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Books in 2012

21 Dec

2012 been an excellent year for books even when compared to 2011 which was a very good year. I’ve been fortunate to read quite a few magnificent books, mostly fiction. Some i would even consider for my personal lifetime top 10 list. I have also managed to re-read two books which was a wonderful experience and it’s something I’d like to do more often.

I registered to Goodreads along with some friends who are also bookworms and it has encouraged me to read even more and also find out about books i would not have noticed otherwise.

My hope and wish for 2013 is to read the same book at the same as a friend of mine and exchange views during the course of our reading.

Must read

  • The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes – How i loved this book. I read it while listening to the audiobook and it was magical. It will make you question how you see your past, present and future.
  • The Way We Live Now, by Anthony Trollope – Again, similarly to The Sense of an Ending, this book blew me away. The writing is magnificent and different from what i am used to. One of the best books i’ve ever read.
  • When Nietzsche Wept, by Irvin D.Yalom (re-read) – I first read this in the summer of 2003 and it had a tremendous impact on me. It was with trepidation that i decided to start re-reading it as i was afraid of being disappointed the second time. But it was even more powerful this time and helped me through a hard time, for a second time in my life.

These two books below are my must read non-fiction books of 2012. Both are short but what they lack in length they make up for it with the spirit in which they were written. Two truly inspirational books.

The final two books are not in the same league as the ones above, but they were so entertaining while i read them that i decided to include them in the must read section.

Highly recommended

  • The Black Dahlia, by James Ellroy
  • American Tabloid, by James Ellroy
  • Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
  • Operation Mincemeat, by Ben Macintyre
  • The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rules, by Richard Mcgregor
  • With The Old Breed, by Eugene B. Sledge
  • Fermat’s Last Theorem, by Simon Singh

Recommended

  • Hard Boiled Wonderland and The End of The World, by Haruki Murakami
  • Snowdrops, by A.D. Miller
  • A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin
  • Black Dogs, by Ian McEwan
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey
  • Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie

Not recommended

  • How to be good, by Nick Hornby (audiobook)
  • The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
  • How we decide, by Jonah Lehrer (re-read – audiobook)
  • What the dog saw, by Malcolm Gladwell

Avoid

  • The Venus Fix, by M.J. Rose
  • Battle Royale, by Koushun Takami
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