I wanted to do ‘The End of the Year Book Tag’ for some years now. It is such a fun tag that I have loved reading it on various blogs over the years. So, finally I debut with my answers on this popular book tag.
2020 has been like none other…and through this bumpy ride, my reading pace surely suffered. There were far less books that I could finish reading this year. Goodreads tells me I have read only 37 books so far this year. Nonetheless I am sure I had some wonderful books my way in this small kitty.
And, here I begin!
1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
Oh jeez, this is embarrassing! I started ‘Shirley’ by Charlotte Bronte but left it after about 70 pages, so certainly should go back to it.
I have been an ardent fan of ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte ever since. But, I must admit ‘Shirley’ is so different from ‘Jane Eyre’. The book is set in Yorkshire between the years 1811-12 against the backdrop of the Luddite uprisings in the Yorkshire textile industry. The initial pages caricatured the textile factories and the resistance against mechanization at the local level so perfectly.
2. Do you have an Autumnal Book to transition into the end of the year?
Autumnal would be the festive season in India and amidst the festivities, reading always takes a backseat for me. It is only perhaps around New Year, I find the need to hold on to a favourite on a re-read spree to end the year. And, for some reason, I get comforted in ‘The Sense of an Ending’ by Julian Barnes since I first read it in 2017.
3. Is there a new release this year that you’re still waiting for?
Yes, eagerly waiting for ‘The Mystery of Mrs.Christie: A Novel’ by Marie Benedict that comes out on 29th Decemer 2020. The book is a thriller reconstructing Agatha Christie’s mysterious 11-day disappearance in 1926.
4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
- Never Let Me Go by Kazo Ishiguru
- The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes
- Mrs.Dalloway by Virigina Woolf
These three books were on my TBR for 2020 and I really wish to squeeze in every minute of December to finish reading them.
5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite of the year?
I am currently reading ‘Moustache’ by S. Hareesh. The book has won the JCB Prize for Literature 2020. The ‘Moustache’ is originally written in Malayalam and translated into English. I am really liking the rustic, authentic flavor of the countryside and the magical realism interwoven in the narrative. Surely, this one is climbing up the ladder for my favourites this year.
Little trivia, ‘Jallikattu’ which is India’s official entry to the Oscars this year is based on S. Hareesh’s story ‘Maoist’.
6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?
Not yet! Now that I am doing this book tag, I started thinking about my plans for 2021. I wanted to go back to Indian fiction and probably try translated literature from different regions of the country.
Also, I am really excited about three books that are coming out in 2021.
Hamlet Retelling by Gillian Flynn
Gillian Flynn is set to release a retelling of ‘Hamlet’ in 2021 as part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project, which aims to have Shakespeare’s most noted works retold by bestselling contemporary authors.
I was excited about ‘Hag-Seed’, the retelling of ‘The Tempest’ by Margaret Atwood, which came out in 2016. Hope to read these two books in 2021.
‘Klara and the Sun’ by Kazua Ishiguro
Klara and the Sun will be the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, so really excited for this one. Google Books says this book tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside.
‘Whereabouts’ by Jhumpa Lahiri
‘Whereabouts’ is Jhumpa Lahiri’s first novel written in Italian and translated into English. I am really excited for this one. I have read her previous work – Namesake, Interpreter of Maladies, Unaccustomed Earth and The Lowland and have completely loved them. So really looking forward to this work of fiction by her.
Hope this was an interesting read for you!
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