May Reading Wrap-up. Reviewed and Ranked.

Hello Fellow Readers!
May has ended and here ends another 30 days of our reading lives. This may sound silly but every time a month passes by I count my productivity by the number of books I consumed. But wait, there are months when I manage to read only one book and yet find it productive because damn I tell you books like Homer’s Iliad demands time and attention.
Anyway this wasn’t that kind of productive month. In May I got my hands on eight books. I re-started my audiobooks journey this month with storytel and altogether it was a well-read month.

Now since it is a monthly wrap-up this list is going be to a total mixture of different genres and authors.

MAY READING WRAP-UP

8 BOOKS I READ IN MAY, REVIEWED AND RANKED –

Paperbacks –

1. Less by Andrew Sean Greer

A funny and engaging picaresque novel the plot of which revolves around an almost fifty years old gay novelist running away from problems to avoid the pain of heartbreak. You will find Arthur Less attending half-baked literary events around the world in order to avoid attending his ex-boyfriend wedding. From France to India, Germany to Japan, Arthur almost falls in love, almost falls to his death, and puts miles between him and the plight he refuses to face. Less is a novel about mishaps, misunderstandings, and the depths of human heart.

The fact about this book is that here the author’s writing style > plot. The transition from one paragraph to another totally impressed me. It’s a wholesome read.

If there is something between genius and mediocrity that’s where lies Arthur Less and his story! xD

2. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

I read this book in 2018 and re-read it this month.

The Namesake is the first novel by American author Jhumpa Lahiri.

Ashima and Ashoke, immigrant Bengali parents, try to adjust to life in America, while Gogol, their son, tries to find his identity and choose between the two worlds. The book explores many of the same emotional and cultural themes as her Pulitzer Prize-winning short story collection Interpreter of Maladies.

The novel examines the nuances involved with being caught between two conflicting cultures with highly distinct religious, social, and ideological differences.

This book will also give you some insights of diasporic literature. This book is more than the plot that revolves around the struggles and hardships of a Bengali couple who immigrate to the United States to form a life outside of everything they are accustomed to. It also talks about clash of cultures, conflict of assimilation, and tangled ties between generations.

3. Regeneration by Pat Barker

Craiglockhart War Hospital, Scotland, 1917, where army psychiatrist William Rivers is treating shell-shocked soldiers. Under his care are the poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, as well as mute Billy Prior, who is only able to communicate by means of pencil and paper. River’s job is to make the men in his charge healthy enough to fight. Yet the closer he gets to mending his patients’ minds, the harder becomes every decision to send them back to the horrors of the front.

A good historical and anti-war novel that deserves a read. Regeneration is a trilogy by Pat Barker that can send shiver down your spine. Click here to read full review of Regeneration by Pat Barker.

E-Books

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4. The Eye in the Door by Pat Barker

Second book of the Regeneration trilogy by Pat Barker the book takes the story of Billy Prior one of the protagonists from the first book. The second book of this trilogy takes a closer look at the political and historical background to the period of World War I . The book talks more about the war that Britain is fighting on its own home front. A war against its own working classes, strikers, pacifists, and homosexuals.

Though I feel that there was shift in writing style from first to second book of this trilogy and somehow i didn’t really like it. Yet I am definitely going to pick the third book of this trilogy because I think it will be worth it.

5. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Every weekend, in basements and parking lots across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded for as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. 

There is so much truth in this fictional pages that you might feel defeated by the end, defeated by the darkness of our modern world.

Even after having a plot that I think every one should get hands on I couldn’t manage to read the novel in one go and if I be really honest I legit took a lot of breaks while reading it. The raw and bold writing style perhaps made me a bit uneasy at times.

Audiobooks –

6. Ikigai by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles 

Click here for full review.

7. The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe

A short story that stole my heart and broke it in pieces with its dark plot. An unreliable narrator who is rather difficult to like tells us a very disturbing story that focuses on cruelty towards animals, murder, and guilt. Poe plays on the fear of madness and if I share anything more about this story I might end up giving you spoilers. Also I really want to say this that if you are a sensitive reader don’t pick this audiobook at bedtime. Just saying. xD Overall it is cunningly amazing.

8. It’s Not About The Burqa by Mariam Khan

The book features 17 essays from diverse group of Muslim women on variety of topics. I am taking my time to absorb this audiobook before I write a review of it, and I promise I will come back with my thoughts on this collection of essays once I totally absorb it.

Until then I can say that this is the kind of book I might end up gifting to a lot of my fellow reader friends. I mean that’s the best way to make someone read your recommended book, right? 🙂

Here ends my may reading wrap-up and these were my 8 amazing reads, a well-read month indeed. Guess who is smiling wide? *wink wink*

The table below ranks these eight, from best to good. (there were no worst reads this month, happy dance inserted)

TitleAuthorMy RatingsBuy Now
The Black CatEdgar Allen Poe5/5Buy now
The NamesakeJhumpa Lahiri5/5 Buy now
Less Andrew Sean Greer4/5 Buy now
It’s Not About the Burqa Mariam Khan4/5 Buy now
Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk4/5 Buy now
RegenerationPat Barker4/5 Buy now
The Eye in The DoorPat Barker3/5 Buy now
Ikigai Héctor García 
and Francesc Miralles 
3/5 Buy now

That was it, my may reading wrap-up is making me really happy. xD I mean from last few months I was not really able to do justice to my TBR piles, feels like your girl is back on track now. *wink again*

Please please send some good book recommendations and some love.

Signing off,
Until next time
xoxo