April Book Haul

That’s it! I’m going into retirement. I can’t handle this. My bookshelves can’t handle this. My wallet can definitely NOT handle this.

You know how excited I got for the March Book Haul because I bought only 11 books? Well, I bought almost FOUR TIMES that in April. And no, this isn’t some weird delayed April Fool’s joke. It’s real life.

I’m putting myself into a book buying BAN (unless it’s absolutely urgent).

Let’s dive right into it shall we? The 42 books of April.

  1. Audacity : How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Created A Legacy That Will Prevail by Jonathan Chait – phew! That was a long title! I’ve been excited to read this book ever since I saw the author’s interview on The Daily Show. Also, we all love Barry! ❤
  2. Maps For A Mortal Moon by Adil Jussawlla – honestly this book was on a book sale and it looked interesting. Also, it’s based out the city that I live in – Mumbai!
  3. Words Matter (edited) by K. Satchidanandan – a book that encompasses essays by prominent Indians urging India to think critically and voice their opinions against injustice and discrimination? Need I say more?
  4. You Too Can by Prakash Iyer – not only is the author one of my most favourite people on the planet, but is also an amazing writer who has inspired on many occasions.
  5. Maximum City by Suketu Mehta – this book is proclaimed to be a must read for all Bombay-ites and sits on the shelves of most of the people I know in India and yet I didn’t have it and hadn’t read it. SHAME!
  6. Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer – Jammu and Kashmir is a state where my paternal grandparents are from and the Kashmir issue is very close to my heart. This is my way of reading brilliantly written literature about the war-torn Kashmir.
  7. Nudge : Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness by Richard H. Thaller & Cass R. Sunstien – a book that tells you about how people make choices? Sign me up please!
  8. In True Blood by Truman Capote – this is the book that made Capote’s name. Eerie and gruesome, this book is a mix of journalism and haunting narration.
  9. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly – I watched the movie and I was awe-inspired! I’ve always firmly believed that the book tells you a story that the movie just cannot.
  10. Unladylike : A Memoir by Radhika Vaz – the author is one of the most bitingly funny comedians in India.
  11. The Country Without A Post Office by Agha Shahid Ali – a supposed searing and breathtaking take on Kashmir, this collections of poetry is said to be absolutely remarkable!
  12. English : Poems by Jeet Thayil – I’ve really gotten into poetry and since I haven’t read Narcopolis yet but heard such great things, I decided to get this one to kickstart my journey.
  13. Tales of the Open Road by Ruskin Bond – Ruskin Bond was one of my favourite authors of my childhood. His writing is seemless, effortless and an avid traveler myself, I would love to see how he writes about his own.
  14. Dear Ijeawle or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – I love anything see writes – specially about feminism. I already have read this book. You can check it out my book review here.

  1. The Yellow Emperor’s Cure by Kunal Basu – found this at a book sale. I liked Basu’s style of writing in Kalkatta and it was a beautiful hardbound, so how could I refuse?
  2. The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobsen – I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this for the longest time and then suddenly the price dropped 70%!
  3. Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee – do I need to explain why?
  4. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman – Neil Gaiman is a God and I’m in love with him and American Gods which I read very recently. I’m particularly excited about this one because it’s a beautiful hardbound with illustrations.
  5. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien – Nominated for the Man Booker Prize and The Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction, I have heard such great things!
  6. The Tin Drum by Günter Grass – another award-winning book
  7. The Blind Lady’s Descendants by Anees Salim – book sale and because I want to read more Indian authors.
  8. The Collected Short Stories by Satyajit Ray – because Ray is bae. I just wanted to say that.
  9. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – came highly recommended from a book blogger.
  10. The Collected Short Stories by Roald Dahl – because Dahl is good for the moral? I don’t know. Now I’m just making stuff up. I don’t need to give a reason.
  11. Moby Dick by Herman Melville – never read the book! We never had this a prescribed read in school or college. Figured I should get to it.
  12. If On A Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino – saw this podcast where the guest spoke about this and I was so intrigued I had to buy it! You can find the link here.
  13. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout – another award winner that was impossibly expensive and then the price just dropped.
  14. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani – another crazy price drop
  15. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey – tried reading this as a kid, didn’t quite get it, ready to pick it up now again.
  16. Fluke by Christopher Moore – came highly recommended by a fellow book lover.
  17. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin – want to read more Pakistani authors.
  18. Dracula by Bram Stoker – book sale and a classic which I haven’t read.
  19. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – same reason as above.
  20. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster – same reason as above.
  21. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson – heard so much about this cult trilogy and was on a book sale.
  22. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson – same reason as above.
  23. World War Z by Max Brooks – loved how differently it’s formatted.
  24. The Almond Picker by Simetta Agnello Hornby – book sale and want to read authors from all over the world. This author is Italian.
  25. The High Priestess Never Marries by Sharanya Manivannan – looked super promising and Indian author!
  26. Breaking Away by Anna Gavalda – book sale.
  27. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes – saw the trailer of the film and thought I have to read this book!
  28. The Star Group by Christopher Pike – book sale and nostalgia

