..books. I decided to copy Monika and update my reading list here, to get an idea of how many books I actually read in a year:)
January – 2011
1. The Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda – Review coming soon – 3.5 /5. Heavily recommended read. SRC
2. Room by Emma Donoghue. A book that can move you beyond words. I don’t have words to express how I feel about this book! Brilliant read. 4.5/5
3. Twelve rooms with a view by Theresa Reebeck – A fast, slick and interesting read. 3/5.
4. The Prayer Room by Shanthi Sekaran. An interesting reads. 3.5/5 SRC
5. Shame by Jasvinder Sanghera – An Absolute Must read – Opens our eyes to things we would have thought happens only in rural pockets of some countries. 4.5/5 SRC
6. The Perfect Wife by Margaret Leroy. A moving book about a woman who tries her best to be a ‘perfect mother’, only to be accused of a horrible crime, and stands to lose her precious daughter.
7. The Wish list by Martina Reilly. An interesting read. A young wife two children struggles with her husband’s addiction along with a lot of issues around her. Her son befriends a man who he thinks is Santa. 3/5
8. The Collector’s Wife by Mitra Phukan- Wonderful book. Great story line. Combines emotions with political unrest and the ending just mind-blowing! 4/5 SRC
9. The Peacock Throne by Sujit Saraf – Finished! Finally! 3/5. Too lengthy and stopped being interesting after a point. Took me ages to complete it. The one thing the book had going for it, are the wonderful descriptions, which took you straight to where the story was taking place. SRC
10. Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie. Wonderful, wonderful book! 4/5. Can’t stop thinking about this book.SRC
11. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. Fantastic read. 4/5. Can’t get enough of the book.
12. The Girl who kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Steig Larsson. Wonderful, wonderful book. 4/5.
13. The Girl who played with Fire by Stieg Larsson. 4/5. Am so sad that the series is over!
14. September by Rosamunde Pilchar. An alright read. 2.5/5. I was not too taken by it.
15. Evening is the whole day by Preeta Samarasan – Captivating book. Characters beautifully etched. 4/5 SRC
16. One Day in May by Catherine Alliot. Fun, sweet read. 3.5/5
17. Just the three of us by Clare Dowling. Good old feel-good Chick lit. 3/5
18. Crossed Wires by Rosie Thornton – An easy read.. Not something that stood out or something I would remember much about later. 2.5/5
19. The Storyteller by Rabith Alameddine. 4/5. Wonderfully written book. Transports one to a different place!
20. Maximum City By Suketu Mehta – A fascinating book. The book is absolutely gripping. 4.5/5 SRC
21. Bordeaux Housewives by Daisy Waugh – A fun read with a very intriguing and different storyline. 4/5.
22. Presumed Guilty by Tess Gerritson. 3/5
23. Last Dance with Valentino by Daisy Waugh – 3.5/5
24. The Desperate Diary of a Country Housewife by Daisy Waugh – 2.5/5
25. Positively Yours by Amanda Hearty – 3.5/5. Quick, fun read. Fun chick-lit.
26. The Second Wife by Elizabeth Buchan. 3/5. Interesting read.
27. Game Over by Adele Parks. Fun, easy read. 3/5
28. The Wealth and Poverty of Nations by David Landes – 4/5
29. Nine Lives by William Dalrymple SRC
30. We shall pull it off by Suresh Taneja SRC
31. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese - Brilliant, brilliant read! I loved this one.4.5/5 SRC
32. Tokyo Cancelled by Rana Dasgupta – Half read
33. To the moon and back by Jill Mansell
34. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
35. Princess by Jean Sasson
36. Daughters of Arabia by Jean Sasson
37. Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master by Sri M SRC
38. Messages from the Masters by Dr. Brian Weiss
39. Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik SRC
40. Bitter Chocolate by Pinki Virani SRC
41. Afterwards by Jaishree Mishra SRC
42. The Feast of Roses by Indu Sundaresan – Reread.SRC
43. The Last Mughal by William Dalrymple – Partially read
44. All you need is Love by Carole Mathews
45. The Difference a Day Makes by Carole Mathews
46. Daughters of Fortune by Tara Hyland
47. The Red Queen by Phillipa Gregory
48. Saving Grace by Ciara Geraghty
49. Growing up Bin Laden by Jean Sasson
50. The Secret Shopper Affair by Kate Harrison
51. Theodore Boone by John Grisham
52. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
53. A Rural Affair by Catherine Alliot
54. The Perfect Man by Naeem Murr – I gave up reading this after a bit.
55. The Confession by John Grisham
56. Not a girl like that by Catherine Alliot
57. In the Land of invisible women by Qanta A Ahmed SRC
58. The Salt Road by Jane Johnson – I gave up reading this after a bit.
59. Encore Valentine by Adriana Trigiani
60. World without End by Ken Follett.
61. A Scandalous Secret by Jaishree Misra SRC
62. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.
63. Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks
64. Madras on Rainy Days by Samina Ali SRC
65. Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult
66. Stolen by Tess Gerritson
67. The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni SRC
68. Too Close for Comfort by Clare Dowling
69. Stolen by Lesley Pearse
70. Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult
71. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
72. That loving Feeling by Carole Mathews
73. Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna. Reviewed here. SRC
74. Marrying up by Wendy Holden
75. The Lives of Strangers by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni SRC
76. Girl Friday by Jane Green
77. Never Can Say Goodbye by Christina Jones.
78. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett.
79. Where are you now? By Mary Higgins Clark
80. I’ll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark
81. Thanks for the memories by Cecelia Ahern
82. Bijou Roy by Ronica Dhar.SRC