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November Wrap-Up

I am back from Shillong! I had a lot of fun. I do want to write about Shillong, Cherrapunjee and Kaziranga since they’re relatively unexplored in terms of tourism and they’re quite wonderful and they deserve some tourist love. But I need to un-lazify, catch up on sleep, and download my photos and sort through them, and actually write that post. Which will be LONG. So that’ll take a while…

 Classes have begun. This is my final semester in college. I am trying to cope with preparing to be an adult. I’m scared… I don’t want to fall out of the groove of writing, though. On the contrary, reading and writing are the straws I am grasping at to remain sane through the anticipation of the massive changes my life will go through after 5 years in the college, which is now home to me. I’m dreading moving back with my parents even though I missed them a lot. I just want more time. 5 years seemed never-ending to me in the first year, but they flew by. This is the place where i grew up to be honest because I was very much a child when I was 17. I still am in many ways, of course, However, this was my first home as an adult. I got my first tattoo here. I pierced my eyebrow here. (And promptly took it off when my dad paid a surprise visit to Calcutta. Oops.) I lived my life autonomously for the first time here. It’s painful to leave. I’ll be writing about this a lot. Brace yourselves.

Of course, as always, the first parts of my post have nothing to do with the topic of the post. I will now get to the actual point. It only took me 300 words. -roll eyes-

This post is actually my November Wrap Up. This is where I do mini-reviews of all the books I read, especially those I’m not planning long reviews of.

I read 7 books in November which is pretty good because it was exam month: (They’re listed in the order I read them in.)

1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs — I read this book in one sitting because it was one of those quick reading Young Adult books. I liked it but I didn’t love it. I haven’t found it in me to pick up the sequel yet, even though I am in possession of it presently. I liked the conception of the books because the stories were made from vintage photographs that the author found in jumble sales and such, A lot of the photos are included in the book, and that made for interesting reading. It’s a very short book, with an interesting enough premise but lackadaisical execution, as is the case with a lot of young adult books. Overall, I did enjoy it. So yeah.

2. The Princess Bride by William Goldman — I had read this book once after borrowing it from a friend of mine. She’d insisted I return it asap because she couldn’t bear to be apart from it for long, since it was one of her favourite books. She also owns a vintage edition since the book was more or less out of print at that time so she was terrified of losing it. I sped through the book and I discovered when I thought about it that I couldn’t remember most of the story at all except that I’d loved it. I bought my own copy off of Flipkart which is some sort of anniversary reprint so I may rediscover the book. And yet again, I LOVED IT. I laughed out loud in parts. The annotations made my William Goldman were chuckle-worthy as was the original story, and I loved every single character. I also want to watch the movie now.

3. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides — This is another book that I loved. I cannot wait to get my mitts on the Virgin Suicides which is the one book of his that I haven’t read yet. I wrote a full review of this book already so here is the link to that.

4. Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett — This is my third Terry Pratchett after Good Omens, which he’s written with Neil Gaiman, and Equal Rites, which is a Discworld novel and is on my list of all-time favourite books. And it was mind-blowingly hilarious. I read it in one day, two days before my first exam when I was sick and nervous and miserable. I just took the day off and read and read and read. And it was so worth it! Discworld novels are a bunch of novels set in the Discworld universe, and they’re all companion novels with small series as well. There are a lot of them, and from what I’ve heard, they’re all rib-ticklingly funny and clever. It breaks my heart that he has Alzheimer’s. I had done a book review on Good Omens on my old blog and I think I’ll post it some time in the next week.

5. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri — This is Jhumpa Lahiri’s second novel after the Namesake, which was a book that I absolutely loved. I need to read her short story compilation next, even though I usually don’t like short stories. I’ve decided to read more short stories, though to broaden my horizons. I really liked this book, even though I didn’t like it as much as the Namesake. Her writing style annoyed me at the beginning because it seemed very narrative instead of pictorial, which is not the way I like my books. However, the story was interesting and the character development was exemplary, so I got over that soon enough. It was a good book, overall. And I quite liked how it ended. I identified with the main character, Subhash, which was a bit scary because I don’t want my life to be that way, I guess, but I am now open to the possibility.

6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern — This was a magical book. It was all about the atmosphere and the imagery and I was just sucked in. I only read it in the night because I was in Shillong, reading it on my Kindle after long exhausting days that started at 5am, but I still read for at least an hour or two everyday.I finished it in 3 days. I may do a review about it, but if I don’t, I have to observe that I loved the characters and the story. I gave it 4 stars because I was a bit confused about timelines because of the way the story was structured. I can’t wait for her next novel.

7. The Giver by Lois Lowry — I only heard about this book recently which is shameful because I’m a fan of classic Dystopia, and because this is something of a cult classic, as I gathered. I really, really enjoyed it. It’s a quartet and I’m going to read the other three within the year. I think I’ll post a full review of this book, or maybe of the Quartet. I wasn’t able to give it a full five stars because it was a little too simplistic I think. I’ll explain what I mean in a longer review. Character development was close to non-existent in this book, which is common in classic dystopian books, I think, because the characters are all just tools for the bigger picture, the message. I’m not sure how I feel about that, but that’s the way it is.

So there you go! My surprisingly long list of books for a month where I expected to be reading very little. I would have rather been doing NaNoWriMo of course, but that didn’t happen this year. Fingers crossed for next year. Tell me what you thought about the books I mentioned if you liked any of them, and also give me book recommendations if you can think of any based on the books I have read, both in this list and in my Goodreads. On that note, add me on Goodreads and talk to me there or on Twitter, about books or about other things, because my second favourite thing to do after reading is talking. You can find links to those things here.



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