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Books in 2016

29 Jan

What a glorious year it was. One of the best i can remember in every way. In terms of quality, quantity and variety.

I really have to start with Elena Ferrante’s books which have been added to my all time favourite books. A masterpiece book series.

Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up had a profound effect on me which helped me de-clutter my life significantly. It’s a book i keep going back to and read a chapter here and there.

I also managed to re-read a book which once again met my very high expectations, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Two remarkable books on the Congo, King Leopold’s Ghost and Dancing in the Glory of Monsters.

The Signature of all Things was probably the surprise of the year. I picked it up after reading James Harris’ “review“. Alma Whittaker was a wonderful character.

The complete list of books read below.

NON-FICTION

MUST READ

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo

King Leopold’s Ghost, by Adam Hoschild

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa, by Jason Stearns

HIGHLY RECOMMEND

Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West, by Hampton Sides

Breaking Rockefeller: The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled an Empire, by Peter B. Doran

RECOMMEND

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain

Love’s Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy, by Irvin D. Yalom

FICTION

MUST READ

To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (this was a re-read)

The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Story of The Lost Child, by Elena Ferrante

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, by Elena Ferrante

The Story of a New Name, by Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante

HIGHLY RECOMMEND

A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman

The Gift of Rain, by Tan Twan Eng

The Big Nowhere, by James Ellroy

The Ace of Skulls, by Chris Wooding

RECOMMEND

Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome, by Robert Harris

AVOID

The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai

 

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