Birthday Book Haul!

In October I reached yet another age on the wrong side of twenty, so some lovely friends and colleagues of mine, thoughtfully presented me with a book token as a gift. I have to say, it was a most unexpected gift but I was touched by the sentiment.

And in true lastminute.com fashion, I have only now remembered to make use of it, amassing a total of four new books to add to my ever growing collection. Here’s what I finally decided to buy after spending the best part of Friday afternoon roaming the stacked columns of my local Waterstones;

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“As much a story of paradise found as it is of paradise lost…Extraordinary.” – New York Times

Call Me By Your Name was written by Andrรฉ Aciman and published in 2007 by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux. It was later adapted for cinema in 2017, starring among its cast, the Hollywood actor, Armie Hammer, who also narrated the audio book.

This contemporary romance is about “a blossoming romantic relationship between [an intellectually precocious and curious 17-year-old boy named Elio Perlman and a visiting 24-year-old scholar named Oliver] in 1980s Italy. ”

“A gripping read and a haunting story of love, loss and betrayal. Guranteed to move even the hardest heart.” – Independent

The Kite Runner is the highly acclaimed debut novel by American-Afghani author Khaled Hosseini. It was originally published in 2003 by Bloomsbury Publishing. It was number one on the New York Times Best Seller list for more than two years.

This is the story about Amir, “a Sunni Muslim, who struggles to find his place in the world because of the aftereffects and fallout from a series of traumatic childhood events.” – Cliffnotes

“A voice of breathtaking beauty, a masterpiece.” – Observer

The God Of Small Things is the debut novel by Indian author Arundhati Roy. It was orginally published in 1997 by Flamingo books and has won awards including the prestigious Booker Prize.

“It is a story about the childhood experiences of fraternal twins whose lives are destroyed by the “Love Laws” that lay down “who should be loved, and how. And how much.” ” – Wikipedia

A Staggering achievement. Brilliantly enjoyable – Nadine Gordimer

The Satanic Verses is the deeply controversial fourth novel by British-Indian writer, Sir Salman Rushdie. It was originally published in 1988 by Vintage Books and is said to have caused widespread uproar in the Islamic community.

“The complex and multilayered plot focuses on two protagonists, both Indian Muslims living in England. Gibreel Farishta is a successful film actor who has suffered a recent bout of mental illness and who is in love with an English mountain climber, Alleluia Cone.” – Britannica

*Lochanreads on Booktube*

Thanks for reading! Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these books and your thoughts on them.

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