I have successfully completed Reading Outside the Box challenge, hosted by Musings of a Book Lover. I had opted for the 'It's not so bad out here' level which meant I had to read books in 5-7 different genres/categories. I actually did one better, reading ten books in 8 categories which means I actually upped my level to 'Look at me, outside my comfort zone!' Yahoo!
Here are the books read:
The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
Barring books by Indians, I hardly read anything written by Black writers. So it was wonderful (though also extremely heartbreaking) to read this book about the Algerian War of Independence written from a Black person's perspective.
I am not into YA literature but this year I read not one but two YA novels.
Behind the Green Door by Mildred A. Wirt
Bombay Rains Bombay Girls by Anirban Bose
I had never read any Japanese Crime fiction but suddenly there were a lot of positive things being written about Japanese writer Keigo Higashino. The title of the book made me a little wary (X-Rated stuff!) but it turned out to be a marvellous book, well deserving of all the praise, and not at all what I had feared.
Both the authors have a Z in their names!
Night Screams by Bill Pronzini and Barry N. Malzberg
[Yes, I know your eye-sight is perfect but it was fun writing it this way].
Lenz by Peter Schneider
Published in 1973, this is a contemporary classic.
Mysteries by Knut Hamsun
The Norwegian writer won the Nobel-Prize and promptly presented it to Joseph Goebbels (His first name now makes sense, doesn't it?)
Well, the first one certainly is!
Beloved Witch: An Autobiography by Ipsita Roy Chakraverti
Amen: The Autobiography of a Nun by Sister Jesme.
Anatomy of a Disappearance by Hisham Matar
I had no idea either about the book or the author. But the cover was so compelling, I simply had to borrow it. And yes, it was worth it. Have a look yourself:
I had lots of fun doing this challenge and I am glad that it is being hosted again with all new different and exciting categories. I'll be signing up for it soon. If you too are interested, please have a look over here.