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Not My Own Booklist – Part Tres

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

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This is my third and final post and attempt to store and share the top seven books selected by a small circle of my friends.  I had no idea when I started to compile the lists that I would end up needing three posts to capture and share them.  Now, that I’ve done the work, I am so glad I invested the time.  I do believe I have created a very valuable reference for my use and for whoever else wants to.

I may have missed one or two but here is the third and final installment of book treasures for us to savor over time:

An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India by Shashi Tharoor

Educated – A Memoir by Tara Westover

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

The Poison of Love by K.R. Meera

The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True by Richard Dawkins

Mahabharata by C. Rajagopalachari (Translator)

The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Patel: A Life by Rajmohan Gandhi

Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Raja Ravi Varma: Painter of Colonial India by Rupika Chawla

Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia by Chris Stewart

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

So, that’s it on this topic. When I look at this list of books spread out over three posts, first I am once again awed by the rich reading treasures that are available to us.  Then, I am amazed at the wise reader friends I have.  So fortunate are we!

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“I always read. You know how sharks have to keep swimming or they die? I’m like that. If I stop reading, I die.” – Patrick Rothfuss

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
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