Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Well, a real dark book about mental patients in mental hospital. Sometimes the prose is really interesting - giving views about the sane mind talking to and about the insane mind. Other times, it is real gross, like how she wants to know if she really has bones or not! Glad it is a short book. Not a great read but it is very different. Something like Lolita.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell (with Patrick Robinson)

When I started reading the book, somehow I didn't like the tone of it. It seemed like it was extremely amateurish. So much so that I almost felt like stopping reading the whole book because I just couldn't handle the way it was written. So I moved forward a few pages and the BUDS training notes began. I am very familiar with it having read so many other books of similar genre. Here are the narration was better. Then story became very interested when the battle ensued. It became a thriller suddenly when Marcus became the lone survivor but yet hunted by hundred or so Taliban fighters in the middle of Afghanistan. I remember reading Sidney Sheldon's The Doomsday Conspiracy when the Hunter becomes the Hunted and this was a true story of the hunter becoming the hunted. I liked the fiction itself so much - and this being a true story piqued my interest even more. The battle scenes are extremely well portrayed, the escape is good too. Thank god for the Lokhay and the little Afghan village and villagers who saved Marcus and who let the world know what happened out there - otherwise it would have been buried along with him in the Hindu Kush mountain range. It truly is a remarkable story of survival against all odds - and is even miraculous what all he went through. It was as of God had made him a messiah of sorts to live through death and narrate his story. I pity those who died during that Operation Redwing as well as those who came to rescue the SOS callers. The narration of the book ended in the same note as how it began - amateurish, but the story more than makes up for it. Definitely worth the read. Now, waiting to watch the movie!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Very Good, Jeeves by P G Wodehouse

My 70th Wodehouse book! A classic Jeeves and Wooster short stories collection - complete with Aunt Dahlia and cook Anatole and friend Tuppy and the Wickhams, etc. set in serene London country houses. Some of the tales are now almost predictable, and the language - although as good as it can be - doesn't cause mirth, maybe because I have read so many of them now. Still, it is fun to read. Some of the scenes were real Laugh Out Louds! Reading this book, just like any other Wodehouse book, is time well spent!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

A powerful yet witty novel about author's dismantled life due to divorce and how she re-constructed herself from suicidal depths to extreme happiness by indulging herself in eating in Italy, praying at an Ashram in India and finding loving in Indonesia. This book is all about these three - divided very cleverly in equal parts using 108 as a base number Italy was really boring for me since Italian and food (Italian or otherwise) are not my greatest topics but India and Indonesia were very interesting since she narrates a lot about Yoga, meditation, finding balance, spirituality, etc. A fairy-tale except more so since it is a true story - and thankfully for us readers, the story of a gifted writer who has jotted it all superbly. Considering the spiritual quotient in this book, it looks like she was destined for all of this - her divorce, her experiences, her being an author, her writing this book, etc. - so that the message can be spread across the World about Spirituality and how to find peace. The humor is good, the writing style is excellent and the connections and interconnections within the book are all very well written. Movie is so-so but book is a definitely a must-read...nah, a must-own book. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Midnights with the Mystic: A Little Guide to Freedom and Bliss by Cheryl Simone

Very fluid, well-written book that quickly moves through the author's life story in very few chapters which is more like a prologue. And then the crux of the book starts - which is essentially same as what the title indicates. Sadhguru's insights to life, human, being, love, yoga, chakras, reincarnation is just mind-blowing and at times, even jaw-dropping. Stories of his life, his family, his guru, his previous lives are all astounding. A small and short book but extremely powerful. Only sad thing about is that it leaves the reader asking for more. In any case, it is definitely a must-read.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

An excellent novel - just as it is. But the fact that this novel was written in mid-1800s with such amazing details on almost every latitude and longitude of earth, on various things that are in the ocean - both animals and plants, on technical details of submarine and ships, of south pole and of so many things - now, that is absolutely mind-blowing. The narrative is so strong that one almost feels that author really did see (maybe he did) and did all the things that is penned in the book - and it contains adventures in all parts of the world, all continents! Extremely powerful book, and at times, too technical in nature - especially the plants and animal species. Definitely worth a read.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet by Buzz Aldrin and Marianne J. Dyson

I had just heard about rockets being sent to Mars and exploring life beyond Earth but chanced upon this book (at kids section) and it had a wealth of information on the what, why, how, where and even when regarding converting Mars to Earth-like planet. To put it simply, it was mind-blowing. In the process, came to know so many things - including simple things like why gas cylinders are round! This Buzz is awesome - especially when trying to make kids understand in simplistic way - like how Earth is like the long hand of the clock and Mars is like the short hand, and using that logic to chart out the path for blast-off. And learnt about Aldrin Mars Cycler - which is like a taxi ride to Mars! This 80-odd page book made me learn more about outer space than an entire course I had taken on satellite communications during Engineering days!!

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

A very girly book. Reading this kind after a really long time. Still, it is pretty neat and quite well-written. The story weaves through the past and the present in a seamless manner. Even though the book seems to be just a hike on the trail, it doesn't get boring. There is quite a many adventure to keep the reader occupied, and wanting to know what happens next. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston

An excellent narrative from Aron about his climbs, his life, his incident at Blue John Canyon and the life after. Although the main theme is just about how his hand got stuck under the boulder, the story weaves between his past and the current happenings in a smooth enough manner to not bore the audience. Plus, there are some transcendental experiences, punch-liners which almost makes this book a must-own. Some parts of the narration are too technical (the movie helps in such cases) but still thoroughly enjoyed. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

American Sniper by Chris Kyle

A very different, open-hearted narrative by Chris Kyle on his life in general and as a SEAL in specific. Its different because I have not read this kind of a narrative for a very long time. The literary style & editing is beautiful; it comes very close to making you feel he is really talking to you. The italics, the choice of words are just right at the right places. And also the wit. Humor sparkles throughout the book. Although it does not cause laughter, it surely gives a smile. It also has some dark truth about couple of lives who lost their lives and reader really feels for them. The whole book is full of short paragraphs depicting numerous incidents of his life. Sometimes there is no connection between the incidents but yet it doesn't bore. His wife's narration throughout the book adds depth to the story, and a wife's perspective of having a SEAL as a husband. Greatly enjoyed the read.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Playing It My Way by Sachin Tendulkar

