The usual disclaimers hold for thecompilation is from the books which I read in 2014. Hence the list is “my” list of favorites and by no means are a representation of any-kind except my personal interest and choice.
Interestingly the list this year consists of 7 Non-Fiction and only 1 each from the Management, Fiction and Graphic Art Genre. This is a complete reversal from last year which had only 2 non-fiction representations. Not sure if this is a result of my interest moving to Non-Fiction or Non-Fiction giving me the better reads this year.
So here is the list in the ascending order of rank. A click on the title of the book will take you to a short review of the book.
10. Zona by Jeff Dyer [Non Fiction]. Totally utterly and completely nutty.
9. The Sceptical Patriot by Sidin Vadukut – Exploring the truths behind the zero and other Indian glories. [Non Fiction]. Need of today, more than ever before, a questioning mind.
8. The Novel Cure – an A to Z of Literary Remedies by Susan Elderkin, Ella Berthoud and Indrajit Hazara [Non Fiction]. The “Gifting Book of the Year”
7. Stephen King on Writing :: A Memoir of the Craft [Non Fiction]. If you ever want to write, anything.
6. Adi Parva – Churning of the Ocean by Amruta Patil [Graphic Art]. “Graphic Art Book of the Year”. Check out the attached collage of a few pages, This is ART.
5. A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong [Non Fiction]. If you ever want to read another book on mythology or fiction, read this first.
4.David & Goliath – Underdogs Misfits & the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell [Management]. This is a management thriller, unputdownable.
3. Don’t lose your mind Lose Your Weight by Rujuta Diwekar [Non Fiction]. The best fitness book ever written.
2. The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson [Fiction]. This is speed of light story-telling. “The Fiction Book of the Year 2014″
1. Zealot – The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan [Non Fiction] “The Book of the Year 2014″. In a world which is increasingly becoming less tolerant and where serious questioning is equated with insult and blasphemy, this is probably the book to start a questioning renaissance on religious beliefs. This one evaluates Jesus as a historical figure.
List consists only of +4.5 raters like last year.
Given the list above is so thin on fiction, find below Honorable Mention Fiction Top 5.
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- Ten Kings by Ashok Banker
- Worth Dying For by Lee Child
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
- Korma , Kheer & Kismet – Five Seaons in Old Delhi by Pamela Timms (Non Fiction – Food) My first ever food book, and I couldn’t have been luckier.
- Garbage Bin by Faisal Mohd (Graphic Art) I am now on FB subscription of Guddu. If you were born in 70s inthe Hindi-heartland, this is definitely for you.
- Mumbai Confidential by Saurav Mohapatra & Vivek Shinde (Graphic Art) I really discovered the graphic art medium this year along with the genius of Saurav.
- Bolllybook The Big Book of Hindi Movie Trivia by Diptakirti Chaudhuri
- A Mentor, a Novice and More Cups of Cappuccino by Subrat Padhi
- Blissful Discontent by Pritha Lal
As a rule, I don’t rate books by friends.
I end the post with a hope that if this list helps even one person to chose his/her next read I would be delighted. I know a few friends who give credit to my past annual lists as a helping guide in their reading journey, it is thanks to you all that I continue the tradition.See you again in 2016 January with the next installment …