This has been a year involving several months of travel so my reading has not been at my usual rate or even per the plans I'd made at the end of 2018. Despite that, it has been a year of lovely literary discoveries and much learning. And, if you've been following along for a while, you'll know I don't set much store in having high book-reading counts. Defeats the purpose, don't you think? What I aim to do, with all my logging and counting, is to ensure I'm reading a good balance of genres and being inclusive and diverse with my book choices. Hence the charts at the end.
I was asked by Scroll.in to recommend a short reading list for this year's International Women's Day. Here are my recommendations with books by Urvashi Sahni, Angela D Saini, Aparna Jain, Mathangi Subramanian, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
My latest book review at PopMatters is of a bibliomemoir by Katharine Smyth: ALL THE LIVES WE EVER LIVED. It features one of my all-time favorite novels, TO THE LIGHTHOUSE, by Virginia Woolf. Smyth explores how the writing of this novel helped Woolf finally come to terms with the loss of her mother and how the reading of it helped Smyth through her own grief over losing her father.