This year, I have decided not to participate in any challenge at all, I mean the book reading challenges since I was not able to complete those I entered last year and also because my father’s burial and funeral are still pending and I might be out-of-town for some stretch. With the exception of the The Classics Club which duration is five years any book read that  I will review on my blog will be from my TBR pile (including books won in give-aways)

I haven’t read much at all from my Classics Club List due to obvious and not so obvious reasons and so to answer Question #6 of the Sixth Meme of the Classics Club is a bit embarrassing:

What is the best book you’ve read so far for The Classics Club — and why? (Or, if you prefer, what is your least favorite read so far for the club, and why?)

Well, so far I have read only three books as follows though I am concurrently reading  three more on my list:

  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Chaka The Zulu by Thomas Mofolo
  • The Kite Runner by Khaleed Husseini (yet to review)

Of the three I will say that the best read so far are The Bluest Eye and The Kite Runner. It would be difficult for me to choose between these two simply because both touched me on profound levels.

I was drawn into the life of Pecola in the Bluest Eye. Maybe because I am black I could identify with the poor marginalised girl. Though I found Morrison’s writing not simple with varied point of views, the novel addresses larger issues that are still relevant today.

The Kite Runner was an eye-opener for me. I say this because the novel projected for me a beautiful Afghanistan. Through the narrator I have come to appreciate with a deeper understanding and respect, the culture, history, the people, and the heritage of Afghanistan. (since I am yet to review The Kite Runner, this would suffice for now 🙂

PS: I promised to read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens in my post on the December Meme. Unfortunately, the Christmas festivities overwhelmed me and I was not able to do so. It will be nice to read it and review it later or do you think I should shelve it for 2013 Christmas? 🙂 What do you say?