Hellooooooo !!!! (I’m in a surprisingly good mood today !)
How’s the weekend going ? First, here’s some news from the book world. A new “To Kill A Mockingbird” graphic novel has been announced 😁😃. I don’t know about you people, but I am SUPER EXCITED about this. It’s one of my all time favourite books.
Okay, now that that’s done, let’s talk reading goals.
(Ignore the quality of that image, I’m still trying to figure this stuff out.)
I never take part in the Goodreads reading challenge. I don’t like keeping a certain number of books as reading goal because it would just lead to disappointment if I don’t reach that number. After all, as long as we read and enjoy the books we read, how does it matter anyway ?! However I do set my own goals.
I love reading both fiction and non-fiction equally. Fiction introduces me to new worlds and helps me escape reality for a few hours. Whereas, non-fiction helps me understand reality better. Last year, I realised that I don’t read as many non fiction books as I would like to. So the first reading goal I set myself, is to read more non-fiction and though I don’t like keeping a fixed number of books as a reading goal, for this particular one, I’ve kept the goal as atleast 12 non-fiction books. That’s one non fiction every month, which I think is reasonable.
Here are the non-fiction books I’ve read so far, this year –
- Popski’s Private Army by Vladimir Peniakoff – This one’s a world war 2 memoir.
- The Life of Ian Fleming by John George Pearson – Biography of the man who created James Bond.
- Glimpses of World History by Jawaharlal Nehru – The letters Nehru wrote to his daughter Indira Gandhi from prison.
- The Know-it-All : One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A.J. Jacob – This book chronicles A.J. Jacob’s quest to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica from A-Z in hopes of becoming the smartest person in the world.
- Kohinoor by William Dalrymple and Anita Anand (I’m currently reading this one, expect a review soon)
As you can probably figure out, I’m already lagging on this goal 😝. That’s because I’ve been busy (still am) preparing for an exam and haven’t been able to get much reading done. So, if any of you have any non-fiction book recommendation, leave a comment below.
My second reading goal is to read more books/stories in my mother tongue. I’m a Malayali (a person whose mother tongue is Malayalam). For those of you who don’t know, Malayalam is an Indian language spoken by the natives of the south Indian state of Kerala. Though I know to read Malayalam, I can’t read at a decent speed. I read it at the pace in which a 5 or 6 year old would read. Apart from being quite embarrassing, reading at such slow speed also means not enjoying the story. So I picked up a book named “Eitheehyamaala” by Kottarathil Shankunni, which is a collection of 126 stories (900 pages). Hopefully, that speed improves. If any of my fellow malayalis read this (at least 1 of you probably would, because we are EVERYWHERE !!), I could do with a few more book recommendations (Please don’t mention M.T.V’s works, every malayali knows of them)
Now, my third goal is something I haven’t started working on, because to do that I’ll need some help from you. I’m learning French !! (still a long way to go). So, if anyone knows a french book that a beginner like me can manage to read, do let me know. For the time being, I have ordered the french version of “the little prince”, since it’s a book I’ve already read in English.
Okay, that’s about it !! What are your reading goals ?! Let me know in the comments, would love to know 🙂