Friday, June 11, 2010

Books in 2010

I've been on a bit of a reading binge since completing my coursework at Kellogg. I guess we really did spend a lot of time on those business cases!  Here are some of the books I've read lately:

 Confessions of a Wall Street Shoeshine Boy: A Novel  An interesting story told through the eyes of a New York Shoe Shine Boy. It felt so real and the stories were so descriptive, that I honestly thought that this was an autobiography.  I was actually dissappointed to find out it was all fictional. 

Love the One You're WithI love the other Giffin books, especially Something Borrowed and Something Blue which is the same exact story line told from the viewpoints of two best friends.  Baby Proof was also a fun read that continued the lives of the main characters from Giffin's previous two novels.  This story starts with new characters but in the same NYC setting.  It reminds you why you love who you're with and even though the grass may seem greener on the other side, you just have to be reminded that the cloud will pass, and your grass is even greener.

The Namesake: A Novel Totally insightful on living as a first generation immagrant to the US. The pressures of American society, the challenges of being so far away from your family, inter-racial relationships... all things I've seen with my own two eyes and have a fond appreciation of Jhumpa for depicting the feelings in a beautifully written novel.

Shantaram: A Novel  Amazing. If you only read one book on this list, or one book all year - read this one.  It's an amazing recollection of the author's life in a fictionized format and is completely insightful on the Indian cultlure, the streets of Bombay and the excitement of Mafia Dons. 

American Wife: A Novel (New York Times Notable Books) A lovely novel about an American First Lady, based on the story of Laura Bush.  I had also read George and Laura : Portrait of an American Marriage which is how I knew the background of Laura and understood more about the first couple.

Twilight (The Twilight Saga)  I just had to. It's too much a part of pop culture and I felt like I was missing something by not reading it!  A quick read with well developed characters in a fantastical world.

One Fifth Avenue It was fun to read this and then go see the Sex and the City movie!  A upbeat silly story of New York's elite artists told through the eyes of the building in which they reside.  Fast, fun and a break from the mundane.

Currently Reading:

The Last Song This book reads like a movie. I can picutre every scene on the beach, in the music shop and in the broken down bungalow that the family lives in.  It feels a bit like a teenage-grade read, but sometimes you just need those mental breaks!

Up Next:
Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Career Strategies for Asians Recommended to me by Joan Chow, CMO of ConAgra Foods who is an extremely successful and inspirational Chinese Woman who has "made it" in the American Business World.

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