Monday, January 09, 2012

Reading in 2011

Here's the roundup of books I read in 2011. First the books that I would strongly recommend. "Brief Interviews..." has the most number of laugh-out-loud moments of any book I've read in recent memory. Cat's Cradle, even making allowance for the fact that I'm a Vonnegut groupie, is a must-read. Sirens of Titan, I thought, is among his most under-rated works. If you are a fan of Douglas Adams you'll enjoy the obvious inspirations for HHGG. If you are remotely interested in healthcare or medicine, you'll enjoy both the non-fiction recommendations at the bottom of this list.

  • Brief Interviews With Hideous Men - David Foster Wallace
  • The Sirens of Titan - Kurt Vonnegut
  • Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
  • Bad Science - Ben Goldacre
  • The Emperor of All Maladies - Siddhartha Mukherjee
Here are the second tier of recommendations 
  • Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
  • The Price of Civilization - Jeffrey Sachs
  • The Great Stagnation - Tyler Cowen
  • A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
  • The Woman who Walked into Doors - Roddy Doyle
  • How Much Should a Person Consume? - Ramachandra Guha
  • Gandhi the Man - Eknath Easwaran
While last year I deliberately went out of my normal picks to try some science fiction, this year I read my first graphic novel.
  • Batman - The Long Halloween
Then there were books that make too much of an impression
  • The Bad Girl - Mario Vargas Llosa
  • From Yeravda Mandir - M.K. Gandhi
And finally, the books that I, for various reasons, just couldn't finish
  • The Innovator's Prescription - Clayton M. Christensen
  • The Language Instinct - Steven Pinker
  • The First and Last Freedom - J.Krishnamurti
  • The Squeeze: Oil, Money and Greed in the 21st Century - Tom Bower

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