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2010 Read

List of books read and reviewed for 2010:

1. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Paperback. Publisher: Penguin [2007]; Length: 338; Finished reading at: 1 Jan 2010

2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Paperback. Publisher: Penguin [1951, ?]; Length: 192; Finished reading at: 3 Jan 2010

3. Dear Undercover Economist by Tim Harford
Hardback. Publisher: Penguin [2009]; Length: 179; Finished reading at: 6 Jan 2010

4. The Heart of the Matter By Graham Greene
Paperback. Publisher: Vintage Classics [originally published 1948, this edition 2004]; Length: 255; Finished reading at: 10 Jan 2010

5. The End of the Affair By Graham Greene
Paperback. Publisher: Vintage Classics [originally published 1951, this edition 2004]; Length: 160; Finished reading at: 14 Jan 2010

6. The Girl Who Played Go by Shan Sa
Paperback. Publisher: Vintage [first published in french as La Joueuse de go 2001, this edition 2006]; Length: 280; Setting: 1930’s Manchuria. Source: Library Loan Finished reading at: 16 Jan 2010

7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Paperback. Publisher: Penguin Red Classics [originally published 1926, this edition 2006]; Length: 183; Setting: 1920’s New York and Long Island. Source: Library Loan. Finished reading at: 17 Jan 2010

8. The Mind Gym : wake your mind up
Paperback. Publisher: Time Warner Books 2005, Length: 308; Non-fictionSource: Library Loan. Finished reading at: 17 Jan 2010

9. Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro
Hardback. Publisher: Faber & Faber 2009; Length: 221; Setting: Modern day Europe or America. Source: Library Loan. Finished reading at: 14 Feb 2010

10. The Last Friend by Tahar Ben Jelloun
Hardback. Publisher: New Press 2006; Length: 182; Setting: 1950’s Morocco. Source: Own. Finished reading at: 16 Feb 2010

11. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
Paperback. Publisher: Vintage Books 2008; Length: 166; Setting: 1960’s England. Source: Own. Finished reading at: 17 Feb 2010

12. Love in the Age of Indifference by Xiaolu Guo
Paperback. Publisher: Chatto & Windus, Random Books 2010; Length: 214 pages; Setting: Contemporary China and Europe. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 28 Feb 2010

13. One Day by David Nicholls
Hardback. Publisher: Hodder & Soughton 2009; Length: 437 pages; Setting: 80’s to Contemporary England. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 27 Feb 2010

14. The Man From Beijing, Henning Mankell
Hardback. Publisher: Harvill Secker 2010; Length: 362 pages; Setting: Contemporary Sweden and China. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 6 March 2010

15. The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa
Hardback. Publisher: Harvill Secker 2008; Length: 164 pages; Setting: Contemporary Japan. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 7 March 2010

16. A Wild Sheep Chase, Haruki Murakami
Paperback. Publisher: Vintage 1982, 2003; Length: 299 pages; Setting: 80’s Japan. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 14 March 2010

17. The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters
Hardback. Publisher: Virago 2009; Length: 499 pages; Setting: Post WWII Warwickshire, England. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 19 March 2010

18. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
Paperback. Publisher: Penguin Classics 1937, 2000; Length: 106 pages; Setting: 1930’s California, USA. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 27 March 2010

19. Hardboiled Hard Luck, Banana Yoshimoto
Paperback. Publisher: Faber and Faber 2005; Length: 149 pages; Setting: Contemporary Japan. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 27 March 2010

20. The Islamist, Ed Husain
Paperback. Publisher: Penguin Books 2007; Length: 288 pages; Setting: Contemporary Britain, Syria, Saudi Arabia. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 27 March 2010

21. The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Paperback. Publisher: Phoenix 2004, originally published in Spanish in 2002; Length: 403 pages; Setting: Post civil war Spain. Source: My Colleague A. Creed. Finished reading at: 31 March 2010

22. Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
Paperback. Publisher: Virago Modern Classics 2008, originally published in 1938; Length: 441 pages; Setting: 1930’s Cornwall. Source: Library. Finished reading at: 4 April 2010

23. Oranges are not the only fruits, Jeanette Winterson
Paperback. Publisher: Vintage 2001, originally published in 1985; Length: 171 pages; Setting: 1980’s Lancashire. Source: Library. Finished reading at: 8 April 2010

24. The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood
Hardback. Publisher: Canongate, 2005; Length: 199 pages; Setting: Land of Greek Gods. Source: Library. Finished reading at: 9 April 2010

25. Kitchen, by Banana Yoshimoto
Hardback. Publisher: Faber and Faber, 1993; Length: 150 pages; Setting: Late 80’s Japan. Source: Library Reserve Stock. Finished reading at: 10 April 2010. The book is translated from Japanese by Megan Backus.

