Saturday, July 29, 2006

In my absence...

Not surprisingly I don't have the discipline to keep this blog updated. The very subject of this blog shows that I much prefer reading other's writings than creating my own. However, I've now decided that an online book club would be a fantastic idea (not entirely sure how to organise the postings though) so if you've read any of the books I have, I'd love to see them through your minds eye. And if you've read any really good books lately, tell me all about them, I'm always on the prowl for a good read.

Considering I haven't posted in quite a while, here's a quick update.

Some books I've read since my last post:

  • Watching the English by Kate Fox (non-fiction) - an English social anthropologist's view on what makes the English, English. Utterly hilarious and very accurate (based on my limited interaction with said nation).
  • The Killing Joke by Anthony Horowitz (fiction) - one of those books you buy at a book sale because the blurb looks vaguely interesting. Basically this guy is running away from an evil agency that creates all jokes because he is onto them. Not as bad as I just made it sound (ok, it was really bizarre) but it had some funny moments and there was a sweet love story in the middle of it all.
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (fiction) - a classic I had to read and was glad having done so. Thought provoking, one of those books which each person will draw their own meaning from.
  • Desperately Seeking Paradise by Ziauddin Sardar (non-fiction) - Very interesting. A muslim seeks the truth in the different practices of Islam. May offend some but its written with honesty and humour.
  • Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (non-fiction) - If you liked the Tipping Point, you'll like this book. The authors are economists who use the laws of their profession to find correlations and possible causes (correlation does not after all indicate causation) between disparate phenomena. Fascinating stuff, though I do sometimes think the conclusions they reach are a bit of stretch of the imagination.
  • Angels and Demons by Dan Brown (fiction) - I think I enjoyed this even more than the Da Vinci Code. Similar theme but exceptionally enjoyable.
  • Digital Fortress by Dan Brown (fiction) - A different theme this time on cryptography but his style is as gripping as ever.
  • Deception Point by Dan Brown (fiction) - So you're probably noticing a trend here. I bought the box set at the airport on my return flight back home. I decided to be well prepared after being caught with nothing to read on my first flight when the plane was delayed for two hours. Yet another thrilling adventure.
  • Pandora by Jilly Cooper (fiction) - Classy and funny and very very naughty.
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (fiction) - I loved this book. It absolutely transported me to a Japan long gone. Saw the movie too, which I'd recommend only after reading the book as it misses the nuances explained there.
  • The Pact by Jodi Picoult (fiction) - I discovered this author a few months ago and now I'm hooked. Her books are completely different from each other but each of them deals with really difficult human situations that are extremely thought provoking. This one was about a two very close families, where the kids were best friends growing up and eventually started dating. Now one of the two is dead, supposedly due to a botched suicide pact that the two had made. As the story unfolds, the impact on the different relationships becomes apparent.
  • My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult (fiction) - This one's about parents who decide to have a daughter for the purposes of donating cells to their other dying daughter to save her. Now she's grown up and decided to sue her parents for rights to her body. Thought provoking but on the whole I found it a little too dark and depressing.
  • Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult (fiction) - I did say I was hooked! A son gets sexually molested and the story of how far a mother will go to protect/avenge him. Loved the twist at the end. Really good.
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling (fiction) - Entertaining as always. Because I still consider these kids books (despite the fact that they are getting darker as they progress), I thought it a little odd that Harry didn't set the best example in this book. Then again considering all the media that kids get bombarded with these days, it probably doesn't make much of a difference.
  • The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy (fiction) - Another one of those books that describes a place so well that you find yourself immersed in it, this time its the south of America. Gets a bit intense at times but really draws you in.
  • He's just not that into you by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo (non-fiction) - A guys wake-up call to us females of what they do when they're not interested. Hilarious and eye-opening. A must-read for all those women who keep making excuses for their guys.

I can't remember what else I've read, only to be expected considering my last post was almost a year ago. But those above are the most recent / most well remembered books since then (or just those I can spot lying around in my room at the moment). Should I remember any more, I will add them to the next post, which will hopefully still be sometime this year :)


At 12:48 AM, Blogger Bilal said...

welcome back!

At 10:43 AM, Blogger saaleha said...

freakonomics was fascinating.
busy reading the tipping point.


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