Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Book lists

I love making lists, always have and always will. One of my favorite type of lists are of the books I have read and those I want to buy. On looking at my list, I realized that 2006 wasn't too good of a year in terms of reading. I read a paltry 9 books in the entire year. Absolutely pathetic, right?

Here's the list of the books I read in 2006
  1. Shadow of the Wind-Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  2. The Undercover Economist- Tim Harford
  3. Rich Like Us-Nayantara Sahgal
  4. The Hungary Tide-Amitav Ghosh
  5. East of Eden-John Steinbeck
  6. The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid-CK Prahalad
  7. The Red Carpet-Lavanya Sankaran
  8. Remaking India-Arun Maira
  9. The Constant Gardner-John LeCarre

Actually, if you think about it, although I didn't read too many books, I did read some pretty great ones. Ultimately, what is important, quantity or quality? The latter is more important I think, good books that stay with you for a lifetime, rather than fluff forgotten within a week.

I am currently reading The Art of the Steal by Christopher Mason, about the Sotheby's-Christie's auction house scandal.

On my to-read list are:

  • The Prince of Providence by Mike Stanton which is about Providence's ex-mayor Buddy Cianci, the most notorious mayor in all of America who is now doing time in prison.
  • The End of Poverty by Jefferey Sachs, which I have already started reading.
  • Writing White Papers by Michael Stelzner, one of the foremost writers in the white paper industry.
  • Governance by Arun Shourie
  • The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield, which I read years ago, but want to read again.

Update:
I did read several business books such as Built to Last and several others this year for a summarization project I was doing. I enjoyed reading most of the books, one book I definitely did not enjoy and that was the only one where it felt like I was working.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

i saw that you like making lists, so i just wanted
to invite you to www.listography.com ...best wishes....

Shalini said...

Thanks for the tip...I have set up an account there...it looks like a fun site and I'm sure I'll be going back a lot!