Books in the Bag (Jan 14, 2011)

Friday, January 14, 2011


Books in the Bag is a feature where Mailbox Monday meets Library Loot.


I had two books come in this week. Both of which I'm really looking forward to reading! Both of which are based in India. Lately, I had been ruing the fact that only a very small portion of my reads are based in India, despite the many wonderful Indian authors. It actually has to do with a fear that the books won't live up to my expectations (and I do set different expectations for books from my native country, quite subconsciously). I went to the independent bookstore, Little Dickens and Givens books, near my apartment yesterday, and came across Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts on one of the used books shelves. Just look at that cover! I'm glad that it is this particular cover that I own and not this more ubiquitous blue and green cover. This mostly-autobiographical novel about a man who escapes from an Australian prison only to arrive in India, with illegal papers. He goes on to help slum-dwellers (I think). At 936 pages, Shantaram is on my PIE list to tackle this year, and considering its size, I'm glad I bought it this early in the year! Since I definitely plan to read this book this year, I could also do it as a readalong or a buddy-read with any of you who is just as interested. Just let me know in the comments below!


The other book I received this week is for the wonderful TLC book tour - Someone Else's Garden by Dipika Rai. Touted as "an epic tale of mothers and daughters, it sounds highly intriguing to me. The protagonist has a very hard life - as a female in rural India, with a terrible arranged marriage that causes her to flee home. Typed in small-print and at almost 400 pages - I better start reading it soon, if I want to avoid cramming it on the day before my review is due!


I must have told this twice at least - about the books I picked at the library last week. No? Well, here goes again!


Two middle-grade books - Diary of a Wimpy Kid #2 and #3 by Jeff Kinney! What? Oh, were you asking who the middle-grade kid is? Well,... that's me, LOL! Well, having discovered this series last month, I had to finish it all before I moved on to my books! I devoured one (book #2) right away, but have been holding off the other one, to make the excitement last longer.

The third book I picked from my library is This Bitter Earth by Bernice McFadden. This is an author whose writing I really enjoy. Her prose is so beautiful, that I read each sentence at a slow pace to fully appreciate the context and content. I read the prequel, Sugar last year in April, and have been thinking of reading This Bitter Earth since then. Now that I do have the book, I plan to read it soon, except that I may have to reread Sugar once again, just to recollect the finer points that I've forgotten.

I also downloaded Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin from my library's overdrive. I'm not exactly sure when I can read this, since right now, my plate looks full, but optimism has always been us book-blogger's strongest trait, right? So, I'm going to keep my hopes up that next week, we'll get a blizzard that will wonderfully keep us home from office. (I hope the weather-god's listening!)

Those are all the books in my bag this week - have you read any of these or have any of them in your wishlist? (Don't forget to let me know if you wish to read Shantaram with me.)

9 comments:

FICTION STATE OF MIND said...

those look like great books! i just got two books about India a book called India Black by Carol K. Garr and a new fantasy series :)

Marg said...

Shantaram was very popular here a few years ago. I never did actually get around to read it, but I think there is a movie and a new book from the author coming out soon so I might have to make the effort to actually do so.

bermudaonion said...

You had a great week in books! I read the first Wimpy Kid book yesterday and I adored it!

Helen's Book Blog said...

A friend recommended Shantaram to me, but said I should read it when I have lots of time. I was thinking I'd read it this summer while I am on break. And, I got Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter recently as well! Happy reading

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Shantaram is an amazing story; love it. Also looking forward to Crooked Letter Crooked Letter. --enjoy. Love the STRAND book bag too.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I've always loved mother and daughter tales. Happy weekend :)

Mystica said...

These look very good reading. Enjoy. Shantaram is such a good read.

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

Someone Else's Garden sounds like a really interesting book... maybe a great book club read (our book club tends to read similar books). I've been seeing some great things about Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. :)

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Rose City Reader said...

Enjoy your new books! And thanks for participating in Mailbox Monday!

Rose City Reader