I talk often about reading, and books, because that’s all I do, read books and work obsessively, painfully, undauntedly, on writing one. (Hah. Feels good to let go of a few adverbs, the sort of words I’ve been keeping from stinking up my WIP all day.)
Since I’m a geek, and would want nothing better than for everyone to start reading one book a day (will make for a better world, I promise you, if everyone read, or had the luxury to read, at least one book a week).
I’ll share a few lines from books I’m reading now. (Why? Because this is my blog and I feel like talking about books, that’s why!)
“And yet, of course, Peter is mesmerized by the ruined car and the horse’s body. Isn’t this the bitter pleasure of New York city? It’s a mess, like Courbet’s Paris was. It’s squalid and smelly; it’s harmful. It stinks of mortality.” ~ By Nightfall, Michael Cunningham
(This book skipped my TBR queue, cos it is a copy signed by the author. Does that make me a stinky little snob? Probably. In my defense, the book is lighter than my Kindle, and doesn’t make my handbag weigh like Sissyphus’ stone. So there.)
“A lot of Indians in the office?”
“Not a lot. maybe a dozen or so. There are lots of Singaporeans and a few Filipinas though.” A pause. ” Have you ever slept with a Filipina? Some of them are very pretty.”
(This is a collection based on the city-state I live in, written by an author- friend, and I’m thrilled for him. All the best, Zafar!)
“I was born twice. First in a wooden room that jutted out over the black water of the Thames, and then again eight years later in the highway, when the tiger took me in his mouth and everything truly began.” ~ Jamrach’s Menagerie, by Carol Birch
(This is the 4th of the 14 books sent to me by Random House India to review on this blog. The first review appeared here. Time for me to speed up on posting the other reviews instead of languishing in my couch, buried up to my eyebrows in books!)
Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? Any other book you’d recommend?