Thursday, July 16, 2009

Three Beautiful Things

1. My own bed. Spain was great but the hotel beds seemed converted doors wrapped in paper with paper thin pillows to boot. Though I miss strolling the narrow winding streets of Cordova it was absolutely beautiful to fall into my warm comfortable bed after a week away.
2. Books. I'm plugging along on my 100 book challenge. I've hit 53, more than halfway! My favorite books recently: Non-fiction: The Garden of Truth, and Ornament of the World. Fiction: I'm So Happy For You and Confetti Girl. Books to add to the list? Por Favor?
3. Hope. Its humanity's life blood. Hope must always be stronger than fear.

13 comments:

Shawna said...

A few book suggestions:

Anathem by Neal Stephenson. I haven't seen any sci-fi on your list. It goes quickly and is very funny and interesting.

Ask for a Convertible by Danit Brown This is a loosely-connected collection of short stories about an Israeli girl who moves to America and comes of age.

The Greatest Race You'll Never See (this is a nonfiction title, and not quite the full title, but I bet you'll find it easily)

The Blue Taxi by N.S. Koenings. A weird novel about being out of place.

Happy reading!

misspecs said...

Precious Time-Erica James... a novel about a woman taking time off from a high powered to to spend time with her son and meeting surprising people on their journey cross country.

Lahiri Jhumpa-Interpreter of maladies- An easy read. A collection of stories that carries on the Indian-Pakistani-living abroad theme with a chapter narrating a story in the streets of India.

Master of the Jinn- a Sufi Novel. EXCELLENT read!

Freakonomics- A VERY entertaining take by an economist gone rogue ;-)

Confessions of an Economic Hit man.

Bee Amma said...

aisha it is so funny that you are asked for more books for the list because i headed over to your blog today, to specifically tell you about a book i think you would love! I personally am only half way through the mammoth book, but i keep thinking how much you would love it. It is called "shantaram" by Gregory David Roberts and is shaped around real events in the life of the author. i don't want to give anything else away, but just savour every page! Not a single boring line/paragraph/page/chapter yet. literally cannot put it down! and please, once you have read it, let me know what you thought!

Bee Amma said...

Actually, to make sure you read it, i am going to type up the back of the book.

In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay Slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail. Then, in case anyone thought he was slacking, he acted in Bollywood and fought with the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan....Amazingly Roberts wrote shantaram three times after prison guards trashed the first two versions. It's a profound tribute to his willpower...At once a high-kicking, eye - gouging adventure, a love saga and a savage yet tenderly lyrical fugitive vision.

mezba said...

you are not going to blog about spain? or any pics? i hear its quite breathtaking.

mystic said...

Who moved my cheese?

or you want more classic?

Sana said...

ooh i was going to leave you w/ the freakonomics suggestion but it seems i've been beat! but i agree, a must-read!

Aisha said...

Shawna, thanks for the tips. I heard good things about the Blue Taxi. I'm so intrigued!

Misspecs and Sana, I read freakonimics, it was very interesting! Misspecs, Interpeter of Maladies is gorgeous. I will look for your other books in the library! I'm particularly intrigued by the sufi book.

Bee Amma, if you read it and thought of me then I must check it out. How mammoth though?! If its ginormous (like over 500 pages) I will put it on my queu for December when I have the time to sit and get cozy. Thanks! :)

Mezba, I do plan to! It might be a few weeks just because my journal is a jumbled mess and I haven't had the time to sort through it.

Mystic, yeah I read that one a few years ago, any book you read is open for me. I read Catcher in the Rye per your rec!

Bee Amma said...

Aisha, it is just over 900 pages, but honestly i would not let it stop you! The words just melt off the page, and it is so easy to read, it is not daunting like say Anna Karenina.

Another book i really think you should read and i am sure you will enjoy is "White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga. :) Drop me a line when/if you read the above!

Have you any awesome book recommends? Am nearly done with shantaram, and it is going to leave a giant gaping whole in my existence, which only another good book can fill! Am happy to read anything provided it is not trashy romance, or heavy on history. :)

mystic said...

Try "The Brothers Karamazov" from Dostoyevsky

The Gori Wife said...

I always miss my own bed as I've always had the best taste in sheets :)

Anonymous said...

my sister's keeper by jodi picoult

Aisha said...

Thanks for the suggestions guys! Bee Amma, click on my bookreviews site and click on the 5/5 reviews, those are all my favorite books! :)

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