Namo Namaha friends. As you might know from my earlier post, I have decided to read all the books I DNF’d (Did Not Finish) or discarded earlier this year, to achieve some kind of closure. You could also call it my year-end cleanse.
As part of the said Discard-pile year-end challenge, I chose seven books and this post is my attempt at tracking and updating my reading progress.
Though I started reading by the end of November and haven’t covered much ground, I definitely have managed to recover from the slump I was suffering from the past few months. Yiah! for me.
Now, let’s jump right into the stats, shall we?
Discarded-Pile Challenge TBR (To Be Read)
Books in Total
Yet to Start
This book, especially the ending, blew my mind.
1. India. My country and its culture is mentioned so liberally throughout the book that I would have loved it even if nothing else had been good about this book. But, fret not. This book has an amazing story, slow though it is.
2. Story and the Ending. I loved the story and I probably will need to read this book again just to better understand the ending and the nuances of this story as a whole.
I can’t say any of the characters appealed to me very much. They were neither likable nor unlikeable. This is a book that you might read if you want to be intrigued or if you are curious about the deeper questions of our existence. But if you want a character-driven story then this might not be the one for you.
It begins off fast, gets quite slow in the middle, and ends with a bang. But, throughout the book, I kept wanting to know what happened next and that’s an excellent indicator.
I am a person who reads the end of the story just to see if it’s a tragedy that I must discard or not. So, now you know that I don’t care a bit about spoilers. But, this was one book that I didn’t reach for the last pages right at the beginning. I was more interested in the journey than the end, for once!
Also, it took me a while to figure out why this book was named The book of M , quite silly of me really .
Ideally, this book is a 4.5 s read for me. I did have problems with the pacing and characterization, but because this book is a strong contender for books that I might re-read (if you know me at all, I am a staunch no-re-read fan) I am giving this book 5 stars. I might revisit this rating once/if I re-read.
So, that’s my reading progress for this week.
As you might have noticed, I am yet to start Beartown by Fredrik Backman. Though I had started it long back, as is the case with all the books in this challenge, I have no clue where I had left it off. So, I am just going to read it from the beginning.
That’s all from my end for this week. Hope to see you with more progress updates and new posts, next week. Till then, stay safe and blessed. Om Shanti.