Not that my reading list from 2018 is too long and all but I have read some good books I will highly recommend you to add them to your reading list as well .
1 Pachinko by Min Jin Lee :
This is my favorite book of this year as this book helped to me to expand by understanding of the East Asia like never before. Based in Korea and Japan, Pachinko is the story that follows the generations of Korean family that lives in Japanese Occupied Korea between the period between the World Wars and follows their years in Japan as an immigrants. The complicity of the characters and their relationship have really interested me the most and the consistency in Min Jin Lee’s writing, no matter where in the timeline you are- make is truely one of the best of the modern writing. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars in the goodreads.
2. The Caped Crusade: Batman and the rise of the nerd Culture by Glen Weldon
Another one of my 5 star rated book on the goodreads, The Caped Crusade captures the rise of the nerd culture and bigger rise of the Batman, which in the years have lived in the shadows of Superman and Spiderman. Glen Weldon has penned this fantastic book with amazing research, fact-files and fan voices from different medium. If you are Batman fan, do read this book – it will not let you disappointed. I had first seen it a magazine recommendation of this book( Rolling Stones I think ) but it was very expensive in India. I waited for few months for the price for fall but it didn’t happen. I end up buying the kindle version.
3. Debt- The first 5000 years by David Graeber
What a thought provoking book ! It changes everything for me- the concept of money, debt and finance. It is amazing that how our mind can be challenged about the universal phenomena if we are given data and facts from history to argue against it. I wont lie to you – it took many days to read about first 5000 years of debt by David Graeber. Thanks to this book, I feel more informed about money, debt- their concept and their origin. Kudos to the great work done. 4 out of 5 stars on the goodreads.
4. A Murder on a Malabar Hills by Sujata Massey
Yes, it is the least rated book of the lot but I have more reasons to include it as it ticks many boxes for me :
- Indian book
- Historical fiction
- Pre-Independence South Bombay
- Investigative woman lawyer of the era
- Parsi Families
- Murder in the tittle
I read some positive reviews on the blogs ( I don’t remember which one – was it you Chitra ? ) and I knew I have to read this one. I enjoyed the build up and the book was well paced. There are few episodes that put me off but overall I enjoyed this book and will recommend to you. I rated it 3 out of 5 stars on the goodreads.