to read or not to read- my unfinished books list

a couple of years back, i had the good habit of taking one book (two at max.) and finishing them from start to end.

then ‘museum of innocence’ happened. and i got so intimidated by the ‘me-ness’ of the lead character that i stopped reading it midway. have picked it up once more since then and left it exactly at the previous stage. somehow, can’t gather myself enough to complete the book!

and it triggered a domino effect. agreed that my personal life has been in a mess for these couple of years, but i slowly got into the habit of starting books which i never completely read. the sole exception being the ‘game of thrones’ series 😀

now this list of unfinished books has gotten really long and has started to bug me. maybe by documenting it here i’ll correct my mistake and steer towards that good old habit of mine.

today i’m reading Neil Gaiman’s ‘Neverwhere’. am really really enjoying it and have completed half the book by now, in a single day. tonight and a couple of days metro ride to office, and i’ll be through with it for sure.

also bought Brown’s ‘Inferno’ and Coelho’s ‘Manuscript Found In Accra’ today. and i suppose these are going to be next on the reading list.

the list of unfinished books is:

01. The Museum Of Innocence by my master, Orhan Pamuk
02. White Mughals by William Dalrymple
03. Dharmaraja by C.V. Raman Pillai (though am not sure if i’ll pick it up again, looks too complicated)
04. The Book Of Ram by Devdutt Patnaik
05. The Difficulty Of Being Good by Gurcharan Das (my favorite of the lot, am actually reading it kinda one chapter at a month)
06. The Way Beyond Any Way- Talks on the Sarvasar Upanishad by OSHO (man, this is a fabulous book, he really takes you deep into the world of meanings behind meanings. got it from the Sahitya Academy library and have read the first chapter five times at least. can’t or don’t want to go beyond that it seems!)
07. Cashflow Quadrant by Robert T. Kiyosaki, and
08. The Naive And The Sentimental Novelist by again, Mr. Pamuk

believe me, this is just the tip of the iceberg. there are many more at office which i read or try to read while i’m going for client meetings on other side of the town. then there are numerous collections of essays, short stories, poetry that i consciously chose not to finish in one go.

any suggestions?



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