I was lying in your bed. Do you remember? Curled up in the corner, book in one hand and a cup of tea in the other. The ambient light of your nightstand light turned the whole room into an autumnal wonderland, coating me in warmth and comfort. When you looked over to me, your eyes suddenly lit up and your lips curled into that all-too-familiar smile. There was no need for words, as in this exact moment I could feel everything you ever wanted to tell me in your eyes. And you made me fall in love with you all over again.
The perfect reading list for cosy winter nights
The Vegetarian – Han Kang
The Vegetarian is a rather unusual, gripping, tense and exciting novel about social conformity and the blurred lines between what we consider sanity and what not. The author’s writing is concise and leaves a lot of room for interpretation. Never before has a book left me in such an extreme state of bewilderment and confusion after having finished it. It’s provocative, sexual and rather different to what I usually read but somehow I tremendously enjoyed this book.
The Sun and Her Flowers – Rupi Kaur
Following up on the immense success of her first publication, Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur once again managed to release a book of modern prose that captures the reader, as well as starts a discourse about relevant topics. I did not enjoy this as much as I did the first book – probably because the topics, this time, felt more distanced from my own experiences. Nevertheless, I would wholeheartedly recommend this if you like modern poetry.
Three Daughters of Eve – Elif Shafak
I must admit, I initially picked up this book because the gorgeous cover intrigued me. However, I most certainly was not disappointed by the story that I found inside the pages. Typically this is a story I would have shied away from, but with her poetic writing style and incredibly character composition, as well as storytelling Shafak certainly put a spell on me and got me interested to explore the fields of religion and my own understanding of what God is even more so.
Nutshell – Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan has been on my “authors to read” list for the longest time and what I was being served in Nutshell definitely captured me. This novel is a modern-day interpretation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet with a unique twist, namely the story being told from a baby in the womb. The writing style was what got me and made me enjoy this book from the very first page to the last. At multiple passages, I had to laugh out loud or grasp with terror. Would definitely recommend this, especially if you’re familiar with the plays of William Shakespeare.
Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Ever since I first laid hands on a book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, I have become a huge fan of hers. Even though the stories she tells are so out of my comfort zone with me being from a white-privileged background, her narrative never fails to amaze me. The way in which she managed to convey her story, as well as pack it in a unique and wonderfully exciting story makes her one of my favourite story-tellers as of late. Furthermore, I found it fascinating how little I knew of the war and historical background that is being talked about in this novel. So, I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to expand their horizon – be it with literature, history or our perception of what the world really is like.
What else is on my winter reading list
for the last few weeks of 2017
- Flux by Orion Carloto
- We crossed a bridge and it trembled: Voices from Syria by Wendy Pearlman
- Too fat, too slutty, too loud: the rise and reign of the unruly woman by Anne Helen Petersen
- Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
- Swing Time by Zadie Smith
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What’s on your winter reading list for 2017? Anything in particular you might want to share with me (and other readers)? Please let me know in the comments below – I’m always happy about new bookish recommendations.
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