So, I finished The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. It was very, very good. Beautifully written; incredibly poetic. I read it for my English 12C class. Absolutely beautifully written, amazing use of similes and poetic devices. And heartbreakingly sad. It starts sad and ends on the same note. Definitely do not approach this as an uplifting book. It has this thread of… defeat/futility running through it. Like there was no hope for them. Sigh.

What was amazing about this book, for me, was that it managed to pack so much information in without you really realizing it. Almost all the characters get a back story, the time is always changing (from when the twins were seven to when they were thirty-one) plus you learn a little about castes and the politics at the moment, and of course all this poetic language and scenery is included, but it never feels dense. It isn’t until you put it down that you realize how much you just learned in the last couple pages. I recommend this one highly.

October Books
Total read: 6 books (1392 pages)
From Mt TBR: 0
Fiction: 2 (The Metamorphosis, The God of Small Things)
Non-fiction: 4 (A Lifetime of Secrets, I Am America (And So Can You!), Thrist, Look Both Ways)
Male authors: 4 (The Metamorphosis, A Lifetime of Secrets, I Am America (And So Can You!), Thirst)
Female authors: 2 (The God of Small Things, Look Both Ways)

Total gained: 23 (-$139.64 + $10 (iThank You) = -$129.64)
Fiction: 15

  • A Complicated Kindness
  • Angels & Insects
  • The Color Purple
  • The Red Tent
  • Places I Never Meant to Be
  • Speaker For the Dead
  • Xenocide
  • Silverwing
  • Sunwing
  • Icarus Girl
  • 5 HHGTtG books

Non-Fiction: 8

  • Hegemony or Survival
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
  • From Beginning to End: The Rituals of Our Lives
  • A Lifetime of Secrets
  • I Am America (And So Can You!)
  • Expletive Deleted
  • Everything Bad is Good For You
  • How To Be Alone