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And I am talking about books and more books. I am planning to make reading again a serious pursuit next year. This year has been , “now I read, now I don’t”. I’ve finally visited my online library at Shelfari.com after more than two years of not being active at the site. Sad to say, I lost most of the books I have there three years ago when our place got flooded.  Anyway, it’s nice to create another virtual bookshelf at Goodreads, another avenue to share and discuss books.  The good thing is, in the process, I got to discover new authors  and new books. I still have my wish list though. Have you read all these? Can you give me some feedback which one I should buy and read first?

My Wish List for 2013

  1. A Wild Sheep Chase: A Novel by Haruki Murakami
  2. Ada by Vladimir Nabokov
  3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  4. Breakfast at Tifanny’s by Truman Capote – a friend bought me a copy and I am excited to read  it when she comes home next  month.
  5. Doctor Zhivago  By Boris Pasternak
  6. A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  7. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  8. Happy All The Time by Laurie Colwin
  9. I am David by Anne Holm
  10. If Not Now, When (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) by Primo Levi
  11. In The Dark Before Dawn: New Selected Poems of Thomas Merton by Thomas Merton
  12. Cat O’Nine Tales by Jeffrey Archer
  13. Looking For A Friend by Rod McKuen
  14. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  15. Rites Of Passage by William Golding
  16. The Christmas Box Miracle: My Spiritual Journey of Destiny, Healing and Hope by Richard Paul Evans
  17. The Graduate by Charles Webb
  18. The Heart Of A Woman by Maya Angelou
  19. Honorary Consul by Graham Greene
  20. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  21. The Name Of The Rose by Umberto Eco
  22. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  23. The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
  24. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  25. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  26. Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton – another book bought by a friend for me. Can’t wait to read it.
  27. Too Many Midnights by Rod McKuen (Poems)
  28. Watch For The Wind by Rod McKuen
  29. Your Name is Renee: Ruth Kapp Hartz’s Story As A Hidden Child in Nazi-Occupied France by Stacy Cretzmeyer
  30. All books by Diana Gabaldon, I used to collect her books and haven’t even read those which were destroyed during the flood. So sad.

I am also looking forward to reading New And Selected Poems – Vol. 1 by Mary Oliver and Poems and Prayers by Helen Steiner Rice which my friend Odette bought for me along with the two books of Truman Capote and Thomas Merton.

And Charles W. Eliot was right when he said “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” 

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