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Birthday Book Haul

Updated on July 21, 2020
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It was my birthday last month and a perfect occasion to gift myself some books. A bookworm just needs an excuse to buy books, isn’t it? So I bought eight books- a few thrillers, two classics and a mythological fiction. Now without further ado, let me share my book haul:

1. Malice by Keigo Higashino

I recently read ‘Devotion of Suspect X and I loved the book so much that I was sure that I want to read all the books by Keigo Higashino. Malice is one of the most acclaimed novels of Keigo Higashino featuring police detective Kyoichiro Kaga. Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is found brutally murdered in his home on the night before he's planning to leave Japan. His body is found in his office, a locked room, within his locked house, by his wife and his best friend, both of whom have rock solid alibis. This one is going to be a really interesting read.

2. Newcomer by Keigo Higashino

Newcomer is again a murder mystery. Detective Kyochiro Kaga of the Tokyo Police Department has just been transferred to a new precinct in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. Kaga is promptly assigned to the team investigating the murder of a woman. But the more he investigates, the greater number of potential suspects emerges. It seems nearly all the people living and working in Nihonbashi have a motive for murder. Seems quite intriguing!

Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing.

— Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat

3. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome

This is a comic masterpiece that has never been out of print since it was first published in 1889. ‘Three Men in a Boat’ is an amusing account of three friends and their dog while on a little boating expedition on the River Thames through the English countryside. A classic with humor- sounds perfect, isn’t it?

4. The Woman in The Window by A.J. Finn

A.J. Finn's 2018 debut novel The Woman in the Window was an instant bestseller. It is a psychological thriller with an unreliable woman narrator Dr. Anna Fox who is terrified of stepping outdoors. One day, when Anna was extremely drunk, she believes she witnessed a murder in the neighbouring family but she isn't sure of her own recollections and the police also don't believe her. Did a murder take place or was it all a figment of her imagination?

Can’t wait to find out!

But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me.

— Madeline Miller, Circe

5. Circe by Madeline Miller

This international bestseller tells the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe. According to Greek legends, Circe was the daughter of the sun god Helios and the ocean nymph, Perse. Since I like reading mythological fiction and I am not that acquainted with Greek mythology, this one is going to be an interesting read.

6. Persuasion by Jane Austen

I love Jane Austen’s writing. In fact, my love for classics began with ‘Pride and Prejudice’. Persuasion is again a love story. Anne and Captain Wentworth loved each other deeply but parted badly. They meet again after eight years. Will the sparks fly again? Will they reunite? Seems like a typical love story but I am sure Jane Austen’s writing style will make it a memorable read.

7. Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie

And the last two books are by the Queen of Mystery novels- Agatha Christie. First one is Dumb Witness featuring the famous detective Hercule Poirot. Emily Arundell, a wealthy spinster, writes to Hercule Poirot on the belief, she has been the victim of attempted murder, after a fall in her home in Berkshire. However, her family and household believe she actually fell by accident. Poirot receives the letter two months late and by the time, Emily has already died of a liver complaint. Poirot sets out to investigate if it was a natural death or a murder.

8. Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie

This is again a novel featuring Hercule Poirot. An outbreak of kleptomania at a student hostel was not normally the sort of crime that aroused Hercule Poirot’s interest. But the stolen items absolutely made no sense. And if this was just a series of petty thefts, why was everyone at the hostel so frightened? Can’t wait to find out!

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© 2020 Shaloo Walia

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    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      12 months ago from India

      Thank you Bill. I always prefer books as gifts- both for others and myself.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      12 months ago from India

      Thank you Linda. I started reading 'Three Men in a Boat' last night. It's hilarious.

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      Linda Crampton 

      12 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I would love to read "Three Men in a Boat". I heard about it a long time ago, but I've never read it. Thank you for sharing your book selection. I hope you had a great birthday.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      12 months ago from India

      Thank you Lorna. I just finished reading the first book from the haul- Malice by Keigo Higashino.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I have not read any of these, so thanks for the suggestions. l love that you purchased books for your own birthday. A wonderful gift to a wonderful person.

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      Ann Carr 

      12 months ago from SW England

      Some of these I know well but all sound like good choices. I hope you enjoy reading them. Hope you had a great birthday.

      I too love to have books for my birthday. I've read lots of fiction and non-fiction lately. Either way, if it's well written then it's hard to put down.

      Thanks for sharing your choices.

      Ann

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      Lorna Lamon 

      12 months ago

      Even as a child I always preferred to receive a book as a gift. I have read a couple on this list, however, I enjoy a good Agatha Christie and I haven't read 'Dumb Witness'. Happy belated birthday Shaloo and I enjoyed this wonderful article on your latest book haul.

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