Monday, August 1, 2011


First time I am doing the "Its a Monday!What are you reading" post on this blog. This is hosted by Sheila from Book Journey.

So what am I reading this week?.I have three books panned out- already started Harry Potter Part III ( Prisoner of Azkaban). 80 Pages into the book, I am not enjoying it as much as the first or the second book. In fact, I loved Chamber of secrets to bits!. Maybe,this book is going to take longer to warm up. I am so sore that I didn't start reading HP earlier :-(.

Next in line is either Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the shore and Half of a yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie.I am leaning towards the latter.

I haven't read Adichie before, but have been itching to reading Purple Hibiscus and Half of a yellow Sun for ages. Nigeria is a country I know nothing about ,apart from the fact that it has one of the highest crime rates. One of my ex-bosses lived briefly in Nigeria and regaled me with horror stories of crimes that happen there. am super excited to be digging into that book as well.

Synopsis from Goodreads..

Called "the 21st-century daughter of Chinua Achebe" by The Washington Post, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie certainly lives up to the hype in her second novel, Half a Yellow Sun. She wowed us with this transcendent tale about war, loyalty, brutality, and love in modern Africa. While painting a searing portrait of the tragedy that took place in Biafra during the 1960s, her story finds its true heart in the intimacy of three ordinary lives buffeted by the winds of fate. Her tale is hauntingly evocative and impossible to forget.

I have loved all the Murakami books I've read till now and picking this one up was a no brainer. After reading Blind Willow ,Sleeping woman I am not sure if he can surpass the brilliance of that book,I am hoping I'll be pleasantly surprised.

Synopsis from Goodreads...

Kafka on the Shore, a tour de force of metaphysical reality, is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons that, like the most basic activities of daily life, he cannot fathom. Their odyssey, as mysterious to them as it is to us, is enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerizing events. Cats and people carry on conversations, a ghostlike pimp employs a Hegel-quoting prostitute, a forest harbors soldiers apparently unaged since World War II, and rainstorms of fish (and worse) fall from the sky. There is a brutal murder, with the identity of both victim and perpetrator a riddle - yet this, along with everything else, is eventually answered, just as the entwined destinies of Kafka and Nakata are gradually revealed, with one escaping his fate entirely and the other given a fresh start on his own

Looks like its an exciting week of book reading for me.. What are you reading?


  1. I think I bought Half of a Yellow Sun in 2008, but never read it!
    OMG! A huge thing :D I have to read it real soon :)

  2. I wanted to buy if a few times.. finally decided to borrow it!

  3. I love the sound of half of a yellow sun. Will be on the lookout for it! Is this your first time reading HP?? If so you will definitely warm up to The Prisoner of Azkaban, trust me! :)

  4. Vaishnavi.. Lovely name,no?. I thought so too. Yeah, first time HP reader..I wonder why i didnt read them before..and you are right about it warming up.. loved it and didnt want it to end :-)

  5. My new job has me traveling once or twice a month. Came here looking for some good reads. I think I will pick Blind Willow or Sleeping woman.

  6. Geeta .. Good luck ! Might be a tad too serious for traveling ..