Saturday, December 13, 2003


Martin Amis' Yellow Dog
Amy Tan's The Opposite Of Fate
Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake
Charles Baxter's SAul And Patsy
Paul Auster's The Book Of Illusions
Dave Egger's You Shall Know Our Velocity
JM Coetzee's Elizabeth Costello
DBC PIerre's Vernon God Little
Salman Rushdie's Step Across This Line

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Books read in 2003

The year is coming to a close (unfortunately!!) and here's the list of books i've read this year. For some reason, my list only starts in February and for the life of me I can't remember why that's so! Some, like the Bridget Jones series, were read for a second time.

Looking through the list I realise it's a more varied listing than in previous years. There are more non-fiction books, more Asian writers (mostly thanks to the pile of books a colleague lent me, some good some bad!). It was also the year I picked up a book, attracted solely by the cover and found a genius of a writer within! But then of course the world already knew of him as Jose Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998.

Some of the memorable books are (this list doesn't include read-agains):
Mario Vargas Llosa - The Feast Of The Goat
John Steinbeck's East Of Eden
Iris Murdoch's The Sea The Sea
Jose Saramago's Blindness
Gerard Jones' Killing Monsters
Katherine Graham's A Personal History
Phillip Hensher's The Mulberry Empire
Yan Geling's Lost Daughter Of Happiness
Jasper Fforde's Lost In A Good Book

My goal for next year: to read more, to read more variedly and to also include notes! (I can barely remember the plot of many of the books read this year) And also to write more in this bookbound blog.

It's strange to write down my reading goals, ocme to think of it. But I like to take my reading seriously. There are so many many books out there that I've yet to lay my hands on and my list of To Be Reads keeps growing and growing!

THE LIST (in case you're wondering, it's a total of 52 ie a book a week)
Author and Title
John Cheever - Stories of John Cheever
Mary Ann Taylor Hall - Come And Go Molly Snow
John Irving - The Fourth Hand
Peter Carey - True History of the Kelly Gang
Joanne Harris - Blackberry Wine
Dennis Mcfarland - The Music Room
Mario Vagas Llosa - The Feast of the Goat
H. G. Wellls - The Invisible Man
James Nagel et al - Hemmingway in Love and War
Franz Kafka - The Trial
William Styron - Sophie's Choice
Somerset Maugham - Far Eastern Tales
E. Annie Proloux - The Shipping News
Emma Forrest - Thin Skin
Virginia Woolf - Mrs Dalloway
Helen Fielding - Bridget Jones' Diary
Dave Eggers - A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Helen Fielding - Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Nigel Slater - Real Good Food
Stephen Carter - The Emperor of Ocean's Park
Katherine Graham- Personal History
Jasper Fforde - Lost In A Good Book
Jose Saramango- Blindness
Iris Murdoch - The Sea, The Sea
Alberto Manguel- A History Of Reading
Bill Bryson - Down Under
Fay Weldon - The Bulgari Connection
John Irving - My Movie Business
John Steinbeck - East Of Eden
Suzanne Keyes - The Camera My Mother Gave Me
Ann Packer - The Dive From Clausen's Pier
Robert S McNamara - In Retrospect
Jose Saramango - The Cave
Mineko Iwasaki - Geisha of Gion
Haruki Murakami - Sputnik Sweetheart
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
May-Lee Chai, Winberg Chai - Girl From Purple Mountain
Andrei Codrescu - The Dog With A Chip In His Neck
Margaret Atwood - Oryx And Crake
Tim Winton - Dirt Music
Gerard Jones - Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Super Heroes and Make-Believe Violence
Betty S mith - A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
Liza Dalby - Tale of Murasaki
Martin Scorsese - Scorsese on Scorsese
Haruki Murakami - After The Quake
Jon McGregor - If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things
Philip Roth - Letting Go
Yan Geling - Lost Daughter of Happiness
Alice Sebold - The Lovely Bones
Ahdaf Soueif - Map Of Love
Loida Maritza Perez - Geographies Of Home
Phillip Hensher - The Mulberry Empire