Books that I have read in 2015 and enjoyed!

It is once again the time of the year when I am really happy to discuss the books I’ve read this year. I had a goal to read 50 but I managed to read 25 books. I might have read books unofficially, and approx I might have read more than 30 books.
These are all the books I read and their short reviews. Many of the novels are reviewed here, and you can click on the link.
  1. 12543Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Another refreshing writing book. No B.S just pure truth about writing, loved it. She tells you the fact about writing, and I could relate to her about writing at levels. Hoping to read her novels as well.
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2)Death of a Naturalist
Death of a Naturalist marks the auspicious outset of an acclaimed master. As a first book of poems, it is remarkable for its accurate perceptions and its rich linguistic gifts.
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3)The Arctic Incident 
As usual awesome, but not as good as the first book. But still I enjoyed it. I am becoming a great fan of Artemis Fowl. Recommended for all the adventure loving book nerds.
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4)The Winning Attitude: Your Pathway to Personal Success
[Audio Book] I really learnt many things from listening to this book. It is was resourceful. The books premise is simply about the way attitude affects people. Great learning experience.
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5)The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users
by Guy Kawasaki
Really useful book to create more impact in social media. The tips are brilliant.
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6)Winston Churchill
I really enjoyed the book. First and foremost Churchill had lot of flaws but he was also destined to play a great in world affairs, and there is no doubt about it. Churchill’s oratory was brilliant, and that made him a great man. He is a little like Lincoln, perhaps oratorically. But he sought his own glory and fame most of the time. But that doesn’t matter, all are vain glorious.
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7)Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
Completed the book. Brilliant writing for Mr. Rushdie. It is a mix of pop culture and Jinnis… who can use magical realism like him. He harps on atheism as usual on this book as well. But art for arts sake this book is brilliant.
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8)Am I Making Myself Clear?: Secrets of the World’s Greatest Communicators
A rather small book, but nevertheless useful. It is not a whole course, it can be viewed as an introduction to public speaking. Sometimes it feels like the author got some random information and put it in different chapters.
9)Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently
 I think I have read 3 other books by Maxwell. I have never enjoyed as of his other books than this one. It was brilliant, and very useful for me. I understood I was a communicator, but I need to connect to make a serious impact. I should surely meet Mr.John C.Maxwell. This book will help anyone who wants to connect with people. Great read, and a great lesson. This is surely going into my read again list.
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10)Artemis Fowl 
Never since Harry Potter have I enjoyed a book like Artemis Fowl. The eleven year old master criminal was just irresistibly evil. Loved it. Laughed out loud after a long time. Planning to read the entire series. Children and teens would be well off reading Artemis, Harry, Narnia, Famous Five etc., Highly recommended to all book lovers. I wish this book was more popular in India… seriously half girlfriend, what next?
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11)The Magic of Thinking Big
Brilliant- inspiring and Tim Ferris was right, this book is a good book for entrepreneurs. Learnt many things from the book, especially on the subject of self-confidence and dreaming big. Highly recommended.
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12)Stay Hungry Stay Foolish
I have read a lot about entrepreneurs, and they have all been about foreigners. But I was utterly shocked to read about successful Indian entrepreneurs who had the guts to make it big. Make it to 1000 crore clubs. My God, this was really interesting, and I loved every story. There are titbits of business wisdoms from each of the people featured in the book. Rashmi Bansal has done a fabulous job of writing this book. I recommend this book to all those free spirits who don’t want to work in a mundane job.
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13)Kafka on the Shore
My first book by Murakami. It was superb in a subtle way…too much erotic which I didn’t like. Nevertheless very deep, and mesmerizing prose. It is mostly brilliant for its use of surrealism. The book was interesting, and all that odepial complex stuff was too psychological.
 
14)The Financial Peace Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Restoring Your Family’s Financial Health
Another Dave Ramsey masterpiece. It talks about money management in the simplest of forms. It was really useful for me.
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15)The Shining 
King at his best. Just loved it.
16)An Abundance of Katherines
 Typical Green once again. I didn’t intended to read this but I was caught in the narrative pretty soon. I think the story truly understands being a nerd and their problems with girls. The most beautiful thing about this book is that it tried to understand love with maths equations. That was totally hilarious, anyway it was awesome reading experience.
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17)Looking for Alaska
I have read John Green’s Fault in our Stars but this is nothing like that. As this is his first book it is mainly autobiographical. Though it is a book for high school students it deals with many religious and philosophical questions. It is quick read, characters are engaging and sometimes it is sad. Nevertheless a good book for teenagers.
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18)Steve Jobs
The book was inspiring to the core. Steve is a very complex character, though he had his own flaws, he is in fact one of the greatest influencers of our time. The book is a history of computers, as well as an unbiased account of a Genius. 530 pages of delightful pleasure.
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19)Today Matters: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrow’s Success
 
Very useful. I agree with Maxwell on completely taking control of the day with the daily dozen. I think it is a book which should not be simply read, but must be practiced slowly.
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20)Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
Wonderful book. Lot of concepts about startups given in a lucied manner. I wish he could have made it more detailed. It was like class notes without any substantial evidence. But worth the read for any serious business leader.
 
21)The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The movie made me cry, and the book made me too. It is not for the faint hearted. It is heartbreaking. The holocaust is not pretty, and even in all the terror, two small kids keep their innocent childhood alive. It is meant for children, so the language is pretty simple, but the theme isn’t.
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22)The Book Thief
I had never given 5 stars for a book, but this time I did. This is simply to say that I loved the book, and it is a celebrations of words. If anyone loves reading, books and the power of words, then this book is for you. It is a brilliant read.
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23) The Last of Me
 A beautiful fiction novel about love, marriage, becoming a young mother, divorce, life’s hardships and finding inner strength. This book is meant to make you feel inspired, laugh and also cry.
24) See you at the Top
 As usual Zig does his magic. It is quite different from Over the Top, but worth the read. As usual highly motivational.
 
 
 
 

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