I've been reading around 12-14 books each year, for the past 3 years. While 2022 was my lowest number with 12 books, it was the year of my best reading selection yet. Here are the 12 amazing books I read in 2022!
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South Of The Border, West Of The Sun by Haruki Murakami ★★★★★ An unputdownable, gripping read that managed to stir up every unsettling emotion within me. Check it out
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert ★★★ Not the biggest fan of the writing style, but I liked the ideas put forth in this book. This is a great read if you’re mulling over a creative project and need a little bit of a push. Check it out
Animal Farm by George Orwell ★★★★★ This is a book that will stay with you. Orwell always manages to carve out a permanent spot in your brain. No matter how politically inclined you are, this book will make you observe the world more closely after you’ve read it. Check it out
The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel ★★★★ This is one of the must-reads that will take up a permanent spot in my collection. It manages to convey ideas about money and finance without feeling imposing. It very ingeniously handles the nuances that come with money and our relationship with it. Check it out
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshizaku Kawaguchi ★★★★ The plot of this book is refreshing. A distinct cafe, lots of coffee and characters with a certain depth; this book has all the right ingredients to be your next easy breezy read. Check it out
Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami ★★★★ A rather colourful and deeply stirring narrative of human sorrow and its struggles. If you’re an OG Murakami reader, this book manages to strike the right chord. Check it out
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri ★★★★ A collection of short stories, this was the perfect way for me to get accustomed to the writing style of Jhumpa Lahiri. Her writing has the power to move mountains. Check it out
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri ★★★★★ The Namesake is an extraordinary tale of a mundanely ordinary character. It succeeds at showing you the idiosyncrasies of regular life. Check it out
Aleph by Paulo Coelho ★★★ A book about love, passion and soulmates, Aleph takes you on an interesting ride across the Russian lands. As is the case with all of Paulo Coelho’s books, this book floats a few inches above my level of understanding. Check it out
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez ★★★ This book is slowly paced, with long, winding sentences to reiterate the lengthy combustion of a person’s existence. A tale of irrevocable, passionate love, this was a refreshing read, a true break from modern, 21st-century literature. Check it out
The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami ★★★ One of my favourite collections of Murakami’s short stories, this book has a few extraordinary numbers. ‘Sleep’ and ‘The Elephant Vanishes’ in particular hit the mark. Check it out
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami ★★★★★ The quintessential Murakami read, this book is actually quite far from the Murakaminess of Murakami’s other work. He himself says so. Nevertheless, this was the first Murakami prose I had read about half a decade ago and with each reread, I am managing to extract newer perspectives and deeper meanings. Check it out
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