So I’ve been decluttering my bookshelf and ALL the books in ALL the hidden boxes in my house.
I was about to distribute them (the ones that I’m done reading) and then I decided to list them on a spreadsheet and add a mini review on goodreads.
I noticed a pattern with the books that I read.
I am actually a rather serious reader.
I tend to go for books that force me out of my comfort zone. Books that make me think and wonder what I would do if I was in that same situation. Books that challenge stereotypes. Books that make me ponder the subject matter for a long, long time after I’ve finished reading. Books that force me to confront and deal with my own prejudices, prejudices that I sometimes didn’t even realise were present.
I tend to go for books that explore relationship dynamics – something which ALWAYS fascinates me.
When I speak of relationship dynamics, then I refer specifically to Mother-Child relationships, friendships, Father-son/daughter relationships, relationships between siblings.
Interestingly enough, I’m not too concerned with girl/boy relationships but I do enjoy reading about husband/wife – marital relationships. I enjoy watching the relationship develop. I love trying to figure out where it all went wrong. I enjoy seeing the beauty of the relationship. I enjoy reading about and pondering the intimacy of relationships – specifically EMOTIONAL INTIMACY.
I am currently reading The 40 Rules of Love which I’m rather enjoying and I’m doing a NF at the same time. Also something unheard of for me btw – I always read one book at a time but I find that certain parts of the NF stuff needs to be mulled over before you can actually read any further.
The book that I read before this was A Million Miles from Normal.
I don’t want to say what I thought about it, just now the author reads this . Before that, I read A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian which I found incredibly funny and sad at the same time – also about relationship dynamics between a father and his daughters after their Mother dies. And before that I read Committed
I definitely go through reading phases. I went through my chick lit phase and there was a time when I was reading all these murder mystery stories and thrillers. Then I was into legal drama-type novels, I went through a smallish vampire phase with Twilight (haven’t read anything else vampire btw…). I went through a Jody Picoult phase and I suspect I’m going to go back there because I haven’t read her in a few years. THAT is the sort of emotional dynamics that I love reading about.
I also went through a phase where I was reading all these books set in India – think Q&A, Madras on rainy days, Shantaram etc. Btw…I LOVED Shantaram. Let me know if you want it? Am not quite sure who to give it to. I must warn you though, it is LONG! I do tend to go back and forth in the phases.
What kind of books do you go for? What are you currently reading? Do you go through phases with specific authors, genres etc?
Ps…I am on the verge of ordering a Kindle, I just need to finalise one or two minor details. I’ve started making a list of books to order once I have kindle. This is what I have on so far:
We need to talk about Kevin – Lionel Shriver.
House Rules – Jody Picoult
Handle with care – Jody Picoult.
My year of Meats – Ruth L Ozeki
The secret life of bees – Sue Monk Kidd
The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
Th Karma Suture – Rosamund Kendal
When God was a rabbit – Sarah Winman
The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother – Amy Chua
MWF seeking BFF – Rachel Bertsche
Do you get the idea of what I enjoy reading?
These are on my wish list for now but PLEASE suggest some good ones for me?