What I’m reading

 

Inspired by Mridu Khullar’s post, I decided to jot down the books I’ve read so far this year (the below is a partial list):

Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

This is the eighth book in the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. Doesn’t pack as much of a punch as its predecessors, but I love the series and the author, so I’m a fan! It baffles me that no Hollywood studio has churned out a movie version of Artemis Fowl yet.

The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling

This book turned out depressing enough to be Booker-worthy but awesome nonetheless. Most of the book is serious, but JK hasn’t lost her sense of humour. When she writes a funny line, you have to laugh, even if its black comedy.

Serious Men by Manu Joseph

I loved this book – beautiful writing and interesting novel. I’m eager to read his next.

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

Readers accustomed to his Thursday Next series will find this a slightly different cup of tea. It was good, and I read it quickly, but I like Thursday Next better.

Custody by Manju Kapur

The title makes no bones of the plot. This sensitive portrayal shows both sides of the divorce and the custody battles that ensue.

The Boleyn Inheritance by Phillipa Gregory

Phillipa Gregory’s novels on the wives of Henry VIII are quite famous, and this is one of the lesser-known books as it narrates the stories of Katherine of Aragon, Anne of Cleves and Jane Rochford. A history lesson and fiction rolled into one – what more could a girl ask for?

Following Fish by Samanth Subramaniam

I had wanted to read this since a long time and finally got it from the library. I don’t read as much non-fiction but I enjoyed it, more so because I am a hard-core fish-eating hands-stained-with-mustard kind of Bengali.

No Onions Nor Garlic by Srividya Natrajan

PG Wodehouse. Indian version. Madly funny. Author is most intelligent woman in the universe. Too much to say on this subject. Separate post forthcoming. I demand the author’s next book right now!

Origin by JA Konrath

This novel owns the distinction of being the first I read using the Kindle app on my iPod touch. It turned out to be a most exciting experience for me. I am now hungry for more ebooks! The novel is based on an exciting premise – what if the devil exists?

So what have you been reading lately?

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. vishalbheeroo
    Aug 01, 2013 @ 18:53:58

    started with Orhan Pamuk’s Snow. It’s disturbingly beautiful and will check ur books’ list:)

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  2. Nina Badzin
    Aug 02, 2013 @ 01:04:31

    One of my favorite parts of blogging is keeping track of the books I”m reading because people always ask me for recommendations. And you know what??? I can never remember what I’ve read. Maybe I’m getting old. Anyway, loved seeing what you’ve read recently. I just finished The Interestings by Meg Wolizter and Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld. Both were very good.

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    • Gargi Mehra
      Aug 02, 2013 @ 11:38:44

      Thank you for reminding me of Sisterland! I loved Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld so I’m looking forward to this one. For tracking books, I’ve maintained an Excel spreadsheet for the last 3 years! Am now working on adding this list to Shelfari and/or GoodReads.

      Reply

  3. Yatin
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 18:20:14

    A techie and no technology book on the reading list? I guess you know your stuff very well!! :)
    Being in the data segment I’ve been following the industry generated around Big Data.

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    • Gargi Mehra
      Aug 11, 2013 @ 15:41:36

      Good point! I do have tech books on my list but they’re probably too boring to note here. I read Hacking: Digital Media and Technological Determinism by Tim Jordan
      and am currently reading books on WPF and PMBOK. Which books are you reading for Big Data?

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