What I’ve Been Reading – Jul’21 Edition

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This month, among all the books and stories I’ve been reading, one particular piece caught my eye – this essay in Slate. A few years ago, the story Cat Person published in The New Yorker went viral. The writer of the essay in Slate, Alexis Nowicki, narrates how she came to realize that the story was based on her and her life. It was quite shocking for me to read, and I Tweeted that this illustrates the importance of writers exercising caution when they write fiction that has its roots in real life. Check out the essay and the story if you haven’t already, and let me know your thoughts!

In other news, my reading spree continues. I only regret that my pace is not as fast as it used to be. There was a time when I’d finish two or more books in a week, but nowadays I read at a leisurely pace and land up finishing that many in a month. Still, its progress and that’s something good always.

The Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Genius by Paro Anand

This is a Middle-Grade book and I don’t usually read books for younger readers but I found this extremely cute and funny, which I fully expected from an author like Paro Anand. Arjun Bhasin thinks himself an ordinary 14-year-old boy going about his life, when a surprise IQ test springs an unexpected result – he is a genius! The only problem – he doesn’t know what he’s a genius at. He doesn’t know what it really entails.

Holy Cow by David Duchovny

WTF did I just read? My sister had this book for a while and recently it came into my hands. I always knew David Duchovny of X-files fame had written a novel, but I didn’t know what it was about and what to make of it! Is it a book for children? Is it satire? Who knows? What I do know is that the voice of the main character, a cow named Elsie Bovary, really grows on you! It’s pretty weird and quirky, so I’m issuing a disclaimer that its not for everyone, but you should give it a shot! I did enjoy reading it, and look forward to checking out his other work.

The Moonlandings: An Eyewitness Account by Reginald Turnill and Buzz Aldrin

I just started this fairly thick book of nonfiction, and so far, it’s quite interesting! Narrative nonfiction like this fascinates me, and I like to sprinkle a few such reads among my fiction, to balance things out.

What’s your favourite recent read? Let me know in the comments!

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