Book #11 , 12, 13, 14..

book with one of the four seasons in the title — A New York Winter’s Tale

I did not realise when I selected this book to read that I had watched the movie already. When I finally did start the book, it slowly came back to me. After a point, my interest in the book just waned. Each and every thing is described in such detail and intensity that you tend to forget where you are.

I must be honest, after a point I put down the book and watched the movie again and realised there was something off about the whole story and I was just not able to move ahead with the story.

This is the first book that I have abandoned in this year’s challenge.

book about an interesting woman — Shadows of Paris

A student living in Paris. I would call that anyone’s waking dream. To be one among the greats like Hemingway, sit by the Seine or walk the crowded streets of Monmartre or people gaze. And especially a student of the arts and here in this story, a writer to be. An American living and studying in Paris at the Sorbonne and yet not able to identify with bourgeoisie and their love for bread and sausage.

He seeks an outlet for his la Americaine opinion on everything French and ends up finding it in a expat running a book shop of filled with French literature. In his awkwardness, he falls for her outspoken nature with her slightly off French accent. She shows him Paris through the eyes of a local, he tries the bread and sausage he always hated. She paints a picture that he has never seen of Paris and he falls for her and Paris.

This book reminded me of the few days I spent in Paris. It was an enjoyable read with a very interesting end.

an espionage thriller — Call for the Dead

I am running into a lot of books that have been made into series. In this challenge alone there are many such books. Call for the Dead, written by John le Carre who has also written the Night Manager. (currently one of my favourite series of the year, starring the enigmatic Tom Hiddleston and the ever lovable Hugh Laurie.)

It definitely is a slow read with a heavy British feel. The formal etiquette and the World War I era in which this book is written is definitely a new experience for me. The twist in the very end is what makes this book a stand out for me.

book with an unreliable narrator — Lolita

I was utterly disappointed by this book. I could not even get beyond 150 pages. Classic or not, I cannot read what goes on inside the mind of a paedophile. It is just wrong on so many levels.

Unhappy since I began this book, I decided to drop it. I felt it was not adding anything significant and was only disturbing me.

These few books in the list took me over 3 months to complete (or stop reading altogether) But in the meanwhile to keep the momentum going, I read books that were out of my reading list. I wanted to keep things interesting and not start hating the reading challenge.

I read The Tombs by Clive Cussler and Rise of Sivagami by Anand Neelakantan. Both diversely different from each other but fast paced. I could not wait to read the next page and find out what was happening in the story.

Especially reading Rise of Sivagami, was a nail biting experience as I also had vested interest. It is a prequel to India’s highest grossing movies, the Bahubali series (the beginning and the conclusion). And I couldn’t wait to finish the book before the second instalment released in theatres.

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