A nice fluid record of Sachin Tendulkar's life as a cricketer. It is remarkable how clearly he remembers each and every innings of all the matches he played. Including some ball-by-ball analysis of specific overs. Truly, what a man & what a cricketer! It gives some nice funny insight to his life other than cricket too, at times, during his tours across the globe. The book itself is very simple and easy-going. A good read. Enjoyed reading it thoroughly.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health by Robie Harris

A truly remarkable book - everything about what is given in the title itself. Surprisingly, even at my age of 35, there were things in the book that I didn't know and hence was a learning experience! It is a must-read must-own book for early teenagers. Very witty, very frank and very simple.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

An unbelievable (true) story of Louie Zamperini - who almost became the fastest one mile runner, shook hands with Adolf Hitler, air-fought successfully against Japan, got stranded on a raft (with Phil) in the middle of Pacific Ocean for almost 2 months (during which time he was declared dead), saw the doldrums, became POW in Japan, got beaten up almost unto death for almost 2 years with next-to-nothing food, got released and then outlived every other person who thought he was initially dead, and even went on to run in Japan when he was almost a nonagenarian. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz

An unbelievable story of men who escaped Communist Russian prison camp in SIberia and walked over 4000 miles across the Gobi desert and Himalayas to reach British India. Circa 1939-1942, the story itself has enough power and drive to keep it moving without any literary assistance needed as such, and yet it is a very clean and easy narrative. These are the kind of stories that I used to read as Alistair MacLean's fictional novels - and here I am reading equally nail-biting true-stories! 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

Circa 1841. A grim and poignant narrative of the author on how he got kidnapped, suffered as a slave for 12 years, faced all the inhumanities as a slave and thankfully escaped the clutches of fiefdom. It is heartening to read about all the whip-lashes, the hard-labor and other sad things that black folks had to undergo at that time of the century.

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Devil In The White City by Erik Larson

Got this novel by chance when office was being relocated from one location to other. And it turned out to be a good book which created a story out of history. Circa 1890s when Chicago hosted The World's Fair. What went behind the scenes is excellently researched and put forth by the author in the most professional way possible, and added the story of psychopathic Mr Holmes' deeds as well. Its a fascinating read, especially to know how the Fair changed America and even the world, in a way, considering how Ferris Wheel got its birth in the Fair and that a Disney worked in the Fair, thus giving way to Mr Walt Disney opening up Disney amusement parks across the world. Also liked what Holmes had to say about his ability which went something on the lines of "I cannot stop myself from killing people just as how a poet cannot control himself from writing poems." And, this narrative starts from the moment of Titanic sinking. So, for me who had just completed A Night to Remember, this seemed a logical continuation!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Philomena by Martin Sixsmith

A beautiful book, written in pure and simple English language. Although named after the mother who lost her child, this book is all about the child. It covers pretty much his entire life from birth to death. It is unbelievable investigative work done by Martin and beautifully brought into life in the 400 odd pages as a page-turning novel, full with conversations, confessions and tragedy. Such a sad state of affairs. One wonders how folks who were supposedly so close to God themselves became villains and performed acts so inhuman and ungodly back in those days. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Night To Remember by Walter Lord

A very short 170-odd page non-fiction true-story novel about the sinking of RMS Titanic. It starts right when the ship hits the ice-berg and takes the reader through the next 10 harrowing hours that follow. At the end, it gives more facts about the ship in it's entirety and the many 'If-only...'s that could have saved the 1500+ lives. A very, simple write-up yet very thorough in it's research and observations. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally

As mentioned in The Pianist, the facts depicted in the novel itself is as powerful as it can get and the literature need not be really looked into. However, the book could have been written much more fluidly. At times, it gets hard to read through quickly. But, for the author's sake, one cannot imagine how else it can be written when so many folks' tales need to be intertwined at the same point in time. Excellently crafted, putting all true events together. Maybe it is the facts itself are so hard to digest that it makes reading difficult - with so many strange sounding cities, places, names, etc. Definitely, worth a read.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Catching the Wolf of Wall Street

Not as good as the prequel but has as many good stories and written just as well as it's sibling. This novel though quite fills in all the gaps of the first one (like how was Stratton Oakmont started, how Jordan got into Wall Street, etc.). The movie has taken inputs from both of these books to fully depict the story of Jordan. Still, a page-turner no doubt!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Wolf of Wall Street

Wow! What a book! Unbelievable true stories of Jordan Belfort. I remember reading so many novels in a James Bond style which made sense in just as a fictitious manner but never in true-life style and yet, Jordan lived that life style. His humorous wit, and the way he explains everything with a beautiful narration makes the book a compulsive page-turner. Absolutely loved it! I am now reading the sequel Catching the Wolf of Wall Street without a day's gap! This reminded me of how I saw the movies The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy (which I saw one after the other immediately).

Sunday, June 29, 2014

No Easy Day

An autobiography by a SEAL. But more than that, this book gives first-hand account of Operation Neptune Spear which killed Osama Bin Laden. Most of the book gives details on the author's journey on SEAL (and related) deployments. How training occurs, how adventurous deployments are, how lucky and unlucky folks some folks are during deployments, how much gear they carry, etc. The write-up is not all that great but the story itself is catchy. However, it gets gripping when the tale of the Operation Neptune Spear starts. Complete with 3D pics and minute by minute account of what each team did on that night in Abbottabad, the book culminates with exactly what it started off with: the essence and necessity of training and experience of all the combat assaults. It is a great service to the public that one of the team members in the Operation decided to write this story (however difficult it might have been to keep it as secretive as possible) otherwise the details would never have been known.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman

Another holocaust novel. Well, the events logged itself is as powerful as any story can be. So, one need not bother about how the story is written as long as the bare facts are represented. It is a pure miracle how the author has depicted how he survived the debacle of an entire city (Warsaw) within 5 years. He seemed to have escaped death in every way possible. At times, it goes to such an extent that the read becomes monotonous - the very fact of a person escaping death! However, the movie seemed better.

