1. How many books did you read in 2011?
2. What’s the best book you read this year?
For the spellbinding reading experience offered, I would pick these as my favorites:
- The Constant Gardener & Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy by John Le Carre.
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.
- Blood Meridian & The Road by Cormac Mccarthy.
- The Snow Leopard by Peter Mathiessen.
- The song of Kali by Dan Simmons.
- Ragnarok by A.S. Byatt.
- Francis Ittikora by T.D. Ramakrishnan
3. Any other reading highlights?
After long period of procrastination I finally begun reading the Harry Potter series and found it enjoyable.
4. What’s the most challenging book you read this year?
L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy would be the one for this slot. It took time to get used to the author’s style and I usually avoid Police procedurals but this one was rewarding in the end.
5. What’s the worst book you read this year?
That title would go to Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. A brain numbingly dumb book.
6. Which author featured most prominently for you in 2011?
I preferred two authors over the others : John Le Carre & Cormac Mccarthy. I have been practically gushing over their works this year.
7. Were you part of a reading challenge? Did you meet it?
Yes to both questions.
8. Are you signed up for any in 2012?
No. Once was enough.
9. What books are you hoping to get for Christmas (or buy next, if you don’t do the holiday gifting season thing)?
The site where I maintain a wishlist has now run to several pages in all. Not to mention the library where they keep on stocking up every other week. Temptation is everywhere waiting to hold me in her sensual embrace & only the power of paper money deters her & drives her farther away waiting for my next paycheck to come home !
10. Which books are you most looking forward to reading in 2012?
Finish off the Harry Potter series. LOTR, Narnia. I need to catch up on Virginia Woolf, Homer, Euripides, Sophocles, Asimov, Haruki Murakami, Calvino, Eco….blah blah blah. I have a feeling that I would read everything but these this year.