I have somehow managed to read some really good books this year, good being an understatement.
I don’t have to think what book tops the list.
Lets start with 2 of the best.
Kite runner and
A thousand splendid suns, both by Khaled Hosseini.
I know most of you have read this one or at least read about it. I had seen this book on the best sellers list for quite a long time. But I shy away from best sellers, I don’t seem to like so many of them,specially by Indian authors, books by Salman Rushdie or by Vikram Seth.
But one day I just picked it up, I don’t even know why. And I loved it. I cried almost throughout the entire book.
For starters its about the friendship between 2 boys and how circumstances change their relationship and how they love each other in spite of everything. Its about betrayal, love and overall redemption.
Its been made into a movie. I don’t know about elsewhere, but it hasn’t released in India yet. Watch the trailer here.
The day I finished The Kite Runner I bought this book. I wanted to see if the author could write an equally moving and wonderful book again. Sorry, I am short of adjectives here. This book is as different as it gets from Kite Runner, but again the ease and sensitivity with which the author writes about relationships during war torn Afghanistan is commendable. Hell, I have never read a book as sensitive as this one written by a guy. He seems to understand the emotions and problems women go through so well. During the first half I kept on thinking,’No Kite runner is much better than this.’ But then as the book progressed I felt that the 2 books should not be compared, it is not fair. Obviously I cried during this one too. Looks like I am done with my share of crying this year.
The most touching is the end. It is sooooo sad and hopeful at the same time. I love when Laila decides to name her unborn son Aman, as in piece. So apt.
I am so looking forward to reading his next.
It is a Child Soldiers memoir in the Sierra Leone war. Hearing about it in the news and reading the memoir are 2 different things altogether. I was shocked by whatever I read and I don’t think I will be this shocked for a long time to come. Sad, horrifying and unbelievable.
“My squad was my family, my gun was my provider and protector, and my rule was to kill or be killed. The extent of my thoughts didn’t go much beyond that. ”
The Wizard of OZ:
I know I should have read it long long long time ago. But I never read when I was young. So I am making up for it now.
I think these are the book children today should read, instead of Harry Potter. Don’t misunderstand, I love Harry Potter, but somehow I don’t think they are for children. I feel we are exposing them to darker things apart from those mindless action cartoons. I am not going to buy my children a single Harry Potter book unless they are in 10th grade or something. Let them sneak around, hide from me and read. But they are not going to get it from me, that is for sure.
Well this is a romantic novel. If you like reading romantic books, this one is very good. It’s a teenage love story between a 17 year old girl and a Vampire. Its different. Well it has sequels too. The first book is complete in itself but then the author seems to have cached on the popularity. The second book is called New Moon. I believe she is writing the fourth in the series. Also, there is a movie being released based on Twilight which will be released in 2008.
I guess I loved it more because somewhere I found it too close to reality, of the things I had experienced a long time ago. Most of us would be able to relate it to our first love or crush or romance. I was disturbed by it for almost a whole week because it was too close to the truth, except the vampire part of course.
Well I could really go on and on. But before I stop I believe I have to mention these books too.
Half a yellow sun: Based during the time of the formation and the dissolution of Biafra. A novel written during the Nigerian Civil War.
Some authors I have discovered- Jodi Picoult, Torey Hayden and Terry MacMillan
I hated this book. I know I started with the best books I have read, but I just couldn’t help myself. This one is so bad.I think most of you must have read this by now, but those who haven’t, please don’t. I guess the movie will be much better, at least you wouldn’t have to undergo the torture of his language. The only saving grace is the story.
Let me give you an example.
‘His eyes looked directly at her, and she felt something jump inside…………….Ways that rearrange the molecular space between male and female, regardless of species.’ Yuck….
What books have you read this year that you think are the best and the worst?