Book haul is the only kind of haul I can justify doing on this blog. Reason being, books will still be relevant in many years to come (given George Orwell's 1984 will never happen). Will try my best to refrain from using terms like ‘obsessed ‘, ‘need it in my life’ and ‘I cannot not have it’.
A modern way to eat by Anna Jones
This is the trigger point for this splurge on books. Due to a recent change in diet, I find myself slowly getting out of my depth in creating vegetarian dishes. After reading an interview with Jones in Lunch Lady, I am convinced that her philosophy in intentional cooking aligns with mine. Photography in the book brings me back to the flat across London Fields, where I first indulged in slow cooking. Every little bit of Hackney-vibe helps.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
So, I was made aware of this book’s misleading synopsis by Ariel Bisset. Mohsin Hamid is an author on my to-read list (TRL) and publisher’s need to market it as a magical love story intrigued me. I just want to read it for myself to see what’s up.
Men without Women by Haruki Murakami
Two reasons to picking this up: 1) Since finishing The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, I have been craving for more short stories. 2) I have only read Murakami’s books in Chinese, which I thought would be a closer translation to Japanese than English. An anthology of short stories seems like a perfect way to test the water.
Birds Art Life Death by Kyo Maclear
Everything about this book points at cozy reading, and I am all about that in Autumn (or more like Winter in Hong Kong). Plus, we’ve recently picked up birdwatching, too.
Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag
In a nutshell, this book is about family and money. Family dynamic is something I have always been interested in. The East seems to be a relevant backdrop for the kind of topics this book is setting out to investigate. It also reminded me of a recent local title circulating bookshops《白漬 / White Dirt》by Sam Wai Lam (林三維) again exploring families and social status.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
This is my first ever physical copy of poems. In that sense, I am a complete newbie to poetry. Rui Kaur was said to have revived both the poetry and Canadian writing scene. Not to embarrass myself any further, I am going to read this and do my research on it.
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Let us know what books are on your TRL, or what you think if you have read any of the above! Thank you, fellow bibliophiles! xx