantic novel revolving around a very successful and award winning scientist and how she falls in love with a colleague in a lab as a graduate student. Amidst the competition and academic research, this story can reach your heart and you relate in a number of possible ways if you are in the STEM field.
The author being a post-doc herself, has made the book very interesting and relatable. You might find a number of esoteric science jargon. Be ready to go on a scientific journey through the book.
5. “Ordinary girls” by Jaquira Diaz
Latinx reads always hold a special place in literature with its tiny bits of Spanish sprinkled here and there amidst its already intense prose like lemon zest. My first experience with Hispanic literature was from Natalia Sylvester’s Everyone knows you go home. I loved that but never had a chance to read another one.
So, libro.fm came as a blessing in disguise. The October ALC included “Ordinary girls”, the most hyped up memoir on instagram. It was 10 hours long but the audio was awesome and the story fantastic. Immigrant story about moving from Puerto Rico to Florida and the political unrest amidst everything.
So, this is one such book you don’t want to miss. Cheers to latinx reads. I am hoarding latinx books nowadays.
6. “Trevor Noah- Born a crime”
Are you a Trevor Noah fan? Have you binge- watched his shows on Netflix? Ever felt the need to know more about him? How he became the person he is? Then, this book is for your curious souls. Dealing with colonialism to apartheid, this book takes us through the early life of Trevor Noah. On top of that, this is not just another boring memoir. The sad stories in this book are narrated in a witty and funny manner that we almost forget the inherent sadness also showing the attitude of Trevor to laugh at himself.
Thanks to a friend of mine for suggesting this book. It took nearly an year for me to read it but I loved it. Also, many liked this photo that I posted on instagram. So, read it and do yourself a favor. Get to know the African facts amidst the pages of the memoir and get yourself acquainted to the life of Trevor to love him more.
7. “Things you save in a fire” by Katherine Center:
I have never read “How to walk away” by Katherine Center. If you liked that you are advised to read this one. Katherine’s books are known for the cliches and corny dialogues. But I actually liked it. It was a light read but definitely engaging. It was short but conveyed a powerful message about the trait of forgiveness. So, if you want some palate cleanser, this book is for you.
I definitely liked her lucid writing style and will be looking forward to her future works.
8. “The family upstairs” by Lisa Jewell:
Okay! I can’t thank Libro.fm for the ALCs. This book is a dark novel with MPOVs and timelines. You will like it if you are into UK based cult genre books. Yes, and don’t let the blurb distract you. I loved the blurb more than the book honestly. Yes, I loved the narration and writing style yet something fell through the cracks for me. I dint feel like I read a thriller after I was through the book, much to my disappointment.
I had my own cult theories and episodes inside my head but it turned out to be something serious. I loved how the novel started and the character portrayal but the ending really missed to appeal me. If you don’t want to take my word for it, you should definitely give it a try given it has a number of unexpected twists.
Wooho! That’s all for now. Let me know what all you have read so far and if my thoughts match yours.