Rain by Somerset Maugham

A collection of short stories. True to Somerset's style, each story is a great write-up and builds up lot of steam, but in each instance the ending kind of fizzes out. Nevertheless, very entertaining.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Bringing Down The House

Had seen the movie 21 long time ago. But got this idea that the book might give more understanding on how to beat Blackjack. It certainly did. But it also showed the ugly side of Vegas. The book in fact showed more of Vegas than about Blackjack, but then that is what the guys from MIT experienced which was what depicted in the book. All in all, a fantastic thriller and much more fascinating because it all really happened!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Motorcycle Diaries

A memoir by Ernesto Guevara about his motorcycle ride across Latin America with his friend. Did not really like this novel due to many reasons. Although it is a true story, it was difficult to comprehend there were so many helping hands allowing them to freely stay over for the night, give them food, even money. Secondly, the writing didn't seem very catchy either. There was this one line where he mentions 'I miss Alberto Granado' but there is no mention of what really happened to Alberto. Till the previous para, Alberto was right there! Also, they travel so many cities, and without a proper map in the book, it is difficult to imagine where in Latin America they really were....

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Night by Elie Wiesel

Well, The Holocaust itself is a very powerful theme. So any writing on this theme is touching. Elie gives a personal account of the disaster that he endured at Nazi concentration camps, along with his father. There is not much to be said about the writing style or the narration of the book. But the story has enough wheels to keep it constantly moving and making the readers want more.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

A biography on Chris McCandless. A very poignant and moving story of a young man who lived the 'free' life to the fullest for two years, experienced and enjoyed ultimate freedom until the freedom itself trapped him to his own unfortunate demise. 

A lot of people were 'for' Chris and a lot were 'against' after the story got published, but it is hard - after knowing so much about this boy - to be 'against'. Chris clearly had the earmarks of becoming a great man in his lifetime in whatever he chose to do, even if he had lived for decades. Instead his 'natural' life just spanned for 2 decades and even with such short span of time, he touched so many lives - those whom he met during his hiking and those who just read about him like me.

The novel itself I felt could have been written in a better sequence. Jon has a unique style of writing which I am not very fond of - although I must admit that it is a style of its own. Since his profession is one that of a reporter, he tends to write about the last scene first and then veers the story to how it all unfolded - much like many of the articles that we see in newspapers. I saw the similar style even in Into Thin Air. I would have rather preferred if the novel had started where the story started and ended where the story ended. But the story itself has so much depth in it, that it is a definite must-read in whatever style it is written.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

A chilling recollection of Mt Everest expedition that went horribly wrong in May 1996. Explicitly detailed, honestly poignant and almost makes every reader, even the non-climbers, as if they are climbing the Everest. A definite must-read.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

A very poignant novel about a student and a professor, and an unofficial last thesis about Life. A very simple, nice and short read, filled with many aphorisms. A true story of 14 Tuesdays in 1995.

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Small Bachelor by P G Wodehouse

A corker of a novel. Apparently a novel that even the author is fond of too, mainly because of the way he finished most of the novel in one sitting. Wodehouse has it all in this intricate plot - a necklace, a thief, a cop, a commanding man, a few petites, a commanding woman and the works. It is as good as it ever gets in any good Wodehouse novel. At times, the plot gets so thick that it is difficult to follow what is happening at a given point of time, especially due to so many characters being at so many different places. Thoroughly enjoyed!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Head of Kay's by P G Wodehouse

This novel seems to have been written by Wodehouse very early in his author-hood. There is hardly any humor and in some remote places, there is forced humor which does not give any laughter. It is just a collection of events that occur in the school house. It is more like a diary from a student in one of the British schools. Can easily be avoided.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado

When I was searching for true stories, I came across the novel 'Alive' which informed about a flight crash in Andes mountains and how some of them survived the rough ordeal. However this book was not available in the library and instead I found this book 'Miracle in the Andes' written by a survivor Nando Parrado himself. This added more emotion to the novel, coming directly from the "horse's mouth", so to speak. The last time I had read about a plane crash in an extremely cold environment was in Alistair MacLean's Night Without End - about 2 decades ago. But unlike the novel, this was real stuff and it was extremely mind-chilling. Nando's narration is superb and fluid. He easily explains the pre, during and post tales of the crash. His explanation of the cold and the vertical climb of the snow-covered wall-like mountain with bare hands and no protection is awe-inspiring. One wonders 'Is it even possible?' His narration of how close he was to death and how forcefully the huge void of the slope behind him beckoned him to nothingness is beautifully detailed. One can fathom Nando's character just by reading this novel. He has also written pages and pages about each character in the flight. I am surprised how unaware I was of this incident. Apparently this was a sensational news in 1972 when the survivors of the crash were rescued. A definite must-read. However I am not sure now if I have to read Alive now or not, which is apparently more detailed.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers By Kevin Flynn, Jim Dwyer

A minute-by-minute description of 9/11 spanning across 300 odd pages. The 102 minutes is the duration of time between when the first tower was hit and when the last tower fell. There are many things to know about what happened in that short span of time and there are many things that fascinate the reader - like how many had that day as the last working day, how many got into the elevator at the nick of time and were saved, how people had got down and were advised to go back to office only to see the oncoming second flight and thereby death, how some of them were so lucky and determined to live, how ironically people who volunteered to rescue died while the rescued escaped their own deaths, etc. Some of the stories are extremely moving and inspiring. Although a must-read book, it lacked some of the punch which a book with a story like this can deliver.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Terminal Man by Michael Crichton

A 1970s novel about mind control. A very predictable storyline, especially because the names given to each part in the novel give out much of what comes next. Still, it is a very good narrative considering how the author delves on intricacies of the medical profession as well as gives intricate details on surgical procedures. There is a powerful piece about education and mind control that I liked very much - it made me remember the same author's Airframe about how car accidents cause more deaths than air accidents.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Three Men and a Maid By P G Wodehouse

A corker of a novel. It has got the full humor effect of Wodehouse by way of sea-side romance, attempted kidnap to woo the girl, couple of break-ups, added misunderstandings again to woo the girl, etc.. Only thing I did not like was the ending since it seemed too forceful. 