26. La Prisonniere by Malika Oufkir
Paperback. Publisher: Bantam Books, 2001; Length: 397 pages; Setting: 1972 – 1998 Morocco. Source: Own. Finished reading at: 15 April 2010. The book is co-written by Mechele Fitoussi and translated from French by Ros Schwartz.

28. The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith
Hardback. Publisher: Little Brown, 2010; Length: 247 pages; Setting: Botswana. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 18 April 2010

27. Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto
Paperback. Publisher: Faber and Faber, 2002; Length: 186 pages; Setting: Contemporary Japan. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 20 April 2010. The book is translated from Japanese by Michael Emmerich .

29. The Armies by Evelio Rosero
Hardback. Publisher: MacLehose Press 2008; Length: 215 pages; Setting: Contemporary Columbia. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 25 April 2010. The book is translated from Spanish by Anne McClean.

30. A Thousand Good Years of Prayers, YiYun Li
Hardback. Publisher: Fourth Estate 2006; Length: 205 pages; Setting:  Contemporary China. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 26 April 2010.

31. Zeitoun, Dave Eggers
Hardback. Publisher: Hamish Hamilton, imprint of Penguin books 2010; Length: 339 pages; Setting: 2005 before and after math of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 1 May 2010.

32. Dream Angus, Alexander McCall Smith
Paperback. Publisher: Canongate 2007; Length: 173 pages; Setting: Celtic Myth and modern day Ireland and Scotland. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 2 May 2010.

33. Every Move You Make, David Malouf
Hardback. Publisher: Vintage books 2008; Length: 244 pages; Setting: Contemporary Australia. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 6 May 2010.

34. The Outside by Albert Camus (other title : Le E’stranger, The Stranger)
Paperback. Publisher: Penguin Books 2000 (originally published 1942); Length: 119 pages; Setting: 1940’s Algeria. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 8 May 2010. Translated by Joseph Laredo.

35. Understanding Judaism by Carl S. Ehrlich
Hardback. Publisher: Duncan Baird 2004; Length: 111 pages; Setting: Non-fiction. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 8 May 2010.

36.Where Three Roads Meet, Salley Vickers
Paperback. Publisher: Canongate 2007; Length: 197; Setting: Greek Mythology Finished reading at: 12 May 2010

37. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Marry Ann Shaffer & Anne Barrows
Paperback. Publisher:  Bloomsbury 2009; Length: 248 pages; Setting: WWII Guernsey Island; Source: M. Creed, co-worker. Finished reading at: 17 May 2010

38. Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee
Paperback. Publisher:  Vintage books 2000.; Length: 220 pages; Setting: Late 1990’s South Africa; Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 20 May 2010

39. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by Scott Fitzgerald
Paperback. Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics [originally published 1922, this edition 2008]; Length: 202 pages; Setting: 1920’s. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 24 May 2010

40. Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed
Paperback. Publisher: HarperCollins 2010; Length: 280 pages; Setting: 1930’s Somali, Yemen, Ethiopia and Sudan. Source: Library Loot. Abandoned mid-way at: 4 June 2010.

41. Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith
Paperback. Publisher: Canongate 2008; Length: 164 pages; Setting: Contemporary Inverness, Scotland. Source: Library Loot. Abandoned mid-way at: 6 June 2010.

