Sunday 23 March 2014

I and My Books This Year

These are the books I have read this year so far and managed to remember the titles:
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Paush
  • Dork by Sidin Vadukut
  • God save the Dork by Sidin Vadukut
  • The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
  • A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey
  • The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey [1]
  • Tales of Beedle the Bard by J K Rowling
  • The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman
  • All three The Tales of Dunk and Egg series of novellas by George R R Martin
  • The Princess and The Queen novella by GRRM, part of Dangerous Women anthology
I bought The Last Lecture like 10 months ago and managed to read it only now. Got too lazy last year on reading books front. One reason for writing this is to publicly shame myself into reading more. If I don't write about books here going further, assume that I haven't read anything those weeks. One more motivation is that this provides some material for the blog, which I have managed to ignore for so long.

The Last Lecture is as good as it gets. Anyone who has watched Randy Paush's Last Lecture knows what the book is about. If you haven't, it' is about time you did. Go watch it. It's free and worth your time. I shall write a detailed blog sometime later. I intend to reread it.

Sidin's novels are good fun and I liked the subtle humour in the novels set around the lives of modern management consultants.

The Daughter of Time is an excellent novel that's old enough to be in public domain. All her novels are old enough to talk about calling exchange to connect the telephone, but are enjoyable any time.

Tales of Beedle the Bard is a children's book by J K Rowling, an offshoot from Harry Potter universe. As entertaining and stimulating as a children's book can be. ;-)

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ is a fictional story trying to clarify (or make sense of) another fictional story. ;-) Expertly done if you ask me.

The other four works by GRRM are set in the famous world of A Song of Ice and Fire - more popularly known as Game of Thrones - universe. As excellent as fantasy novels go. P&Q has lots of fantasy elements like dragons fighting etc; Dunk & Egg novellas are pretty thin on fantasy elements but have the same expert story telling and complex characters that GRRM is famous for.

[1] All her works are in public domain & available for free download here.

PS: Hat tip to Yuvi Panda for the idea for this entry.


  1. Good to know that you are still alive :P :) If you had to recommend only one book from the above list, what would that be??

    1. The Last Lecture. If you want only fiction, Tales of Dunk and Egg. :)

  2. Hmmm.. So many already. I guess I've been too busy complaining bout my hectic work life, I've conveniently overlooked d 'reading books' part of my life.
    I will choose from d list above n start wit one. :)