Last year, for the very first time, I took up a reading challenge – to read 30 books over 365 days. That’s a little over two books a month. With all that goes on outside of books that’s all I could hope for.
I managed 32. That was heartening.
I am a rather disorganised person and I have grown to love Goodreads for the order it brings to my reading. With that support this year I intend to streamline my book adventure further and also bring in some diversity. There are plenty of reading challenges across the Web I know, but I need one that caters to my personal preferences.
The idea is to :
- Include some genres I haven’t much delved into – short stories, translations, travelogues.
- Challenge some prejudices – ‘I cannot read non-fiction’, ‘biographies are boring’.
- Read fiction from countries that intrigue me – North Korea, China, Israel – I’d love to know more about them. I must also add Pakistan and Bangladesh – our neighbours – so like us and yet so distant.
- Try something new, audio books, for instance.
None of this is binding of course. I hereby give myself complete liberty to dump a book mid-way if I don’t like it. Reading shouldn’t be hard work, right?
So here is the list I’ve drawn up
I hope to be ready with my TBR within the week. I’d love for you guys to chip in with suggestions since some categories are completely new to me.
And now, totally awed and satisfied with how organised I’m being this year I shall head out to meet the day. Wish me luck!
Do share your reading plan. Do you have one? Are you following a challenge? If you don’t and if you aren’t, join me and we can read together.