Noting down one of the best sentences in this novel:

Bream Mortimer was tall and thin. He had small, bright eyes and a sharply curving nose. He looked much more like a parrot than most parrots do. It gave strangers a momentary shock of surprise when they saw Bream Mortimer in restaurants eating roast beef. They had the feeling that he would have preferred sun-flower seeds.

LOL!!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Wednesdays Are Pretty Normal by Michael Kelley

A true story about a father narrating his two-year-old's cancer story. But considering father [author] is also a priest, the whole novel is like a pravachana - a gospel - like a Sunday Church seminar on Bible. There are many stories from Bible told in the novel which gives value if you are a Christian reader. As such the story itself moves slowly and is very poignant but the novel has more emphasis on Bible and religious faith. 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Felt like reading pure fiction, after a long time. So, searched for a Booker prize winner (had liked 1997 winner God of Small Things and 2002 winner Life of Pi tremendously) and came across this 2012 winner. 

It started off well, then in one single page, it moved about 5 decades! Then, it got boring but always had some punchline statements. Julian has portrayed old age really well, with its associated thoughts and memories. Then, just as the novel came to an end, it picked up momentum and finally ended on the last page with a thrilling effect that made me re-read the novel once more!! Definitely deserved the award! Good narration, good story, good language, good characterization.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner & Quincy Troupe

After having seen the movie, I was keen on reading the novel. As it turned out, the novel is very different compared to the movie. The movie could be just 30% of the novel. The story of what Chris Gardner’s mother has gone through is mind-blowing. The story of his life alone is stunning. Sometimes it seems he screwed up big time and hence he struggled so much to get to where he is. Other times, it seems like this is more of a pursuit of money and wealth, starting from the very first scene in which he wants the Ferrari badly. Either way, it is a riveting biography. A very good read.

The Prince and Betty by P G Wodehouse

A very different Wodehouse novel. It seemed more like a Hardy Boys book since there were many scenes of adventure and literal street fighting and gun-wielding gangs. And then there were typical Wodehousian romance scenes and wonderful English speaking characters. And the story is long and winding and complicated – across Europe and US. Just goes to show how skilled Wodehouse was – he could write any action story, any sports story (there are scenes of boxing rounds intricately explained), any romance story and any comic story. Worth a read, for the sake of uniqueness in Wodehouse spectrum.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

There are books in which every single sentence is important and is somehow related to the overall plot of the book, like in Agatha Christie's novels, Alistair MacLean's novels. And there are novels like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in which many sentences are neither important nor related, and is as unrelated as it could ever be. It is just - as somebody has rightly reviewed - whimsical insanity. A total timepass read. Not hilarious but definitely comic. If Wodehouse had come across Douglas, he would have said 'Just goes to show that it makes all kinds of people to make this world'.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

I remember my college mate talking about this book way back in 2000. I remember his making a comment on how a home can be a liability instead of an asset. I was not sure if I wanted to read this book. But when I came across this book in the library, I thought why not.
But very soon I realized that it is a book not to be borrowed and read from the library. It is a book meant to be bought. It has may wise gems which needs constant reading and referring - like Dialogues with the Guru and Autobiography of a yogi. It is not a great book (there are many sentences which keep repeating and it kinda becomes monotonous at times, but it is not boring), but definitely a book that needs reading, and a book that honestly inspires you to become rich.
Sometimes, when I read the book, I felt I was already following what the author wants the reader to do to become rich, sometimes I felt I was like the author's educated (poor) dad.
There are lots of things to learn in this book, and lots of things that make you think and re-think.
Definitely, a must-read.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Indiscretions of Archie by P G Wodehouse

My first Wodehouse novel read on a mobile phone. Not a very comfortable feeling, but anything to read a Wodehouse novel if I can't get hold of it on the book format. Coming to the novel itself, it is a different kind of a novel - a blend of both short stories and a novel clubbed into one. In the sense, the entire novel is categorized into short stories (read bloomers) of Archie while the novel itself revolves around Archie's relationships with his wife, father-in-law, friends, etc. A top-notch in Wodehouse class with a supreme touch of English and humor. A definite must-read.

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

This book contains all strips from The Revenge of the Baby-Sat and Scientific Progress Goes "Boink". Notable are the stories in which Calvin tries to finish his homework and instead grows bigger and bigger & his scientific device going Boink!! A hilarious read!
Unfortunately for me, though, this is my final C&H book...there is no other C&H novel left for me to read.
:-(

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Calvin and Hobbes Sunday Pages 1985 - 1995 by Bill Watterson

This is a must-read for all C&H fans. This has about 50 odd pages. The left side pages are some of the actual drawings which Bill Watterson drew and the right side pages are the same drawings in color [color chosen by Bill himself] that got published on the Sunday pages between 1985 and 1995. It also has a preview by Bill and each page has Bill's thoughts on the strip and the different challenges he had to surmount. In most cases, his challenges were drawing the strip in a panel that fit into books and papers - so that even if some of the panels were thrown away, the essence of the strip remained. This shows the ingenuity of Bill Watterson - not only is the comic strip great in conversation, humor and drawings but also in behind-the-scenes work like panel design and color combinations. Even though I had read many strips before, reading it again with Bill's thoughts penned gave it a different thought dimension and further impressed me. This also has C&H last strip drawn by Bill on 12/31/1995.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

A book named Calvin and Hobbes on Calvin and Hobbes! As always, very entertaining & refreshing.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Weirdos from Another Planet by Bill Watterson

Another Calvin and Hobbes gem. Again, in black and white, though. Below (rough) excerpt suffices to an extent:

Calvin to Susie: "Can I borrow your black crayon?"
Susie: "Ok, but dont break it and dont peel off the side paper. Also draw on all sides so that the end remains pointy."
Calvin: "Geez, why dont you get an insurance on it!"

