Monthly Archives: September 2019

Not Just My Own Booklist – Part Deux

blur-book-stack-books-590493“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King

Before I lose my inspiration I thought it best to capture all the books from my close friends’ circle.  They are saved as posts on Facebook but sometimes that’s like looking for a needle in the haystack (as I found when I was looking for the relevant posts).  Therefore, I’m going to capture the rest of the books here in one place (technically, two or three) and call it a day.   I don’t want to lose the lists and want to be able to check them out anytime in one safe and secure place.

As a reminder, this is a booklist in random order of my friends’ favorite seven books.  The way this post and tag worked was that each of the tagged friends could only select seven books so I am going with the safe assumption that they chose their top ones.  Unless they were being ornery.  😉

So, here goes, the rest of the awesome list of books that are worth putting on your booklist:

Give Us Credit – Alex Counts

Nicholas and Alexandra – Robert K. Massie

The Year of the Runaways – Sunjeev Sahota

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari

Harilal & Sons – Sujit Saraf

The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh

The Power of NOW – Eckhart Tolle

Four Steps from Paradise – Timeri N. Murari

Two Lives – Vikram Seth

Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison – Behrouz Boochani, Omar Tofighian

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien

Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult

The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts

Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion – Sam Harris

Seven Sixes Are Forty Three – Kiran Nagarkar

Orphan X – Gregg Hurwitz

The Obstacle Is The Way – Ryan Holiday

The Hours – Michael Cunningham


Well, there are far more of these than I thought!  I do believe this is going to lead to a Part Tres.  Count this post as part 2 of 3.


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“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather
how many can get through to you.– Mortimer J. Adler

Not Just My Own Booklist – Part 1

If you are anything like me, you too find chain emails and chain social media posts annoying and easy to ignore.  “I know which of my friends will like/love/repost this”.  Really?  Then you know it won’t be me.  “Send this to 10 friends and watch your luck multiply. You will win the lottery soon!”   Spare me, please. Don’t make me one of your ten friends and don’t tag me.  That has been and is my normal reaction to these time wasters.

But there’s always an exception that proves the rule. Someone came up with a brilliant idea to promote reading and literacy.  Simply post the cover of a favorite book for seven days and tag a friend each day to carry on this good work. And just like that, within a matter of mere days, I had created a curated list of fabulous reads!  Some, I was lucky enough to have read.  Others, I count myself even luckier to have the anticipation of reading.

adult-beautiful-book-2393789I now gave myself a task to make a list in one place of all these book lists created by my own circle of friends (including seven from me) both for planning to read myself and to share.

What better way to meet both goals by scribing and sharing on a blog post? Or two.

Just within the small set of friends who participated there were more books than I could share in a single usable, readable blog post so I now have the pleasure of breaking them up into multiple posts.

And when I say “pleasure”, I really do mean it because as I create these consolidated lists, I get to once again explore and savor each book title.

A word or two about the circle of friends who participated…all were women of differing ages and generations and most had a connection to India, as you will also see from the genres of their book selections.  Given only seven posts and seven books, all were clearly top of their much loved books, which makes this a gift worth sharing.  They are an eclectic assortment indeed…some classics, some not, some fiction, some not. All worth giving a try.

So, here goes, in random order and now with links to more information about each book, for your convenience and enjoyment:

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke and Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh

Autobiography of a Yogi – Paramhansa Yogananda

Being Mortal – Atul Gawande

Wolf of the Plains – Conn Iggulden

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne

Remnants of a Separation – Aanchal Malhotra

11/22/63 – Stephen King

A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson

A Suitable BoyVikram Seth

A Search in Secret India – Paul Brunton

Born to Run – Christopher McDougall

The House of Kanooru – Kuvempu

Auschwitz: The Nazis & the ‘Final Solution’ – Laurence Rees

The Elephant Whisperer – Lawrence Anthony

Tiger Hills – Sarita Mandanna

Four Steps From Paradise – Timeri N Murari

On the Origin of Species – Charles Darwin

The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

A Passage to AfricaGeorge Alagiah

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer

What wondrous world do we live in that we have such bountiful treasure of reading available to us?




P.S. As I said, these are not all there are. There are more treasures to come as I use my friends’ shared book lists and create at least one, may be two, more blog posts. 

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