Fiction List from 2018
Jayakanthan: Jayakanthan Short Stories
Fantastic collection of stories. Takes you back to Tamil Nadu. The two narrators have done an incredible job.
Kazuo Ishiguro: Remains of the Day
One of the type of book that will get you thinking. This book is about a Butler who reminisces about his work, time at his master’s place and asks if he did the right things and have lived a worthy life. Ishiguro won the Noble Prize.
Ursula K. Le Guin: Left Hand of Darkness
Another sci-fi book out of the left field. About two companions on a long journey. The interesting part of this story is about the world where there is no male or female. Everyone is neutral and 3-4 days in a month they turn in to one of the sexes. And it is not a fixed transformation either - so one could very well be Father to a few children as well as a Mother to a few. She has all sci-fi awards (Hugo, Nebula, Locus) and a lifetime achievement award from National Book Foundation.
Yevgeny Zamyatin: We
This is the grand-daddy of them all futuristic dystopian world. Written in the 1930s. Orwell, Huxley, Vonnegut, Rand, Nabokov all wrote works inspired by this.
Kazuki Kaneshiro (Author), Takami Nieda (Translator): Go
A nice coming-of-age love story.
Kwame Alexander: Booked and Sherman Alexie: Flight
Alexander and Alexie are incredibly talented writers. Their works bring out lot of lols. I like them.
LitRPG: The Land: Book 1
This is an awesome work and supposedly in a new genre (at least to me) called LitRPG. So there is a massively multi-player online role playing game. Except that our hero goes to sleep and wakes up inside the game. He has to start off at level 1 and slowly build skills, gather essential things, make friends, go for raids, claim a home (village) and so on.
Sue Hubbell: A Book of Bees
Not sure why I felt compelled to add it here since this is mostly a autobiographical narration but still it’s all about bees. Loved it.
Jane Goodall: My life withe Chimpanzees
Well, once I started including a bio, cannot leave out Jane. MUST READ!
Gordon Korman: Ungifted
Gordon Korman: Restart
Gordon Korman: Slacker
An author I only recently discovered. Seems to have got the “middle school” genre down pat. Very interesting stories with good morals.
Ungifted: An average student ends up in a gifted school program.
Restart: A former school jockey/bully has amnesia after a fall and now behaves good and makes new friends.
Slacker: A lazy student who starts a fictional club to evade work ends up in position to do lots of good work after the club becomes unexpectedly popular.
Katherine Applegate: The One and Only Ivan
An incredibly moving story inspired by true life events. Ivan is a silver-back Gorilla who lives in captivity.
A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s epic tragedy. Very very nicely done. I was able to enjoy the original version much better after listening to this.
L. T. Ryan: Noble Beginnings
A marine who is framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Goes rogue to vindicate himself. Jason Bourne meets Jack Ryan meets Jack Bauer.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series and Ivy and Bean Series
- Jeff Kinney: Diary of a Wimpy Kid [Book 4: Dog Days]
- Jeff Kinney: Diary of a Wimpy Kid [Book 5: Cabin Fever]
- Jeff Kinney: Diary of a Wimpy Kid [Book 10: Old School]
- Jeff Kinney: Diary of a Wimpy Kid [Double Down]
- Annie Barrows: Ivy and Bean [Book 2: The Ghost That Had to Go]
They are all hilariously entertaining. Need I say more?