Tomorrow I am planning a junket here- there's a sale going on and since I'd rather "wear the old coat and buy a new book" I should have a good time .

I need not go in to office also since I am required to attend a seminar on Women Empowerment on the occasion of Women's Day ,which includes a panel discussion on Balancing work and family llife - my boss feels I could pick up some inputs , not that he is complaining he hastens to add , but that he respects working ladies and us working ladies must get all the inputs we need .
The "interactive programme' is destined to cover some of the PSUs and is I suspect part of an MOU with the HRD ministry , which the Organisation is finishing off with a flourish before the end of the financial year .
There's bound to be a lot of natter with a lot of ladies around ,and I shall find the seminar a little superfluous on a subjective level because of the following reasons :-
a. Because my work place is 10 minutes away from home
b. My children do not need continuous intervention since they are fairly grown up
c. They have been used to a working mother since they were very small
d. My children get irritable if I dont average at least 1 tour a month
e.I rather think I balance both the home front and the job front pretty well

However , I shall go if only for a change of scene and for a totally feminine atmosphere ,which will be a welcome change

Now , about books - I came across this in one of Sara's blogs and decided to do this meme

Look at the list of books below.
*Bold the ones you’ve read.
*Italicise the ones you want to read.
*leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in.

*If you are reading this, tag it if you like.

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) - because I was curious
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) - because I had to read it in school
3. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) - This is 1 book I so totally love but dont possess - read it when i was thirteen and have done so so many times since

4. Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell) Read over a long hot summer ages back - later discovered a hardback edition owned by my mother
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien) -
very enjoyable reads after much pushing by the Srin
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown) -

13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) Poor Tani - except for Bertha Mason and the early parts , the latter half was a drag . Children dont understand romanticism any more . But for me an all time favourote ever since i read the Classics illustrated comic with its lurid pictures of the red room and Mad bertha
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien) -
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger) - A very late read this year
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) Oh - easily one of my favourites
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) - the most fun and readable book that Adams wrote.
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte - Another favourite - i love this book
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis) - An enduring classic discovered at the age of 13 (?) in the Carmel Library , Kolkata . i bought it for the Srin who liked it , much much before the Hollywood hoohaa over Narnia .
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck) - An enduring Steinbeck favourite
30. Tuesdays with Morrie(Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert) - Must read it again
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand) - Very inspiring to an 18 year old in the early 80s
34. 1984 (Orwell) - Classic science fiction.
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel) - My favourite of the series.
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible - In bits
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt) -
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling) - .
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand) - oh to be an idealist 18 again
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) - YES !
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell) -

74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving) -

79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams) - I enjoyed it first time round, not sure I could read it again.
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield) -
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

So 59 books out of 100 would imply that I read a lot - I would have added quite a few and have a good mind to compile my best 100 books when I have the time . Would also like to compile an IMaginary list of music .


Mo said...

I enjoyed reading your list. You're very brave having tackled both Anna Karenina and War and Peace. I'd like to read both as I love the classics.

Sara said...

It was great to read your list. I am very impressed with how many you have read. I'd love to read your top 100, I don't know if I'd be able to write my 100 top books, you've got me thinking on that one. X

Amy said...

Impressive List. Would love to read your top 100 books.

hillgrandmom said...

Hi EL! Have been not too well and very down for a couple of days.
this tag looked fun--we share common books! I'll do it.

hillgrandmom said...

did the tag!

Poorna Banerjee said...

i have red 72. not showing off here.

J. Alfred Prufrock said...

My feed reader suddenly threw up a bunch of your posts from a year ago. About your travels and that superb one about your Pishis. Enjoyed reading them all over again.

Very "novel", know what I mean?


Unknown said...

@Panu- at my age showing off is the least one can do . And I do not scream - I am ver soft spoken.
@ JAP - Thank 'ee kinely - you've done gone given me an idea- you have !