February in Books

February was kind to me. My trip to the US was confirmed. And, you all were super kind to me, and offered some brilliant suggestions on things I can do in Texas.  Oh, how much I love blogosphere!

I surprised myself last month by reading some books that I didn’t plan to read.

Here is the list:

❤ = Favourite

The First Bad Man by Miranda July — This was weird, weird, weird. I was so weirded out by the weirdness, I even titled the blog Infinite Weirdness. Uff!

Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy — I bought this because it was on a discount sale. Later, I realised that it was longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2015. Roy presents an India that I have always known — the one that is home to gods, demons, and the people who voluntarily lose themselves in the abyss in-between and many who are pushed into it. Her story belongs to everybody who dreams of an India that can annihilate the infamous ironies.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes — I told you I surprised myself. I read a romance. Like I read a ROMANCE. 🙂 Me Before You wasn’t bad at all, and I intend to read the sequel too.

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma — I will give this book a thousand <3. It deserves more than that. For I have already gushed about it so many times, I am going to refrain from writing about it here again. My blog is here.

The Room on the Roof by Ruskin Bond — This copy is indeed a collector’s edition. The hardbound features Ahlawat Gunjan’s lovely illustrations, which capture the heart of the novel in pleasant watercolors. I think I will not loan this copy to anybody. 🙂

Half Girlfriend by Chetan Bhagat, and Carrie by Stephen King — Blah, Meh, Bum… Okay. Bye.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert — I love Gilbert, and I liked this book.

Where the River Parts by Radhika Swarup — The book offers a distressing, yet poetic account of the shadow that the partition of India and Pakistan cast.

In other news, Book Blogger Appreciation Week was a riot. I met a lot of interesting, friendly bloggers. And, my blog turned one last month. Woohoo!

I am going to kick myself out of my comfort zone in March. I have signed up for Outlandish Lit’s Month-Long Weirdathon.

MONTH-LONGREADATHON copy

I dove into my stash, and found some books that can be marginally weird (at least to me).

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Shining by Stephen King
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo (Jo, because of you!) 🙂
A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimcar McBride
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Perfume by Patrick Suskind

Are you participating in #Weirdathon too? How was your February? Let me know. 🙂

Besides the books that are set aside for #Weirdathon, I intend to read Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air. The book was delivered a few weeks ago, but I still can’t bring myself to read it, for I know that it’s going to break my heart.

I am currently reading Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley. It seems fun.

Have a great March! 🙂

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72 thoughts on “February in Books

  1. I love your review of Carrie but hope The Shining will fare much better. 🙂
    Perfume is incredible. I’ve seen the movie and I think I read the book too. Can’t remember right now, it’s probably because the two of them merged in my head.
    Happy blog anniversary! Here’s to many more blogging years!

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  2. It looks like you had a good reading month! The Weirdathon sounds like a lot of fun. I don’t know if I’ll have time to join in, but I’ll definitely be following along in hopes of adding some new books to my list!

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  3. A Weirdathon eh? It sounds like Miranda July’s book would have fit that category. Me Before You is a bit of a heart jerker – is it not? I liked that one !

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      1. I haven’t read After You yet. I may need you to read it first to see if it’s worth me picking up :-). I actually never thought Me Before You needed a sequel. My favorite character is the one who dies so do I need the follow up? hmm

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  4. Texas, huh? I’ll have to back track to see where exactly you’re headed. Such a large state! I’m in Dallas and you’ll be arriving just as our hot weather does. LOL!

    I keep meaning to read more Gilbert. I liked Eat, Pray, Love but I’ve been wanting to try some of her fiction as well. What a great month you had!

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  5. Stephen King’s Carrie gets just a passing mention along with CB’s Half Girlfriend! That’s saying something.

    Only one fav? And that too Forbidden? I was shaking my head doubtfully, even when I read your review earlier; – this impressionable girl gets easily moved by sentimental writing. *sigh*. I am tempted to read it and tear it apart.

    Next is a Weirdathon? Mmmm – I can’t recall any weird books. Are horror stories the same as weird?

    You too have a Happy March.

