A new Tag – on Books

I read this tag on some random blog, and I am going to attempt it.

Don’t laugh at anything I have read and say ‘How could you?’ OR don’t laugh at anything I haven’t read and say ‘How couldn’t you?’
I generally don’t read a lot of heavy stuff unless it is a memoir. I also don’t read self-help books, so no mention of those here too.

Book(s) that changed your life/thinking: Life Ahead: None so far, that makes me look pretty bad huh? But seriously no book has affected me that much.
Maybe you can suggest some book unless it is one of those ‘How to make friends…, How to be happy…’ and stuff.
And no ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ too.

Book(s) that mirror(ed) your life: None. Sadly my life is not as interesting. Maybe a paragraph here or there.

Book(s) you’ve read more than once:

Little Girl- Patricia Hermes.
Shantaram- Gregory David Roberts.
Island of blood – Anita Pratap
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austin

Book(s) you’d take to a deserted island:
Shantaram and some nice thick chick lit.

Book(s) that made you laugh:
Inscrutable Americans – Anurag Mathur
Dress your family in corduroys and denims – David Sedaris

Book(s) you were surprised you loved:
Tenth Circle – Jodi Picoult (I was told this is an absolute let down. Glad I didn’t listen to any of them).
Do They Hear You When You Cry – Fauziya Kassindja

Book(s) you wish you had written: Shantaram and Inscrutable Americans.

Book(s) you wish had never been written:
Samira and samir – I really don’t remember why I picked this book. I think I liked the story and the cover page. That’s usually how I buy my books.
But after the first chapter and I shut the book never to open it again. That’s the only book I would love to donate. But on second thoughts, naah… Why inflict the same torture on others?
Also ‘That thing called love’ Well, never been written is too extreme but I didn’t like this book either.

Book(s) you’re currently reading –
Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
A long way gone – Ishmael Beah
I generally don’t read more than one book at a time, but I couldn’t decide. Both books are so far absolutely brilliant btw.

Book(s) you’ve been meaning to (re)read –
Shantaram (re-read)
Suzzanne’s diary for Nicholas – Jeffery Archer (re-read)
Little Woman – Louisa May Alcott
The Road – Cormac McCarthy

Book(s) you’re embarrassed to admit you have not read:
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (I’ve read half of it),
Fountainhead (read half of this too)
Grapes of Wrath.
Wizard of Oz would have been there too if I had not read it a month back. Thank god for that.

Book(s) you’ve been meaning to finish:
Freedom at Midnight – Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins.
Blood and Sand – Frank Gardener.

And of course the ones I am reading now.

I would like to tag anyone who reads this, but that won’t be fair. So those who want to do it, pleeeaase go ahead.

And yes, if you like to read and if you don’t do this tag, shame on you. No reason or excuse is enough, even that ‘I don’t want to do it. What will you do?’

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12 thoughts on “A new Tag – on Books

  1. Ooh. The Road is fantastically well-written, but my GOD it’s depressing. Consider yourself warned! I might have a go at this tag later on – but first I must cook some supper …

  2. Jason you have got yourself into trouble now. Consider yourself tagged for ever tag from now on 🙂

    Katja : Road is next on my list. I almost didn’t buy it coz it was in Oprah’s book club, but I couldn’t resist. And I don’t mind depressing either.

    Yay..CM and Pete, looking forward to reading your list 🙂

  3. I’m in too.. this is a brilliant tag.

    Btw I have a lot to say here:

    If you thought David Sedaris is funny, you haven’t even scratched the surface with “Dress your family…..”. From what I hear, it’s one of his more inferior works. I’ve read 2 of them that had me in splits for life: “Me talk pretty one day” and “Holdays on Ice”. Believe me, they will bowl you over (I can lend them to you… I have all his books) 😀

    If you like travelogues, you simple MUST read: “Chasing the Monsoons” by Alexander Frater, “Butter Chicken in Ludhiana” by Pankaj Mishra, and “From heaven lake” by Vikram Seth (his only non-fiction).

    Read “City of Joy” by Lapierre, I have been shcoked and awed by this book more than once. And if you liked Shantaram, you will thoroughly enjoy “Maximum City: Bombay lost and found” by Suketu Mehta (non-fiction).

    Sorry for the long comment.. if there is anything that interests me a lot, it’s books 🙂

  4. Btw all the travelogue books can be found at Twist n Tales.. say Hemanshu sent you and you will promptly be handed a copy of Chasing the Monsoons.. I think I’m the one person that’s bought that a zillion times from them already 😀

  5. Hey now these are some good suggestions, I am always in for anything to do with books.

    David Sedaris recommendation taken.
    I am not into travelogues much, but I won’t mind reading one. I think I’ll go with “Chasing the Monsoons”.

    I want to read ‘City of Joy’, but I already have 2 other books by the author. I think I’ll finish those first.
    ‘Maximum city’ I have read. I loved it, though I thought it was stretched at places, specially the Jain family thing.

    I’ll be looking forward to you doing the tag…

  6. I wasn’t into travelogues either until I read these books that I list 🙂

    Book tag is done.

    Yes I agree on the Maximum City’s jain bit.. I skipped that end part.. and tell everyone who reads to skip it too.. it’s just too painfully boring.

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