I came to know of the 30 day book challenge from my friend Bindu, who posted it in a group on Facebook. To talk of books is brilliant. My friends tease me that I might run out of space for the books I buy to read. That doesn’t really stop me from buying those books that appeal to me a lot.
Day 1 – Best Book You Read Last Year
I grew up hearing a lot of these tales through my grandmother. When I decided to take up a challenge of reading Indian author books, I immediately thought of reading these tales again. I considered buying a translation at first, but then, the beauty of these tales, I knew, lay in the original. Even though I can’t read my mother tongue very quickly, I bought Eithihyamala in Malayalam itself. Reading it took a long time, but a year on, I still feel it was worth the time and effort. For those who know to read Malayalam, this collection of myths and legends will be a very fun and informative read.
We are already into the second week of November, so the best book I’ve read till now in 2014 is a thriller based on a treasure hunt. Thrillers and mysteries are what most appeal to me. The Avatari by Raghu Srinivasan is a tale that builds up the action as it goes. The main characters seek an ancient secret, one that shouldn’t end up in the wrong hands. With interesting characters, happening over various places and engaging narration, the book is one that still remains in my mind long after the read. Well worth reading, I feel.
(8th November 2014)