Hmmmmmm – Dips – book tagged me. Well, I was thinking of a lot of stuff and I had a lot of thoughts which I needed to put down, but the rest can wait- if there is one thing I love more than playing soccer, its reading. So this is a nice point to resume blogging after 6 weeks of 9 to 9, and some weekends too..
Total books I own:
for me the best thing about working was this suddenly magical ability to buy any book which took my fancy, and I never had to think twice about picking one up, because frankly speaking books are rather inexpensive and afford a lot more. I’d rather think twice about blowing up a wad at the shack, like the crossword quote says – wear the old coat and buy a new book. so I currently have a couple of cartons and I have a cupboard or so full of books at my parents place.
Last few books I bought:
1. Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer. Have recently started reading Artemis Fowl, and now it’s one of the books I look for on every visit to the bookstore.
2. The Mind Gym – The cover looked interesting, and the title is definitely appealing, also gives you a member ship code for the website where you can create your own list of tests etc.
3: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. Been hearing about it a lot, so finally decided to pick it up after browsing through it at the shop,
4: The HH Trilogy by Douglas Adams – Brilliant humor parts of it made me hysterical with laughter – 5 of the best I have ever read.
Last book(s) that I was gifted:
No one gifts me anything 🙁 but the last one was…was In Search of Schrödinger’s Cat by John Gribbin – absolutely brilliant, the way these guys think just blows me away.
Last book(s) I read:
Shantaram – A moving, touching passionate tale of an escaped aussie convict in India, parts of the book made me cry and I still get emotional when I think about it – more so because it’s a true story. Fact is really stranger than fiction.
A short history of everything by Bill Bryson. A wonderful book which explains the world we live in simple terms and traces not only our evolution but also the evolution of scientific thought in almost every field.
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. It all started with that book quiz – What kind of book are you, so i had to read this and found it very interesting.
Currently reading (and in the queue):
1. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle maintenance by Robert Pirsig – The first time I read it, it took me a year to get through. Even small chunks required a lot of chewing before they went down – so I would read a bit, than have a short fling with another book, come back to it and go away again.At least this time its going down a lot faster.
Five books that mean a lot to me:
These are books which I love to read every year, atleast once. And every association helps me discover something new – about the characters, about the story, about the author, about myself.
1. The Razor’s edge by Somerset Maugham – Few other books touch the sheer depth of the characters in this, extremely moving.
2. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.
3. The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach – I fall in love every time I pick this one up, the sequel – One – is just as good.
4. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull & Illusions by Richard Bach – A great parable, and the names of the gulls are great too.
5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – Somewhere in between ‘The bridge..” and “Jonathan..”, reminds me of my soulmate, like “the bridge…”
Books that I plan to read soon:
1. Lance Armstrong – It’s not about the bike.Dips recos and Sheryl Crow convince me that this has to be a good read.
3. Paradise by Toni Morrison – Brat recommended this highly, but so did Oprah – leaving me with mixed feelings about this. But most of Brat’s recos have worked out fine…
4. History of Art by Elie Faure – Henry Miller keeps on referring to this throughout his Rosy Crucifixion Trilogy.
5. The power of impossible thinking by Jerry Wind.
6. Opening Strategies/ Practical Endgame Play – Neil McDonald – I have a tendency to lose focus near the end, when i think i have won, this should help me cure that.
7. Plexus by Henry Miller – (half way through but lost it and now can’t pick it up though I found the book)
I could go on…..Waiting for Book 11 from the Wheel of Time series, the third book from Jonathan Stroud, and Eldest to follow Christopher Paolini’s Eragon.
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