42. Miss Chopstick, Xinran
Paperback. Publisher: Vintage Books, 2008; Length: 257 pages. Setting: Contemporary China, Nanjing. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 10 June 2010

43. The Silver Lining Playbook, Matthew Quick
Paperback. Publisher: Picador, 2009; Length: 289 pages. Setting: Contemporary America. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 15 June 2010

44. The Secret River, Kate Grenville
Paperback. Publisher: Canongate Books, 2006; Length: 349 pages. Setting: 1806  – 1814 New South Wales, Australia. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 12 June 2010

45. The Complete Book of Mothers-in-law, Luisa Dillner
Hardback. Publisher: Faber & Faber, 2008; Length: 272 pages. Setting: Everywhere, anywhere. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at: 19 June 2010

46. Ransom, David Malouf
Hardback. Publisher: Chatto & Windus, 2009; Length: 244 pages; Setting: Land of Greek Gods. Source: Library. Finished reading at: 25 June 2010

47. Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
Paperback. Publisher: Fourth Estate, 2002; Length: 318 pages (in a very tiny fonts!); Setting: Lima, Peru. Source: Library. Finished reading at: 26 June 2010

48. Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother, Xinran
Hardback. Publisher: Chatto & Windus, 2010; Length: 212 pages; Setting: 60’s to present China. Source: Library. Finished reading at: 27 June 2010

49. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
Hardback. Publisher: Faber & Faber, 1984, 2004; Length: 305 pages; Setting: 1968 Prague and around the world. Source: Library. Finished reading at: 2 July 2010

50. The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry
Paperback. Publisher: Faber & Faber 2008; Length: 312 pages; Setting: 30′s and contemporary Ireland. Source: Library. Finished reading at:  9 July 2010

51. Ghostwritten, David Mitchell
Paperback. Publisher: Spectre 1999; Length: 438 pages; Setting: Around the globe. Source: Library. Finished reading at:  16 July 2010

52. Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
Hardback. Publisher: Collins 1980, originally published 1950; Length: 8o pages; Setting: India. Source: Library. Finished reading at:  18 July 2010

53. Hotel Iris, Yoko Ogawa
Paperback. Publisher: Harvill Secker 2010, originally published 1996; Length: 164 pages; Setting: Japan. Source: Library. Finished reading at:  25 July 2010. Translated by Stephen Synder.

54. Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
Paperback. Publisher: Vintage Books 2002; Length: 229 pages; Setting: Japan. Source: Library. Finished reading at:  29 July 2010.

54. Map of the Invisible World, Tash Aw
Paperback. Publisher: Fourth Estate, imprint of HarperCollins 2010; Length: 343 pages; Setting: 1960’s Indonesia andMalaysia. Source: Library. Finished reading at:  29 July 2010.

55. After Dark, Haruki Murakami
Paperback. Publisher: Atlantic Books, 2010; Length: 468 pages; Setting: Contemporary Japan. Source: Library. Finished reading at:  7th August 2010. Translated by Jay Rubin.

56. Changeling by Kenzaburo Oe
Hardback. Publisher: Vintage books 2007; Length: 201 pages; Setting: Contemporary Japan. Source: Library. Finished reading at:  8th August 2010. Translated by Deborah Boliver Boehm.

57. The Map of Love, Ahdaf Souief
Paperback. Publisher: Bloomsbury 1999; Length: 516 pages; Setting: British occupied Egypt, Egypt 1997. Source: Library. Finished reading at:  18th August 2010.

58. Our Tragic Universe, Scarlett Thomas
Hardback. Publisher: Canongate 2010; Length: 428 pages; Setting: Dartmouth, UK. Source: Library. Finished reading at:  21st August 2010.

59. Mergers and Acquisitions by Dana Vachon
Paperback. Publisher: Arrow books 2008, Length: 290 pages; Setting: Contemporary New York Manhattan. Source: Library Loot, Finished reading at 27 August 2010.

60. Sky Burial by Xinran
Paperback. Publisher: Vintage 2005, Length: 164 pages; Setting: 1960’s Tibet and China. Source: Library Loot, Finished reading at 28 August 2010.

61. Weight by Jeanette Winterson
Hardback. Publisher: Canongate 2005, Length: 151 pages; Setting: Greek Mythology. Source: Library Loot, Finished reading at 29 August 2010.

62. After the Banquet by Yukio Mishima
Paperback. Publisher: Vintage Clssics 1963, 2001, Length: 271 pages; Setting: Japan 1960’s. Source: Library Loot, Finished reading at 5th September 2010.

63. The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima
Paperback. Publisher: Vintage East 1963, 2006, Length: 181 pages; Setting: Japan 1960’s. Source: Own book, Finished reading at 7th September 2010.