:-)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Revenge of the Baby-Sat by Bill Watterson

Another Calvin and Hobbes gem! The episode of Susie Derkins being sent to Principal's office because of Calvin's pranks is hilarious. Would have been better if print was in color.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Days Are Just Packed by Bill Watterson

Brilliant! The 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm Calvin meeting 7:30 pm Calvin sequence was absolutely hilarious. A must-read.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Yukon Ho by Bill Watterson

Colored edition would have made it better. But the dialog between Calvin and Hobbes is worth the read anyways.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

A child's book. Maybe it would have been interesting if I had read it when I was a kid. But now, reading it on my Android only because it came with the phone, didn't enjoy as much although it is true that novel is written just the way dreams occur.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Lazy Sunday Book by Bill Watterson

Beautiful. Ingenious art and dialog. Color adds further color to the comic. Each page contains 6-8 panels and it is one complete story. So, one small story per page. A must-read!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Something Under The Bed Is Drooling by Bill Watterson

A black and white comic book. Hence not so captivating. But very insightful and humorous, as always. Foreword in the book says it all. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat by Bill Watterson

A treasure. A pleasure. As always, Calvin and Hobbes makes life so enjoyable!

Monday, August 27, 2012

There's Treasure Everywhere by Bill Watterson

A Calvin and Hobbes must-read. I almost re-read each comic strip to completely enjoy the artistic ingeniuty and the matter-of-facts-of-life of Bill Watterson.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Doctor Sally by P G Wodehouse

Not at all interesting. A very thin story line about a man wooing a woman that goes on for about 130 pages. Avoidable. But nice and crisp English, as always.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Its a Magical World by Bill Watterson

A Calvin and Hobbes book. Wonderful, as usual. Can't help reading each comic strip twice to fully enjoy the humor!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Swoop and other stories by P G Wodehouse

A rare collection of Wodehouse - perhaps written during his early literature years. Not as great as his later ones. Very light and laugh-less humor. Did not like it as much as I liked his others.

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Cobra by Frederick Forsyth

Sequel-of-sorts to Avenger. Mainly because same main characters used in The Avenger re-appear in The Cobra. Excellent story-telling again. In-depth coverage of cocaine. How it is manufactured, how it is exported, how it is imported, how payments are made, who are the major players and how vast its tentacles are spread. And of course, how it makes Bill and Buffet look like paupers. Like most of Forsyth's novels (including The Day of the Jackal which I first read), the first half of the novel is all about preparation. Second half is striking and finishing. Perfect use of BAMS technology and what it can achieve. As always, although fiction, Forsyth gives insight on what is occurring in the world, and what technologies and laws can be used to make it a better place.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Few Quick Ones by P G Wodehouse

Collection of short stories featuring Oofy, Bingo, Freddie, Wooster including few golf stories. Pleasant read.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Heart of a Goof by P G Wodehouse

Only Wodehouse can combine mild romance and humor with golf. Wonderful short stories - all revolving around golf.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Old Reliable by P G Wodehouse

Set in Hollywood and with new set of characters. But underlying themes being Wodehousian Constant: Romance, Burglary, Butler, etc. Enchanting read.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Butler Did It by P G Wodehouse

Based on a slight deviation of Tontine principle, the novel revolves around couple of about-to-be married folks, set in country side of London and, of course, beautiful English and unique set of characters. Extremely funny, wonderful set of twists and turns and a page-turner. Must-read.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Spring Fever by P G Wodehouse

New characters but similar surroundings and schemes - romance in old-world castles, with important-seeming butlers buttling around, etc. Excellent English, of course, and a jugful of humor.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Uncle Dynamite by P G Wodehouse

Jovial as usual. Enough twists and turns with romance popping on and off, impostors, policemen, robbery, etc to make it a page turner. And of course the English language. Must-read.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

No Nudes Is Good Nudes by P G Wodehouse

Absolutely topper! Even the title is apt. Blandings Castle, Uncle Threepwood, Lord Emsworth and his pig, Duke of Dunstable, Beach, a couple of romantic hearts and of course 'The Reclining Nude' - a perfect composition of an excellent novel. Add "Wodehouse at his best" and this book is unputdownable.

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Meaning of Life

This book by Bradley Trevor Greive contains less than 120 pages and has one sentence per page. Yes, just one sentence per page. Rest of the page is covered with animal pictures which is why I took the book for my daughter. But as it turned out, this is a book for adults. When I started reading it by chance, I could not put it down till I read the whole thing. It is a page-turner and hard-hitting. The message is wittily put across in less than 10 mins of reading the book.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lord Emsworth and Others by P G Wodehouse

Rib tickling short stories. Thoroughly enjoyable. Some golf stories too. Only Wodehouse can combine golf with funny love entanglements.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Young Men in Spats by P G Wodehouse

Short story collection involving many of Wodehouse's brightest and funniest heroes. Comical read.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Laughing Gas by P G Wodehouse

A different kind of a novel by Wodehouse. Sci-fi-ish soul-switching incident that happens, as Wodehouse says in 'Fourth Dimension' leads to a laugh riot. Extremely comic page-turner! A must-read.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Just Us Girls by Moka / Sunscreen Books

For lack of any other book, I read my wife's choice of 'Just us girls'. Being father of a daughter (she is less than one now!), it was interesting to know what my daughter will go through a decade later! A good read, actually.
Rating: 2

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Blandings Castle and Elsewhere by P G Wodehouse

A collection of short stories of Blandings Castle, Mr Mulliner and Bobbie Wickham. Enjoyable. A snippet (the start of the novel) reproduced below - the English, the setting, the light humor - all wodeshousian Classic!

Lord Emsworth had his eye to a powerful telescope and Beach, the butler, was beside him.
"Beach," said Lord Emsworth.
"M'lord?"
"I've been swindled. This dashed thing doesn't work."
"Your lordship cannot see clearly?"
"I can't see at all, dash it. It's all black."
The butler was an observant man.
"Perhaps if I were to remove the cap at the extremity of the instrument, m'lord, more satisfactory results might be obtained."
"Eh? Cap? is there a cap? So there is. Take it off, Beach."
"Very good, m'lord."
"Ah!" There was satisfaction in Lord Emsworth's voice. "Yes, that's better. That's capital. Beach, I can see a cow."
"Indeed, m'lord?"
"Down in the water-meadows. Remarkable. Might be two yards away."

