We are going to good bye 2019 ! It has been a great reading year to me ! Read books by new authors from various countries. But few books have taken a place in my heart and I would love to suggest you some books from that list ! I want you all to read this book.
So let’s start !
1. Realms of Demons by Imran Kureshi :
This is the first novel by this author but I am highly pleased by his wring . He has created a perfect atmosphere . His story stelling has taken this book to another level and seems like there is someone looking at me from behind the curtain or someone is under the bed.
But his experiences in Bhutan reminds me of few scenes harry potter . I can not but imagine Sru as Dobby. Only this particular part of this story has made me disappointed .
If you are looking for perfect Weekend reading and if you are a Fantasy Genre Lover go grab this book right now .
2. Ghost by Danielle Steel:
It’s a story about winning independence of an woman. It’s about finding love again.It’s a Romance story within a romance story and two stories have been blended nicely !😊 This is my first Danielle Steel and I’m engrossed with her writing style and every detail of emotions of the character.
Charlie and Carol were madly in love with each other. Charlie used to think he was the happiest man in the world . But before their marriage completed ten years Carole announced her affair with her Senior partner of her law farm . And that made Charlie completely mentally ruined . Soon he was sent to New York . But he soon left his job and reached to Deerfiled . There he met an old woman who has none and because of her he was introduced to a great palace. People have claimed it was haunted but Charlie was moved by its beauty. He hired this palace and started living. And yes Charlie seen the Ghost there.
What did the Ghost ? Who was the Ghost ? What happened to Charlie ? Are you really interested to know ?
You should then Add it To Your Wish List .
3. Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Alicia Berenson was a painter and a loving wife of a photographer Gabriel. She was thirty-three when she killed her husband . But this incident had made her silent. She never spoke.
Although she was silent she made a painting and it was a self portrait . She entitled it – Alecestis .
According to Greek mythology Alecestis is wife of Admetus and she has to die for her husband. But when she becomes alive again she remains silent .
This was highly connected with Alicia.
Psychotherapist Theo found her case intriguing and felt an urge to help her . He tried to understand her silence .
In order to help Alicia he step by step unrevealed the her life – the life with Gabriel and life before Gabriel .
Alicia’s childhood wasn’t suitable enough for a child. She witnessed her mother death . Her father did not love her and also her aunt was not fond of her.
On the other hand, Theo’s childhood was not better than her. He was absued by his father. His mother and him were afraid of his father. This pathetic life destroyed his mental health. It was Ruth, a psychotherapist who helped him to get out of that stage. And this incident had fueled him to become a psychotherapist.
Theo was married to Kathy, an actress. But soon their marriage seemed to be in trouble.
The book has taken a place in my heart . I appreciate the format of the plot : the description of Alicia’s personal diary and Theo’s narration , both of them have been blend in a brilliant way and taken this plot to another level.
The adding of personal drama has made the story more concrete and no doubt realistic.
The story is fast paced and full of suspence .
I was completely clueless about the end. I haven’t expected this twist . Ofcourse I’m amazed .
I definitely want to appreciate author’s writing style . It is hard to believe that this is his debut novel . I am definitely forward to read more books from this author.
4. Daughter from a wishing tree by Sudha Murthy:
The Daughter from a wishing tree by Sudha Murthy is divided into three part and consists of twenty-four stories . I have read Sudha Murthy’s book but not any mythological retelling.
According to Indian mythology we have thirty three core gods. But there are lots of books about Indian Gods only. Stories of Our goddess are almost under the veil. But here, Sudha Murthy has taken us to a new journey .
From the very beginning ,we have heard stories about how gods has invested their powers together and has created a Devi in order to kill devils. Those stories are common . Kali, Durga, Saraswati ,Laxmi are well known. But the author has reveals their mostly unknown stories. I got to know that there are eight forms of Laxmi. And not only these goddesses Sudha Murthy has unfolds story of other goddess too.
Apart from the beautiful cover the book contains beautiful illustrations which have made the stories more interesting. We are all familiar with her mind-blowin writing style so no comments on that.
A spectacular book about mythology’s Spectacular women. A must-read book.
5. The Heart’s invisible Furies by John Boyne:
After reading “The boy in the striped pyjamas” my heart was completely shattered. And I couldn’t deny that I felt an utmost happiness in his writing. So when I got a chance to read Heart’s invisible Furies I couldn’t resist myself.
Sixteen years old Pregnant Catherine Goggin came to Dublin in the 1940’s all alone. She was driven away from her village. She met a boy in the bus on the way to Dublin and later befriend with he and his friend. Miss Goggin made up stories about her fictional dead husband and became Mrs. Goggin and started working in Dail.
