My year in books

In 2014, all thanks to HT Brunch’s #BrunchBookChallenge, I managed to read twenty books throughout the year. This was after a long spell of barren life, life without books, life that stemmed from a corporate world that had steadily decreased my attention span and constantly tested my patience.

Now in 2015, in trying to meet the new challenge of reading thirty books, I not only completed this, but went above and beyond. I managed to read forty books in 2015. And for a greedy reader like me, this meant news. To being able to read with such speed, focus and clarity after such a long time, yes, this is good news for me baby!

So here’s the list of books I’ve read this year.

1. Cobalt Blue, by Sachin Kundalkar and translated by Jerry Pinto

2. The Pregnant King by Devdutt Pattnaik

3. The Wishbones by Tom Perrotta

4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

5. English, August by Upamanyu Chatterjee

6. Radio Shangri-La by Lisa Napoli

7. Wool by Hugh Howey

8. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

9. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Nieffenger

10. Chronicles of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

11. Risotto with Nettles by Anne del Conte

12. Under the Dome by Stephen King

13. The Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau

14. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

15. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

16. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

17. French Lover by Taslima Nasreen

18. The Red Market by Scott Carney

19. No One Writes to the Colonel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

20. Meeting Point by Roisin McAuley

21. The Storm by Kanhu Charan Mohanty

22. The Kill Room by Jeffrey Deaver

23. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

24. A Hundred Foot Journey by Richard Morais

25. Byline by MJ Akbar

26. Restaurant Babylon by Imogen Edwards-Jones and Anonymous

27. Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

28. Fifty Shades Darker

29. Fifty Shades Freed

30. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

31. The Hunger Games

32. Catching Fire

33. Mockingjay

34. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

35. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

36. The Palace of Illusions by Chitra B Devakaruni

37. On Two Feet and Wings by Abbas Kazerooni

38. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

39. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

40. The Revised Kamasutra by Richard Crasta

This feat could not have been completed without of course HT Brunch setting the challenge, last year and this; The Sunday Book Club, a Twitter group chat that takes place every Sunday at 3 pm; Goodreads, that helped me get fantastic recommendations, and Blogchatter, for pushing me to blog about this. These groups, even with their mere digital presence, have got me back in my element. Not to mention my close knit group of friends who never judge me on the basis of my choice in books, and keep me almost satiated.

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