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Monday, September 10, 2012

Reading update

Lots of books have been read and digested! So, pretty good going for the last couple of months.
What have I read?
1. Schindler's List - Did not enjoy it. It was so-so, not nearly gripping enough. It was somewhat moving in parts, but I struggled to finish it.
2. Revolution 2020 by Chetan Bhagat - Enough said. Why did I even bother?
3. Several books by Jod Picoult - I started them all, gave them all up a quarter of the way through. Not my kind of storytelling. I don't care for very emotional books with characters on the cusp of major drama/life changing events or decision points. Too much hand-wringing, emotional upheavel and mental agonising is not something I like in my books! That's just me :)
4. The Immigrant by Manju Kapoor - I liked it. I've read her Difficult daughters before and enjoyed that as well.
5. The Help - Have been trying to lay my hands on this for a long time. Engaging and well-written. No sociological treatise, this one...don't expect any major revelations or insights. But a page-turner nonetheless.
6. The Shadow Princess - My fascination with Indu Sundaresan and Mughal India continues!! No disapoointments in this one, I was hooked from Page 1 right until the end as the story of ShahJahan and his daughter Jahanara unfolded.
7. Several books by Sophie Kinsella - A few pages into Confessions of a Shopoholic and I was thinking - what had I been thinking while ordering these books! I know I chortled my way through Bridget Jones but that when I was 20! The Shoopoholic series were a disaster but another book called The Undomestic Goddess was ok for my 9.30 pm reading when I just need words swimming before my eyes before I go off to la-la land :)
Any recos, people?


  1. wow..that's quite a list! I haven't been in touch with books for a long time now, so won't be able to do any recos :-( The only reading I do is on the net..I just got gifted a selection of short stories by Joseph Conrad..will let you know how it is..
    Guess, the resolution for the next year should be reading, reading and more reading :-)

    1. Yes it should be! Do let me know how the book was. I have never read Joseph Conrad.

  2. Hey, have you read "The difficulty of being good" by Gurucharan Das? I'd reco it.
    p.s. can you remove the word captcha?

  3. I am yet to read any Indu Sundaresan. Been waiting to pick one up, have heard great things about her writing.

    I actually liked Sophie Kinsella's Undomestic Goddess. Yes, it is chick-lit, but was sensible at least. That was not the case with the other books by the same author that I read.

    As for book recos, here are some:

    1. The kite runner
    2. The bridges of Madison County
    3. A thousand days in Venice
    4. A thousand splendid suns
    5. 84, Charing Cross Road
    6. Any book by Frances Mayes
    7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    8. Daddy Long Legs
    9. Notes from a small room (Ruskin Bond)
    10. Into the wild

    You might have read some of these books already...

  4. Oh, and here are some more:

    The Girl Next Door, Things I Want My Daughters To Know by Elizabeth Noble

    The Rescue, The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

    1. Thanks a lot, TGND!!! Have read a few of these, looking forward to the others :)


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