What I Read – November 2018

After my lacklustre showing for October, I kicked my reading up a notch for November


  1. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth (Little, Brown & Company, 1993) (Read my full review here.)

Fat, ligament, muscle, blood, hair, affection, pity, despair, anxiety, illness: all were no more. She had dispersed. She was the garden at Prem Nivas, she was Veena’s love of music, Pran’s asthma, Maan’s generosity, the survival of some refugees four years ago, the neem leaves that would preserve quilts stored in the great zinc trunks of Prem Nivas, the moulting feather of some pond-heron, a small unrung brass bell, the memory of decency in an indecent time, the temperament of Bhaskar’s great-grandchildren. 

Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy
  1. An Orchestra of Minorities – Chigozie Obioma (Little, Brown & Company, 2019) (Review here.)
  2. The Forgetting Tree – Tatjana Soli (St. Martin’s Press, 2012) 
Reading books and building forts.

(Read my review of The Forgetting Tree here.)

4. Exit West – Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead Books, 2017) (Review here.)

5. This Side of Brightness – Colum McCann (Phoenix House, 1998) (Review here.)

6. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1965) (This is a re-read for me and I won’t review it but I definitely think it’s worth reading. Or re-reading.)

Instead, please enjoy a photo of this beautiful Second Edition (US) set of The Lord of the Rings.

7. The Two Towers – J.R.R. Tolkien

Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and another among Men. It is a man’s part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house.  

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

Did Not Finish:

Self – Yann Martel (I have loved the three other novels I’ve read from Martel but this one….I don’t get it. Why am I supposed to care about the inner, mundane workings of an average person? Why can’t we see what he’s actually, currently doing? I was bored.)

Currently Reading:

  1. Celebration of Discipline – Richard Foster

If we hope to move beyond the superficialities of our culture, including our religious culture, we must be willing to go down into the recreating silences, into the inner world of contemplation.

Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline

The Return of the King –J.R.R. Tolkien

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