First 7 Books I choose for my Goodreads Reading Challenge

52 Books for 2016. When I told everyone around me about it, they thought I was crazy. But, there was a time when I used to finish one book in two days. I was majoring in Literature and most of the assignments were on book reading. I also remember that one assignment where I had to pick three books of the same genre and analyse it, write essays which included character Analysis, Stereotypes, Story Flow, etc. My final year of college has been a roller coaster life. I lost my connection with reading after I started working. This Reading Challenge is reconnecting me with the world I was always a part of and I’m glad; I’m on it.

My list contains:

Seven Books
 Synopsis (Goodreads, Book)

Book Name: The Girl on the Train
 Author: Paula Hawkins
 Genre: Fiction, Psychological Thriller
 Pages:- 316

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life — as she sees it — is perfect. If only Rachel could be happy that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train has moved on, but it’s enough,

Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see: she’s much more than just the girl on the train…
 (Source: Book synopsis)

Book Name: The Death of Ivan Ilyich
 Author: Leo Tolstoy
 Genre: Fiction, Philosophy
 Pages:- 113

Hailed as one of the world’s supreme masterpieces on the subject of death and dying, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a worldly careerist, a high court judge who has never given the inevitability of his dying so much as a passing thought. But one day, death announces itself to him, and to his shocked surprise, he is brought face to face with his own mortality.How, Tolstoy asks, does an unreflective man confront his one and only moment of truth?

This short novel was an artistic culmination of a profound spiritual crisis in Tolstoy’s life, a nine-year period following the publication of Anna Karenina during which he wrote not a word of fiction.A thoroughly absorbing and, at times, terrifying glimpse into the abyss of death, it is also a strong testament to the possibility of finding spiritual salvation.
 (Source: GoodReads)

Book Name: Fast Friends
 Author: Jill Mansell
 Genre: Fiction, Romance
 Pages:- 600

A reunion with old schoolfriends can be a truly joyful occasion. Then again, as Camilla Stewart discovers, sometimes it can change your world forever.

Meeting up again with Roz Vallender has devastating consequences for Camilla. Thankfully the outrageous Loulou Marks comes to the rescue, persuading her that all is not lost.
 Loulou’s own life might be completely chaotic but she’s great at giving other people advice. And when Camilla starts taking it, she soon discovers that life in the fast lane is a lot more than being a cheated-on housewife…
 (Source: Book Synopsis)

Book Name: Gone Tomorrow
 Author: Lee Child
 Genre: Crime, Thriller
 Pages:- 542

Suicide bombers are easy to spot. They give out all kinds of tell-tale signs. Mostly because they’re nervous. By definition, they’re all first-timers.There are twelve things to look for: No one who has worked in law enforcement will ever forget them.

New York City. The subway, two o’clock in the morning. Jack Reacher studies his fellow passengers. Four are OK. The fifth isn’t.The train brakes for Grand Central Station. Will Reacher intervene, and save lives? Or is he wrong? Will his intervention cost lives — including his own?
 (Source: Goodreads)

Book Name: The Shape of the Beast
 Author: Arundhati Roy
 Genre: Non-Fiction, Politics, Indian Culture
 Pages:- 542

In the 15 interviews collected here, conducted between January 2001 and March 2008, Arundhati Roy examines the nature of state and corporate power as it has emerged during this period and the shape that resistance movements are taking. As she speaks, among other things, about people displaced by dams and industry, the genocide in Gujarat, Maoist rebels, the war in Kashmir and the global War on Terror, she raises fundamental questions about democracy, justice and non-violent protest.
 (Source: Goodreads)

Book Name: A tale for the Time Being
 Author: Ruth Ozeki
 Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Japanese Culture
 Pages:- 422

In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying, but before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace — and will touch lives in a way she can scarcely imagine.
 (Source: Goodreads)

Book Name: The Moutain Shadow
 Author: Gregory David Roberts
 Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Indian Culture
 Pages:- 871

It has been two years since the events in Shantaram, and since Lin lost two people he had come to love: his father figure, Khaderbhai, and his soul mate, Karla, married to a handsome Indian media tycoon. Lin returns from a smuggling trip to a city that seems to have changed too much, too soon. Many of his old friends are long gone, the new mafia leadership has become entangled in increasingly violent and dangerous intrigues, and a fabled holy man challenges everything that Lin thought he’d learned about love and life. But Lin can’t leave the Island City: Karla, and a fatal promise; won’t let him go.
 (Source: Goodreads)

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Originally published at on February 22, 2016.