  • Ever since I saw Jonathan Chait’s interview on The Daily Show, I’ve wanted to read Audacity. And then I go for a book sale and I find it just lying there? Destiny!
  • Neil Gaiman is a GOD! I finished American Gods recently and just had to buy Anansi Boys which is the sequel to the aforementioned book.
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing is a book I’ve wanted to read ever since I read its blurb!
  • I may be slightly partial to Prakash Iyer and am so excited to read his new book – You Too Can.
  • If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller sounds like such a strange and unusual book and I CANNOT wait to read it.
  • With what’s going on in India and the world, Words Matter is such a relevant book!
  • Okay, RAVE REVIEWS about The Millennium Trilogy. I haven’t even watched the movies because I haven’t read the books. Plan to do both soon.

I know, I know. I’ve bought A LOT of books. But all of them are amazing and I can not wait to read them! Book buying cleanse in May (and June?) though.

P.S. Would anyone here be interested in joining a support group for book buying addicts? Because I think I’m going to start one.

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1 thought on “April Book Haul”

  1. On the topic of The Daily Show, I’ve finally got around to listening to the audiobook of Born a Crime I picked up a few months back and I’m LOVING it! 😀 I don’t even watch the thing, and I’m not sure I’d like it as much if I wasn’t listening to Trevor Noah read it, but even if some of his voices are a bit awkward, he’s just got this perfect mix of humour and soberness and I guess realistic appreciation you could call it, and it makes a book that’s (probably) already great even better. I’m going to take my time with it, but I really think I could be in for something special here. 🙂

    (Also random connected fact of the day seeing as you’ve picked up In Cold Blood and Go Set a Watchman: Harper Lee helped Truman Capote research [and maybe even write] it! 🙂 Heck, not only that, they were childhood friends as well! Course there’s an ugly flipside to that, people apparently used to think he wrote To Kill a Mockingbird because Harper Lee *obviously* couldn’t have written it for some reason :/ Thankfully that seems to have been put to bed now though. :))

    I hope you like Hidden Figures Smriti, I know more than a few people who’ve read it and didn’t really think much of it at all :/ I didn’t mind it myself, but science and maths is my background so it could be that gave me an advantage that not everyone has. Saying that though, I would like to see the film some time, I do think it’ll make some things clearer for me that I wasn’t sure of when I was reading the book, even though it does make some changes. Plus it’s got Mahershala Ali, Taraji P. Henson, and Janelle Monae in it, it can’t not be good when it’s got those actors in it. It’s basically a law or something. 😉 😀

    Ah, The Finkler Question, we meet again! Yeah, I have a bit of a … history with this book. Have to say it’s one of my least favourite books I’ve ever read in like, ever. That being said it’s been years since I’ve read it and I’d like to read it again someday to give it a fair re-evaluation. Plus it wasn’t even all bad, the main character was just absolutely infuriating and baffling. It almost goes without saying I hope you like it *way* more than I did! ^^ 🙂

    There are certain things I could say about Anansi Boys but I think I’ll save those until you get into it. What I was going to say is that you might be interested in some other American Gods stories Neil Gaiman’s written as well, but it looks like you know about them already. Which is great! I know you can get them in hardbound too, but at least here they’re stupidly expensive, so I just picked them up for cheap on Kindle. Hopefully that could be a good option for you Smriti? 🙂

    Would you believe The Tin Drum is another book I used to keep seeing in the library that I never got and now it’s gone? I guess there must have been a few of them now I think about it… Oh, and you might already know this, but (another random connected fact of the day) not only was The Snow Child highly recommended by at least one book blogger, it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize!! Just thought I would mention that. 🙂 Excited as well to see what you think of Do Not Say We Have Nothing, it’s been on my radar for a while for exactly the same reasons you’ve had it on yours 😀

    You don’t need to give a reason when Roald Dahl’s in question! :p 😀 But yeah, Roald Dahl was absolutely one of my favourites as a child – it helped that my school tended to have a load of his books hanging around. I’d say that I’ve never actually read any of his short stories despite that, but I can’t because what I really think is that it was *because* of that! I’ve heard so much about how weird and disturbing they are it’s as if I’m afraid I’ll lose my mind if I read them. Of course, it’s not like he wasn’t weird and disturbing when he was writing for children, now was he?…

    Olive Kitteridge is a pretty good one all right. I remember it being odd in a few ways, but it should definitely stick with you. I’m in a bit of a weird place with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and World War Z in hindsight, because I liked them a lot, but I’m also not in any real hurry to go back to them or continue with them anytime soon. Don’t get me wrong, I think they (mostly) lived up to expectation, and in fairness I do feel the same way about a lot of books, but I just have this vague sense of unfulfillment connected to them. I’d say that if I did get back to them I’d probably get on fine though. And hopefully you do too Smriti. 🙂


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