This year, with the idea of keeping life simple and uncomplicated I had no book-reading goals except to make headway on the ones I already have. With that thought I stayed away from all reading challenges except the one on Goodreads only because it gave me the freedom to choose my own books. I’ve pledged to read 36, like last year. Three books a month is ambitious enough.
Then Shalz and Soumya came along with a challenge with an almost similar goal – to make a dent in your TBR pile. I went through the prompts and managed to fit almost all the prompts with books I have – 20 out of the 24 required. Can it get any better? This challenge might actually help me stick to my TBR. Also, I have the freedom to read 12 other books to make up my Goodreads Challenge. Sounds like a win-win.
Here is my (almost final) reading list:
- A book from a genre you generally avoid
The Crimson Meniscus by Jason Werbeloff
I once had the notion that science fiction would be boring but one short story changed that for me. Now I’m looking forward to exploring more in this genre.
- A book that’s a part of a series
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Last year I read Cinder and completely loved it. I am now dying to get through the rest of the series and am trying to pace myself, reserving each book for days when I can read it at a stretch. Yeah, that’s how much I loved Cinder.
- A book you started but never finished
One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan
I haven’t quite made up my mind about this one. I liked it but didn’t absolutely love it. But I do plan to go back to it.
- A book by an author you have been meaning to read but haven’t dared to so far
Letters from a Father to His Daughter by Jawaharlal Nehru
I’ve heard so much about this one but have dismissed it as boring. I hope to give it a shot this year.
- A book written 100 years ago/Classic
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
I’ve been meaning to read this one for ages and yet Dickens’ style of writing is proving a bit much for me. I’ve read him earlier – Oliver Twist, Great Expectations but I just don’t seem to have the patience any longer. Hoping I’ll get thought this one. Maybe I’ll settle for an abridged version. It would be pretty weird though, graduating from originals to abridged versions.
- A book picked up after reading a favourable review on a book blogger’s site or a recommendation from a book obsessed friend/relative
The Book of Fate by Parinoush Saniee.
This one was recommended by my sister-in-law, who is an avid reader. Also, she’s completely off social media so her recommendations stem purely from book-merit, not media hype.
- A book set in the past or the future
Cress by Marissa Meyer
That’s book three in the Cinder series – Scifi, set in the future.
- Re-read an old favourite
Love Story by Eric Segal
What can I say about this book. I just want to re-read it.
- A book to be read on a vacation or the plot is based around a holiday (could be a travelogue) – Down Under by Bill Bryson
He’s an author I love for his humour. Looking forward to this one.
- A free hit (choose any book you wish here)
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Giving a last chance to this author, despite DNFing Eat Pray Love.
- A book that would be a foodies delight
The Lemon Tree Café by Cathy Bramley
- A book with the cover in your favourite color
The Blue Between Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa
- A book with a love triangle. TBD
- WWI or WWII drama (could be a true story or fictional)
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr/ Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
I have had Catch 22 with me for ages.
- A book written by a famous personality (could be an autobiography/memoir or just fiction) – Dopehri By Pankaj Kapoor
I stumbled upon this one pretty recently recommended by Shalini and I had to read this because it’s set in my hometown. I’m still trying to decide if I should go for the original Hindi version or the English translation.
- A book gifted to you
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak
This one was gifted by Shalz and is by one of my favourite authors. A must read.
- A YA book
Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Told you I want to finish the series! That’s the last of the Lunar Chronicles.
- A book based on mythology (Indian, Roman, Greek etc)
The Baramullah Bomber by Clark Prasad.
This is ‘a science fiction espionage thriller and India’s first mythological thriller’ according to an online description. Doesn’t it sound intriguing?
- A book that’s been on your shelf for more than 5 years
Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel García Márquez
- An award winning book
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Bonus Prompts (Optional):
21. A self help book. TBD
This is not my favourite genre. I thought I’d slot ‘Who Moved my Cheese’ but that has less than 200 pages so I’m still looking for options.
22. A book by an author whose name starts with the first letter as your name
The Bones of Grace by Tahmima Anam
23. An Audiobook/e-book or a PDF read
Anne of Green Gables LM Montgomery
24. A crime fiction
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Everyone seems to have read this and I shall get to it too.
So that’s it. Have you read any of these books? Got a better recommendation for any of the prompts? Do share. Also, drop by here if you find the prompts interesting and want to join in.