The 2007 Reading List

Okay, so including reading for a book club undermines the spirit of this list, but at the end of the day, more books get read. Starred (*) items are recommendations for your collection.   Red means best book(s) read this year.

River of Doubt by Candice Millard

*Nowhere Man by Aleksander Hemon

*The Day the Leader was Killed by Naguib Mahfouz

*Dancing in Cambodia, At Large in Burma by Amitav Ghosh

*Burmese Days by George Orwell

Secret Histories – Finding George Orwell in a Burmese Tea Shop by Emma Larkin

The Vice-Consul by Marguerite Duras

*God’s Mountain by Erri De Luca

*Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh

*The Barn Owl’s Wondrous Capers by Sarnath Banerjee (graphic novel)

*The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

*The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

*Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcon

*Travels with Herodotus by Ryszard Kapucinsky

*Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh

*A Writer’s People by V. S. Naipaul

*It’s Not an All Night Fair by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

*Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat

4 Responses to “The 2007 Reading List”

  1. kendrita April 14, 2007 at 5:54 pm #

    Hey! Couldn’t help but notice you read Vice Consul. When I bought the book, I immediately thought of you, for its Lahore-Calcutta connections! Would be interested in your reactions.

  2. fsowalla April 17, 2007 at 4:11 am #

    I found it to be a painful read. The word “artsy” came to mind. It felt as if I was watching someone try and describe a French arthouse film. Lahore seemed simply a suggestion of something (I don’t know what), and not a real place. As for Calcutta, there really wasn’t a serious description of the city or an engagement with it — it seemd as if Duras just wrote about a generic, sterotyped impression of the city that hopefully other Europeans don’t share.

  3. kendrita April 18, 2007 at 3:05 pm #

    So I guess I shouldn’t feel so bad that I never finished it….I’m finding it harder and harder to finish books that don’t enthrall or intrigue me within the first 20-30 pages. The opening chapters of the book raised more questions than answers, and by the time I set the book aside, I was fairly certain I didn’t want to know the answers. Sounds like my own bookshelf is started to become filled with books never or only partially read, as opposed to one fsowalla’s!

  4. fsowalla April 19, 2007 at 3:19 pm #

    I think you mistook the bookmarks that I keep in books as indications of how far I progressed in a particular work. Maybe a post on those bookmarks is in order.

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