64. Asleep, Banana Yoshimoto
Paperback. Publisher: Faber & Faber 2001, Length: 177 pages; Setting: Japan in the 90’s. Source: Library Loot, Finished reading at 12th September 2010.

64. Rabbit Run, John Updike
Paperback. Publisher: Penguin Books, 1960, 1995, Length: 309 pages; Setting: 1950’s American Jazz Age. Source: Library Loot, Finished skim reading at 12th September 2010.

66. The Gathering, Anne Enright
Paperback. Publisher: Vintage 2008, Length: 261 pages; Setting: Dublin and England 1925 to date. Source: Library Loot, Finished reading at 15th September 2010.

67. Identity by Milan Kundera
Paperback. Publisher: Faber & Faber 1999, Length: 153 pages. Setting: France. Source: Library Loot, Finished Reading at 19th September 2010. Translated from French by Linda Asher.

68. Hotel Du Lac, Anita Brookner
Paperback. Publisher: Penguin, 1984, 1993, Length: 184 pages. Setting: Switzerland, London. Source: Library Loot, Finished Reading at 21st September 2010.

69. The Maid, Yasutaka Tsutsui
Paperback. Publisher: Alma Books, 2010, originally published in Japanese in 1972, Length: 217 pages, Setting: 70’s Japan. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at 28th September 2010, translated by Adam Kabat.

70. Yalo by Elias Khoury
Paperback. Publisher: Maclehose Press, 2010, originally published in Arabic in 2002,  Length: 344 pages, Setting: Beirut, Lebanon, Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at 3rd October 2010, translated by Humphrey Davies.

71. The History of Love, Nicole Krauss
Hardback. Publisher: Viking, 2005.  Length: 176 pages, Setting: Contemporary New York City, Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at 9th October 2010.

72. The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Yukio Mishima
Hardback. Publisher: Everyman’s Library Classics, 1994, originally published in 1956.  Length: 247 pages, Setting: !960’s Japan, Source: Bracknell Library. Finished reading at 15th October 2010. Translated by Ivan Morris, Introduced by Donald Keene.

73. Budapest, Chico Barque
Hardback. Publisher: Bloomsbury 2004. Length: [183 pages], Setting: [Rio De Janeiro and Budapest], Source: Library. Finished reading at 19th October 2010. Originally published in Portugese, translated by Alison Entrekin.

74. The Power and The Glory, Graham Greene
Paperback. Publisher: Vintage Classics, 2005, originally published in 1940.  Length: 220 pages, Setting: 1930′s Mexico, Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at 5th November 2010.

75. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
Paperback. Publisher: Vintage Classics 2008, originally published in 1981.  Length: 647 pages, Setting: 1950′s to 1960’s Before and after India’s independence and partition. Source: Own. Finished reading at 21 November 2010.

76. Mini-Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Hardback. Publisher: Bantam Press, 2010.  Length: 395 pages, Setting: Britain. Source: Library Loot. Finished reading at 24 November 2010.

77. Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott
Paperback. Publisher: Anchor Books 2000.  Length: 275 pages, Setting: San Francisco Bay Area, USA. Source:Own. Finished reading at 7 December 2010.

78. Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
Paperback. Publisher: Granta Books, July 2010 .  Length: 314 pages, Setting: 1960’s to 2010 North Korea. Source: Library loot (ordered a copy from Amazon). Finished reading at 12th December 2010.

79. After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
Paperback. Publisher: Vintage books 2003. Length: 132 pages. Setting: Aftermath of the Kobe earthquake which happens around Tuesday, January 17, 1995, at 05:46, Source: Library loot (Bracknell Library). Finished reading at 17th December 2010.

80. Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier
Paperback. Publisher: Virago Classics,  2006, originally published in 1936.  Length: 302 pages, Setting: Gothic Cornwall. Source: Own. Finished reading at Christmas Day! 2010. Short Introduction by Sarah Dunant.

81. Where in the world is Osama Bin Laden? by Morgan Spurlock
Paperback. Publisher: Vintage,  2008.  Length: 290 pages, Setting: Middle East and North Africa.  Source: Library. Finished reading at 28 December 2010.

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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Mockingjay
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City


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