I just realised that I haven't updated the books I've read since Ramadhan.
My last posting was book #15
- Jill Mansell's Perfect Timing on 20 May.
And for the past three months, I have completed 12 books.
Aku Bukan Malaikat by Shukery Azizan
Biar Tak Glamor di Dunia Asal Popular Di Langit Sana by Inche Gabbana
Perbaharui Hidupmu by Sheikh Muhammad Ghazali
Vivien's Heavenly Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements
Dream Lake by Lisa Kleypas
Fir & Anne by RodieR
Nyanyian Hati by RodieR
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
Victoria and Abdul by Shrabani Basu
The first three books were completed during Ramadhan.
were for the Book Club Discussions.
I was so moved by Book #27
which I finally completed reading just this afternoon.
The true story of a lonely Queen who found solace in the companionship of an Indian servant who later became her teacher. The sincerity in their relationship and their profound affection for each other was beyond legendary. And this was despite the entire household being against the closeness between the Queen and Abdul Karim.
What was it about the Munshi Abdul Karim that attracted the Queen? Was he a soulmate for this lonely, heartbroken, elderly woman, someone who understood her and to whom she could relate? (page 23)
The Queen passed away in 1901 and eight years later, the Munshi died at the age of 46.
The author said this on the last page of the book, "the Queen's family never understood that he had provided her with the companionship over the laat decade of her life, which they themselves had not been able to offer".
An extraordinary book indeed.