The start of 2017 was hopeful. I had decided my Word for the Year is going to Focus and chosen a few things to focus on too. One was to read more books than I had done in 2016.
At the beginning of the year, I hoped the year would be kind. While some parts were, the year was mostly a forgettable one. I was talking about it to a friend, and I really don’t remember much of it except for two trips, and a few meetings with friends. I thought, as the year dwindles down, it’s the right time to retrospect on those focus areas.
Focus: Expectation to Read More Books
I love reading. This last year, I couldn’t read more. Try as I did, the focus wasn’t there. Even the books I love to reread didn’t seem to engage me. For the first time, I had to reduce my Goodreads reading target, not once, not twice, but thrice. This year, I want to find that focus again. I’m going to try reading more books I’ve bought, and accepting fewer books for reviewing. And definitely not time constricted reading. Some of the books I plan to peruse are A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Cilappathikaram by Elango Adikal, and The Sea by John Banville. However, I’m trying an idea that a fellow bookworm shared in a book group I’m part of, so when these books will be read, is something I cannot say for sure.
How the year went:
I’m actually shocked that I’ve not even managed to reach the number of books I read last year. The year started out okay, but couldn’t read a single book from April till June, and that kind of set the dominos falling, I guess. I didn’t reduce my Goodreads target, but still wish I could have done more. Those who know me very well have been surprised too, but they know one of the reasons why I couldn’t.
I didn’t read ASOIAF, Cilappathikaram or The Sea. But I did read many wonderful books. I’d recommend The Bridges of Madison County. That is one book that will stay with me forever. I read the book And Then There Were None. It’s my favorite genre, but I think any crime fiction lover would love to read that. I chanced upon the Pottermore series, and enjoyed reading each of the three as well. I’m happy with the books I’ve managed to read this year. So that’s a positive, I guess. Quality, if not quantity.
I hope to read at least a book each week in the coming year. That’s an achievable target. We’ll see where it goes from there. Few books I want to read are:
- A Song of Ice and Fire series, by George RR Martin
- When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi
- The Shining, by Stephen King
- Black Water Lilies, by Michel Bussi
- All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
- The Vengeance of Indra, by Shatrujeet Nath
- The Diary of a Space Traveler & Other Stories, by Satyajit Ray
- 7 Secrets of the Goddess, by Devdutt Pattanaik
- The Ibis Trilogy, by Amitav Ghosh
- Inga, by Poile Sengupta
(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
21st December, 2017)