Monday, September 28, 2009

My reading this year

Besides loving to read books, I love to keep track of the books I have read as well. Here's a tally of the ones I have read so far in 2009. Currently, I am reading Ruskin Bond's Book of Nature, which is a wonderful book that takes me back to being in the hills and mountains of Himachal and Uttrakhand. He describes the simplest of things so beautifully and elegantly, without guile, without pretense. I especially love the way he describes his walks in the forests around Mussoorie and Landour, discovering a small brook once, spotting a Leapard in another, or just noticing the antics of a cat while sitting on the hill above his cottage.

February 2009
1) The Kindness of Strangers-edited by Don George
2) How Starbucks saved my life-Michael Gill
3) The Moonlit Cage-Linda Holeman

March 2009
1) The Virgin's Lover-Philippa Gregory

April 2009
1) Air Babylon
2) Death of a Red Heroine-Qiu Xialong
3) A Loyal Character Dancer-Qiu Xialong
4) Unrooted Childhoods

May 2009
1) The Palace of Illusions-Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
2) White Mughals-William Dalrymple

June 2009
1) Hill stations of British India-Graeme Westlake
2) A fine family-Gurcharan Das

July 2009
1) The Duchess-Amanda Foreman

August 2009
1) The Right Attitude to Rain-Alexander McCall Smith

September 2009
1) Dubai Creek-Stephen Wilkins

You'll notice that the book in the photo does not feature in my list. Well, that's because, I started to read it, but just lost interest. It was one of the few books that I could not finish, and I'd been looking forward to reading it for so long, well, since it won the Booker Prize.  I just found it to wander around too much, without really getting anywhere.


Tara said...

15 books already and 3 more months to go.. that is quite a lot of regular reading Shalini.. you are not only on baking spree it seems :)
do you own all of these books as in you have them with you here?

shilpa said...

so you got hold of 'the book of nature.'

I have yet to read a complete book after the summer holidays - just not possible.

that list is interesting.

btw, I also remember a shot of yours from long ago with a hand written list of books you had read :)

Tanya said...

Great list. I find it hard in a country with only a couple of second hand bookstores and one very small new bookstore to find something to read and suggestions are invaluable- esp in front of the jumble of a secondhand shelf! Now I am armed and dangerous :)

Shalini said...

Tara, thanks! My goal is to try and read 2 per month. Lol, I've always been on a reading for my whole life!

Yes, I own most of the books I read...except for the ones I read in April and May, some which are from my collection of books in India as well as some borrowed books. The books in June are from my father's collection.

shilpa, I got Book of Nature last year in fact, I got it autographed by Ruskin Bond (along with a few others that I got). Yes, that's the original list from May have such a great memory!

Tanya, thanks! I really rely on nice covers and jacket explanations. My local library has very few English books, but other locations have a good collection. Second had bookstores are not common here at all, so I look out for the sales twice a year to stock up.

~mE said...

i have read 2 palace of illusions, white mughals and how starbucks saved my life..
out of the rest pls suggest one book i shouldnt miss pls :)

Shalini said...

S, I would recommend either of these books by Qui Xialong, Death of a Red Heroine or A Loyal Character Dancer. Both are set in China and have a wonderful pace, at times slow and mellow with lots of history and culture (and food...lots about food) and at other times things happen very quickly.

~mE said...

thanks will check out

shuma.rani said...

Wow - you have been busy reading this year.
I have been trying to be good this year in terms
of reading, but haven't done so well. Hoping
to make up for it during my two week holiday.

Katja said...

I should also list books when I read them, I always forget to do it. I've been reading very light books recently, just romance and stuff, don't feel like I'm up to anything more challenging at the moment :)

Shalini said...

shuma, Yes, I've been making an effort to continue reading with 2 books a month as my goal. Hope you have a good vacation!

Katja, I love reading romance too....especially historical ones set in Scotland and England around the time of William the Conqueror :-)

I started my list on a whim in May 2000 and am happy that I have maintained it since then!

Anonymous said...

9 years of reading for which you have kept track too.. that is super wow girl..

it will be great if you start a library of your books..