Just Another Book Recommendation

I need to learn the art of writing a blog tittle. After 5-6 backspacing the perfectly fine tittles, I resigned to the tittle that is little bit too honest. Now, since I have still managed to have your attention with the perfectly average blog tittle (and what happens next will blow your mind, still learning the art !), here are some book recommendations that I have read in the recent months. Needless to say that I loved each of them and they are the only takeaways from the Not-so-good 2015 so far:

1. Strange Pilgrims by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Strange pilgrims is the collection of 12 short stories, originally written in Spanish by the legendary author Gabriel Garcia. Each stories are based in Europe but the characters are immigrants from South America and Caribbean. Some of the stories in the book are very special, they capture the ceremonial space in our soul. There is a story of a former prostitute who is training her blind dog to visit her after she is buried in the pre-purchased burial space. And then there is a story of a President in exile in Geneva who makes acquaintance with a former country-men and his wife in a modest and a non-aristocratic way. I rated it 4 out 5 stars in the goodreads.

12 Short Stories by Gabriel Garcia
12 Short Stories by Gabriel Garcia

[Bonus Read: Satyajit Ray, Khushwant Singh and other keepers of Short Stories]


2. Chowringhee by Shankar

Another translated work in the list, Chowringhee is the story of a hotel, in the central Calcutta that is the symbol of the glory and pride for the citizens. This book works the charm that you may have experienced in the movie Grand Budapest Hotel where hotel is as big a character as it gets. The staffs, the guests, the vendors, the legends and the history makes it an interesting read. I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars in the goodreads.

Chowringhee- book cover
Chowringhee- book cover


3. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

I started this book in September 2014 and completed in February 2015. No, Cloud Atlas is not a 2500 page book but it does not mean that it is not epic.  I loved it so much that I didn’t want it to end. David Mitchell narrates the tale using different perspective, eras and motives. This a classic, sci-fi, philosophic  and one of the most re-quotable book that I have read recently. I dont know how to sell it better.

Masterpiece will be an understatement
Masterpiece will be an understatement


4. The End of Eternity by Issac Asimov

“When was this book written  ? ” That was my first question to the friend who lend me this book. This is an astonishing book that satisfies all the archs of sci-fi. I don’t want to reveal anything from the plot.Get your copy and enjoy the universe created by Asimov.


Asimov's magical creation
Asimov’s magical creation


5. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

When two of the greatest writers ever collaborate, you can do little but bow down to the masters of words and take joy from their amazing partnership. Good Omens, The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter Witch- is the book that will make you look stupid in public places because you will be found laughing loudly. Also, your opinion about footnotes will be changed forever. Grab your copy now

And you thought Fantasies can't make you laugh
And you thought Fantasies can’t make you laugh


11 Comments Add yours

  1. Love this post, not only because I agree with you 95% (haven’t read Shankar’s book yet), but also because you haven’t included pretentious books that everyone else is recommending only for the heck of it. Honest and oh so true. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Aditi’s Monologue


    1. Thank you for your approval on the list, Aditi. You will enjoy Shankar’s Chowringhee as well. Do give it a try 🙂


  2. creatikaa says:

    Very interesting lists. I completely agree with your point about cloud atlas. A MUST read for every creative lads. I loved the screenplay in that book. Simply adoring! I am yet to read other in this list.


    1. I am glad that we have a mutual admiration towards Cloud Atlas. I will highly recommend you the other books from the list, specially Asimov’s End of Eternity and Good Omens. I am sure you will enjoy them as well 🙂


  3. Thanks for the recommendations and a post from you is enough to read through..what ever is the title 🙂


    1. Thank you Parul for your lovely comment. I hope you find these recommendations useful. Have a great day 😀

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  4. ..” and what happens next will blow your mind” …I really want my mind to stay in peace ( and in one piece) so, I generally avoid posts with such titles 😛

    Coming to the point, very good recommendations Avi, have read all but Cloud Atlas. Will try it definitely… 🙂


    1. hahaha..Thank you Maniparna. I know what you mean by “will blow your mind” post.

      Wow you have read all but one of the titles. That’s amazing. Do read the Cloud Atlas and complete this list because this book is one of those rare fruits that we remember them for years to come.

      Have a great week.

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  5. ishitasood says:

    The TSBC discussions are going in my head as I know who reads what by now 😉 How did you like Neil Gaiman?? I found him very different esp seeing the current line of authors. I am in a world of my own and Neil’s 😉


    1. Neil Gaiman is one of the most talented writers of his generation. I love his writing and enjoy the universe he creates.

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