Ayn Rand – The Fountainhead

The fourteenth re-read. In thirteen years. That’s how much I love this book, and how much I’m totally and completely in love with the protagonist, Howard Roark. For years, I’ve longed for a world of Roarks, and all I’ve seen around me is a world of Keatings and Wynands. And at that point, I can’t […]

John Updike – The Widows of Eastwick

Updike’s Rabbit series has been on my to-read list for a very long time, so I’m not quite sure how my foray into his world started with his final book, published in 2008. And, as the blurb on the back didn’t say anything about this book being a sequel of sorts to The Witches of […]

Jeannette Walls – The Glass Castle

I think sometimes people get the lives they want. This is a rather unflinching nonfictional memoir, in which Walls traverses her childhood days. For the most part, the book focuses on her parents, who were ill-equipped to raise children in the real world. Yet, it’s the affection and lack of judgement leaping off the pages, […]

Carlos Ruiz Zafón – The Prince of Mist

The Shadow of the Wind is one of those books that I absolutely loved, and although my second experience with Zafón didn’t have quite the same happy ending, the desire to read his works didn’t really come to a complete halt. I picked up The Prince of Mist, a book aimed at children, at Greenwich […]

Thomas Keneally – The Tyrant’s Novel

Schindler’s Ark was one of those books that left me speechless; the story, the writing, the emotions it evoked. Everything, basically. A couple of months back, I picked up The Tyrant’s Novel from a second-hand bookstore, just to see how it would compare to the 1982 Man Booker Prize winner. In a nutshell, this book […]

Neil Gaiman – American Gods

This book was recommended by the same person who introduced David Mitchell (number9dream) to me. It was then recommended by another colleague who borrowed number9dream from me. So, it had to be read. 590+ page chunkster or not, it had to be read. I finished it about a month back, and my head’s been reeling since. […]

Jostein Gaarder – The Christmas Mystery

This time of the year, I like reading at least one Christmassy book; one that propounds the Christmas spirit and is essentially feel-good, and festive. A Norwegian friend of mine fleetingly mentioned how, while he was growing up, his family would read this book together, reading one chapter on each day of the Advent calendar. […]

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – The Thing Around Your Neck

Having previous read both, Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus, I was quite happy when I received this as a Christmas present last year. The only concern I had was, my track record with collections of short stories – for the most part, I’m not a fan. “For the most part” being the […]

Vladimir Nabokov – Laughter In The Dark

Congratulate me, for I’ve finished my first Nabokov. Some four years back, I attempted to read the much acclaimed Lolita, but failed to finish it for it was way too disturbing. I must give it another try. My second foray into Nabokov’s world was far more successful though. Not only did I race through the book, […]

Daphne du Maurier – The House On The Strand

What better way of spending a Sunday evening than curled up in bed, with a box of the world’s best chocolates, and a Daphne du Maurier? Well, possibly if the book wasn’t The House On The Strand… Yes, I know that’s harsh, but if you compare this book to the likes of Rebecca or My […]

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