Friday, January 03, 2014

FRIDAY DOUBLE POST: Post-1: 2013 Reading List

Happy New Year to you!

In 2013 I read a total of 68 books that is a slight improvement over the previous year when I read something like sixty books only. Most of the books I read in 2013 were all very good except for a few books that I shouldn’t have even begun. The books I read were a mix of fiction, crime, short stories, non-fiction, autobiography and even self-help. The books I really loved I’ve marked with an asterisk in the list below.

1. ‘Scenes from a Writer’s Life’ by Ruskin Bond
2. ‘In Other Rooms, Other Wonders’ by Daniyal Mueenuddin
3. ‘Imaginary Homelands’ by Salman Rushdie*
4. ‘Doctor Brodie’s Report’ by Jorge Luis Borges*
5. ‘Love, Chocolate and Medicine’ by Dr Ravi Sekhar Krishna
6. ‘Writing the Short Story’ by Jack M. Bickham
7. ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by WG Sebald*
8. ‘The Big Sleep’ by Raymond Chandler*
9. ‘Flying Visits’ by Clive James
10. ‘The Heart is a Lonely Hunter’ by Carson McCullers*

11. ‘A Most Truthful Picture’ by Ashokamitran
12. ‘The Lost Salt Gift of Blood’ by Alistair MacLeod**
13. ‘Problems’ by John Updike
14. ‘The Road Less Travelled’ by Scott M Peck
15. ‘Conundrum’ by Jan Morris
16. ‘The Foreigner’ by Arun Joshi**
17. ‘The New Journalism’ by Tom Wolfe
18. ‘How to Read Slowly’ by James W Sire
19. ‘Finding the Centre’ by VS Naipaul*
20. ‘The Strange Case of Billy Biswas’ by Arun Joshi**

21. ‘Early Autumn’ by Robert B. Parker
22. ‘The Southern Gates of Arabia’ by Freya Stark**
23. ‘Four Graves and Other Stories’ by Manohar Malgonkar
24. ‘The Last Labyrinth’ by Arun Joshi**
25. ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ by Jean Rhys’*
26. ‘The Red Harvest’ by Dashiell Hammett**
27. ‘The English Assassin’ by Daniel Silva
28. ‘This Boy’s Life’ by Tobias Wolff
29. ‘Bird by Bird’ by Anne Lamott
30. ‘Felicia’s Journey’ by William Trevor**

31. ‘Experience’ by Martin Amis
32. ‘Between Clay and Dust’ by Musharraf Ali Farooqui
33. ‘Arabia’ Jonathan Raban
34. ‘Fiction Writer’s Handbook’ by Hallie and Whit Burnett
35. ‘Sister of My Heart’ by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
36. ‘Cat Chaser’ by Elmore Leonard
37. ‘Shadow of the Sun’ by Ryszard Kapuscinski***
38. ‘Writing from the Inside Out’ by Dennis Palumbo
39. ‘Edgar Cayce’s On Secrets of the Universe’ by Lin Cochran
40. ‘1Q84’ by Haruki Murakami***

41. ‘Fearless Jones’ by Walter Mosley
42. ‘Aspects of the Novel’ by EM Foster
43. ‘Xerxes Invades Greece’ by Herodotus
44. ‘Notes from an Unsettled Life’ by Kamini Karlekar
45. ‘Dead and Gone’ by Andrew Vachss
46. ‘Behind the Silicon Mask’ by Eshwar Sundaresan
47. ‘Casino Moon’ by Peter Blauner**
48. ‘Winter Journal’ by Paul Auster
49. ‘The Art of Fiction’ by John Gardner
50. ‘The Apprentice’ by Arun Joshi***

51. ‘A Room of One’s Own’ by Virginia Woolf**
52. ‘Tigers are Better Looking’ by Jean Rhys**
53. ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ by Erich Maria Remarque**
54. ‘The Vagrant Mood’ by Somerset Maugham***
55. ‘Write Away ‘ by Elizabeth George
56. ‘Bad Things Happen’ by Harry Dolan
57. ‘Jump Cut’ by Krishna Sastry Devulapally
58. ‘My Kailash Yatra’ by Kiran Shankar Reddy
59. ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ by Victor Frankl**
60. ‘Dave Barry’s Money Secrets’ by Dave Barry***

61. ‘Sleepers’ by Lorenzo Carcaterra**
62. ‘All the Way Home and All the Night Through’ by Ted Lewis*
63. ‘Fast Lanes’ by Jayne Anne Philips**
64. ‘Journey Without Maps’ by Graham Greene***
65. ‘Tumbleweed’ by Janwillem van de Wetering
66. ‘Quiet Days in Clichy’ by Henry Miller
67. ‘It Rained All Night’ by Buddhadeva Bose**
68. ‘The Italian Girl’ by Iris Murdoch***

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