2018 in books, so far

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of everyday life, I kind of fell off the reading bandwagon. I used to read so much and not take my eyes off a good book until finished in the middle of the night. Somehow I grabbed my phone rather than a book to waste time at the beginning of the year so my excitement was real when I unwrapped a brand new kindle on my birthday in March. And ever since I’ve held that in hands, I’ve been back to my bookish ways, turning pages and burying my nose in stories and worlds far from my own. So here’s what I have been reading this year so far.

2018 in books

THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood (buy): The handmaid’s tale has been on my to-be-read list for the longest time. Somehow I never dared to start it, though. When I finally did, I deeply regretted all those wastes weeks. Man, was this book good! I haven’t been as invested in a story and character as I had been in Offred’s story for the longest time. I found it heart wrenching, tragic, bold, strong and hopeful all at once. I do not want to spoil too much of the story, but I think this one should be a no-brainer for every woman out there.  ★★★★★

TOO MUCH AND NOT THE MOOD by Durga Chew Bose (buy): This essay collection I picked up after Estée Lalonde talked about it in one of her videos and made it sound so interesting. In a stunning prose, Durga Chew Bose tells stories from her life and somehow manages to capture you in a way that leaves you thinking about the topics of the essays for weeks after. If you’re into a more philosophical and heavy read, do check this out. ★★★★

FLUX by Orion Carloto (buy): I had been a fan of Orion for years and wanted to get my hands on her poetry book ever since it first came out. Sadly it was always sold out, so I only just now got around to read it and I really liked it. Her poetry felt real and raw and if you’ve ever been heartbroken before I think you can relate to many of her feelings. I also absolutely adore the cover and beautiful design of it. Definitely one of those coffee table books that I will pick up again. ★★★★

THE F WORD by Lily Pebbles (buy): I was tremendously excited to read this excursion into female friendships and the effect they have on your personal growth. It did disappoint me a bit, though. The entire experience felt more like sneaking a peek into the personal diary of a woman reflecting on her friendships rather than an elaborately researched book. ★★★

THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS by Ruth Hogan (buy):  When I was in a major reading slump at the beginning of the year, ‘The keeper of lost things’ was what helped me out of it. It was a beautiful and light read for the beginning of the year and started off really promising. Somehow it lost a bit of its pace towards the end and felt kind of thrown together. Otherwise, it was a charming read, though.  ★★★

 

Currently reading

THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd (buy):

On my TBR

What have you been reading in 2018 so far? Any book recommendations for me to add to my list ?

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