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Currently Reading (or Listening):

Where The Stress Falls: Essays by Susan Sontag

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Pauline Kael: A Life In The Dark by Brian Kellow

Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford

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Books Finished 2014 (r=reread)

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Still Alice by Lisa Genova (Audiobook)

The Prophet by Khalil Gibran (Audiobook)

The Homing Instinct by Bernd Heinrich 

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty (Audiobook)

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler(Audiobook)

Miss Julie by August Strindberg

How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton

Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty by Diane Keaton (Audiobook read by the author)

Holy The Firm by Annie Dillard

The Film Club by David Gilmour

What Maisie Knew by Henry James

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (Audiobook) by Laura Hillenbrand

A House In The Sky by Amanda Lindhout

C. S. Lewis, A Life by Alister McGrath

Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor

The Railway Man by Eric Lomax

The Monuments Men  by Robert M. Edwel

Chess Story by Stefan Zweig

I Can’t Complain by Elinor Lipman (Audiobook)

The Dinner by Herman Koch

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Europeans by Henry James (Audiobook)

12 Years A Slave by Solomon Northup

Hector and the Search for Happiness by François Lelord

The Moviegoer by Walker Percy (Audiobook)

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (Audiobook)

Longbourn by Jo Baker (Audiobook)

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Books Finished 2013 (r=reread)

A Confession by Leo Tolstoy

Tiger Babies Strike Back by Kim Wong Keltner

The Woman Upstairs (Audiobook) by Claire Messud

August: Osage County by Tracy Letts

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

Quiet by Susan Cain

In Search of Lost Time Vol. II: Within A Budding Grove by Marcel Proust

Illegal Action by Stella Rimington (Audiobook)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Sea by John Banville

The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva (Audiobook)

The English Girl by Daniel Silva (Audiobook)

Who is Afraid of Postmodernism? by James K. A. Smith

Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva (Audiobook)

Kim’s Convenience by Ins Choi

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver (Audiobook)

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Downton Abbey: The Complete Scripts. Season One by Julian Fellowes

In Search of Lost Time, Vol. 1, Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (r)

Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

Suite Française by Irene Némirovsky

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas (2013 Read-Along)

The Lighthouse by Alison Moore

The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro

The Black Box by Michael Connelly

Books Finished 2012 (r=reread)

Out of the Blue by Jan Wong

Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Read-Along)

Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger (Audio book)

Dubliners by James Joyce

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (revisit thru audiobook)

Life of Pi by Yann Martel (r)

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (audiobook)

Pride and Prejudice (Revisit thru audiobook)

Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant

The Hundred-foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (Read-Along)

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (Audiobook)

Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves

A Farewell to Arms by Earnest Hemingway (Audiobook)

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon

The Graduate (Screenplay by Buck Henry)

Everything in This Country Must by Colum McCann

A Heart for Freedom by Chai Ling

Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos

Some Assembly Required by Anne Lamott (audiobook)

Half A Life by V. S. Naipaul

Life Itself  by Roger Ebert (audiobook)

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (audiobook)

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron

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Death Comes To Pemberley by P. D. James

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

A Version of the Truth (audiobook) by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack

The Quiet American by Graham Greene

Molly Fox’s Birthday by Deirdre Madden

The Sound of the Mountain by Yasunari Kawabata

Books Read 2011 (r=Reread)

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Walking On Water by Madeleine L’Engle

Then Again by Diane Keaton

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Blue Nights by Joan Didion

The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (r)

A Good Man Is Hard To Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto

In Praise of Doubt by Peter Berger and Anton Zijderveld

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Up At the Villa by Wm. S. Maugham (r)

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

.The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

True Grit by Charles Portis

Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch

A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz

Breakfast At Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Howards End by E. M. Forster

Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann

The Archivist by Martha Cooley

Goodbye Columbus by Philip Roth

The Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos (r)

Alone Together by Sherry Turkle, Part 1 & Part 2.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

‘Adjustment Team’ (short story) by Philip K. Dick

Room by Emma Donoghue

One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved The British Monarchy by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata (Chinese translation)

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

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Books Read 2010 (r = reread)

Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata

I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections by Nora Ephron

The Music of Chance by Paul Auster

The Reversal by Michael Connelly

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (r)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

A Very Private Gentleman (The American) by Martin Booth

Persuasion by Jane Austen (r)

Goldengrove by Francine Prose

Rouse Up O Young Men of the New Age! by Kenzaburo Oe

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Somewhere Inside by Laura Ling & Lisa Ling

The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Mark Noll

The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller

The Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos

An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Transcendental style in film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer by Paul Schrader

Beatrice & Virgil by Yann Martel

Reframing Theology and Film edited by Robert K. Johnston

But is it art? by Cynthia Freeland

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

Living By Fiction by Annie Dillard

Art for God’s Sake by Philip Graham Ryken

Invisible by Paul Auster

What Is Stephen Harper Reading? By Yann Martel

Up At The Villa by W. Somerset Maugham

Theatre by W. Somerset Maugham

Emma by Jane Austen (r)

The Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre

A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen edited by Susannah Carson

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Arti’s TBR Beast:

The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Absence of Mind by Marilynne Robinson

The Death of Adam by Marilynne Robinson

The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco

Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema by David Bordwell (Online)

A Secular Age by Charles Taylor

Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life by Julia Briggs

Little Children by Tom Perrotta

The Book Borrower by Alice Mattison

As If By Accident by Julie Johnston

The Lady with the Little Dog and Other Stories, 1896-1904 by Anton Chekhov

This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Day of Empire by Amy Chua

The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

My Latest Grievance by Elinor Lipman

Self by Yann Martel

Humble Apologetics by John G. Stackhouse, Jr.

