… And here we’re again.
The year end always brings forth mixed feelings. The feeling of completion juxtaposed with the feeling of weightlessness of what could’ve been.
The year 2014 was a mixed bag, just like its predecessor. Just like the year ahead will be. Apart from the usual review writing and book reading there was a successfully completed exercise in the form of #100bookquotes. One of us also had a chance to speak to Elif Shafak courtesy BBC Radio.
The year has been difficult for us administrators with a lot happening amidst reading and writing that didn’t exactly translate into a tangible form on our blog. Without making this long drawn and complicated such that our reasons start sounding like excuses, we’ll stop here and give you a numbered list of what the admins have read this year.
Lists make everyone happy, I think.
- Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi by Elif Shafak – ★★★★
- Baramullah Bomber by Clark Prasad – ★★★
- Not the End of the World by Kate Atkinson – ★★★★★
- Black Milk by Elif Shafak – ★★★★
- Ajaya by Anand Neelakantan – ★★★
- The Tin Drum by Günter Grass – ★★★★★
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – ★★★★★
- Looking for Alaska by John Green – ★★★★
- Kiss the Girls by James Patterson – ★★★
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess – ★★★
- Be Careful What you Wish for by Jeffrey Archer – ★★★
- Cobra by Frederick Forsyth – ★★
- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – ★★
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – ★★★
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – ★★★
- The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – ★★★★★
- The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson – ★★★
- The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson – ★★★★★
- Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton – ★★★★
- Cry, The Peacock by Anita Desai – ★★★★★
- Malgudi Days by R. K Narayan – ★★★★
- Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto – ★★★★★
- The Quilt by Ismat Chugtai – ★★★
- The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pahmuk – ★★
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison – ★★★
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – ★★★★★
- Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke – ★★★★
- The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick – ★★★★
- When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman – ★★★
- The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller – ★★
- Nine Lives by William Dalrymple – ★★★★
So we had a decent run and managed a canvas large enough to be proud of at the end of the year. Twenty fourteen was a busy year where reading and writing was planned with precision and executed with a flourish. The difference pivoted because we noticed a fall in the community reading aspect.
We read and wrote with a different insight this time. Both of us are writing in our own personal space now. With the two of us vying for the written word with more seriousness it turned into a slight fall in our effort towards our community.
Bookhad has seen enough ups and downs to be slighted by a mere pause in our effort for the aggrandisement of a community of readers and writers.
In the new year, we wish you the comfort words and the elation that comes from reading.
Happy 2015 from the Bookhad team.