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.
- 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! ❤
- 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!
- 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?
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Unladylike : A Memoir by Radhika Vaz – the author is one of the most bitingly funny comedians in India.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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%!
- Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee – do I need to explain why?
- 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.
- 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!
- The Tin Drum by Günter Grass – another award-winning book
- The Blind Lady’s Descendants by Anees Salim – book sale and because I want to read more Indian authors.
- The Collected Short Stories by Satyajit Ray – because Ray is bae. I just wanted to say that.
- The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – came highly recommended from a book blogger.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout – another award winner that was impossibly expensive and then the price just dropped.
- The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani – another crazy price drop
- 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.
- Fluke by Christopher Moore – came highly recommended by a fellow book lover.
- In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin – want to read more Pakistani authors.
- Dracula by Bram Stoker – book sale and a classic which I haven’t read.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – same reason as above.
- A Passage to India by E.M. Forster – same reason as above.
- The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson – heard so much about this cult trilogy and was on a book sale.
- The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson – same reason as above.
- World War Z by Max Brooks – loved how differently it’s formatted.
- The Almond Picker by Simetta Agnello Hornby – book sale and want to read authors from all over the world. This author is Italian.
- The High Priestess Never Marries by Sharanya Manivannan – looked super promising and Indian author!
- Breaking Away by Anna Gavalda – book sale.
- The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes – saw the trailer of the film and thought I have to read this book!
- 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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