Reading has kicked off to a better start this year. I have already finished four books and am on to my fifth. That’s two books ahead of the modest twenty-four I am aiming for this year. No, it is not a must-do something I am pushing myself to do against my wishes. It is just a number I have opted for in the challenge offered by Goodreads. Eventually, I might end up reading fewer or more depending on time available and my inclination (There are days when I walk around with my Kindle in my hand, but not read a single word!).
A couple of years back I set a goal of fifty-three, one book for every week. Imagine reaching the end of the year and finding there are only fifty-two weeks in a year. How the hell had I forgotten that? I haven’t felt as foolish as I felt that day. The number fifty-three had somehow pushed out fifty-two and ensconced itself in my head as the right one. Unfazed, for the year was about to end, I read one more book, a small one and completed the challenge. There! Fifty-three could go and hide its face for trying to make me look like a fool. Ha!
I love reading, and just as in music, I have an eclectic taste in books too. Autobiographies, historical novels, classics, thrillers, comics (I am an Asterix & Obelix fan out and out), fantasies, science fiction, you name it, I love them all and will gladly forget the world and immerse myself in them. I only ask that the author weave magic with words, I’ll surrender to the magic and let myself be led to wander whichever world they create.
You’ll notice that I haven’t mentioned poetry in my above list of genres I like. Yes, I don’t go out of my way to read poetry. Don’t ask me why, I just don’t. But I do write, and unceremoniously inflict them on unsuspecting people who happen to come across it. Just kidding, people, I have plans to read some books of poetry …..before I die.
The book I am reading now is the winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, ‘Milkman’, by Anna Burns. It is an intriguing book (I have just begun reading it), written in the stream of consciousness narrative form which draws you in from the word go. Not surprisingly perhaps, I have loved all the Man Booker Prize winner books I have read so far (there are so many still to go!), the only exception among them being Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger. Somehow it didn’t impress me at all. May be a second reading will change my mind, who knows? But then again, who has time to read a book a second time (unless it is a Wodehouse book. Yes, I am an all-time die-hard fan of the Master as those who know me are already aware!) when there are still so many books left to read in the world?
What are you reading now? Oh, by the way, not being a book snob, I won’t judge you if you are someone not into reading. There are other interesting pursuits in life too and if yours is something other than reading, more power to you. Enjoy whatever you do. That’s what matters.
© Shail Mohan 2019
I thoroughly enjoy reading too, it is one of life’s pleasures that can be indulged in at any time in any space. I do not yet have a Kindle, but love the feel, smell and sensory experience of books.
I find Kindle very convenient and am a total convert. 🙂 I do have a few paper books lying around, yet to be read and I am looking forward to them too. 🙂
LOL! I write a poem about books for today’s ramble and I get here to read this 😛 (Same pinch for topics) I am reading(4 of them in tandem) a book by Pema Chodran – The places that scare you. Still reading Sapiens. Dropping Ashes on the Buddha. and a book about gardening. Dont thin I will finish anything soon(too many cooks…)
Umm… I have a some books on the side, into which I take brief dips in between the other books. Being the Other: The Muslim in India by Saeed Naqvi. Glimpses of World History – Nehru. And The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays by Albert Camus. These three may take time finishing. 🙂
D K Powell said:
I’ve just finished “And The Mountains Echoed” which was one of the most sublimely beautiful books I’ve ever read. By contrast I’m reading “My Family and Other Animals” which, as a fellow Wodehouse fan, I suspect you might like. Similar in tone though completely different in nature. Great deal to do with corfu and being outdoors which I think will resonate too.
Khaled Hosseini is a wonderful writer and I loved the book too. Have you read his earlier works?
I must get my hands on My Family and Other Animals! Thank you for the reco. 🙂
D K Powell said:
Yes, Kite Runner and Thousand Splendid Suns – the latter one of my all-time favourites ☺️♥️
Oh yes, mine too! 🙂 ❤
I share your view about Adiga
Oh you do! That’s one person on my side of the fence 🙂
You did 53 books in one year? Omg! If I get to read 2 or 3 among other things I find myself happy! Now with my kindle I do read a little extra. Last read – a man called ove! Now tamil book…
Yes, in 2015, I read 53 books 🙂 The L&M was still going to work then which meant I had the whole day to myself. What else to do but read, read, read! 😉 😀 A Man Called Ove is in my to-read list.