Reading Challenge March 2017
Here at For Reading Addicts we wanted to create another reading challenge for ourselves and our followers, something a little different, something that perhaps takes us all out of our reading comfort zone and so we have decided that the For Reading Addicts reading challenge for 2017 will feature authors from around the world.
For our March challenge we asked for author suggestions for the Indian subcontinent and here we have five books from authors which were chosen by our Cwts Book Club members.
Each month we will select five books written by authors who hail from a specific country and will then share that list on our Social Media pages and groups. We will then set up a discussion event for those who are taking part to chat about the books they read and to share their experiences of reading books from authors they may not ever have come across otherwise. We will also create a poll question asking for suggestions of authors for the next month’s country.
The third selection to feature in our reading challenge for 2017 is The Indian subcontinent. These are the five books we have chosen for our For Reading Addicts Reading Challenge 2017 March edition.
Vikram Seth – A Suitable Boy
As Lata’s mother attempts to find her a suitable husband, through love or through exacting maternal appraisal their country is facing a crisis as a newly independent India prepares for its first great general election and the chance to map its own destiny.
Salman Rushdie – Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
The divide between worlds is breached and a down-to-earth gardener finds that his feet no longer touch the ground. A graphic novelist awakens in his bedroom to a mysterious entity that resembles his own sub-Stan Lee creation. Abandoned at the mayor’s office, a baby identifies corruption with her mere presence, marking the guilty with blemishes and boils. A seductive gold digger is soon tapped to combat forces beyond imagining.
Arundhati Roy – The God of Small Things
The story of Rahel and Estha, twins growing up among the banana vats and peppercorns of their blind grandmother’s factory, and who’s childhood is fashioned by their fractured family amid scenes of political turbulence in Kerala.
Jhumpa Lahiri – Interpreter of Maladies
Following the lives of exiled Indians in Boston this beautifully written novel won the Pulitzer. A student awaits his arranged marriage bride, a couple spend their evenings confessing and a young boy watches as his childminder discovers that her new life is not all she imagined and is left longing for her homeland. Described as evocative and rich this is a beautiful novel.
Aravind Adiga – The White Tiger
The smartest boy in his village Balram Halwai is known as the White Tiger but his family are too poor for him to finish school and he has to work at a tea shop breaking coals and cleaning tables until a rich man hires him as a chauffeur and takes him to Delhi.Confronted by all of this wealth Balram realises that he will never have the opportunities that his boss has unless…
he murders him.
Hopefully our reading challenge for 2017 will introduce you to authors you’ve never heard of and writing styles you’ve never encountered previously. We have kept the challenge as simple as possible and hopefully, each month you will be able find at least one book that you will enjoy reading.