A Slow Reading Year | My First 10 Reads of 2019 | Part 2

Continued from Part 1.

So, after I finished reading The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Alborn, I was out of my reading slump. And that was the time when I was going to pick up the book I had long been wanting to read from an author I have loved.

  1. Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
    4/5. I became a fan of the author after reading The Book Thief. It was a beautiful, beautiful book and that bias was with me when I started reading this book. If readers were to compare, they wouldn’t like this book as much as the author’s first one. But as an individual read, it narrates a beautiful story about a family that has been broken in all possible way. I absolutely love the way Markus develops characters, both in the background and as the story continues. It is a beautiful book which will evoke multiple emotions each of which will stay with the reader.

    Favourite Quote:
  2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    3/5. Okay. So, I’ll admit. I am one of those readers who tend not to like classics. I was very interested to read this book for many reasons. It was a Bronte to begin with, revolves around love, and talks about vengeance. But, I didn’t find anything but disappointment in the book. I don’t even want to talk about it anymore.

    Favourite Quotes: He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.
    If you ever looked at me once with what I know is in you, I would be your slave.
  3. Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Devakaruni
    3.5/5. I absolutely adore Chitra Banerjee! The first book I read by her was The Palace of Illusions and she had me right there. This book is one of her earliest works and is not as sophisticated as her more popular ones but it is a beautiful story nonetheless. The book is about two sisters who are more friends than sisters and it narrates their journey from being teens to womanhood. There are secrets, heartbreaks, traditions, and love in the story and it keeps the reader engaged. I recommend this book as a light read.

    Favourite Quote: I guess there’s a lot we hope for that never happens.
  4. The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
    2/5. Okay, so I didn’t finish this book because I don’t know what the hell is going on in it! It is some kind of dystopian novel where people’s shadows are disappearing causing them to lose their memories but I think that’s all. It is too messed up for me, has too many characters going on at once, and I just couldn’t.
  5. Emma by Jane Austen
    “Emma…your name poses a dilemma! Cause not much else rhymes with Emma..except for Richard Crenna (he played the commanding officer in Rambo)..Happy Birthday Emma!”

    2.5/5. Okay, I am a F.R.I.E.N.D.S fan so I had to do that but when it comes to the book, another classic, it felt like I was reading a rather elaborate matrimonial ad. There is nothing but match-making in the book as if people then had nothing else to think about. And reading all through that for such a disappointing ending! I am going to stop talking now.

    Favourite Quote: If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.

Aaaaaand with that ends my first 10 reads of 2019. I am thinking I may not have picked up the best of books but that doesn’t matter! Also, my next read if going to be The Forest of Enchantment by Chitra Banerjee.

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