January Reads – Books That Started 2018

The start of the year was well booked! I don’t really have many book goals and don’t follow all those popular reading challenges, preferring to set my own themes and making adjustments as I go along. I do try and ensure a mix of non-fiction and fiction, prose and poetry, in different languages (either translated works, or original versions of languages I know). 2018 started on a good bookish note – like a smoothly moving conveyor belt carrying with it some fabulous reads – one of those where you “shelf-ishly” grab on to every piece of “luggage” that comes your way. There was an amalgam of non-fiction, novels, short stories, poetry, translated works, new authors, re-reads of old authors and legendary stories. These are the books I completed in January. I’m adding in the links to the reviews for the ones I have reviewed; the rest will be written shortly. (My reading speed is faster than my writing speed. Also, not being a writer means extra effort to sit down and type something.) Here’s what happened in the first month of 2018:

1) Beyond The Limits – Bruce Thomas
2) The Umbrella Man – Siddhartha Gigoo
3) Onaatah – Paulami Dattagupta (review coming up)
4) My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece – Annabel Pitcher
5) Ghachar Ghochar – Vivek Shanbhag
6) The Magicians of Indrostan – Shivani Adib
7) My Kumaon – Jim Corbett
8) The Masque of the Red Death – Edgar Allan Poe
9) Absent Nightmare Zinnias – Linda Ann Nickerson
10) Jewels – F. Styles
11) Black Coffee – Suresh Dalal