Books read 2012


1.) The Red Badge of Courage (Stephen Crane)

2.) Poor Miss Finch (Wilkie Collins)


3.) My Cousin Rachel (Daphne DuMaurier)

4.) Rivers of London (Ben Aaronovitch)


5.) Green Grass, Running Water (Thomas King)

6.) The Portrait of a Lady (Henry James)

7.) The Complete Maus (Art Spiegelman)

8.) Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)

9.) The Woman Warrior (Maxine Hong Kingston)


10.) Bucket Nut (Liza Cody)

11.) Dupe (Liza Cody)

12.) Rattle His Bones (Carola Dunn)

13.) The Moonstone (Wilkie Collins)


14.) The Windup Girl (Paolo Bacigalupi)

15.) Death and the Penguin (Andrey Kurkov)

16.) Some Tame Gazelle (Barara Pym)

17.) Asthma- The Biography (Mark Jackson)


18.) The Tortoise and the Hare (Elizabeth Jenkins)

19.) Der Willy ist weg (Jörg Juretzka)

20.) Daphne (Justine Picardie)

21.) Kavaliersdelikt (Anna Katharina Hahn)

22.) Freakshow (Jörg Juretzka)


23.) Moon Over Soho (Ben Aaronovitch)

24.) Someone at a Distance (Dorothy Whipple)

25.) The Saltmarsh Murders (Gladys Mitchell)

26.) Life, the Universe and Everything (Douglas Adams)


26.) Full Moon (P. G. Wodehouse)

27.) American Gods (Neil Gaiman)

28.) 2666 (Roberto Bolano)


29.) Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie)

30.) The Marriage Plot ( Jeffrey Eugenides)

31.) Rabia/ Rage (Sergio Bizzio)

32.) The Loving Spirit (Daphne DuMaurier)

One thought on “Books read 2012

  1. Hi Bina,

    Enjoyed your review Talking about Detective Fiction by P.D.James. I agree that she doesn’t do justice to Agatha Christie. I’m a fan of both these Englishwomen, myself.

    Anyway, I see you have a lovely books blog with a fascinating books read selection.

    Would you be interested in reading (and reviewing) my upcoming ‘detective novel’ which is going to be Case No1 for my Tam Brahm Detective– Mr Gananpati Iyer.

    It is part of Rupa Publications’ March list– but I could send you an advance copy.

    Do let me know at

    Regards, rukmani

    Here’s the blurb:

    ABOUT: A Mysterious Death at Sainik Farms

    When Ugrasen drops dead at No22 Sainik Farms, his niece Anjali is horrified, upset and confused. Though only fourteen years old, she knows something is amiss. Healthy Punjabi businessmen don’t just expire. And just that evening there had been talk of a consignment of rubies. By morning the word suicide was being mumbled behind closed doors.

    And then there was that outsider Jasleen. How much did she know and why on earth was Papa so upset with Uncle Ugrasen last night.

    In search of the truth Anjali seeks help. Knocking on Private Investigator Ganapati Iyer’s door is her first smart move.

    Of course Delhi Police finds itself at a loss. It’s now up to the inimitable Ganapati and his North Indian namesake Vinayak to get to the bottom of the bizarrely perpetrated murder.

    It’s an odd and interesting collaboration, with Vinayak perpetually wanting to upgrade Ganapati’s skills with the ladies and the gifted South Indian quoting couplets from the Tirukural for Vinayak’s benefit.

    The real question is will this improbable duo succeed in solving Ganapati Iyer’s first case involving a very mysterious death at Sainik Farms.

    Author’s Brief Bio: Rukmani Anandani

    Rukmani has been in turn a mathematician, an accountant, a journalist, a photographer, and an activist.

    Her first short story, ‘Wanted a Wife’, was published in ‘The Patriot.’ Her stint in journalism started with the Bangkok Post and later included The Indian Express, India Today and The Sunday Mail. Her freelance photographs have appeared in many publications including The Illustrated Weekly and The Week.

    At different times, different places have been home, and these range from Bristol to Beirut (via Ethiopia).

    She loves Delhi with its magnificently picturesque landscapes and fine-looking monuments and it has been her home for the past many years now.


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