Plus all the titles found here and here and here.

Books read 2009:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (iPhone Stanza)

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

The Irrational Season by Madeleine L’Engle

A Third Testament by Malcolm Muggeridge

The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (iPhone Stanza)

The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings by Amy Tan

Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly

Daisy Miller by Henry James

The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy by Maya Slater

Running In The Family by Michael Ondaatje

Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Always Looking Up by Michael J. Fox

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly

Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels

Reel Spirituality: theology and film in dialogue by Robert K. Johnston

Poets’ Corner compiled by John Lithgow

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Associate by John Grisham

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Away by Amy Bloom

Indignation by Philip Roth

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

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Books read 2008:

The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

The Bible and The New York Times by Fleming Rutledge

A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Two Guys Read Jane Austen by Steve Chandler and Terrence N. Hill

Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin

Jane Austen, A Penguin Life by Carol Shields

Cassandra & Jane: A Jane Austen Novel by Jill Pitkeathley

Literacy and Longing in L.A. by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack

Then She Found Me by Elinor Lipman

The Savior by Eugene Drucker

Up Till Now by William Shatner

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Lady Killer by Lisa Scottoline

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

And When Did You Last See Your Father? by Blake Morrison

A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr

The Maytrees by Annie Dillard

Beijing Confidential by Jan Wong

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Emma by Jane Austen

To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

A Walk With Jane Austen by Lori Smith

The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

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12 thoughts on “Books”

  1. Please write your thoughts when you read Tomalin’s biography of Austen. I’ve read her bios of Mary Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft and found her to have a pretty strong bias, so I’ve hestitated reading her bio of Austen.

  2. Robin: It’ll probably be a while before I can get to it…but it’s on my list and I do intend to plough through it one of these days. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Catherine Sherman said:

    Hi, Arti, I enjoyed your review of Mamma Mia! The audience did clap especially loudly when Streep jumped on the mattress, appreciating the limberness it required. I’ve started a blog for my book club (which is almost 30 years old….although I haven’t been in it since the beginning), so your list of books is very much appreciated. The address is http://www.blatherblog.wordpress.com I’m going to slooooooooowly list the books from each year on that blog. I got to your blog when I saw you stopped in mine to see More Mama Mia! I love the automatically generated feature.

    Catherine: From your description of your blog on your “About” page, sounds like this is one swell group… I’m honored to be on your “reference” list. I’ll check back to see more of your reviews in the days ahead. Yes, this auto generated feature sure is helpful in linking us strangers on the blogosphere. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment!

    Arti

  4. journeybooks said:

    Reading Like a Writer by Prose is really good, Arti. Don’t put that off much longer.
    I’m glad you worked out the piracy issue, scary stuff for us bloggers.
    I put many hours at time into my posts also.
    Jennifer

    Jennifer, I’ll definitely move it up on my TBR list!

    Arti

  5. Don Martin said:

    I have recently been captured by Anita Diamant’s _The Red Tent_, which brings considerable anthropological insight into the sort of society capable of the beastliness shown in Genesis 34. I have long suspected that the male chauvinism of the Old Testament was probably in response to the power of female deities, and this book flatters my suspicions. May I recommend it to your attention?

    Don,

    Thanks for your recommendation. From what you said about it, it certainly sounds interesting.

    Arti

  6. Can’t wait to read your review of Saffran Foer’s book.

    By the way, this list is quite impressive. You’re inspiring me to read more.

    • Welcome Andi! Since I’m a slow reader, I don’t have many titles here, but I choose my reads carefully since I can’t finish that fast. I’m not sure whether I’ll write a post on Foer’s book, but, maybe when the film comes out, I just might, comparing the two. If you’re interested… I’ve compiled a list of “Books Into Films”, movie adaptations of literary works that will come out this year or next. Here’s the link: http://rippleeffects.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/upcoming-books-into-films/
      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Arti,
    I love your choice in books and am really pleased to have discovered your blog – look forward to visiting often, You wrote a fantastic review of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, I have just finished it but want to read it again straight away, so much to savour it needs a second reading I think..

    • Tracey,

      Welcome! I’d love to hear your opinion of any book you find on my blog. The Elegance of the Hedgehog is one excellent read… you’re welcome to share your view. You’ve a wonderful book blog there yourself at A Book Sanctuary. As you can see I’ve linked your site on my Blogroll. Hope this is the beginning of some regular mutual visiting!

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