Reading always figures under my hobbies list everywhere, on orkut, on facebook, on LJ and even my resume, but somehow I haven’t been doing justice to it for a while now. And when I say reading I am excluding the newspaper, magazines or the stuff on the net. I mean books, novels, in my case only fiction. What is bad is I have continued buying books, but have let them lie around, instead of completing them. Something I never did before.
So I am making yet another attempt at ensuring that the habit doesn’t fade away altogether, and taking up what they have named the Orbit Terrarum challenge.
Here’s what needs to be done. Read 9 books, by nine different authors, from 9 different countries within a span of 9 months, ending December 20th. So effectively the challenge began on April 1st and I missed it, but I can always make up I guess! The list needs to be posted on the blog (and is subject to change) and the reader then has to write about each book he finished reading.
Sounds good? It does to me!
So after quite a lot of contemplation, here is my list of books for the challenge –
1. Then we came to an end – Joshua Ferris (America)
Here’s why – I already have the book, but have procrastinated starting it till now.
2. A thousand Splendid suns – Khaled Hosseini (Afghanistan)
Here’s why – I loved The Kite Runner, I thought it was beautifully done, so I am all enthusiastic to try out this book as well. And I have this too.
3. Girls of Riyadh – Rajaa Alsanea (Saudi Arabia)
Here’s why – I have this one as well, and the plot really seemed interesting
4. A spot of bother – Mark Haddon (UK)
Here’s why – Curious Incident of a Dog in the night time was good, so I am expecting a lot from this too
5. Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai (India)
Here’s why – Now this one is just a random pick which I am hoping is a good choice, if there is any must-read by an Indian author, I would love to know.
6. PS I love you – Cecelia Ahern (Ireland)
Here’s why – Ah mush. I have this book, and it seems to be a light read and I really need one which doesn’t need too much of concentration.
7. Half of a yellow sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)
Here’s why – I had spotted this book at Crosswords long ago and even recommended it without reading it. No one complained. So, its time I give it a try too.
8. The witch of Portobello – Paulo Coelho (Brazil)
Here’s why – I ran out of authors from different countries. Ok, let me give some credit to the guy but I never really was a big fan of his work. Having read The alchemist, Eleven minutes and Veronika decides to Die, its only the last book which prompted me to give his work another chance.
9. The Book thief – Markus Zusak (Australia)
Here’s why – Very Random pick, and will be/might be changed anytime.
Like I said, the list is not final, and if there are any reads you highly recommend, do let me know!
So, all set? Let’s do it!