My book shelf

I have not been an avid reader, and have just started to explore the wonderful world of books. Blog world has always helped in choosing books with suggestions and reviews, and I thought it would be really good to have a platform here on my blog where I can interact with others and share views regarding books I have read. I have come up with a list of books I have read, and also the ones which I have bought but yet to read. I am hoping that this page will be used to discuss these books, and also people will come out with more and more suggestions for me to read.

I also decided to rate the books, purely based on my personal opinion and how much I liked reading the same.

****      Out of this world
***       I loved it
**         I liked it
*           Tolerable
Not worth my time

Some of the books have a link to the review I have done over at my blog. The name of the book has been linked to the shelfari page and you can get to read more about the book from people across the world over those links.

  1. Unaccostomed Earth Jhumpa Lahiri   **
  2. Ladies Coupe Anita Nair                    *
  3. Holy Cow Sarah McDonald review ***
  4. My Name is Red Orhan Pamuk          **
  5. Lolita Nabokov                                 **
  6. Seinlanguage Jerry Seinfeld               *
  7. To kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee      **
  8. The catcher in the Rye J D salinger review ***
  9. Life of Pi Yann Martel
  10. Philosophical essays Bertrand Russel **
  11. The Prophet Kahlil Gibran review ***
  12. Notes to myself Hugh Prather **
  13. Zen and the art of motorcylce maintenance Robert M Pirsig review ***
  14. How I taught my grandmother to read Sudha Murthy **
  15. Gently falls the Bakula Sudha Murthy *
  16. One hundred years of solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez **
  17. Memories of my meloncholy whores Gabriel Garcia Marquez *
  18. The dairy of a young girl Anne Frank ***
  19. Brida Paulo Coelho *
  20. Like the flowing river Paulo Coelho review ***
  21. Eleven Minutes Paulo Coelho review ****
  22. The zahir Paulo Coelho review ***
  23. By the river piedra I sat down and wept Paulo Coelho *
  24. For one more day Mitch Albom review *
  25. The five people you will meet in heaven Mitch Albom review **
  26. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom ****
  27. Possible side effects Augusten Burroughs ***
  28. Dry – Augusten Burroughs **
  29. On the Road Keff Kerouac ***
  30. The perks of being a wallflower Stephen Chbosky ****
  31. Made in america Bill Bryson
  32. The lost continent Bill Bryson **
  33. The Ferret chronicles Richard Bach *
  34. Out of my mind Richard Bach *
  35. A gift of wings Richard Bach *
  36. One Richard Bach ***
  37. Running from safety Richard Bach **
  38. Illusions Richard Bach ****
  39. Jonathan livingston seagull Richard Bach review ****
  40. A bridge across forever – Richard  Bach ***
  41. Summaniddare Chaliyu naduguttade <kannada> Tiptur Vijay Kumar Review **
  42. Five point someone Chetan bhagat **
  43. The 3 mistakes oh my life Chetan bhagat *
  44. One night at a call centre Chetan bhagat *
  45. Who will cry when you die Robin sharma ***
  46. The monk who sold his ferrari – Robin sharma **
  47. Spud – John van de ruit **
  48. The ninth life of Louis drax Liz Jensen **
  49. Lunatic in my head Anjum hasam *
  50. Into thin air John krakauer ***
  51. A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father Augusten Burroughs **
  52. About a Boy Nick Hornby **
  53. The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini **
  54. The Curious Incident of the Dog Mark Haddon ***
  55. The unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera ***
  56. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir Bill Bryson **
  57. A walk in the woods Bill Bryson **
  58. The shadow of the wind Carlos Ruis Zafon ****
  59. A thousand splendid suns Khaled Hosseini ***
  60. Hardcore Zen Brad Warner **
  61. Hypnotizing Maria Richard Bach *
  62. The Devil and Miss Prym Paulo Coelho **
  63. Notes from Nethers Sandra Lee **
  64. My Friend Leonard James Frey **
  65. There’s No Such Place as Far Away Richard Bach *
  66. Have a Little Faith Mitch Albom ***
  67. Wings of Fire A P J Kalam **
  68. English August by Upamanyu Chatterjee **
  69. In Xanadu William Dalrymple *
  70. Sea of Poppies Amitav Ghosh *
  71. Broken Wings Kahlil Gibran *
  72. The company of woman Kushwant Singh *
  73. The Fountainhead Ayn Rand ****
  74. Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand ****
  75. Japanese Wife Kunal Basu *
  76. Avarana S L Bhyrappa ***
  77. Parva S L Bhyrappa ***
  78. Samskara U R Anantha Murthy **
  79. The Angel’s Game Carlos Ruiz Zafon **
  80. The pillars of the earth Ken Follett **
