A well-known writer and filmmaker, Joshi’s book of short stories—‘End of the World’ was listed for the Frank O' Connor International Short Story Award 2009. She reveals her list of books that she would love to read in the coming year.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Ghosts interest me. In 2012, I wrote a play titled ‘I Killed My Best Friend’s Father,’ about two girls who remain friends in Nepal’s civil conflict, despite the fact one’s father kills the father of the other. The two fathers appear as ghosts in that in-between moment between death and rebirth. I am interested to read that this book has a similar premise—Lincoln’s ghost in the Bardo.
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
I love stories from rural America and this book seems to feature more ghosts.
Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
I can’t get enough of Da Vinci, who was one of the most versatile geniuses the world has ever known. Artist, engineer, inventor, scientist and polymath, Da Vinci’s life story was always a big inspiration for me. .
Voices in the Dark by Ann Hunkins
This book is a collection of writings by Nepali women writers. Hunkins spent almost 20 years on these translations and I am looking forward to reading these classics. I should probably just hide this fact, but here goes: I am ashamed to say my Nepali reading skills got stuck at the grade 10 level, so I’m more comfortable reading fiction in English than in Nepali.So I’m grateful that an excellent translator has now made these classics available to me.
One of the youngest and successful novelists of Nepal, Neupane has received much praise for her works—‘Monica: Pieces of Perfect’ and ‘Crossing Shadows’. She looks forward to reading the following books in 2018.
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Norwegian Wood is narrated in the first person and I am attempting a first-person fiction. You could also call it research for my own piece writing.
First break all the rules by Marcus Buckingham
As I am thinking of reading more business books next year, this is one of the books I am looking forward to get my hands on. It's come up in conversations and has been recommended by friends.
Remains of the day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017. I've read a book by him before and really enjoyed it. Therefore, I'm looking forward to reading more of his books in 2018.”
Team of Rivals by Doris Keans Goodwin
It is another book recommended by avid book readers and is about politics and strategy. So, I hope it will inspire.
Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden
This book has also been recommended by a friend who has read hundreds of books. So, it cannot be missed.”