Book List 2017

Psychoanalyst Adam Philips, in his book ‘In Praise of Missing Out’ writes at length about what we, in our times, call the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO). A pithy yet acutely diagnosed uneasiness of our times exacerbated by the social media and the glorious lives we’re all trying to live. Yet we agree that routine life is anything but glorious and sometimes it’s
hard. As readers we cushion ourselves with books and escape into words and worlds that are not our own but feel personal. However, what does one do when reading becomes a competition, books become events that can be missed, recommended reading morphs into a task to do, a checklist to be maintained, a 100 books to be crossed out before the year ends?

This year, the Bookhad blog found itself maintaining a stoic, unplanned silence. While the reasons weren’t clear we suspect it was because routine became hard, book challenges became commonplace, and we wanted to just do our own thing quietly for some time and escape so wholly that what we read became a salve, a warm blanket, a wake up call, and a joy in itself without us having to write home about it.

In essence, we did it the old school way this year. We borrowed books from the library, went back to our beds, lawns, cosy corners, and just read for ourselves. Just for the self. For now, here is a list of the books the admins read in 2017. Next year, we promise to join you readers and the party outside.

Here are links to some reviews that we published outside of this blog:

Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Safak (Scroll.in)

Harraga by Boualem Sansal (HuffPost India)

Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter (Scroll.in)

We wish you a happy new year and a glorious bookish year ahead.

2017 Reads

Country Book Author Rating Genre/Type
Algeria Harraga Boualem Sansal ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
Canada The Mystics of Mile End Sigal Samuel ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
Canada Milk and Honey Rupi Kaur Poetry
India Intimate Class Acts: Friendship and Desire in Indian and Pakistani Women’s Fiction Maryam Mirza ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Non-Fiction
India A Book of Simple Living Ruskin Bond ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Non-Fiction/
Essays
India Demons on my Mind Aashish Gupta ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
Ireland The Playboy of The Western World J.M. Synge ♥ ♥ ♥ Play
Israel A Horse Walks Into a Bar David Grossman ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
Korea Pachinko Min Jin Lee ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
Middle East Exit West Hamid Mohsin ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
Middle East Muhammad: A Biography Karen Armstrong ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Non-Fiction
Middle East Headscarves and Hymens Mona Eltahawy ♥ ♥ ♥ Non-Fiction
Nigeria Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
Norway Buzz Aldrin, What Happened To You In All the Confusion? Johan Harstad ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
Russia My Childhood Maxim Gorky ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Autobiography
South Africa In The Heart of The Country J. M. Coetzee ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
Sweden A Man Called Ove Fredrick Backman ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
Syria The Calligrapher’s Secret Rafik Schami ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
Turkey Three Daughter’s of Eve Elif Safak ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.A.E Letters to a Young Muslim Omar Saif Ghobash ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Non-Fiction/
Essays
U.K. Home Fire Kamila Shamsie ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.K. A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.K. Great Expectations Charles Dickens ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.K. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child J. K. Rowling ♥ ♥ ♥ Fantasy
U.K. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.K. Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.K. Middlemarch George Eliot ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.K. Murder in the Cathedral T. S. Eliot ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Play
U.K. Look Back in Anger John Osborne ♥ ♥ ♥ Play
U.K. Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Play
U.K. There and Back Again J. R. R. Tolkien ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fantasy
U.S.A Upstream: Selected Essays Mary Oliver ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Non-Fiction/
Essays
U.S.A American Gods Neil Gaiman ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.S.A All Grown Up Jami Attenberg ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.S.A My Misspent Youth: Essays Meghan Daum ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Non-Fiction/
Essays
U.S.A The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion Meghan Daum ♥ ♥ ♥ Non-Fiction/
Essays
U.S.A Men Explain Things to Me Rebecca Solnit ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Non-Fiction/
Essays
U.S.A Where Water Comes Together with Other Water: Poems Raymond Carver ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Poetry
U.S.A Letters to my Daughter Maya Angelou ♥ ♥ ♥ Non-Fiction/
Essays
U.S.A The Final Empire Brandon Sanderson ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fantasy
U.S.A The Well of Acension Brandon Sanderson ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fantasy
U.S.A The Hero of Ages Brandon Sanderson ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fantasy
U.S.A A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.S.A Neverwhere Neil Gaiman ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.S.A A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.S.A Carrie Stephen King ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.S.A Salem’s Lot Stephen King ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.S.A Everything is Illuminated Jonathan Safran Foer ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.S.A Choke Chuck Palahniuk ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.S.A Storm Front Jim Butcher ♥ ♥ ♥ Fantasy
U.S.A Fool Moon Jim Butcher ♥ ♥ ♥ Fantasy
U.S.A Grave Peril Jim Butcher ♥ ♥ ♥ Fantasy
U.S.A Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Non-Fiction
U.S.A Summer Knight Jim Butcher ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fantasy
U.S.A Death Masks Jim Butcher ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fantasy
U.S.A Blood Rites Jim Butcher ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fantasy
U.S.A Dead Beat Jim Butcher ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fantasy
U.S.A Proven Guilty Jim Butcher ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fantasy
U.S.A White Night Jim Butcher ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fantasy
U.S.A Small Favour Jim Butcher ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fantasy
U.S.A Turn Coat Jim Butcher ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fantasy
U.S.A Changes Jim Butcher ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fantasy
U.S.A Ghost Story Jim Butcher ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fantasy
U.S.A Cold Days Jim Butcher ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fantasy
U.S.A Skin Game Jim Butcher ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fantasy
U.S.A Shutter Island Dennis Lehane ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.S.A Fahreheit 541 Ray Bradbury ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.S.A And the Mountains Echoed Khaled Hosseini ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.S.A Tiny Beautiful Things Cheryl Strayed ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Non-Fiction/
Essays
U.S.A Slaughter House Five Kurt Vonnegut ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.S.A Breakfast of Champions Kurt Vonnegut ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.S.A Apt Pupil Stephen King ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.S.A/Ghana Homegoing Yaa Gyasi ♥ ♥ ♥ Fiction
U.S.A/Israel Joining the Sisterhood; Young Jewish Women Write Their Lives Edited by Tobin Belzer ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Non-Fiction/
Essays

 

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