The readers of Blank Slate Chronicles know this by now. We, the co-founders of this website, are nerds. In our universe, heroes are fictional and come in all shapes and sizes – from Wonder Woman to Miss Marple. As our desk calendars get replaced, we are busy making the only list that matters to us: Books to read in 2018. Some of the books we have put on our shelf this year are award winners, the others I want to read just because. Nonetheless, the following is a well-rounded list of books and authors that offered the best of 2017 and will be a part of my TBR shelf in 2018.
Japanese authors are Killing it!
In 2017 I finished reading all books by Keigo Higashino. ( I started a few years back when The Devotion of Suspect X was released). This brilliant author has penned some of the best crime fiction of recent times. His characters have depth and the stories reflect the subtle and beautiful culture of Japan. He is fearless and ruthless and some of his works are dark. In case he writes/releases anything this year I will not think twice before buying that book.
Magical Realism is not my thing really but the name Murakami crops up everywhere. Like Rushdie or Milan Kundera, Murakami is for those who have an acquired taste for such work. I have not read him yet and neither do I plan to this year.
However, Kazuo Ishiguro is on the table in 2018. Apart from winning the Nobel Prize in literature in 2017, he has been well loved by critics and pleasure readers alike. The binge lover in me is very happy.
Oh My Fantasy
George RR Martin has been very unfair to his readers. He should learn a thing or two from our dear Chetan Bhagat, who religiously writes the book quickly, keeping in mind the soppy masala movie that must be made from it next year. ‘Game of Throne’ readers have been waiting for the promised books since 2011. For curbing my fantasy appetite this year I am going to choose Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. This book has been featured on the best list of several notable websites, and the Greek and Roman gods should really go take a break!
Raising a Feisty Woman
The bittersweet truth of my life nowadays is the ratio of child vs adult books is almost 3:1. Dr. Seuss is rising on my list of favorite all-time authors (He is brilliant … A pure Genius). This year I am going to read Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. The book contains 100 stories of rebel women, who persisted. Stories that my daughter should dream about. She is a feisty kid. She has her own ways, and I am going to nudge her towards being the right kind of Rebel.
Alternative young adult
Calling out all young adult fans here! If you decide to look up beyond semi or full vampires, semi-robots, semi-gods, semi witches, or semi-humans (no judgments here, I love all the varieties!) here is a book you should read- The Hate you Give by Angie Thomas. This debutant young author pens a hilariously poignant tale of hate crime and racism in America. She raises important questions. Written in a non-preachy sarcastic tone (my favourite), this book has topped many book charts and will surely be a part of my 2018 reading list!
The story of the superwoman: Lily Singh!
Unlike “Googler” (which we all are), “Youtuber” is a designated profession these days. And for some people, YouTube has raised them to the status of a superstar or in this case a Superwoman. Lily Singh is a Canadian star YouTuber and she has penned her journey to success in her book, How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life. The reviews are good, and I am interested to know about how the world of social media star operates. I will definitely pick this book up on those days when I get scolded by my Bawse!
Ministry of Utmost Happiness
I won’t give any other reason to read this book apart from the fact that it is Arundhati Roy! The book promises intricacies of relationships set in a complicated Indian backdrop.
Times of India: Write for India Season 1
I will read this book because it features powerful short stories by lesser-known talents of India. And of course, because it features a short story by our very own Editor!
In other reads
There are few other titles which have caught my and many peoples fancy in 2017:
- Turtles all the Way Down by John Green,
- Astrophysics for people in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson,
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.
- The Power by Naomi Alderman
These are some of the titles which I plan to pick up this year.
What are some of the titles making into your booklist? Happy reading in 2018 everyone.
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