The first week of the new year started with some variations that I didn’t know it would have for me. It was like a sine wave (if you know what I mean, if you don’t you can check it here), this week. Well, what does it matter, we are not here to discuss it, instead, we are here to talk about books you and me both read this week.
One thing I’d like to say is that this year I am again taking part in Hindustan Times‘s magazine, HTBrunch: #BrunchBookChallenge (a reading challenge). First time when I did it, was in 2014. However, it’s a bit different this year. One has to read 36 books as compared to 24 in the previous one and out of 36 books there has to be at least 6 titles written by Indian Origin authors which personally I think will help ms explore Indian writers. Here is the link to full set of rules you have to keep in mind while taking this challenge. I am done with four books out of 36 including one Indian Origin writer Siddhartha Mukherjee and his lastly published book The Gene: An intimate history.
My 2016 Reading Challenge hosted by Goodreads.com began with the start of this amazing year. This year, I challenged myself to read 150 books, incrementing the amount of books from last year’s challenge(2015) by 25. At first I wasn’t event sure that I’d be able to complete the challenge and then after doing a good start and reading a proper amount of books and then failing to find overcome the procrastination of not reading, I found myself in a fumbling three months back. I was behind in the challenge by almost a decade of books and was ready to give up. I am below par as not exceeding my limit of 150 books this year in contrast with the last year in which I exceeded by a good margin.
Born in 2006 as a community cataloging of books and reading web Goodreads created by Otis Chandler, today has 40 million active users.
I joined Goodreads few years back and since then it has become a great tool to keep the records of all the books I have read. Before finding Goodreads, I used to to keep record of books I have read on paper. Apart from that, I feel it’s a great place to explore new books not in their publishing order but books similar to your taste or what you generally read. I have found so many books in recommendations section or in groups and discussions, lists and few through giveaways.
I know, most of you are familiar with the terms: The Bard, and the Bard of Avon. Recently, the world celebrated The Bard’s 400th death anniversary on April 23, 2016, and the Bard himself is unaware of.
It is almost summer everywhere and I was wondering the other summer day why is the Bard is called The Bard. In general terms, ‘bard’ means a poet. In medieval times, all bards were travelling poets who made living out of performing and telling stories. Thus so, edging out the Medieval times, our Bard was a performer in plays and loved to write plays himself.
Why Celebrate his Death Anniversary?
The reason being Shakespeare’s birthday remains unknown to us till date.
Last year, I did read some good books and a bit of great ones. My main aim to read as much diverse books, diverse being from different genre, and authors which I haven’t read before, was accomplished honourably. I did also read a few debut authors, which you can find me recommending in the ‘lists‘ posts before. The experience I gained from reading many different genres is like tasting every bowl of soup on the table yet the bowls keep on coming. There are many different flavours which I haven’t tasted before.
The habit of recording each and every book read on Goodreads is an amazing thing. Not only it motivates me to read more, but also keeps a full track of the days I managed to read them.
The current year, I will be challenging a bigger number to myself and with all the life’s daily anomalies it will be one task to conquer.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a fun, buoyant adventure following the tale of Arthur Dent as he narrowly escapes the earth’s destruction in the wake of a new space super-highway being built in its place, hitching a ride with interstellar researcher Ford Prefect aboard the ship of the very alien bureaucrats whom destroyed his planet. From here unfolds the winding and absurdly improbable tale which will take the sole survivor of earth’s destruction from the one side of the galaxy to the end of the universe, stopping along at every time and space in-between.
The year 2014 is going well for me, at least in terms of reading. Last year, when I failed on completing my challenge of reading 100 books, reading 100 books in 365 days became a major priority for me this year. Along with reading 100 books, I decided many minor targets to diversify my reading habit such as reading at least 10 new authors belonging to the contemporary world, or reading at least 10 books written by Indian authors and a few more.
I feel I am growing not only as reader but as sane human with grabbing more knowledge and developing a clear ability to understand and grab literature more. Reading is beneficial, always. Some of the minor challenges are still going on, but many of them are completed along with the major challenge. I am glad to say that I have read 100 books in 260 days. Somehow, it is an achievement for me.