  81. Dork Sadin Vidukut *
  82. Urban Shots Paritosh Uttam *
  83. Corporate Atyaachaar Abhay Nagarajan *
  84. Wish Melina Geroza Bellows *
  85. The prince of mist Carloz Ruiz Zafon **
  86. Dreaming in Hindi Katherine Russell Rich *
  87. 84 Charing cross road Helene Hanff ***
  88. Delhi Adventures in a megacity Sam Miller *
  89. Augustya [Kannada] ***
  90. Animal Farm George Orwell ***
  91. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Dr Seuss **
  92. 1984 A Novel George Orwell ****
  93. Aleph Paulo Coelho *
  94. The Great Gatsby Scott F. Fitzgerald ***
  95. Anna Karenina Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy, Joel Carmichael **
  96. Indian calender system ***
  97. Devuru DVG [Kannada] ***
  98. Wise and other wise Sudha Murthy **
  99. The finkler’s question Howard Jacobson **
  100.  The Postman Always Rings Twice Cain, James M. ***
  101.  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide, #1) Adams, Douglas ***
  102.  If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler Calvino, Italo **
  103.  Foundation (Foundation, #1) Asimov, Isaac ***
  104. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller **
  105. Other Colors    Pamuk, Orhan    *
  106. Fahrenheit 451  Bradbury, Ray    ***
  107. The Time Keeper Albom, Mitch    *
  108. The Silver Linings Playbook     Quick, Matthew ***
  109. MahaBrahmana    Narasimhashastri, Devudu    ***
  110. The Last Lecture        Pausch, Randy    **
  111. Unfamiliar Fishes       Vowell, Sarah    *
  112. The Ocean at the End of the Lane        Gaiman, Neil     *
  113. Looking for Alaska      Green, John    **
  114. Hitching Rides with Buddha      Ferguson, Will    **
  115. The Prisoner of Heaven (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #3)    Zafón, Carlos Ruiz    ***
  116. The White Castle        Pamuk, Orhan    *
  117. India: A Sacred Geography       Eck, Diana L.    **
  118. The Liar        Fry, Stephen **
  119. The Difficulty of Being Good : On the Subtle Art of Dharma      Das, Gurcharan **
  120. Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior  Millman, Dan *
  121. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened  Brosh, Allie    *
  122. And the Mountains Echoed        Hosseini, Khaled     ***
  123. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference  Gladwell, Malcolm    ***
  124. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)  Martin, George R.R.    ****
  125. A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)   Martin, George R.R.    ****
  126. A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)  Martin, George R.R.    *****
  127. A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)  Martin, George R.R.    ***
  128. A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)       Martin, George R.R.    ****
  129. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac   Zevin, Gabrielle     **
  130. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen      McDougall, Christopher    **
  131. The Spectacular Now     Tharp, Tim    **
  132. The Day of the Jackal Forsyth, Frederick    **
  133. Rising Sun Crichton, Michael    ****
  134. The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific Troost, J. Maarten    *
  135. The Selfish Gene Dawkins, Richard    ***
  136. Yaana S.L.Bhyrappa    **
  137. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) Collins, Suzanne    ***
  138. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) Collins, Suzanne    ***
  139. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) Collins, Suzanne    ***
  140. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls Sedaris, David    **

19 thoughts on “My book shelf

  1. i’d give to kill a mockingbird 3 stars…other than that…i like this idea 😉
    this is my kind of book review…easy and to the point…lol
    I wish I had more time to read! sigh

  2. You know, Spud has been a huge hit here – understandably,but I’ve yet to read it. I’ve got it on my bookshelf, I started reading it and then put it down. Once I know what you think, I’ll see if I’ll give it another go.
    And wasn’t Tuesdays with Morrie just awesome?! You know they made a movie of it? With Jack Lemmon, as I recall. Brilliant. Glad you made it through One Hundred Years of Solitude – I really struggled with it, I preferred Love in the Time of Cholera, also by Garcia Marquez. You should also try some Haruki Marakumi – very much a modern day writer – can be a bit oblique and obscure, but awesome. Kazuo Ishiguro is also well worth a read, Remains of the Day is his most well known. And my all time favourite writer is a guy called John Banville. If you can find some of his earlier stuff – absolutely brilliant – look of for the Newton Letter, Dr Copernicus, Kepler. Wonderful, lyrical writing.

