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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


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!


“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
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