Friday, January 1, 2010

2009 - Books I read

These are the books I read in 2009. At the end of 2008 I wrote that I wanted to read more classics and Italian authors and I've managed to do so. I have also reached no. 50 books read in 2009, which is a good thing. The only thing I want to do in 2010 is to keep it at this pace!

I've linked each book to my thoughts. I'm sorry if lately I'm very slow in writing the reviews (I'm like three months behind!), I'll try to be quicker.

PS: Every title is in the language in which I've read the book. Hope it won't be a problem. Oh, and of course the thoughts are sometimes in English and sometimes in Italian.

1. 54 – Wu Ming
2. The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith
3. Animal Farm – George Orwell
4. Chicken with Plums – Marjane Satrapi
5. The Nature of Blood – Caryl Phillips
6. Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi

7. The Zigzag Way – Anita Desai
8. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
9. Londonstani – Gautam Malkani

10. Une si longue lettre – Mariama Bâ
11. The Shadow of the Sun – Ryszard Kapuscinski
12. A Case of Exploding Mangoes – Mohammed Hanif

13. Sorry – Gail Jones
14. Poemi di Alberto Caeiro – Fernando Pessoa
15. Gabriella garofano e cannella – Jorge Amado
16. July’s People – Nadine Gordimer

17. A Passage to India – E.M. Forster
18. Small Island – Andrea Levy
19. Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi
20. La morte a Venezia – Thomas Mann

21. Sea of Poppies – Amitav Ghosh
22. Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
23. Fasting, Feasting – Anita Desai
24. 1984 – George Orwell
25. Il Signore delle Mosche – William Golding

26. La Fiesta del Chivo – Mario Vargas Llosa
27. Gli arancini di Montalbano – Andrea Camilleri
28. Maximum City – Suketu Mehta
29. La collezionista di storie – Randa Jarrar

30. Neve – Orhan Pamuk
31. La zia Julia e lo scribacchino – Mario Vargas Llosa
32. Journal d’Hirondelle – Amélie Nothomb
33. The Garden Party and Other Stories – Katherine Mansfield

34. Due Vite – Jadelin Mabiala Gangbo
35. Pecore Nere. Racconti – I. Scego, G. Kuruvilla, L.Wadia, I. Mubiayi
36. Il Palazzo degli Specchi – Amitav Ghosh
37. Sostiene Pereira – Antonio Tabucchi
38. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

39. Il Gattopardo – Tomasi di Lampedusa
40. The Thing Around Your Neck – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
41. Agenzia Matrimoniale per Ricchi – Farahad Zama
42. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

43. Sacred Games – Vikram Chandra
44. Maschere Nude (Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore – Ciascuno a suo modo – Questa sera si recita a soggetto) – Luigi Pirandello
45. Racconti Fantastici – E.T.A. Hoffmann
46. Il Nipote di Rameau – Denis Diderot

47. Miramar – Nagib Mahfuz (English version here)
48. Guida all’impero per gente comune – Arundhati Roy
49. Blonde Roots – Bernardine Evaristo
50. Memorie di Adriano – Marguerite Yourcenar


  1. How was Sacred Games? I own the book but it's been on my shelf for more than two years now!

  2. It's a very good novel, bursting with life and wonderful characters. It's engrossing and engaging. Give it a go!

  3. You did pretty well Stefania. Work took me away for a long time. I have been absent but would bounce back as usual.