Mid Year Reading List

7 Aug

I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort of being able to finish a book at least once a month. Although a bit behind schedule, I’m pretty happy that I’m never empty when it comes to my currently reading list.

For cube dwellers like me, leisure time is pretty precious. So let me share some books that I’ve recently read that have been worth my time. ❤

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Knowing and feeling are two different things, and feeling is what counts.

Who wrote it: Francois Lelord

When it was written: 2002

Themes: Self-awareness, Wisdom of experience, Quest for Discovery

Why I like it..

  • Such an easy read about a man who’s on his search for contentment. The issues and concerns revolve around modern-day situations which are very relatable. Although his search was more promiscuous than what I would have wanted, reading the book does the job in reminding the reader that happiness is a matter of perspective.

Eleanor and Park

‘I just can’t believe that life would give us to each other,’ he said, ‘and then take it back.’ ‘I can,’ she said. ‘Life’s a bastard.’

Who wrote it: Rainbow Rowell

When it was written: 2014

Themes: Love and sacrifice, Lost love, Desire to escape, Growing up

Awards and Nominations:

  • Green Mountain Book Award Nominee
  • Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee
  • DABWAHA Romance Tournament Nominee for Best Young Adult Romance
  • All About Romance Annual Reader Poll for Best Young Adult Romance
  • Michael L. Printz Award Nominee
  • Milwaukee County Teen Book Award
  • Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award
  • Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
  •  Goodreads Choice for Best Young Adult Fiction

Why I like it..

  • Very light read that would leave one nostalgic about the emotional roller coaster of experiencing their first love. Reminded me of the youthful courage of loving despite life’s variables. Beautifully written but has a pretty overwhelming ending.

Paper Towns

When did we see each other face-to-face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out.

Who wrote it: John Green

When it was written: 2009

Themes: Coming of Age, Desire to escape, Emptiness of attaining a false dream, Facing reality

Awards and Nominations:

  • Anthony Award Nominee for Best Children’s/Young Adult Novel
  • CORINE Internationaler Buchpreis for Young Adult
  • School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
  • Edgar Award for Best Young Adult
  • The Inky Awards Nominee for Silver Inky
  • Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee

Why I like it..

  • The unexpected opening was what got me initially interested in this book. But the familiar feeling from the setting, the quirky characters, their humorous life concerns and candid conversations were what kept me hooked. More than just a YOLO adventure among friends, this book awakened introspective questions such as: “Do all lost people want to be found?”, “Do we imagine people to be more than they appear to be?” and “When do you let go?”

The Elephant Vanishes

“Let’s test ourselves – just once. If we really are each other’s 100% perfect lovers, then sometime, somewhere, we will meet again without fail. And when that happens, and we know that we are the 100% perfect ones, we’ll marry then and there. What do you think?” “Yes,” she said, “that is exactly what we should do.” And so they parted, she to the east, and he to the west. The test they had agreed upon, however, was utterly unnecessary. They should never have undertaken it, because they really and truly were each other’s 100% perfect lovers, and it was a miracle that they had ever met. But it was impossible for them to know this, young as they were. The cold, indifferent waves of fate proceeded to toss them unmercifully.

Who wrote it: Haruki Murakami

When it was written: 1994

Themes: Isolation, Quest for Discovery, Working Class Struggles

Why I like it..

  • Besides the fact that I am a Haruki Murakami fan, the Elephant Vanishes features seventeen quirky short stories that are totally out of this world.  After an exciting adventure through its pages, as with all Murakami stories, the reader is always left to appreciate the journey rather than finding closure in its ending.

Gone Girl

It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters. And if all of us are play-acting, there can be no such thing as a soul mate, because we don’t have genuine souls. It had gotten to the point where it seemed like nothing matters, because I’m not a real person and neither is anyone else. I would have done anything to feel real again.

Who wrote it: Gillian Flynn

When it was written: 2014

Themes: Manipulation, Will to Survive, Lost Love

Awards and Nominations:

  • Barry Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • Anthony Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award (RT Award) for Suspense/Thriller Novel
  • Shirley Jackson Award Nominee for Novel (Finalist)
  • Edgar Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • Puddly Award for Fiction
  • Goodreads Choice for Best Mystery & Thriller
  • Women’s Prize for Fiction Nominee for Longlist
  • Grand Prix des lectrices de Elle for roman policier

Why I like it..

  • Really amazing how Gillian Flynn came up with such a unique plot. It was so twisted and unpredictable that I was not able to put the book down at all.

 

So that wraps up my latest reads!

Tell me, what have you been reading? 🙂

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