Friday, 8 January 2010

2009 on books

2009 was a good year for me, at least literature wise! With well over one hour per day in the London underground with not much else to do, I found books to be the main motivation for riding the tube every day. That, and the fact that I need to get to work and make a living, of course.

At some stage I realised I was going through lots more books than I used to in the past few years, so I decided to start keeping track of what I was reading. If for no other reason, at least to have a permanent record here that I can always go back to (blessed be the permalinks)

So here is the list, more or less in chronological order.

  • The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
  • Siddharta, by Hermann Hesse
  • Surfacing, by Margaret Atwood
  • The Rainmaker, by John Grisham
  • Gang Leader For a Day, by Sudhir Venkatesh
  • The Complete Guide to Capital Markets for Quantitative Professionals, by Alex Kuznetsov (don’t ask)
  • The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy (by far the best read of the year for me. Amazing book)
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid
  • Laowai, by Sônia Bridi
  • Single & Single, by John le Carré
  • The Shining, by Stephen King
  • A Farewell To Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
  • Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters
  • The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga
  • Terrorist, by John Updike
  • Leite Derramado, by Chico Buarque
  • The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins
  • number9dream, by David Mitchell
  • Nocturnes, by Kazuo Ishiguro

Meanwhile, I’m already working my way through my 2010 list with The Year of the Flood, another Margaret Atwood (can’t help it, I love the woman)

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