17 December 2011

The End of Year Book List

No, this is not like the Time's Magazine All-TIME 100 Novels or Oprah Book Club Selections. It is not like New York Times Book of the Year either. This is just for fun.

The difference between The Chukai Insider's list is that the bloggers in this blog have to fork their own money to make such lists and the magazines or newspaper mentioned did not need that. Hence, the concept of listing books that left good impression is a big no to the two frequent book bloggers of The Chukai Insider. Instead of reviewing 100 books that should make the list of Book of the Year, The Chukai Insider prefers to list 100 books that are on our wish lists. I am not sure if the other The Chukai Insider's book blogger wants to add books to these lists. A thing to remember is that the books listed here are not necessarily published in the year of 2011.

Who doesn't like making lists? These two lists are just random wants and tonnes of money are needed to get all of them. Some of the books are a little bit ambitious to read. Whatever. But I do recommend you to buy the highlighted ones. 

End of 2011 Book Wishlist

  1. The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
  2. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  3. IQ84 by Haruki Murakami
  4. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  5. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger
  6. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  7. Night by Elie Wiesel
  8.  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  9. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  10. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  11. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  12. After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
  13. Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
  14. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
  15. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  16. I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
  17. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
  18. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  19. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  20. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

  1. The Social Animal by David Brooks
  2. Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going by Lee Kuan Yew
  3. My Lifelong Challenge: Singapore's Bilingual Journey by Lee Kuan Yew
  4. From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas L. Friedman
  5. From Beirut to Jerusalem by Swee Chai Ang
  6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  7. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  8. The Last Lion: Winstor Spencer Churchill by William Manchester
  9. The Clash of Civilisations by Samuel Huntington
  10. The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  11. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  12. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  13. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  14. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  15. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  16. Boomerang by Michael Lewis
  17. Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur Odyssey to Educate the World's Children by John Wood
  18. Building Social Business by Muhammad Yunus
  19. How to be A Social Entrepreneur: Make Money and Change the World by Robert Ashton
  20. The Downing Street Years by Margaret Thatcher
  21. The Path to Power by Margaret Thatcher
  22. Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore
  23. Jerusalem: One City Three Faiths by  Karen Armstrong
  24. Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
  25. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
Who does not like making a list, huh? The enjoy that you get is equal to that of window shopping. It's like clicking 'put this on cart' in Amazon and checking out when your realised that it was fun. Life, as a man with no penny but rich in... sees it. Hehe.-The Chukai Insider

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