I simply could not resist purchasing more books for personal consumption. I tried my best to tighten my reins on my finances but the attraction is just too strong. So far, my 2018 is turning out to be the same old story. Yeah right, read more, buy less. I guess I just love books and simply cannot resist buying more. So here’s my 2018 book haul.

Boat+People+Final+CA+coverTitle: The Boat People
Author: Sharon Bala
Publisher: Doubleday
Publishing Date: 2018
No. of Pages: 332

Synopsis: “When the rusty cargo ship carrying five hundred refugees from Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war reaches Vancouver Island’s shores, Mahindan thinks he and his six-year-old son, Sellian, can finally start a new life. Instead, Sellian is ripped from his father’s arms and Mahindan, along with his fellow refuges, is thrown into prison.

Government officials and news headlines claim that hidden among the “boat people” are members of a terrorist organization infamous for their suicide attacks. As suspicion swirls and interrogation mounts, Mahindan fears the desperate actions he took to survive and escape Sri Lanka now jeopardize their chances of asylum.”

abedd4b9d83abeff720236a7242ebf90--nevil-shute-books-to-readTitle: A Town Like Alice
Author: Nevil Shute
Publisher: House of Stratus
Publishing Date: 2000
No. of Pages: 359

Synopsis: “Jean Paget has survived World War II as a prisoner of the Japanese in Malaya. After the war she comes into an inheritance that enables her to return to Malaya to repay the villagers who helped her to survive. But her return visit changes her life again, when she discovers than an Australian soldier she thought had died has survived. She goes to Australia in search of him and of the town he described to her. Jean sets out to apply the same determination that helped her to survive the war, to turning the community into ‘a town lie Alice.’ She finds both her soldier and romance.”

55436Title: A Suitable Boy
Author: Vikram Seth
Publisher: Phoenix House
Publishing Date: April 1993
No. of Pages: 1,349

Synopsis: “‘It’s Lata,’ said Mrs. Rupa Mehra in a rush. ‘I want you to find her a boy at once. A suitable boy. She is getting involved with unsuitable boys, and I cannot have that.’

Vikram Seth’s novel is, at its core, a love story: the tale of Lata’s – and her mother’s – attempts to find this suitable boy, through love or through exacting maternal appraisal. Set in post-Independence India and involving the lives of four large families and those who orbit them, it is also a vast, panoramic exploration of a whole continent at a crucial hour as a sixth of the world’s population faces its first great General Election and the chance to map its own destiny.”

mandelbaum-gate-500hTitle: The Mandelbaum Gate
Author: Muriel Spark
Publisher: Macmillan and Company Limited
Publishing Date: 1965
No. of Pages: 330

Synopsis: “In the British Consulate in Israel’s Jerusalem is Freddy Hamilton, given to the composition of formal verses, and long evasive letters to his aged mother ‘Dearest Ma…’. Kindly, celibate, hater of emotional scenes, but ultimately no sort of fool, he comes across a young Englishwoman on a visit and appoints himself her friend and protector. His fears for her safety are well founded.

Barbara Vaughan has come to the divided city of Jerusalem, resounding in her own ambivalence. Half English ‘county’, half London Jewish, a Catholic convert, she is in pursuit of her fiancé, a Dead Sea scrolls archaeologist, and in flight from her oldest friend, a fellow-schoolmistress. She insists, in spite of Freddy’s warnings that her Jewish blood will endanger her life, on combining her holiday of hide-and seek with a pilgrimage to the Holy Places in Jordan’s Jerusalem.

The pilgrimage becomes one of flight, rout, disguise, pursuit, abduction, murder, espionage. A marvelous supporting cast brings out the best and worst in heroine and hero, as they are plunged from high comedy to low tragedy and back, on a switchback of suspense and drama.”

md16476259232Title: Moon Palace
Author: Paul Auster
Publisher: Faber and Faber Limited
Publishing Date: 1989
No. of Pages: 307

Synopsis: “’It was the summer that men first walked on the moon. I was very young back then, but did not believe there would ever be a future. I wanted to live dangerously, to push myself as far as I could go, and then see what happened when I got there.’

So begins the mesmerizing narrative of Marco Stanley Fogg – orphan, child of the sixties, a quester by nature. Moon Palace is his story – a novel that spans three generations, from the early years of this century to the first lunar landings, and moves from the canyons of Manhattan to the cruelly beautiful landscape of the American west.”


Title: Neverwhere
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: William Morrow
Publishing Date: 2016
No. of Pages: 384

Synopsis: “Under the streets of London lies a world most people could never dream of.

When Richard Mayhew helps a mysterious girl he finds bleeding on the pavement, his boring life changes in an instant. Her name is Door. She’s on the run from two assassins in black suits, and she comes from London Below.

His act of kindness leads him to a place filled with monsters and angels, a Beast in a labyrinth, and an Earl who holds Court in a tube train.

It is strangely familiar yet utterly bizarre.”

md22861776089Title: Rebecca
Author: Daphne du Maurier
Publisher: The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc.
Publishing Date: 1994
No. of Pages: 367

Synopsis: Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.  (Source: Goodreads)”

9780895775825-usTitle: Emma
Author: Jane Austen
Publisher: The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc.
Publishing Date: 1994
No. of Pages: 391

Synopsis: ‘I never have been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.’

Beautiful, clever, rich – and single – Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr. Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen’s most flawless work. (Source: Goodreads)

9780895773227Title: Moby Dick
Author: Herman Melville
Publisher: The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc.
Publishing Date: 1989
No. of Pages: 490

Synopsis: It is the horrible texture of a fabric that should be woven of ships’ cables and hawsers. A Polar wind blows through it, and birds of prey hover over it.”

So Melville wrote of his masterpiece, one of the greatest works of imagination in literary history. In part, Moby-Dick is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. But more than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopaedia of whaling lore and legend, the book can be seen as part of its author’s lifelong meditation on America. Written with wonderfully redemptive humour, Moby-Dick is also a profound inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception. (Source: Goodreads)”

So that’s it for me, more books to devour in the coming months! For now, happy reading!