My number one book – Educated by Tara Westover. I loved it so much that I dragged the family early on a sunday to Cambridge to the literary festival just to go to the author’s reading. Hence my baggy eyes look.
I also was so inspired by it that I wrote a book review in the paediatric drs newsletter.
I love this book so much, that I would declare it being my favourite read in a long while. It’s a memoir of a woman who grew up in a self preserving, isolated home environment and strict Mormon family in Idaho. Due to her father’s strict ideals, she and her siblings were cut off from the rest of the world for a large part of her childhood and they were homeschooled. The reality was that they were not taught much at all.
She decided to educate herself and her journey eventually led her to Cambridge university (in England) and later on to Harvard for her doctorate. I was reminded of the education I have had all my life that I have taken for granted.
That aside, she revealed the different shades of family life, the bad and the ugly and how despite it all, the love and care one has for a blood relative. She struggled with growing herself and her mind as her education grew and yet, felt immense loyalty and familial obligation, which I admit was a heart breaking read.
Her stories are riveting, philosophical at times and with such story telling, I could not put it down. I finished the whole book in two and a half days and wished there were more to read! If you would read only one book this year, I would strongly recommend this one.
And then in no particular order of my love for it or chronology of reading, here is the rest of my top 10. Chosen for the reason that it has either taught me plenty, inspired me or made my heart go warm or fuzzy. Or all of the above.
2. Born a crime by Trevor Noah
3. Letters to a young muslim by Omar Saif Ghobash
4. Pengabdian by Hajah Norsiah Haji Abd Gapar
5. The subtle art of not giving a f*ck by Mark Manson
6. Maximize your child’s bilingual ability by Adam Beck
7. Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg
8. A man called Ove by Fredrik Backman
9. It’s all in your head by Suzanne O’Sullivan
10. Becoming by Michelle Obama
Now it’s really hard to stop at no 10 because there are also a few books that I love and recommend.
11. Stay with me (this was a nice surprise)
12. Ps I still love you by Jenny Han
13. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
14 Little Fires everywhere by Celeste Ng
15. Laughing all the way to the mosque
For full list of books I’ve read, see previous post. Happy to say that I achieved my challenge of reading 50 books this year. From someone who love reading but has gotten lazy, reading at most 20 books a year in last few years, this is a major improvement for me.