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    1. OT, you caught me there. I like sentimental writing so much. 😀 Do not tear it apart. Please. I think you will like it. 🙂

      And, I told you. I am an emotional reader, emotional blogger, and emotional person. I know a quote about it. Will share it in an hour. 🙂

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    2. This is the one: “He was one of those guys who’d pronounce I’m a hugger as he came at you, neglecting to ask if the feeling was mutual.” 
      ― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

      That guy is me. Haha! 😀 That passage always makes me laugh. 😀

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    3. OT, Carrie, and Half Girlfriend were equally bad. And, about the Weirdathon, I asked the host what she meant by ‘weird’ books. She said it’s totally up to me. I usually find horror, and romance weird. 😉 So, I went by that. 🙂

      By the way, I love mushy stuff. But, not the Archies-stuff kind of mushy stuff. 😉 Mushy stuff that comes in charming writing. Do I make sense? 🙂

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  6. I missed your blog turning one last month. Congratulations! Mine turned one in December. Weirdathon sounds fun, and I can’t wait to read your reviews – I’ve not read anything on your weird list!

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  7. I cannot bring myself to read any more Chetan Bhagat at this point. Meh is right for that.

    You did have a great February! Sleeping on Jupiter – I need to read that one. Plus, Forbidden too!

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. And, this cannot get any better; one book that makes a great fit for two reading events. Of course, I will link my review up to Reading Ireland Month. 🙂 Thank you. I also intent to read ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’. That’s another Irish novel in my stash.

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  8. ME BEFORE YOU! Oh my gosh, YES. I read the sequel and liked it, but I think I liked it more because I didn’t re-read Me Before You before reading it. (Unsolicited advice: wait to read the sequel. Let Me Before You fade a bit. Because the sequel–while good–is not AS good and you may be disappointed.)

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  9. My first time here and first things first – I love your header. I like your choice of books too. I just added Me Before You to my Amazon wish list which is basically my TBR. Didn’t quite like Eat Pray Love, in fact left it midway – thought it way too self-indulgent. Maybe I should give it another read.

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    1. Thank for stopping by, and leaving a comment. 🙂

      Let me know when you finish Me Before You.

      Looks like Eat, Pray, Love didn’t agree with a lot of readers. I am nervous about recommending it too. 🙂

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  10. I really lived Perfume but didn’t get along with The Snowman. It will be trees ting to hear what you think. Texas? That’s great. At least I think it should be I have not been there.

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  11. You made me laugh with this post Deepika, particularly this: “Half Girlfriend by Chetan Bhagat, and Carrie by Stephen King — Blah, Meh, Bum… Okay. Bye.” My question is, why did you read these books? I try very hard to avoid books that will give me that reaction. It probably means I miss some good books of course, but I’m determined not to waste my reading time if I can on “meh” books.

    Anyhow, I can vouch for A girl is a half-formed thing (which I’ve reviewed) and Perfume which I read long before blogging. Very different books, but both weird in their own ways.

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    1. Wahah! Thank you, Sue. 🙂 I picked up those books only because I was curious. I have read Stephen King’s lovely memoir, but not his novels. For reasons that escape my memory, I chose to read ‘Carrie’. I have read all the other books of Bhagat’s, and I didn’t want leave this, since too many Indian readers discussed this. Most times, my curiosity treats me well, and at times, I encounter books like these.

      I will finish ‘A Girl is a Half-formed Thing’ next week, and I will surely read your review before I pen down my thoughts. 🙂

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      1. Wow. Really? I am 130 pages, and it is still giving me mixed feeling. Sometimes, I find it brilliant. Sometimes, I find it weird. I am surely going to finish it today.

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  12. Haha, no kidding about the scrolling! 😀 Looks like you had an awesome February! 🙂 I really like the sound of the Roy and the Suzuma and your weirdathon pile looks so good. Shatter Me looks intriguing!
    Omg, you get to go to the US and finally visit your family that is so fantastic, so happy for you!! 🙂
    Hope you have an amazing march and can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the weird books!

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    1. Haha! I think I am leaving comments on quite a few blogs. 🙂 Maybe, they are are all kind to me, and returning my gesture. 😉

      I am sure you will like Roy’s, and Suzuma’s books.

      I am currently reading ‘Shatter Me’. That book is tough.

      I am super excited about my US trip. I cannot wait. 🙂

      You have an amazing March too, Bina! ❤

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      1. It’s so awesome to see, so enjoy all the comments 🙂 That is amazing though, it’s so nice to post a blog and then see your comment!!
        Thanks, I will spend most of the month on the couch sleeping and reading, I’m sure 😀
        Oooh that sounds intriguing, hopefully not too tough though.

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  13. I didn’t much care for Clockwork Orange but A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing was amazing. It would have been my favorite book of the year if I hadn’t also read Ali Smith’s How to Be Both.

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  14. I really liked Perfume. It’s very different. And The Shining–I read that when I was about 16. I read it in one sitting, and I remember thinking to myself, “That’s not so scary.” And then I woke up in the middle of the night, completely scared. 🙂

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