1. Perfume by Patrick Suskind
2. 1984 by George Orwell
3. The Exorcist by William Blatty
4. Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
A book that touched me deeply. I’ve put up a separate post entirely on this. To read, click here.
5. Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Read more about my take on the book here.
6. The Calling by Priya Kumar
7. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Brilliant book! I’m a huge fan of gothic fiction and this one kept me on tenterhooks.
8. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
9. Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
10. Hiroshima by John Hersey
A note on this book deserves a post all on its own, and this will be up shortly in January. Keep an eye out for this folks!
11. Gideon’s Spies by Gordon Thomas
Another book that waits patiently in the wings to be talked about on my blog, but Gideon’s Spies is a must-read for those who are interested in Israel-Palestine issues and in the world of spies.
12. Zodiac Station by Tom Harper
13. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
14. The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
15. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
16. The Target by David Baldacci
17. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
There are times in life you know there are great authors and great books, but you never get around to reading them. This was one of them for me and I kicked myself for not having picked this up earlier. Want to know what went through my head while reading this? Click here.
As I’ve been brought up in a relatively conservative Catholic household, excessive questions about God was not entertained. As I still move around the world with a head filled with questions, this book helped remove much of the fogginess that had clouded my thinking. You can read more about my take on the book here.
19. Short Stories by Anton Chekhov
20. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
A book that left me stunned. You can read all about it here.
21. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
22. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
23. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
I was lucky enough to meet the author on my first event as an intern. Even though I read the book almost eight years later, it stirred in me a strong desire to live and work in Mumbai, a feeling that had long burnt bright. And lo behold, by the close of last year, I did find myself along the ‘Queen’s necklace’, traipsing around Cafe Mondegar and soaking in the aura of Mumbai. Just my luck, eh?
I had always wanted to read Sartre, primarily to see if the fuss around him was just a mirage. I was not disappointed. Although it was my first and only Sartre till date, his writing is very incisive and lays bare the machinations of the human heart. Read more about my take on the book here.
25. If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing with the pits! by Erma Bombeck26. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
27. The Martian by Andy Weir
A book that thoroughly entertained me and left me recommending it to strangers. I’ve blogged about this and you can read it here.
28. Same Soul, Many Bodies by Dr. Brian Weiss
29. Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub
Of the top of my head, pick up Middlesex, The Age of Reason, God is Not Great, Sophie’s World, The Thirteenth Tale, Shadow of the Wind, Perfume, In Cold Blood, Gideon’s Spies and Hiroshima at the earliest.
While I’ve enjoyed last year by keeping my nose firmly #BetweenPages, well mostly, this year too I hope to add another string of firsts and nourish my soul by reading extensively. I’m also available on Instagram and my handle is @samantha_rjsdr. Cheers!