Following my immense enjoyment of The Inheritance of Loss,a book which has been suggested to me numerous times before,I’ve made my mind to read mostly recommended books for the first half of 2015.When I read reviews,I always add the books to my wishlist,but more often than not,fail to actually read them; hopefully with this new quest of mine my TBR list will diminish significantly.
Below are the books which have been recommended to me the most.Some of them haven’t been recommended,but rather,were praised as a ‘must-read’ by the blogger.Actually some of them might recognize their suggestions here. 🙂
1.Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
It seems that everybody who’s read this book has been left mesmerized.Salman Rushdie is a giant of post-modernism literature,so much so that literary experts have coined the term ‘Post-Rushdie generation’ – a generation whereby bloomed such talents as Arundhati Roy,Pankaj Mishra,or Kiran Desai.These authors are besides often referred to as ”Midnight’s Grandchildren”.Midnight’s Children is the Booker of Bookers,has influenced two of my favourite authors,and been suggested to me countless of times,so how can I not read it? I will most probably get through it in June when I’ll be on vacation.
2.Where There’s Love,There’s Hate – Adolfo Bioy Casares & Silvina Ocampo
It was whilst looking for reviews of The Invention of Morel that I came to know about Where There’s Love,There’s Hate.Many people,though acknowledging the beauty of The Invention of Morel,preferred Casares’ other book and urged me to consider reading it.I bought the book some days ago,and it reached me today.My only qualm is that it doesn’t have great reviews on goodreads….
3.The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I know,I know.How come I haven’t read this book yet?! It’s in some way similar to Animal Farm and To Kill a Mockingbird in the sense that everybody assumes that you’ve already read it.I have it at home,in French.It belonged to my sister who studied it at an early stage in high school.I remember,as a kid,leafing the book without for one second suspecting that it might be one of the greatest books in children’s literature.A huge,huge favourite of bloggers.
4.Tess of the d’Ubbervilles – Thomas Hardy
Does the name ‘Jhumpa Lahiri’ ring a bell in you? At any rate,it should.She’s actually one of the world’s best authors – considering how many awards she garnered.Well,one of her favourite authors is none other than Thomas Hardy,and she once even stated that it was the only novel she wished she could have written.Here’s more of what she said about the book: ‘Arguably Hardy’s masterpiece, epic in scope, virtuosic in telling, shattering in effect. An indelible study of society, of human psychology, and of place. A book I re-read at every opportunity.’ Surprisingly popular with blogging,class-loving,bookworms.
5.Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
Bizarrely shortly after a friend recommended this book to me,praising it as one of the best books he’s ever read,I saw two bloggers lavishing similar praise on it,employing various superlatives in their bid to best describe the effect this book has had on them.I always dismissed Of Mice and Men as archaic and boring,always thinking that it’ll be about farming and deja-vu drama,but now I’m really curious as to what this little book – it has about 100 pages,if I’m not mistaken – can be well about.As is never enough said,’Do Not Judge a Book by its Cover’.
6.The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
I have it in my room and have already gone through the first,say,fifteen pages.But I stopped.In fact I read it in a period of my life when I had no idea what I was doing apart from waking up and going to lectures.I read it very late at night and was half-asleep.In the end,I deemed it better to close it and read it at another time,as I was not doing the book – a Booker Prize winner – any justice.Now that I’m more settled,I’ll give it another go soon.Reviewed by quite a few bloggers here and is more or less popular.
7.All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
I saw it on the Folio Society site,but swiftly ignored it,as it revolves around the theme of war,which I thought was boring,following my experience with Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms.But I saw two favourable reviews of this book on wordpress,and it occurred to me that I might have dismissed it too quickly.Besides,it got great ratings on goodreads; 3.8 for more than 150,000 users.That being said,I’m not that optimistic about that book.But let’s wait and see.
8.Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
A really popular classic.I saw numerous bloggers counting this Russian novel among their all-time favourites.It looks really promising and the ratings on goodreads speak for themselves: 4.3 for a little more than 95,000 users!! I will definitely be reading it in June/July.
9.The Catcher in the Rye – J.D Salinger
I know: yet another must-read classic I’m still delaying the reading of.I was supposed to read it in 2013,but had so many other novels came my way.This time I aim to read it before I go back home.Also whilst I know it is hugely popular,I’m well aware that many people didn’t see why it is praised as a must-read,deeming it overrated as a result.I honestly have no idea which group I’ll be in upon finishing it.
That’s all the books I can think of.If you know a book that you think is a must-read,be it a classic,nominee/winner of a prestigious literary competition,or just a simpleton you found somewhere,don’t forget to please tell me about it!