But Catherine had to give up her Son. A couple adopted him and Named him Cyril Avery.
The story is described from Cyril’s perspective . Cyril was understood from the beginning that he was adopted, and he is not a “real Avery”. Also, from very childhood Cyril realized that he was only interested in men.
That very realization of Cyril chased him because when he visited a doctor and talked about this , the doctor told him that here is homosexual in Ireland !
He fell in love with his best friend but couldn’t say it before the of his marriage with his Best friend’s sister. But it was late enough. Cyril ran away.
From Ireland to Holland Cyril’s journey was not easy. He wanted to live a normal life. Things changed again . We found Cyril in New York . We found some truths he had left behind.
From 1940s to today’s world , through Cyril’s life we experienced rapid change of world .
As I have mentioned before that John Boyne ‘s writing is captivating enough. Cyril’s pain made my heart heavy. I was literally praying that he made at least his mom .
There are only few books which made us cry and laugh at same proportion .
6. The Offing by Benjamin Myers :
The story set in post World War 2 Britain. The war has gulped the celebration of life . It has snatched the children hood . The war has spattered hatred among people. And in this atmosphere Robert grew in a coal mining town . Everyone there works in the pit. But Robert sets out on a journey. The travel gives him a opportunity to meet Dulcie Piper, who lives alone with her dog.
It wasn’t easy for Robert to mix with a complete stranger but it is Dulcie who breaks the ice. Her amiable nature surprises him and soon it feels like his own home.
Dulcie’s life is inspiring. She has set her own rules and live them. She has loved and never forget her . Dulcie makes us believe in kindness and gratitude.
The author ,”The Offing ” takes you to the offing with his beautiful storytelling. The gentle and simple storytelling will make your mind up and fill your heart with utmost satisfaction. Also, I have to mention that, poetries in these book is no doubt precious.
7. Fire on the mountain by Anita Desai :
Fire on the mountains by Anita Desai
Nanda Kaul is leaving her life without her family members in a bungalow named Carignano,in a hill station, Kasauli until she receives a letter from her daughter that her great-grandchild, Raka is coming to stay with her. The child changes her mind and washes away her previous assumption.
Raka falls in love with the beauty of the hills and nature. Curiosity drives her away and makes her fearless. Raka loves to roam around the hills alone. Both of them prefer solitude .
Nanda Kaul wants to cherish her childhood memories in Kashmir with Raka but the story of caged animals doesn’t please her the way forest fire does.
The evening Ila Das, Nanda’s friend visits Carignano the story was pushed to the end. An end which is enough to distrub sanity .
The story plot I personally feel slow paced but on the other hands it has made the story more approachable and reflected the life of Nanda Kaul, slow and mostly same everyday . I admire the beauty of her words . The book is not going to be an easy read for the people who are just starting there hands to english literature .
Why the book touches my heart is because of explanation of the nature ! The minute details of Raka’s observation impacts my mind .
I want to suggest this book to everyone out there who loves to enjoy the beauty through pages .
8. Ha Ha Hu Hu by Viswanandha Satyanarayana:
HaHaHuHu is a collection of two novellas written by one of the greatest Telegu writer Viswanandha Satyanarayana .
The first one starts with a Gandharva, a mythological creature , A horse headed man wearing choti and ornaments found in London . People became curious . First time When he was found , he was unconscious for a long time and people supposed him to be harmful .So he was put in a huge cage. But when he got back his senses it was discovered that he could speak ! The language was Sanskrit not only that he meditated before he touched the food. No surprise he became the centre of debates. Scholars came to visit him . His Interviewes started to come on daily newspaper.
The author has showcased the cruelty and snobbishness of the modern human being . Self-centered. Selfish.
The second novella is a masterpiece of on British colonisation . In the dream of author ,the author of “PanchaTanra”, Vishnu Sharma visited in and wanted to learn English. Vishnu Sharma pleaded to learn particularly this subject because he thought people have forgotten his works which are in Sanskrit .
The stories are simple and completely different from each other. They are easy to follow. I found the second story more hilarious . Personally I felt the first story is little dragged . But that has made the story more enjoyable.
I will.definatly suggest you to read this book .
9. Behold I shine by Freny: Manecksha
The book starts with an introduction about the history of Kashmir conflict. After that the author takes us to the Heaven on earth. This book gives me a vivid scenario of the struggle of women go through. But this book is a nonfiction and here I lost my peace of mind. The suffering of Half-widows make me numb. They live with hope that their beloved will comeback one day. Childhood is also snatched . They are pushed behind. But through all this they shine. The Fight for. “Azadi “. If you want to read about Books on Kashmir. I would suggest you to read it.
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