  3. Well, I don’t have any current suggestions. It’s been awhile since I read a really great book (shocking) and it’s taking me forever to get through a single book nowadays. I might take a few of your suggestions though…

  4. you recently found books?? you have read an awful lot that I haven’t.. will take your suggestions. I am reading Spy by Ted Bell.. first time reading his book.. any idea? I am glad you gave Chetan Bhagat 1 star … lot of people have told me they liked his books.. I had begun to think there was something wrong with me! finally a like minded person! Read Kite Runner and Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.. they are really good! Also do you like Sci Fi? I loved the Rama series – Arthur Clarke. The Dune Series by Frank Herbert is supposed to be good to (have not read that myself). And I ABSOLUTELY LOVE The Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy – Douglas Adams! I see you have not given high stars to Sudha Murthy too? I wanted to read her.. no good eh?
    Sorry I got rather carried away with this comment!

  5. nooo! u should have review too.. 😀 of ALL the books u read 😀
    i gave 3 stars to unaccustomed

    i m readinf GodOfsmall things

    Zahir.. i LOVED it!

  6. My gosh, Rambler, and you don’t read much? Let’s see, what have I read that you’ve read? Jonathan Livingston Seagull, but I’d rate it 2-3 stars; Tuesdays with Morrie, 3 stars; Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, 3-4 stars; One Hundred Years of Solitude, 3 stars.

    I’ve always been an avid reader. I have so many books at home that I still have to pore through. And I love going to bookstores and can never leave without two books in hand. Right now on my nighttable is The Devil and Ms. Prym by Paulo Coehlo, This is Why the Mockingbird Sings by Maya Angelou, A New World by Eckart Tolle, and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. All are being read at the same time.

    What I never tire of reading over and over is Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden.” My favorite book hands down. I just finished reading all of Kafka’s short stories and can say with convinction that he is not one of my favorite authors, although Metamorphosis was brilliant. Disgusting, but brilliant. And “Blindness” by Jose Saramango will come on the big screen fairly soon. I had a very hard time reading this book and could not finish it. One sentence that can go for an entire page with punctuation not being a big factor here was the least of my problems. It was too graphic, raw and smelt putrid in its deterioration of the human condition that I found hard to deal with.

  7. GG…I think I liked the book, somehow it did not strike a chord with me.

    Preethilata..haven’t read them yet..have been a late starter when it comes to books

    Vanilla..I am planning to take SPUD along with me on a vacation I am planning, hoping that it is a light read.
    TWM was indeed brilliant, sad there are only 3 books by Mitch Albom
    Hundred years, I struggled in the beginning but later the interest caught on
    Thanks for the suggestions.will surely try them out

    Silver..please do make your suggestions

    Preethi..thank you so much for the suggestions..will soon make a list of suggestions by readers 🙂

    Veens..sometimes I am inspired to do review at the end of the book and the rest of the times I am just too lazy 😀

    Rebecca, I am surprised you rated Hundred years of solitude 3 stars..would love to discuss the book with you, may be I missed something
    And Thanks for the suggestions would surely consider the suggestions you have here.

  8. Kite Runner just ** ??? Really??? Its the only book I LOVE.

    I join in with almost all other ratings. Maybe Zahir I’d give a four.

    Anyways, jus go to ur blog. Will catch up on the archives soon. 🙂

  9. Amazing Book List 🙂 I too loved Paulo’s Eleven Minutes. Yes, truly it’s out of this world.

    I just finished Mitch Albom’s ‘5 people you meet in heaven’. Its a great book and according to your ratings it would grab 4 stars…:)

    I liked Unaccustomed Earth as well…Jhumpa’s The Namesake also did well i guess !

    But yeah, there are many from your list that I haven’t touched.. Shall pick from the list once I’m done with my current read which is ‘Memory Keeper’s Daughter’ By Kim Edwards.


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