This year I took part in the #bookchallenge set on Instagram, by fellow book bloggers worldwide. While most of you follow fashion icons and fashionistas for beauty/ clothing tips, I, on the other hand love to follow bookish readers like myself. There are many book bloggers out there and I have come to like a few much more for their witty book reviews and recommendations (@crimebythebook @theguywiththebook @paperfury and etc…)
My challenge is to read 52 books within a year and I accomplished it by reaching 44, yes people I am getting there 🙂 I have a specific genre that I like to read and that is psychological thrillers, murders, mysteries. On the other hand, I like to drown myself into novels that are set in time and locations such as 18th century France or Britain with the clash between the royals and the common. I know two extreme genres. And I like them the best.
On a side note, I am person that goes to the library and retrieves a minimum of two books, and, wait for it, when I am done with one, I have to get another one, knowing to well that the other ones that I fetched are on the coffee table waiting to be read. I feel naked with having only one book; what if I finished it prior when I had anticipated and it’s Sunday and the library is closed!!!!!! Anyone else guilty of this? 🙂 I am curious to know!
I was keen on sharing with you some of the books that I enjoyed much reading this passing year, hoping that I might spark some interest in you to devour as well;
Crimes & mystery books > “The House of Four” by Nadel Barbara is a novel that intrigued me very much from the very beginning till the end. I am going to review it shortly for you guys. “Sleep baby sleep” by David Hewson & “Never let you go” by Chevy Stevens are recommended for those who have a soft spot to psychological thrillers. Michelle Davies’s “Gone Astray” is a very good read. Full of suspense and last minute twist to the plot. (I can go on and on and add so many titles here, that is why I would recommend you follow my profile on Goodreads by clicking on the icon on the right side of my page).
One book that had me hooked for a whole week, day and night, was none other than “The Crow Girl” by Erik Axl Sund. To be honest, you need the stomach to read this last one as some scenes within are a bit too graphic and even for the strong hearted like myself, left me a bit queazy. Not recommended for sensitive readers.
My all time favorite crime author is Jo Nesbo. I don’t know what it is but I feel its the whole psychological challenge/ thriller that is behind his characters that has drawn me into his books. I recommend “The Snowman”. The latter left me exploring the same genre of writing within other Norwegian crime writers. I gotta thank @crimebythebook for encouraging me through her posts into exploring these crime authors.
Historical Novels >Furthermore, if you are an avid historian and love the history behind the famous capitals of the world, I advise you to grab Edward Rutherfurd’s timeless books. I read “Paris” , “London” and “New York” and I travelled with the characters of each book within each century. Each city unfolds the lives of a few and more families who with each passing years intertwine together through love affairs, marriage and secret pacts. It is an enjoyable read for anyone wishing to escape their present state into the glorious past of of these capitals. The author has been awarded the Goodread choice Awards Best Historical Fiction. Goes without saying 🙂
Middle Eastern Authors >I have decided to add some spice to my book challenge by exploring some readings from Middle Eastern authors. I came to realize that as a middle eastern, I related to the plots and stories within these books, my favorite authors being Elif Shafak and Ahdaf Soueif. I recommend “The Bastard of Istanbul” , “Honor“, “Three daughters of Eve“. Shafak tackles modern day issues within her books that any woman can relate to. Ahdaf Soueif’s writings are dreamy and poise. I would recommend “The eye in the sun“, and especially “The map of Love” . Before I forget, “The Yaacoubian Building” by Alaa Al Asarany is an enjoyable read. If you have the patience to read the story behind Rabih Alameddine’s “The Hakawati” then I would recommend you start right away and immerse yourself into the story telling of djinns, queens and kings and slaves. However, my favorite author in this genre, has been Rafik Schami, after reading his book “The Dark side of Love“. Trust me, grab a copy and start reading. Note: The “House of Four” that I mentioned above is set in Istanbul.
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi moved me and stirred some unexpected emotions within the woman in me. Have a go at it.
I am currently juggling between finishing off a mystery novel and heading to the library before it closes in 5 hours because from where I am sitting, my coffee table is naked from books and I just can’t have that! 🙂
Do you have any more recommendations for me? I am looking for more challenging mystery thrillers. I know there are many out there ranked number one by book stores, however I am a bit picky and love to explore authors that are not much in the public eye. I would love to hear about your likes.
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