Friday, July 15, 2011

Playing for Pizza by John Grisham

After a long time, I wanted to experience Grisham's legal battles in the court but when I chose this book off the shelf, little did I know that this was nothing to do with legal eagles. It was all about NFL and super bowl in Italy. Half the book is like a tourist guide to Italy and half the book is like a sports magazine on American Football. Totally time pass novel - not something I wanted to read.

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens (abridged)

Time pass. Good to read to get a feeling of the old world charm. It is a collection of adventures of Mr Pickwick and his friends. They go from one city to the other, make friends, attend weddings, have some adventures and move on. Total time pass.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

French Leave by P G Wodehouse

Not set in rural England. No Ukridge, no Lord Emsworth, no Wooster, no Psmith, no Uncle Galahad. New set of characters, new location (Roville and St Rocque in France) and new plot although the misunderstandings, lovers tiff, etc is in abundance. Enjoyable. My 50th Wodehouse read.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Thank You, Jeeves by P G Wodehouse

Absolutely topper. There is something about Jeeves and Wooster novels that brings the best out of Wodehouse. A must-read. Cannot help but give an extract of one of the hilarious passages from the novel:

There was a knock at the door and in floated Jeeves.
'Excuse me, sir', he said, shimmering towards old Stoker and presenting an envelope on a salver. 'A seaman from your yacht has just brought this cablegram, which arrived shortly after your departure this morning from the yacht. The captain of the vessel, fancying that it might be of an urgent nature, instructed him to convey it to this house. I took it from him at the back door and hastened hither with it in order to deliver it to you personally.'
The way he put it made the whole thing seem like one of those great epics you read about. You followed the procedure step by step, and the interest and drama worked up to the big moment. Old Stoker, however, instead of being thrilled, seemed somewhat in the impatient side.
'What you mean is, there's a cable for me.'
'Yes, sir.'
'Then why not say so, damn it, instead of making a song about it. Do you think you're singing in opera, or something? Gimme.'

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Money in the Bank by P G Wodehouse

Wonderful! Again the Wodehousian formula: romance, missing diamonds, beautiful girl engaged but not liking the adventurous spirit of her Boy Handsome but bowled over the Master Orator, set in a country house, few scenes of attempt-to-burgle and getting caught in the cupboard, etc. Never fails to bore the reader.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Mating Season by P G Wodehouse

Topper! Its always a pleasure to read the conversation between Jeeves and Wooster and this novel has lots of it. Set in a country hall, Wooster finds himself in the midst of four couples' tiffs and his name being changed to Fink-Nottle! Full of entertainment!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Quick Service by P G Wodehouse

A complete new set of characters and a new location but similar plot (romance in country, burgling of portrait, etc) and similar set of characters (an out and out optimist spreading sweet and lightness, a pessimist with a digestive problem, a subtle valet, a guy who doesn't believe in marriage but finds himself engaged to the most beautiful and sweet girl, etc). A wholesome entertainer.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Service with a Smile by P G Wodehouse

Lord Emsworth and the pig Empress; Emsworth's sister Lady Constance; Emsworth's secretary Lavendar Briggs; Finally, Lord Ickenham in Blandings Castle. A sure-fire recipe for a great comedy! Unavoidable.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Much Obliged, Jeeves by P G Wodehouse

Wodehouse at his usual best. Similar plot - robbery, false accusations, entanglements, engagements being broken off, set in a country and the Junior Ganymede club book.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Coming of Bill by P G Wodehouse

Boring! One of the rare Wodehouse books that bored me. There were no entanglements, misunderstandings, burglary but a plain story. Good English of course but lacking punch in story. Realized that Wodehouse's first few books (written during 1900s) are not as funny as those written post 1950s. Definitely a book that can be avoided.

Wings of Fire by D A P J Abdul Kalam with Arun Tiwari

A nice read. Very inspiring too. Gave me a lot of food for thought.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Summer Moonshine by P G Wodehouse

Once again, a topper! Set in a country house situated 40 miles from London, the story intertwines between marital-engagements, mansion-selling-deals, "plasterers", deliberate lies, misunderstandings, post-swim-no-clothes-scenes etc to create one helluva comedy. A must-read.

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Luck of the Bodkins by P G Wodehouse

Simply fantabulous! Absolutely hilarious! Most of the story is on board a ship on the way from London to New York on the Atlantic Ocean. As usual, a number of engagements, entanglements, misunderstandings and feudal spirit - all narrated in superb English. A must-read.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Letter from Peking

Another Pearl S Buck novel. Another China based story. But this time, more entwined with Vermont, USA. One gets the feeling that Pearl is narrating her own story. Maybe. Maybe not. It gets slightly boring at times, the way the main character portrays her love story as the greatest of all love stories, while actually it is not a dream romance as it should have been. Only good thing is that it is a very small novel.
Rating: Average

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother's Soul

I had not heard about the Chicken Soup series until recently. It is a collection of stories written by people like you and me. Some are humorous, some are inspiring, some are plain and some are plain boring! But it is definitely worth a read - for expectant mothers and expectant fathers alike.
Rating: Good
Note: Book available online too

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck

Pulitzer winner. Beautifully written. Complete story of a Chinese illiterate farmer, starting from the day he gets a wife to the day he has tens of grand children. Also revolves around many seasons of famine and flood, of neighbours and uncles and aunts and thieves and slaves and Lords. And, of course, the good earth.
Rating: Good

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Essential Calvin and Hobbes

Some strips are repeated but, still, a book not to be missed! Calvin time is fun time!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

2 States: The story of my marriage by Chetan Bhagat

I was told this book has one really laughable statement in every page. I was told right. Chetan's witticism is all through the novel and makes this book unstoppable although it has a typical bollywood storyline of boy loves girl and parents disagree. Extremely well written in very simple English and the one-line punch-liners spread across the book are what makes this novel a must-read.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Dilbert: The Joy of Work by Scott Adams

I generally don't like Dilbert comics. But I like the way Scott Adams writes (blogs). So read this book. It was not all that good but it was indeed weirdly funny. A stark truth about corporate culture and its dry humor.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book

