After completing my first year of University and studying everything from anti-derivatives to the hallucinations of Edgar Allen Poe’s “Ligea”, my mind was in desperate need of a vacation. I had perused around the internet hoping to put my super google/priceline skills to use in finding a student friendly vacation to anywhere that included a beach, but after days of hunting around my enthusiasm was quickly met with a large money shortage.
While extremely disappointed I refused to let my lack of disposable income determine the fate of my very much needed getaway. And so, like all good business students I turned my ‘misfortunes into fortunes.’ That summer, I vacationed more than I ever have in four months with the company of some of the most well known individuals. Yes the one and only’s in the world; Margaret Atwood, Khaled Hosseini, and Yann Martel
Although this was not the typical vacation I had in mind, it was wonderful in many other ways. It brought me back to my great love for literature after years of being distracted with other activities ( icq, msn, The OC, my ipod..err) for quite some time. But most importantly, that summer I learned how to appreciate the places you can go with a great novel, which are endless and simply incomparable to any physical destinations.
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I dedicate this space to all of you lit fans (and for those not a fan yet, I highly urge you to become a part of worlds..yes worlds that you are missing out on). I invite you to join me in completing my growing list of great novels I’ve compiled over years that include the classics, the trendy, the movie-book combos, the Pulitzer’s, the Oprah approved and much much more.
Most importantly I urge you to share your insights on these or any other book(s) you feel the world needs to know about as soon as physically possible. I strongly believe that at least a quarter of the excitement in phenomenal literature comes from the sharing and discussion, and if online book clubs are the way of the future, then its time we all get and board and participate.
Below are some of the hot spots from my list that I’ve been keeping on the ‘radar’ I hope to complete these within the next 6 months. Ambitious? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
ON THE RADAR:
1. Wuthering Heights
2. Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood
3. The World is flat
4. In the Skin of a Lion
5. Little Women
6. The Road
7. The in between life of Vikram Lal
8. The Monk who sold his Ferrari
ON PAUSE FOR THE MOMENT..
1. The Shadow of the Winds
2. The Tipping Point
3. Pride & Prejudice
1. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini, movie component)
2. The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tam, movie component)
3. Eat, Pray Love (Elizabeth Gilbert, movie component releasing August 2010)
4. A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
5. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
6. In Defence of food, Michael Pollan
7. Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri
8. The Space Between Us, Thrity Umrigar
GOOD READS (time permitting):
1. Tuesdays with Morrie; Mitch Albom
2. The five people you meet in heaven; Mitch Albom
3. Shantaram; Gregory David Roberts