Is it too late to share my favorite books from 2017 ??
I think, NOT! 🙂
2017 has been a great reading year for me. Considering the slow reader I am, I had set a goal of 25 books this year for my goodreads reading challenge, which I surpassed by reading 54 books. Quite a boost in my reading in the ending months, I could see.. 😎😄
Read a lot of amazing books this year. Here are my top 10 favorites among them! 📚
10. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
TEAR JERKER ALERT!!!
Want to cry, take a break and cry again? Then this one’s all you need! A heart-wrenching, yet beautiful story of a 13 year old boy named Connor dealing with life struggles at a tender age. Well, this novel might be a YA, but it’s relatable for people of all age groups. Everyone should read this novel at least once in a lifetime!
9. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
A dystopian story of a man and his son trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. America is burned, cannibals and goons are on a rise, there is nowhere to go except south down the road. A very well written beautiful story about father and son at times of crisis. The relationship and bonding between the two is so compelling throughout the novel. The father-son conversation, the ‘it-will-be-okay’ talks, the feels, the flashback scenes and the ending shattered me, almost left me teary eyed. Highly recommended!
8. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
One among the three great dystopia classics (other two being 1984 & Fahrenheit 451), this novel takes place in the far future where world controllers have created an ideal soceity by clever genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs. Bernard Marx, the protagonist, feels all this is mere nothing but forced utopia. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, he tries to seek cure of his distress. An intense novel and a thought provoking read, which is timeless and relevant to all ages.
7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
My introduction to Ray Bradbury with this masterpiece, totally made me his fan!
I don’t want to say much about this novel. Here’s the synopsis:
Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do…
6. Em and The Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto
A beautiful novel portraying uncommon themes, leaving the reader profoundly moved. A Roman Catholic Goan middle class family living in Bombay in a 1BHK. Their lives are full of tribulations, since Em is unwell.
I loved everything about this novel, from narration to the language. The scenes described, the wordgasm, the family dynamics, and the typical Goan essence within the texts. It was whole hearted mesmerizing read for me.
5. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
The first rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club!
– Tyler Durden, Fight Club
That leaves me to not talk about this novel.. 🙂
But hey, here’s the blurb :
Every weekend, in basements and parking lots across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded for as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight Club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter and dark, anarchic genius. And it’s only the beginning of his plans for revenge on a world where cancer support groups have the corner on human warmth.
4. We have always lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Undoubtedly, one of my all time favorite novels, it’s Shirley Jackson at her best!
The novel begins with an unsolved mystery but then the novel takes a turn where the reader is diverted and pushed into the depths of beautiful narration, the hidden agony of a girl who has hardly seen the outside world and have always tried to live in her own imagination and perceive things in the weirdest manner possible. For full review, click here
3. Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
Dolores Claiborne is basically a confession of a woman named by the title, to the police after being accused of killing her employer Vera Donavan. Although she didn’t kill Vera, she did confess the things she’s been through past 30 years of being with her that was buried deep under herself all this time.
Totally impressive writing. The way King voices woman characters is commendable. Be it a teenage girl or a savage old woman, King is the best when it comes to writing powerful and complex characters. Highly recommended novel!!
2. Pet Sematary by Stephen King
A complete package of horror combined with fear, loss and grief. It’s Stephen King at best of his story-telling ability!
Apart from the horror aspect in the novel, it also deals with the subject of fear, loss and grief in humans. The fear of losing someone close to you and you aren’t able to do anything about it, that’s terrifying to me. A must read for all horror fans!
1. It by Stephen King
What can I say about this that hasn’t been already said?! And what are you doing with your life if you haven’t read it already?!
Go Read IT!
2017 : Great reading year indeed! I’m just hoping for 2018 to turn out as a better year than this. 😍 Keeping my reading goals higher this time. Let’s see how well I do this year 🙂