Regardless of the number of books that we have read in our lifetime, there are only few we talk about in a given period of time. These books are the recent book loves of that time. Obviously, there are some books that stay with us for eternity and beyond and they are dropped in the conversation with the same affection as pixar movies and gummy bears. But most of our conversation is generally about the recent book loves, which is the highlight of my latest series on the blog.
I am discussing my current book loves and how these books influence our reading habits. I am also looking forward to know about your current book loves and the other books that stayed longer with you than you ever expected.
Here are my two recent book loves.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
This book was the biggest surprised package of last year. Though this book was released few years back but I was almost oblivion about it’s existence. It reached me after a chain reaction of collective love on the goodreads. This book has the most number of 5 stars by my mutual friends on goodreads. The entire book is in the form of letters, based on the period post second world war. It is the story of the people of Guernsey, a small Island in the English channel, which was occupied by the German’s during the second world war.
During the occupancy, to escape the punishment, a group of people makes up a literary society as a cover-up for their meeting during curfew. This society starts meeting often and it kept their spirits on even in the times of war. Post war, one of the member contacted a London based author and told her about this society. That was the beginning of the long distance relationship between the author and the members of society. She later moves to the Island for the research r her next book.
If you are one of the souls who love the letters, you must read this book. You can thank me later 😛
In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri
“When I rated In Other Words a 5/5 stars on goodreads, a friend asked me, “is it that good?”. To be honest, I really don’t know if this book is “that” good. It is non-fiction book, originally written in Italian by award winning English Fiction writer, Jhumpa Lahiri. My favorite books by Lahiri are Unaccustomed Earth, the Lowland, The Interpreter of Maladies and the Namesake. Also they are the only books published by her. So yes, 5/5 can be a fanboy rating.
This book is about the metaphoric journey of author in learning and adopting a new language. She takes us through her insecurities and curiosities. She shares the excitement of her baby steps in Italian and also her giant leap (the book ). Everyone, who are in a transition in their life of some form will love this book.
[Bonus Read: Ishita on “In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri ]
Please share your recent book loves. I will look forward to hear your comments and suggestions.