Author Bill Watterson explains in this book the various behind-the-scenes of CnH including the first CnH comic strip and how he experimented with various panels, colors, stories outside of the normal CnH such as the tyrannosaurus, etc. It is extremely hilarious and a must read.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons

My first Calvin and Hobbes book although I was reading comic strips. Extremely hilarious and a must-read. Although cover story is about monster snow goons, it has a plethora of stories ranging across different seasons.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Little Warrior by P G Wodehouse

A nice story of a young English damsel who loses all her wealth due to a care-free uncle and hence ends up in a Broadway chorus (opera). Very good characterization and a clean read.
Rating: 2

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

Perhaps because I had already seen the movie. Perhaps because I had very high expectations. The book seemed to be a bit of a bore, compared to the action pack movie. The ending too was not satisfying. Perhaps I would have different opinion if I had read the novel first.
Rating: 2.5

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bill The Conqueror by P G Wodehouse

An explicit Wodehousian novel - full of twists and turns and romance and broken engagements, some fights, etc. Damn funny!

Monday, November 16, 2009

The World of Mr Mulliner by P G Wodehouse

As Wodehouse himself says, he is worried about how heavy the book is going to be. He also says he has made the short stories as funny as possible. On both counts, he is true. It is very heavy (622 pages - 42 short stories) and it is extremely funny. Definitely worth reading!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bertie Wooster Sees It Through by P G Wodehouse

:-)

What a novel! Typical setting in Brinkley Manor, of lost necklaces, of engagements, of policemen, and of course of Jeeves' brilliance! Sprinkled with beautiful English! Awesome read!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Angel Cake by P G Wodehouse

A very nice light hearted novel about how Barmy gets money and loses it all and earns it all back again. Of course, a touch of romance and friendship. Wodehouse at his best.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

America, I like you by P G Wodehouse

This is not completely but almost an autobiography of Wodehouse. He did not want to write a conventional autobiography and hence he has added some humorous instances but it isnt really humorous.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mostly Sally aka Adventures of Sally by P G Wodehouse

Its a nice long story. One of the longest novels I had ever read of Wodehouse. Although did not feel bored, I felt it could have been condensed. Also it was not altogether as funny as his other novels. And hardly any complications and interconnected entaglements.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Mike and Psmith by P G Wodehouse

A beautiful novel about school and cricket. Enjoyed it thoroughly. It reminded me of Blyton's St Clare's and Malory Towers.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Plum Pie by P G Wodehouse

A collection of short stories. The last story of 'Life with Freddie' is the longest and the best...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Very nice book. Really enjoyed it. Made me go back to my schoolhood days. Awesome linguistic accent used and nice adventures.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Peril At End House by Agatha Christie

Very nice plot. Puts off the reader, and even Poirot for most part. In fact, one gets the feeling that Poirot has indeed lost the case as a life is lost even after Poirot is on the case. A number of twists and turns makes this book a page turner.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Mysterious Affair At Styles by Agatha Christie

Poirot's first case. Book by Agatha Christie. A nice read. Pretty interesting. Much much better than that Miss Marple I had just read. In fact, I had to really muster up courage to read another Christie book after Nemesis!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Nemesis by Agatha Christie

An ok-dokey novel. Story is good but I somehow dont like Christie's narration. Perhaps its more so in this novel because main character is Miss Marple who is too old and every other sentence talks about her having to take rest, about having to stroll in the garden and such lot. Readable once when there is no other novel to be read...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Avenger by Frederick Forsyth

Excellent story-telling. Liked especially the names of each chapter. The previous Forsyth novel which I had read (Dogs of War) had disappointed me but this one tops the chart. There is a story behind each character and each story is fascinating. Details of many post-Second-World-War wars of the world are covered in this novel, like the Bosnian war, the Afghanistan war, the Vietnam war, etc. The Tunnel Rats concept during the Vietnam war is mind-chilling. The concept of being the 'avenger' is good. And like a counter-balance, 'Lesser good over bigger evil' also is good. But I felt the ending was more of an anti-climax. The heretofore powerful villain suddenly seemed extremely vulnerable in the end. But, very significantly, the novel ends on 9/10/2001, a day before World Trade Center was hit by terrorists.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

If it were two boys in The Kite Runner, it is two women in A Thousand Splendid Suns. It is again set in Afghanistan, the writing continues to be good and emotionally deep. Too many disappointments, too many sad things happen, but there is always a silver lining lurking. But then I guess thats the reality in Afghanistan, with each and every Afghan over the last so many decades. Worth a read, but rather felt it is stretched to an extent.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The R Document by Irving Wallace

Reminded me of Hardy Boys! Very amateurish but, after a long time, enjoyed reading a fast paced novel. A good read, and a very good subject to write a novel. Rather unique.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Dubious and weird it seems but at times it also seems to have some stuff in it. Its nothing but Shankaracharya's Adwaitha Philosophy. All about how everything is in one's mind and how anyone can get anything that they want just by focusing on the item or object of desire and asking for it from the Universe, and believing it and really feeling it as if received. Yeah, I know! Its more of a documentary of comments from various people than just notes from Rhonda. Not really a must read.

The Dogs of War by Frederick Forsyth

I didnt like it. Started well and is a meticulous book, as in any Forsyth novel, but ending was an anti-climax, with nothing great happening than expected. All through the book, more emphasis lay on managing the money that the mercenary was given and the thing about Spanish Harlem was amateurish. Long ago when I read the Day of Jackal and Negotiator and Devil's Alternative, Forsyth was right up there at the top. Or is it that the writing has always been this way and my way of looking at normal fiction has changed...?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Oct 2008

Five Point Someone

by Chetan Bhagat

The Dogs of War

by Frederick Forsyth

Review of books read recently:

1) Life of Pi: A must read. Fascinating imagination. Amazing narration. Although the story is just a simple tale of a cast away boy in the middle of Pacific Ocean.

2) Five Point Someone: An awesome novel of what not to do in IIT! Extremely hilarious and real cool way of looking at life.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sept 2008 - II

Life of Pi

by Yann Martel

Review of previous read book:

Swami and Friends: A refreshing read! Written through the eyes of a small boy, it portrays innocence in actions and thoughts.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Sept 2008 - I

The Inscrutable Americans

by Anurag Mathur

Swami and Friends

by R K Narayan

Review of books read recently:

1) Big Money: An amazing novel with humorously romantic entanglements in the midst of money-minded businessmen-cum-rowdies!

