Hope you all are doing good. I have been doing a lot of reading this year (better than than the last year) and I am so excited and so much looking forward to reading so many new releases of this year.
I am normally a classic literature fan but lately I have started experimenting with contemporary and popular fiction as well.
To be honest, I am not much a fan of non-fiction but yes I do love reading interesting autobiography/biographies.
Well, here is my list of some amazing books that I have planned to read in the month of June 2021.
Take a look…!
1. The curse – Salma (translated Tamil stories by N Kalyan Raman.
These are some amazing stories of the struggle and hardships of Tamil muslim women where the author gives a frank account of the sexuality of women characters involved. The females in these stories come from different social strata who experience their sexuality differently as per their given circumstance. For example, in a particular story “Toilets” the lead character is seen struggling with the way her family deals with the menstrual cycle of the women of its household. An act as simple as going to the washroom is laden so many ifs and buts if there are men present around. The process of going to the toilet and using it becomes a tedious, Herculean and shameful task for the protagonist. Can you believe that?
In another story “The Orbit of Confusion” the protagonist shares her point of view about her mother who smothers all the desires of her own daughter in law even after the fact that she herself was subjected to same poor treatment when she was young. She has no sympathy whatsoever with her daughter in law and this is what the protagonist tries to make her mother understand that such a behaviour is unacceptable for her no matter how much the mother proves her love towards her daughter. The daughter pleads her mother to be more compassionate towards her own kind.
In another one, “Childhood” the protagonist a young girl of 22, is ashamed and sad of her present when she happens to meet her childhood crush, a man who is still as young as herself but with less wrinkles, more happier, unmarried and doing great with his life. Whereas she is already with 2 kids and 2 abortions with a third one in line soon.
The stories, 8 of them, are apt at bringing out the desires of women and how they feel suffocated under patriarchal rule. If and when they try to break free, they are left with no choice but to descent in oblivion.
2. And the Mountains Echoed- Khaled Hosseini
This one is again a wonderful book by Hosseini. His style of writing is one of my favourites. Hosseini knows well to unfold the deepest and the innermost feelings of his characters and bring them lucidly in front of the readers.
This book is the story of a 10 year old boy Abdullah who would anything for his little sister. In a life of poverty and struggle, with no mother to care for them, his sister Pari is the only person who brings happiness to the poor boy. When pati sets off with her father to Kabul in search of work, Abdullah is determined not be separated with her. But neither of them knows what this fateful journey will bring them.
The book is powerful and haunting, not an easy one to forget..!
3. A Man Called Ove – Fredrick Backman
This is one of the popular and most read and takes about book since it’s publication in 2013. The book is a translation from Swedish language and has been quite the talk of the town since then.
It is a story of a man, Ove, who is the most grumpiest one you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots. He has the urge to make the world as it should be as per him. But you will find that there is something irresistible about Ove that you will find when you read this amazing book.
4. What Lies Between Us- Nayomi Munaweera
A young girl grows up carefree in the midst of her loving family in Srilanka. Her childhood is like any other until a cherished friendship is seen to have monstrous undertones and the consequences spell baithe the end of her childhood and that of her home. Ostracised by her community, the girl and her mother seek safety by immigrating to America. Years after, when she falls in love with Daniel, it appears she has found her happily ever after. Instead, her secrets and scars continue to corrode her life, past and present collide, driving her to commit a single, possibly unforgivable crime.
This is her confession….!
Do read this one if you are the one looking for some emotional purgation.
5. Wide Sargasso Sea- Jean Rhys
This one is considered to be the modern retelling of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. The book take about the madness of Bertha Mason, who the author feels has not be justifiably dealt with by Bronte and also by the readers then. Through the character of Antoinette, Rhys brings out the reason behind the madness of Bertha and Cruel treatment of her by her husband who is interested more in the money Received with this alliance and care less about the marriage. The problem of race and identity are aptly dealt with in this book.
Read this one if you love classics or modern classics.
6. A House Without Windows – Nadia Hashimi
Zeba has been a loving wife, a dedicated mother and a peaceful villager until her life is shattered after her husband Kamal is found brutally murdered with a hatchet at his neck. Zeba, with her husband’s blood all over her and disheveled, is found in the courtyard by everyone – her kids as well as the neighbours. Zeba’s unrelenting silence as to the events that led to her husband’s murder points every accusing finger in her direction. Then enters Yusuf, an afghan-American lawyer, who doesn’t buy the story of her being a murderess of her own husband. The events lead to unravelling of the real cause of murder and the accused but the narrative meanwhile sheds light on the pitiful and suffocating life of Muslim women in Afghanistan. The crime like ‘Zina’ (sex outside marriage or before marriage by women) are far greater than a husband killing his wife in cold blood. Zeba’s life in prison gives the readers an insight into many such minor deviances labelled as crimes done by women in form of different women characters imprisoned there.
My experience of reading this book was gut-wrenching and emotionally draining. I felt aghast, sorrowful, and empathetic for all the emasculated women of Afghanistan who live in constant fear every day. The last chapter had me at the end of my emotional turmoil.
Do read if:
📕 you love afghan writers
📕you love to read women-centred narratives
📕you are in need of some emotional roller-coaster ride
📕you love all the above with a little suspense
7. My Dark Vanessa – Kate Elizabeth Russell
Vanessa Wye was fifteen years old when she has first sex with her English teacher. She is now thirty-two and the teacher , Jacob Strane, has just been accused of sexual abuse by another former student. Vanessa is horrified by the news because she is quite certain that the relationship she had with Strane wasn’t abuse. It was love. She is sure of that. Forced to rethink her past, to revisit everything that happened, Vanessa has to redefine the great love story of her life— her great sexual awakening— as rape. Now she must deal with the possibility that she might be a victim and just one of many.
The book is bold? Uncomfortable, powerful and goes straight to dealing with some complex issues.
8. Murder at the Mushaira – Raza Mir
This book narrates the events of 3 May 1857, when in a Delhi haveli, kalu, a retainer while cleaning up after the grand mushaira held last night, finds a dead body with a dagger in it. Gruesome as it is, the murder appears to be fairly run of the mill crime until the officers of the East India company make it a Matter of highest importance. The dead man had many enemies and there are a dozen if suspects, motives, secrets and lies to complicate thr matter further. So the investigating officer, Chainsukh, turns to Mirza Ghalib poet laureate and detective, to unsolve the crime .
Set against thr backdrop of India’s first war of independence, the book is at once a brilliantly constructed murder mystery and the finest historical novel by an India author in recent times.
Do read this one if you love historical crime fiction and suspense narratives from yonder years.
So, that’s that about all the books I am expecting to read this month ( except for the 1st and the 6th one which I have already read in the month of May).
Let me know if you find any book worth reading from amongst these. I know you surely will like some since they are from a variety of genres.
Waiting for your interesting comments …! 🤞