Hey guys! It’s the weekend again! Yay!! It’s also time for another edition of Endi’s Weekend Reading List.
To be very honest, I haven’t read as much as I’d like. No time at all. By the time I’m done at work, the only thing on my mind is sleep, sleep and sleep. But not to worry guys, I still have some books that I think should form part of your reading list. Some of them are oldish, some are on my wishlist, while others are recommendations from friends.
When I first started this series, I said it was not genre specific. However, a large percentage of the books so far featured in Reading Lists 1, 2 and 3 are romance novels (not my fault that I can’t stop reading romance books). So, I’ve decided to shake things up a bit in this edition. There’ll still be romance novels but more of other genres.
So without further ado, let’s get cracking!
I won’t even lie, I’ve never read this book. Neither have I seen the movie. Some years ago, a friend was telling (or trying to tell) me the gist of the story, but I think I dozed off somewhere. Just recently, a colleague mentioned that he finally finished the book and advised me to read it.
I’ve read the synopsis of the book, and I’ll happily summarise below. If you’ve read it, let me know if you enjoyed it.
Written in the late fifties, To Kill A Mockingbird (TKAM) is not about killing a mockingbird. Rather it’s about race, justice, good versus evil, courage and white privilege. The novel is well known for its warmth and humour, despite the fact that it deals with issues of rape and racial inequality.
Set in 1930s rural Maycomb, the people of Alabama had a set way of life. When this way of life was threatened by a court case, Atticus Finch was the only person who had the courage to be the defense attorney in the trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman.
A friend loaned me this book over the holiday, and I couldn’t get past the first 10 pages. I lied to him that I’d read it and that it was so riveting and captivating (I’m just a terrible person LOL!). Now I feel like giving the book a second chance but I can’t ask my friend to loan me the book again. Or maybe I can tell him that I want to refresh my memory (yeah, that sounds better).
Catch-22 is mostly about a bombardier, Yossarian. A man (or hero) who continuously invents schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war. If Yossarian makes any attempts to excuse himself from the dangerous flying missions, he runs foul of the Great Loyalty Oath Crusade which states that a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes the necessary formal request to be relieved of such missions, the very act of making the request proves that he’s sane and therefore, ineligible to be relieved.
So basically, in order to get out of these missions, Yossarian must submit a doctor’s report saying that he’s insane. However, the fact that you are making such a request for a doctor’s report on grounds of insanity means that you are sane. It a case of damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.
I want to read this book! I’ve heard so many good stories about it. I better not be disappointed, if not, I’ll deal with the recommenders (totally made that up).
The book is about a shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within.
This is another book on my wishlist. If you’ve read it, please let me know if you enjoyed reading it.
This book is a collection of personal essays of Scaachi Koul, a young Canadian woman whose family is originally from India. She uses the essays to share her fears and experiences as an outsider growing up in Canada. The book also explores her life as a woman of colour, the strict gender rules in both Western and Indian Cultures, racial tensions and her father’s creeping mortality.
This is another book on my wishlist. It explores mental illness in America and how it affects families. Mr Powers shares the story of his much beloved son Kevin, who suffered from schizophrenia, with elegance and grace. Ron also talks about his surviving son Dean, who is also schizophrenic.
This one is for my horror lovers. Nope, I haven’t read it, and will probably never read it. But I have it on good authority that the book is actually worth reading.
Dear Sweet Filthy World is a collection of short fiction stories which tries to differentiate between a love letter and a suicide note. Or is there any difference? Each story is unique, and are definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Of course, I’ll include romance novels. But I haven’t read this one yet. If you’ve read it, how was it?
As culled from Goodreads, “Introverted Daisy McGregor is used to being a wallflower, but what she lacks in style, she makes up for with an acerbic wit, a passion for life, and a deep devotion to her family. So she’ll suffer through her sister Dahlia’s bachelorette party and accept the cloud of pity for going stag to the wedding.
Out at the pub, sexy bad boy Mason Carlisle is a reluctant wingman tasked with entertaining Daisy while his brother flirts with her oldest sister, Daffodil. When the plan fails and Mason’s true intent is revealed, he feels intense guilt—and a sensual spark of desire for the unlikeliest of women.”
I haven’t also read this one. In fact, I don’t think I’ve read any of the novels I put up today. I must remedy this.
As culled from Goodreads, “Michelle is a survivor. With a fresh perspective on life, she trades her tragic past in California for the coastal waters of Charleston. Fueled by a new career as a dispatcher, she’s determined not to let her scars weigh her down. She apologizes for nothing, especially her insatiable need for a certain police officer.
Rowdy is a newly minted sergeant dedicated to his job, but the life of a Charleston police officer has never been more dangerous. With his need to take order of a city spiraling out of control, the last thing he wants is an entanglement with a mouthy dispatcher. But, there’s just one problem. He can’t get enough of her.
As the heat rises between the unlikely pair, so does the tension.”
So, there you have it. The reading list for this weekend. Have you read any of the books listed? Was it worth the hype? Which books will you recommend for the next reading list?