Books to Read in 2015

These are some of the books I would like to read this year. Hope to read more, but reaching last year’s number (32) ain’t a goal.

1. 1984- George Orwell
2. Lolita- Nabokov
3. Doctor Zhivago- Boris Pasternak
4. Foucault’s Pendulum- Umberto Eco
5. Sea- John Banville
6. Eclipse- John Banville
7. If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler- Italo Calvino
8. Our Moon has Blood Clots- Rahul Pandita
9. Hunger- Knut Hamsun
10. Humboldt’s Gift- Saul Bellow
11. Shipping News- Annie Proulx
12. Deal Souls- Nikolai Gogol


Life after Life by Kate Atkinson- Book Review

Life after Life by Kate Atkinson was on my to-be-read list of 2014. So it was a pleasant surprise when I received it as a gift and I started 2015 with it. The plan for this year is to read great works, especially those I have not gotten to read till now. Life after Life is definitely a step in that direction.
Life after Life was an excellent read that keeps you hooked through the 600 odd pages. The theme of getting multiple chances to relive a life is something I found quite appealing. The characters -the main ones- were very likeable and their choices seemed justified. The back-and-forth trips in time did not hinder the narrative and did not seem forced. The writing was beautiful and was laced with wit, humour and an occasional dose of cynicism.

My 32 Books of 2014

1.    Three Chinese Poets –Vikram Seth
2.    Unbearable Lightness of Being- Milan Kundera
3.    Submarine- Joe Dunthorne
4.    Corrections- Jonathan Franzen
5.    Unlucky Lottery- Hakan Nesser
6.    Fever Pitch- Nick Hornby
7.    Gone Girl- Gillian Glynn
8.    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich- Alexander Solzhenitsyn
9.    Love in the Time of Cholera- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
10.    The Quilt: Stories – Ismat Chughtai
11.    Solar- Ian McEwan
12.    Silkworm- Robert Galbraith
13.    Bossypants- Tina Fey
14.    Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me?- Mindy Kaling
15.    Lady in the Lake- Raymond Chandler
16.    On Fire with Fergie- Stuart Donald
17.    Broken Harbour- Tana French
18.    Swami and Friends- RK Narayan
19.    Lonesome Traveller- Jack Kerouac
20.    Salvation of a Saint- Keigo Higashino
21.    A Separate Peace- John Knowles
22.    Murder in the Mist- Willard Scott
23.    Short Stories by Nobel Prize Winners
24.    Hotel du lac- Anita Brookner
25.    Tell the Wolves I’m Home- Carol Rifka Brunt
26.    The Water’s Edge- Karin Fossum
27.    Spinning Heart- Donal Ryan
28.    A small place- Jamaica Kincaid
29.     A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian- Marina Lewycka
30.    Hawthorne & Child- Keith Ridgway
31.    Equal Music- Seth
32.     Malice- Keigo Higashino