A little late but a very Happy New Year Everyone! 2018 has been a good and a bad year but I suppose that is the way of life. I focused too much on work and neglected all most everything else. I’ve been trying to catch up with old friends and hope to continue it in the future!
I read 80 books and it was not difficult to pick up the favourites. First, the number is not too high. Second, I read some exceptional books this year!
HAMLET BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
It will be my favourite book/play for life, as dramatic as it sounds. This play is a masterpiece. I have always been a Shakespeare fan but Macbeth used to be my favourite until I read Hamlet, of course. Shakespeare had this ability to make his characters come alive and feel real even without any descriptions of the character. I could always picture the characters. Hamlet is a great play about grief, revenge and power. Haider is a Bollywood movie, starring Shahid Kapoor, based on Hamlet and it is one of my favourite Bollywood movies of all-time.
I AM MALALA BY MALALA YOUSAFZAI
My friend gifted me this book and I’ve put this off for almost two years. I finally read it and I absolutely loved it. I’ll recommend this book to everyone. If there is one thing which can really bring about some change in the world is education. Not politics. Not War.
LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN BY OSCAR WILDE
Oscar Wilde, it is! It had to be on my favourite reads! As profound as the other works of Wilde. It’s funny, witty and absolutely brilliant. There’s always a dark humour to Wilde’s which mirrors the reality. This is what makes Wilde’s writing stands out among other authors. I also read The Picture of Dorian Gray again and I loved it all over again.
A GAME OF THRONES BY GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
I watched the show and I’m obsessed. I don’t even know the number of times I’ve watched it. I watched it again with my sister and again while I read the corresponding books. I think I might watch it again before the finale. The writing style is the highlight of this series. George R.R. Martin has created a world which is vivid but not overwhelming. Unlike the Lord of The Rings, the world-building does not overshadow the plot. I gifted myself the box-set of A Song of Ice and Fire! It’s beautiful!
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS BY AGATHA CHRISTIE
Another brilliant mystery by Christie! Peril at End House has been my absolute favourite but this was just exceptional. [SPOILERS] Though it seems rather stupid that 12 (if I remember right) people were involved in single murder but I could never guess it.
THE CITY OF BRASS BY S.A. CHAKRABORTY
First ever fantasy book based on Islamic Mythology! I loved everything about this book-the plot, writing style and the characters. The pace was a little slow at times but I enjoyed it all the same. It all deals with social issues such as slavery, oppression and treatment of women.
LOVE, HATE AND OTHER FILTERS BY SAMIRA AHMED
Another great book with Muslim characters! Apart from the Muslim representation, it also deals with a very important problem of terrorism and how the entire Muslim population is blamed for terrorism. Muslims are blamed and have to face hatred after every terrorist attack irrespective of their involvement. The entire community cannot be blamed and held liable for the crimes of few.
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL BY MEREDITH RUSSO
This is a story of a Trans girl who tries to fit in and overcome her fears after the transition. If I was your girl is a debut novel by Meredith Russo, who is a Trans woman. This book also delves into other issues such as transphobia, rape, suicide and homophobia. This book is significant, thought-provoking and emotional and a must-read for everyone. I cannot recommend this book enough.
Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Which is your favourite book among the books you read in 2018? Let me know in the comments below!