Posted by maansi
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.
I 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 Boy – Vikram 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 Africa – George 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.