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The Reading List: A Novel (2021 original; edició 2021)

de Sara Nisha Adams (Autor)

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Títol:The Reading List: A Novel
Autors:Sara Nisha Adams (Autor)
Informació:William Morrow (2021), 384 pages
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The Reading List de Sara Nisha Adams (2021)

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The Reading List - Sara Nisha Adams
Audio performance by multi narrators
4 stars

I like lists. I like checking things off some lists and adding items to other lists. Given the number of ‘Top Ten’,‘Best of’, or TBR lists to be found almost everywhere, listing is a common human activity. This book starts with a list of somewhat unrelated great books. It turns up inside random library books and other odd places.

It’s a sweet story that unfolds as the characters read through the listed books and connect with each other along the way. I liked the elderly widower, Mukesh, as he came out of his shell of grief. I worried about the young library worker, Aleisha, who struggles with a dysfunctional family and her own grief. There were times when I felt the plot moved too slowly toward a predictable ending. And, I was frustrated with the unresolved issues in Aleisha’s family. (It was one of those times when I wanted to reach inside a book to both shake up and save a character. Serious mental health disease needs serious professional intervention! Reading may give Aleisha some comfort, but it is less than a bandaid to make a substantial difference.) I did enjoy the community effort to save the neighborhood library. This fictional story was the perfect companion followup to my reading of Susan Orlean’s The Library Book. ( )
  msjudy | Jan 16, 2022 |
LOVED!!! A love letter to reading and at the same time a primer on how to become a reader. An unlikely friendship grows from an unpromising meeting. ( )
  Rhonda.C | Jan 11, 2022 |
A book that bibliophiles will delight in. A true reader's delight. A story about the power of books in bringing people together. Widower Mukesh lives a lonely life in West London, unsure how to fill the days since his wife of nearly fifty years has passed. When he finds a library book, The Time Travelers Wife, in her things, he starts to read it. Even though he has never been a reader he is entranced. He wants to read more books like that so he can feel closer to his wife. He finds the library the book belongs to and in the process starts reading off a list that will break him out of his shell and bring him closer to a teenager battling family issues. Together they work their way through a list of books and each title helps change the way they think and gives them new perspectives on life. Charming. ( )
1 vota ecataldi | Dec 29, 2021 |
Sometimes you read recurring hype about a particular book and you think to yourself, "It sounds good, but I've been burned more than once by reading over-publicized books. Maybe I'll read it. One of these days." Then sometimes a certain book keeps appearing on your radar, and you actually hear its siren call, a call that really has nothing to do with hype or publicity, and you know you should read it. That's what happened to me when I kept hearing praise of Sara Nisha Adams' The Reading List. That little inner voice of mine said, "Read this one now."

What made this book different? Number one, I've been compiling reading lists almost from the time I learned how to write. Number two, I had to know what books were on this particular list. Three, when I learned that the book was about how certain books can change your life, I was all in for I, too, have read transformative books. Reading the right book at the right time is powerful. It can change the way you see things. It can shine a spotlight on the dark gnarled knot of a problem and help you see the solution. It can help you to understand and to empathize with other people.

All this and more happens to Aleisha and Mukesh in The Reading List. Aleisha and her brother Aidan are trapped in a nightmarish situation with their mentally fragile mother. Mukesh is mourning the death of his beloved wife and has three overbearing daughters who make him wish he'd lost his hearing first instead of getting a collection of aching joints that don't want to work properly. Mukesh's wife was a voracious reader. So is his granddaughter Priya. In order to have a better relationship with Priya, Mukesh decides to go to his local library where he meets the initially boorish Aleisha. It takes a while, but the magic finally does happen.

Watching the friendship of these two very different people blossom through reading the books on a list is wonderful. It brought back so many memories of my own. Of growing up in a village library where my mother was the librarian and I was allowed to help. Of sitting in the back at the table to do my homework and listening to the patrons who came in to check out both the newest books and the latest gossip. And of reading in the quiet and being transported by one book after another-- reading of wonderful places to visit when I grew up, reading of fictional characters who became family for a rather lonely only child, and of learning to observe and to understand more and more of the world and the people around me.

There are moments in The Reading List that made me laugh. There are moments that made me cry. If you're a reader, you need to read this book. If you're not a reader, I won't ask why you're reading this review, I'll just hope that you crack open a copy of The Reading List, and maybe... just maybe... you'll see the light and join the rest of us on our journeys. ( )
1 vota cathyskye | Dec 26, 2021 |
An extraordinary, beautifully written book as the author's debut novel. The beginning of the story was inspired by her grandfather, "Thank you to Dada, for always asking me what I was reading and for being the start of this story." How blessed we are as readers to enjoy the gift of this reading experience.

One of the most rewarding moments whether you are a librarian, bookseller, author, friend is offering a recommendation to someone needing comfort (regardless of the reason) and then return for the next suggestion. Or, the individual may simply have said, "I'd like to read something but I don't know what to read." In library science education we learned it is called "bibliotherapy." Asking a few questions but not intrusively may guide the response. The formal definition as "Bibliotherapy is a creative arts therapies modality that involves storytelling or the reading of specific texts with the purpose of healing. It uses an individual's relationship to the content of books and poetry and other written words as therapy." To any reader who has ever been experienced bibliotherapy he/she knows it cannot possibly be explained in a formal definition. The author describes it best by writing, “Sometimes, books just take us away for a little while, and return us to our place with a new perspective.”

"The Reading List" of 8 novels seems to have been created anonymously and the header on the list merely says, "Just in case you need it." It shares the story of Aleisha and Mukesh and their experience together in reading the novels on the list. Evocative and touching. One of the most exceptional novels that I have ever read that conveys the beauty of friendships built through reading.

I encourage everyone to enjoy perusing "A Reading List from the Author" at the end of the novel. It is an additional 11 titles meaningful to the author and may not be as recognizable as the 8 titles within the story but may spark interest for additions to a tbr list. ( )
1 vota FerneMysteryReader | Dec 22, 2021 |
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Arya, SagarNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Marseguerra, ClaudiaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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