Monday, December 22, 2008

Books, Fifty Five!

Because law school deprived me of the pleasure of devouring books as I was accustomed to, one of my 108 in 2008 was to read 50 books. I am proud to say that I not only met my goal, I exceeded it with a grand total of 55 books so far! (The year's not over yet!) Here are the highlights of the fifty books I read this year:

Best Fiction: Empire Falls
Best Non-fiction: In Defense of Food
Best Chick Lit: Can You Keep a Secret?
Best Classic: Lolita
Best Memoir: Dreams From my Father
Best Inspirational: The Last Lecture
Best Chai Read: 44 Scotland Street Series
Best Multicultural Read: Sold

Next year I am planning to go big or go home with the goal of 75 books! What books do you recommend I add to my queue?


Anonymous said...

How?! How did you do it? 55 books is amazing. I don't think I have read that many books in a year since I got out of picture books. =-) Please share your tips-- I would love to get back into reading, but my job is so time consuming. I am sure yours is too, so, how do you do it?

NaVeed said...

wow its gud and i think you shuld try out some urdu books specially by Mumtaaz Mufti and other alike

Anonymous said...

Definitely read A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. It is humongous so you might want to count it as 2 or 3 books. :)

Anonymous said...

Salaam. very interesting blog I must say. If there's one book you should read its IF I SHOULD SPEAK by Umm Zakiyyah, quite possibly the most beutiful novel ever written. a must read for american muslims in search of perspective. after that try DUMBING US DOWN by John Taylor Gatto. this man was a public school teacher for 30 years and won the new york state teacher of the year award a couple of times. the book presents his view of the current public education system and how it is designed to fail. from your past posts i gather that you were a teacher and weren't very satisfied with the system. the book is not very long and will perhaps answer some of your questions. that is all.

Safiyyah said...

Salaams Sis:

"People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks. I just finished it; it's wonderful. It's a historical fiction account of the Sarajevo Haggadah.

Tee said...

I already gave you my top 20 via E-mail ... I think I probably read 50 this year, but I may have to challenge myself next year. You going to let us know how you did with the 108 in 2008? ... I need to look at mine and see how I did!

Meena said...

Following books I really liked in case you have not read them.
-Memoirs of a Geisha
-She's Come Undone, Wally Lamb
-To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
-Reading the Dark, Seamus Deane
-The Myths of Innovation, Berkun
-The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell

I am a book junkie myself :)

Aisha said...

Thanks for all your suggestions, I will look them up and incorporate them.

Anon1, the way ?I did it, good question :) I will write a seperate post abotu this very very soon!

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