Rereading the fifth Harry Potter book is going rather slowly — I’m still in the middle of it as mentioned in my last “Rad Reads” post. It’s kind of weird for me as I’ve tended to speed through those books in the past. But my slow progress in rereading it this time is because I was juggling a few other books too. Due to the fact that a good chunk of my time this month was spent abroad on my India vacation, I loaded up the Kindle with a few library books and switched back and forth between my reread and some new material. You can check them out below:
City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi (by William Dalrymple) – I bought this on my Kindle a couple of months ago and after spending a few days in Delhi, and while on my India trip, I thought it was time I read it. Dalrymple does a really nice job interweaving stories from past and present and I felt as though I could hear his “characters” talking to me when they spoke. If you have an interest in India (or Delhi specifically), this could be a way to fill yourself in on it.
Your Song Changed My Life (by Bob Boilen) – This book collects a series of anecdotes by established and up-and-coming musicians about the songs that have impacted their lives. If you’re a music fan, it’s exactly the sort of book you’d be inclined to pick up — which I was. Overall, it’s a nice read, though be warned — some of the entries may seem a bit random to the more casual music fan.
In the Country: Stories (by Mia Alvar) – I really enjoyed this short-story collection, which explores the stories of the Filipino diaspora — some characters reside in the Philippines, others work abroad. Alvar’s writing covers quite a range of experiences, some of which are not always easy to read. But the writing is so beautiful, you can’t help but stay drawn in.
Bright Lines: A Novel (by Tanwi Nandini Islam) – This novel about a Bangladeshi-American family takes place in Brooklyn and Bangladesh, with plenty of insight into a number of characters’ minds. The descriptions and characters in this book are really vivid, which made it an enjoyable experience overall. As someone living in Brooklyn, I could picture some of the locales mentioned in the book perfectly in my head. But a warning: Things do get kind of sad and real towards the end — and there are some heavy themes interwoven through the novel — so don’t expect it all to be as light and bright as the title may suggest.