Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Books Read In February 2010

April 1, 2010

1. Lullaby – Chuck Palahniuk  (3.5/5)

2. The Accidental Billionaires – Ben Mezrich (3.5/5)



3. The Death Of Bunny Munro – Nick Cave (3/5)



4. Water For Elephants – Sarah Gruen (4/5)



5. A Quiet Belief In Angels – R.J.Ellory (3.5/5)



Books Read – January 2010

January 31, 2010

1. Let The Right One In – John Ajvide Lindqvist   (4/5)

2. The Intimate Adventures Of A London Callgirl – Belle De Jour (3/5)

3. Homer And Langley – E.L.Doctorow  (4/5)

4. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold (4/5)

5. The Pilo Family Circus – Will Elliott (3.5/5)

Recently Finished: Let The Right One In – John Ajvide Lindqvist

January 1, 2010

Let The Right One In – John Ajvide Lindqvist

Interesting book with an ever present feeling of foreboding especially surrounding the main character Oskar and the schoolyard bullies that terrorise him.

4 stars.

Recently Finished: Bel Canto – Ann Patchett

November 19, 2009

Recently Finished: Atonement – Ian McEwan

November 13, 2009

Thought that this might be a good way to keep track of my reading. So whenever I finish a book, I will post about it.


Written in 2001 by British author Ian McEwan and shortlisted for the Booker Prize (McEwan won the 1998 Booker Prize for Amsterdam).

In late 2006, Lucilla Andrews’ autobiography No Time for Romance became the focus of a posthumous controversy when it was alleged that McEwan plagiarized from this work while writing Atonement. McEwan professed his innocence and several high profile authors leapt to his defence, including the reclusive Thomas Pynchon (Gravity’s Rainbow).

I liked Atonement and would give it 4 stars. I would also like to mention the unexpected C-bombs that get dropped…

Jay-Z – 6 Books That Influenced Him

September 28, 2009

Shout out to wifey for finding this for me…

Jay-Z has provided O, The Oprah Magazine with the six books that “absolutely made a difference” in his life.

1. The Seat of the Soul
By Gary Zukav

There are two books that I absolutely live my life by. This is one of them. Growing up, I was always curious about religion. This book made the most sense to me; it’s about the way you live your life. I believe in karma and doing the right thing even if it may not advance you as far as you want. If every single person felt the same way about karma and intention, then the world gets fixed tomorrow. But temptation gets in the way. Zukav is right: It may take lifetimes to learn.

2. The Celestine Prophecy
By James Redfield

This is the other book I live by. It’s fiction—a guy travels to find a secret book that has a series of principles. The story is a metaphor for life: I could go left or right, I could be stuck, or I could keep advancing. Some people are happy where they are. I tried to hire a guy once, and I said, “Don’t you have ambition to be bigger?” And he said, “No, I’m good.” I had to respect that, but for me that was the wrong relationship.

3. The Odyssey
By Homer

This epic poem was kind of difficult for me to get through, but it has a beautiful rhythm. I got lost in reading about Odysseus’ struggle to get home and his longing for someone so strong, as his wife was, waiting for him. That’s like a dream—that kind of strength, love, loyalty.

4. Outliers
By Malcolm Gladwell

This book is about the principles of timing and repetition—about preparing yourself for luck, really. He talks about a hockey team, and how the players born in January had a year up on the guys born in December. They were fortunate that their birthday was early, but they also practiced—they put the work in. The book resonated with me because I was born at a time when there was an influx of incredible music into the culture, and I was lucky that my mom and pop were huge record collectors. In my house, I had music by Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Prince, and the Commodores, and I’m listening to it every single day.

5. Purple Cow
By Seth Godin

This is straight marketing advice: Your product has to be a purple cow—it has to be distinct to have any success. You have to be clear on your product: What are you? What are you putting out there? For years I never did an ad for [my company] Rocawear, because I cared more about the quality than the face in front. I hadn’t read this book back then, but when someone puts words to feelings you have, it’s like, “Wow, that’s exactly what it is.”

6. Nigger
By Dick Gregory

I don’t know who turned me on to this autobiography, but his sense of humor and the hardships he went through stayed with me—especially the scene where he started running home from school. It led to his joining thetrack team, which led to a scholarship to college. Running opened up a whole world for him.

Top 5 Fictional Novels

September 17, 2009

Like most of my top 5 lists, the first 3 positions pick themselves while the entrants rounding out positions 4 and 5 can change quite regularly.

So here are my top 5 fictional novels:

1) The Road – Cormac McCarthy

2) Life of Pi – Yann Martel


3) American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis

4) Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

5) The Books Of Blood – Clive Barker

I realise that number 5 is a collection of short stories but I challenge anyone to read them and not be impressed – so it makes the top 5!