2) The inscrutable Americans: An Indian villager goes to USA for higher studies and finds Americans really inscrutable. Author Anurag Mathur has brought about all distinct American characteristics that makes Indians in US wonder.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Aug 2008

The Clicking of Cuthbert

by P G Wodehouse

Big Money

by P G Wodehouse

Review of books read recently:

1) The inimitable Jeeves: A novel of short stories yet a novel in itself, especially made by the deliberate attempt to refer to the concluded short stories. A nice book with Jeeves’ smartness portrayed in each short story.

2) The clicking of Cuthbert: Short stories with golf as the main theme. And of course, sprinkled with a touch of romance and humour. A non-golfer can learn a lot about golf reading this book without actually getting bored! Only Wodehouse could write like this…

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Jul 2008 - II

Jeeves in the offing

by P G Wodehouse

The inimitable Jeeves

by P G Wodehouse

Review of books read recently:

1) Ring for Jeeves: A novel that has Jeeves but no Bertram Wooster. Set in a dilapidated castle with new characters but the usual romantic entanglements!

2) Jeeves in the offing: A novel that has less of Jeeves and more of Wooster but then Jeeves is the one who scores more points, as usual, in Brinkley Court. Jovial references to Bertie’s prep school days as one of the principle characters is Bertie’s prep school principal!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Jul 2008 - I

Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves

by P G Wodehouse

Ring for Jeeves

by P G Wodehouse

Reviews of books read recently:

1) Full Moon: A Blandings Castle story. Tipton seeing Bill's gorilla-like face every now and then, and thinking it to be an apparition brought about by too much drink is the best part in the novel.

2) Heavy Weather: One of the best books ever. Extremely hilarious. Rather prolongated but thoroughly enjoyable. Sequel to Summer Lightning (aka Fish Preferred). A Blandings Castle story.

3) Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves: Sequel to The Code of the Woosters. Runs on similar lines and humorous, as always. A Totleigh Towers story.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Jun 2008

Full Moon

by P G Wodehouse

Heavy Weather

by P G Wodehouse

Review of previous book: Feynman's book is Must Read.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

May 2008

Surely you're joking, Mr Feynman!

by Richard P. Feynman

Sunday, May 4, 2008

2008 till date

Galahad at Blandings - P G Wodehouse
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Catcher in the rye - J D Salinger
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
The Code of the Woosters - P G Wodehouse

2007

Autobiography of a Yogi - Paramahansa Yogananda
Illusions - Richard Bach
Hercule Poirot's Christmas - Agatha Christie
Murder in Mesopotamia - Agatha Christie
Are you afraid of the dark - Sidney Sheldon
Cat o' nine tales - Jeffrey Archer
Contagion - Robin Cook
The Veteran - Frederick Forsyth
The Great Short Stories - Guy De Maupassant
Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie
The five people you meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom
The Last Juror - John Grisham
Lajja - Taslima Nasrin
Dialogues with the Guru - Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Swaminah
The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri
Whiteout - Ken Follett

2006

A prison diary - Jeffrey Archer
Sunset at Blandings - P G Wodehouse
Toxin - Robin Cook
Joy in the morning - P G Wodehouse
The Man from St Petersburg - Ken Follett
Biffen's Millions - P G Wodehouse
Rage of Angels - Sidney Sheldon
Fish Preferred - P G Wodehouse
Icon - Frederick Forsyth
The Girl in Blue - P G Wodehouse
The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
The Purloined Paperweight - P G Wodehouse
The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
Eggs, Bean and Crumpet - P G Wodehouse
Cocktail Time - P G Wodehouse
Sein Language - Seinfeld

2005

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
Jane of the Chalet School - Elinor Brent-Dyer
The Little Nugget - P G Wodehouse
The Cat Nappers - P G Wodehouse
Bachelors Anonymous - P G Wodehouse
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
To kill a mockingbird - Harper Lee
The plot that thickened - P G Wodehouse
Postern of Fate - Agatha Christie
The DaVinci Code - Dan Brown
Do butlers burgle banks - P G Wodehouse

2004

Uneasy Money - P G Wodehouse
Five go to Demon's Rocks - Enid Blyton
Love Story - Erich Segal
The Complete Yes Minister - Anthony Jay and Jonathyn Lynn
A Place Called Freedom - Ken Follett
Psmith in the City - P G Wodehouse
The Scarlatti Inheritance - Robert Ludlum
Out of my mind - Richard Bach
Lush - Peter Benchley
Third Girl - Agatha Christie
The Hades Factor - Robert Ludlum

2003

The Firm - John Grisham
The Rainmaker - John Grisham
The Runaway Jury - John Grisham
On Wings of Eagle - Ken Follett
The Talisman Ring - Georgette Heyer
The Second Lady - Irving Wallace
Piccadilly Jim - P G Wodehouse
Something New - P G Wodehouse
The Summons - John Grisham
Psmith Journalist - P G Wodehouse
The Godfather - Mario Puzo

2002

The Fist of God - Frederick Forsyth
No comebacks - Frederick Forsyth
The Razo's Edge - Somerset Maugham
Air Frame - Michael Crichton
Mutation - Robin Cook
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Gone with the wind - Margaret Mitchell
The Sands of Time - Sidney Sheldon
The Key to Rebecca - Ken Follett

2001

The Sittaford Mystery - Agatha Christie
Tell Me Your Dreams - Sidney Sheldon
Vector - Robin Cook
The Best Laid Plans - Sidney Sheldon
The Sky Is Falling - Sidney Sheldon
The Secret Ways - Alistair MacLean
The Fourth Protocol - Frederick Forsyth
The Other Side of Midnight - Sidney Sheldon
The Guns of Navarone - Alistair MacLean
Bear Island - Alistair MacLean
Memories of Midnight - Sidney Sheldon
Triple - Ken Follett
To cut a long story short - Jeffrey Archer

2000 and before...

Order of books read not tracked....