I’ve already set myself a challenge to read 30 books this year (last year I managed 27). But the real challenge I’m setting for myself is to complete this target by reading from the books I already own.
Like most book lovers, I love to collect books – to be surrounded by books on my shelves, in my bag and in my iPad. I labor for hours online, reading several reviews and book lists to find the in best crime, thriller and contemporary fiction, and discover the most interesting true life, historical and autobiographical non-fiction. And while I keep hoarding this absolutely great stack of books (which I also fondly gaze at everyday), whenever I need to pick one to read, I almost always choose a completely new one, that was never even a part of this pile. I am greedy like that, yes. I only seem to want more and I never want to share! 😛
Having 10 unread books sitting in my book rack already, and 44 others in my iPad, did not stop me from bringing 15 more into my heart and home from the Delhi World Book Fair this weekend. Though I will say that I got these at throw away prices and at least I am not guilty about spending the month’s salary on them!
So with that firm resolve, here’s my 2016 Reading the books I own Challenge.
- White Mughals
- The Blood Telegram
- Delhi: A Novel
- Daughter of China
- The Book of General Ignorance
- The Girl with 7 Names
- The Seventh Secret
- Behind the Beautiful Forevers
- That Thing Around Your Neck
- 14 Stories that Inspired Satyajit Ray
- The Accidental Tourist
- Snow Flower and the Secret fan
- Kafka on the Shore
Crime / Thriller
- American Assassin
- Salvation of a Saint
- The Case of the Missing Servant
- K is for Killer
- The Beautiful Bureaucrat
- Red Queen
- Six of Crows
Classic / 18th Century
- The Mayor of Casterbridge
- Wolf Hall
- Bring Up the Bodies
- Fun Home
And that’s it!
I will be working really really hard to stick to this list. I’m sure I’ve missed a few interesting ones, but if I ever want to switch one around, I promise to switch it with one from my existing stack only. Wish me luck!
Do you have a compulsive book collection condition too? I’d love to hear how you deal with it. Until then, Happy Reading!