Hi everyone! How are you all?
November was tough. It was probably the most stressful and emotionally draining month I’ve had this year. I’m glad its over. My reading suffered too and I was only able to read 3 books and 1 very short book. I have a lot of interesting review copies that I need to read in December. Wait, did you hear me?
For no particular reason, I love December. I love the cold, the start of a new year and the fact that holidays are just around the corner. It is both a happy and a sad month as it also makes me reflect on many things.
Enough of my rambling, let’s begin.
Books I Read
1. The Quest of the Sparrows by Ravi and Kartik Sharma
My Rating- 4 stars
The Quest Of The Sparrows is a spiritual book told in the form of a story. The book is told through the perspectives of three people, mainly Pratibhan, a young man turned guru who takes his followers on a 600-kilometer journey on foot without money and belongings. During the journey, many leave whereas many go through a stage of self-discovery.
Check out my full review if you want to know what I liked and disliked about this book.
2. How I Taught My Grandmother to Read and Other Stories by Sudha Murty
My Rating- 4.5 stars
Once again, I am blown away by Sudha Murty’s writing and her stories. After reading Wise and Otherwise I had high expectations from this book and it did not disappoint. This book is a collection of stories of the author’s experiences in her life with many other people. Most of these stories are very heart touching and teach valuable lessons. Another thing I love about these stories is that through her, we also get to know how some of the most popular people in the country are like as human beings. There was not a single moment that I was bored while reading this book. I simply cannot wait to read the rest of her books.
If you haven’t read anything by her, I highly recommend this book and Wise and Otherwise.
3. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
This was my fourth read from the author and the best one so far. I loved how the story was told. There was a very interesting set of characters. The book is written in a very clever format and Poirot and his team keep repeating the evidence which makes us keep up. This book was completely unpredictable and I’m highly impressed.
4. Coffee and Ordinary Life by Mitali Meelan
I received a review copy of this book from the author. I’ll post a review of it soon. Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
This book is a collection of simple, heartfelt and inspiring poetry, conversations and musings that celebrate ordinary life with all its imperfections, sorrows and little joys. It explores the themes of love, life, grief, depression, self-actualization and personal growth through the lens of an introvert who uses writing as a preferred way of communicating with mankind. The vignettes are divided into sections of loving, losing, hurting, surviving, conquering, on living today and on writing. Coffee, the ultimate companion, represents the breaks we take from experiencing life to write about it.
Non-Fiction November Wrap-Up
As far as #nonfictionnovember goes, I only managed to finish How I Taught My Grandmother To Read And Other Stories by Sudha Murty but I also started a couple of books.
I started reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson. I’m reading this book slowly and I’m about halfway through. I am finding it interesting but I’m not completely sure how I feel yet.
I’m also reading Battling Injustice by Supriya Vani and its absolutely amazing. It is an account of the life and struggles of 16 women Nobel Peace Laureates This is a very important and inspiring book and I recommend it to everyone.
I tried reading Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell and I have DNF’d it for now. It just got a bit boring and I lost interest. I might try re-reading it sometime in the future.
Tv Shows & Music
I finished re-watching Game Of Thrones and started Supernatural. I’m enjoying the adventures of Sammy and Deany so far but I hope it gets better.
I listened to Havana by Camilla Cabello, Issues by Julia Michael, Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur and Despacito.
I finally started listening to Charlie Puth and James Arthur
This Month’s Posts
- Non-Fiction Recommendations #NonFictionNovember
- Down The TBR Hole | Sorting Through Goodreads TBR Shelf
- The Quest of the Sparrows: Explore the Joy of Freedom by Kartik Sharma and Ravi Nirmal Sharma (Book Review)
- The Small Bachelor by P.G Wodehouse
- October 2017 Wrap-Up and Haul
- Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer- A Newly Released Anthology
- 21 Days to Happiness by Ingrid Kelada- Author Interview and Giveaway
- The One Apart by Justine Avery- An Upcoming Sci-Fi / Paranormal Book
How was your month and which books did you read? Let me know down below!