Reading Challenge 2014

I suppose now is a good time as ever to get back to my usual style of "Write Like No One is Reading" because well, no one is read...

I suppose now is a good time as ever to get back to my usual style of "Write Like No One is Reading" because well, no one is reading. I am not worried about people not reading this blog (In fact, I urge people to go ahead and not read this blog so that I can write about them more freely).
I am, however, worried about my own habit of reading, which, like my writing skills, has plummeted from bad to deplorable. It doesn't help that I live with a boy who devours books with the kind of swiftness and purpose that I usually reserve for potato chips. Anyway, I've decided to undertake a rather ambitious reading challenge for this year - I suppose it's about time, I'd included "Read More" as one of my vague resolutions for this year, among other wonderfully ambiguous gems such as "Eat Healthy" and "Pursue Hobbies", but never really got to it.

I've a boatload of books that my husband bought for me to fill up my new bookshelf since I didn't have the heart to move most of my books from my bookshelf at my mother's place, so the easy part is done. The books I've got, but haven't proceeded beyond page 1 in most/haven't even removed the plastic wrapping are (I beg you, do not be appalled - there are some, ok, many "HOW HAVE YOU STILL NOT READ THIS" titles in the list):

1. Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel
2. Bringing up Bodies - Hilary Mantel (The sequel to Wolf Hall, because I'm ambitious like that)
3. Open City - Teju Cole
4. Casual Vacancy - JK Rowling (I'd read 100 pages before I got bored)
5. 1984 - George Orwell
6. On Beauty - Zadie Smith
7. Resurrection Man - Iain Ranking
8. A Spot of Bother - Mark Haddon
9. Bhima - MT Vasudevan Nair
10. 44A Scotland Street - Alexander McCall Smith

11. (Almost done reading) - If It's Monday It Must Be Madurai - Srinath Perur

I suppose this isn't, and shouldn't be, my reading list for the year. I can only hope that this is the beginning of a resurrection of sorts, of both my reading and writing habit - once I finish reading (or decide to give up on reading) each of these books, I'll post a review here. I suppose a one week timeframe for a book on an average should be about right, which means that there should be a review here each week. Here's hoping that I stick to it!


[A special Thank You to Rads - she's taking on a reading challenge at GoodReads and had posted it on her Facebook, which was when I decided to take this up!]

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23 comments

  1. awww, I hopped over seeing your tweet and Thank you for getting on it! I am so determined for pretty much exactly the same reason you cite above. So pathetic and sad and how can one write if we don't read :(

    I'll also post so this is set and sealed!
    rads

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  2. I think the Bhima book by Nair is based on the malayalam book Randamoozham. There is a similar English book based on the Randamoozham one. Its a very quick read, and very refreshing. Its online at http://www.scribd.com/doc/20621790/Bhimsen. You should check it out!

    I also write a blog post about it: http://thevc.wordpress.com/2011/08/12/the-mahabharata-from-a-new-angle/

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    1. Will def check it out, thanks! bookmarked your post :)

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  3. i had to assign myself a task on goodreads too? my reading has been pathetic since moving to AU, just different routine from SG i guess. look forward to your reviews. i am currently reading 'the fault in our stars' by john green. sad but well written book.

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    1. that book made me weep buckets! Check out the trailer of the movie.

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  4. Now I FEEL AS CRAPPY AS YOU DO.
    I havent read a single one out f that list :P

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    1. I just finished one, so you're not too far behind!

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  5. *delurks*
    two things:
    1. please tell what you thought of srinath perur
    2. open city was torturous... but then again i often find literarily acclaimed books torturous. still some of the most literary people i know agreed...

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    1. 1. loved it - posted a review :)
      2. Not looking forward to Open City now, sigh.

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  6. I have just finished 'A Farewell to Arms' book and happily logged on to goodreads to update my status. I saw this Reading Challenge - 2014 column. So, I typed in 30 as the number of books I want to complete this year (Last year, I did the same but the number I gave was 50 and I managed to complete only 4! Amateur reader's aarvakolaru)

    It's funny that I saw this post of yours at the right time when I wanted to write a review for the book!

    Never mind, I am not gonna do it!

    Good read!

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    1. 30 is only aaruva kolaaru. I am hoping I finish these first. Also, do write those reviews! we shall compare notes :D

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  7. With a software job and a toddler at home, my reading is retricted to news portals, blogs I follow and twitter feeds. Which implies that all I get is some information and increasing jealousy towards the creative bloggers around. Going by how busy life keeps me, I am not going to touch a real book in atleast 16 years. Once he goes to college may be I will start! But you keep updating the blog :-)

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    1. haha hope you find the time! and will do :)

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  8. Wow! I am reading ' wolf hall', not an easy read for me. Next on list is ' bringing up bodies' .i have ' on beauty' as a audiobook but i lost one part so never finishe that one.1984 is sitting on our shelf for last 7 years , never read . I have read few english translated books of MT, only reason was my husband being a huge fan of him.i have taken up the reading challenge on goodreads, helps in keeping track of ur list.

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    1. i've started and restarted reading wolf hall many times - requires a lot of concentration! Good luck with the challenge!

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  9. Nice. I've taken up a resolution to read a minimum of 2 books a month, after I wrote a post stating that it is good to take resolutions and even better trying to stick to them ;-) I got to read only days before 31 st to ensure I kept the promise. As always, as any book lover would realize, I too realized the only thing which is difficult is getting hold of a book and staying away from the web. Time just seemed to fly with the 400 pages. Good luck!

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  10. people are not reading your blog anymore? Must have something to do with you getting married... and dont put too much pseud with "I beg you, do not be appalled - there are some, ok, many "HOW HAVE YOU STILL NOT READ THIS" titles in the list"...ur blog's readership is not that educated....

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