It’s almost Spring time!
February has been an interesting reading month with a bit more variety. A month that has been more about quality than quantity with work taking priority. And there have been quite a few books that have rolled over to March. As always, almost all have been digital reads.
As Blogchatter has been focusing on translated books, I picked two. A translated book and a book on translation. Strangely, I did not pick a romance read in the month of love. Maybe I will make it up in March…. maybe!
Here is the list of books I read last month. Hope you find some picks that appeal to you too.
Books I read:
Himachal Ke Rang: Katha Pachisi Edited by Vandana Bhagra
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, Genre: Anthology, Format: Kindle Ebook
There is a certain joy and charm in reading a book in Hindi. Edited by Vandana Bhagra, the duo-lingual Himachal ke Rang: Katha Pachisi is a collection of 25 short stories in Hindi and English written by Himachal’s writers above the age of 40.
Short stories on real-life experiences based in Himachal. Thought-provoking reads exploring not just culture and traditions but also women’s education, poverty, exploitation, and ecological issues. I listened to the book on Keekli’s podcast channel and it was a treat.
Highly recommended. Check out the detailed review.
Before Your Memory Fades by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐, Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Format: Audiobook
I finally got around to reading Before Your Memory Fades in February. The third book in the Before the Coffee Gets Cold series is a compilation of four interlinked short stories. Four visitors who wish to travel into the past for another chance at goodbye.
As much as I enjoyed the other two books, this one was a letdown. All four stories followed a similar arc and by the time I got to the third one, I could predict what would happen next.
That said, I am looking forward to the fourth book, Last Chance to Say Goodbye, in November 2023.
Chasing the Clouds by Debeshi Gooptu
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐, Genre: Short story, Format: Kindle ebook
Chasing the Clouds is a beautiful short story set in the mountains. A story that is not new or path-breaking. But charming in the way it is narrated.
Don’t want to give too much away. All of 18 pages. Do give it a read.
Translating Myself and Others by Jhumpa Lahiri
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐, Genre:Non-fiction, Format: Audiobook
Who owns the language? Why translation by an “outsider” is objectionable. Why translation by the authors themselves often results in a rewrite.
Translating Myself and Others is a collection of essays on the undervalued craft. From Ovid’s myth to European history to the contemporary, the author explores the art of both writing and translating. And struggles with the most common roadblock. How does one translate when the other language does not include the corresponding word?
Although it might seem a bit dry and is more targeted at authors, an interesting read nonetheless.
Women Warriors in Indian History by Yugal Joshi
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐, Genre: Biography, Format: Kindle ebook
Think of warrior women in Indian history. The first and probably the only name that comes to mind is Rani Lakshmibai. We rarely read about the Gondwana queen, Rani Durgavati, or the Maratha queen, Maharani Tarabai.
Women Warriors in Indian History explores the life of ten such women. What makes the book unique is that the life story of each is narrated by a contemporary historical character. Marco Polo, Emperor Jahangir, and Tantya Tope are just a few.
As you read the book, you can’t help but notice. Each woman had to face social and political opposition not for their capabilities but simply for the fact that they were a woman. Do pick up the book.
I am currently reading three books in three different formats.
The first one is ARC for the highly anticipated Dust Child by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai. I am about halfway in and it is just as good as the previous book. Looking forward to sharing a detailed review soon.
I am also reading a review copy of Not Quite a Disaster after All by Buku Sarkar. It is the perfect pick for femme-march. I am enjoying the beautiful prose by the debut author. Review coming soon.
Last but definitely not least is The Blue Women by Anukrti Upadhyay, one of my favorite authors. There is something atmospheric about her writing. And these short stories are no different.
I have way too many ongoing reads so I am keeping it simple with only a couple of books on my March TBR.
The first one is How Creativity Rules the World: The Art and Business of Turning Your Ideas into Gold by Maria Brito which has been on my shelf for a while.
I haven’t had a chance to pick The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley yet. It has been moved to my March TBR.
As expected, the reading challenges are on track with 11 books this year.
I read Translating Myself And Others for the Project Backlist challenge and Women Warriors In Indian History for the non-fiction challenge. And made a progress on the bingo challenge too.
From the Blogosphere
Resh Susan @ The Book Satchel is back with the book recommendations and her post on 70+ Asian books to reading 2023 is at the top of my list. It includes some of my favorites. I have already added a few to my reading list.
Censorship in the U.S. is more organized now and is targeting schools and libraries. Check out Pages Unbound’s post on Censorship has a New Look.
Do you share negative reviews? Nicole @ Thoughts Stained With Ink’s presents A Case for Negative Book Reviews.
On the topic of book reviews, who are reviews for? Readers? or authors? Check out Lila @ Hardcover Haven‘s On the Question of Who Reviews are For.
We are already into March and you have probably set your reading goal. Aria @ Book Nook Bits discusses Are reading goals worth it?
What have you been reading in February? Do share in the comments below.
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